A new leathergoods name on my radar: La Contrie. It’s not cheap, it’s all bespoke and beautifully made – think Hermes, and you’re on the right track. The simple shapes in luxe skins stood out for me, particularly this crocodile bag…
Sophisticated, clean-cut pieces in an electric colour palette and tessellated prints at Preen – accompanied by David Sylvian and Ryuichi Sakamoto’s Forbidden Colours. And look at that neon light installation…
My LFW day one highlight was also the event that took the most time. As media partner for Max Factor’s first ever London Fashion Week live make-up lesson on Google Hangout, I had a call time of 8am to do backstage beauty tweeting at Felder Felder.
For three hours I took notes from Max Faxtor make-up artist Mel Arter, tweeted and Instagrammed, updated the event page on Google Plus, then watched the show – a dreamy, underwater-inspired parade of mermaids with attitude. Continue reading
Looking forward to London Fashion Week? Here’s something I hope will grab you. On Friday 13th September, I’ll be hosting a live make-up lesson on Google Hangout with Max Factor to help launch its Whipped Crème foundation. In the morning I’ll be tweeting up a storm backstage at Felder Felder, then post-show, snatching the make-up from the hands of Max Factor make-up artist Mel Arter and delivering them to Max Factor make-up artist Caroline Barnes at our Google Hangout*. We will be joined by P&G’s Dr Sarah Vickery, Felder Felder’s Isabelle Domier and hopefully…you. Continue reading
Best casting and styling ever from Haider Ackermann’s first menswear show. Early trends coming through for menswear ss14 include structured tunic tees, 50s Harrington jackets, post-pop graphics and sloganeering, lots of leather, extreme trouser shapes (super-wide peg at Topman Design, meggings at Gucci, culottes at Jil Sander) and more wonkiness following aw13. Plus on the hair front, lots of fabulous quiffy dos!
For Burberry Prorsum’s SS14 menswear show in its new London home we were treated to a collection called Writers and Painters. A gentle mashup of Alan Bennett boyish shapes and a Hockney colour palette (primary brights expertly layered by Burberry stylist Elliot Smedley), it was certainly commercial but thoroughly eye pleasing.
Styling is so important for a show like this in which the pieces don’t reinvent the wheel and you can’t inspect the quality up close. The outfits were accessorised with soft leather drawstring duffles and polka dot ‘Wave’ sunglasses. Continue reading
I just watched Garage Magazine’s mini documentary on Style Bubble but in case you haven’t seen it, here it is again. Filming began a year ago and the result is a good 9-minute sum-up of the Fashion Week street style phenomenon. Tim Blanks makes most of the commentary but Imran Amed from Business of fashion is also featured, as is Susie Bubble and Phil Oh.
This London Fashion Week, I had a conversation with a well known street style photographer who mentioned that they have noticed a change. Some of their regulars have now decided they don’t want to be photographed, they’re actively ignoring street style photographers, even when in the past they were quite chummy. It’s not surprising to me. What die-hard fashionista wants to be seen embracing something once it’s been tainted with the naff brush? (I’m not saying street style is naff, but the bad publicity in this context could have that effect.)
Something new for London Fashion Week this season: the addition of the London College of Fashion MA show. I usually have an aversion to student shows (they just end up being soooo long), but in this case, a concise edit of ten graduates was speedily delivered. Continue reading
London Fashion Week has flown by this season, partly due to the new menswear-free, five-day format, and partly because I’ve become much more focused. I’ve traditionally done as many shows as I can at LFW, but these days a) it’s impossible to see everything and b) it’s unnecessary. There are so many other ways to see collections without the battle of 9am starts and seating politics. Instagrams, Vines, live streaming and the almost-instant images uploaded on sites like Now Fashion and the genius GPS Radar app means you can get a pretty good sense of what’s happening without leaving your screen. Continue reading
Being a catwalk model must be the best fun these days; you simply never know what you’re going to be asked to do. From Mulberry’s dogwalkers, to Matthew Williamson’s close-up Vine videos, to Topshop Unique’s model cams and Burberry’s #Beautybooth, there’s so much interactive fun to be had at the shows. Before I left for yesterday morning’s first show, I caught Topshop’s Google+ video of Cara Delevingne doing a circuit of the Topshop Unique runway with a vídeo cam stashed in her handbag. Continue reading