There are few things I enjoy more than putting on some good music, having myself a big pot of tea and losing myself in the archives of runway shows. So when my friend Amy requested for me to write about my favourite collections of all time, I knew it would be a process I would enjoy. There’s more to come, but for now, enjoy Part 1!

Sonia Rykiel Spring 2008 RTW
Exuberant colours, controlled volume, and soft and incredibly feminine silhouettes? GUSH. I love the palette of this collection so so much, how the colours travel from bright sunshine yellow to barely-there sheer nudes and whites worn with frothy feather chubbies. And is that a stag beetle headpiece?! I love Sonia Rykiel season after season, but Spring 2008 was a clear stand out for me.

Marchesa Spring 2011 RTW
This collection evokes such a sense of fairytale whimsy, with its blush tones, heavily jewel-embellished necklines, sculptural curvaceous layers, and intricate paper-like cutouts. And then there are the meticulously draped pieces. Gorgeous. It was hard to choose 4-5 of my favourite looks, because I genuinely adore this entire collection.

Miu Miu Spring 2008 RTW
I think this collection needs no introduction to most. It’s instantly recognisable as some of the best known Miu Miu silhouettes. There’s lace, sweet collars, and super short ballerina-esque flounce. It’s fair to say that this is fit and flare done immaculately. Can’t get enough of the tiny tiers of pretty ruffles, the colourblock stripes, and the precious little-girl bloomers peeking out from under those skirts.

Lanvin Spring 2010 RTW
Saved the absolute best for last. Arguably my favourite of all time, the collection opens with serious black peplums and grown-up ruffles, and then moves into playful and frivolous pinks, from bubble gum to salmon (my favourite part of the entire collection). Then it’s an exploration of exquisitely draped neutrals, greys, blacks, followed by a quick but saturated line of colour. I find the lone cerulean dress a curious but perfect choice, it’s just lovely as the singular shot of blue in the collection. There’s a certain ebb and flow to the way volume works here, without it ever being overwhelming and unladylike. And the shoes! I want every pair, candy colours, ankle chains and all.

I’m happy to elaborate on any of my other favourite things, to add to the new ‘Playing Favourites’ segment of the blog, so just let me know!

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