Category Archives: London Fashion Week

Mary’s Living & Giving shop for Save the Children

Fashion retail legend, Mary Portas has teamed up with Grazia magazine to launch a new permanent discounted designer boutique in aid of ‘Save The Children’. Mary’s Living & Giving shop for Save the Children will launch on 22 May in Westfield shopping centre.

A computer generated image of what the shop will look like.

The star-studded line up of brands donating items include Mulberry, Future Classics, Agent Provocateur, Issa, Temperley, Liberty, Diesel and Nicholas Kirkwood.

Antonio Berardi blue dress, Christian Louboutin studded sneakers, Mulberry ‘Alexa’ bag and Charlotte Olympia platform heels.

Also up for grabs is a mouth-watering pair of Louboutin studded sneakers for £190 and a beautiful Mulberry ‘Alexa’ bag, sported by none other than Alexa Chung and Olivia Palermo.

For more information visit http://www.graziadaily.co.uk/

Photos courtesy of Grazia

LFW: Hermione de Paula

Hermione de Paula showcased her collection at the Vauxhall Fashion Scout on Monday afternoon. Hermione is their merit award winner, having graduated from Central St Martin’s with a first class honours degree in fashion and print, she gained experience working for Galliano, McQueen and Dior before proceeding to develop her own collection. Her designs incorporate hand painted materials tailored to create luxury ready-to-wear pieces. Monday’s show was filled with futuristic wigs and sharp outlines, creating something visually spectacular, we can certainly see how Hermione landed herself the coveted merit award and we predict great things for her fashion future!

Fashion for Relief at LFW

After a successful charity catwalk based in New York Naomi crossed the pond to our neck of the woods and held a Fashion for Relief catwalk show right here in London during fashion week.

Many celebs stomped the catwalk in aid of the victims of the terrible earthquake that hit Haiti earlier this year. The funds raised go towards the desperate women, babies and young children who have been left homeless, medically untreated and in need of a helping hand.

Vivienne Westwood joined forces with Naomi and created a t-shirt, which highlights the horrific statistics that the country is left in.

There was music from the heavenly voice of Beverly Knight and other musicians such as Alexandra Burke, former Spice Girl Geri Haliwell and Nicola Roberts from girl band Girls Aloud walked down the catwalk in stunning dresses but none so stunning as the legendary Dame Shirley Bassey who was shining from head to toe.

The heavily pregnant Denise Van Outen was applauded as she went down the catwalk in a Jasmine di Milo gown, which made her look like an angel in flight.

Naomi has done great work in raising awareness on this issue that will take years to put right and she has a lot to say on the matter.

“I am deeply saddened by the recent tragedy in Haiti. So many have been killed and severely affected by the earthquake – women and children in particular are most vulnerable in disasters,” the Daily Star quoted her as saying.

“Fashion is universal, personal and touches everyone,” she said.

The model is also teaming up with bosses of luxury carmaker Lotus, who have designed eight special edition vehicles named Naomi for Haiti.

Fashion for Relief has teamed up with Net-A-Porter, to host exclusive sales of the designer clothes modelled on the catwalk. The clothes will be available for purchase from 15th March on www.net-a-porter.com.

Vivienne Westwood has designed a limited edition T-shirt for Fashion for Relief, which will be sold exclusively at www.viviennewestwood.com and in the Vivienne Westwood Conduit Street and World’s End stores.

LFW: Osman

Yesterday morning the fashion glitterati flocked to Somerset House to see Osman’s collection go down the runway. Speaking on the inspiration for his collection Osman said “I am intrigued by how powerful female figures in different cultures and different periods, often use dress as a means of revealing or underlining their strength and presence.” And his clothes certainly mirrored this, strong and gorgeous the bright colours mixed with dark shades and beautiful tailoring felt empowered, and on the subject of important female figures, we spotted Sarah Brown on the front row. We wonder if she got the level of fashion envy from the jewel encrusted wedges and sparkling cropped jumpers as we did?

