Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Day Five: LFW

From towering heels to pug dogs, from florals to neons, London Fashion Week has seen it all on its runways. But Tuesday was the last day that Fashion Week was in town, and with Burberry coming back to native shores after years in Milan, LFW went with a bang.

The final shows were a mix of styles and inspirations, proving that London fashion is still a main contender for worldwide influence. One of the British brands Jaeger was one of the first shows on Tuesday, displaying flashes of sports luxe with bumbags and hi-tops. Marios Schwab was inspired by grunge, tattoos and the film "Translyvania" - walking to a soundtrack that included Nirvana, the models sported Joan Jett-style mullets (left). And at Ashish, the directions for the models included the phrase: "She can lasso at 20 paces in her spangled rodeo shirt and drink the other ranch hands under the table." Cue pink spangly cowboy gear!

The Fashion East show, celebrating its 10th anniversary, was held on the old Eurostar platform, with shows from Lulu Kennedy (looking amazing in Louise Grey), Felicity Brown, Heikki Salonen, and Simone Rocha. Felicity Brown's designs blazed in tangerine and blue, romantic ruffles and scrunched plaits, and Simone Rocha's debut collection (right) was futuristic and fashion-forward in sheer fabrics, cut-out designs, and metal collars.

Burberry came home in style with a catwalk collection that screamed wardrobe classics and the everlasting Burberry brand. After years showing at Milan Fashion Week, Burberry sent steel invites for its grand return. Jourdann Dunn walked with a turquoise bag on one arm, followed by an array of beautiful biker jackets, jodphurs, moto pants, minted silk pleats, mixed animal prints (yes, you can combine snake and leopard and look amazing) and bright, bright colours. More seasonless than spring, Burberry (left) has hit every trend and taken it up a notch - proved by Anna Wintour's smile from the front row! The towering heels caused a few tumbles - one tottering model whipped them off and walked anyway! Now that's style.

At the end of a long week, there's nothing like a good party to let your hair down - and the fashion pack feel the same way. And the best parties of the night? Dolce and Gabbana, Longchamp and Scream.

Hair and beauty spot:

Burberry nailed it again with biker chick cool - think sultry grey eyes and dewy skin. Look no further for your night-out beauty!

Jonathan Saunders had his model's hair styled by Tigi, with big '40s prom updo's.

Front row:

Jaeger had Laura Bailey, Beatrice Ong, Pixie Lott, Rachel Stevens and Calum Best on the front row; whilst Richard Nicholl popped in to wish Lulu Kennedy luck and the Dellal's watched Schwab's grunge cool.

Burberry had the biggest pull of the day - celebrities spotted included: Sarah Jessica Parker, Andy Murray, Mario Testino, Carine Roitfield, Cat Deeley, Anna Wintour, Alexa Chung, Serena Williams, Katie Grand, Donna Air, Poppy Delevigne, Joe Zee and Charlene Spiteri.

Ashish pulled in Paloma Faith, VV Brown, Victoria Hervey, Hannah Marshall, Jodie Harsh and Marina Diamandis (from Marina and the Diamonds).

LFW best-dressed Day Five:

Sarah Jessica Parker gave me some serious jacket-envy at Burberry (the jacket was a Burberry design, what an homage!) so today she is definitely my best-dressed (below right)!

LFW shows:

Marios Schwarb
Todd Lynn
Antipodium Show
Fashion East
Jonathan Saunders
Louise Goldin
Adidas by Stella
Amanda Wakeley
Nate Berkus
Clements Ribeiro

The Twitpack:

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Day Four: LFW

Yesterday was definitely The Day to be in London! From an emotional memorial for Alexander McQueen, to an insane and epic Giles Deacon show at the Farmiloe, London Fashion Week just reached stellar proportions! Breakfast was at Peter Pilotto with muffins and poppy seed toast, and then it was show after show, with no let-up. Beautiful designs, stunning sets, and modelling excitement.

