The lowdown: Great expectations were set for Autumn/Winter 2016 at Erdem and the designer was precisely on point with his oh-so fitting take on the faded grandeur of a 1930s Hollywood starlet. Playing out against the soundtrack of the distinct and insistent tone of Bette Davis in All About Eve with nuances of Hitchcock intrigue and mystery, the collection weaved its way past covered chandeliers, through tired furniture and discarded drapes, revealing a seductive new take on old-world glamour. A showcase laden with gowns and dresses, strong Edwardian midi-length silhouettes were key, in lamé and lace, silks and satins, infused with scatterings of decadent sequins, gold ribbon fringing and exquisite embroidery, while alluring cut-out and sheer detailing gave a contemporary edge. Nostalgic, yes, but taking craftsmanship and detailing to new levels, this is a collection we will be seeing on many a red carpet in the months to come.
On the front row: Alexa Chung
What she wore: A lace midi dress
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