If anything, day two of London Fashion Week was even better than the first! Forget Bora Aksu’s ants, Topshop Unique’s catwalk (on the old Eurostar platform at London Waterloo) was filled with giant crystals and perspex heeled platforms. There was even fashion royalty on the front rows yesterday – with John Galliano appearing at the Fashion Fringe and Rose Bryne supping on champers at the Diesel party on Bond Street.
The Fashion Fringe was chaired by Galliano this year, and the winner Corrie Nielson (right) was described by the master himself as “un homage” and is pipped as “a baby John Galliano” by the newly-converted front row.
So, without further ado, here’s the low-down on some of the best shows from Day Two of London Fashion Week.
Topshop Unique (left) started their show with the theme from “Edward Scissorhands”, and their models – including Coco Rocha and Jourdan Dunn – walked to the sound of Major Lazor, Destiny’s Child, the Cults and Barry White. And “unique” was definitely the order of the day, with lots of sparkles, chiffon gowns and 70s flares. Like Sass & Bide yesterday, there was plenty of copper lamé, but unlike the other shows, polarised sunnies were teamed with leather and tassles. Cool and quirky, S/S11 for Topshop Unique is filled with excitement!
House of Holland was inspired by Brooke Shields in “Blue Lagoon”, so lots of dusky tans and coral-peach cheeks were seen on the models, who walked the catwalk in 70s-themed designs; fringing, metal and jacquard prints, as well as pleated blue metallic leather. So beautiful! And, of course, front row at House of Holland was filled with Henry Holland’s Brit-cool friends – Jaime Winstone, Agy Deyn, Nicola Roberts, the Geldof sisters and Lily Allen.
At an old sorting office, the Charles Anastase show caused a stir with flushed cheeks and bee stung lips and super-high shoes (right). But the few totters and wobbles from the models didn’t distract from the feminine beauty of the 60s chic that came down the runway – a delicious mix of London and Parisian style. Some of my fave designs so far!
Hair and beauty spot:
I definitely smell a trend brewing – top knots and ballerina buns are everywhere at London Fashion Week. Topshop Unique changed direction and channeled Edward Scissorhands with big, fluffy hair.
Betty Jackson (left) was fresh and breezy with mint green eyes with the landgirl-meets-90s-utility designs. The bright colour was a flash of brilliance on the catwalk and ties in with the primary colours we saw the day before.
Coral and peach cheeks are everywhere still – a hangover from this season – and look fantastic with the feminine designs coming through for next year. House of Holland definitely did it best.
Even though it was in a car park, Emilio de la Morena was filled with the fashion elite on the front row – Olivia Palermo, Charlotte Olympia, Charlotte and Alice Dellal, Julia Restoin Roitfield and stylist Caroline Sieber.
Jude Law was front and centre at Twenty8Twelve to support girlfriend Sienna Miller, alongside Pixie Geldof, and at the end, everyone was treated to cupcakes (so good, blogger Lucia Debieux tweeted about them!)
LFW best-dressed Day Two:
Elle’s accessories editor Olivia Palermo (below right) upped the style stakes yesterday at Mulberry, in this gorgeous outfit. The skirt is Diane Von Furstenburg, the shoes Charlotte Olympia, an Hermes bag, and Dior sunglasses. You can see the Grazia team chatting to Olivia here
Emilio de la Morena
House of Holland
Maria Francesca Pepe
The Fashion Fringe
Michael Roberts/One T Shirt