AMANDA WAKELEY. AW14.

In the sleek setting of her new Mayfair townhouse on 18 Albemarle Street, Amanda Wakeley unveiled her Autumn/Winter 2014 collection to a host of animated guests, who awaited the show on both sides of a sweeping spiral staircase.

It seems designers have been drawn from the same inspiration this season, with the infallible fierceness of traditional Japanese dress a re-occurring reference point seen at numerous shows. Wakeley spun her signature style on the rich reference point, with sartorial, sumptuously seductive tailoring providing an empowered elegance relevant to both London and the contemporary woman.

The strong silhouettes along with the black on black sensibility gave a fierce, darkly seductive feel, reinforced through the use of sensual textures that included light mesh and glossy leather. Thick black belts gave a nod to the subtle toughness of a geisha, defining the female form Wakeley dresses so well. Meanwhile, print and sequins were used sparingly, pin-pointing our focus on the understated sophistication of the cuts: the classic note that threaded the collection together so beautifully.

Written by Daniella Golden.