LFW: Horace – Esprit de Corps

Designers Adam Entwistle and Emma Hales of Horace sent an incredible ready to wear AW 10/11 collection ‘esprit de corps’ down the runway at The Vauxhall Fashion Scout today. The term “esprit de corps” originates from French idiom, “a body of creative people who are strong in spirit and conviction”. This phrase embodies the spirit captured by the collection – one of graceful silhouettes combined with sharp tailoring and a sinister edge. The eye catching pink dip dyed hair and alarming make up resulted in it being impossible to take your eyes off the models as they strutted down the catwalk in acute black and grey tailoring with flashes of rich lava tones. The duo are well known for their love affair with leather and we got some serious dress envy from the tailored cashmere wool dresses with structured leather panneling.

LFW: Betty Jackson

Betty Jackson Catwalk at Somerset House this morning. Wow. Well what can we say? Definitely worth missing out on our usual sunday lie-ins for! Despite kicking off at 9am the fashion population of London were out in force to support this iconic British designer and were certainly not dissapointed. A mix of floral pattern, sturdy tan and black leather, gorgeous tailoring and oppulent use of gold fabric created a visual masterpiece that not only looked fabulous to view on the runway, but felt like garments that we could slip into for work or an evening out and instantly feel a million dollars.

LFW: Bodyamr Show

The Bodyamr show at Vauxhall Fashion Scout had the likes of Nicola Roberts, Rachel Stevens and Hilary Alexander flocking in. The music set the mood, strong, powerful and almost tribal. The models echoed this too, all looking so strong, yet still in the most beautiful flowing dresses. Black, white and gold seemed to be thematic colours, and there was a contrast of mini dresses teamed with thigh high footless socks with floor length chiffon gowns. All in all it was an amazing show, and we were left drooling over the clothes we just wish we could own.

LFW: Lee Alexander McQueen remembered

After the fashion world was shaken by the untimely death of creative genius Alexander McQueen on 11th February, we have all been in mourning. London Fashion Week opened yesterday with a  sombre mood as British Fashion Council chairman Harold Tillman led a minute’s silence in tribute to the designer.

On opening London Fashion Week, Tillman spoke of McQueen “His impact on London and this international fashion industry has been extraordinary. And he will be sorely missed. I know that we will all remember his incredible achievements and what he did for fashion here in London. He proved that this industry and this city is one of opportunity, he left school with one O-Level and, with a good mix of determination, hard work and genius, he became and will remain one of London’s leading lights. He has inspired so many to follow and establish their own collection and has influenced many designers. To ensure London, his home city, continues to grow as a global fashion centre will be a fitting tribute to this brilliant man.”

When we entered the main venue at Somerset House we were filled with a mix of awe and sadness to see the wall of remembrance for him, upon which designers, buyers, stylists and journalists attending LFW were given the opportunity to pin messages of condolence for the designer. Elsewhere, Liberty department store have dressed a tribute window with a giant Union Jack, a bright blue dress and the words “For McQueen and country”.

LFW: David Koma Show

Exciting designer, David Koma, has already made waves in the fashion industry with THAT dress Cheryl Cole wore. SO it’s fair to say we were more than a bit excited when we recieved our tickets for his show. And he didn’t dissapoint. Lots of black, grey and nudes with jagged lines and edges, there was an almost prehistoric look to his collection. There were some show-stopping mini dresses.  All very statement pieces, we bet they’ll be snapped up by the a-list in no time.

LFW: Exclusive David Koma Backstage Pics

We took a little trip to the backstage area at Vauxhall Fashion Scout, where David Koma and his team were preparing for their show. We were shocked at the calm atmosphere, David was mulling around, trying outfits on the girls and having chats over Starbucks. The models were practicing walks and muching on sandwiches while having their hair and make-up done. Make-up artist Rachel, who we met at the Benefit bloggers breakfast was working her magic on the girls, who were sporting a ‘beautiful and the damned’ look. ‘They’re meant to look like a pretty girl who just drowned’ said Rachel. Erm, we were sceptical, but they looked amazing. And getting a sneak peek at the collection left us eager for the show to start!

David Koma dressing a model

David Koma (right) calm, and sipping a Starbucks!