PPQ at London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week residents Amy Molyneaux and Percy Parker of fashion label PPQ really know how to put on a show.

For their autumn/winter 2011 show on Friday they combined the coolest front row crowd (Paloma Faith, Jaime Winstone, Jo Wood and Kimberely Walsh to name a few) and the best show beats (Ms Nicki Minaj, Lil’ kim and Busta Rhymes) with their signature effortlessly edgy aesthetic.

Indeed, to miss it would have been a travesty after the exhausting efforts I made to secure my tickets. Sprinting out of the Felder Felder show in WC2, I had just five minutes to make it to Waterloo to pick up my passes from a fellow journo friend who couldn’t make it. Typically, I arrived late, and shortly received a cryptic text saying the tickets were ‘hidden’ in WH Smith behind a specific book.

Searching through piles and piles of books in Waterloo’s central WH Smith shop I couldn’t find the tickets anywhere, and collapsed in a sweaty, miserable mess on the floor clutching a psychology book entitled Positive Thinking. And just as I was about to head home dejected, I spotted another WH Smith across the ticket office – forgetting there were two – and instantly found the book, and said tickets.

I hastily made my way to PPQ at the BFC show space at Somerset House, fashionably late of course. After the celebs were finally seated, and the lights dimmed, the sound of Nicki Minaj’s Dungeon Dragon filled the room and the show began.

Models marched down the runway in black and grey bodycon dresses with exaggerated sleeves and ruffled Victoriana blouses. While silhouettes were kept simple and sharp, the designer duo laid emphasis on detail and accessories.

Collars were high and oversized, shoulders boxy and extreme, buttons and ribbons were adorned a-plenty while catwoman headwear was a perennial piece. The tone of the collection was overtly gothic and sexy, refined yet edgy, sticking to a colour palette of blacks, greys and purples.

A favourite piece was a simple black dress, teamed with a ruffled lace collar and a giant ball and chain necklace; the fiercest of accessories. Towering platform heels with juxtaposing textures of lace, suede and leather finished off the characteristically sleek and edgy look. I had been well and truly seduced.

Following the show was the infamous PPQ after party, an invite-only affair situated in the Millibank tower on the 23rd floor of the building with beautiful views over the Thames. After a long wait in the cold, we were finally allowed in to mingle with the glamorous crowd and enjoy songstress Claire Maguire’ acoustic set complete with beat boxer, as well as appearances from new talent Pushing Hands and Natt Weller – Paul Weller’s son.

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