In true Holly Fulton style, the invite to her AW11 show came splattered with red lips! Entitled 'Kiss me quick, squeeze me slow,' we knew it was going to be love at first sight. You see, Holly is a designer who likes to have fun and we adore her for it – her penchant for playful prints and Art Deco-esque excess has made her shows one of the hottest tickets at London Fashion Week.
Inspired by her style hero, Coco Channel, and her well-documented trips to Scotland with her lover, The Duke of Westminster, Holly experimented with the most British of fabrics for AW11 – tweed. But it was of course given the playful Holly Fulton touch with bumble-bee black and yellow nubby tartans cut into a swinging full-skirt edged with beads, or a fur-trimmed coat styled with a brasserie and Holly's sparkling more-is-more accessories.
The highlight of any Holly Fulton show are always the designer's off-the-wall prints and for AW11, they were hot hot hot. Surreal Elsa Schiaparelli-inspired red lips collided with New York city sky-scrapers and clouds in striking, beautifully bright shades that popped. Elegant, manicured hands with perfectly painted red nails were clashed with turquoise python and sparkling off-kilter Swarovski crystals as well as studs, creating a real sartorial treat.
While Holly's cute sixties silhouettes and flapper-esque mini-dresses were styled to the max and oh-so-cute, what really stole the show for AW11 were her lighter, silk-crepe full-length dresses and palazzo pants that moved so beautifully as the models' walked.
So Holly, in our dreams, we'd love a pearl-encrusted tee and some lip splattered pants for next autumn please, and oh yes, some of your studded bow Louboutins! And don't worry – when we wear an outfit quite as fabulous as this, we plan on taking a cab…