Yesterday Richard Nicholl and Roksanda Illincic presented their latest collections, as did one of our cities most popular personalities, Henry Holland.
It was early nineties supermodel portraits by photographer Herb Ritts that inspired the hair and make-up for Richard Nicoll's s/s 09 show and it was an early nineties, minimal aesthetic that infused his entire collection. From the body skimming, block coloured, mini sheath dresses to the silky blouses, there were hints of the eighties and nineties in everything. Pearl cluster buttons on mannish blazers and worn as brooches between shirt collars, were a lovely touch, as were the chic, all over pearl vests. This relaxed, yet simply stunning collection proved that the designer from down under has really hit his stride. Plus, the soundtrack Alison Limericks Where Love Lives got the fashion pack off to a great start on day four of fashion week
A rainbow wall of living hydrangeas was the back drop for Henry Hollands spring 09 show, which is becoming something of a spectacle at London Fashion Week, and the show that draws the most colourful and star-studded crowd (now that Gareth Pugh has decamped to Paris). Silk playsuits and straw boaters would have pleased front row fans like Alexa Chung, Kimberley Stewart and model, Jade Parfitt, and the customised vintage Levis jeans (Holland is collaborating with the denim brand this season) may also be a hit with the likes of Alice Dellal and Roisin Murphy. Oversized polka dots and chintzy floral prints for the girls - and the boys - gave us more of what Henry does best: fun, tongue-in-cheek, eighties inspired looks for his East End clubbing crowd.
This year the off-schedule event that supports up and coming designers featured three shows, from Natascha Stol More