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London Fashion Week: Day Four
By Grace Carroll It’s finally Day Four of London Fashion Week!! This is the day I have been waiting for! Two Canadians and London’s fashion sweetheart are showing today:
Mark Fast, Erdem & Christopher Kane – I can’t wait!! Throwing open the curtains in my bedroom I basque in the morning sunshine streaming through my window. What luck we’ve had for LFW this season! Constant sunshine and mild temperatures – it’s a bloody London Fashion Week miracle! I turn to my closet and kick my stockings aside, with weather like this I’m going bare-legged, baby! I’ve got a confirmed spot on the guest list for Christopher Kane’s SS11 show and in an ode to the designer I pull out my Christopher Kane for
Topshop mini skirt. Sadly, true House of Kane is still out of this gal’s price range so for now one must stick to his high-street collaborations — and thank God for those! A vintage white blouse, nude looped knit cardigan from
Asos and a Topshop necklace complete my outfit. I slip into my gum-soled black heels, grab my Marc bag, throw on my Luella sunglasses and I’m out the door.
Read about Grace’s Day Four picks after the jump!
Mark Fast was first out of the three on the days schedule. I am in love with his dip-dyed fringe hem dresses that bring to mind a punk rocker’s rendition of the 1920s flapper dress. Gothic black bodies referencing a hint of S&M, with rainbow fringe replacing their rainbow-dyed hair. In reality, Fast imagined a "utopia destroyed by acid rain" when creating his SS11 collection. Paired with a good old biker jacket, I would feel like the belle of the ball dancing the night away in any of those numbers at next season’s hottest parties.
Next up: Erdem. Oooh, Erdem how I love thee! Set in a small, picturesque parkette behind be British Museum, Moralioglu’s collection was presented to the sounds from the Russian ballet by Nijinsky, Petrouchka. This, of course, was a perfect accompaniment to his devastatingly pretty SS11 collection which was inspired by the Russian ballet. White has been a major trend, aside from prints, on the new season’s runways but I find Erdem’s elegant, crisp-white lace dresses to be the most refreshing. A demure lace dress paired with a pair of Nicholas Kirkwood’s ballet slipper-inspired lace-up heels from the show would equal absolute spring-summer perfection.
A couple of hours later I find myself over in the east end of the city outside of a warehouse waiting to enter the Christopher Kane show. For a moment I am transported back to Toronto as I run into a handful of fashion girls from home, some in town for the shows, others who are now full-time Londoners. It’s always nice to see a familiar face from home, and hear a Canadian accent. Kane’s SS11 collection is inspired by Princess Margaret on acid, the royal good-girl-gone-bad is a personal favourite of mine and I love that she is the star behind his latest collection. With neon lace twin sets in full swing, I imagine Princess Margaret heading out to a rave and I like it!