February 11, 2008 London
In the sequence of the show, the coats came out first in a lot of variety: a khaki officer's greatcoat (double-breasted and long, a London trend), a molded bright-blue bouclé collarless style, and a fit-and-flare gold-and-mustard jacquard hourglass being three of them. The lack of a consistent shape running through the show looked puzzling, until the outerwear came out again slipped over colorful embroidered wool or one-color dresses in turquoise, burnt orange, and red. Then the designers' combined eye for color made the show jump alive: a dark bordeaux coat with a red dress, a khaki trench over orange, yellow with red, and so on. It may seem simplistic, but sometimes it's those little footnotes on how to wear things differently that end up being the most inspiring point of a whole show.