Saturday, 20 February 2010
Kinder Aggugini, Juliette Récamier and foxy ladies
Just come back from dipping into London Fashion Week, where I saw Kinder Aggugini's show, which was inspired by Juliette Récamier,an elegant icon of French neoclassicism who married a rich banker (he also happened to be her natural father, according to rumour) and entertained tout le Paris at her literary salon. She left a formidable reputation, and a legacy of lovely portraits.
Anyway, Kinder's show included a beautifully draped full length black Empire-line evening gown that looked suitably Napoleonic (although as it happens, Napoleon was said to have disapproved of Madame Recamier). I wasn't sitting close enough to see the shoes on the catwalk, but have discovered a picture (above) of her beautiful pale lavender coloured slippers... (Très chic, non?)
Elsewhere at London Fashion Week today: antlers and fox ears on the models' heads at Topshop Unique (wild women in sheepskins? Some sort of metaphor here?); also a great many woolly legwarmers, furry gilets and a squirrel jumper, but not much in the way of cocktail dresses, so if one subscribes to the view that fashion is an indicator of economic trends, then perhaps Topshop was suggesting that the chill winds of recession are still whipping at our necks. Meanwhile, the PM's wife Sarah Brown was wearing what I think was an M&S jumper, for which I commend her.
I've just come home, and it seems to me that the time has come for Horlicks and ginger biscuits, accessorised with my ancient pink paisley eiderdown (bliss...)