Corrie Nielsen was my first show of London Fashion Week this season which I was secretly pleased about, I knew it would be a good way to kick things off. Last season I loved the collection so I went in with high expectations. Luckily, I wasn't disappointed because Corrie sent another triumphant collection down the catwalk - you only had to listen to the whoops and applause to know it had been well received all round.
From the initial invitation it was clear there would be Scottish influence and tartan featured in the collection. The show, called Vestiarium Scoticum was all about Corrie taking a look back at her own heritage and telling a story through the clothes. Although brought up in America herself, Corrie's family were originally from Scotland and she has referenced Medieval English and Scottish dress in her collections before. It's something she holds close to her, despite the time that has passed since her great, great, great grandfather left Scotland.
For me, Corrie Nielsen took plaid and tartan and did something new with them. I loved the way she covered the bold prints with soft, sheer tulle. I also loved the tailored feel to much of the clothing. There was a really good mix of pieces in terms of wearability - some you could put, wear to the office and attract only envious eyes (rather than odd looks), other pieces were like period costumes, fit for a queen from centuries ago. It's almost as if the designer told the story from its very roots, right up to the modern day. The Corrie Nielsen idea of a sexy secretary won me over instantly, as did the red and black tartan outfit with a trailing sheer skirt.
Another stand-out feature of the show was the feather fascinators which were enough to make Ascot re-think their revised dress-codes for the Royal Circle. They were created by headwear designer Emma Yeo and had a real 'gone hunting' feel. As in previous shows, Corrie worked with United Nude footwear.
I've been lucky enough in the past to see Corrie's collections in the flesh and this is where you really can see all the hard work, craftsmanship and passion that goes into each piece. I hope to get a look at these too nearer to autumn.
Like the look of it? You can watch the highlights below, or see further down for a few more of my pics...