With London Fashion Week under way, the style crowd has migrated to the UK to take in the runways from Mulberry, Burberry, Topshop, and beyond. With that come streets full of celebs, editors, and fashionable fixtures showing off their own covetable looks just begging to be snapped. Inside, you'll find Sienna Miller on her way to the shows, Poppy Delevigne showing off more than one look we love, and so many more to inspire your own Fall wardrobes — click on for our favorites thus far.
Alistair Carr showed his first collection for Pringle of Scotland today to a crowd of celebrities including Tilda Swinton, Harry Potter's Bonnie Wright, and Rosario Dawson. Carr's collection debut, described as The Beatles' “Across the Universe,” featured remixed chain link and argyle prints taken from the archives and turned into modern marvels with a '60s twist via brightly printed split-back dresses, shifts, and knits. Trousers were kept either loose or cropped, and some even featured refreshing slits around the knees and tuxedo stripes. Standout pieces include the purple chain-link print paired with metal cap-toe pumps, colored sunglasses, and the graphic print argyle knit sweaters. It was the perfect mix of modern and vintage from Alistair Carr, and we can't wait to see more from the designer. More highlights from the collection below.
- Trends: Asymmetric hemlines, bright knit dresses, slit-detail trousers, bright print dresses, digital print knits.
- Colors: Gray, black, white, yellow, purple, turquoise blue.
- Key Look: We loved the purple chain-link print dress and graphic argyle prints.
- Accessories: Modern laced cap-toe pumps, double cuffs.
- Who Would Wear It: Women who like to wear modern cuts and prints Victoria Beckham and front-row attendee Tilda Swinton.
>> Alistair Carr isn't holding back. The new Pringle of Scotland designer debuted his first complete collection for the label today — and the Fashion Week crowd was out to support in full force. Abbey Lee Kershaw opened the show, while Pringle face Tilda Swinton, Anna Dello Russo, Irina Lazareanu, and Rosario Dawson were all in the front row.
For Spring 2012, Carr dipped into the archives of the storied house, bringing out classic knits and prints and giving them a kick into the future. Large-scale chevrons in multi-colored hues decorated the necklines and cuffs of thin-gauge sweaters, while silk skirts and pencil-dresses got a smattering of graphic prints in the form of links and chains. Silhouettes were streamlined and lithe, and there were plenty of highly-wearable separates. The designer also played with neons and brights, offering them up in clever slices at the lapels of blazers, as well as on the underlining of layered skirts and capes, which kicked up in a dramatic flash of color as the models walked.
>> Last night, Rachel Zoe, Anna Wintour, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley joined Tom Ford at Wolfgang Puck’s newly opened Cut restaurant in London just after his Spring 2012 show. Images of the collection won't be released until early next month, but some details have popped up.
The show cast: Abbey Lee Kershaw, Aline Weber, Anais Mali, Anja Rubik, Aymeline Valade, Bette Franke, Candice Swanepoel, Carmen Kass, Caroline Brasch Nielsen, Daphne Groeneveld, Edita Vilkeviciute, Emily Senko, Fei Fei Sun, Jasmine Tookes, Joan Smalls, Kristina Salinovic, Lais Ribeiro, Mirte Maas, Morgane Warnier, Olga Sherer, Sheila Marquez, Sojourner Morrell, and Sui He.
The collection, according to Hamish Bowles: "Amongst the hourglass silhouettes and powerfully sensual effects beloved of Ford fans, since his work at Gucci in the '90s, there was a thread of pre-Raphaelite romanticism in embroidered peasant blouses (of the type Matisse loved to paint) and even frothy, Renaissance-sleeved dresses that evoked the work of the great '60s and '70s London designer Ossie Clark." Also amongst the collection: "a lacquered anemone purple-satin trench coat," "a blush-pink chiffon tracksuit pant," "a cutaway mother-of-pearl wedge," and "the thinnest diamond-crusted heel."
The collection, according to Cathy Horyn: "[It] was loaded up with great day clothes, including loosely laced Moroccan blouses, fringed skirts and some simple but gorgeous dresses with ruching or a belt at the waist and a bubbled hem. A number of outfits also had corsets blended into the tone of the blouse. Equally strong were his evening option of slinky black pants — more like a ski pant — with a simple chiffon t-shirt coated with feathers at the front."
The collection, according to the Telegraph: "Mesh, marabou, raffia fringing, a candlewick effect which suggested long hours at the hand embroiderers, plaited satin ribbons — these were just some of the techniques applied onto those hourglass silhouettes. Throw in bosoms, cupped in cantilevered chiffon, checks, and some snakeskin skirts, and it could have all looked a bit much."
Photos of the dinner attendees, in the slideshow, plus a first peek at the collection from the model board.