Nicole Farhi SS12
I absolutely adore Nicole Farhi and was more than excited to be invited backstage before and after her Spring/Summer 2012 collection was presented to the Fashion World. That excitement was positively set on fire when Anna Wintour decided Farhi’s show would be her first of London Fashion Week.

To do the collection justice, I have collaborated with my favourite photographer and friend, Eva K Salvi, to bring you some stunning photos and a diary-based review:

12pm – I get to the Horticultural Society, running, thank god I brought my pair of All Saints Boots with me and not my Kurt Geiger heels like I did the previous day. The sun is peaking through the clouds. I finally get into the venue which is already packed with photographers and videographers, everyone is setting up and running around. Nicole Farhi is chatting to people, posing for a few photos, she seems incredibly calm and relaxed. The venetian blinds close and the models start coming out on the catwalk for the run-through, it is strangely surreal to watch them walking with their hair and makeup half done.
Nicole Farhi SS12
12.30pm – Go through to backstage area after being checked on ‘The List‘. I get in and am hit with the realisation of how intense everything is “behind the scenes“. Everyone is running around, the models are getting their makeup and hair touched up. From time to time, one model will just stop and pose for photographers – there’s about 10 backstage – with assistants and reflectors etc. Everyone is super prepared.
Nicole Farhi SS12
1pm – Last call for models to go to the bathroom before the show, last touch ups, then everyone has to get runway-ready. The models start changing and I go out to the main room; rumour is Anna Wintour is there and I spot her sitting in the front row. I quickly run over and snap a few pictures before the show starts. All of the photographers have taken place in the pit and are currently “fighting” over the best spots to snap pictures of the show. I decide to run to the other side of the catwalk that seems much emptier and take place. The show starts.

1.15pm – I see half the show through my lens and try to snap pictures of almost all the outfits, the music is loud and the models are rocking the show. The show is a resplendent rainbow of pastels. I’m loving it and glance at Anna Wintour – wondering whether she’s enjoying herself or not – but the Miranda Priestly-esque stillness shows no sign of opinion (or maybe that means she loves it?).
Nicole Farhi SS12
As for the clothes, everything was texturally divine. In a sea of beautifully feminine colours, Farhi presented an oversized, sequin-covered mesh tank top and a micro mesh ensemble with gorgeous florals that almost seemed three-dimensional when layered over the coloured base fabric. Interestingly, more and more saccharine 3-D embellishments were brought to life via plastic blossom appliques, sculptural petal shapes, and laser-cut leather flowers. It was like a pointillist painting by Georges Seurat – a garden brought to life.

Heaven.
Nicole Farhi SS12
When the show is over, everyone stands up, massive round of applause for Nicole Farhi who comes out for a few seconds to salute everyone, she seems sweetly satisfied, the show went extremely well to say the least.
Nicole Farhi SS12
1.45pm – I go back backstage, the magic is gone, everyone is packing up, grabbing that last cup of coffee/bottle of Vitamin Water and are already on their journey to the next show. I recognise a few familiar faces, people I’ve worked with before, everyone seems relieved, everything went well and everyone loved the show.

2pm – I’m out and on my way to Somerset House, knackered already, those 2 hours drained me of all my energy! The sun has come out to give us our last few hours of summer, perfect ending to an extraordinary show.

See more photos below! Enlarge them all! View Post

Fashion Collage
Closet Collage

2011 marks Tumblr‘s second year of sponsoring fashion and beauty bloggers to attend New York Fashion Week and cover it on their Tumblr-made blogs. The following twenty blogs are going to get access to front row and backstage opportunities 99% of industry insiders would kill for (AHEM hi!). To congratulate the bloggers (Annamarie, Closet Collage, Ellepa, Farpits, From Me To You, Gaws, Girl With Curves, High On Flowers, High Like Fashion, History of Chuck, How To Talk To Girls At Parties, Justin Chung, Karla Powell MUA, Men In This Town, Opium Poppies, Novh, Paper Tissue, Tuula, The Style Student, and We The Urban), I have taken five of their most striking fashion-realted images for this week’s Best of Tumblr!
View Post

Leighton Meester Marc Jacobs
Leighton Meester – now the girl who you would never wanted as your college roommate – turned up at the ever glorious Marc Jacobs show, sitting front row. The bed-headed beauty wore a pair of Christian Louboutin Salsbourg suede sandals with a seventies Spring/Summer 2011 Marc Jacobs dress, which gave the look a Woodstock edge.

Giles LFW Runway
When Janice Dickinson is on front row, you know you’re in for a treat. Giles Deacon had the best ‘model’ line-up of London Fashion Week, hands down; pregnant model-slash-TV presenter Abbey Clancy, curve-tastic Kelly Brook, (The A-Team…) Ana, Alessandra, Amber (Le Bon), Agyness and 71-year-old legend Veruschka, who closed. Giles just has an incredible eye. His collections are always a lesson in ‘How To Wear Colour‘, and with a sweet selection of fluorescent Sibling knits, he did not dissapoint. With a strong nineties club influence, he is pulling shapes like it’s nobody’s business. View Post

LAMB NYF Runway
A stellar end to the Spring 2011 shows, Gwen Stefani‘s L.A.M.B. presentation at New York Fashion Week woke up jaded editors with both a killer reggae-theme soundtrack (Sean Paul, M.I.A., Santogold) and a vibrant collection to match.

With husband Gavin Rossdale and son Kingston sitting front-row, Stefani delivered an African-inspired collection that banked on bright wax-block prints splashed on everything from minidresses and crop tops to trousers and drop-crotch jumpers. Mixed in with the Africa theme were a few tailored suits and pieces reflecting Stefani’s own decade-old signature style, including midriff-baring tops, lots of punk plaids, and oversize fold-over pants.

While the collection started stronger than it ended, the showing overall – and no doubt (wink wink) the thumping beats, the knowledge that this was the last show of the week, and seeing uber-adorable Kingston run to his mother during her finale walk – had attendees leaving with smiles on their faces. View Post