My first time at London Fashion Week was an eye opener. Deciding on the outfit was my first challenge.
I chose a raspberry coloured Patrizia Pepe dress.
I accessorised with a suitably fierce Clare Whitt cuff. Clare is a creator of luxury metal garments and accessories. A metalworker by day, she started experimenting with metal shapes by night after the tragic loss of her father and brother when she was only 18. Metal gave her hope as it is robust and everlasting. This is her first ready to wear AW14 collection and is inspired by the warrior Goddess Durga, symbolising creative energy and femininity. Clare aims to empower the wearer and to challenge the usual function of everyday objects. It certainly made me feel special!
Virtually everyone was dressed in head to toe black so I needn’t really have racked my brain! My first show was Matthew Hubble at the Royal Institution on Albemarle Street.
The stellar setting worked well with his carefully constructed designs.
On entering, you notice the pop of colour from these stunning designs. Matthew mentioned that with the rise of Instagram, colour has become even more important in the success of a collection.
The inspiration behind the collection is DNA and the link between science and fashion. Matthew was originally an engineer and he worked on the construction of the Eurostar. His designs are equally well crafted.
In his leather designs, he uses the same quality leatheer that gloves are made of. Incorporating striking laser cut outs, they are surprisingly wearable.
I liked the friendly welcome from Matthew and his friends and family. This was a great introduction to London Fashion Week.
On to the Grand Connaught Rooms for a triumphant show by Adnan Bayyat. It started about 40 minutes late, which I was soon to realise is the norm. The building itself is beautiful and the show certainly lived up to the decor.
The last model struggled a little as his touched the ceiling, raising a giggle from the audience. This collection seemed to be very well received. The buzz in the room was high as flash bulbs lit up. It was interesting to see the number of bloggers seated on the front row.
From here I headed over to the ME Hotel on Aldwych for Basharatyan V‘s Marocchino Collection. The models walking whilst holding a cup of coffee, which was visually striking. The designs were intricate but after seeing Adnan’s collection they seemed rather safe.
Anyone can enter the courtyard, although you need a ticket for the fashion shows and other events. A friend had arranged access for me so I wandered into the West Wing. The “design your own tote bag” feature was popular.
All in all, I enjoyed my time at London Fashion Week but next time I would try to leave myself more time in between shows and come equipped with water and snacks to alleviate the inevitable delays!