They say save your best til last and for me, my last London Fashion Week show, was the one I was most looking forward to – Mother of Pearl. My anticipation was met from the moment I arrived at the ICA to be greeted by the lovely front of house team. The mood was set by a live pianist Christina McMaster and the intimate room in which the collection was shown, And then magic began.
In keeping with brand’s artistic ethos, prints featured strongly within the collection – or as I thought it was like watching William Morris prints come to life with a contemporary twist. The clothes filed out onto the lush wooden floor, like swaying dancers following a piped piper.
A blue/black story unfolded in a haze of bold prints on short jackets, accented by with hints of green and red, on top of cigarette pants. Then a gorgeous long dress with bell flute sleeves, crafted in a paisley and horse print. Embroidery and tulip florals nestled together on beautifully tailored separates, while a cream high neck long sleeved dress, finished in a brown paisley roundabout skirt that flowed beautifully.
Peppered alongside the prints, solid blocks of colour, elegant shift dresses, a snow white blouse paired with a grey transparent print long skirt. A classic navy top coat and trousers were transformed by a vibrant sunshine yellow blouse, a variant of which also appeared over red hot skinny pants.
This carnival of colour and prints captured an appreciative audience with its wearability and chic simplicity. The mark of a collection for me, is not just how it makes you feel, how it fits in with what you already own. Each piece in the Mother of Pearl collection is a definitely must have.