Elegance and poise for Emilia's ladies.
Ever since a certain Royal developed a penchant for Emilia Wickstead the label has generated serious fashion week buzz - not least because the assembled fashion crowd always hope for a Middleton sighting front row. There was none this morning but Olivia Palermo and Downton Abbey's Laura Carmichael both sat in the polished surroundings of The Connaught to see what the Brit designer would unveil next.
Her ladies - and they're definitely ladies rather than girls here - were 1950s working women, empowered by the possibility of new careers and with Diana Vreeland as their heroine. So what were they wearing to the office? Elegant tailoring, be it skirt suits in checked wool with long leather gloves or jewel toned wide-legged trousers - with heels, of course - and cropped, swing jackets. Wool coats were so beautifully simple and precisely cut, overlapping at the front and falling just below the knee. Prince of Wales checks were transformed into tailored jumpsuits and ladylike dresses in wool and chiffon. Pretty fifties full skirts and calf-length beaded pencil skirts were paired with tight fitting sweaters but there was a hint of things to come too in the sixties-inspired beaded mini dresses.
These ladies may be liberated but they still have parties to go to, so there were pretty checked swing mini dresses embellished with Swarovski pearls and full length gowns with demure sleeves to make sure their evening wardrobe is covered too. Perfectly poised, even more perfectly polished and pretty as a princess.