LFW show report: Amanda Wakeley

23 September 2009

As the models took to the catwalk for Amanda Wakeley's S/S show at Somerset House, it was the first time in more than a decade that Wakeley has owned her own label. Although remaining the Creative Director for the last 10 years as the brand endured different owners, this show must have been incredibly liberating for Wakeley as she has only just gained total ownership of her eponymous label.
 
Wakeley presented a plethora of easy pieces for Spring, including light wool day dresses, draped at the hip into a slouch pocket to circle cut jersey dresses to the floor, worn with a boyfriend jacket. From a super soft suede unlined, unstructured jacket thrown over a drape dress wrapped with a chocolate leather belt to ruched halter neck dresses anchored at the neck with a gold neck pieces, this was a vastly 'loosened up' collection from past seasons.
 
Aided and abetted by the high priestess of shoes, Camilla Skovgaard, who had designed her usual vertiginous heels but in zebra or chocolate brown, and the jewellery genius that is Maria Francesca Pepe, who created the gold, silver and rose gold arm and neck pieces for the collection; tough accents to a fluid silhouette.
 
5 things we love
 
1. Wakeley's Indian colour palette: saffron, fuchsia and tobacco
 
2. The fabulous unstructured suede drape jackets
 
3. The stunning swimwear that makes me want to book a holiday
 
4. Maria Francesca Pepe's incredible jewellery
 
5. Camilla Skovgaard's sassy heels
  
- Charlie Miller


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