Swapped my skinnies for some flares and dabbled in a bit of bright colour for the second day of London Fashion Week. I wanted to be warm so trousers were a must, especially...Read More →
Swapped my skinnies for some flares and dabbled in a bit of bright colour for the second day of London Fashion Week. I wanted to be warm so trousers were a must, especially as I could hide my little multi-coloured Happy Socks under the wide leg… no more shivering ankles. Also thought a trench coat was a must and this gorgeous little one by Sonia Rykiel is so sweet and feminine with the little ties at the wrists and shoulder. Topped it all off with this Anton Heunis necklace that I am crazy about.
Wearing: Equipment shirt, J Brand Lovestory jeans (have converted me away from skinnies… something I never thought was possible), Anton Heunis necklace, and Sonia by Sonia Rykiel trench (all My-Wardrobe). Vintage Salvatore Ferragamo shoes and Happy Socks hidden underneath.
Photos by Shini.
Woke up this morning to the sound of rain pounding on the window. Slept in and then headed to Somerset House while feebishly attempting to juggle a huge clutch bag, coffee, umbrella, and oyster card. Arrived to find the photogs were out in monumental force: Garance Dore, the Sartorialist, Altamira, Jak & Jil, Vanessa Jackman, Street Peeper… ‘why hello, is it me you’re looking for?’ I asked as I sauntered past flipping my hair. Highlights of the day included being photographed by Vanessa (who I love), meeting the lovely girl behind State of Sunday, and being introduced to Mary Katrantzou’s mother by Matthew (I said, ‘you must be so proud’… uh, duh). Spent most of the day getting soaked out in the courtyard (though I did go to the J. JS Lee and John Rocha show – photos below) and topped it all off by having a big burger and vanilla milkshake at Byrons for dinner.
12:30 – J. JS Lee
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3:15 – John Rocha
Abbey Lee Kershaw, who didn’t walk a single show in NY, opened and closed the John Rocha show. Insanely beautiful. The same goes for the entire collection. The slightly sheer textured details on the black dresses were some of my favourite details.[Gallery not found]
Bye for now, need my pillow.
People featured in this post include: Tali Lennox (ph1/3), Matthew Zorpas (ph7), Peony Lim (ph14), Kit Lee (ph18/19), Sandra Hagelstam (ph20), Daniella Maiorano (ph21), Nadia Sarwar (ph22), Imogen Roy (ph23), Shini Park (ph25).
Models at the Aminaka Wilmont show yesterday wore yellow contact lenses and had elaborate designs braided into their hair. After the show, when I had the chance to interview Marcus Wilmont I asked him how much input him and Maki have on the entire production. Do designers have the time to dictate hair and makeup or are they more focused on the individual pieces? He said they were both deeply involved in all the elements that went into the show and knew just how they wanted to use the overall appearance of the models to emphasize the theme of the collection. Their 7th season has been named Totem and is influenced by the concept of creating a new tribe. Totem poles, primitive religions, and animals are all expressed through the range of bold prints, soft knits, and painfully covetable leather items. Personally, I loved the darker vibe and thought the model’s complete intensity in appearance only worked to further the durability of the collection.
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Thank you Mercedes for inviting me backstage, I had such a blast. Also, big thank you to Marcus for taking the time to chat to me. I hope you managed to have that calm dinner with your brothers last night!
The day started off feeling like bare legs was a somewhat reasonable option and then it just got colder and colder as it progressed. Ah well, what’s a little shivering when you have friends whose cosy scarves you can snuggle up in. Woke up feeling a bit worse for wear yesterday. I blame it on the fact that I got to bed at 4:00 am and the seriously questionable Mexican food I ate in Notting Hill. Fashion week parties and 8am starts… it’s a very bad combination.
Wearing: Flyaway Dress and Coco shoes in bright yellow by Patouf, vintage Barneys biker jacket by IL2L, Mulberry oak Alexa bag (My Wardrobe), American Apparel cardigan and gloves, Past Times owl necklace, and vintage fur.
A big thank you to Anna from Patouf for sending me the dress and shoes all the way from Stockholm. I am obsessed with both and just wish the weather was a bit warmer so I could show them off better. Thanks also to Jazmin from Conker Communications for the jacket and Susie from My-Wardrobe for the bag. Without you guys I’d be pretty much naked.
Photos taken by Shini.
Currently, I’m riding off three hours of sleep and a six piece chicken mcnugget… oh, the glamour of attending fashion week. It certainly has it’s highs (Marcus Wilmont recognizing me?) and its lows (severely blistered feet) but overall there is just a bizarre sense of delirium that sort of lingers over your head, forcing you to say ridiculous things like, ‘Do you have tickets to BBQ?’ (Kit). So here is the deal pumpkins, last year I failed to post on loads of shows I attended because the backlog of images was just insanely overwhelming, so I’m doing things a bit different this time. Each day, you’ll get a highlight of my favourite moments from all the shows and all the action going on at, and around, the glorious Somerset House (I say glorious very loosely, it was so cold today and heavy rain is being forecasted for the next three days). If there’s anything super special I’ll do a separate post on it at another time but for now I just want to bring you as much of what is going on as humanly possible. If there is anything in particular you want to see more of just let me know and I’ll try to get it… unless it’s a nipple slip on the catwalk that you’re after, in which you came to the wrong site.
The hotly pursued Matthew Zorpas was on form as per usual, only this year he has stepped things up a notch and has a camera crew following him around to each venue. It is mental and slightly intoxicating to be around. ‘Matthew Zorpas: the film’… it does have a certain ring to it. Other things that caused excitement included: Caroline Mode and her gorgeous yellow Celine tote bag shooting first thing in the morning, Face Hunter looking unusually bright eyed, and the eerily omnipresent power of Twitter (Daniella was likely typing, ‘omg… so glad to have Starbucks finally’)
9:00am: Paul Costelloe
Personally, I thought the Costelloe show kicked off fashion week well. It had an inherently youthful and playful feel to it. Bouncy skirts, colour blocked yellow and pink suits, plus a print that resembled Christmas wrapping paper (come on people, this is an Autumn Winter collection after all, what’s not to like about that??). The hair was channeling a bit of a Topshop Unique Spring 2011 vibe and the collection sort of reminded me of Mulberry’s shapes… but overall, I thought there were some sweet pieces, and it was all very wearable.
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1:15 pm: Corrie Nielsen
This was my favourite show. Corrie, who won Fashion Fringe last year, put on a mind-blowingly atmospheric production. From the music, to the speed at which the models walked, everything was spot on and actually quite moving. It almost felt like it was from a different world altogether.
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3:45 pm: Aminaka Wilmont
Decidedly darker than their previous collection, Aminaka Wilmont sent down a slew of fabrics that were a mishmash of different animal prints with gorgeous leather jackets and soft knits. Together it had a coherent vibe that channelled a forbidden and enraged creature from the jungle (cue yellow eyed models). I did backstage photography and also had a little chat with Marcus Wilmont after the show… but will save that for tomorrow. For now, I’m off to bed to get a few hours of sleep before it all starts up again tomorrow.
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Please Note: all photography is my own. If you’d like to use any images please feel free but credit accordingly, because otherwise you are stealing, which isn’t cool. Unless, of course, you fancy being made a fool like Wynona Ryder when she was caught shoplifting… just sayin.