London Fashion Week Spring 2013: Erdem, Holly Fulton, Markus Lupfer, Michael van der Ham, Peter Pilotto, Temperley London


Oh, Erdem. Every season you tease me with frothy girly -- yet sophisticated -- floral dresses. This is so incredibly antithetical to my usual taste, but I can't help but be pulled in.

Of note: Snakeskin and pastel, simplified florals, letting your underpinings show.


In my eyes, Holly Fulton can (nearly) do no wrong. She's entranced me with her odd modernized Art Deco graphics since her debut about six seasons ago. Is that a naked lady print on those pants? Reminiscent of Miu Miu, and I like it. A little irreverence does everyone good!

Of note: Risque prints -- be bold! Pajama dressing, ladylike midriff baring, slim jackets.


Those lips are starting to be a trademark of Markus Lupfer... and I'm okay with that. Excuse me while I slobber over all of these clothes. You may know by now that I've never met a metallic I didn't like, so this collection was right up my alley. Metallics are, of course, pretty damn flashy, but what I appreciate about these clothes here and the way they were styled is that they appear pretty work-appropriate. (As I get older, I actually have to think about things like that... yuck.) I'd wear every single thing shown here -- that's rare.

Of note: A murky water-inspired palette, lots of sparkle and shine mixed in with sturdy workmanlike fabrics, minimalist shoes, high waists.


Well, well, well, Michael van der Ham. I don't know what to make of the melted Chinoiserie prints, the schoolgirl/50's housewife influence, or the decoupage approach to mixed prints, but I do know I really like it.



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