I'm starting this slot with a tribute to the masterful Alexander McQueen. St Paul's Cathedral played host to the most glamorous of stars, as they all came together to honour the late and great designer. Anna Wintour (left) made a moving speech, and Michael Nyman provided the music. Bjork, dressed as a McQueen angel, performed "Gloomy Sunday". Stars such as Naomi Campbell, Stella McCartney, Kate Moss and Sarah Jessica Parker each paid their respects. You can read Style.Com's Tim Blank's report here.

Meadham Kirchhoff created a stir with a magical catwalk that had the Twitpack in ecstasies before the show had even started! From unicorns on the invites to Mexican dolls as inspiration, Kirchhoff was definitely the most unusual show of the day. And the designs didn't disappoint (right). In keeping with the mystical theme, the clothes were girly and floral and floaty. Dreamy!

Giles Deacon blew me away! If the run-up wasn't enough - Agyness Deyn was spotted getting a crewcut backstage and the Farmiloe was the perfect setting - the show just exploded the senses (left)! Agy opened the show, and an array of 50 models walked the catwalk, including Abbey Clancy, Alessandra Ambrosio, Amber le Bon, Noemie Lenoir, Jessica Stam, Chanel Iman, Kelly Brooke, Dree Hemmingway, and Coco Rocha - what a celebration of curves! But that wasn't all. To close the show, Amazonian, legendary model Veruschka took to the catwalk and the balconies. If that isn't an entry for the LFW Book of Wonders (there isn't a real Book of Wonders, but I wish there were just for this show), then I don't know what is!

Erdem was the most exclusive show, as per usual. At Bedford Square Gardens, the English country garden theme was topped with the pretty florals that Erdem is so good at. Never mind they were sewing right up until the last moment - Erdem was one of the best shows of the week.

Hair and beauty spot:

Holly Fulton had hair stylist Duffy in to create amazing 80s blow dries that I'm desperate to try myself!

Erdem (right) kept with it's stunning English country garden theme with Charles Worthington creating incredible "woodland fairy" hair.

Alex Box was inspired by albino peacocks for make-up at Mark Fast - looks so much better than I ever imagined.

Front row:

Mark Fast had Julia Roitfield, Poppy D, Shingai (from the Noisettes), and Nicola Roberts. But the Girls Aloud star didn't manage to get a seat after turning up late! The best bit, however, was the models - of all shapes and sizes Mark Fast showed what real women looked like.
It was an editor-off at Nicole Farhi, with Carine vs. Wintour on the front row sat mere seats apart; but better than that, some genius put Bill Nighy next to Anna Wintour! An inspired placing if I ever saw one.

Giles Deacon had all his friends on the front row, and alongside them were Janice Dickinson and Kerry Katona.

Erdem naturally had all the fashion heavyweights, including Harold Tillman and Philip Green.

LFW best-dressed Day Four:

There's nothing for it. No one in the front row or on any of the catwalks could out-dress Veruschka. So, today, she is my best dressed - in Giles Deacon (below right).

LFW shows:

Peter Pilotto
Holly Fulton
Mark Fast
Giles Deacon
Nicole Farhi
Christopher Kane
Meadham Kirchhoff
Paul Smith
Marc Jacobs

The Twitpack:

Monday, 20 September 2010

Day Three: LFW

If you think Sunday is about roast potatoes and fluffy slippers, think again. It was an early start for the fashionistas in London yesterday, including the Vogue girls heading to Mary Katranzou first thing to spot Louboutin wedges and Louise Wilson. The girls tweeted about their Breton stripes and red shoes, and spotting Anna dello Russo in chic leopard print, and Day Three of London Fashion Week began!

At Claridges, the Mulberry show (left) brought in quite the crowd, with Doctor Who starlet Karen Gillan, Gemma Arterton, Rachel Stevens, Alexa Chung, Laura Bailey, Cat Deeley and Olivia Palermo (complete with Charlotte Olympia heels from the AW10 range) all clamouring for front row. The cute pug dog place names were only topped by the English country garden theme and birdsong as Mulberry proved once again why it's such a big-hitter in the fashion world.

