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London Fashion Week FW2011: Caroline Charles

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As they always say, it wouldn’t be the first day of London Fashion Week without Caroline Charles. With a 47-year career in fashion, everybody expects a good show from the London-born designer season after season. And for Fall/Winter 2011, we were wowed by the tailored classic pieces featuring little details that make a big difference.

Caroline Charles’s latest collection at London Fashion Week is a showcase of reinterpreted work wardrobe staples, of pieces that transform boring pieces to standout styles. From patterned fur coats to white blouses with simplified ruff collars to sequined shawl collar wrap jackets to floral-patterned dresses so elegant Jackie O would be envious, the line is an exhibition of just how much work attire can improve with just a touch of designer magic.

At first glance, some of the looks are a little reminiscent of Charlie Chaplin, what with the black bowler hat and all, and can be seen as an attempt at feminizing classic menswear and making it work for women. The gray dress, which is more like a long-hemmed Oxford with cropped sleeves than anything, complete with a  masculine collar – oversized, so as to reference the looseness of the boyfriend shirt around the neck – adorned with a striped tie, is one perfect example.

One of our favourites is the shawl-collar electric blue jacket, which features a rather fascinating quilt pattern that can only be described as that which resembles tire tracks. This is one of those situations where we are compelled to reevaluate our position on anything quilted by anyone but Chanel.

All photographs by Duilio Marconi exclusive to La Moda Dubai

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