Saturday 19 February 2011

LFW Diary AW11: Caroline Charles

For the second season on the trot, today I was bowled over by Caroline Charles' trademark chic. With a soundtrack of what I can only describe as ‘church music’, models trotted down the newly-christened BFC flat catwalk in a mixture of brown, black and green bowler and fedora hats which were given a welcome androgynous twist when paired with a combination of bow and skinny ties.
Reminiscent of the post-war mood of the 40's, Charles' trademark earthy tweed was out in full force, revamped in the form of elegant box-pleated shift dresses and an assortment of jackets all beautifully cinched at the waist with a variety of narrow leather belts and ribbon ties. Fittingly Emilia Fox was the only celebrity I spotted in the front row, dutifully representing the traditional English rose, embodied by Caroline Charles label.
Glamour and sophistication personified, evening gowns and cocktail dresses glittered in jewel and sequin encrusted blacks and greys, with luxurious velvet trimmings and opulent slender leather elbow gloves to complete the looks. With sexy leopard prints present on silks and wool mix coats, there was something for every age group, with the overall aesthetic offering understated grown-up glamour in the hottest autumnal shades.

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