Swoon! The day at last arrived!
London Fashion Week (for me) has a buzz about it quite unlike any other Fashion Week. I always feel I know what I’m getting in New York, Paris and Milan, but London is different – it’s fresh and exciting and you never know what to expect!
As I was celebrating LFW in style (in Whisky Mist with Golden Frog PR, Kate Fearnley and Juden bags – more on that later) on the Friday night, and then drove straight to see a friend in Newmarket for the weekend, I barely got to see anything of London Fashion Week… until now. And look what I’ve been missing!
Because I love LFW so much, I’m going to give you my top 3 shows from each day. First up:
Bora Aksu stole my heart the moment he put woollen ants in hair. Opening London Fashion Week on his 10th anniversary, Aksu played on his Turkish childhood and summer days spent on the Aegean coast. There were dirndl skirts and tops and blouses with bold shoulders, lace and crochet trim and little collars, all in Alice-in-Wonderland blue, sunshine yellow and hot pink. Adorable!
See the full Bora Aksu collection on Vogue.co.uk.
Next up was Felder Felder. Designer duo Daniela and Annette Felder told Vogue backstage: “Playing with texture really suits us… It takes a long time but it’s worth it. We love manipulating fabrics to create something new.” And it was definitely texture we saw. It was an underwater theme for SS’14: wet-look paper bag skirts, dresses were made up of metallic silks with transparent PVC inserts, sweetheart bodices and organza appliqué made reference to coral reefs whilst prints stayed aquatic and reptilian.
See the full Felder Felder collection on Vogue.co.uk.
The third and final of my favourite shows for day one is Jean-Pierre Braganza. Braganza was the darling of day one from all accounts, with the fashionable elite swooning over the SS’14 collection. “It’s really about a young lady,” he told Vogue after the show. “Being pretty but in more of a deconstructed sense.” Gone was the youthfulness of previous collections, instead here was a nonchalant maturity – abstract florals, tuxedo tailoring, and those familiar asymmetric hemlines, cut outs and slouchy silhouettes. It was a relatively simple palette – soft pink offset by deep red, then silver, black and white.
See the full Jean-Pierre Braganza collection on Vogue.co.uk.
I can’t wait to see some of this collection on the highstreet. Jasper Conran’s cheery yellows, royal blues and candy stripes were to die for, and these Fifties skirts are perfect for work. In particular, I definitely need to get myself one of these sunshine-happy dresses; the white belt and collar give it a kitsch look, with the pattern making me smile. Yes please!
See the full Jasper Conran collection on Vogue.co.uk.
Best Dressed on the FROW
How cute is this Garfield T-shirt! Model, DJ and blogger Bip Ling looked super-cool at PPQ in silver metallic shoes, a little black skirt and quirky Garfield top. Accessories were kept simple, and I also love the choice of clutch – acid brights always have a place on the FROW! She joined the brightly dressed Olivia Grant (who chose a skirt of hot pink and neon orange) for the show.