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LWF Day 2 – Highly Sellable Zilkha


London Fashion Week Report Day 2

Erin O’Connor must be the current model of choice to open a show as yet again on day two she was first out on the Ronit Zilkha catwalk. Elegantly striding in a pair of Zilkha’s immaculately cut large check trousers, mid-length coat in warm tones of brown and gold, topped off with a jaunty mustard trilby, the mood was set for an opulent, feminine, vintage inspired collection.

Divided into four sections the show took us from casual daywear to smart tailoring into sensuous eveningwear. Check, patchwork, houndstooth in rustic muted colours all made their way onto classic style coats and trousers with contemporary styling details. Sheer chiffon blouses with central ruffles and flashes of sparkly lurex added a hint of sexiness.

As the show moved on into its second phase a more girly ‘Sex in the City’ feel emerged. Tones turned to a palette of mid-greys, creams, dusty pinks and blues. Oversized buttons, cutesy bustier dresses worn over fitted blouses, polka dots and front pleated mini’s give a playful touch to Zilkha’s superb tailoring. For those not too partial to the leg revealing lengths of the mini – a trend very much set to continue into autumn/winter, there were plenty of floor skimming options at Zilkha’s show, the inset fishtail skirt being one of them.

Progressing into eveningwear – models donned silver Venetian style masks as colours became darker, with the eveningwear staple – black along with mid-greys, metallic silvers and golds. Chiffon, sequins, velvet and lace made their way onto dresses so short that they just made it to the right side of decent. While high-neck tops were teamed up with more voluminous numbers that looked grand enough for the ballroom.

Inspired by handicrafts, decoration and flea markets Ronit Zilkha’s Autumn/Winter 03 show made for a very polished, highly wearable collection. Combining commercial appeal with distinctive Zilkha traits – there was something in there for everyone.


By JoJo Iles

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