Yesterday, I popped by Primark’s autumn/winter 2012 press day at The Gallery underneath Wolf & Badger’s new store on Dover Street, and was blown away by the gorgeous jumpers, cute dresses, and the abundance of embellished collars, yes they aren’t going anywhere for a while.
The highlight, and the first thing that I spotted as I walked in was a near replica of one of my favourite wearable looks from London Fashion Week, do you remember how much I gushed about the pink v-neck jumper at the Pringle of Scotland? Well, Primark have answered my prays and delivered me an amazing designer copy, that will only set me back £12, yep that’s right just over a tenner for this beauty. We have a few months to wait, it doesn’t drop in store until September, but don’t worry you won’t miss out I have already added it into my Filofax!!!
The rest of the AW12 collection has influences from Miu Miu, House of Holland, Markus Lupfer, Gucci, and Marios Schwab to name but a few, as you would expect a lot of variety: elegant cigarette trousers, chic boucle jackets, sheer shirts, ski knits, gorgeous statement necklaces, peplum tops, and lots of embellished collars.
What are you thoughts on Primark’s autumn/winter 2012 collection?
[Pics: All images Fashionista Barbie except top image - Primark/Pringle of Scotland]
One of my favourite shows at London Fashion Week was Pringle of Scotland, which kind of surprised me, known for its traditional twin-sets I loved that Alistair Carr really mixed it up and showcased a fresh approach from the British heritage brand, and in my opinion made it very cool.
Not only did the show have one of the best front rows because Rose Byrne was on it, but I loved its Clueless-meets-school girl vibe with the bright pink jumpers, pleated skirts, and best of all I adored all the coats, but what the press day showed me was how amazing not only the intricate knits are, but also that Pringle of Scotland need to release the amazing footwear – the can heels are insane and I love them!!!
The shoes were the highlight of the re-see mainly because the rugged can heels worked perfectly with the creative touches of the collection, especially against the tube-knit dresses and jumpers, and the pops of colour on the collars. Simply divine and who thought that a can of beans could look so sexy. I need these navy and maroon ankle boots, they would the ultimate AW12 winter boot for me.
This mustard knit dress is one of my favourite pieces, not only is the colour autumn personified but I love the crazy tubing, which I so want to try on to see if it is actually as flattering as it looks.
The coats are still high-up on my wishlist – I love the combination of the peach woolly collar against the navy – so chic, I think I might not eat all summer just to afford it when it comes out!!!
This was one of my favourite shows, not only was the front row glamorous, but the collection had a modern-yet-contemporary feel about it that made me want every single piece that came down the runway especially all the coats.
Inspired by Alistair Carr’s return to the UK and his memories of youth, there is a Clueless-meets-school girl vibe to the collection in the twin-sets, box pleats and flashes of neon pink. Carr delved into the Pringle archives and produced a very classy line of knitwear staples with everything from polo necks, twin-sets, ribbed knitted dresses.
There seemed to be a lot more focus on outerwear this season, which I adored, I loved all the coats from the voluminous cocoon shapes in contrasting autumnal orange and navy, to the military inspired tailored, pocketed coats in cobalt blue and grey, and the gorgeous short bombers with high-collars – all teamed with flattering trousers, skirts, and dresses.
Top of my wishlist has to be the navy coat with the giant pink lapels – I adore this. One thing I wish would go away however has to be the dip-dye hair, I am still just not feeling it.
The front row at Pringle was one of my best shows I attended this season, and my first LFW sighting of Olivia Palermo. But who I was most excited about seeing was the gorgeous Rose Byrne, who just looked incredible in her autumn/winter 2012 Pringle dress, and I have to say she is more beautiful up close.
Sorry for the delay in my final round-up of London Fashion Week, I kind of got distracted with life, but here are my highlights of my day four and five – from dinosaurs at Sophie Hulme, my best front row I saw this season at Pringle, and crazy slogans at Ashish.
First stop was the Sophie Hulme presentation, where I was greeted by toy dinosaurs, fairisle jumpers, a gorgeous selection of bags including a boxy tote that I am in love with. What was nice is that this is Sophie’s biggest collection-to-date and it was fabulous and it had an exquisite luxe feel with its various textures including mohair, cashmere and goat skin. Also every season each purchase comes with a different charm, for autumn/winter 2012 it is a brass dinosaur, which also replicated as the invitation that I got after fashion week.
After Sophie Hulme I literally hot-footed it over to see Pringle of Scotland, which I was so excited about as it was my first time I was invited to the show, and I am so glad I made it as it was my first sighting of Olivia Palermo all fashion week and I was literally metres away from the gorgeous Rose Byrne. A full review is coming for Pringle, I promise, but it had a Clueless-90s charm about it that I adored.
