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So very feminine.

Words by

Veronica Stanford

Premium Runway Four presented by Shop Til You Drop made three things very clear:

1)   Boho chic will always have a market
2)   Blush everything is here for another season
3)   Pants are overrated.

Finders kicked things off, with a series of chiffon, kaftan-style tops and dresses in white and black. Bohemian designs were contrasted with a strong offering of bold, striped pants and shirts with matching neckties. 

We are Kindred was all about florals. You’d be mistaken for thinking you’d attended a Spring/Summer show, with blush-toned dresses, lace trims and flowing maxi dresses delivering that feminine ‘I’m just off to high tea’ vibe.

The highlight of the entire runway came from Isabelle Quinn. With pieces more seasonally appropriate, the designer's offering spanned velvet pants, shirts and wrap dresses, in dusty pink and dark forest green. There were also a few leopard-print satin pieces which, when styled with the designer's oversized pink fur coat, made for the ultimate rich girl look.

Wild Horses seemingly looked to Kim Kardashian for inspiration, with a collection of sheer-legged jumpsuits, pants and entirely see-through dresses. Pieces were textured and featured embroidered detailing, before heavier looks (trench coats, black jackets) were sent down the runway. The closing look was a blue glitter body con dress which left the perception that the whole collection was lacking cohesiveness.

S.Wallis was all about power dressing. There were sheer silk pieces, faux fur and double-breasted, military-style coats. A palette of red, white and blue made for a distinctly French feel. Then again, that may have been due to the fact the models were all styled with bérets…

Keepsake has updated the slip dress for autumn, with ink and white pieces finished with lace trim. Designs focused on wrap styles, floating floral pieces and asymmetrical shoulders.

As for Talulah’s collection, lace everything is the only way to describe it. It was all about cut-out detailing, lace panels and colour blocking with a primary palette of wine, terracotta, black and sand.

Overall, Runway Four didn't really offer up many winter-appropriate pieces. But, what it lacked in seasonal clothing, it made up for in overtly feminine designs that the audience lapped up.


Lucas Dawson

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