London Fashion Week rides in with style at PPQ AW12
One of the most exciting shows on day one of London Fashion Week had to be PPQ, with its underground cool reputation and notably cooler celebrity fans.
PPQ's AW12 collection, dedicated to the "apocalyptic romance of winter", opens with dramatic music as the first model walks slowly down the runway, leaning on her personalised PPQ RULE Supreme Style bike (a first in London Fashion week history). The catwalk plunges into darkness, the music changes, and the lights return to reveal the second model - it has begun!
The show, aptly named 'Black Out' played with monochrome and fetish elements, with wet look fabrics, velvet and silk running through out the collection. Statement belted coats in tweed and checkered mohair appear alongside sweeping black coats with embellished oversized hoods. In keeping with the theme, black velvet dresses give the show a movie star quality, accessorized with vintage sunglasses and some retro cute, heart shaped beauty spots.
Staying true to their signature styling, designers Amy Molyneaux and Percy Parker created stunning, original prints on satin for the ultimate luxury feel. The eveningwear was beautiful and ghost like, with floating chiffons in white, grey and black layers, providing the audience with a glimpse at the designers versatile, wearable pieces.
My favourite look appeared in a vision of billowing silk, button down blouses with wrapping details, paired with wet look bloomers and beautifully encrusted leggings from Bebaroque, exclusively designed for PPQ. Mixing the softer garments with hard elements was definitely a crowd pleaser, and the accessories became major players within the show - the patent PPQ Gabriel bag dominating outfits in mini and maxi sizing, whilst the gloriously high shoes featured scatterings of jewels on the toes and heels.
The show ended with a flash of colour, an array of greens in royal hues, and the girls walked off with their bicycles. If I wore a beautiful PPQ dress, I wouldn't ride a bike in it either!
100 of the Limited Edition PPQ RULE Supreme Style Bikes will be available to purchase (at £1500+) via www.rulebikes.com from late march 2012, for pre orders only.