Roksanda Ilincic LFW Runway
In yet another Seventies inspired collection, Roksanda Ilincic actually showed us her softer side – maybe due to the fact that she is a new mummy? The whole idea of her nostalgic collection at London Fashion Week was extremely romantic. Most of her pieces had a strong gauze feel and represented a soft palette of dove greys, coral pinks, and sherbet oranges. View Post

Alexander Lee McQueen Memorial Tribute Daphne Guinness

Mid-London Fashion Week, we paused to remember Alexander McQueen at a memorial service in St Paul’s Cathedral. Anna Wintour, who spoke during the service, remembered McQueen as “a complex and gifted young man. His final collection was a battle between dark and light. His was an 18-year career of harnessing his dreams and demons,” she said. “He showed us everything was possible; dreams could become reality. But he has left us with an even more exceptional legacy, a talent that soared like the birds of his childhood above us all.”

Bjork sang Gloomy Sunday by Billie Holiday. Video is below, and it’s absolutely heartbreaking.

Sunday is gloomy, My hours are slumberless Dearest the shadows I live with are numberless Little white flowers Will never awaken you Not where the black coaches Sorrow has taken you Angels have no thoughts Of ever returning you Wouldn’t they be angry If I thought of joining you?
Gloomy is sunday, With shadows I spend it all My heart and I have decided to end it all Soon there’ll be candles And prayers that are said I know But let them not weep Let them know that I’m glad to go Death is no dream For in death I’m caressin’ you With the last breath of my soul I’ll be blessing you. Gloomy Sunday.

Rest in Peace, Lee.

Burberry Prorsum LFW Runway
The best friend and I are both out-of-the-closet Burberry junkies. Christopher Bailey is the man to thank for this; the man who – for Spring/Summer 2011 – smartly took Thomas Burberry‘s designs from the early 1900s as his inspiration point. The classic English rose Burberry girls had vanished, and in their place were “Heritage” biker chicks with buckets of attitude. We’re going to be seeing a lot of studded and spiked jackets come next year. With his own take on the Seventies trend that basically is this season, he wrapped the music with “Pinball Wizard” by The Who. Then 16-year-old Nina Porter stumbled straight out of her stilettos to close. London Fashion Week victim. View Post

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

Mary Katrantzou LFW Runway
Mary Katrantzou‘s is a collection that I look forward to each season. This London Fashion Week, each of the dresses in this collection were made to encapsulate a sort of ‘hotel room atmosphere‘; open verandas and windows into an eighties-inspired pop art world. Shoulder pieces were actually structured using curtain-hanging pelmet techniques, and long, wicker-looking trains were pieced to resemble chair-backs at the Café de Flore.

Every garment had a way of putting my tongue to my cheek; necklaces featured parts of chandeliers, or, where there were none, dresses had chandeliers printed directly onto the neckline or staircases refracted to form a graphic-looking necklace. What an artist! View Post