LFW Diary: Erdem’s near-disaster, and midnight at Burberry
Runway shot from Erdem’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection. Image courtesy of ImaxTree.com.
Picture this: You’re an emerging designer, and have been working on your collection for months. All you need is ten minutes of smooth sailing—no glitches, no technical difficulties, no wardrobe malfunctions—during
London Fashion Week, and you’re in the clear. The countless hours you’ve spent testing hair and makeup, fixing the most minute of details and obsessing over hemlines has all been worth it. But, five minutes into your show, you lose power in the venue. It’s the ultimate “Why Me?” moment, and it happened to
Erdem Moralioglu at his Spring/Summer 2013 collection today. That’s right, Erdem lost power in front of Anna Wintour,
Downton’s Lady Mary, and about two hundred other editors. It could have been a disaster. But lucky for the ex-pat Canuck designer, his models acted like pros—they kept walking as though the music and lights were still on. The power failure only lasted a couple of heart-stopping minutes, and when it came back on everyone cheered. (Even Anna Wintour cracked a smile). And no amount of technical difficulties could disguise the fact that
Erdem has come into his own as a designer. He presented a flawless collection filled with snakeskin, lace and florals (of course) in pastels and
pops of neon. It was beautiful, and so ladylike, and actually gave me chills as it went down the runway.
Read on for Alannah’s highlight reel from day 3 at London Fashion Week!
Pretty and chic at Burberry’s Spring/Summer 2013 runway show. Image courtesy of ImaxTree.com.
When we walked into the
Burberry tent at four in the afternoon, it was as dark as midnight. An outline of the
London skyline framed the back wall, and there was black reflective material lining the walls and ceiling, so that the glare of everyone’s cell phones looked like stars in the sky. Then, as the first model arrived on the catwalk, so did daylight—suddenly, the darkness parted and sunlight streamed in. At the same moment, Tom Odell’s goosebump-inducing song, "Another Love," started to play. (You can listen to it
here. Be sure to blast it for the full effect). It was a moment I’ll never forget. Christopher Kane’s Frankenstein-inspired Spring/Summer 2013 show was the stuff of fashion legend. Lucite nuts and bolts held pieces together at the seams, black electrical tape adorned dresses, and hulking silhouettes of stiff white or black embossed leather jackets conjured images of Mary Shelley’s creature. It’s one of those collections that gets more and more clever the longer you think about it, and one of the reasons that Kane is such an exciting designer. Poor Louise Gray. The designer was given the unluckiest slot of all Fashion Week, right before the Burberry show in Hyde Park. And instead of starting the traditional half hour late, as all fashion shows do, Burberry sent a wide email warning editors that they would be starting right on time. Which means that most people skipped Louise Gray in order to make the Burberry show—what rotten luck for Louise!
FASHION WEEK, BY THE NUMBERS 4- Number of coffees I had today 8- Number of shows I attended 90- Number of minutes early I was to Burberry (sorry again, Louise Gray!) 4- Number of Band-Aids on my feet 180- Number of seconds the power was off during Erdem 2- Anna Wintour sightings