This lfw was a loved up Day one for me on the back of Valentine’s Day starting off with an incredible show from Mark Fast. This man has to be the most laid back designer on the planet. Seeing him backstage, so unflustered and utterly gracious to his team, there are many other designers who’d do well to take his lead.
Next up was Gayeon Lee, I’m a big fan of this brand and the handbags are a work of art. A true structural delight that’d work both on and off the runway. Keira Knightley’s fave Bora Aksu was next and perhaps I had too high expectations, as I adored last season & it’s true that there were as usual a couple of standouts but, for me it wasn’t quite as magical this time round. Next up Xu Zhi with some very signature hair looks and then a race back to the bfc for Marta Jakubowski which was, quite simply, a triumph. Over to Marylebone for the consistently excellent Johnston’s of Elgin and last show of the day, a disappointing Ashley Williams….
Day two started with floral delights at Alice Archer and a divine Malene Odderschade show which took my breath away. Then over to Fashion Scout for a visual feast at Slingshot’s Indonesian Fashion Showcase followed by a packed to the rafters, Rocky Star.
Day three (& this is when the fatigue starts to kick in for us Fashion Editors) but all tiredness was forgotten when at the Serpentine Gallery for Maison Margiela’s Reality Inverse installation. Then a colourful presentation at A Jane & equally colourful show for I am Chen, back to the BFC for some spectacular eyewear at Underage. An insanely crowded but beautifully curated presentation at House of Barnabas for Malan Breton. Last up, one of my favourite shows of the season at Ashish, l LOVED this.
Day four and I’m literally inhaling coffee by this stage but because Edeline Lee was a my presentation of the season all was well with the world, not least because I was 20 yards from one of my childhood idols, Sally Gunnell, explaining who she was to the assorted millennials made me feel old and proud at the same time but bravo to Edeline Lee for this celebration of women. Backstage at Emilia Wickstead for the most ethereally beautiful pieces and hair looks. A race to Paula Knorr for her homage to all things Studio 54, I heartily approve! Final stop of the day was the Oxfam show, styled by the Stylist icon, Bay Garnett, I actually squealed when Yasmin Le Bon walked past me…fab-u-lous!
Day five and I’m on my knees…thank goodness for my overnight stay at The Bentley which recharged my flat battery. Backstage at the Marie Antoinette inspired Nabil Nayal, what a delight this was…not least the hair by John Vial. Glorious neon, tartan, taffeta, gorgeousness at Roberta Einer, I was really impressed by this one & then finally Bethany Williams, as we stood in the queue outside the bfc we did wonder as to the high police presence but all was explained when Bethany was given an award by none other than Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall alongside Edward Enninful and Caroline Rush.
Until September folks…