Sunday, 19 February 2012

LFW - Jasper Conran for AW12








Jasper Conran's collections are always so utterly true to the brand it's almost as if you know what to expect going into the show each season. However, not one to disappoint, Jasper always has some surprising quirks and new fabrics or details that wow the fash-pack. Last season it was those fabulous perspex bags, remember?

This season those surprising details came in the form of floaty, ostrich feathers, trailing tassels, a spot print sheer tulle overlay and wide collared necklines. The colour palette was also really strong, from a dark camel start to bold copper and bronze with metallics and sequins. These stronger tones were mixed with a delicate blend of nudes though. It was a really luxe choice of hues which sat really well with the feathers and embellishment. Yet simple tailoring and wide open collared necklines ensured the pieces weren't overdone.

With Jasper's collections, effortless elegance is the order of the day. The silhouettes are never overly body conscious or gawdy, everything is executed with the highest taste levels which means that regardless of the new details it still feels classic.

There's something else that Jasper's team are doing really well though and that's social media. With blogs and magazines all able to cover the collection straight after the show, Jasper Conran offers something extra and different in the form of Instagram pics, Tumblr posts and video in the run up to the show to build the anticipation. It's a behind-the-scenes look at how the glossy, finished catwalk show comes together.

You can see some of the pics I took below, or watch the video above for the highlights.


The hair look for the models was a neat little bun made slightly messy with flyaways that were part gelled and part left free. This has been probably one of the easiest hair looks on the catwalk to copy. Make-up was also very simple.

Jasper attracted plenty of famous faces this season too. Richard E Grant was there a few seats along from Kara Tointon (who looked lovely). Opposite them, Dame Kelly Holmes was getting bombarded with flash bulbs as the frenzied photographers tried to get their shot. Add to this Suzy Menkes, Bip Ling, Grace Woodward, and Mille of Made in Chelsea and you could hardly see for all the camera flashes.

My favourite look from the front row though was Paula Reed. Wearing classic black slim leg trousers with a black mac, she brightened things up with a red striped top and green striped bag. Simple but so chic!

Jasper Conran AW12 collection
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