Italian Style showcased at Somerset House

On a warm summer evening (one of the few) I was invited to preview a collection of works from the Masters of Italian Style. Leading fashion figure Colin McDowell has curated a selection of prints offered from six Italian designers archives that they feel represent the history, influences and design of their work.

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AW11 Trend shoot - behind the scenes

Last season Sarah, Hamilton, Chloe and I shot eight looks for the Summer season. Well just to give us all a lot more work, I decided that it would be *fun* to use two girls, eight looks each and make a total of 16 for the upcoming Winter season. Truthfully, I am not sure how exhausted everyone else is, but if like me they are shattered, I hope they have the same feeling of the final story. INCREDIBLE....

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Italians show their colours

By this I mean in very different ways. Firstly there is the actual colour, from Gucci. A rich, bright palette of turquoise, green, yellow, purple and orange which screamed "look at me" in a very typical Gucci gal way. The opulence oozed from the fabrics making up the clothes: fox furs, mongolian goat hair, fine chiffons and crocodile skins.

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And in no particular order

I was going to do a top 10 moments for London fashion week but did not want NYC or Milan to feel left out. So I shall do NY and Milan together as one. I shall keep tabs on Paris and compile one from there too, ne fret pas, as I was once told. Right, NY and Milan....in no particular order (sounds a bit like the X Factor/Strictly/Any reality results show?!)

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Nymphette

Floating nymph like models gliding almost barefoot down the runway. The beauty of the Ferretti show was following an already emerging theme of tranquil calmness, think Erdem, but add a lot more chiffon and embroidery of these incredible gowns. The prints were there on the material but the fabrics still sheer and light. Knits were added to layer, and few more tailored pieces of trenches and shorts yet still the heaviness was avoided.

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