Thursday, 3 March 2011

Barbara Bui

The Barbara Bui show was hugely popular with a massive swarm of fashionistas queuing to get in, shouting their names for guestlist entry and looking jealously at seated guests. After a cold wait we are allowed into a huge tiered set of benches leading down to the catwalk and the show begins.
The first outfit is all white with black paneling. The model wears skintight shiny PVC trousers, and an artfully draped white leather jacket – the next outfit is similar but in black. The collection continues with some gorgeous outerwear – jackets and coats with high arching collars, draped, folded and layered superbly. Angular contrasting panels with thick dividing piping are incredibly popular and these are seen again in the Bui show how ever the colours are sometimes lighter and veer towards tan and beige rather than grey and black. Thick panels used include fur; long and smooth the fur shimmers down the catwalk worn with sparkling silver skintight leggings. Panels of PVC within the leather jackets creates a great fabric contrast. The silhouette is quite masculine – huge shoulders  tapering to the skeletal legs of the models although this becomes more femimine towards the end of the collection where leather casual (but still very expensive) jackets turn into jewel encrusted dresses, chain and feather embellished trims and stunning evening wear. All the jackets are gorgeous and they are certainly a favourite from the show although a skirt covered in dusky purple feathers was a totally gorgeous must have. This collection didn’t break any boundaries but included some very well made pieces and an utterly gorgeous collection.
Much Love
Jemima Daisy

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