London Fashion Week 2011: Two Designers to Watch!

22 September 2011

Amidst all the running hither and thither, the posing for paps, the FROW-spotting, the trend predicting and the champagne-sipping of Fashion Week, it’s always a treat to take time out for a few hours and check out the exhibition.

This year Somerset House had moved things about to make the exhibition more accessible, so there was plenty of space for designers to lay out their wares whether that meant gorgeous handbags, cutting edge clothing or high design shoes. We had our eyes peeled for The Next BigThing (AKA: what we want be wearing come spring) and we weren’t disappointed.  

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First up was Mungo Gurney, a Central Saint Martins graduate who has our whole summer 2012 wrapped up with his collection of easy breezy silken separates in Matisse-inspired colours, and day-glo bright printed maxi dresses, as well as a collection of sizzling hot swimwear that we can picture on the honeyed limbs of all the cool girls from the rooftop pool of Shoreditch House to the beach clubs of Ibiza next summer. Think high cut one-pieces with incredibly intricate laser cut details on the torso, and asymmetric cut out swimsuits with macramé straps. Is it too early to start the beach diet now?

Now we all know that statement knits are big news this Autumn, so it’s a pity that Susanna Bettencourt’s graphic cardigans and body-con knit dresses won’t be on the rails until next year.  We loved the electric blu body-con dress with gold detailing and a very sexy teardrop back, and we’d like the wrinkled 90s-hip hop print twinset to wear with out leather pencil skirts like now, please.

Finally, when we saw that Paperself were treating people to applications of their fabulously intricate paper eyelashes, we couldn’t resist. Just how cute are these peacock lashes? The clever Paperself girls have eyelashes in every shape under the sun, from deer antlers topped with butterflies to horses and peonies. Currently on sale in Browns, Harvey Nichols and Urban Outfitters, you can also buy them online, so we’re predicting eccentric eyes all round come Halloween!

- Alannah Sparks


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