Inspired by Degas' Ballerinas meets Lolita, ex-illustrator Charles Anastase brought his unique blend of magical romance to the capital yesterday for his first ever catwalk show at London Fashion Week. And to support him, his biggest fans in London turned out - Rosin Murphy and Alexa Chung.
'It was my dream collection' Alexa told us after the show which featured lots of Charles' trademark looks: Peter Pan collars, sailor necklines and girlie, mini dresses. There were also plenty of tutus and to balance the fairy tale looks - tough, cropped leather biker jackets, sky-high wooden Natacha Marro platforms and of course, next season's new must have, a satin jumpsuit.
The Topshop Unique show (pictured) always attracts a crowd, not least because of the delicious lunch that always comes before the show - this season's fare: fish, chips and bread and butter pudding.
The show was a rollercoaster ride through summers spent at the British seaside, with mods, teddy boys, and pearly kings and queens as the inspiration for sharp tailoring alongside quirky, fruit machine charms and arcade inspired prints. Shoes were spikey and architectural, while denim was all out eighties - sun bleached, pencil thin jeans, short sleeved jackets and all-in-ones.We couldn't help but notice the homage to eighties pop band Bananarama via the make-up and giant bows worn in the hair.
Always one of the most star packed shows, PPQ's front row included, Peaches Geldof, Lady Victoria Hervey, Henry Holland, Alexa Chung, DJ Jodie Harsh, Roisin Murphy, model Ben Grimes and Pixie Geldof, sporting her new jet black crop ( inspired by Victoria Beckham we wonder?) as well as star model Daisy Lowe who walked the catwalk showin More