Ok. I think that today’s designers went to the flower laden gardens of the English countryside last summer and thought…wow…that’s it….autumn/winter is all about the flower. The big bold flower, the soft delicate bloom, you name it – the flower. It’s power. And who would have thought that the gentle delicate flower would go so well with the vampy, seductive nature of black leather and black lace? But you know what? It does. Ask Christopher Kane. One dress summed up his show…black lace halter bodice, large bright appliqued flowers on a soft leather skirt with jewel embellishments. Perfect. At Erdem, Britain’s answer to Christian Lacroix, and favourite designers of first Ladies the world over, where Samantha Cameron sat front row, flowers inspired exquisite blurred prints on beautiful ladylike dresses with gorgeous lace ruffled skirts and jackets.
Paul Smith definitely took his inspiration from the English countryside with Harris tweed skirts, tights painted to look like riding boots and large rose print fabrics shaped into exquisite ladylike silk dresses with modern twists such as off the shoulder details or worn layered over fine knits.
Muse and face of Pringle of Scotland, Tilda Swinton, all sat front row at the Pringle show which was described as deconstructed Scotland. Shearling, a big trend this week, featured heavily and that argyll check was translated into fabulous muted colour chunky knits. Not a golf jumper in sight!