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.
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).