The Olympic flame may have been extinguished now but all the excitement and vibe continues to soar as London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 rolls out another season of wonderful shows and presentations to admire. Fashion Fabulous once again has been looking at the very best that is coming into the shops and seeking out emerging designers that that will be star names of the future.

Trending for 2013 are vibrant multicolours.  One of the first glimpses to appear of this was at the Caroline Charles show whose mood was a delightful Mardi Gras. This went really well on the lime, mango, magenta and shocking pink short shorts and wide legged trousers. Black maxi wrap-over skirts teamed with her signature jackets in bold colours are certain to be must-haves for her fans. If shopping in Knightsbridge then don’t miss the Caroline Charles shop at 56 Beauchamp Place, London SW3.

Fashion Fabulous’s Tracy Rose gave a whole new meaning to theatrical hats when she wore one inspired by the new Park Theatre to be in the celebrity auction at Sir Ian McKellen’s Gala on October 19th.

From the moment Tracy entered the courtyard at Somerset House, photographers from all the major publications were snapping pictures of her latest creation. Said Tracy Rose “The Park Theatre Hat has a red satin square crown inspired by the front of the building. Over the face there is a square structured organza veil inspired by the front window of the building. Sweeping up is a representation of a brick wall in pink silk depicted the bare brick that is in the building whilst another brick wall sweeps downwards. One has two hundred bricks – the other ninety representing the number of people in the audience in the two theatrical spaces. “

To date the Park Theatre, based in Finsbury Park, North London, has raised £2.2 million to create a state of the art theatre and is currently fundraising for an Education floor which is designed to nurture the youth in one of London’s poorest areas. Sir Ian McKellen is hosting a truly glamorous Gala to help raise the final £100,000 that is needed.

The auction is being led by auctioneer Lord Jeffery Archer and they’ll be 270 guests and each lot has been designed to be a very special exclusive opportunity.

Some of the other cool things being auctioned are – Drinks with Stephen Fry after seeing him on the West End in Twelfth Night, Flights to NY and tickets to see the sold out show Book of Mormon. Other lots being auctioned are from The Ritz, The Savoy and from the world of fashion, film and sport. Alan Rickman, Celia Imrie and Tamsin Outhwaite are amongst the many celebrity supporters of the theatre.

The event takes place at the Underglobe, Shakespeare’s Globe, Bankside, London SE1 9DT and for tickets email gala@parktheatre.co.uk  or 0207 7731 1263 with further details on www.parktheatre.co.uk

Architectural influences were also the subject of Krystof Stozyna’s catwalk show at Vauxhall Fashion Scout at Freemason’s Hall, Covent Garden. Columnar silhouettes were matched   with prints on silk depicting Greek Ionic columns that worked very well on sleeves and trousers. Several plain dresses had columnar detail on the neckline. Lilacs, corals, white and red were sent down the runway in a collection enthusiastically received by the audience.

There was plenty of well justified applause indeed for designer Maria Grachvogel who showed her signature designer jumpsuits as well as hauterneck tops with draped low backs with optical prism prints in stardust. We particularly liked the boxy short sleeves and black and white panelled dresses. Transparent fabrics abounded in pleated skirts and shirts whilst fan of her digital prints will find much to choose from. Maria’s reputation for creating very wearable flattering silhouettes has gone from strength to strength. Her shop at 18 Culford Gardens, Blacklands Terrace, London SW3 2ST is well worth a visit.

Geometrics formed the basis Jean-Pierre Braganza’s catwalk collection featuring uneven hemlines that showed triangular and squared-off all on the same dress. Several were more simple shapes with one side of the skirt elongated.  Short neat collars, low vees or slashed necks were the order of the day in a palette of black, white and aqua.  Things are really shaping up for Jean-Pierre Braganza. He’s definitely a name to watch!

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