and Bunty. “What little Girls are made of…” Saturday
Belle and Bunty opened their London College of Fashion located show with
an outfit that was to set the tone of the whole collection. A lemon yellow
shirt worn under a lose fitting, pink blouse and black knickers teamed
with gold seamed tights and black patent stilettos made for a very sexy
sectary look. Green, lemon, black, turquoise and white flowed down the
catwalk like a shopaholics never ending dream.
styled by Miss Molly and Mr Ganio of TwoManyStylists, small details completed
the collection. Button decorated elastic bands were worn over shoes and
chunky gold jewellery help make the collection utterly modern. The show,
produced by Lee Lapthorn at Doll, was professional and smooth. This is
a label to keep your eye on.
Red or Dead. “Save our Allotments” By Katie Greenyer
Monday 16th February
After a catwalk break of three years Red or Dead are back. With new head
designer, Katie Greenyer, behind the wheel, a more sophisticated and grown
up look was on offer. Quirky imagery, in the form of poodles, bunnies
and garden equipment, was still on offer for those who love the labels
fun irrelevancy. But with the clothes also showing a new reined elegants,
those who grew up with Red or Dead will still find much for themselves,
particularly in their new range, Dead Posh.
for the show stayed with the allotment theme. Also produced by Lapthorn’s
Doll, Spiral cut trees, the Read or Dead name spelt out in flowers and
vegetables and a sound tract that played the sounds of a thunderstorm
as you entered made the whole experience feel very complete. The wait
was well worth it and with their colourful shoe range also due to hit
our shops in the summer there is much on offer from the loveable label.
Preen. By Thornton Bregazzi. Tuesday 17th February.
After all the colour and fun that was to be had at Belle and Bunty and
Red or Dead, Preens subdued colour pallet provided a good alternative.
There is no denying the quality of Preens clothing. The designs, cut and
craftsmanship put into each item is all of a very high quality. High collars
and waste bands gave the collection an unusual but assured and feminine
look. Leathers and sheep’s wool mixed with silks gave each piece
understated character. The hard and soft textures mixed effortlessly to
make a clean, confidant and utterly luxuriously lasting look. These pieces
may be pricey but will provided stable wardrobe pieces for many years
styled by Sarah Richardson, worn their hair swept back with only the tinniest
of wooden hair pins and that’s as it should be. If you do decided
to splash out on that must have Preen item don’t even think about
distracting from it with a fancy hair do or bright make-up. Remember,
this collection is for the women who really know how to do less is more.