LFW show report: Jaeger London

22 September 2009

2009 sees Jaeger London celebrating its 125th year, and in turn we're celebrating the arrival of Stuart Stockdale (ex Pringle of Scotland, J Crew, Jean Paul Gaultier, Romeo Gigli), Jaeger's design director, as he delivered a modern, glamorous S/S collection. Both Jaeger's rich archive and the stylised, ’70s photography of Guy Bourdin were key inspirations for Stockdale.

Tailoring is less structured than previous seasons, with silk jackets – either cropped or oversized with soft shoulders – new 'half-moon' trouser shapes and the more dramatic voluminous harem pants. Either knotted or fastened in a wide cuff at the ankle, the new trouser swirled beautifully around the model's lean frames, with uber model Lara Stone opening the show.

Knitwear, ever present in Jaeger's rich history, is key this season, from the opening black and white 'coatigan' to the supersized lurex knits. The collection was rich in heavily embellished pieces including stellar evening jackets, encrusted with 70s-style gold sequins and blouses shimmering with gold and pink paillettes or worked with shots of shimmering gold lamé and a dash of sequins.

Vertiginous heels dominated, be they wedged with ankle strap and peep-toe, or sassy court shoe pumps  spliced together from suede, patent and burnished gold leather; already on my lust list for summer. Oh, and the cute-as-a-button ankle boot with drawstring is another sure-fire winner.

5 things we love

1. The collaboration with fab jeweller Scott Wilson

2. Catwalk upholstered in ivory shagpile carpet!

3. Oversize sunglasses

4. Green suede playsuit

5. The sequin harem pants


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