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:

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