Our label launches a strong and wearable AW collection of separates inspired by Queen Victoria and socialite Daphne Guinness. The Guardian’s Lucy Siegle called the collection the highlight of Esthetica in her LFW report. We are having an amazing response from the luxury sector. Elena has continued with the multi-functionality concept featured in her Spring/Summer ‘09 and has developed the interpretation of traditional textile techniques even further. Nuno felted delicate silks in black are used in beautifully draped evening and cocktail dresses, jackets and tops. Garcia’s trademark cutwork on silk chiffon makes an appearance in sexy halter neck dresses and asymmetric vests and tunics. New this season are the organic knitted-felted pieces in un-dyed wool, long tailed coats and jackets with detachable sleeves, capes and kimono wraps. The designer is also introducing a hand-loomed silk tweed in an olivebrown shade, perfect for winter and soft to the touch. The beautiful silk satin pieces in black dominate the collection, with tiedye “lightning” effects, raw edges and cutwork panels. The key pieces that encapsulate the season’s look are the silk tunics and the floor length evening dresses, dramatic statement pieces that can be worn in many ways. As ever, there are no zips or plastic fastenings, shapes are defined by the placement of natural shell buttons. The garments are made by the XL Consultancy in London and finished by local textile artists. Fabrics are organic, dyes and processes are low impact..