Front row fix

It’s day two of LFW and I’m already dead beat. Someone get me a stamina sandwich please! The good news is that there is a fantastic optimistic atmosphere. Whether it’s due to the weather or the new venue, everyone is in upbeat mode! Day one saw Joan Collins pitching up bright and early, obviously loving all the shoulder pad action going down in the collections. I was thrilled to see Yang Du (below) finally show on a catwalk – her cartoon stripy T-shirt dresses and knitted tiger bags were so graphic and poppy. I must say, it was bloody hard watching shows, getting designer quotes and filing copy for The Daily (practically all at the same time) but I managed to pull it off by the skin of my teeth.

Today was an easier ride beginning at Mark Fast. I’d heard a rumour that he would be sending out (gasp!) plus size models and he did. Opinion was divided on whether this was a good move. His original stylist refused to work with ‘big girls’ so he had to cast at the last minute. Unforch, size 14 models aren’t usual catwalk material so his girls weren’t brilliant at mastering the catwalk strut. Hey ho. That aside, the collection was brilliant and OMG, the suede ruffles were beauties.
Mary Katrantzou showed back-to-back with Mark. More cleverly thought-out shapes plus Mary had developed her glass bottle prints into something slightly more abstract and freeform. I loved the painterly eye make-up too.

The Kinder Aggugini show was the big WOW. I earwigged on a post-show conversation with Hilary Alexander and set-designer Michael Howells as they each took turns to say an exclamatory line.
“He’d be perfect for Ungaro!”
“Haute couture!”
“If he’s not snapped up within the year…”
“…you’ll eat your cigarette!”
I can never quite decide about Kinder (OK, I didn’t like it) but I loved the Louise Gray presentation. There was collagy layering and art-school patchwork, hot pinks and blues, more colourful crayon make-up and DIY accessories fashioned by Judy Blame. And the DIY aesthetic extended to the decoration of the space – fluoro spray paint (a la Madonna’s Borderline video), gaffer-taped signage and even Louise’s own grafitti’ed laptop.

Ashish as usual was a riot of sequins and colour, this time with a holiday theme. Nike tick sequin tees, flamingo motifs and the Beach boys all added up to vacation, vacation, vacation.
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11 Responses to Front row fix

  1. Make Do Style says:

    Good stuff I'm relying on you for every snippet!

  2. The style strutter says:

    Wow Mary Katranzous collection looks great!! Thanks for the update:)!!

  3. selinaoolala says:

    same as above, i love your lfw posts! so great to be able to have a slice of the action, hopefully you will post lists of the common clothes and trends people are wearing? hope your week is great, maybe i'll be able to join in 2010!

  4. Cassiopeia says:

    Brilliant post! Loving your little column in the daily too… Wish I'd been able to go to Louise Gray's presentation. It's just such gorgeous stuff, and the Mark Fast / Katranzou shows looked to die for. Sigh. Hope your stamina continues to hold up! Xxxc

  5. enc says:

    good for Mark Fast, and I love that zig-zaggy j-suit!

  6. Jillian says:

    wow i am in love w/ all the colour! crazy!

  7. gem fatale says:

    I love the Louise Gray collection, great backstage pics!

  8. Carrigan says:

    thanks a million for your posts! i especially like the diy shoes at louis gray!

    reminds me of a trash bag dress i made myself once, ha.

  9. The Frock Dress Monster says:

    So great to see the curvy ladies on Mark Fast's catwalk, but agree the walking needed some work, and while I totally support fuller figures in fashion i think you have to think about the outfits a little more – underwear cutting in and boobs all over the shop could have been better thought out…

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