Last night at the Old Sorting office on New Oxford Street, Charles Anastase revealed a floaty, feminine and romantic collection of skirts, dresses and playsuits in the sheerest of materials. Models walked (and in some cases stumbled) down the runway in the deadliest of wedges (FYI: chunky, wooden, orange, stunning) adorned in delicate, sheer blouses with detailed, ruffled collars and sheer jumpsuits. A particularly stunning (if a little impractical) number stood out; a sheer white jumpsuit, embellished with large colourful flowers, breathing life and fun into spring/summer fashion.
This collection was magnificently executed, with a close attention to detail, from the soft pleating in the skirts, to the yellow sash belts, and the quirky glasses and animal face brooches. The Anastase girl, with her oversized clear lens glasses and shaggy Alexa bob, was geek chic polished up, pretty in pastels for spring. Mint green, apricot, cream and white were predominant colours on the runway, but grass green tights also made an appearance, providing a playful summery feel when teamed with the Rothko style square print dress.
Anastase also gave us one or two more fashion forward pieces, with a full, metallic silver coat and trousers, again reminding us that silver is big news for spring.
This was a show to remember for all the right reasons, and will ensure Anastase’s already impressive fan base will continue to grown. Indeed, some of the biggest fashion icons du jour (french is my running theme here) were perched on a packed front row, from Nicola Roberts and Ben Grimes, to Olivia Palermo and Alexa Chung. Following the show, we heard Alexa and friend exclaim it was the best they’d seen all day, before running backstage to congratulate Charles.
Anastase’s collection was pared-down and romantic, soft and fun, accessorised to perfection with simple envelope clutches and large brimmed hats, French chic through and through. This will undoubtedly be a look us Brits will be channelling next spring.
By Emily Cater