London Fashion Weekend
Photos: Alize Morand.
Outfits from right to left: Louise Roe wearing unknown but beautiful dress+jacket. Ethereal Nude scene: 1. Jacob Kimmie dress. Gil Carvalho shoes. Jewellery by Philip Treacy for Swarovski. 2. Jasper Conran dress. Kurt Geiger shoes. 3. Arcangel dress. Carvela shoes. Jewellery by Ana Costa for Swarovski. 4. Ashley Isham dress. Carvela shoes.
This weekend, I have been invited to a very special type of weekend: London Fashion Weekend.
Similar to London Fashion Week (with catwalks at the same location, the Natural History Museum), except more focused on new and accessories designers and open to the public with the opportunity to buy designer items at bargain prices.
I was invited as a VIP by official LFW sponsor Miele with other bloggers: CSM student Shini, street-style photographer Kit Lee and Kate, fellow from the Fashion Society. VIP treatment included free Champagne, Bailey’s with choc ice-cream and – no, not only alcohol – goodie bags and premier seats at the catwalk show.
In between trying to resist the temptation to get Luella bags at Topshop prices, interviewing designer Jasper Garvida (interview will be here soon), discovering that you can wash flowers with Miele (I know it sounds strange but it works!) and networking with my new fashion blogger friends while sipping our Champagne in design glasses, I paid particular attention to the catwalk to report to you the beauty that I was witnessing.
The show was divided into four scenes: American Idol, Domestic Goddess, African Queen and Ethereal Nude, taking inspiration from the main trends for the coming season. All looks were the best pieces from Spring-Summer 09, mixing established designers – Matthew Williamson, Tommy Hilfinger, Jaeger, Ossie Clark – with up-and-coming designers – Ashish, Ann-Sophie Back, Jasper Conran – and high-street – Kurt Geiger, Office, American Retro.
As much as I like all the Spring-Summer trends, from Vuitton‘s African inspiration to Balmain‘s glamourous rock chick, I will always have a soft spot for a natural romantic mood, which is why I completely fell for the last scene Ethereal Nude. Angelic colours, shimmering lightweight materials and sequins that echo the SS09 collections of Nina Ricci, Alberta Ferretti and Christopher Kane.
I really loved the show. But ultimately, my favourite dress was not part of it, although it was still on the runway, and I don’t even know the designer. It was the dress that presenter Louise Roe was wearing, a beautiful sparkling embellished number, with a 20’s twist, and styled with a washed denim jacket. I wonder if she has a stylist!