I went to the Amanda Wakeley SS’12 Catwalk Show at Bath in Fashion today. With sparkling Prosecco clasped in hand, and my morning's pre-holiday shopping weighing down my other, I took a seat in the beautiful ballroom at The Bath Forum.
As the blinds rolled shut, the lights came on, and the music blared, model after stunning model came strutting down the catwalk. The collection is inspiring, empowering, and classically stunning. A series of soft volumes and defined silhouettes dominated the catwalk, in vibrant carmine, turquoise, ochre, argent, and sable; billowing sheer fabrics, cinched in with British-made belts, resulted in dramatic tailored ensembles. A thirty-eight piece collection (the V&A had called in piece nineteen — Lipstick/Silver Colour Block Chiffon Maxi) was accompanied by simple & elegant fine jewellery (designed by Amanda Wakeley exclusively for Ernest Jones), bronzed timeless make-up (by Sharon Dowsett and team using Maybelline New York, and on-trend bandaged plaited hair (by Malcolm Edwards at D+V Management for L'Oreal Professional).
After the catwalk show, Amanda Wakeley, in a simple black maxi skirt and leather jacket, sat in conversation with Paula Reed, style director for Grazia UK. In discussion regarding the expectations of flawlessness in the modern world, Wakeley spoke of woman as her inspiration, rather than trends ("trend conscious and appropriate, but not trend obsessed"), and that "to empower a woman in her everyday life is the goal". She spoke of how "it is a crying shame that the British fashion industry is so ignored", especially now that "the fashion calendar has become so hungry". And when expressing her dedication to her craft, she explained that "the inside of the clothes have to be as beautiful as the outside, that's why I line everything with silk," and that her SS'12 collection is "sportswear luxe in the day; night dressing is Goddess glamour" from which her next collection will organically evolve for classic longevity.
(Images gratefully courtesy of AMANDAWAKELEY.COM)
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