By now, we know what to expect from Julien Madonald. There will be glitz, there will be glamour, there will be lots of gold and plenty of sparkle. After the designer's turn on Strictly Come Dancing we were half expecting his Autumn/Winter collection to be full of ballroom gowns and Ginger Rogers ostrich feathers, and with series winner Abbey Clancy sat in the front row, you'd be forgiven for thinking the Welsh designer would play to the crowd.
But instead of taking homage from the ballroom, he went down a much sexier route. Though there were the odd pops of pink or blue, the collection was predominately gold, with models looking like they were trussed up in armour ready for battle. Those days on Strictly could perhaps be blamed for the immense amount of nude illusion panels on show, but the second-skin look is one Julien mastered long before he attempted the Salsa.
The collection was a celebration of everything that Macdonald does well. There was nothing particularly new or adventurous, but this could be forgiven easily, given the intricacy of each individual dress. Bugle beads, jewels, sequins, and metallic thread were never in short supply, and the results were largely spectacular.