Holly Fulton's graphic beauty at London Fashion Week
Never one for the shy and retiring, Holly Fulton opened her AW12 collection at London Fashion Week this afternoon with bold, graphic prints that have become synonymous with the brand. London's most eclectic fashion crowd crammed into the BFC space at Somerset House for a show inspired by glasshouses, Lady Chatterley, and steamy Stepford wives.
Working from a self-restricted palette of hot fuchsia, teal and black, Fulton delivered contemporary sophistication with Art Deco styled graphic prints over everything. Colour was explored, with multiple tones creating an almost 3D effect within the technically stunning collection. Luxurious materials, chandelier detailing and gem encrusted accessories reflected the high elegance of the pieces, and although some of the dresses screamed evening wear only, there was still a great deal of accessibility in the collection.
Layering and classic cut trousers were married with polo necks, which also appeared on dresses. Exotic palms and creatures flourished across the print - we particularly loved the graduated butterflies that graced a pair of silk trousers. Hems on skirts and dresses were shredded and eyes were smoky, lending to the hedonistic spirit of the show. The shoes were all black Louboutin, but the handbags were full of colour, with oversized fur totes, metallic envelope clutches, and outfit coordinated silk patterned clutches.
Apart from a slight stumble from the last model (which sent a tense atmosphere through the crowd) the show ended on a high, with the final walk showcasing the refined spectrum of colours and inspired botanical designs.