September 15, 2013 London
All pretty, but also pretty standard stuff. Then Wickstead shifted gears, sending out a creamy white dress with a brilliantly executed fan-pleated detail on the back. It was noteworthy on its own, until Wickstead informed us backstage that it was made from denim. To make the stuff of jeans look like structured silk takes real talent.
Wickstead said she was inspired by the Memphis blues this season, and there were strains of Dusty Springfield's "Son of a Preacher Man" on the speakers. It may not be the duchess' cup of tea, but the piano and musical-notes print that appeared on a little strapless dress and a top and matching culottes made for a fun, flirty change of tempo. Nice to see this designer move beyond her comfort zone.