Danilo Gabrielli AW12 London launch

Spring is suddenly sweltering (hey, I’m not complaining), and just off a plane from New York City, designer Danilo Gabrielli launched his AW12 collection in a sun-bathed London last night. Simple things persuade me to go to fashion shows on melt-your-make-up steamy nights (honestly, not moaning); white wine spritzers, gorgeous venues and sizzling fashion…

Lounging in the opulent surrounds of boutique hotel, restaurant & nightclub, No5 Cavendish Square, we were treated to a collection of wild fabrics, metallic statements, cool-as-a-cucumber jackets and idyllic 1940s-inspired glamour (Mad Men look out, there’s a new era in town).

In spite of the heat (no, really) I was already in a fall mood after swooning over the Reiss AW12 collection (more of that soon – you’ll love it), and as cheerful Tuscan-born designer Danilo personally welcomed us to his exclusive preview, the sun streaming through the open windows made his beautiful collection sparkle all the more.

How about this for the hottest seat in London?
I was at the event with Steph, my colleague at Style Compare and blogger at fashionasylum.co.uk – she’d just treated herself to that lush, pleated wrap from H&M
It’s testament to a determination to show you my sky blue kimono jacket and coral dress that I am willing to publish an eyes tight shut photo – also, my fringe is bedraggled due to the heat (must try harder)
The opulent drawing room (and a DJ) get ready for the onslaught of models and winter fashion
No5 Cavendish Square is a very grand venue…
…and we managed to lower the tone with white wine spritzers – well it was boiling hot
Out on the roof terrace, we spotted some seriously gorgeous neon shoes (and don’t they look groovy next to Steph’s Mulberry Daria Hobo bag?) I was ready to return my brighter-than-the-sun orange (not pink, as promised) lace skirt to ASOS, but after seeing these shoes and a bright neon dress at the event, I’m having second thoughts
The guests take their seats for Danilo’s show
Essentially, this collection is all about contrast – love the elegant check suit…
…and the blinging shirt underneath is stunning
The 1940s influence is felt throughout this collection
Luxurious jackets are big with Danilo – you can see the Italian-New-York fusion with a 40s finish
A very simple, elegant 40s-inspired look
Good to see the return of pussybow blouses for the autumn
After the show this model was wearing the fabulous neon dress – blame her if you see me chipping around Tooting in a blinding skirt this arvo
On to my highlights; as the sun blazed in, this cool 90s-meets-40s suit shone
Under the suit, a stunning yellow silk blouse
Fabulous colour and a pussybow – what more could a girl want?
Oh, she could want this awesome metallic silver jacket – yes, yes please!
And when the bling jacket came off we were gangsta trippin’
Danilo saved the most breathtaking ’til last
You know a dress is dream-worthy when the model is having this much fun walking it
The audience adored the out-of-this-world contrast dress
Would I wear it? Hell yeah
Danilo takes to the catwalk to enjoy the applause
And gives his models the kudos they deserve after a spectacular show – thanks, D!

Written by Johanna Payton