That's not to say the fall season's feminine archetype is any less fierce. Dubbed "Calligrams," the collection had, in the words of chief makeup artist Val Garland, a "modern medieval" influence. Crimped hair worn in low ponytails and dewy, highlighted skin were inspired by Petrus Christus' Portrait of a Young Girl, which depicts a girl boasting the most alabaster skin.
The collection also evoked a Renaissance spirit, with an abundance of beaded embroidery, luscious velvet in rich burgundy, and bare-shouldered cape/dress hybrids on show. The designer's signature body-cons were paired with ruffled collars and sheer lacquered lace coats, while slick PVC bodices gave the Romeo and Juliet look a decidedly racy twist. But this being Marios Schwab, sexy updates, clever fabric and texture interplay kept the collection rooted in the 21st century.
Spring's gladiator-style knee-high sandals are sticking around, but it's the garnet-hued velvet boots that are much more our speed...provided, of course, we can get through a London autumn without getting them soaked.