Mother of Pearl
June 06, 2012 London
The trick here is the designers' commitment to luxe fabrications and finicky cuts; a pair of Hume-floral jogging pants or a square gray parka with a contrasting pale pink leather hood wouldn't amount to much if they weren't executed in top-notch materials. The new peplum theme, witnessed in both tops and skirts, might have come off heavy-handed if the shapes had been handled with less flair. Those peplums add a welcome feminine note to MoP's sporty mien, but Norman and Powney don't mistake femininity for fussiness. You could easily imagine the Mother of Pearl girl—or woman, for that matter—wearing one of these peplum skirts with the same ease she would the collection's quilted running shorts. Topped off with a silk button-down in a hermaphrodite polar bear print, natch.