Julien MacDonald has to be one of my favourite homegrown designers. Who can resist his effortless cool!? And it was definitely cool at his show at the Banqueting House in Whitehall, with Sharon Tate-inspired ethereal make-up and Jo Malone "Roses" being spritzed down the catwalk before the show. The show was full of dreamy top knots, Bridget Bardot sweeps and elegance in nudes and blacks (right). Model-of-the-moment Jess Hart walked, in front of a crowd that including fashion greats like Elle McPherson and Jimmy Choo.

Matthew Williamson, I will admit, is one of those designers who I could fill my wardrobe with everything he ever does. What a genius. And the show was inspired. In a tent at the Battersea Power Station in the fading light, Williamson's models - including Jessica Stam - were all about the "shipwrecked" hair and make-up. The models might have been late, and the setting might have been a bit stark, but Williamson made it perfect with classic shades and bursts of acid brights (left). What a star!

Hair and beauty spot:

Hair is still big, and make-up is still bright. Every designer put their own twist on it, but I'm definitely stocking up on hairspray and primary-coloured eyeliner as we speak.

Front row:

Alan Carr joined Jimmy Choo and Elle McPherson (right) at Julien MacDonald, alongside the like of Colin MacDowell, Olivia Palermo and Harriet Quick.

At Michael Van Der Ham, there was a fashion coup when Nicholas Kirkwood sat front and centre to watch the up-and-comer display amazing clothes and flouro shoes in his first solo show.

Diana Vickers and Olivia Palermo both wore Julian J Smith to Julian J Smith's show - nothing like a nod to the maestro!

Pamela Anderson popped in to Vivienne Westwood, with Daisy Lowe walking the catwalk, in what's been described as "pastel pirate make-up".
Pam Hogg had drag queen Jodie Harsh, and Kinder had Jade Jagger and Anna dello Russo (Kinder also had huge elephant tusks framing the door).

LFW best-dressed Day Three:

Nicola Roberts, of Girls Aloud and Dainty Doll make-up fame, was gorgeous yesterday in a black biker jacket and cute grey dress (below right). She's not on my best-dressed list often, but she definitely got it right this time!

LFW shows:
Mary Katranzou
Basso & Brooke
Margaret Howell
Jasper Conran
Julien MacDonald
Antonio Berardi
Michael Van Der Ham
Vivienne Westwood
Julian J Smith
Matthew Williamson
Pam Hogg
Richard Nicholl

The Twitpack:

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Day Two: LFW

If anything, day two of London Fashion Week was even better than the first! Forget Bora Aksu's ants, Topshop Unique's catwalk (on the old Eurostar platform at London Waterloo) was filled with giant crystals and perspex heeled platforms. There was even fashion royalty on the front rows yesterday - with John Galliano appearing at the Fashion Fringe and Rose Bryne supping on champers at the Diesel party on Bond Street.

The Fashion Fringe was chaired by Galliano this year, and the winner Corrie Nielson (right) was described by the master himself as "un homage" and is pipped as "a baby John Galliano" by the newly-converted front row.

So, without further ado, here's the low-down on some of the best shows from Day Two of London Fashion Week.
Topshop Unique (left) started their show with the theme from "Edward Scissorhands", and their models - including Coco Rocha and Jourdan Dunn - walked to the sound of Major Lazor, Destiny's Child, the Cults and Barry White. And "unique" was definitely the order of the day, with lots of sparkles, chiffon gowns and 70s flares. Like Sass & Bide yesterday, there was plenty of copper lamé, but unlike the other shows, polarised sunnies were teamed with leather and tassles. Cool and quirky, S/S11 for Topshop Unique is filled with excitement!

House of Holland was inspired by Brooke Shields in "Blue Lagoon", so lots of dusky tans and coral-peach cheeks were seen on the models, who walked the catwalk in 70s-themed designs; fringing, metal and jacquard prints, as well as pleated blue metallic leather. So beautiful! And, of course, front row at House of Holland was filled with Henry Holland's Brit-cool friends - Jaime Winstone, Agy Deyn, Nicola Roberts, the Geldof sisters and Lily Allen.
At an old sorting office, the Charles Anastase show caused a stir with flushed cheeks and bee stung lips and super-high shoes (right). But the few totters and wobbles from the models didn't distract from the feminine beauty of the 60s chic that came down the runway - a delicious mix of London and Parisian style. Some of my fave designs so far!

Hair and beauty spot:

I definitely smell a trend brewing - top knots and ballerina buns are everywhere at London Fashion Week. Topshop Unique changed direction and channeled Edward Scissorhands with big, fluffy hair.

Betty Jackson (left) was fresh and breezy with mint green eyes with the landgirl-meets-90s-utility designs. The bright colour was a flash of brilliance on the catwalk and ties in with the primary colours we saw the day before.

Coral and peach cheeks are everywhere still - a hangover from this season - and look fantastic with the feminine designs coming through for next year. House of Holland definitely did it best.

Front row:

Even though it was in a car park, Emilio de la Morena was filled with the fashion elite on the front row - Olivia Palermo, Charlotte Olympia, Charlotte and Alice Dellal, Julia Restoin Roitfield and stylist Caroline Sieber.

Jude Law was front and centre at Twenty8Twelve to support girlfriend Sienna Miller, alongside Pixie Geldof, and at the end, everyone was treated to cupcakes (so good, blogger Lucia Debieux tweeted about them!)

LFW best-dressed Day Two:

Elle's accessories editor Olivia Palermo (below right) upped the style stakes yesterday at Mulberry, in this gorgeous outfit. The skirt is Diane Von Furstenburg, the shoes Charlotte Olympia, an Hermes bag, and Dior sunglasses. You can see the Grazia team chatting to Olivia here.

LFW shows:
Betty Jackson
Louise Gray
Emilio de la Morena
Topshop Unique
House of Holland
John Rocha
Charles Anastase
Maria Francesca Pepe
The Fashion Fringe
Michael Roberts/One T Shirt

The Twitpack:

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Day One: LFW

The first day of London Fashion Week, and the shows proved that the bar has been raised again. From Bora Aksu's cute ant-themed show to Diana Vickers ripping it up at the Look Show, London proved once again that the Brit-pack really know how to put on a good performance.

In no particular order, here are the cream of the crop from the shows on Day One!

First up is the Look Show in the über-stylish Saatchi Gallery. Showcasing the best of the highstreet, Crystal Renn started the show in Warehouse, with Martine McCutcheon and Ali Bastian watching from the front row. Check out the beautiful Zara outfit (above left)! Diana Vickers (below right) performed in a gorgeous yellow Tata Naka dress and tassled Camilla Skargaard shoes, getting the crowd going with hits like "Once". You can see all the photos here.

Sass & Bide was at the Opera House, complete with the fashion elite appearing (including Julia Restoin Roitfield - daughter of French Vogue editor Ed Carine Roitfield - and model Jess Hart), and filled the show with incredible metals, silks and raffia trims. Corn rows, topknots and plenty of glitter were the order of the day (do I sense a S/S11 hair trend coming on? Paul Costelloe styled his show with huge beehive 'dos).

Bora Aksu definitely had the best theme of the day, with woollen ants (allegedly hand-crocheted by his grandmother in Turkey) adorning his models' hair. Sexy and feminine was the order of the day with Aksu's clothing (left) though; coiled, ruffled and piped dresses with silk, tulle and brocade patchworking. 1950's still seem to be on top, with the padding screaming 50's siren.

Hair and beauty spot:

Hannah Marshall revived crimping and made it cool again in her show, arguably her best yet - starting with a short film by Rankin, the show was strong and edgy, but with an edge of refinement from the designer. Infamous for wearing all black, we even saw a spot of colour for her S/S11 designs! Erin O'Connor was one of the first to congratulate.

