Monday, 22 February 2010

Betty Jackson A/W 2010/11

Opening the third day, a bright but freezing Sunday morning, Betty Jackson gave our chills a reason to be happy with her feminine, cosy-than-thou collection. It was a move away from the romantic dresses in ditsy blooms of rose pink, baby blue and lavender we know her for, striking through instead with guilded metallics, burnt terracotta, slate, olive, tangerine and mahogany – shades taken from dappled autumnal woodland. But vintage belles and boho princesses needn’t worry; it was divine.

English Rose models with teased, flowing hair took to the catwalk in covetably snugly knits, calf-length coats and lightweight cotton separates that were perfect to accessorise with woolly tights, lace-up boots, and, of course, the ubiquitous Dutchie bike. It was a collection made with real women in mind. A slate and pepper fair-isle knit chunky jumper with oversized roll neck was worn with city shorts that stopped flatteringly just below the knee, a boxy waist bringing a chic, modern twist. While a bronze-gold full length jumpsuit with peephole front and the oh-so-popular tapered trouser leg looked deliciously comfortable and stylish – and would look fierce with cascades of chains and glossy noir nails for the evening.

Delicate, feminine tailoring with nipped-in waists created a soft, hourglass silhouette for the modern woman. The detail, too, was infectious. Multi-layering in a swathe of different textures – wool, leather, cotton, ruffles and silk – added to the sumptuous charm. While the colour combinations – midnight and bronze, tangerine and alabaster – were equally striking.

All-in all, a beautiful collection for those inevitably icy winter days.

[Images: Elle]

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