Every hour is cocktail hour, or at least it seems to be for the fun-loving, resort-trotting S/S 2011 Holly Fulton girl. In a collection oozing with Sixties glamour - imagine Joan Collins or Jackie O holding court in a Monaco hotel bar and you're on the right track - Fulton showed us exactly why she has earned her fourth slot On Schedule at LFW and her second with NEWGEN. Her signature graphic trompe l'oeil prints were out in full force, picked out in glittering Swarvoski crystals and mirrored panels. The young designer's coveted laser-cut jewellery (as popular as her clothes, if not more so) echoed the art-deco prints that adorned everything from swimsuits to skater skirts. Despite the busyness of Fulton's patterns, they did not come across as over-fussy. To keep it simple, the eye-popping prints were teamed with plain silk t-shirts or grey marl boob-tubes that ensured the look did not become overpowering. For anyone who may be scared of such bold design, this simple styling allowed any skeptics to see how utterly wearable Fulton's clothes are. As well as continuing an emerging monochrome trend for next season, Fulton favoured bright kitsch colour combinations - spearmint with buttercup yellow, tangerine with electric blue - that were perfect for the extroverts among us. Luckily, these colours then appeared in quieter sun-bleached shades, like old polaroids that have faded over time, allowing for a more sophisticated and understated look. Take the peach maxi dress for instance, gently flaring from the waist and trailing the floor, or the black silk wide legged culottes paired simply with a vest, big hair and retro mirrored sunglasses. Perfect attire for a summer in St Tropez, non? If this is all beginning to sound a little staid, Fulton also introduced some new touches to her repertoire: snakeskin skirts were seen for the first time and the well-loved art-deco prints were interspersed with cartoonish cloud-like shapes in shimmering baby blues and pinks. Fulton knows what the people want but she also knows how to keep it fresh and although we'd seen most of this before, it was far from boring. More like this, please.
Her signature graphic trompe l'oeil prints were out in full force, picked out in glittering Swarvoski crystals and mirrored panels.