Paul Costelloe (right) teamed his beehive'd hair with coral lips for a sultry look that I can see being everywhere next year.

Ashley Isham added a splash of brightness to London with primary-coloured eyeliner. Bold and brave, the colours were fantastic and I can definitely see it being a big hit on the highstreet.

Front Row:

PPQ had an array of popstars, including Paloma Faith, Jamelia and VV Brown gracing front row.

Sass & Bide had a contrast of characters, including rugby player Danny Cipriani and drag queen Jodi Harsh.

The front row at Hannah Marshall had the likes of Erin O'Connor, Amber Rose (Kanye West's ex) and the ever amazing Jimmy Choo.

Felder Felder had the fashion elite too, with Paloma Faith, Amber Rose and Coco Sumner front and centre (the models were sent down the runway to Coco Sumner's cover of "Born to be Wild" and leather and chiffon were top).

LFW best-dressed Day One:

Amber Le Bon (below right) was stunning in the ALICE by Temperley dress and an oversized Chloe cardigan, teamed with lustworthy Armani shoes. She posted this photo on Vogue's "Today I'm Wearing" blog!

LFW shows:

Calvin Klein
Maria Grachvogel
Maria G
Jena. Theo
Oscar de la Renta
The Sustainable Show
Ashley Isham
Bora Aksu
Paul Costelloe
The Look Show
Felder Felder
Hannah Marshall
Sass & Bide

The Twitpack:

Friday, 17 September 2010

LFW Launch Party

I'm so excited! It was a big day today for London Fashion Week, and it all got off to a roaring start at the home of British fashion - Somerset House - yesterday night with the launch party.

This was the first ever official launch party for LFW (celebrating it's 25th anniversary this year), and with guests like Christopher Bailey, Sir Phillip Green and British Fashion Council's Harold Tilman on the guest list, it was an affair to remember! It also showcased a brand new aspect to LFW - we mere mortals can watch it all going down LIVE online and the soundtrack this year is provided by Burberry!

Not only that, but the likes of Twiggy, Matthew Williamson, Erin O'Connor and Stella McCartney (taking time out from prepping her Paris Fashion Week show) partied it up in the capital, celebrating the launch of Twiggy's book Twiggy: A Life in Photographs, the opening of a Herve Leger flagship store in Knightsbridge, and several other parties all across town. Phew!
So, you can see why this year's London Fashion Week is going to be so good!

My post on all today's shows will be up TOMORROW, so come back then for a peak at what's been going on in the Big Smoke.

Don't forget to follow me on Twitter for updates as the week goes on: thefashionlover.

Thursday, 16 September 2010


New York Fashion Week comes to end today, and it was beautiful! My fave show had to be Jenny Packham (pictured), but then she always has such beautiful designs. Victoria Beckham's show was fabulous too - the ex-popstar is really showing off her designing flair (she's also just joined Twitter, so follow the gorgeous lady herself; @vbfashionweek). Keep an eye on Thakoon too, his show really packed a punch - discovered by Vogue and Anna Wintour, Thakoon is a steadily rising star and really knows his stuff.

NYFW has also hit the news this week for having a show filled with plus size models! About time too - all the models were at least a UK size 16 and looked incredible. New York seems to definitely lead the way for all the other cities - Milan and Paris are both infamous for publicly ignoring plus size models for their fashion weeks, but it seems that this may be no more! With Fashion Week coming to London tomorrow (if you think I'm excited about New York, wait until you see the next week's posts!) I can't wait to see if the plus size trend is one that's going to take off. I hope so.

For all the updates of London Fashion Week, starting tomorrow, including a who's who of the front row, follow Marie Claire @marieclaireuk and Elle @ELLEUK on Twitter.

Pick of the Day

Spot Chiffon Blouse

What could me more chic than this chiffon blouse from Jaeger? Tuck into high-waisted trousers and accessorise with a faux croc bag. For extra points, add some big Jackie O sunglasses. The bonus is, it's now down to £49 from £150! Get shopping!

