A look from Mary Katrantzou's Spring 2013 runway show.It's hard not to be impressed by Tom Ford's presentation each season. His London showroom is as luxe as his namesake pieces--think high ceilings, grey walls, black leather furniture and fresh cut calla lilies, plus a team of gorgeous male models in Tom Ford suits who man the doors and hand out drinks. He only invites a handful of the top editors (Suzy Menkes, Anna Dello Russo and Tim Blanks were in my morning group). And, of course, Tom Ford himself presents the collection. "It's about the line between chastity and perversity," a dapper Ford told us this morning, iPad firmly in hand, controlling the music. "If you look too chaste, too buttoned up, you will always look a little dull, but if you go all-out sexy it can look perverse. This collection is about finding the balance." For spring/summer 2013, Ford showed batwing dresses, black patent trenches and pencil skirts, beaded maxis, and bandage coloured suits. "There's something perverse about bandages," Ford says. "It makes you think--is she nude, or not nude beneath?" It was a hell of a way to start off day three of fashion week. Read on for Alannah's highlight reel from day 3 at London Fashion Week! Highlight reel -The biggest surprise of the day? How much I enjoyed Marios Schwab's warrior-girl collection, which was inspired by "ancient rituals and traditions." Raffia fringes, pleated leathers and a truly beautiful honeycomb embroidery characterized the collection, and models were made up complete with war paint and poker straight hair. PR's scrambled to accommodate a late-coming Anna Dello Russo, and were forced to ask the front row to scooch down a bit and let her sit down. It would have been easier to part the red sea! Somehow, a diminutive ADR managed to squeeze in, and it was a very funny sight to behold. -Happy 15th anniversary, Matthew Williamson! Inspired by the Holi festival, a celebration in India where people throw coloured powders on one another, Williamson's palette was electric-- clashing orange and bubblegum, or violet, plum and cobalt. Garlands of flowers and lights hung from the ceiling, and David Gandy, who was front row, sent the crowd into a tizzy.
Classic, all-white stunner at Topshop Unique's Spring 2013 runway show. Photo courtesy of ImaxTree.com.-Topshop's Unique show is always a party. There's food (thank you, Topshop!), champagne, and celebrities milling about, not to mention an army of street style photographers. I spotted Shenae Grimes making out with her boyfriend, Garance Doré and Scott Schuman cuddling front row, and a cherubic Elle Fanning chatting with the press. As for the collection? An editor behind me described it as "Céline for the masses!" -Temperley London was inspired by couture in the 1950s and a young Sophia Loren, and featured full skirts in silk organza, crisp cotton with lace border appliqués, and flowers that were handcut and embroidered into tulle for a 3-D effect. I spotted my cousin, Chantal Stafford Abbott again on the runway--so the Temperley show felt a bit like a family reunion! -My first Mary Katrantzou show didn't disappoint-- she showed postage stamp and banknote prints (the Deutsche mark, kroner and the British pound all made an appearance!) and voluminous A-line silhouettes (no cinched waists at this show!) FASHION WEEK, BY THE NUMBERS 10- Number of shows I attended 2- Glasses of champagne consumed (one at Topshop, one at Acne.) 3- Number of tweets I wrote, then deleted, about how good looking David Gandy is (After all, I'm a professional!) 1- Number of boxes of Band-Aids I purchased for my poor, blistered feet. (Still wearing heels-- haven't caved yet!) 1- Amazing post-show dinner with my cousin Chantal, who regaled me with stories of quick changes between shows and temperamental fashion stylists.