It seemed that all of London was wild for Acne this summer with the opening of the Swedish brand’s smart new Dover Street store.
I was no different. At least in theory I’m in awe of the sort of Scandinavian, masculine-influenced dressing which the label seems to typify. In practice, I tend to end up wearing things that make me look more like a cross between Virginia Woolf, a flower fairy and a slightly mad museum curator.
There was one Acne piece in particular that stole my heart though- this beautiful Nelli print skirt:
This picture doesn’t show it very well, but the skirt is a concertina of tiny pleats and is sheer from about the knees downwards- a long and a short skirt in one!
As fashion becomes increasingly enamoured with the 1970s and maxi lengths abound, I am falling for skirts that compound the lean lines of a maxi with playful structuring and sheer fabrics to suggest a much shorter length.
We saw examples on the catwalk from Dolce & Gabbana who presented an amazing collection of white dresses inspired by the notion of a runaway Sicilian bride… I also loved the hair for the show- french plaits pinned up at the back and wispy and pretty at the front.
Salvatore Ferragamo was also in on the act and showed whimsical, gauzy floor length skirts. (This style of skirt also looks great with a cropped top as it was styled in the Ferragamo show.)
It was just such a ‘clever skirt’ (well, dress actually) that Charlie, our press girl at Mawi, was snapped in by GLAMOUR magazine at LFW-
Charlie is also wearing two pieces from the Mawi Punk Nouveau collection.
Mawi Punk Nouveau Collection- Jade and Skull Necklace £378
Mawi Punk Nouveau Collection- Linked Jade Gemstone Bracelet £338
Charlie’s dress is by a very young British designer called Georgia Nash who is slowly carving out a name for herself with her original, textured designs which call to mind the feminine silhouettes of Viktor and Rolf, whom Nash herself cites as an inspiration. She has a great, ‘too good to be true’, quirky personal style as well. The collection she showed during Fashion Week took the kitsch name- ‘The Nut was Too Strong to Crack’; and if it was a playful take on The Nutcracker she looks like a Shoreditch take on the Sugarplum Fairy!
Watch this space for a post about a very exciting Mawi collaboration…