Wednesday, September 19, 2012

London Fashion Week SS13: PPQ

On Friday 14th September, crowds gathered at Goldsmiths Hall on Foster Lane to watch the greatly anticipated PPQ SS13 catwalk show titled 'Fiasco Tech'. For those expecting something similar to their AW12 collection, they would have been disappointed as this collection boasted heaps of colour and loud vibrant patterns that are a far cry from the monochrome mix of leather and silks used in the autumn line.

The collection was inspired by the glamour of the late 60's and the Riviera lifestyle. Paisley prints were in abundance and traditional classics had undergone a futuristic make over with mules becoming stiletto mules and classic shirts becoming duster shirts. It was clear that the trademark PPQ aesthetic of an optimistic lifestyle free from constraint and boundaries had not been lost and the collection was a mix of light and breezy garments that were perfect for the relaxed summer vibe that we all crave.

The stiletto mules, designed by acclaimed shoe designer Mark Charles, added a 21st century glamour to the show and really complimented the London aesthetic which is a constant motif in the collections from PPQ. Their geometric, heavy black soles contrasted beautifully with the colourful 60's style print used on the front of the shoe. Black tassels were added to the front of the fabric full a full 1960's effect. I cannot wait to see these shoes in the beach resorts of St Tropez, they are full on glamour.

My favourite garment from the show was a floaty paisely print silk halter neck top which was paired with matching printed leggings. The contrast of the bold prints and the accents of pinks and reds make the look creative and fun and when combined with the luxurious fabrics, it makes a highly stylised, glamorous look. I cannot help but lust after it.

PPQ are also famous for their exciting after show parties and this season, it was held at the gorgeous Kensington Roof Gardens. Guests were treated to a selection of delicious cocktails and wine which were decorated with either rose petals or sculpted fruit. Their latest fashion film played in the background and guests mingled, discussing their highlights of the show. As the evening progressed and people had a few more drinks the lounge area turned into a dancefloor and the gardens themselves came alive with people enjoying the last remaining hours of summer.

The PPQ aesthetic is still going strong and I cannot wait to see people wearing the collection on my next trip to the Riviera.

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