Turk Jadallah’s London Fashion Week debut

For the second evening running, I was schmoozing in Claridge’s Ballroom last night – but in contrast to Fearne Cotton’s high street flavoured SS13 catwalk show, Turk Jadallah’s bewitching couture was all about the extravagant…

Turk Jadallah is a British/Saudi designer with a love of the theatrical. Showing outside Saudi Arabia for the first time, his dress collection is full of drama, layers, ruffles, monochrome elegance – and pink. On a twinkling catwalk, the models were statuesque in huge, princess ballgowns with bows, taffeta roses and feathers; and hot-to-trot in fancy, thigh-skimming cocktail dresses. We sipped (far too much) champagne and among the guests sitting front row was Arun Nayer (Liz Hurley’s ex).

Not all the dresses were to my taste (how would you ever find the right occasion?) but some truly took my breath away. Whether or not you’d realistically rock any of these frocks, the mix of over-the-top Middle Eastern glamour, with a Carrie Bradshaw-esque sense of New York romance, is intoxicating.

A pre-show glass of bubbles in Claridges Ballroom
Turk Jadallah is big on sheer chiffon appendages, rosettes and ruffles
The simplicity of the black and white is in stark contrast to the dramatic cuts of the dresses
This is a wonderfully wearable cocktail dres – love that texture
Monochrome can create so much drama-rama
I loved this vintage-inspired lace dress
That print and those feathers = wonderful fashion flamboyance
Nearly all the dresses have fabulous details at the back
The pink arrives
There’s something wonderfully “wedding cake” about this design
Such a princess style
Great fascinator
This is my favourite dress of the collection
Don’t you think there’s something of the classic Carrie Bradshaw about it?
More girliness in overdive – I do love this one, though (I’m a sucker for a high neckline)
The tiers create a gorgeous shape here
Turk certainly knows how to do a statement rosette
Not sure the lace and ruffle contrast works for me, but it’s an interesting effect
This fishtail gown is so elegant
And just look at the back
More glorious rosettes
This one stood out – such sexiness about this design
This high low dress looks quite simple from the front
The back, however….
Love Turk’s take on the flapper
This could definitely work for a bride with a monochrome colour scheme
One of the most dramatic dresses of the collection
This was the only splash of colour other than pink, white and black – it really had an impact when the model turned on the runway
Wow factor in abundance
And the “waffly” texture of this dress was to die for
Turk’s bride provides the finale
Another great show at Claridges – I’ll drink to that (to be fair, I’ll drink to anything)
I was wearing late-60s vintage – from Peekaboo (where else?)
And Rose was rocking neon
And things got decidedly messy when we left Claridges high on ruffles and champers – and hit the cocktails at The Mayfair hotel (ooof)

Written by Johanna Payton