I’m in the midst of London Fashion Week frantically heading across London to catwalk shows and presentations of some of my favourite designers, and one of the most frequent questions I’m asked during this time is ‘how do you survive fashion week?’, as it always seems so manic. Well, it is, but as I’ve been doing this for more seasons than I care to count, I’ve put together some survival tips to help me make the five-days fashion week comes to London go without a hitch and to make sure I make it to the end without running out of steam.
“The Markus Lupfer woman never sleeps,” apparently, “she glides through her day, transitioning from work to play with easy charm,” so the only question I have to ask is how do I become a Markus Lupfer girl? Seriously, I know I say this every season but Markus Lupfer really does keep getting better, and I left his autumn/winter 2016 presentation wanting to wear prints, lots of prints, and also needing one of his bejewelled handbags. Markus Lupfer, once just about the sequinned lips knitwear or a cute slogan, has really grown up, he’s transformed his quirky line into the full
When you think Sophia Webster do you think girlie and pink? Well, for autumn/winter 2016 the designer has a new muse, Miss Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice played by Winona Ryder. **Also, if you didn’t just say Beetlejuice three times I’m afraid we can’t be friends!!!** So think a Tim Burton movie – more gothic princess than Disney, which fitted in perfectly with the venue, the House of St. Barnabas chapel in Soho, which had been dressed with an installation of dried flowers and butterflies. The collection entitled, ‘I Myself, Am Strange and Unusual’, is a little darker than normal Sophia Webster
London Fashion Week has, and always will be the hotbed for emerging fashion design talent, and this season there was a bumper crop of amazing designer showcasing creative and innovative collections, so I thought I would share a few of my favourites that I’m sure will be household names in years-to-come. Narrowing things down to three hot talents is hard, but here goes, we have a touch of quirky from recent graduate Clio Peppiatt, a sporty-yet-playful collection from Moon J, and Malaysian designer YII who showcased innovative knitwear, prints and silhouettes in his first womenswear collection, all of which presented
When it comes to great emerging British talent, Georgia Hardinge has to be at the top of the pile, her passion for architectural shapes and sculpture makes her designs instantly recognisable. If you haven’t discovered her designs, you will love her spring/summer 2016 ‘Dynasty’ collection, filled with her intricate sculptural details, laser stenciling, and romantic silhouettes. It was also one of the most creative presentations that I attended during London Fashion Week, the concept of pinning post-it notes around the room and having fans move them as the models strutted down the catwalk was simple yet very effective.