Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to the opening of local girl, Miss Francesca Couture’s, first Liverpool boutique store at the Metquarter where she was unveiling her much anticipated AW13 collection.
The champagne was flowing as people took their seats along the lengthy runway – I was lucky to get a front row seat! Her collections always take inspiration from the catwalks of Paris, New York and London, but with a touch of Francesca’s girly North West heritage to lift your look.
This season her collection featured everything from tartan and animal print to pastel pinks and glitzy glam. These were some of my absolute favourite pieces from her latest range.
Tartan has edged the punk trend of the season even further into ‘got-to-have chic’ and I loved the detail Francesca gave her cape – top right – complete with PU bows to the shoulder, heart-shaped pockets and a gorgeous shape that will flatter skinny leather trousers and a plain fitted top.
Not one of my must haves, but Francesca’s shorts have some serious outside of the box thinking behind them for a truly unique piece of styling. Slim fitting they compliment only the sveltest pins. Featuring black trims that really lift the tartan print they are immediately eye-catching and will make a statement piece of styling when grounded with a plain black top and leather ankle boots.
Next up was the turn of the pastels – pink to be specific – and as the models made their way down the escalators to Cindy Lauper’s iconic 80s hit they were greeted with huge applause. Pink is clearly a firm favourite to soften Liverpool ladies’ winter wardrobes.
My favourite piece of this range was the jacquard coat – top left. It was luxe to-the-touch as the jacquard fabric provides a treat for your fingertips. Cute pastel hues give it a gorgeous girly appeal, while the nipped in waist and gentle flare of the hem create a beautiful fluid silhouette.
The show took a trip on the wild side next with Francesca’s take on the hottest safari print of the season – leopard! From skinny trousers and sheer tops to netted skirts and a two piece shorts suit her collection covered all the must have looks.
I’m a huge fan of the netted underskirts that I thought would take off this season and unfortunately are yet to do so in Liverpool. However, Francesca’s cute skirt was utterly adorable and gave incredible movement as the model strutted her way down the runway. I also loved the leopard print shorts and fitted jacket, both with PU trims, clashing top trends and fabrics for a roaring piece of cat couture.
It wouldn’t be a Liverpool fashion show without a touch of glitz and glamour and the final range from Francesca’s AW collection did not disappoint. From simple dresses that are party perfect to a Marylin Monroe piece that the modelled worked beautifully I loved them all.
The stand out piece for me has to be the silver sparkly dress to the top right. This halterneck flattered the models perfectly poised shoulders and the netted underskirt allowed it to flare out and move as she walked for a gorgeous silhouette. All-over sequins caught the light perfectly and danced off this dress as she moved down the runway – I’m sure this will become one of the hottest pieces of Francesca’s collection.
After the show Francesca cut the ribbon to her boutique store and hundreds of fashion hungry women poured in and opened their purses – the whole evening was a roaring success and I treated myself to a beautiful statement necklace that I’ll hopefully be debuting soon.