Preen by Thornton Bregazzi started day three with a collection that reminded me of dinosaur classic The Land Before Time, as models in reptilian prints strutted out one by one, while elegance, marbling and pleats featured at Nicole Farhi (where I hear Aquascutum’s former creative director Joanne Sykes is due to arrive on the scene). Scary tribal women with straight hair and way more eyeliner than Marilyn Manson modeled Marios Schwab’s fringed affair made up of leather, gladiator sandals and tribal printed dresses (some with Swarovski crystals!). Zandra Rhodes, Olivia Palermo and Leigh Lezark provided the fashion muscle on the front row as Matthew Williamson celebrated his 15th anniversary with embellished jackets, little shorts and exotic shades of pink, azure and turquoise. Meanwhile the weird and wonderful queen of British fashion, Vivienne Westwood, let loose on her advocacy of climate control, presenting her Red Label SS13 collection under the banner of support for charity Cool Earth with gingham knits, micro-checks and a colour palette ranging from cool greys, blues and greens to dusty brick red and sand. Mummy’s favourite high street brand, Topshop showed off dresses, coats and jumpsuits in white, yellow and floral-printed monochrome for their Topshop Unique show, after which Alice Temperley took over Mayfair’s Grand Connaught Rooms to host Anna Friel and Poppy Delevingne at her spring summer 13 catwalk of fun and wearable fifities skirts, stripes and jewel-adorned waistbands for Temperley London in a colourful fusion of cherry red, cream and duck-egg blue. Jonathan Saunders turned in a kooky collection that translated metallic into pencil skirts, waistcoats and blouses teamed with dark glasses and sheer separates in pastels ranging from icy blue to fondant pink and white.
I will fall asleep tonight dreaming of dinosaurs, Swarovski crystals and how I’d like to have Olivia Palermo’s wardrobe when I grow up. Sweet dreams.
Catwalk images: copywright vogue.co.uk