LFW AW12: Corrie Nielsen – Verstiarium Scoticum

Inspired by her Scottish roots, Corrie Nielsen’s show started with a fanfare of gorgeous tartan worked into her signature historic approach to fashion with a gorgeous long-sleeved dress with lashings of lace frills, wide-leg trousers and a tartan pencil skirt teamed with an exquisitely tailored blouse with a very unique conical neckline that only Corrie can produce.

Her unique sculptural forms continued into a selection of black separates and dresses, each with exquisite tailored detailing, high necklines, and checked shirts with tulle overlays that had a regal vibe about them. Like with her spring/summer 2012 collection, her line included a lot of more wearable pieces including daywear and eveningwear, which were stunningly tailored and looked divine against the magnificent styling of ‘face laces’ made exclusively by Phyllis Cohen and the hats by Emma Yeo.

Her signature structured shoulders, which I completely adore were in the mix on jackets and dresses, and I have fallen in love with the wide-leg trousers, the sash-detailed dresses, the pleated skirts and the monochrome checked box-fronted jacket with an attachable scarf. Once again I am sure these pieces will catch the eyes of many luxury London department store buyers.

The key highlights for had to be the final two gowns, pure Corrie Nielsen, pure Couture, and pure and simply exquisite as only Corrie can achieve. This is a designer that I have admired since she won Fashion Fringe in 2010 and I was lucky enough to meet last season, and each collection gets better and bigger, and she totally deserves all the success as she is a talented and passionate fashion designer.

Of course with the addition of tartan and couture designs, I am sure Corrie is going to be compared to her former mentor Vivienne Westwood, but no matter what this autumn/winter collection carried all her signature style with a new found confidence for paired down separates and everyone left the main tent wowed by how far Corrie has come. I am excited to see all the pieces up close when the press day season kicks in.

“This collection is dedicated to my grandmother, Tollie Burns and my great, great, great grandfather, John S. Burns, for their strength and courage.” Corrie Nielsen.

**I also need to thank Corrie’s wonderful PR team Courtney and Laura from Forward PR – thanks for the front row tickets – being that close to such gorgeous designs was an honour.**