It’s day five in the big oh-brother-these-high-heels-hurt house. Here are our highlights from London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2013.
Seeing the world’s most stylish front rower at Zoe Jordan – a very cool baby, being held by a very handsome man. Fashionably clad infants were a key accessory at most weekend shows- despite their lack of seated tickets, and a blatant refusal to wear stacked heels and carry oversized clutches.
Sitting next to Zandra Rhodes at the Giles show, and listening to her put the fashion world to rights: ‘I don’t know why they always bother with goodie bags. It’s always just a rubbish bottle of shampoo and a lipstick in a shade you don’t want’ and ‘nowadays there are just so many models at every show. When I did mine, we’d have six girls and we’d just MAKE THEM CHANGE OUTFITS! Don’t know why they can’t manage to change now’. Well said Rhodesy. Giles also gave us our favourite new trend – white witch. Love a blonde goth…
Overhearing Arcadia overlord Philip Green huffingly respond to someone asking him to explain the success of Primark: ‘It’s just cheap.’ A fair point.
Listening to UB40 at the stonkingly brilliant Antipodium show on Saturday morning. Yes that’s right. WE LIKED UB40. And speaking of Antipodium – the print below features a repeat shot of Basic Instinct’s naughty knickerless Sharon Stone. That beats a ditzy floral any day.
Tripping over the Thames (on a bridge, mind) in crisp sunshine to the impressive Topshop Unique show at the Tate Modern. And then discovering that all of our favourite fashion week outfits were affordable! (Oriental tie dye silky prints yes please).
Louise Gray wiping out the opposition with her creative use of bog roll as the accoutrement du jour at her show. Not to mention scotch tape bangles.
Dribbling at the leopard print micro wedges at Burberry – Cruella realness at a manageable height. Incidentally – leopard print is back for AW13 in a big way. As seen at Tom Ford, Burberry, Simone Rocha, and on leopards worldwide, all year round.
Getting in the pink. Yep, Percy Pig fans can rest assured that their favourite shade is also the season’s hottest, featuring in most shows including Pringle, Simone Rocha, GILES and Roksanda Ilincic. The prettier and frothier the better.
Meanwhile, possibly the best ever Fashion East show gave us a new designer to get excited about. With a FROW that included Pixie Geldof, DJ Nick Grimshaw, Brix Smith-Start and fierce rapper/stripper Brooke Candy, (no, we’re not really sure what she’s got to do with catwalk fashion either. Maybe on standby in case things got a little dull?) Fashion East was one of the edgier shows of the week. All eyes were on newcomer Ashley Williams, who sent Elvis emblazoned shift dresses down the catwalk, having been inspired by teenage scrap books and sleepover parties – proving that the King is even LESS dead than before. The Westminster University fashion graduate already has a loyal celeb following, counting Pixie and Rita Ora as fans. Remember her name now.
Finally, between shows we called in on the Somerset House exhibition, where we found a cracking new London label to love. Up-and-coming shoe designer Liam Fahy worked under Rupert Sanderson, and has won the approval footwear godfather Manolo Blahnik. We love his white two-tone brogues, sexy stilettos and round-toed ankle boots for autumn/winter.
In summary, if you want to look on the fashion money for Autumn, sling on a leopard print coat, loo roll bangle, pink bridesmaid’s dress and borrow a baby. That’s all folks.