Easily one of the most anticipated shows on the London Fashion Week schedule, and certainly never one to disappoint, an ecstasy of opulence and splendour tinged with poignant dabs of melancholy hit the Erdem Autumn/Winter 2018 runway. Unfurling his study into the life and times of Adele Astaire – Vaudeville star and dance-icon Fred's older sister who gave up her American starlet life to marry the son of the Duke of Devonshire and live in a staid Irish castle – was, to say the least, a foray into an enticing yet enigmatic tale with, of course, an immaculate wardrobe to boot.
Showing in the National Portrait Gallery, adding grandeur of the occasion, a sea of exquisite jacquard silks on jackets, dresses and capes, sauntered down the runway, punctuated by black tulle polka dot veils – a hint to the darker side of loss that occurred within the marriage. Sumptuous flocked satins melded with mesh were rife, making way to heritage tweeds on capes and cropped pants. With all the trappings of a flapper-in-residence, imbued with something of a faded or, at times, doomed glamour, coaxed in with the rustic ramblings of country castle life, this was a collection that turned the pages of the short-lived love affair, only to leave you enchanted to know and see more.