The doyenne of Belgravia turns femme fatale
London is the central hub of game-changing fashion and this London Fashion Week stayed true to form on Saturday. One of the first shows of the day for the (not so) bright eyed and bushy tailed editors and bloggers fresh off the plane from New York City was Emilia Wickstead.
Expecting a super feminine way of Autumn/Winter dressing, showgoers were pleasantly surprised as Wickstead’s collection took a turn for the Matrix, with an array of leather garments and particularly masculine silhouettes. The colour palette was a stark contrast to Wickstead’s usual pastel shades, with hues of mustard and blue to inject the femininity back into the edgy looks. We adore the citrus jumpsuit with mannish leather coat.
Despite the decidedly femme fatale statement, each look was crafted as only Emilia Wickstead can, with signature tailoring and clean lines in all the looks but especially the classic black dresses and a glamorous all white ensemble. Although the outerwear was undoubtedly a ‘borrowed from the boys’ look – one of our favourites being the black wool coat with a pale blue collar and trim – each dress and skirt nipped in beautifully at each model’s waist and was the perfect complement to the longer hemlines and romantically edgy leather gloves to accessorise.
Wickstead also got creative with texture, using a power python print alongside elegant lace and a beautiful floral print seen on a coat and structured dress that is sure to be a hit. The styling of the show was impeccably executed, from the floral coat draped over a tangerine wrap calf-length skirt with matching lace top flashing just a hint of midriff to the blue lace dress with peplum waist detailing which has ‘red carpet’ written all over it. Given that this was Wickstead’s first time with a stylist on hand, it took the collection in a whole new direction with very simple accessories to let the clothes speak volumes. We were partial to the socks ruched at the ankle and paired with the single strap stiletto, as if Wickstead had taken inspiration from both wartime and film noir to create a collection for the futuristic woman with the perfect blend of nostalgia.
Emilia Wickstead London Fashion Week show AW14: