Yesterday marked the end of yet another season of frivolity and non-functional shoes at London Fashion Week. As opposed to the previous seven seasons (oh my lawd, I’m getting old), I chose to put my smartphone and SLR away at the shows and – for once – drink it all in.
It was divine.
Through the rest of the evening I will be presenting The Best of LFW AW14 – the five shows that sent my heart a-flutter – kicking things off with…
5. Peter Pilotto
On the tail of a beautiful high-street collaboration with Target, Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos’ show space – a glorious perspex maze – welcomed an onslaught of excited editors, stylists, and bloggers alike.
Kicking things off with a skirt and sweatshirt combo, the designers wasted no time getting straight to the point: sportswear. Eccentric, sensory sportswear that blurred the lines between Summer, Winter, and fashion’s formality altogether.
With graphic embroidery and a variety of textural alpine prints, the Peter Pilotto aesthetic was as impressive as ever. A true hybrid of textural expertise and that ‘special something’ that AW14 typically finds difficult to deliver.
Whoever said sofas can’t be sexy? When a leading British fashion designer met one of the biggest furniture producers in the UK, they proved that the living room isn’t just for living; it’s for loving!
Giles Deacon teamed up with DFS sofas this month to produce the ultimate in fashionable soft furnishings. Deacon has given it some lip with a bold and beautiful design inspired by one of his previous collections.
The collection, named ‘Lipgloss’, includes a three-seater sofa and footstool. Despite putting fashion at the forefront of this collaboration, Deacon has by no means compromised on comfort, highlighting that the footstool could be used to extend the sofa into a giant bed.
The design also echoes elements of Giles Deacon’s S/S ‘14 catwalk show at London Fashion Week earlier this month, with a reproduction of the lip motifs he printed on a number of bright and playful dresses.
The designer himself says the design was actually inspired by a previous dress in his S/S ‘13 collection.
The handmade DFS Lipgloss sofa is a monochrome print with small pops of bright orange to make it a real showstopper. The design features large lips all over, giving the collection its name. Giles says that he had a clear vision of what he wanted to create and labels the daring style as his own creation – ‘Sophistipop.’
The loud and stylish sofa would suit any fashion lover wanting to bring a little of the magic of LFW home with them and it would make a great focal point in a modern home. The sofas are handmade in Britain and combine a high quality finish with comfort.
This is the first time Deacon has collaborated with a furniture company although he has previously worked with Sky, Converse and jewellery company Evoke to create limited edition designs.
The 44 year history behind DFS and their launch of the new DFS Design scheme made Deacon excited to work on the project.
Giles will be on the panel of judges to decide who wins the £20,000 DFS bursary aimed at final year design undergraduates in February next year.
The Apartment – Fashion Week’s favourite blogger hub – was back and better than ever this season.
Stunning flowers from Interflora lined what could be the most impeccable apartment in London. With closets (and washing machines) packed full of garments from Next, Opening Ceremony, Russell & Bromley and many more, it also happened to be constantly filled with the best dressed ladies in London.
Though I had an unbelievably packed schedule, personal highlights included daily breakfast from Balthazar, beauty chat with the Birchbox team, a much-needed makeover from the guys at Sassoon and Laura Mercier, Ryan Gosling (obvs), and a quiet 10 minutes to recharge on the bed, flipping through fashion’s best coffee table books.
I truly feel like I’m leaving school for the Summer when Fashion Week ends. I am so proud of the work that Abi, The Apartment Team, and all my fellow bloggers have achieved. ‘Til next season…
Instagram (@lelalondon) – left to right, top to bottom:
1. Ready to nap for 1000 years. Thanks for being a babe, London Fashion Week.
2. Massive delivery of Whey Hey. Soon to be swole like David Gandy obvs.
3. The arm parties have started with Dower and Hall.
4. Love when your man welcomes you home after a long day at Fashion Week.
5. 30 minutes ’til Mulberry! A preview of what’s to come…
6. Out with the big gun today: Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom.
7. York Minster. It’s okay and stuff.
8. First class is for lovers (but I’m a bit sad to leave Yorkshire #colourmeshocked).
9. Since when did Tesco become The American Dream? OMG.
10. Fruity Summer outerwear from Holly Fulton. Boom.
11. These are scallops. I have no idea why I’m rambling about wellies. Late night problems.
By Day Three of London Fashion Week, my attitude towards the perpetual rainfall was…something comparable to Geri Halliwell’s insanity in It’s Raining Men. Coats off, heels on. I blame the dress. Backless printed dresses do the darnedest things to your psyche.*
What I Wore:
Dress from Jarlo London
*I looked like a drowned version of myself at my last show of the day. #fashionbloggersecrets