From Pringle to the Topshop venue for another first, not only my first time this season at the Topshop venue, which overlooks the Thames, but also my first ever Michael Van Der Ham show and I was looking forward to seeing his unique approach to fabric clash for autumn/winter. This season it felt like there was more eveningwear and red carpet pieces, and maybe that was because Michael Van Der Ham was inspired by Veronica Lake, the Ziegfried Follies and 1930′s knits and glamour. Clashing fabrics were presents with textured Jacquard organza, hammered silk, metallic boucle and cashmere, which looked gorgeous in bright colours mixed in nicely with an old Hollywood feel with the gold and metallics.
I reckon we will see a lot of this collection on celebrities, especially all the side-split skirts that revealed contrasting flashes of mint and navy, as well as all the ornate jewel-encrusted bodices – gorgeous collection I loved it.
To finish off my Monday I headed over to the Handpicked Media suite at One Aldwych to see the Ted Baker team who brought over an edit version of their fab spring/summer 2012 collection, which I loved the first time when I saw it come down the runway at their away day. What was nice other than checking out the collection, munching on some I Love Ted pop-cakes, the view from the suite, had to be that this was the perfect place to relax between shows.
First stop of my final day at London Fashion Week was queen of the Art Deco graphic prints Holly Fulton, I loved this show last season and her collections keep on getting better and better. Lots of pink as you would expect, mixed in with some blues, lots of sparkle, graphic prints, furry bags and lots of intricate detailing. It was also nice that I was sat in a row with my favourite blogger pals so as well as a great collection it was brilliant company to enjoy it with.
I have to admit I have a love hate relationship with Ashish, don’t get me wrong ever since his collaboration with Topshop, I have loved his slogans, but I just know that I can never ever pull off this uber-cool brand. For autumn/winter the slogans were out in force, with knits emblazoned with ‘Be Happy’, ‘Relax’, and ‘Say No To Drugs’, as well as lots of smiley face logos, bright colours, clashing prints, and sequinned Buddhas.
Entitled, Bollywouldn’t, this collection really had a grungy vibe to it that I am sure the cool crowd will get behind, but other than rainbow platformed boots I really can’t see myself in any of it, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing!!!
I did have other shows after Ashish but with deadlines looming and tiredness kicking it I have to admit that I ditched the rest of the day for a proper meal with my boyfriend and a relaxing night in front of the TV – very fashion of me!!!
Wearing: All wrapped up in a felted drummer Pringle of Scotland jacket from the pre-fall collection, teamed with MiH Marrakesh Jeans, a print scarf, Chanel leather gloves, a statement Lulu Frost necklace, and a Valentino croc-studded tan tote with a hook fastening.
Verdict: For me Olivia is known for her amazing style, I have loved her red carpet looks, but for me a casual-chic Olivia is when she is at her best. I love this look from head-to-toe, from those gorgeous super flattering kick flares to that exquisite double-breasted zip-down merino wool jacket, I just adore its mini-pea-coat vibe. But for me this look is completely made by that rock ‘n’ roll Valentino studded tote – how gorgeous is that!!!!
Buy Her Style: The drummer Pringle of Scotland jacket was £395 but is currently only £198 – so snap it up quick. And those amazing flatter jeans are also marked down from £165 to £115.50. Now if only I could find that Valentino in the sale!!!!
Wearing: An outfit made up of Pringle of Scotland pieces from the spring/summer 2011 collection: a light blue cotton sleevesless top teamed with a leather apron skirt and a mesh panel pleated skirt
Verdict: I love this casual chic look from Bonnie, it has a sophistication about it with the tailored top, but a cool vibe with the structured apron-style leather skirt, over the flowing pleated skirt.
Buy Her Style: Excluding the shoes you can pick up Bonnie’s look for £1,195, still interested? Well, here is the break down. I love the apron skirt!!
Pringle of Scotland have launched their new ad campaign for spring/summer and it is out with Tilda Swinton and in with the young Scottish actress Freya Mavor.
But what caught my attention is that these pictures are shot by Swiss photographer Walter Pfeiffer, known for his art photography, this campaign is his first foray into fashion and what a sophisticated and chic campaign he has created.
Shot at the Hotel Art Nouveau Kurhaus Bergun in St Moritz, I am in love with those tiles *sad I know*, art deco chic!!
This isn’t the end of the amazing collaboration as Walter Pfeiffer has also shot a short movie which will debut in Milan during the Menswear Fashion Week. It was shot on the Swiss Alps – I can just imagine how beautiful it is going to be.