The ground lay strewn with rust coloured foliage and bleak trees glowed with pod lights. The effect was magical. The first look to emerge from such a scene was 100% British heritage, a look I’m very fond of so we were off to a winning start. A mossy tweed suit accessorised with tan leather and topped with a luxurious sheepskin deer-stalker hat and red lips.
This was followed by wool in its many glorious forms, knitted, woven, boiled or felted. It’s a wonderfully warm natural fibre and it was great seeing a collection by a designer that actually remembers that in Winter – baby it’s COLD outside so there were zero chiffon dresses on offer but lots of leather gloves!
Just before the end of the show it started snowing on the catwalk, the first flakes are always so romantic.
Design duo Abraham & Thakore’s show was sponsored by the Indian Ministry of Textiles and their inspiration was to re-interpret Indian wedding dressing from a modernist and minimal perspective. Luxurious silk brocades from the historic weaving city Benaras, or Varanasi, in rich red tones (of course) ensued. The colour palette expanded to golds and regal purples.