Being the first show of LFW for me and Danielle Scutt’s first collection after a 3 season hiatus, there was much anticipation for this collection as fashion darling after fashion darling crammed into the Old Sorting Office to view what was to be a directional showcase.
It was no surprise that the A/W11 key trend of black was out in full force in Scutt’s collection: it is after all one of her signatures. After literally just arriving in London and having to run up and down New Oxford Street trying to find the venue, this was one show I was glad had run late and I do think my windswept (seriously London, what was with the weather??), jet-lagged look fitted well with the ‘Walk of shame’ dress code.
One key piece which all on-trend lovers should covet next season is the bodycon velvet dresses which were out in force at this show. I have never been a massive fan of the old velvet (brings me memories of being 3 at a nursery school dance), but Scutt managed to compile them with edge, an air of the gothic but with a sense of sophistication – which is something very difficult to do with the material. The 80s were a clear inspiration for the collection with velvet, 80s shoulders, gold foil, hot pink, black jersey catsuits (which I LOVED), & lattice dresses parading the catwalk.
Another key A/W11 trend on show was the volumised silhouettes in oversized long jackets & gold leather pieces. Understated pieces such as the knee-length pleated wool skirt slit right up to the nether regions,& sleek jumpsuits mixed with the edgier velvet bodycon dresses and couture feel of the lattice dresses which provided a concise collection which managed to be sexy yet with an air of sophistication.
Heavy gilt statement accessories debuted the Danielle Scutt at Topshop jewellery (due in stores this month): the shoe clips, chain belts, chokers, and long earrings injected fun into the outfits.