Runway Report: Emilia Wickstead SS16

Emilia Wickstead’s reference point this season was George Cukor’s The Women, exploring a defiant female, cultured, confident and ‘forever exceeding expectation’. What ensued was a 1950’s inspired look in a lively palette with unexpected details and lashings of typically elegant femininity.

Spring/summer 2016 sees the designer move on from the structured tailoring of autumn/winter, adjusting focus to considered gathers, fluid full skirts and painted floral prints. The palette was smoother too, with a candy pink, apricot and pistachio, deepened only by mustard and a plum used in geometric prints. A fifties sportswear influence saw cute micro-shorts and playsuits constructed from clean panels and in no-fuss silhouettes.

As always with Emilia’s collections, a number of show-stopping gowns provided many a highlight, as did exquisite embellishments, seen on oversized collars and as a long-lashed eye motif seen on a midi-skirt and voluminous shorts.

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