Chirstopher Dadey photografy. Elisa Palomino

Taking place at the exquisite Freemasons Hall, Elisa Palomino previewed her ss12 collection, inspired by the Victorian fairy painting movement. After graduating from St Martins, Palomino has worked at fashion houses for the likes of Moschino and Roberto Cavalli before launching her own collection in 2010 during New York Fashion WeekCreating a dramatic build up, classic music was played for an explosive eruption when the first model entered the catwalk. At first, the collection was strictly monochromic, with stiff Victorian shapes, finished with fishnet sleeves, and beautiful laced, sequined and ruffled details. Each outfit was completed with an extravagant, eye-catching headpiece of delicate flowers and butterflies.
Following this was an array of scarlet tones- loose, draping gowns with a display of floating Chinese houses and exotic orchards- showcasing Palomino’s taste for Asian patterns and influences. The collection then flourished into a sea of ivory lace and waves of fringes and tassels, with a number of dresses lavished with tiny beads and embroidered with floral patterns. Headpieces were heavily featured, with oversized flowers and combinations of nature inspired bird and butterfly metalwork.
Overall, Palomino kept her style feminine, floral, and fairy like, creating a fantasy feel to the entire show.

Kathryn Lewsey.

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