London Fashion Week: Elizabeth Emanuel Returns To The Catwalk

After 10 years away from the catwalk, Elizabeth Emanuel’s spring/summer 2011 collection dedicated to the Little Black Dress went down a storm at Il Bottaccio and the catwalk was packed tight with famous faces who have adored Elizabeth’s designs over the last three decades.

The iconic British fashion designer, Elizabeth Emanuel is famous for her role in creating the Royal Wedding Dress for Lady Diana Spencer and the infamous black evening dress worn at her first public engagement with Prince Charles.

Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Elizabeth designed exclusive dresses for the most renowned faces from across the globe including members of the Royal Family and countless famous faces.

For the Little Black Dress, Elizabeth also took inspiration from the renowned black dress that she co-designed, transforming Lady Diana into a princess.

“I’ve chosen the little black dress as a theme because it is such an iconic fashion item. The little black dress embodies glamour, allure, sophistication and can still also be funky, sexy and slinky.”

Classic but edgy with an emphasis on bias cut and interesting silhouettes, fabrics in the ready-to-wear range appeared in varied shades of black and include silk moss crepe.

The special edition range featured silk moss crepe, duchess satin and Chantilly lace with a strong emphasis on texture and layering, incorporating a raggie dress style.

“I love creating textures using fabric and embroidery in the same way as an artist uses paint. It’s a technique I learnt when I designed costumes for the Royal Ballet. In a sense a woman’s body becomes the canvas for my art – hence the name of my label, Art of Being.”

The show was Elizabeth’s first public collection under the name of her new brand, Art of Being, and it was sponsored by Jaguar.

Sonique sang throughout the show that was inspired by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.