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…