Last week I was invited along to the spring summer 2013 fashion show put on by Harvey Nichols Leeds.
The city’s grand Victoria Quarter was a fitting backdrop for some of the new season clothes from the likes of McQueen, Diane Von Furstenburg, Mary Katrantzou and Burberry.
Though undercover, the show was nonetheless outside and while the freezing temperatures made writing and snapping more difficult for me it didn’t seem to cool guests’ enthusiasm. Well, they had enjoyed a champagne reception and there was plenty on the runway to hold their attention.
Gucci jacket and trousers, Saint Laurent shoes, Dior sunglasses
Dress Acne, jacket Finders Keepers, shoes Isabel Marant
Jacket DKNY, top Faith Connexion, trousers Joseph, shoes Tod, bag Jimmy Choo, sunglasses Tom Ford
Top Finders Keepers, skirt DKNY, shoes Saint Laurent, bag Alexander McQueen
Jacket By Marlene Birger, top McQ, shoes Isabel Marant, bag Alexander Wang
Coat Burberry Brit, shirt Escada Sport, trousers DKNY, boots Acne, bag Gucci
Top Finders Keepers, trousers and sandals Saint Laurent, clutch Alexander McQueen
Burberry trench, dress Faith Connexion, shoes Sam Edelman, sunglasses Prada
Dress Alice + Olivia, shoes Sam Edelman
Dress Philip Armstrong, BCBG Maxazaria shoes
Jacket Burberry London, top and jeans Faith Connexion, sandals Michael Kors, bag Alexander McQueen
Dress and jacket Faith Connexion, shoes McQ
Jacket and trousers Helmut Lang, bustier Parker, shoes Saint Laurent, bag Gucci
Jacket Diane Von Furstenburg, trousers By Marlene Birger, shoes Saint Laurent
Muubaa jacket, Diane Von Furstenburg jumper, 7 For All Mankind jean, Alexander McQueen shoes, Christian Louboutin bag
BCBG Maxazaria dress, Gucci shoes
Valentino Red trench coat and dress
Top Dolce & Gabbana, jeans J Brand, shoes Rupert Sanderson, tote Celine
Mary Katrantzou dress, shoes Saint Laurent, bag Gucci
Dress Red Valentino, shoes Christian Louboutin
Dolce & Gabbana dress, Rupert Sanderson shoes, Tom Ford sunglasses
Dress Gucci, shoes Rupert Sanderson
Dress Finders Keepers, shoes Gucci, bag Chanel
Dress Dolce & Gabbana, shoes Saint Laurent
Top and trousers By Marlene Birger, shoes and clutch Sophia Webster
(I’m a bit in love with Sophia Webster’s creations, as you may have noticed if you read this post on my favourite picks from the AW13/14 fashion weeks).
Paul Smith Black Label dress, Sam Edelman shoes, Diane Von Furstenburg clutch
BCBG Maxazaria dress, Sam Edelman shoes
Amanda Wakeley dress, BCBG Maxazaria shoes, Iosselliani earrings, Celine cuff
Amanda Wakeley dress, BCBG Maxazaria shoes
Catherine Deane dress, Saint Laurent shoes, Celine cuff
Dress Amanda Wakeley, shoes Jimmy Choo
By Marlene Birger dress, Christian Louboutin shoes
(This beautiful studded sleeve dress was my favourite thing of the night and completely inspired a purchase the next day in H&M. I’m afraid that’s as close to this outfit as I’ll ever get!)
Amanda Wakeley dress, Alexander McQueen shoes, Annoushka earrings
Dress By Marlene Birger, shoes Christian Louboutin, clutch Jimmy Choo
The runway show was split into five trends:
‘White out’ - purity, simplicity and neutral tones
‘Foiled again’ - metallic materials and ultra-modern fabrics
‘Colour pop’ - primary hues, pops of colour and an injection of fun
‘No limit print’ - no holding back with this display of colour and print
‘Fantasy frocks’ - described as a feminine array of styles and silhouettes from ethereal gowns to sexy power dresses
Hair was styled by Russell Eaton with make-up by MAC.
Two more things I was inspired to buy and did so almost straight away after seeing this show: a lipstick as near to neon as I dare (don’t the bright colours look great with the white outfits?) and this bright yellow clutch from Accessorize.
On a similar theme, did you see my round-up of the trends for SS13?