On the whole London Fashion Week has failed to excite this season but you can always count on Marios Schwab to get us interested. This season he cited Marlene Dietrich as his inspiration and it translated instantly on the opening looks like a selection of a ultra feminine but powerful belted knee length dresses teamed with elbow length leather gloves and T-bar heels that were the source of conversation long after the show ended. Considering that the screen siren was Schwab's starting point for fall, it only made sense that he showed a trouser suit. Rather than taking the obvious route and doing a copy of the white version she famously wore, he created a brown one instead teamed with a beautiful sheer blouse.
While the beginning of the collection felt geared to a mature customer, as the show progressed he introduced playful and youthful pieces like a cream dress with black cap sleeves and a shorter hemline than the opening dresses . His body conscious styles came in patterns that looked like harmonographs, which helped add a modern twist from the conservative beginning. Evening dresses were as strong as always and came in sheer styles that tapped into the mermaid feeling that we saw at Alexander McQueen, Givenchy and Valentino last season