Its Love

You can tell from my site that I am an avid Burberry fan, so to be invited to the Burberry Brit store opening in Covent Garden last week was amazing. My excitement was heightened even more by the fact Christopher Bailey would be there (in a non stalker way obviously).

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London Fashion Week Day 4

It was a big day for the British labels today. Paul Smith, Christopher Kane, Burberry, Giles and Julien McDonald were amongst the designers showing. As usual a selection of reviews for Papierdoll and to follow later more of my favourites from the week.

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Tough Love

As its Valentines weekend and the start of shows I thought I'd write a bit about both those things. First V day. The Burberry Prorsum SS11 show produced a long list of coveted items for me as they sashayed down the mirrored runway last September. The metallic shades, pops of neon and studded skins had everyone in a spin. Biker chic had firmly planted its feet here, British style. Balmain has been the leader in rock looks for many a season but after the hype of the Aviator show last season, Christopher Bailey turned his eye to the house trench to re invent, and produced "the nice girl turned tough." Not quite as naughty as the French but naughty enough for the English.

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Flirty, fun and full on

Flirty little sister of Prada, Miu Miu always sneaks in with an attention grabbing collection. The dresses were solid in their fabric but slyly cut away to reveal parts of the body, under the bust, into the shoulder with a scalloped edge and a lot of leg. A -line skirts and square buckled shoes indicated the swinging sixties. Even the bows were a bit more rigid in structure, as were the skirts and shoulders. All was still pretty though, never slutty.

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Theatrics - let the shows begin

It must be difficult to have so many collections to design and not let them bleed into each other. On some level this season John Galliano was merging the House of Dior with his own label. Known for his beautiful slips of silk and their variations, he took this and layered them under all manner of riding dress – or not. Many a tulle and chiffon dresses came trotting down the runway, taking up the equestrian theme from his previous Couture collection.

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