As the official sponsor of London Fashion Week we took ourselves over there this week to get acquainted with some of the models and keep an eye out for some celebrities. Oh and of course to check out fashion and soak up any emerging trends.
Here we are on the front row at On Off presents, did you see us?
By Ken Synnott in News, Trends on Friday 26th February, 2010
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There really is nothing quite like a Burberry show. For the second season season running this great British stalwart chose to show at London fashion Week. Ahhh Burberry. You’ve already seen Posh Spice clip-clopping away in one of the must-have spring summer mini pleat trenches, and you can completely see her prancing about in of the myriad of fabulous aviator inspired shearling jackets from the autumn/winter show today. If I ever have to fly myself to a dinner a date I’ll throw on one of their gorgeoues fitted ruched cocktail dresses, a pair of what will definitely be must-have aviator-style pilot boots and one of the many fantastic interpretations of a the Burberry shearling military aviator jacket, that designer Christopher Bailey conjured up.
Front rowers included The September Issue herself, American Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, the Hollywood fashion queens the Olsen twins, new kid on the block Carey Mulligan and Kate Hudson. What’s more for a select few around the globe, the show was streemed live in 3D and customers could buy the looks fresh from the catwalk online, straight after the event itself.
Ok. I think that today’s designers went to the flower laden gardens of the English countryside last summer and thought…wow…that’s it….autumn/winter is all about the flower. The big bold flower, the soft delicate bloom, you name it – the flower. It’s power. And who would have thought that the gentle delicate flower would go so well with the vampy, seductive nature of black leather and black lace? But you know what? It does. Ask Christopher Kane. One dress summed up his show…black lace halter bodice, large bright appliqued flowers on a soft leather skirt with jewel embellishments. Perfect. At Erdem, Britain’s answer to Christian Lacroix, and favourite designers of first Ladies the world over, where Samantha Cameron sat front row, flowers inspired exquisite blurred prints on beautiful ladylike dresses with gorgeous lace ruffled skirts and jackets.
Paul Smith definitely took his inspiration from the English countryside with Harris tweed skirts, tights painted to look like riding boots and large rose print fabrics shaped into exquisite ladylike silk dresses with modern twists such as off the shoulder details or worn layered over fine knits.
Muse and face of Pringle of Scotland, Tilda Swinton, all sat front row at the Pringle show which was described as deconstructed Scotland. Shearling, a big trend this week, featured heavily and that argyll check was translated into fabulous muted colour chunky knits. Not a golf jumper in sight!
Behind the scenes at the Clothing at Tesco photoshoot
Just finished the March/April shoot for Clothing at Tesco. It was shot in a studio in North London and featured new style biker jackets, a ruched shoulder rain coat, studded harem pants and printed sequin tops. All of which are going to be hot trends later in the year!
Guess what… actor John Hurt was shooting in the studio next door! So high fashion and high drama most certainly collided.
What are you supposed to do when you have some of the biggest shows back-to-back on one day like today? Easy. Wear really high heels, have another sugar and lemon pancake from the fabulous Creperie caravan outside the show venue and enjoy.
Celebrity best friends played fashion swappies for each other again today. Sienna Miller graced her mate Matthew Williamson’s front row along with the uber-chic Olivia Palermo of TV show the City. His show had a very grown-up New York ladylike look with sophisticated greys and burnt yellow shades and a glorious lavalike purple, blue, yellow and white print dress. Williamson then turned up to support Sienna and her sister Savannah at their boho-meets-classic Twenty8Twelve show. Get it? And Naomi Campbell returned the fashion favour and supported Vivienne Westwood’s fabulous urban-dandy Red Label show sitting front row with Kate Moss and Janet Jackson.
My favourite look: a tweed asymmetric red tartan pencil skirt with off the shoulder lurex top, knitted legwarmers with pompoms over tights and Marie-Antoinette hair. It’s all about leg accessories this season clearly. The king of bling, Julien Macdonald, sporting wedge boots (!), returned to his sexy signature knitwear roots via Jilly Coopers book Riding. His girls were ones who went from frolicking in the paddock to a frolicking about on a naughty night out in a sugarspun lace and knit mix cobweb dress in black and nude that looked like a negligee. As well as a floorlength black gown with fine lace insets on the bodice. I got to wear my glitter cat’s mask – the invitation to the Mulberry party, after their fabulous leopard -print-dosed -in-glitter inspired show. Next season it’s all about the Greta and the Edna when it comes to handbags!
Ohhh is that the leggy Amber Le Bon I see on the Mark Fast catwalk? Yes. Ohhh is the raven haired plus-size model Crystal Wrenn in one of Mark’s sought after slinky dinky cobwebby figure hugging bodycon mini dresses in a deep edible red? Yes.
