He’s been nominated for a barrel-load of awards, won reams of column inches and managed to bag himself a job at Alberta Ferretti before his graduate collection had even made it down the catwalk.  Yes, David Longshaw’s done good, and, judging by his debut collection, all signs are pointing to success for the talented young star. 
An award-winning illustrator as well as designer, Longshaw’s collection works as a perfect balance between the chic and high end and the whimsical and playful.  His alter ego, Maude, the rather fabulously dressed mouse, makes an appearance, but this collection is by no means childlike, with an ultra polished sophistication that Lady Beckham herself would applaud.   In glistening bronze and pewter shades, Longshaw’s immediately wearable mini dresses make instant impact with their pretty, plumage-like petals puffing up over the shoulders and creeping up from the hem.  There’s also easy day wear, with simple, silky separates, and a fabulous dress-come-suit with exquisite tailoring and those gorgeous signature petals, clinging daintily to the skirt. Longshaw’s pieces are expertly cut, carefully considered and, above all, ooze girlish sex appeal from every stitch.   We predict the fashion magpies to covet his collection for months to come.

Posted by Fiona Anderson

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