Saturday, 19 February 2011

LFW: Day Two

The main thing to note today was that it rained. Nothing unusual there but it didn't half throw a spanner in the works for everyone's LFW looks. Trench coats and hats were the key pieces (not forgetting umbrellas) as everyone struggled with frizzy hair and wet feet. Thankfully the designers had thought this through. Frizzy, triangular hair was everywhere from Kate Middleton's favourite, Issa, to Charles Anastase.

Anastase even greeted his audience with The Doors Riders on the Storm before launching into Il Pleut (It rains) by Brigitte Fontaine. His clothes were nursery nostalgic with models resembling dolls sprung to life in tweed, velvet and satin dresses.

Kinder Aggugini also had weather on the brain. His white coats had snowflake cutouts reminiscent of the paper chains you make as a child.

Kinder Aggugini A/W '11
His show notes said that he was inspired by "the fictitious marriage of Coco Chanel and Sid Vicious".  This show then was about rock and roll elegance. Coco's LBD was reimagined as a long black dress complete with harness like strappings ...

Kinder Aggugini A/W '11
At Jaeger London the coat took centre stage.

Jaeger London A/W '11

Jaeger London A/W '11

Jaeger London A/W '11

The colour palette consisted of "navy, rust, black, guardsman red, military green, camel, ivory and chocolate with highlights of cerise, colonial yellow, cobalt, rich amber and gold." Both the colours and the styles spoke of Jaeger's love affair with it's British heritage.

Louise Gray went dotty (literally), painting models faces with colourful measle spots.
Louise Gray A/W '11
 And adorning models with giant balloon hats.

Louise Gray A/W '11
I finished the day with Issa (Kate Middleton was nowhere to be seen) and House of Holland.

At Issa, Yasmin Le Bon and Andrea Dellal closed the show looking fabulous while Henry Holland was inspired by bingo, grannys, Horse & Hound and heritage fabrics for his show "Man Alive". He looks set to take the spot Luella Bartley left open with his sweetly subverted tweed skirt suits with neon PVC elbow pads and collars and slogan T-shirt "Hawt Couture". Hawt indeed.

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Friday, 18 February 2011

LFW: Day One

This is the Mulberry for LFW shopper that everyone gets when they register at Somerset House.

They're as ubiquitous at fashion week as heels and street style photographers. Last season was all about a rabbit peeking out from an illustrated Alexa bag. This time is bag of the season, the Tillie. And joining it is a fox nibbling on an apple.

I finally made it out of the office to a few shows this afternoon. My favourites were Sass & Bide and Felder.Felder.

Sass & Bide's show was like a blast of winter sun.
Sass & Bide A/W '11

A riot of colour (magenta, coral, terracotta, neons) and tribal prints with painted neon armbands, sequins, beading, fierce necklaces and great, sculptural hats.
Sass & Bide A/W '11

Sass & Bide A/W '11

Sass & Bide A/W '11
 With VV Brown, Poppy Delevingne, Paloma Faith, Julia Restoin Roitfeld and Twiggy in the front row and Nicki Minaj blasting from the speakers there was a lot of love for the new season in the room.

Sass & Bide A/W '11 invitation
Over at Felder.Felder things were more muted with the colour palette a chic and sombre black, white, grey, petrol and "night". The show was titled The Transformation Collection and was inspired by nature - from prints of owl feathers and eisblume (delicate flowers) blown up to abstract proportions to the dip-dyed hair embellishing shoulders and cuffs.
Felder.Felder A/W '11

There were plenty of stand-out pieces for fans like Rihanna and Allison Mosshart: biker jackets, tailored dresses scattered with crystals and black leather corset tops. Studding and harness details finished the rock chick look.

Felder.Felder A/W '11

And so to bed for an early night before a very long day tomorrow starting with Charles Anastase ... 

London fashion week A/W '11 kicks off

It doesn't seem like two minutes since the last collections but I'm about to head off to Somerset House to see my first shows of the new season - Aminaka Wilmont, Sass & Bide and Felder.Felder. Excited.

It's foggy and freezing in London today so I've gone for a spot of neon - on my nails and tee - to brighten things up a bit.

This is the colour of my Pop nail varnish (Pinkest, £6) and it perfectly matches my Acne t-shirt.

Keep checking in for more gossip and show spots.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Fashion fail

Yesterday I had a complete clothing crisis. In my head I was working a Jil Sander look (albeit on a budget): white t-shirt and bright colour pop skirt. In reality, which I realised when I caught sight of myself in the mirror at work, I was wearing a 'worn one too many times' white t-shirt and a skirt I hadn't worn for years because it's a bit shiny and a bit just wrong. It was fine at the time I bought it. But that time was two years ago.

I spent the rest of the day hating my clothes. I even briefly considered going home and changing into what I realised I should have worn - my new navy Zara trousers (cropped and neat - in my head Celine), a favourite, soft grey cashmere jumper and my failsafe red Marc Jacobs shoes. Instead I avoided mirrors for the rest of the day and am wearing the outfit I should have worn yesterday, today. Oh, and I threw the t-shirt in the bin.

Jil Sander S/S '11 (

I still love the Jil Sander catwalk look but I realised that it depends on a boxfresh white t-shirt (preferably luxe) and a more flowing kind of skirt (preferably maxi) in a bright, non-shiny material.

Lesson learned.

Friday, 4 February 2011

That Friday feeling

Fridays make me feel like this. 

Where can I go? Where can I escape to? Sometimes it's the country, sometimes it's to a friend's house,   a museum, the park, the shops, a great film at the cinema ... and sometimes it's no further than my own living room with a great book and a bit of imagination. What are you doing this weekend?