A full weekend of shows at London Fashion Week has left me was blistered feat and eyes I can barely keep open but it was all worth it!
The weekend kicked off with a party hosted by none other than musical genius Will.I.Am. Will has created a set of wireless headphones in collaboration with fashion site www.farfetch.com, and what better time to launch them than at the start of fashion week? The glamorous gathering was held in the famous Loulou’s club, and as well as Will himself other celebrities attending included Jade Jagger, British diver Tom Daley and pop singer Connor Maynard.
The next day I braved the cold and rain and kicked off the day at the Julien Macdonald show. While we’ve seen a lot of Julien’s affordable range at Debenhams, his ready-to-wear line is much more glamorous and striking. Model and ex-girlfriend of Justin Bieber Hailey Baldwin opened and closed the show for her friend Julien and looked absolutely stunning.
I used the rest of the afternoon to explore the city. While I used to live in London, I’ve never really seen it as a tourist as I did this weekend, so it was a great chance to wander round and see some sights I hadn’t see in ages!
The next morning, I was up bright and early for the Anya Hindmarch show. Known widely for her accessories, it was great to see a full ready-to-wear collection from the British designer and I loved it! The bright colour palette was fab and the soft shapes of each piece made the collection very wearable. Of course the bags were very cool too!
Next stop was the Topshop Unique show (and something we can actually afford at last!). The show was set in the traditional Old Spitalfields Market in East London. Topshop had taken over the market with their self-built show space and it attracted a lot of attention! The collection itself had a strong eighties theme. Black and white zebra prints were brought to life with flashes of magenta. Expect to see all these pieces in Dubai’s Topshop stores soon!
After a quick lunch it was on to the Mulberry show, and this is one not to be missed. The setting was within an industrial park on the outskirts of London but it was well worth the journey. This huge unused Printworks was the perfect catwalk location. While fashionistas say up at high as four rows above the show it was easy to get a great look at the clothes which featured, checks, stripes, traditional English tailoring. These were all brought to life with plenty of sparkle and embellished pieces. The leather Mulberry bags were bigger than ever with models carrying extra-large totes under their arms.
The next show was Temperley London (of which Kate Middleton is a huge fan of). While we didn’t see the Duchess of Cambridge the front row did include Ellie Goulding, model Arizona Muse and Pixie Lott. The clothes were beautiful. With a slight seventies theme there was elegant embroidery, lace fabrics, and hand-stitched details which all came together to make a gorgeous collection.
After this show it was off home for me to get an early night before the last day of shows tomorrow.