With the soft red lighting and exotic music, if you closed your eyes for a second, you would be forgiven for thinking you had been unwittingly transported far away on holiday for a few precious moments at the Caroline Charles Spring/Summer 2013 show yesterday at London Fashion Week.
This set the tone for the rest of the show and considering the sheer lack of summer this year it was a rather enjoyable touch. In keeping with the aforementioned theme – all things exotica – the first looks to greet us were heavily tropical printed swim and holiday wear from shirts and shorts to bikinis and sarongs. Delving deep into the oceanic print world with this collection and embracing bright colours more than usual, Charles has a wardrobe solution for summer days and summer nights.
After the initial burst of youthful colour, things took a more mature and demure turn (which fans of the brand are used to) with an array of monochrome outfits and the odd pop of colour in the form of cotton pique jackets in fruity tones like magenta and lime green.
Although her work is more commonly associated with a slightly older generation – she has been in the business for 50years afterall – Charles showed she is equally capable of appealing to a younger demographic. Plus, fashion journalism royalty Hilary Alexander and Colin McDowell turned up on Friday to admire Charles’ latest range – who can argue with that?