Plus don’t forget Matthew Williamson’s ‘Collection for LFW’ CD is out on Monday. You can buy it from iTunes, Amazon, HMV, Play as well as selected contemporary fashion boutiques. A limited number of albums are already on sale in Matthew Williamson stores and online at www.matthewwilliamson.com
The CD features the likes of Marlena Shaw, The Temper Trap, Best Coast, Róisín Murphy, The Raveonettes, Santigold, Cold War Kids and Caribou. Check out the full track listing and more info ——————————————————–> here
Yesterday, Tuesday 22nd, I started the day with a rush to Somerset House to see Marios Schwab.
It was a fabulous show. The palette was very autumnal – burgundy, deep olive, chartreuse, nude-grey and gorgeous blue. I adored the chic puffa jackets and belted dresses. It was luxe and understated. Check out style.com for better pics.
Then I ran over to Topshop for the Melanie Rickey and David Koma live Q&A. It was really great seeing them in the flesh and hearing about their LFW experiences and general lives! I made extensive notes and will be writing up a piece to go on modabot.de imminently. It’ll be written in german but hopefully with english translation so watch out for that one.
Back at Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s Freemason’s Hall I got a seat for the Bodyamr show, put on by Liz Matthews PR. Front row I spotted Clara Paget (so lithe and beautiful!) and LFW-fixture Amber Rose. OK! tweeted that Louise Redknapp was also there, though I didn’t see her myself.
The collection itself was a bit confusing – it seemed to be a bit disjointed, though each individual piece was stunning, and the lights went down almost completely for at least four looks.. Bizarre.
Cropped black jackets with navy fur, floaty dresses, again in chartreuse and burgundy, and fabulous body con dresses, the pieces were all beautiful and sleek, as usual.
Then Alice Palmer. I’ve been a fan of Alice’s knitwear dresses since my first London Fashion Week. This season I loved her harder edge. The knitwear has become a lot more textured, monochrome, with accents of gold, and mussed up with bold messy eyeliner. I loved it.
Better images to come…
I then attended the FAD show. Celebrating ten years, FAD runs a competition to help new graduates gain exposure and get fab internships with people like David Koma and Jane Shepherdson at Whistles. The students design two outfits to a brief, this year ‘Escape’, and these should be able to stand alone as a mini collection.
My write-up of the show will soon be on BLOWonline but suffice to say I felt that out of the fifteen finalists, the two runners up and the winner were the right designers to win. Above, runner up Laura Carew-Gibson from DeMontfort University. Her two outfits were gorgeous – Sara Bro-Jorgensen mets Felicity Brown I thought. Fabulous layering-up of material on the shoulder of the top (on the left) reminded me of Felicity’s layered fabric and the tassel skirts reminded me of Sara’s collection which was at VFS’s Ones to Watch earlier in the week.
Above, a glimpse of the winner, Milly Jackson’s fabulous monochrome ‘Tweedledee and Tweedledum’ dresses.
I was delighted that Day Four i.e. Monday 21st was another late start so I could get some writing done in the morning. In fact, it was a rather chilled out day in general. I set up in the Vauxhall Fashion Scout press lounge mainly to get some writing done!
I started the day at 15.30 with A La Disposition. The collection, entitled ‘A Utopian Aviary’ was not only conceptually but quite literally influenced by birds. The soundtrack even included the sound of birds’ wings flapping. Check out the statement collars on these bad boys. And such gorgeous colours.
Photos courtesy of Felicities PR.
I then popped to the Bunmi Koko show. Another title – ‘Kaleidoscopia’ – and another display of colour in all its glory. Personally, though, I wasn’t into these technicolour prints and was more taken with the demure looks and masterful drapery, particularly of the cobalt blue trouser suit. Yum.
Yesterday I had a later start to the day – thank god.
My day started with a rush to Charlie Le Mindu. This was one hot ticket and I knew I couldn’t miss out.
Styled by the wonderful Anna Trevelyan (check out Anna’s blog for more looks from the show) and her right-hand man Tom Eerebout, with whom I’ve been lucky enough to do some work lately, the collection was made up of white lace, clear PVC, pearls, real human hair and spraypaint. The soundtrack ended with squealing pigs and Charlie came out to take his bow in a butcher’s apron covered in blood.
