May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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London: The chime from a music box was the cue for Emila Wickstead’s ladies to glide down the marble staircase and into view. Imagine a modern day ‘My Fair Lady’ making her debut in society with looks perfectly poised to take the new society belles from day to eveningwear. Demure ankle lengths, softly gathered bustles and cinched waists all gently highlighted the femininity of her hourglass silhouette. Opening with daywear in sugary pastels of peach, soft minty-blues, buttery cream and blush pinks the Vogue Fashion Fund Finalist mixed cashmere tweeds, boucles and satins in soft silhouettes with over-sized lapels, belted waists, and full skirts. Throughout she focused on shoulders – raglan, tailored, rouched and high necklines. Red polo necks punctuated geometric silk print or were worn with black patent jackets or collarless crombies while ginger plaids added a bold statement to eveningwear. The restrained use of print and colour, the luxurious grey herringbone and plaids, the weight and fall of the fabric, all highlighted her elegant intentions. – Camilla Morton
Theme: My Fair Lady
Key Items: Calf length dresses / Belted waist dresses / ¾ length bell sleeves / Wide leg pants / Mid-calf A-line skirts / Asymmetric pleated skirts / Soft belted oversized-lapelled jackets / Cropped trousers / All-in-one / Closurelss coats
Colour: Pastel peach / Soft mint-blue / Pink / Dove grey / Butter cream / Warm ginger / Red / Patent black
Material and Trims: Tweeds / Boucle / Cashmere wools / Satin / Silks / Lurex plaid Patent leather
Print and Pattern: Herringbone / Plaids /Evening lurex, / Deco-geometric print
Accessories and Footwear: Tonal matching square toed / Ankle strap chunky heels
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