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...Read More →
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
Seriously, it’s a wee bit too late for extensive amounts of words but let’s just say that J. JS Lee was good… and has got me trying to figure out how I can attach a jacket to the front of my shirt, while searching ebay for long grey dresses and strands of pearls.[Gallery not found]
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).
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.
Maciek Rodzik and Mariusz Kolmer are students from Poland that I met earlier this week at Somerset House. Two friends, who just happened to be in London during Fashion Week, their individual style is entirely unique yet works aesthetically in tandem. A combination of blues, blacks and greys are topped off by double breasted buttons on their trousers and jackets respectively. Not only are the pair striking but they are incredibly nice as well – they offered to share their tickets and Maciek volunteered to lend me his top knit as he was boiling and I was literally quivering from the cold. To top it off, I’ve just discovered that they’ve got an incredible blog, The Whole Hole, full or mesmerizing photographs. Check it out, I’m sure you’ll be a convert.
Taking people’s cards at LFW, or any event for that matter, is useless. You get home, dump out all the collected cards, and have no clue which belonged to each person you met. I decided to solve this problem by photographing cards I received directly after taking the person’s picture to whom it belonged. The only problem is, in some cases, they have no individual names which still leaves you a bit in the dark. Case in point: the one above. When I took it I didn’t recognize the name on it and later in the day, when Shini and I were resting our aching feet and scrolling through Bloglovin in the press lounge, we came across the site. ‘Oh! I like that… send me a link so I remember to look at it again’ I told Shini. When I got home and opened my DM to see the site was The Street Hearts I felt like an absolute tool… I took that very card from someone earlier in the day. Oh well, that wouldn’t be the first time I made a fool of myself that day (the peak moment being when I asked Tommy Ton if I could take his picture… cringe… at least I got a laugh out of the girls who watched the spectacle take place). Anyway, all this to say the above girl gave me a card from The Street Hearts but I can’t seem to find any info about her on the site. Does anyone know who she is? The site is gorgeous by the way. Check it out for some inspiring street style.
p.s. innovative play on lengths – the long cardi is officially back on the radar.