LFW S/S '11 report: Charles Anastase

19 September 2010

Light and happy: those were Charles Anastase's repeated key words to Grazia when we saw the French designer after his show (as he embraced Tennessee Thomas, of the band the Like, who may we say, is very cute). Hosted in the Old Sorting Office on New Oxford Street and to a retro blast of French music, Anastase's fresh-faced models (complete with savagely-cut long bob wigs) showed a collection that truly was light and happy - despite a few petite stumbles in the gorgeous-but-so-deadly (especially with stairs to manoeuvre) wooden wedges. As well as Charles' ever-enduring love for princess coats, stacked wedges, geeky glasses and neck ruffles, we were surprised to see a pared-down vision from the French designer. Ou est le drama!? The ruffles! The hessian sacks no one could ever wear without being chafed to death? The conceptual? Maybe it was the fact that for this season, the designer's muses were Jane Birkin and her daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg - queens of simple, effortless style. Not all his style signatures were erased, but Charles picked up from last season with a much more considered and shopper-friendly approach - and 99.9% of the collection could well gain entry in our wardrobes (although, sorry, the sheer polka dot jumpsuit could only look good on a model- let's hope for a version with a lining!) Here are our top five Anastase  moments:

Alexa Chung's one and only FROW appearance of the day. We think that Charles' favourite look (the nude Peter pan collar dress with lace trimmed sleeves) would be perfect for his No.1 fan.

The soft, pulled out pleating. It was Charles' new, more subtle way to create his signature volume.

The pop of an orange clutch bag against a peachy frilled-neck sleeveless blouse and midi pencil skirt.  

The Rothko style smudgy prints, that featured on the Anastase invite.

The FROW gift of blogger Fifi Lapin's illustrated book "What Shall I Wear Today"

- Hannah Almassi


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