We are recovering from Fashion Night Out and what a night it was. We were lucky to be invited to Vogue and Mulberry’s amazing private party and yes there were celebs, designers, delicious cocktails, cute crowns and a chance to see the new AW12 collection, including the luscious Lana bag. I was completely star struck to meet Christopher Kane and Vogue’s Editor Alexandra Schulman, who are two of my fashion heroes. It was also lovely to chat to some of our favourite bloggers and tell them about our impending launch…it’s tomorrow, so if you have an iPhone get seriously excited!
While mingling with fashion’s great and the good, it was amazing to see how far our little team has come in the first year of its existence. Our app and website is about to launch and change the way people shop, we’ve won awards and got investment and we’ve met some of our fashion idols. We feel incredibly lucky and excited about the future. It’s such a cliché but the past year has been such an adventure and an incredible journey (without the lost cats and dogs).
So, this FNO was a little different to last year where we tested the majority of Bond Street’s FNO cocktails and ran around like crazy! But of course we had lots of fun. Our lovely PR queen Izzy was chief celeb spotter and raved about the pomegranate cocktails at Tiffanys, our CEO Jenny took some great pics of new Mulberry products and demoed our app to some amazing people, I discovered Bubble Tea (I think) at Louis Vuitton and shook Christopher Kane’s hand. I might not wash again – kidding.
Have you got any good FNO stories to share?
Pics: Us and Vogue
Fearne Cotton has jumped on the oriental bandwagon for her latest Very clothing collection. We saw oriental-styled details all over the AW12 catwalks, perhaps most notably at Proenza Schouler, while Christopher Kane’s cool minimalist aesthetic was our favourite. But Fearne’s take on the trend is bolder and brighter.
While the presenter’s personal sense of style that we love is still evident, this is a pretty bold look. Are you a fan?
H&M’s Glamour Collection has hit the shops and it’s good! We love the fuchsia Angelina-gate skirt, punchy purple mini dress and zingy lime dress. But the floral dress and jacket are for me the stars of the collection and tap into Christopher Kane and Carven’s stunning floral trend-setting pieces.
With a penchant for new materials, Perspex and metallics over the past few seasons it was no surprise that some of our favourite designers look to the future with their collections.
We hear that a number of fashion editors left ahead of the David Koma show (ouch) and there were mixed reviews about the usually edgy designer’s use of rainbow taffeta. I got a look at the collection up-close and the use of giant eyelets were interesting with the (dubious) taffeta, threaded through in some cases like giant shoe laces. There was also plenty of silver hardware (harking back to earlier arguably more ‘Koma’ collections and shards of Perspex, adding the future mixed with the 1960s look.
Christopher Kane’s use of quirky fabric and boxy cut fits neatly into the futuristic box, as does Peter Pilotto’s streamlined silhouettes and spacey puffer jackets. And might we describe Fred Buttler as origami of the future?!
It was a matter of time. When has there ever been a winter without flowers in the fashion world? However, we’re focusing on the moody purple flowers at Erdem and Christopher Kane. Yummy.
We’ve already waxed lyrical about Mr Kane (no encouragement needed) and I am crossing my fingers that the high street takes notes and produces lots of pretty purple florals for tough girls this coming winter. I also loved the Japanese-look flowers on the beaded black dress. Behold the wonder…
At Erdem lace gowns met cocoon coats Peggy Guggenheim style (apparently). As expected there were plenty of sexy florals with lace prints that were not in the least bit sugary, mainly thanks to the structured shapes.
Check out our take on the LFW trends here!
Kane’s show had a hint of the City about it and the collection featured tough leather and pinstripe details as well as some incredible fabric – Kane’s ‘thing’ – which reminded us of wood or marble and there was even a cardi made of woven plastic.
I found this totally ‘wearable’ and would so many of these pieces in my wardrobe despite their edginess. I love the way Kane’s collections are so different from each other as well as his ability to design no-nonsense pieces for a tough girl, who can still embrace a few floral prints.
And so on to the work of Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos. Unsurprisingly there were plenty of trademark digital prints with some of their distinctive stripes included. This collection also showed off the duo’s skill at cutting tailored, streamline pieces that everyone wants to wear.
If you look closely at the prints there are Japanese style trucks and opera masks as well as the obligatory florals. For me this was a kind of evolution of the pair’s phenomenal SS12 collection but leaner and meaner.
Perhaps this is why I’m such a fan of Kane and Peter Pilotto – they both make clothes that make girls feel powerful but are not overtly sexy or too frilly-feminine. Perfect!
We’re weren’t a-bloggin’ this time last year so SS12 was our first official fashion week- and there was plenty of drama. Here are our top 5 fashion moments (we’ll be waxing lyrical about our favourite looks post NYE festivities!)
1-Florence Welch performs in a shell for Chanel
2-Lyndey Wixon takes a tumble for Versace
Versace has had a big year and one of 2011’s best-known models, Lyndsey Wixon had a real catwalk moment after falling over in some extremely high underwater-themed Versace platforms. We love how she got up, smiled and punched the air.
3-Lana Del Ray x Christopher Kane
We are crazy for Lana Del Rey (her look and magical music) and we first heard it at Christopher Kane’s show, where the combination of clothes, super long runway and choice of track made for a memorable fashion moment.
4-Kate Moss rides Louis Vuitton’s merry-go-round
5-The Balenciaga bench collapse
Maybe it’s my childish sense of humour but the Balenciaga bench collapse at PFW made me giggle. While the Art Deco-inspired collection was amazing, it was like an extra fashion show seeing what Anna Wintour et all were wearing.