Amanda Wakeley Wants You to Take a Second Look-------
Yes, Amanda Wakeley has dressed the Royals—Kate Middleton and Princess Diana, to be exact. But the designer is capable of sartorial feats beyond monarchial moments. Her Fall ’14 collection is a testament to that.
Wakeley started her business twenty-four years ago. Her embellished eveningwear and clean, glam daywear have appealed to the posh Chelsea girl clientele and even drawn in A-listers like Angelina Jolie and Florence Welch. In 2008, Wakeley quietly resigned as creative director and stepped away a bit, only to come back in 2014, armed with new investment, a swank new Mayfair shop, and a ferocious attitude.
Fall ’14′s palette is rich but sparing—think a dark brown fur tunic and a “silver fox” print. A head-to-toe leather look spliced with a Matrix-esque coat projects an alpha female vibe. Kimono-like jackets and blouses have bracelet sleeves, perfect to show off tough studded cuffs, while “judo” belt details on a leather skirt teamed with a netted crop top require heaps of confidence. Wakeley’s Fall looks are more severe than those of seasons past. But, a keen businesswoman, she’s not abandoning her loyal clientele—her classic styles are still offered via her Atelier, Bridal, and jewelry lines. Wakeley also introduces swimwear this season, a natural step given her following of jet-setters. Although after this outing, her fan base is sure to expand.