Today was a busy day, so just as well that I dressed comfortably. Not!
Vest: Primark (keeping it real)
Necklace: Butler & Wilson (amazing, but I actually have cuts on my neck from the weight of it!)
Trousers: Yves Saint Laurent
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
And today shows were:
I've always been a fan of Marios Schwab...and he didn't disappoint. He might have played it a little safe with an homage to all of his previous seasons, but I thought it was a great collection. There were simple, flattering dresses, statement cover-ups and great details (bondage buckles being my fave!).
I love this coat. It reminds me of the coats he sent out a few years ago - I took them all the way to the glaciers of New Zealand to shoot them for Grazia. Anyway, I want this coat please.
The dresses may be simple, but they are tailored to perfection
Aquascutum is all about the coats and this season there were lots of them. I really like the fact that there was a more youthful feel to the collection. I've been scribbling the same words in my notebook all week: deconstruction and reconstruction (looks like Tim Blanks at Style.com has been copying my homework because he's only gone and bloody used my ideas in his show review!), and boy was that phrase appropriate here today - take the herringbone coat with the puffy gilet attached on top as an example.
I found some of the layering a bit too much, but then, you don't have to buy a whole look. I still believe that an Aquascutum coat is an investment for life.
A sporty edge
Classic meets current
Love, love, love the blue gloves with fur detail - so fun!
Just stepping in to the salon (definitely not just a room) at the Roksanda show, was like walking in to a slice of bourgoise history. Gorgeous!
After a series of more casual looks, Roksanda showed off her real strength - beautiful dresses. Slinky, sexy and red-carpet perfect, there were yelps of delight all over the place.
Thigh high slit? Check. Maribou feathers? Check. Clashing colours? Check.
Lust-factor? Check, check, check!
Trousers: The new dress?
Now, it's quite hard to comment on this show. It was amazing, but I couldn't possibly tell you what the clothes were like. The choreography of the models' walk was simply stunning. Rather than sending out the models one-by-one, they all marched down the catwalk together, entering, leaving, entering, leaving...and then gone. Just like that.
It must have been the shortest show ever. I was so engrossed by the march that I could barely pay any attention to what the models were actually wearing.
Uber-stylist Tamara Cincik summed it up perfectly: "Ashkenazi Salem"...I'll let you have a think about that one...
Well, it probably comes as no surprise that I am a HUGE fan of Ashish. A man after my own heart, he's as big a fan of sequins as I am! I loved this collection and felt he'd really come on in leaps and bounds after last season's cowboy-McDonalds efforts.
Of course the announcement that this was the final show of LFW had the audience in a fabulous mood, but we were positively skipping after the fun and lightness of Ashish's work.
A sequin tribute to Chanel - I have never felt love quite like this before!
Lilac tartan in sequins? Who'd have thought that work so well?!
A hop, skip and a jump later, I was quaffing Moet at the My-Wardrobe party at Sketch - a totally chic soiree celebrating the website's re-launch, which you can see right here.
And that, dear readers, sums up my London Fashion Week.
That's a lot of shows!