If you think Sunday is about roast potatoes and fluffy slippers, think again. It was an early start for the fashionistas in London yesterday, including the Vogue girls heading to Mary Katranzou first thing to spot Louboutin wedges and Louise Wilson. The girls tweeted about their Breton stripes and red shoes, and spotting Anna dello Russo in chic leopard print, and Day Three of London Fashion Week began!
Day Three: LFW
At Claridges, the Mulberry show (left) brought in quite the crowd, with Doctor Who starlet Karen Gillan, Gemma Arterton, Rachel Stevens, Alexa Chung, Laura Bailey, Cat Deeley and Olivia Palermo (complete with Charlotte Olympia heels from the AW10 range) all clamouring for front row. The cute pug dog place names were only topped by the English country garden theme and birdsong as Mulberry proved once again why it’s such a big-hitter in the fashion world.
Julien MacDonald has to be one of my favourite homegrown designers. Who can resist his effortless cool!? And it was definitely cool at his show at the Banqueting House in Whitehall, with Sharon Tate-inspired ethereal make-up and Jo Malone “Roses” being spritzed down the catwalk before the show. The show was full of dreamy top knots, Bridget Bardot sweeps and elegance in nudes and blacks (right). Model-of-the-moment Jess Hart walked, in front of a crowd that including fashion greats like Elle McPherson and Jimmy Choo.
Matthew Williamson, I will admit, is one of those designers who I could fill my wardrobe with everything he ever does. What a genius. And the show was inspired. In a tent at the Battersea Power Station in the fading light, Williamson’s models – including Jessica Stam – were all about the “shipwrecked” hair and make-up. The models might have been late, and the setting might have been a bit stark, but Williamson made it perfect with classic shades and bursts of acid brights (left). What a star!
Hair and beauty spot:
Hair is still big, and make-up is still bright. Every designer put their own twist on it, but I’m definitely stocking up on hairspray and primary-coloured eyeliner as we speak.
Alan Carr joined Jimmy Choo and Elle McPherson (right) at Julien MacDonald, alongside the like of Colin MacDowell, Olivia Palermo and Harriet Quick.
At Michael Van Der Ham, there was a fashion coup when Nicholas Kirkwood sat front and centre to watch the up-and-comer display amazing clothes and flouro shoes in his first solo show.
Diana Vickers and Olivia Palermo both wore Julian J Smith to Julian J Smith’s show – nothing like a nod to the maestro!
Pamela Anderson popped in to Vivienne Westwood, with Daisy Lowe walking the catwalk, in what’s been described as “pastel pirate make-up”.
Pam Hogg had drag queen Jodie Harsh, and Kinder had Jade Jagger and Anna dello Russo (Kinder also had huge elephant tusks framing the door).
LFW best-dressed Day Three:
Nicola Roberts, of Girls Aloud and Dainty Doll make-up fame, was gorgeous yesterday in a black biker jacket and cute grey dress (below right). She’s not on my best-dressed list often, but she definitely got it right this time!
Basso & Brooke
Michael Van Der Ham
Julian J Smith