Sitting opposite Editor-in-Chief of French Vogue Carine Roitfeld and trying not to eyeball The Sartorialist, we waited for the lights to dim for Marios Schwab’s AW10 collection.

First up was a neatly ruffled drindl dress exquisitely cut in gentle taupe and sitting prettily atop a pristine white shirt.  Following that was wave after wave of gorgeous dresses, cut close to the body in Schwab’s incomparable style, formed from traditional wools and delicate taffeta and decorated here and there with a smattering of sparkle.  His Austrian inspired drindl theme continued through to stunning one-pieces cut high on the waist and low on the back.

Opulent reds, greens and blues sang in perfect harmony with warm and muted tones.  It was a collection of opposites; necklines fell from vertiginously high to breathtakingly low, breaking against the décolletage in structured undulations – a feat of sartorial engineering.

Everybody had their eyes glued to the teddy bear coats in short and long lengths – a must-have for next year we’re sure!  We’ll also be keeping an eye out for the corseting details that brought clothes from the brink of prim, right back to the forefront of sexy.

We loved the patterned skirts that reminded us of our grandmas’ carpets and we’re taking style notes about the twisted-string earrings that seemed to curl around the models’ ears.

Schwab’s use of traditional techniques to such incredibly modern effect is set to make his show a front row favourite this season. We overheard him saying that he’s entering a new decade, and we absolutely want to go there with him!