Day three at London Fashion Week held a host of hotly anticipated shows!


Mary Katrantzou and Basso and Brooke gave us a lesson in how to be pretty in print while a touch of transparency tantalised the audiences at Julien MacDonald and Antonio Beradi, with a toughened-up version at Richard Nicoll and Acne. And Vivienne Westwood's Red Label was in a stylish world of her own!

Basso and Brooke kicked off the day’s proceedings with a parade of prints. Playful skater dresses and a re-worked shift carried prints that ranged from the romantic to the apocalyptic.

Later on Vivienne Westwood gave a typically flamboyant show with florals (see top left pic modelled by Daisy Lowe), frills, 50s gingham and plenty of sequins - not to mention a star-studded front row and a song from the lady herself!


Meanwhile, Mary Katrantzou took a surreal spin on interiors for her printed collection. And going one step further, the café stool wicker shorts and lampshade skirts (beaded hem and all!) stole the show!

A softer side to Antonio Berardi’s characteristic sexiness was revealed in his beautifully classic creations for SS11. Waves flowed around necks and hems and chiffon trailed in khaki, peach and muted greys. In a similar palette, Julien MacDonald’s floating chiffon, antique lace and webbing was a dream-like display of light-weight layering. The delicate dresses and billowing blouses were brought back to bed with sharp shorts and summer jackets in striped mattress ticking fabric.

Richard Nicoll (see bottom left) was the hot ticket of the day and offered a tougher edge to the veil of transparency shown by Berardi and MacDonald with a play of overlay in black and white. Not so prim see-through buttoned-up shirts and pleated chiffon skirts (of all lengths) were juxtaposed with opaque leather in the form of skirts, shorts and trims.

Michael van der Ham’s collaging was toned down but still hit the mark with satin, jersey and velvet devores patchworked in a myriad of cream, blue and rose hues. The introduction of blouses and trousers to his repetoire also proved to be a great success!

All in all a style-packed day - and plenty of fashion ideas for the season to come.


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By Sarah Smith