Day 2: London Fashion Week

Feb 19 2012 by
Categories : Fashion

Today I witnessed the first fashion wipeout at 
London Fashion Week. “We have an editor down!” gasped a horrified voice behind me. And surprisingly, the victim’s
five-inch heels weren’t to blame: she sat down on a tippy bench that wasn’t anchored to the floor. One side flew up and the poor girl went down. But, don’t worry—I’m sure the beauty of the
Temperley London show more than made up for her bruised ego (and derriere).
The 2012 autumn-winter Temperley London collection took its cues from 18
th century artwork and Slavic folklore. “I was inspired by the sumptuous colours and decadent subjects of religious paintings,” Alice Temperley wrote in her show notes. “In this fast transient world, a little decadence is like a tonic, a romantic escapism.”  I particularly loved how the recycled fur toppers, gold-stitched panelled lace on French silk and "blingy" pearl-and-sequin embroidery conjured images of Russian royalty.

Russia is apparently on the mind of designer Daniella Helayel
as well. Her 
Issa London collection, which was titled “Trans-Siberian express, featured military-inspired wool coats with ornate gold button detailing. The vibrant ’60s-style paisley prints in hues of fluro orange and navy were reportedly referencing Fabergé eggs and Russian dolls.

Oversized coats at Aquascutum. Image courtesy of
Oversized coats at Aquascutum. Image courtesy of

Another standout show today was Aquascutum at the tony Savoy hotel. Maybe I’m a bit biased because they bumped me up to the front row (thanks, Aquascutum!) but I was also partial to the androgynous shifts, oversized jackets and tailored cut-out tunics. Although not everyone agreed with me: “The dolphin grey pieces were frumpy,” sniffed one fellow fashion editor post-show.

The celeb sightings at #LFW have improved slightly. I spotted Poppy Delevigne, Leigh Lezark and Peaches Geldof out and about, but sadly, the Middleton sisters proved a no-show at Issa London and Temperley London. I know it’s still early, but is it too much to ask for a bit of royal star power? Finally, here are a couple of behind-the-scenes snippets overheard, or witnessed, in the London Week Fashion tents. There’s one blogger  who travels with an entourage of photogs who go snap-crazy when the blogger enters/exists tents. Street photographers are like lemmings—if one takes a photo, the rest will follow. This clever little tactic has ensured that this blogger is a mainstay on the street style scene. Any guess who this might be? What high profile New York-based editor was overheard sniping about seating charts? “Recently, I saw [Neiman Marcus’ fashion director] Ken Downing sitting
behind a blogger at a fashion show,” the editor fumed. “At that exact moment, I thought ‘This PR company does
not know what it’s doing!’”
What has been your favourite show at London Fashion Week so far? 

Categories: Fashion