May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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London: PPQ’s FW 13 collection looked like the wardrobe of a 50s Barbie doll, all deep pigment cosmetic colors with black contrast panels and trims and an array of outfits that ran the ladylike gamut “from car to carpet escapades,” per the show notes. There was a hint of royal family nostalgia in there, too—you could imagine Queen Elizabeth herself wearing those buttoned-up opening coat looks, and Princess Diana circa 1983 in the organza dresses with off-the-shoulder and halter necklines and puffball details. The collection’s sole print was a naive, Nickelodeon-worthy affair with its doodled hearts and squiggles that appeared on leggings, body-con dresses and as appliqué shapes on black velvet. The show was high on the fun-factor PPQ are known for (Lacroix-loving fashion victim Eddie from Absolutely Fabulous would go mad for the whole thing), keeping the British sense of tongue-in-cheek style alive for a new generation of girls-about-town. —Natalie Shukur
Silhouette: 50s / 80s / Corseted / Body conscious / Voluminous / Ladylike
Color: Black / Sunflower yellow / Sky blue / Royal blue / Lipstick pink / Cream / Lime green / Tangerine / Emerald / Jade
Key Items: Coats—from car coats to frock coats to princess coats / Corset tops / Body-con dresses / Leggings / Mini skirts—from godet to lampshade to puffball / Cocktail dresses / Ball gowns
Materials: Wool felt / Satin / Duchesse satin / Organza / Chiffon / Crepe / Velvet / Marabou
Print + Pattern: Color-blocking / Naive, multicolor hand-drawn doodle print
Details + Trim: Shoulder cutouts / Keyhole necklines / Satin patchwork appliqué / Organza layers / Halternecks / Cross straps / Fur trim / Embroidery / Contrast black fabric-covered buttons / Contrast panels / Zippers / Epaulettes / Turtle necks / Marabou trim / Wispy organza bows / Ruffles
Accessories + Footwear: Color-matched leather Gabriel shoes with pearlescent lacquer finish / Courtier-style stilettos in micro print satin, suede and cameo embroideries finished with chocolate box bow fastenings / Hair bows / Saucer hats / Sheer black stockings / Color-matched glossy leather bags with pockets and zippers / Elbow-length silk gloves
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