London Fashion Week always ends up morphing into a blur of covetable threads, perfect faces, bass-filled soundtracks and air kisses by the hundreds. A fantastic blur – don’t get me wrong – but a blur, nonetheless. Welcome to Day Three (on what is officially Day Five…blame everything in my aforementioned list!)
On Sunday, I was audience to Preen by Thornton Bregazzi‘s floaty patchwork and playful appliques, Sophia Webster‘s Coca Cola-coated carnival accessories, Temperley London‘s geometric opulence, Jonathan Saunders‘ more-is-more retro formality, and David Koma‘s stunning frilled simplicity.
As the saying goes, check it all out in LG’s video – below!
This is going to be one of those posts where press Publish and subsequently kick myself for sharing a hidden gem that I wish could stay hidden forever.
You know I love you guys, right? I love you so much I want to introduce you to The Rosebery (one of Supercity Apartments’ properties).
Every Fashion Week I toy with the idea of getting a hotel room to act as my charging station/temporary wardrobe/nap centre, but often talk myself out of it, knowing most London hotel rooms lack the creature comforts and space that I’ve come to love.
Not any sane soul could talk themselves out of The Rosebery.
Battling all of East London’s hotels, this Clerkenwell-based ‘aparthotel’ comes with fully furnished supersized suites, every amenity one could could possibly need (including a plethora of ccutlery, crockery, glassware and Nespresso pods), air con, iPod docks, fast (!!) wi-fi, a luxury bathroom, and more closet space than even a Fashion Week wardrobe could fill.
All in all, my stay was flawless. I worked, played, ate and drank as comfortably as I would have at home, yet found myself a mere five minute cab away from every show, meeting, and meal planned throughout Covent Garden and Soho.
The second they start to look for a live-in blogger, I plan on tying up the lines…
While there was a plethora of black looks on show for Day One of London Fashion Week, Day Two was a complete mixed bag. Faux furs, leathers, and a rainbow of colours (even multiple showings of baby pink).
I experienced the gilded gowns and tartans of Emilia Wickstead, the royal-toned gothic glamour of Julien Macdonald, the conveyor belt-transported Blade Runner funk from House of Holland, the hedonistic yet patriotic return of Gareth Pugh, and Sibling. The latter brand’s designers – Sid Bryan, Joe Bates, and Cozette McCreery – created an transportive 80s collection for “the girl who sneaks backstage to hangout with the band, who finds imaginative ways to dress to disguise her age. She’s a girl cool beyond her years.” Manic Cara Delevigne vibes.
As LG’s official London Fashion Week blogger, I can only suggest you watch the video – below – to see Dat Rwo in all its glory!
As far as concepts go, the chess-inspired G & T afternoon tea from Le Meridien Piccadilly ranks second to none. Combining my two favourite British traditions (tea and gin), the afternoon tea – which is held in the hotel’s Terrace Grill & Bar – has something for everyone.
The special part? As the restaurant’s art exhibitions change, the afternoon tea themes follow suit, meaning Francesco Ridolfi’s chess-themed portraits will be hanging above restaurant patron’s chess-themed afternoon teas until April 1st.
You can have the sandwiches, pastries, and scones served with hot tea or opt for your choice of ‘G & T’ herbal or fruit-infused gins and tonic syrup. I think it’s all too clear which one The Manfriend and I went for.
A pot of vanilla and chilli-infused Sloane’s (a gin-lovers treat) and rose buds and fresh raspberries-infused Martin Miller (suited to a sweeter palate) for two, please.
As we poured our gin like alcoholic debutantes, we nibbled our way through the scones and sandwiches; Scottish Smoked salmon with dill and citrus crème fraiche on wholemeal, roast beef & rocket with horseradish on caraway seeded bread, free range duck egg mayo and cress on wholemeal, and cucumber cream cheese & chive on white.
Naturally, the chess theme went full-force on the pastries; mini crown-topped Queen’s opera cakes, Pawns’ coconut & pistachio frangipanes, chequered bitter chocolate tarts, and Knights’ sable biscuits.
To my own taste, I preferred the savouries to sweets but can’t wait to see what the hotel’s following art exhibition inspires!
“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”
– Max de Pree