On Friday evening, I went along to Louise Amstrup's SS12 presentation, held in an exclusive private members fashion boutique in Mayfair. Guests mingled within the intimate space, drinking the complimentary champagne offered upon arrival. I was pretty mesmerised by Amstrup's beautiful collection. Inspired by the hot summer afternoons of New York, it plays homage to both the city and the "strong yet playful women who inhabit it", taking the character of Iris in 1976's Taxi Driver as her protagonist.
An overall 1970s silhouette is key, epitomized in a flared silk trouser and floaty silk shirt, both of which feature collage-style print constructed from signature New York motifs. Warm orange, sandy peach, lilac, asphalt blue and white make up the palette of sun-bleached hues, drawing further on the summery New York feel.