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Feb 26 2012

LFW AW12: Day 2 Round Up – Daks, Rocha and Ribeiro

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Day two and I was off to another early start for Daks, which has also started to become a tradition and really kicks off my weekend nicely. As with every season Daks has taken inspiration from its British heritage, as well as the British landscape and architecture and designed some gorgeous pieces around its House Check. My favourite pieces had to be the gorgeous streams of outerwear with their circular seaming, quilting and panelled detailing – this season I have seriously be lusting after all the jackets. I also adored all the woven details added to tops and of course I also love the addition of pleats in any collection. Simply divine, in some ways Daks is kind of a minimalistic Burberry, which uses its heritage to produce great quality clothes, except without the huge venue, celeb-packed front row and masses of money.

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Next up was Clements Ribeiro at the spectacular Goldsmith’s Hall, gorgeous high ceilings, fabulous chandeliers and the most amazing art collection. The collection itself had a fierce bohemian vibe about it with a bold colour palette and exquisite geometric patterns. I loved the styling, with dresses and skirts layered over leggings, the waists nipped in with wide belts, and finishing off the look were black, white and red elbow-length gloves. I do love knitwear and those longer length cardies are definitely on my autumn/winter 2012 wishlist.

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No time to stop I then rushed over to Vauxhall Fashion Scout venue at the Freemasons Hall to check out Elisa Palomino, which just for the exquisite hair and make-up styling was worth rushing for. But this is a designer that really captured my attention and I am certainly looking forward to further shows.

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I was starting to feel a bit like a pin-ball machine from Somerset House to Goldsmith’s Hall to Vauxhall Fashion Scout and then back to Somerset House’s Portico rooms for the Sister by Sibling salon show. But this was a show I was most looking forward to as they had styled Barbie for fashion week, and the brand is known for their outrageous knitwear. This season, the ‘Diamond Lil’ collection has a glamorous-yet-edgy feel about it, lots of vibrant colours, fun pom-poms, leopard animal prints, and sequins galore especially for the somewhat scary face masks – and all of which was styled by LOVE magazine’s Katie Grand.

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John Rocha is always an amazing show, each collection seems to display the right mix of couture and ready-to-wear and for autumn/winter 2012 it was no different. Drawing inspiration from his memories of Hong Kong’s Happy Valley Race track and the patterns and colours of artist Sean Scully’s canvasses, which resulted in a mainly black collection.

The collection itself was a contrast of styles with elegant romantic maxi dresses to sporty biker jackets, statement outerwear, as well as pieces that had a rock ‘n roll vibe with the gorgeous textures of heavy crochet, velvets and felted wools. This is one stunning collection and I loved all the hand embroidery 3D floral appliqués and the finale gown is worthy of the red carpet.

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[Pics: Style.com/Fashionista Barbie]
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