I’m writing this last blog entry from the luxury of the British Airways Galleries Lounge at Heathrow Terminal 5 in London while waiting to board my flight back to Dubai. It’s been an amazing, whirlwind two weeks but now it’s back to reality and I’ve finally got an hour of quiet time before I board my flight. Sitting next to me is a large number of British athletes travelling back from the Paralympics in Rio. I admire their Stella McCartney designed tracksuits and remember how fashion really is everywhere.
But back to the event in hand. There was one final day at London Fashion Week yesterday, and it was one not to be forgotten. My day started with the Antonio Berardi fashion show which featured models wearing blue, grey and white tones. The tailored pieces were fantastically made but I couldn’t help but feel that the colours were a little dull for a summer collection. The few printed pieces were my favourite and really brought the collection to life.
Next it was on to the Aspinal of London presentation (not before a very quick pit stop to the world’s largest Topshop but more about that later). The presentation was at the super-glamorous location of the world-famous Claridges hotel. A colourful showcase included pastel coloured and floral printed bags and purses which I already have on my shopping list for next summer’s wardrobe! After trying out the delicious cakes on offer at the hotel it was time for a quick change into the dress I had bought earlier in the day at Topshop before the next show.
My final catwalk show of fashion week was Burberry. This was one I had waited years to gain entry too. Even during my years of working in London it was virtually impossible to get a ticket so I was incredibly excited! Creative Director Christopher Bailey has really turned the Burberry brand around in the last few years, making it the most highly anticipated fashion show at London Fashion Week. Anyone who is anyone in the fashion industry will be there so it was going to be a big deal.
The show was set at Makers House which will now host a Burberry exhibition until September 27th having collaborated with some of the local craftsman in the designing of the spring/summer collection. This traditional location was much more intimate than the grand catwalk the British brand usually holds its shows at. This show was super glamorous. Sat just in front of me was model Alexa Chung and style icon Olivia Palermo (who you might remember from my time in New York). I also rubbed shoulders with Cara Delevingne and her sister Poppy, as well as actress Felicity Jones, model Jourdan Dunn, and even bumped into X-Men star Nicholas Hoult. Samantha Cameron (wife of the former British Prime Minister) was there to show her support for the home-grown brand, and of course the queen of fashion Anna Wintour sat proudly on the front row. There was a real magic in the air before this show, and we all knew we were about to witness something amazing.
The show was presented with the soundtrack of a live Orchestra and classical singers. The classical music blasted through Makers House creating an incredible atmosphere. The clothes were ornate, and highly detailed. Working with local craftsman you could really feel the work that had gone into these close. Metallic lace, tapestry, silk prints, and ruffle details all make these clothes special. Pyjama tops and trousers make for comfortable yet stylish looks and of course there was the odd glimpse of the traditional Burberry checked print. Both the men’s and women’s collections showed similar trends which are sure to filter down into our wardrobes. And the best bit? You can buy the runway pieces now on Burberry’s website (www.burberry.com) and at their Regent Street store in London (that’s if you can afford the price tag!).
Leaving London on a high (despite very blistered feet and heavy eye bags) today I head back to Dubai excited for the moment some of the collections I’ve seen hit UAE stores next year. But first off to do some shopping around Heathrow Terminal 5!