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.
Fashion should be fun that’s what I’ve always believed and I love that fashion week allows fashion designers to showcase their collections in fun ways, like emerging designer Clio Peppiatt who created her own motel, which had a Grand Budapest Hotels meets The Shining vibe. Last season, we had futuristic Barbie dolls, for autumn/winter 2016 the collection is more sombre, in a darker colour palette of black, blue, purple and green, but still mixed in with the designers signature whimsically bold illustrations, from dancing women motifs to horseshoes, and retro matchbooks peppering the silhouettes. The collection is filled with wearable
“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
For me, London Fashion Week can cause a little drama when it comes to my outfits, I don’t look like a model so I have, to be honest with myself that most streetstyle looks that I adore are completely out of the questions, so what I concentrate on are my accessories to elevate my everyday style, and this season I’ve upped my game with this gorgeous Sophie Hulme bag that I found on Farfetch. I’ve been wanting a Sophie Hulme bag forever, actually, ever since I got a little gold dinosaur bag charm as an invite to her London Fashion Week presentation