London Fashion Week was a mix of fabulous, flirty fun as femininity reclaimed its place back into the heart of the fashion capital.
Topping the list of best shows came from fashion favourites Burberry. They transformed the traditional trench coat into a thigh skimming mini in pale pink satin while silk chiffon and gauze featured heavily which was not only easy on the eye, but completely wearable unlike some of the tacky pieces which graced the catwalk this season.
Burberry was by far the biggest draw of London Fashion Week and the British power house said it was thrilled to be back in the capital for the 25th anniversary of the event. Anna Wintour graced the front row of a starry climax to the event. Along with style icons Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham and emerging fashionista Emma Watson. Read more »
Fashion hook ups: Lindsay Lohan and Emanual Ungaro, Henry Holland and Debenhams and Halston Hertitage and SATC
Freaky Fashion Friday?
Perhaps the most surprising fashion news for a while was confirmed yesterday: Lindsay Lohan has been named artistic director at Emanuel Ungaro. The actress’ link-up with the brand has been rumoured for a while, but not such a lofty title as artistic director (working with new creative director Estrella Archs). Previous artistic director Estaban Cortazar allegedly left after disagreeing with the brand’s CEO Mounir Moufarrige’s idea to hire Lohan, and various commentary over the last few days has questioned whether the starlet and her reputation would be damaging to the brand. But it looks like we’ll have to wait and see – Lohan’s role is apparently to inject youth and sex appeal into the label – and we might all be pleasantly surprised! Read more »
Dj-ing, producing, modelling and now designing. Wow, we want some of those Ronson genes.
t5m were fortunate enough to catch up with Charlotte Ronson, the eldest of the Ronson clan, as she releases her first collection on this side of the Atlantic in none other than fashion mecca, Harrods. Charlotte has already taken the States by storm with her various collections, be it for her high-end Charlotte Ronson label, or her diffusion lines for Urban Outfitters (yes, we wanted to own all of it) and JC Penny – so it’s about time she bought her effortless, feminine chic to these shores.
Her S/S 09 collection is all pretty pinks, flirty frills and punky, yet girly, wedges - and there’s no doubt London girls with a taste for the sugary sweet will snap it up. But it was her A/W, or ‘fall’ as she calls it, lines that have attracted the real attention – and saw her in the prestigious Bryant Park tents of January’s New York Fashion Week for a second time.
Please can the credit-crunch be over so we can afford Christopher Kane’s capsule collection for Versace’s cooler younger sister Versus? We think the vertiginous, swarovski-encrusted gladiator sandals will be just perfect for this summer. And, maybe one of the clutch bags with the bondage-strap detail… And, if we’re really, really good – maybe the biker-chick boxy bag…
Sequins. Graphics. Feathers. Felt. Dulex colour charts. Punky school girls and Sixties icons. What a week it has been – and we’re exhausted.
For the last six days, London has been a blur of big-name powerhouses and emerging talent; we’ve seen minimalism and refinement – thank you Josh Goot and Noir/Bllack Noir, alongside carnival-style fun at Ashish and PPQ. The runways have been packed with famous names – Alice Dellal, Daisy Lowe – as have the frontrows – Kanye West, Lily Allen. The parties have been packed with the fashion A- list, and the show’s soundtracks have made me want to update my ipod. And that’s before we even think about the clothes…
Personal highlights include Holly Fulton’s robot dress at Fashion East and all the kitsch eclecticism at Anastase, with its ragged picnic blanket dresses and infant – school white tights. We also loved Christopher Kane’s grown-up collection of sheer, cut out dresses and modern markerpen stripes.
It was also a landmark year – with an entire day dedicated to menswear for the first time. Wednesday’s schedule was packed with everyone from the renowned Tim Soar to the hotly anticipated Carolyn Massey, and the shows were every bit as exciting as the womens – with Carolyn Massey’s hooded, PVC cape and desert boots at B Store.
What with all the excitement, you’d be forgiven for forgetting the impending economic crisis and instead letting yourself getting whipped up into a fashion frenzy. We think we’ll recover just in time for September…
It’s a known fact that Central Saint Martins’ MA course is well versed in fostering the fashion stars of the future; just look at its list of alumni for proof: Christopher Kane, Ashish, Roksanda Ilincic, Louise Goldin and Marios Schwab are just a few showing at LFW this season.
