I was unfortunately not able to go to the MCRFW shows on Wednesday, but I did make it back to Avenue North yesterday to see what the Thursday shows had in store! The other bloggers and I had been excited for the day's schedule, with Flannels, Mulberry, All Saints, Ted Baker and Brookes Brothers all set to host shows! There was definitely a buzz in the air as the lounge area was packed with eager fashion enthusiasts and press members waiting for the various shows. It was lovely to meet some more fellow bloggers - Laura, Danielle, and Eliska- and have some more cheeky samples of the yummy frozen yogurt from Frurt! In true Sex and the City style there was even a fur protest outside the entrance during the Flannels show, but hey what is a fashion week without a bit of drama?!
|My outfit: High Waisted Miss Selfridge Shorts. Ribbon trim camisole, Oasis, My Housemate's oversized checked shirt, Jack Jones, and Zara Leather jacket.|
So the first show up was American heritage brand, Brooks Brothers, which brought looks from both their menswear and womenswear collections.
The menswear consisted of classic combinations with a colour pop twist. Blazers and camel coloured chinos were teamed with bright jumpers, and demure duffle coats and cardigans with zingy and pastel shaded trousers. Dicky bows even made an appearance in an unlikely pairing with casual printed beach shorts.
The Womenswear collection again showed a nod to the brand's American heritage, with hints of 50's glamour emulated through silk neck ties and shirt-waisted dresses. In terms of prints, colourful florals and thin nautical striping were present, with creamy shades of blue being the key colour. Working the his and hers appeal, preppy colour popping jumpers were also teamed with darker trouser suit combinations.
Next up was the All Saints show. Sticking to their urban and grungy image, the catwalk saw a colour palette of greys, blacks, nudes and burnt oranges for both the menswear and womenswear.
Styling notes to take from the womenswear show: Belted maxi dresses with ankle boots and collar necklaces. Cropped leather jackets to toughen up a soft and feminine floaty dress, and over sized fisherman coats with crochet jumpers and thigh high shorts!
The Ted Baker show showed a variety of looks from chic work wear to feminine evening wear, with plenty of arm candy to envy. My personal favourite was the large satchel in croc print mahogany and tan tones. A few of the dresses also showed a taste of the 50's with clinched waists and blousening skirts. Turning to the menswear, one or two of the looks had a back to school vibe with rucksacks and satchels making a return.
At the Flannels show, a range of designer attire made its way down the catwalk, with beautiful floating silk painted dresses and slouch backs from Temperley to bright fuschia empire maxi dresses.
Finally, closing the day was the one we had all been waiting for, Mulberry! As the front row was packed out for the show we struggled to get many photos, but it was enough to see the iconic fruit pastille lolly dress from the spring summer collection, the Bayswater, riveted Alexa and the mixed print Travel bag! It was such a shame the show didn't last longer!