Having spent Friday, the first day of London fashion week, in a jet-lagged daze wandering in and out of high street stores on Oxford Street while waiting for my hotel room to be ready, I missed all the smaller shows that day. Julien Macdonald, on a sunny Saturday morning, was my introduction to London's fashion scene, and it was a great way to start. (And not only because they were handing out Krispy Kremes outside the venue.)
Imagine Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love" girls wearing black and white origami-cut dresses and dragon prints, and you have the Julien Macdonald show (well, the first half at least.) Featuring slicked, painted hair (Spring beauty trend alert! We saw it in New York, too) and red lips, his girls were ready to kick ass and take names.
The dresses, featuring a palette of black, white, and khaki, with pops of yellow and blue, were layered with vests and accented with spiky, caged shoes. The wow moments came at the end of the show, with a series of short dresses and long gowns, featuring intricate embroidery and subtle beading, all on a very sheer base. A silver column shown on an ice princess was visually stunning, and had people applauding.
It was a perfect welcome to London, and had me wanting to kick some more fashion butt this weekend.