September 18, 2009 London
The designers cast a group of black models, putting their hair in big Nefertiti buns, and the girls were clearly enjoying their turn on the runway in front of an audience of young celebs. The clothes—mid-priced, slightly retro cotton printed sundresses, pink silk polka-dot play suits, cheeky swimsuits and bikinis—came with the occasional "P" pinned on as a branding device. Cute-ish to a point, but also on the sloppy side. Clothes that don't fit, and trousers with a gaping broken fly-zip, don't justify a place on a runway, so if PPQ fancy being classified alongside contemporary designer labels like Marc by Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, or 3.1 Phillip Lim, they've got a lot more work to do.