Vauxhall Fashion Scout proved very popular indeed this season as stylists, journalists, editors, buyers and bloggers headed there to see the next big names in fashion (and some very well established ones too). The location was the same as it has been for several seasons now, at Freemason's Hall in Covent Garden which is a fab building, but it would seem also a little small to contain all those lucky invitees. A fair few shows were well oversubscribed, but for the next few I made it in.
To be honest, I had been a little disappointed in some of the recent Lako Bukia collections, but this one was a real return to form. Taking the collection's title 'Broken Mirrors' almost literally, the colour palette was mainly black and silver. Pieces were form-fitting with luxe textures like leather and suede, plus a sexy edge with sheer chiffons. The finale outfit summed it all up rather literally, by using small mirrored fragments all over it.
Dans La Vie
This show felt like it was filled with glam comic book characters. My favourite things about this collection were the great printed macs, colourful hair accessories and bright hair. Leopard print fur trims added that fun and playful edge which verged on tacky, but the collection made me smile. The macs were cut really well too with some great flared shapes. I'd opt for a plain one myself, but then I'm just not quite brave enough to do such a statement print. The designer is Tokyo born Rira Sugawara and it really is easy to see the Japanese influence.
The AW12 collection for Spijkers en Spijkers was really retro feeling, especially in its warm colour palette. The pieces were actually very simple and not really offering anything really fresh and new. I think the spring/summer collection definitely topped A/W for me but I did love the scalloped trims. I wish I'd seen the fabrics up close because from the press release they are much more exciting than they look in the pictures. My fave autumn looks are below though...