After spending the morning at Pure London trying to find as many new brands as possible to share with you guys I literally had to run to the Ben de Lisi show for London Fashion Week and was totally worn out by the time I arrived. I do not recommend lugging 5 bags around on the London underground, and for once I was grateful that punctuality is not fashion weeks strongest point as I had a chance to fully compose myself. When the show opened with a model striding down in a fuchsia strapless voluminous dress with a high waisted velvet belt, I knew I was in for a treat!
De Lisi showed a luxurious collection of evening wear. Emphasis was on decadence, colours were illuminous and the gowns were show stopping. Attention was drawn to the neck which was either ruched or detailed with sequins. High necked dresses were often sleeveless and the collection wasn’t short of plunging necklines. Backs were on show in low cut and strapless dresses often decorated with flowered decolletage or swirled beading.
Dresses were either mid or floor length. The shorter teamed with tights and the most gorgeous black boots with a thick bronze buckle (I tried to take a few pictures but those damn models just wouldn’t stay still! I managed to get a clear enough image though…see below) whilst the longer gowns were paired with rustic gold platforms.
I favoured some of the simpler styles, such as the belted cardigans and the dress below, the sequinned gold top half worked perfectly with the velvet bottom.
However I wasn’t fond of the gold and fuchsia pink leafed prints which found their way to a couple of the longer dresses and a pair of trousers, which I have to add, was modelled by the most stunning Amazonian looking model who towered over the rest! I enjoyed this show so much De Lisi not only left myself wanting more but the guy behind me, who exclaimed â€œIs it finished already!. He received a rapturous applause and according to Hilary Alexander, rushed off straight after the show to get Kate Winslet ready for the Bafta’s!