– By Sarah-Leigh Wade –
For autumn/winter 13, London-based designer Emilia Wickstead paid homage to the accomplished female professionals of the mid-20th century. Drawing on those original female businesswomen, to whom elegant tailoring was paramount to the working wardrobe, Emilia presented a line inspired by the likes of Diana Vreeland – full of attitude and adventure.
A fusion of decades, from the 1930s to the 1960s, saw demure suits and full skirts combined with shorter lengths; mini skirts placed with sturdy outwear. In summary, the collection was a juxtaposition of super-feminine silhouettes mixed with crisp tailoring – this season the Wickstead woman means business, albeit in the most ladylike sense. It’s no wonder the Duchess of Cambridge is an advocate.
In amongst the autumnal palette of chartreuse, tonal rich browns and soft grey, accents of burgundy red, petrol green and deep turquoise were used as solid block colours or the basis of strong checks and florals. Differing scales of checks were combined while houndstooth was placed alongside a Prince of Wales check, creating a look that was both fun yet classically chic.
Later, blush pink damask formed glamorous evening wear, embroidered with delicate pearls (in collaboration with Swarovski). A footwear collaboration with Manolo Blanik was also presented; sophisticated pumps in the same palette seen with ankle straps, sometimes matching outfits, sometimes in contrast.
Based just outside London, Sarah-Leigh Wade is an editor and brand consultant working with trend forecasting organisations and international retailers, specialising in digital media. Sarah-Leigh launched her popular eponymous blog Sarah-LeighsStyleFiles.com in 2009 and is an advocate of emerging talent, vintage fashion and the arts. You can follow her on Twitter @SarahLeighW
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