First Look: Emilio de la Morena, Twenty8Twelve and Craig Lawrence Spring 2011

LONDON--The second day of #lfw is shaping up to be an impressive one, and we're only half-way through. This morning, I first traipsed off to Twenty8Twelve by S. Miller, so let's start there.
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LONDON--The second day of #lfw is shaping up to be an impressive one, and we're only half-way through. This morning, I first traipsed off to Twenty8Twelve by S. Miller, so let's start there.
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LONDON--The second day of #lfw is shaping up to be an impressive one, and we're only half-way through. This morning, I first traipsed off to Twenty8Twelve by S. Miller, so let's start there.

Twenty8Twelve, designed by Sienna Miller's sister Savannah, was fun in a Marc by Marc Jacobs sort of way, but it lacked the necessary tongue-in-cheek element. Quite a few looks were cute--a yoked denim blouse, cat-eye sunglasses, a denim circle skirt pumped up by crinoline, Jude Law--but nothing was must-have, particularly at Twenty8Twelve's contemporary price point.

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Emilio de la Morena, on the other hand, was completely covetable. Fan Julia Restoin Roitfeld sat front row, as did Charlotte Dellal in what I can only imagine was a pair of leopard striped Charlotte Olympia platforms. The glitterati were, I can assume, not disappointed in what they saw. Yes, Morena may be best known for prints and little party dresses, but he's just so much more than that. The designer did a lot in leather, punched in a graphic eyelet that looked new to the eye (unlike the eyelet I saw used in New York.) Some leather dresses were embellished with a sheer peplum, while others featured flat, large pieces of what looked something like cut colored glass at the neckline.

My favorite look, though, was the last one--a mint green leather baby doll dress topped with a mint green cropped jacket. Morena's take on the suit, if you will.

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Soon it was time head back over to Somerset House. (Liberty London Girl was kind enough to offer me a lift in her lovely Mercedes-Benz sponsored car.) There, I took in Craig Lawrence's presentation. I first met the designer at the London Show Rooms in New York, where he displayed his long column dresses that look as if they've been spun out of gold. For Spring 2011, Lawrence used a similar shape, but created with what appeared to be clear trash bags. Fascinating.

Now it's time for Topshop Unique! Be back soonest!