London’s runways are chockablock with cocktail dresses, so Marios Schwab pushed himself to do something more down-to-earth and everyday.
“Luxury, but at the same time cool and sporty,” he reasoned backstage. Grecian sandals, trucker caps and rucksacks heightened the techno-hippy vibe of his appealing and diverse spring collection.
Shift dresses for day came in mocha-colored suede, elegantly frayed indigo or white cotton overlaid with wicker café-chair patterns. Copper staples holding seams were an offbeat industrial detail.
There was still plenty to wear after five, including body-conscious dresses etched with airbrushed “contours,” bustier gowns with jeweled bodysuits underneath and gauzy T-shirts that went to the floor — sequins and crystals twinkling out from the sheer tubes underneath.