The fashion pack’s love of pink is forecast to continue well into the New Year if Emilia Wickstead’s SS16 show is anything to go by, as it was undoubtedly in the pink. The dusty blush shade which had its star moment on the cover of British Vogue’s September issue behind an equally demure Emma Watson has snuck back into the limelight under the well-heeled feet of Wickstead’s models in the form of the most appealing plush carpet, and also onto Wickstead’s magnificent billowing silhouettes crafted from the most sumptuous swathes of crepe and silk.
But it wasn’t just foxglove pink that bloomed on the runway. Mustard, muted lemon, ice-cream stripes and elegant florals more akin to the hand-painted antique silk wallpapers and bed drapes of great stately homes which one can only dream of occupying were also evidence of Emilia’s feminine take on the summer season. Ready to brace the winter months clad in rebellious leather, silver buckles, and rock ‘n roll rigor it will make a refreshing change to opt for something a little prettier and a little perkier as the chill starts to thaw. If this isn’t something to look forward to with sanguinity then I don’t know what is.
Whilst the mood may be changing, one thing that has remained a constant is Wickstead’s considered use of silhouette. Perfecting the perfect balance every shape is strikingly dynamic as well as undoubtedly ladylike and flattering. Billowing sleeves fell just below the elbow and necklines skimmed collar bones, whilst hems were generally swooped to the floor (they obviously slid with grace across the pink carpet of dreams) or were measured to the sweet point where nothing but a tapered ankle can be seen leading into a delicate shoe. The exception was of course the few mini-dresses and a pair of high-waisted and thigh grazing breeches which offered Wickstead’s devout following a more playfully flippant (but still equally decorous) alternative when evenings that promise frolic call for something a little shorter.