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Nautical fashion chic: Riviera stripes ran like a seam through the London collection.
I wish I could say it was me who coined the phrase ‘yacht rock’ to describe PPQ’s triumphant, buzzy, colourful fashion show tonight. And so would the label’s designers – Amy Molyneaux and Percy Parker – who say this year that they are ‘very into making up words.’ But it was neither of us. That honour must go to Shingai Shoniwa, the feisty, elegant, stylish singer of Noisettes fame, who used the term to describe the heady blend of smart nautical stripes and psychedelic fashion prints, the floaty chiffon in electric green and scarlet, and the bright paisley flashes that ran through tonight’s show.
I loved a beautiful black gathered-sleeve dress with plunging V neckline and diaphanous skirt, and a figure-hugging off-the-shoulder dress that would be as well dressed up with jewels and heels as worn with rubber flip flops and a battered straw hat.
Shoes were platforms with a flash of colour, make up saw slashes of vibrant colour pick out the tones of the dresses.
London Fashion Week was Amy and Percy’s 11th year at the shows – and things, says Percy, are looking good. ‘The recession hit for a couple of years, but things have picked up,’ he says. ‘Of course, things level out, but it’s not bad.’