Getting the Hump

If there is one colour that sums up A/W10, it's camel. Whether it's a hot orange shade of camel, or cool and crisp, it's a wardrobe staple this season. If you're unsure what shade fits your skin tone, go for something fairly neutral, like these limited edition Karen Millen flared trousers, £135. The soft tone will suit anyone, and the bootcut will balance out all shapes. Plus, they're fantastically elegant, perfect for this season's womanly silhouette.

Boys Corner

Diesel T-Canoa Long-Sleeve T-Shirt

This chocolatey top is perfect for over a shirt or plain white Tee. Roll up the sleeves and team with dark jeans and brogues for a quirky outfit for a night out. You can get it from Republic for £39.99.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

For Hire

If you haven't bought your copy of Look magazine yet, then WHAT ARE YOU DOING!? Pop down to the local newsagents and buy it RIGHT NOW. Then, for a bit of a treat, turn to page 110 for the best bit...
That's right... you can HIRE a designer wardrobe!
I couldn't believe my eyes, so scooted on over to the websites to make sure. And, before my very eyes, there it was...

Pass me the Louboutins!

Look recommends: Check out these websites, as recommended by the fashion-savvy pack at Look magazine:
Girl Meets Dress for all the designer clothes at your fingertips
Cinderella-Me for every shoe, from Louboutin to Jimmy Choo
Fashion Hire for bags for every occasion!
My Celebrity Dress to dress like your fave celeb.

Pick of the Day


Ladies of the UK, rejoice! Not only has Gap gone online (see below) but SO HAS H&M!!! H&M's brand new website launches TODAY, so get shopping. Just click here or visit: In honour of this fabulous new website, today's pick is this H&M blouse, £14.99. It's so cute with the ruffled detailing. Wear it with skinnies like the model and a big bag.

Caped Crusader

Double Face Collared Cape Coat

Second in my run-down of A/W10's hottest trends, I've picked the ever-elegant cape. Think 1940s chic and you've nailed it. Try Topshop Boutique for some quirky styles, but try to avoid anything too sporty in case you end up in cagoule territory! My particular favourite is this beautiful grey Jaeger cape, but to get it you have to be quick, because it's in the sale - down from £299 to £149.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Gap's New Website!

At long last!
Gap is finally available online in the UK!
With their new range of "perfect" trousers and premium jeans - you can find your perfect style and fit for your shape - online, you have no reason to leave the house on those cold winter nights.
Just get clicking -
Happy shopping!

Flying High

Leather Aviator Jacket

In the first of my autumn-winter 2010 posts, I've decided to announce The Jacket to be seen in this season. If you haven't already heard, the aviator jacket is the one thing you should have in your wardrobe this A/W. The highstreet is crammed with beautiful buys with affordable price tags, but I have to say, my personal fave is this ASOS number, £110. You can get it in either chocolate or tan. Get clicking!

Boys Corner

Navy Skinny Chinos

I love chinos! There's something very Cannes about them... Topman do a gorgeous range (including a bright red pair for the more adventurous of you) but personally, I think these skinny navy chinos are perfect - get them at Topman for £26. Bargain!

Pick of the Day

Geometric Bing Bag

Loving this geometric print bag by Ted Baker! Wear it with a simple outfit to really make it pop - perfect for a pencil skirt and blouse combo for the office or plain black trousers and Tee. You can get it on for £69.

Friday, 3 September 2010

Boys Corner

I love the plum-coloured checks on this Republic shirt! Bunched-up sleeves are great in the crossover to autumn-winter. Wear open-necked over a white Tee and some dark slouchy jeans. It's just hit the website here, and you can buy it for £24.99.

Pick of the Day

So if structure is the new silhouette, this All Saints number is the perfect jacket. A beautiful £55 charcoal number - add over a pencil skirt or cigarette-pant jeans and carry a rich-coloured tote bag. I love it.