Caroline Charles is a renowned and respected British women’s wear designer and a lot was expected from her S/S 12 collection at LFW. The designer has enjoyed celebrity following over the years from Lulu to Princes Diana. Her designs appeal to sophisticated ladies looking for classic pieces which are suited for day or work wear.
The S/S collection had a Parisian theme with oversized sunglasses and round straw boater hats. These pieces were the fundamental accessories in the runway show. The clothes were chic and elegant with a feminine tailored fit. Caroline Charles’s beautiful collection could definitely be categorised as “glamour for grown-ups”. The colour pallet was blacks, whites and navy blues with a variety of prints. Check and hounds tooth featured heavily, adding fun and excitement to the modestly designed clothing.The designs were simple and classic, as expected from the designer, using high waisted trousers and effortless shift dresses. These wide leg pants were teamed with pretty feminine blouses. Accessories were key, illustrated by the sequin embellished ribbon neck pieces and ribbon bow belts. The conservative trends were brought alive by what seemed like the new summer headwear staple – the straw hat. Caroline Charles displayed a variety of styles and colours in these hats ranging from oversized to simple boater hats with ribbon detailing.
These wearable designs could easily be visualised on elegant ladies at the French Riviera. The ready to wear looks were teamed with small black heels, offering customer’s attainable day to night looks. The runway collection certainly inspired me to dig out my old straw hat from the back of the closet and add a look of mystique to my styling with long trousers and feminine cuts. Hats off to Caroline Charles!