The British Fashion Council show space was alive with anticipation before Amanda Wakeley‘s S/S 2012 show yesterday afternoon. Imminently an army of fresh faced models were storming the runway in equally beautiful day and evening looks, as the self taught designer took her bow to the sound of raucous applause it was quite clear the queen of drapery hadn’t disappointed.

The collection was a innovative fusion of structure and flowing silhouettes. To kick of the show the polished and power dressed Amanda Wakeley women made an appearance. Body skimming shift dresses, cigarette pants and a belted waistcoat came in varying tones of rich navy. Luxe bucket bags, black bands worn around the head and leather cuffs complimented these fierce opening looks.

Next up was prints a branch like pattern, reminiscent of sunlight through the trees, through to a Striking red and white Russian stripe. Kaftan inspired shapes cropped up a number of times throughout the collection, a perfect look for breezy summer days. Leather belts were used throughout cinching voluminous dresses at the waist, reminding us that even in the most feminine of dresses the Amanda Wakely women is strong and always subtly sexy.

The latter part of the show was all about contemporary glamour, models strutted down the catwalk in a series of stunning draped creations. Petrol blue silk tunics featured tribal inspired crystal embellishment. Muted mustard and cerulean gowns followed, crystal capelets and back cut out detailing ensured the dresses left a lasting impression as they made their way off the catwalk.

It may not have been an outlandish or a cutting-edge collection but when you have grown-up glamour down to such a fine art why do anything else?