And this year’s turn out should prove no exception. As ever, the Friday night show was the hottest ticket in town: the queue scaled the length of the tent and only half of those made it in.
There were two distinct themes that ran throughout the seventeen collections on show. Bold, structured designs cropped up with big shoulders, cartoon like detailing or built up-silhouettes in often vibrant colours, as seen in the work of Laura Mackness, Charlotte La Roche and menswear designer Matteo Bigliardi. Read more »
Sunday clearly isn’t a day of rest in the fashion calendar, as London Fashion Week continues with some of the most vibrant, unpredictable and spectacular shows we’ve seen in a long time. Today see’s fashion week stalwarts Jaegar London and Betty Jackson with their oh-so-chic classic tailoring and sophistication alongside the wonderful Christopher Kane, whose collection of muted colours and graphic designs soon melted into a shimmering colour spectrum of green, silver, purple and yellow. This evening we see PPQ unveil their intriguing ‘make do and mend’ inspired collection – and the Miller sisters showcase their twenty8twelve collection to round off proceedings.
And it doesn’t stop there – tomorrow we see British institution Paul Smith, alongside the resplendent Issa and newly-reinvented Ossie Clark; so stay glued to t5m for all the latest catwalk reports, footage and exclusive back stage interviews.
With only a week to go before the start of London Fashion Week A/W 09, we at t5m thought we’d share our excitement with you, bringing you the lowdown on who to watch and what we’re most looking forward to.
Over the week we’ll be transmitting exclusive interviews, backstage footage and show reports straight to your screen for your viewing pleasure – and here’s a heads up on what to expect.
Friday’s On Schedule shows will get off to a flying start with catwalk stalwarts Paul Costelloe and Caroline Charles. But the big buzz of the day surrounds the Esthetica Event, the exhibition now in its sixth season that celebrates eco sustainable fashion.
Eun Jong and Ashish are hotly tipped and the Central Saint Martins MA show continues to create headlines, not to mention the stars of the future. It’ll round off the first day nicely.
One to watch, Kinder Aggugini will make his London debut on Saturday morning and with stints at Paul Smith, John Galliano and Vivienne Westwood under his belt, we’re expecting good things. Read more »
We’ve been awards crazy recently, with the BAFTAs and Grammys on Sunday, followed by the Elle Style Awards on Monday night. The annual event hosted by Elle magazine was held at Big Sky Studios in North London.
Freida Pinto, wearing a black, futuristic Chanel dress embellished with flowers, picked up the award for Best Actress. Another Chanel-clad winner was Alexa Chung, who despite presenting also went home with the Best TV Star award. Looking elegant in a backless navy blue dress with a structured neckline, Alexa ditched her geek-chic look for one of polished perfection with bare legs and patent T-bar heels.
Woman of the Year Courtney Love went back to her punk-rock roots in a heavily beaded gown from the Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy collection. Striking model Alice Dellal never gets it wrong in her grunge get-up. She wore a sheer, skin-tight dress; provocative to just the right degree. Sienna Miller deserved her Style Icon award in a turquoise ruffled Matthew Williamson dress teamed with a black feather-collar jacket. If her dress sense is anything to go by, Twenty8Twelve’s London Fashion Week debut is set to cause a storm!
Other winners that are showing at London Fashion Week are Christopher Kane, who won Best British Designer and Erdem, winners of the Fashion Future award. Check back with t5m during LFW for catwalk reports and more..
London Fashion Week is on the horizon again, and the schedule is looking pretty tantalising. It’s Monday and it’s snowing outside, so it’s the perfect time to devour the show schedule and start day-dreaming of next season’s cosy knits and huge structured coats.
Come February we’ll looking forward to bringing you all the Insider gossip from the most hotly anticipated shows, both On and Off schedule.
Have a peek and let us know what designers you’d like us to interview, which parties you want the insider’s guide to, and which collections you’re most excited about seeing.
See the preliminary schedule here, and join the fashion debate by commenting below.