LFW AW12: Elisa Palomino – Crystal Flowers

I love it when I discover a new designer, especially one as creative as Elisa Palomino, and her autumn/winter 2012 collection was simply divine full of gorgeous colours and opulent fabrics including velvet, silk and chiffon, with exquisite embroidery, ostrich feathers and avant-garde headpieces. Inspired by Florine Stettheimer’s book of poems ‘Crystal Flowers’, the collection captivated the era of the roaring twenties and was a gorgeous display of colours from vivid pinks and vibrant oranges, to deep purples.

What I loved most about this show had to be the drama, I loved all the velvet flapper dresses with intricate sequinned designs teamed with gorgeous feather boas by Zoe Sherwood and the red carpet worthy floor-sweeping gowns with oversized oriental motifs and florals, as well as the loose coats that hung off the models.

This collection was gorgeous and captivating, each look got my full attention and I was excited to see what was coming next down the runway. From the clothes to the colour, and the most gorgeous hair and make-up I have seen this fashion week. The fluorescent pink and purple wigs were striking, and the make-up done by The Body Shop team was just as dramatic with fierce eyebrows and a vibrant pop of colour on the lips – suited this collection perfectly.

I also have to say a little something about the very creative headpieces, which are having a bit of a moment this fashion week, I loved all the floral displays but my favourite had to be the flamingo – how cute is that.