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Bernard Chandran: London Fashion Week A/W 2012 Catwalk Review

Beautifully tailored, sexy womenswear from Bernhard Chandran at Fashion Scout, showing on Saturday 18th February 2012.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Bernard-Chandran-by-Scott-Nellis
Bernard Chandran A/W 2012 by Scott Nellis.

Normally Matt Bramford insists on covering Bernard Chandran so I was a bit of a newbie to his catwalk show, attended by such luminaries as…. Keisha Buchanan, formerly of the Sugababes. Not perhaps someone that I would have pinpointed as a fan, but she was overheard saying that this is her third Bernard show so she is no doubt better acquainted with his work than me.

Bernard Chandran AW 2012 - photo by Amelia Gregory Keisha
Bernard Chandran AW 2012 - photo by Amelia Gregory
Bernard Chandran AW 2012 - photo by Amelia Gregory
Bernard Chandran AW 2012 - photo by Amelia Gregory
Bernard Chandran AW 2012 - photo by Amelia Gregory
Bernard Chandran A/W 2012 by Lo Parkin
Bernard Chandran A/W 2012 by Lo Parkin.

The show began with a double act – two models in white, black and shades of charcoal grey striding out to an incongruous Junglist soundtrack. Their hair was set in sleek forward facing Victory rolls and pale grey tinted eyebrows combined with bright red lips to give an elegant feel. All the emphasis was on the throat, with extravagant folding collars standing high on the neck. This look was repeated throughout the collection: appearing as a design detail on a calf length quilted coat, or as jewelled neck pieces – the main adornments for silky evening dresses.

Bernard Chandran AW 2012 - photo by Amelia Gregory
Bernard Chandran AW 2012 - photo by Amelia Gregory
Bernard Chandran AW 2012 - photo by Amelia Gregory
Bernard Chandran AW 2012 - photo by Amelia Gregory
Bernard Chandran AW 2012 - photo by Amelia Gregory
Bernard Chandran AW 2012 - photo by Amelia Gregory Keisha
Bernard Chandran A/W 2012 by Cruz
Bernard Chandran A/W 2012 by Cruz.

Midnight blue satin, black velvet, delicate lacy materials, sequin embellishments – there was beauty in textures here, mainly in dark shades befitting an A/W collection. Transparent and sheer pieces in muted nude, dusky rose and chocolate tones lifted the colour palette but it was a beautiful belted coat dress that really caught my eye: it featured what looked like a spattering of metallic car body paint across the front – whitely gleaming against the black ground under bright catwalk lights.

Bernard Chandran AW 2012 - photo by Amelia Gregory
Bernard Chandran AW 2012 - photo by Amelia Gregory
Bernard Chandran AW 2012 - photo by Amelia Gregory
Bernard Chandran AW 2012 - photo by Amelia Gregory
Bernard Chandran AW 2012 - photo by Amelia Gregory
Bernard Chandran AW 2012 - photo by Amelia Gregory
Bernard Chandran AW 2012 - photo by Amelia Gregory
Bernard Chandran AW 2012 - photo by Amelia Gregory
Bernard Chandran A/W 2012 by Janneke de Jong
Bernard Chandran A/W 2012 by Janneke de Jong.

Sparkling clutch bags echoed the heart like designs of neckpieces, and a particularly beautiful red jewelled neck piece paired with a black pants suit drew gasps from the audience. I imagine that once detached this could be worn as statement jewellery to perk up any throat in appealing style.

Bernard Chandran AW 2012 - photo by Amelia Gregory
Bernard Chandran AW 2012 - photo by Amelia Gregory
All photography by Amelia Gregory.

I’m not sure that Pandemonia (seated front row in lurid pink latex) will be taking much inspiration from Bernard Chandran for next season’s look, but this was an undeniably adult collection with great saleability – perfect for elegant ladies who desire a unique designer twist.

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One Response to “Bernard Chandran: London Fashion Week A/W 2012 Catwalk Review”

  1. Su Sambath says:

    Absolutely stunning !! The shoes and collars made a statement but some of the outfits….( Bernard,you could do better).

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