Like many others, I fell in love with Holly Fulton's bright art deco prints when she first began showing four seasons ago. And as you all know, being a lover of all things black and minimalist, that's a really big deal. But I must admit, I went to her show this morning with concerns. How will she be able to show her signature prints but keep them fresh and interesting was the question on my mind but the collection exceeded all of my expectations.
"She worked so hard on this collection. I was just so happy for her," her PR told me after the show - and it showed. This season Fulton was designing with jet-setting women in mind, with Joan Collins as her muse. This translated into printed orange and black trousers with casual white tees and monochromatic dresses with city prints on them casually scooped and slouched at the back hinting at a contemporary relaxed luxury.
Fulton's prints - which were inspired this season by the Memphis school - are bold and if put in the wrong hands could easily have looked too fussy and overdone but the styling worked. Graphic wide leg trousers and leopard print skirts were all toned down and allowed to shine against simple tops in plain neutral colours.
As designers start revealing pics of their latest ad campaigns, we expect to see the likes of Karlie Kloss, Claudia Schifferand maybe even a new kid on the block like Lindsey Wixson. Joan Collins, however, is one name and face that we would not necessarily associate with ad campaigns as we would with films and books. Still, Collins has been snapped up as the new face of Alexis Bittar's Spring 2010 jewellery collection. An unexpected pairing to say the least, but it turns out that both were (unknowingly) fans of each other. Bittar has gained praise and fans for his grandiose, '80s-inspired pieces and even lent Patricia Field a hand in the jewellery department on Sex and the City.
As the namesake of Collins' larger-than-life character in the hit show Dynasty, it seems the two shared a connection long before they met. Collins has said in the past: "Alexis Bittar is by far my favourite costume jewelry designer...His whimsical designs suit my personality effortlessly." As luck would have it, a chance lunch date between Bittar's PR manager and Collins led to the current predicament. Bittar told Grazia Daily: "I was with my friend Edwin who said, 'You should have Joan be the face of Alexis Bittar. 'Alexis for Alexis Bittar."
It's only day one of London Fashion Week but already the stars are beginning to line our front rows. This morning The Fash Pack team spotted none other than Joan Collins sitting front row at the Caroline Charles show.
London Fashion Week is kicking off with a fresh air of optimism, enthused by London womenswear designer, Caroline Charles. With five changing themes, Charles kicked off with Cruise, a cutesy collection of poppy polka dots, romantic ruffles and flirty shorts. The designer, who was awarded an OBE after celebrating her 40th anniversary in fashion, then followed with Resort, an exotic compilation of fifties style tunics and cropped trousers, accessorising with heavily beaded necklaces, chunky bracelets and baker boy, trilby and sun hats. Regatta showcased a series of classic cotton shirting, chinos and gingham, contrasted next by Rancho, with its tribalesque headwear, animal prints and harem pants. Charles finished off with the overtly feminine White Night, where antique white lace dominated, embellished heavily with sequins, net, embroidery, ruffles and ladylike pearls.
Pringle's LFW afterparty will be bringing back the eighties revival, true and proper. Icons Joan and Jackie Collins are confirmed guests at the afterparty, and will no doubt be creating a stir on the front row seats of the catwalk show that same afternoon.
The all time, and first goddess of Beverly Hills, Jackie Collins is a literary legend, having sold 400 million books. Yes, 400 million! And older sister Joan isn't lacking in any iconic status, either. Having been the 80's 'Dynasty' queen, we have seen the influence she has had on designers such as Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Balenciaga, all bearing their glitz and glamour with shoulder padded glory on this season's catwalks. The 76-year-old actress also has a makeover show in the pipeline to air on ITV1 later this year, appropriately named 'Joan Does Glamour', which is currently in filming. No doubt the two sisterly beauties will be rocking London Fashion Week, and we can't wait!