The Kinder Aggugini ticket promised us a “typically eccentric and gothic forest” setting on the top floor of the newly opened ME Hotel. We didn’t see much evidence of set design (bar a few ivy plants) but the show definitely had an interesting theme. Aggugini took inspiration from two young British girls who in the 1980’s forged evidence of fairies in their back garden and gained nationwide fame.
The Cottingley Fairies, as they became known, were definitely in attendance today, etched onto black satin coats and scattered across delicate silky dresses. Enormous toadstools adorned devoreé silk gowns, and butterflies flew across matching jackets and skirts. The coats were by far the most exciting pieces: There was a half blazer/half coat hybrid, one swinging yellow pleated number, and a very cool navy velvet coat with a high funnel neck.
If it sounds sugary-sweet and girly, the raw hems, rubber heeled Chelsea boots and dark lipstick kept the models looking cool rather than childish. (Although I was seated next to a 12-year-old girl, who is apparently reviewing shows for the Sunday Times Style this season.) Also in attendance? P’trique, who as expected, declared the collection #totesamaze….