News for February 2011

The Sound of London Fashion Week

Image – Sara Bro-Jorgensen SS11, courtesy of Vauxhall Fashion Scout

With another London Fashion Week behind us and the weekend before us, I’ve put together a few of my favourite songs which I heard on the catwalks.

Listen HERE

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

DAY FIVE

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.

And that was Day Five for me.

DAY FOUR

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.

Two fabulously vivid shows.

Take your pick!

BLOWonline Day 1

You can now find write-ups on the following Day 1 shows as written by me on BLOWonline

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Ada Zanditon – a smushed video installation/salon show

Ones to Watch – four very different but very exciting ‘ones to watch’

Eudon Choi – quite possibly my favourite designer right now.

Bora Aksu – find out which fabulous songstress I got a quote from at this high-profile, pumped-up show

DAY THREE

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 I spent the afternoon at the Strand Palace Hotel for the Fashion Mavericks shows: Enya Patricia, Kiki Kamanu and Hamra Allam.  Write-ups will soon be on BLOWonline – I’ll post links!

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!)

DAY TWO

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!

LFW day 1 – Impressions & Highlights

Day 1 at LFW…

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…

I was also lucky enough to meet the lovely Georgina Langford aka Fashion Junior at Large to Melanie Rickey who had just come from the Orla Kiely presentation – check out her write-up on The Fashion Editor at Large blog.

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!

In the afternoon I was blown away by the Ones to Watch show including Kirsty Ward, Anja Mlakar, Tze Goh and Sara Bro-Jorgensen and Eudon Choi‘s show.  I’ll be posting a link to my write-ups soon.

Here are some snaps from Eudon Choi:

Masculine meets feminine/romantic utility.

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.

What a day.

AW11 – London Fashion Week starts tomorrow

Tomorrow AW11 LFW begins.

While we’re all very excited about the shows, everyone’s just as interested in what the editors, buyers and off-duty models will be wearing.  Some inspiration…

While I can’t promise I’ll look as sleek and funky as this lot, I can promise outfit updates on this here blog courtesy of my photographer friend Alessandro Vasapolli.

Stay tuned..

Happy Valentine’s Day

Some V-day-themed offerings for you…

A few of my favourite love songs, compiled into a Valentine’s mixtape –>
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A Valentine’s day message from the Victoria’s Secret girls – Adriana Lima, Erin Heatherton, Candice Swanepoel and new face Lais Ribeiro.

And lastly, words of wisdom from our poet laureate:

‘Valentine’ by Carol Ann Duffy

Not a red rose or a satin heart.

I give you an onion.
It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.
It promises light
like the careful undressing of love.

Here.
It will blind you with tears
like a lover.
It will make your reflection
a wobbling photo of grief.

I am trying to be truthful.

Not a cute card or a kissogram.

I give you an onion.
Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips,
possessive and faithful
as we are,
for as long as we are.

Take it.
Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding-ring,
if you like.

Lethal.
Its scent will cling to your fingers,
cling to your knife.

The Past Week of my Life

Apologies for the long absence.  On 6th February it was my boyfriend’s 30th birthday and I planned a huge surprise holiday, so the past week of my life has looked something like this.

Needless to say it’s been a gorgeous week, but now I am back in stinky, beautiful London and ready to throw myself back into work.

I promise I’ll be a better blogger!