A sleek runway look from Thomas Tait’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection. Image courtesy of ImaxTree.com.

I was seated a row behind Anna Wintour at the Roksanda Ilincic show today, and as I waited for the everything to start, I watched Wintour interact with the crowd. A woman in her mid-thirties slid into the empty seat next to the
Vogue editrix. “Will you take a picture with me?” she asked hopefully. Wintour, barely looking at the woman, gave the tiniest flick of her head. A bodyguard took the woman’s phone and
snapped a quick pic of the pair. I watched, mouth agape, as the BlackBerry was then surrendered to Anna Wintour to approve the image. She apparently didn’t like what she saw, so they
posed for another. This one was more to her liking, and the woman was given back her phone, minus the unsatisfactory picture, and dismissed. It was weird. But then again, it’s Day Five of
London Fashion Week, and everyone’s getting a bit weird. First of all, the tents are like
Contagion. On Day One, a few people were coughing. Now, by Day Five, you can’t escape the raspy, sniffling editors, who have been subsisting on little more than coffee and champagne for days now. The paps are starting to feel it too. During the Roksanda Ilincic show, a model missed her turn on the runway, and accidentally bypassed photogs in the pit—there was a serious uproar. The forty or so photographers started to scream in protest, and the poor girl had to keep walking like nothing had happened. “She just died a little bit inside,” whispered the editor next to me.
Read on for Alannah’s highlight reel from day 5 at London Fashion Week!