It’s colour again – think orange, fuschia and a dash of khaki – on the London catwalks. It’s also a designer who is showing clothes that can be worn on all types of body shapes, as he did last season. The opulence of Marie-Antoinette must be playing on everyone’s mind because the queen of bold graphic jewellery print Mary Katrantzou, had a fabulous collection of exotic jewel inspired print dresses and blouses. As I mentioned yesterday, London Fashion Week seems to be all about ‘best friends’ this season. And oh the excitement of going to a Henry Holland, House of Holland, show always starts with the invitation – a mad print bandana this season…. which I don’t think I actually saw anyone wearing. His best friend Agy Deyn sat front row with of all people GMTV’s Lorraine Kelly. His famous slogan print t-shirts now had acronyms too rude to mention on them, and were teemed with mad pastel print fabric dresses and skirts. Prints, prints and more prints and I thought London was going to be all sludgy and grey.
This Chanel-meets sodapop girl mood continued in the comfort of Burlington Arcade which served as the PPQ catwalk graced by Sodapop-It girls Daisy Lowe and Pixie Geldoff.
Lace is not just for your underwear! This season we’ll be seeing more and more lace incorporated in to your daywear. Celebrities have been loving the black lace trend for a while now, and so this Spring/Summer we’ll be seeing gothic-like black to fairy tale white and lots of colours in between making a big impact.
This look has already been gracing the catwalks of Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel and Dior and is a great airy, and comfortable, fabric for summer.
This lingerie inspired look has been reflected in the F&F range and can easily be created by using some of our key pieces; including a blazer, blouse and panelled lace leggings. My personal favourite is a grey bodycon dress that mixes lace with a close fitting jersey material.
Lace can be a tricky trend to pull off but don’t be worried, use statement pieces for example a lace jacket with a black dress, or swap your plain leggings for a lacey version. Try mixing a lace top with your favourite skinny jeans or keep things simple by wearing it to accessorize an outfit. Remember you don’t need to wear head to toe lace!
For ideas and inspiration take a look at our lace trend online and send us some pics – we’d love to know how you wear it?
A tribute to Alexander McQueen; a gold brocade halterneck swing dress which reminded me of a modern day Marie-Antoinette, teemed with black thigh-high skintight leather legwarmers worn over tights, complete with a Dolly Parton soundtrack, opened London Fashion Week.
This was the first look to hit the catwalk at the jam-packed Paul Costelloe show in the glorious surrounds of Somerset House. Ok – it looks glorious from the outside, but inside the show venue, it’s more like sitting in a jeans, ankle boots and faux fur clad sardine can. A sardine can loaded with fashionistas armed to the hilt with digi-cams, Flip camcorders, tweeting, texting, blogging, live-streaming. Yes this is LFW in 2010.
The fashion high had already been set last night. Supermodel Naomi Campbell took to the catwalk in a flirty Alexander McQueen animalskin print dress and persuaded her friends such as Kate Moss, Vivienne Westwood and David Walliams to do the same to raise money for Haiti with her Fashion For Relief Charity. It was all about best fashion friends helping each other out this season. Kate’s Alexander McQueen dress was auctioned off for one hundred grand!! As much as I loved it I couldn’t match the bid. The PM’s wife, who looks dazzling in the flesh, flew the flag for British fashion wearing a great must-have little black Issa dress, and followed this with an Erdem dress (Britain’s answer to Lacroix) today.
After the whiplash of the LFW sardine can opener, for a little more of a serene and elegant experience, Maria Grachvogel hosted a chic show in the Palm Court of the Waldorf. Her brightly coloured seventies style long dresses dazzled a front row that included Yamsin le Bon and Erin ‘O Connor. What’s more it was good to see luscious deep colours.
“Did you do all of New York? Are you going to Milan? Do you have a ticket for Hakan?” were the most urgent fashion questions of the day. And if the word Hakan means absolutely zip to you, make a mental note to remember it. Because honestly all any fashionista actually wanted to know today was “are you going to Hakkan?”. The new hot designer on the block drew fashion friends Kate Moss and superchic Editor of French Vogue Carine Roitfeld to his front row and covergirl of the moment Lara Stone and face of YSL, Givenchy, Stella McCartney to name a few, supermodel Natalia Vodianova modelling in his debut show at LFW. Models looked like softer feminine versions of sci-fi nymphettes in feathered mini-skirts, pleated bodycon litlle-black dresses and rippled black leather leggings…so expect to hear and see more of Hakan…
If so, then you’ll know that it’s as much about what the stars are wearing as it is about their judging or cooking skills! As die-hard celebrity TV fans, we’ve been paying close attention to who-wears-what, and so we’re more than a little excited to see both Emma Bunton and Javine sporting Liquorish, one of the hottest labels we have on our website.
You may have noticed the oh-so-delightful (if we do say so ourselves!) dresses that ex-Spice girl, and now Dancing on Ice judge, Emma Bunton has been wearing for the last few weeks? If like us you’re a fan of her fab look, you’ll be pleased to know they’re by Liquorish and were constantly updating our collection online.
And not to be outdone, Eurovision crooner-come-fully fledged-popstar Javine was also sporting two dresses from the Liquorish range on last week’s celebrity Come Dine With Me.
It seems the world of celebrity’s gone Liquorish mad… now we’re just off to take a look in the sample cupboard…