A pre-show party complete with adorable (and yummy) cupcakes, spearmint water (not so yummy) and ultra glamorous celebs like Michele Williams and Danielle Lloyd insinuates a catwalk show that’s destined to razzle and dazzle. And indeed, Falguni and Shane Peacock’s show did just that. From the large gold goody bags on the front row (with, for once, rather useful goodies inside!), to the front-row ratio of sunglasses ‘on’ to sunglasses ‘off’, there was a fabulous atmosphere before the lights had even dimmed. When the models came strutting out, they wore brilliant montages of feathers and sequins and bold graphical prints. It was a fun show and it knew its audience well. One model came down the catwalk with the most fabulous herbal essence-esque long, flowing hair – I admittedly got immediate hair envy. She also had a fantastic face – one to watch for the future perhaps? All in all, the Peacock show was exactly what it says on the tin – exotic, flamboyant and glamorous.
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Sia Dimitriadi makes clothes quite literally fit for a princess. The ruffles, the soft fabrics, the muted colours – all speak visually of a modern-day fairytale, with romantic necklines and billowing hemlines just asking to be whisked away on a horse-drawn carriage. With the real-life ability to turn the most unwashed tomboy into a prom princess at the swish and twirl of a dress, (90’s teen rom-coms take note), Dimitridi’s designs will awaken the little girl inside you in a flurry of feminine fun.
This year saw LFW move from various locations sporadically scattered around London to one permanent (and exceedingly grand) home – Somerset House. The new location suits London fashion week down to a tee – its charismatically British, is utterly stunning (particularly when lit-up at night) and is but a stones throw away from the fashionable Covent Garden (not to mention the various coffee shops that reside in the area). So, has the move had any impact on Old Blighty’s fashion week? The most prominent change that’s (surprisingly) happened has been the sudden demise of the ‘Fashion Week Heel’. Famed for its twice-annual appearance, the ‘heel’ has in past seasons notoriously become as eminent and as gossiped about as some of the shows. Last season, the ‘Gladiator’ shoes with their intimidating height and almost vertical shoe design reigned over the fashionistsa’s sure-to-be-sore feet as they ran to keep up with their daily show schedule. This S/S ’10 fashion week however, the cobbles of Somerset House demanded a necessary downgrade in heel height, namely for reasons of not breaking ones neck. Coinciding perfectly with the current foot-trend of the seemingly indispensable item – the brogue, the unthinkable has happened at fashion week – flats are in. Doc Martins are defiantly making a comeback, as are daps and generally any kind of boot.
In conjunction with the 25th anniversary of London Fashion Week, Nick Knight’s current project ‘Showstudio’ opened its Fashion Revolution exhibition doors to the public at Somerset House this week. With the intent of embracing the ever-intensifying power and influence of the Internet within the industry, this exhibition adopts new and somewhat unexplored techniques in playfully allowing the public to experience the creative process of some of fashion’s top players, of blurring the line between the ‘exclusiveness’ of fashion and the general public. Wide-eyed punters are given the chance to draw on a 21ft Naomi Campbell, listen on the telephone to supermodels Lily Donaldson and Karen Elson and see candid (and somewhat unflattering) photographs of the fashion industry’s elite. There’s also a photography studio that is to be used once a week by Nick Knight himself as he does live photo shoots within the exhibition. There’s a two-way mirror running along one wall, enabling the public to stand and watch the process of a legendary photographer at work. The entire exhibition makes for a facinating viewing and really is revolutionary in that it completely draws you in and enables you to play with fashion. Running from now till December at Somerset house, tickets cost £5. You can also take part in some of the interactive aspects of the exhibition online.
Hello fashion week. Ok so before we begin, the standard checklist:
Slightly larger then life heels? Check. Tickets to some of the hottest new designer catwalk shows? Check. Crispy bowl of chips in a Shoreditch pub? Errrrr…………Check. So, after a hectic run around London picking up various tickets, we begin our London Fashion Week adventure in the rather ‘un-fashion’ way of eating a fabulously big bowl of chips with a scattering of catwalk tickets as a side-portion. Tasty.