First time at London Fashion Week!

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!

Clare Whitt - Luxury Columnist
And LK Bennett shoes that I could walk in easily but with sparkle to add interest.

LK Bennett shoes - Luxury Columnist
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.

Grand Connaught Rooms - Luxury Columnist
Adnan was presenting his Coliseum Collection.

Adnan Bayatt - Luxury Columnist
His models were adorned with fanciful headwear.

Adnan Bayatt - Luxury Columnist
And spread gold dust in their wake.

Gold dust - Luxury Columnist
Adnan’s designs have graced many celebrities.

Adnan Bayyat - Luxury Columnist
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.

Adnan Bayatt - Luxury Columnist
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.

I preferred the lobby displays that the ME had organised.

ME Hotel LFW - Luxury Columnist
ME Hotel LFW - Luxury Columnist

From here it was a hop, skip and jump to the courtyard at Somerset House, awash with fashionistas.

London Fashion Week - Luxury Columnist
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.

Tote bag designing - Luxury Columnist
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!

Fashion Models - Luxury Columnist

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    What a totally incredible collection! And you look gorgeous too 🙂

    Lots of love,

    SilverSpoon London

    • Ah you’re too kind! It was great fun. Some fab posts on your blog this week!

  • I love your outfit – you’re rocking Fashion Week!

    • Thanks, that’s really kind! Some fabulous foodie posts on your blog. Going to visit Chiltern Firehouse soon

  • Taylor Hearts Travel

    What an exciting experience!

    • Yes it was really interesting seeing all the different designers and also the audience

  • This was a fabulous post to read through – what an experience! The new collection is striking and so edgy, although my attention has been entirely captured by the LKBennett flat glittery shoes! 🙂

    – I follow back on Bloglovin’ –


  • Lifeplus1

    Wow, I’m almost exhausted just reading this post! The photos are amazing. It’s incredible how many eccentric people there are. Really fascinating to see through someone else’s eyes.


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  • I love your cuff, and what a fascinating comment about the role of instagram & colour !

    • The lady who made the cuff, Clare Whitt, is very talented. I read recently that they gave out Battenburg cake at an LFW show this year, no one in the front row was eating it but they included it because it’s very Instagramable 😉