Runway Review:Alexandra Owen Autumn/Winter 2010

IMG_9838As a G.A. (General Admission) attendee, you have no option but to stand. On the rare occasion, there are times when seats are vacant and some lucky person has the option of occupying it – hello second row seat! I sat next to a well known fashionality, and she looked a little miffed that I was sitting in the same row as her. I kept that brazen face of composure and belonging with a vibe of anticipation. The show was a late start but, who cares really, it’s Alexandra Owen.

Penny Picard opened the show wearing an ensemble that basically summed-up the collection as a whole – strong, structured tailoring with the right dose of masculinity, but not over-dosing on too much aggressiveness. Over-all, there was a presence of the noble society, eager to take the pet bloodhounds out for a good old fox hunt, on a crisp misty morning.

Suiting definitely hinted at mens tailoring. Trousers were straight but relaxed. Mid-waisted shorts at knee-lengths would make a wander across the country side quite a pleasant one. Trench coats made a major appearance – my favourite was black, above the knee and sheer! Blouses came crisp with sharp collars and cuffs.

Detailing included elbow patches, and a bold or sharp approach to collars and lapels; the leather jacket with the huge free-standing shawl collar was the encore for me. Pin tucks worked their way across the back and front of shoulders. Wide block panelling were assembled in different sizes, particularly the femme fatale black leather, floor length coat, which of course was the finale piece.

Review written by: Jason Tapuai-Kuka
Photography: Jane Sullivan

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