The Inside Scoop From Backstage & the Front Row at PPQ's Autumn / Winter 2012 Show

17 February 2012 by

The Inside Scoop From Backstage and on the Front Row at PPQ's Autumn / Winter 2012 Show

If there's one thing you can count on at the PPQ show, it's lots of fun — and the Autumn / Winter 2012 collection was no different. We saw bikes on the catwalk, tights with bejewelled knees and a dash of TOWIE on the front row...

The Collection

The fun began backstage where we found Amy Molyneaux and Percy Parker overseeing the action. They looked relatively calm considering the first look was due to hit the catwalk in less than twenty minutes. Do the design duo have any pre-show rituals? 'Just make sure there's some champagne in the fridge!', Amy chuckled. Considering they've been creating collections since 1992, do they still get nervous before a show? 'Of course, but mainly we worry that something's going to go missing!'

PPQ London Fashion Week Autumn / Winter 2012

Images taken on the HTC Sensation XL with beats audio

Indeed, those floaty chiffon dresses in pea green were highly covetable, as were the fit-and-flare tweed coats, not unlike a certain Kate Middleton's Jesire dress. 'We were inspired by Apocalyptic romance,' Amy revealed. 'It's all about volume and length and is more grown-up than our past collections.' The warm outwear was tres ladylike, with buttoned-up coats in white and black, one adorned with an embellished hood for a hint of the mysterious. We weren't so sure about that shiny latex frock though...

PPQ London Fashion Week Autumn / Winter 2012 shoes.jpg

Images taken on the HTC Sensation XL with beats audio

As for the shoes, gold embellishments were being frantically stuck on black heels moments before they were shoved onto model feet and paraded down the catwalk. How we love a bit of last minute drama!

Backstage Beauty


The Inside Scoop From Backstage and on the Front Row at PPQ's Autumn / Winter 2012 Show The Inside Scoop From Backstage and on the Front Row at PPQ's Autumn / Winter 2012 Show

Images taken on the HTC Sensation XL with beats audio

Over in Camp beauty, it was all about the bold red lip. 'The vibe is a young girl who's inherited loads of money and likes to party a lot,' FashionistA head makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes explained. Beauty translation? Matte skin, arched brown brows and, of course, a splash of scarlet on the lips. And the hair was just as glam. Nick Irwin and the TIGI Creative Team tonged the tresses before loosening them up by brushing the curls out to create a marcel wave. As for the nails, there were literally boxes of pointed talons covered in gold glitter with black hearts on the tips. How cute! 'We're calling them the stilettoval — they're stiletto-shaped but oval at the end.' James Read was on tanning duty, giving the model army a flawless, porcelain finish using LDN: Skins. 'The inspiration is '50s Hollywood pin-ups, like Marilyn Monroe, so the skin is luxurious and flawless,' James told us. 'But we've given it a modern edge with a touch of sheen.'

On the Front Row


Bip Ling Lydia Bright Pixie lott PPQ show

Having left the backstage area to find our seats, we were met by a front row frenzy caused by a whole lotta celebrity types. 'It was really scary because 75 members of the paparazzi swarmed me,' Jameela Jamil told us amid the flash bulbs. So how does she survive fashion week mayhem? 'Chocolate. That's all you need.'

Bip Ling took her seat next to Jameela, telling us she loves PPQ's 'quirky, cool cuteness'. The model, DJ and fashion blogger looked suitably adorable wearing a pastel pink jacket over a lace-trimmed denim mini-skirt, but apparently she hasn't planned her entire Fashion Week wardrobe. 'I do things really manically,' she said. 'It depends on my mood that day.' Lydia Bright of The Only Way is Essex fame was wearing a similiar PPQ ensemble, topped off with a clutch from Miss Selfridge and nude peep-toes. 'I love that classic '50s style and the pastels in their Spring Summer collection are gorgeous. I'm definitley not a black-wearing girl!' Although Pixie Lott clearly is. The popstrel was decked out in head-to-toe noir courtesy of the brand. 'I like to wear an item by the designer when I'm going to their show, but I'm also wearing a Dolce & Gabbana bag and my favourite cat heels.' We love.

After the show, we grabbed Caroline Flack for her thoughts. 'I loved that the collection was more grown-up than usual and I loved the coat with the pinched-in waist.' She was doing it for the Brit highstreet in Topshop + Zara, telling us she's 'pretty low maintence' when it comes to her style. 'I never prepare what I'm going to wear until just before an event - although I have prepared my outfit for the BRIT Awards.' Ooh, give us a clue... 'It's going to be very colourful.'

As for Portia Freeman's LFW rituals, 'my bedroom looks like Elizabeth Taylor's dressing room! I've got heaps of pieces that don't necessarily go together.' The gorgeous model was most impressed by the bikes that opened today's show - the result of a collaboration between PPQ and posh bike brand Rule. 'I thought the models were going to ride them, but in those shoes, that'd be asking for trouble!'

Click play on the video below and you'll see exactly what she means...


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