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London Fashion Week S/S2012 Highlights

It’s taken me a little while to get round to writing this post. My usual habit after a mammoth working week is to just keep on going but this month has been really challenging so I decided that straight after LFW I would avoid my laptop, shun all work emails and really try to do nothing so that I might enjoy physical and mental rest and recuperation. But now I find myself ready to reflect on Fashion Week and my personal highlights..

Below – some snapshots from LFW S/S12

The lightbulbs at the My Beautiful Fashion venue on New Oxford Street. It was great discovering that someone I used to intern with at Robinson Pfeffer is now working for MBF and catching up with her briefly after a show.

Eudon Choi is my favourite emerging designer right now and his S/S12 collection moved away from his signature utilitarian vibe into something more sportsluxe. And colour! I loved it.

The Felicity Brown presentation at the Royal Opera House complete with violinist in A/W11 FB – exquisite.

The Zoe Jordan show, inspired by Little Edie in Grey Gardens, was an absolute winner for me (and very autumnal for a Spring collection). After the gorgeous show I got to go backstage and chat to Zoe herself.

On Monday 19th I went backstage at Antonio Berardi to see the preparations for the 10am catwalk show. I was delighted to meet manicurist Sophy Robson and get snap happy around the fabulous slicked back hair looks courtesy of John Frieda.

I then hotfotted it front of house with Miss B and her fabulous glitter Miu Mius to catch the show which was characteristically gorgeous.

I got to sit front row at Pringle of Scotland where Abbey Lee opened the show. Alistair Carr‘s debut Pringle show was such a new turn for the heritage brand and I’m really excited to see the next stages of its reincarnation. If S/S12 is anything to go by, Pringle is in safe hands.

Katie B and me (wearing Lucy Jay) waiting for the Todd Lynn show to start..

I’ve attended LFW every season since September 2009 but attending as part of Team LLG aka LibertyLondonGirl.com has been quite a different experience to say the least. LLG really does open doors and I’ve been so privileged to be able to join Sasha and Miss B as well as the lovely LLG assistant Katie B for this season. The pictures I’ve put up here don’t even begin to portray the mad, exhausting, fabulous week. The first day I survived purely on cake, frozen yoghurt and vitamin water; I got to ride in the Mercedes-Benz, sit front row next to my editor idols, witness gorgeous shows and generally be a part of a much-envied tradeshow.

Here’s to S/S12 and London! There’s plenty to celebrate in the capital right now.

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.