We arrived at the Bloomsbury Ballrooms this morning very tired for day three of London Fashion Week, but just as excited! Both Tori and I are suffering from a serious case of Fashion Week Flu (similar to Freshers Flu, but with better outfits!) so we could only handle 3 shows today and lots of people watching! Here’s today’s run-down of all the catwalks, front row celeb spottings and general LFW goss!
Welsh Designers Collective 11.30am
The Welsh Designers Collective is a group of 3 separate designers all from Wales (the clue is in the name!) who were hand-picked from Welsh design talent to showcase their collections together. Although a slightly unusual way of doing things, I really enjoyed it, with all 3 designers work flowing nicely together with metallic hues and lots of grey/black/nudes (all H.U.G.E! 2010 trends).
First up was Josie Beckett with a laid-back, cool Britannia collection featuring Henry VI and cameo prints on jersey and quilted pieces. Josie is no fashion newbie, with her collections stocked at Topshop and asos, she already has a firm fashion conscious fan base. Her clothes were wearable and fashionable; with fresh print ideas, gorgeous use of quilting on the clothes and the accessories, with oversized duffle bags, and a gorgeous colour palette of royal blue, marl grey and black. The puff tudor style sleeves were brilliant, as were the printed tights and giant upright hair, creating a Tudors do Salt Lake City look (including a bum-bag – oh yes!). Young, fun and totally wearable.
The next designer was ‘Welsh Designer of the Year’ Elinor Franklin, who sent down a very skilled selection of structured leather jackets and funky evening wear, that had an old school Gucci feel. The gold leather cape jacket was a real crowd pleasure, and while not completely wearable, looked fantastic. Lots of draped jersey in bronze, grey, black and purple created a luxe look with a grown up, sexy feel. Another wearable, high fashion capsule collection, very sleek and sexy.
Emma Griffiths’ collection was my favourite from the 3 designers, I loved her sport luxe feel and simplistic colour palette and geometric shapes (again, very similar to David Koma from day one at LFW) her dresses were extremely sexy, but worked so well with the styling and simple, severe even, hair and make-up.Emma has worked for both Alexander McQueen and Boudicca, and it shows that she is one to watch, with Topshop comissioning her to create a range for them (which is already sold out!)
Embellished leggings with fitted jackets complimented the bodycon dresses, but the killer look was a full black cape with funnel neck, which created an audible response from a hard to please LFW audience. Accentuated shoulders and bodycon might not be a new look, but it really worked and the injection of leather and knotting detail put a new spin on it. I would like all of it please!
Todd Lynn 2.15pm
Bid the huntsman wake them with their horns
The hunt was on at Todd Lynn, with horns ringing out the start of the show and a solid collection of trim jackets and trousers, either ready for the hunt or wearing the last kill. The collection had a primitive, yet futuristic feel, with armoured arms and shoulders mixed with large fur capes and collars all on a mix of muted colours and black. There was a strong androgynous style, with the men’s and women’s collection often flowing into each other. Beautiful wools in brown, taupe, beige and black saw no release from a hint of colour, but only made the fur a more pronounced feature. The model’s had a severe, blood thirsty look and slick hair.
The collection was almost as dramatic as the extraorinary guestlist; Roland Mouret, Janet Jackson, Jasmine Guinness, Brix Smith-Start, Paula Reed and Hilary Alexander! Janet Jackson is a huge Todd Lynn fan, after he designed outfits for her tour. His detailed, military, no-nonsense designs suit Janet style completely, and it’s easy to see why they’re a style match. Simple, beautiful clothes for true power dressing.
Richard Nicoll 10am
Sadly my Richard Nicoll ticket didn’t arrive in time for the show today, but as a thank you for the very kind invite and just because the collection was that good, I’m going to cover it anyway! Richard’s collection was sponsored by Cotton USA, and that came across with the dressed down, relaxed looks of printed t-shirts mixed tailoring, creating a mild anarchy, grunge feel (oxymoron there, I know!) With oversized check prints, greys and velvet in denim colours, it was a mash-up of a work wardrobe and off duty style. The hooker heels, slicked back hair and red lips injected some sex into the grunge appearance. Great show, with fantastic pieces – each look was interesting and different. The show stopper was a denim blue velvet dress held up with an crystal adorned bulldog clip!
Richard Nicoll Images: http://www.catwalking.com