Then it was to Vivienne Westwood Red Label show where outside I got chatting to Becky from Harrods magazine. We shuffled into the Royal Courts of Justice quite late and ended up standing right next to the photographers – it was obviously quite oversubscribed this year as usually I get a seat! Spotted at VW: Pete Burns, Boy George, Simon Le Bon.
It was the usual fantastical fare from Dame Viv: painted-on arched eyebrows, one-sided lipstick or all-over painted faces, wonky crowns, ponchos, plaid, stripey socks, pinstripe suits, rollers in the models’ hair and plenty of print. How can you not adore this? (Also, am super pleased that despite my camera dying, having an awful view and yet being so close I managed to get a fab shot of Dame Westwood and Eliza Cummings. J’adore the pair of them!)
Excuse the lateness of this post! Last night I attended my bff’s housewarming so wasn’t able to get a post up.
First order of the day was Danielle Scutt – lots of velvet, lattice dresses and big bling – including earrings with blonde plaits (check out the last picture). All jewellery is Danielle Scutt for Topshop – I cannot wait to get my hands on some of that.
Plus I happened to sit right behind Andrea Pfeffer of Robinson Pfeffer who I used to intern for. It was lovely to see her!
At the Tosha salon show a concise collection of ten LBDs with glorious ruffles made a rather understated statement.
I fell in love with the Elliot J Frieze collection as soon as I read the press release, never mind saw it! Chocolate and biscuit-coloured corduroy suits and trench dresses. There was a definite 70’s vibe. I can safely say I’ve never seen so much cord on the catwalk. I was overjoyed. (My pictures just don’t do it justice..)
I managed to pop into Una Burke’s presentation at Vauxhall Fashion Scout. I interviewed her via email for the new issue of 1883. Her leather accessories are amazing and she’s always got such a great story as her inspiration. She’s a real artist.
In the afternoon we went to Topshop to film the ‘Blogging from the Front Row’ workshop with Zoe from Topshop’s Inside-Out blog and Susie Lau. It was manic at Topshop – obviously, it being a Saturday afternoon n all. But it was a good talk and very interesting to see ‘backstage’ at Topshop HQ!
Later, I went along to Carlotta Gherzi for Sado, which was surprisingly girlie and summery for an AW collection, and then to Olivia Rubin which took place at Jalouse, a club a stone’s throw from Vogue House. I am absolutely in love with this collection and hope to get some images to upload here…
P.S. Sorry for no outfit posts – it’s actually been near impossible to meet up with Alessandro so far. That’s LFW I’m afraid!
Janice Dickinson spotted front row at Paul Costelloe – the girls were in amazing metallic dresses and Sonia Rykiel hair (red, crimped and triangular).
Maria Grachvogel at the Savoy. Gorgeous room – perfectly appropriate for a gorgeous collection. Nina Porter opened the show. The draping was masterful (as per) and the accessories were designed in collaboration with Erickson Beamon. Divine much?
A closer look at the make-up:
Spotted outside on her way to a lot of castings:
Also spotted outside – Sasha aka LibertyLondonGirl plus her lovely associates Briony and Claire, minus one rather important driver…
At lunchtime we had quite the crush at Ada Zanditon‘s salon show where an ice sculpture, a video installation and static mannequins were enjoyed and ignored (too busy mingling!) by a rather large crowd of avant-garde fashionistas – not to mention the lovely Amber and Nisha, otherwise known as Broken Hearts DJs. I had a lovely chat with Ada who divulged a wee secret – she’s probably more into science and architecture than fashion! Oh well – somehow it works!
After the show I had my make-up done by an AOFM make-up artist backstage at Jasper Garvida (big thanks to Lucy at Forward PR!) and then dashed to Bora Aksu where I got to chat to Marina from Marina and the Diamonds afterwards – I’m such a fan and am glad I managed to keep it together and act professionally. (If you’re reading this now Marina, I didn’t get to tell you how much I love you!)
And lastly, thanks to hanging out with Miggy practically all day, I managed to swing a spare ticket to PPQ. Life saver!
The big names turned out in force: Corinne Bailey Rae, Bip Ling, Kimberly Walsh, Julia Sarr Jamois, Paloma Faith and Clara Paget all sat front row – and those were only the glitterati that were in view…
The collection itself was brilliant. Just check out twitter to see how many people are raving about the pigtails, cat hats and fabulous LBDs. And all to a hip hop soundtrack.