Eun Jeong's A/W 11 show took place in an empty outlet in the Covent Garden piazza, outside which I had sat a few hours before, enjoying a coffee and listening to the music on the stereo from the Royal Opera House, which they play to entertain, or rather tease, the poor souls queuing outside for tickets.
It was absolute blogger central inside; the crowd consisted entirely of adolescent girls with cameras, but it was refreshing to be privy to such a small, neat salon show. From where I was seated, the clothes were backlit by a deep yellow lamp, so the camel tone wool pieces and the pleated maxi skirts were beautifully lit in golden light. Ultimately, it was a minimalist collection, focusing on shapes; structured folds on a thick wool dress, a bib-front detail on a sleek puffa coat, peplum details on skirts and jackets and assymetrical oversized collars made for a quirky silhouette. There were beautiful equestrian influences in the silk headscarves and riding boots with socks, and a look comprising of a 3/4 sleeve shirt with a peter pan collar paired with a light pleated long skirt and gloves brought to mind Coco Chanel in her DIY-ed riding gear. It was the long skirts which tugged at my heartstrings; so many designers have been showing them for Autumn/Winter and the courtyard at Somerset House was dotted with beautiful sheer or mesh long skirts. It is the sheer and light quality which is so appealing, and Eun Jeong's appeared especially wearable, youthful... almost athletic.