Roland Mouret AW16
The lowdown: This season Roland Mouret was inspired by London's Chelsea and Paris' St Germain boroughs during their nostalgic rock 'n' roll heydays. With muses like Stevie Nicks and Kate Bush as his references, the designer paraded a line-up of velvet-panelled midi dresses that looked effortless compared to his usual pencil silhouettes. Despite their fluted shapes, there was still an architectural feel to them, with highly-technical fabrics including hexagonal lace embroidery and sheer, bonded mesh incorporated as patchwork. On a mostly black and white palette, the velvety rich reds, and, later, emerald green minis and a blazing crimson coat, lifted the mood entirely.
Meanwhile, trousers came in the form of floral-printed kick-flares and knits featured as separates or the top half of dresses, adding to the textural feel of the collection.
On the front row: Caroline Issa
What she wore: A burnt orange coat
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