Celebrities, Front Row, Fashion Insiders, Pampering, and a Bentley…
People have the misconception that Fashion Week is all parties, champagne, and red carpet treatment but I can assure you it is not. We fashionista’s moan just at the thought of the long days (first show at 9am, after parties at 10pm), massive crowds jammed into small spaces, over-worked PRs/designers/crews, over-booked schedules (just manic!), deadlines for blogs/write-ups/filming, and various outfit changes.
So I knew I was lucky this LFW when I secured a Bentley and a female chauffer the week before. It made my schedule not only do-able, but enjoyable! The Bentley allowed me to do things like attend the gorgeous Equinox Spa to rejuvenate and the Fashion Monitor VIP Style Suite to be pampered. Thanks to all 3 of these luxuries I was able to be on top form for front row socializing, Fashion TV presenting, and general fabulousness with the movers and shakers of the industry! Read on to see how I championed HoF products amongst all my glamorous activities:
I was a little tired from Helena Christensen’s Triumph event the previous night when my HMU team from Neville’s salon showed up at 9am. It was a great crowd – Matthew Williamson and Jodie Kidd – which meant I stayed and socialized longer than was probably wise! Nonetheless, Neville’s did a smashing job using various L’Oreal products. Neville’s has a very special relationship with L’Oreal Professional and were doing the hair for the Central St. Martin’s show that evening (more on that below).
First show was UCL graduate show at The Royal Opera House. I wore a Hemyca embroidered jacket and black James Lakeland pants…you can get a similar look with this Jacques Vert Bolero:
Various shows followed at Vauxhall Fashion Scout which is the official off-schedule show space of LFW. In the afternoon, I attended presentations (including milliner Stephen Jones show) at Somerset House, then the PPQ show for a dose of celebrity. I sat next to Peaches Geldof (who is really sweet) as well as Gizzi Erskine, Sophie Ellis Baxtor, Dionne Bloomfield, and Caroline Flack. I said hello to Jaeger owner and ex-British Fashion Council Chairman Harold Tilman as well as his long standing partner in crime, Jo Wood. I wore a Versace-esque jumpsuit, a stunning My Mink vest, and Billionaire Club peep-toes.
You can do a more discreet jumpsuit look with this Ted Baker option:
Ted Baker Jumpsuit
I was one of the chosen few to attend a cocktail reception + private dinner hosted by PPQ. I sat next to the beautiful Laura Whitemore but could sadly only stay for a short while before heading back to Somerset House for the River Island + British Fashion Council Fash/On Film event. Moving on again, I hopped backstage to the Central St Martins show which closed my first day of LFW. It was worth going just to see Christopher Kane give out the award as chatting with Mr Kane always cheers me up!
John Rocha started off my second day and what an excellent start! He hit on my colour blocking and texture trends whilst still delivering a proper dose of JR fantasy. I wore a purple My Mink fur bolero, Nina Nustdal purple skirt, a Mary Portas clutch, and a House of Fraser Spring/Summer top! Proof you can mix high and low to great success!
Later in the day I changed into a HoF skirt, another My Mink jacket, and a Linea clutch. The look was rock n roll meets fashion which fit perfectly for the Pam Hogg show where my front row friends were Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran and Jamie Winstone. It carried me through to Rihanna’s highly anticipated fashion show for River Island where girl-of-the-moment Cara Delevigne rocked out in front of the stage:
Label Lab Printed Skirt
I skipped my morning and pampered at the Equinox Spa in preparation for the Topshop Unique show which was held in the Tank Rooms at the Tate Modern museum. Kate Bosworth flew in especially for it so the paparazzi scene was insane. I wore a white jacket accompanied by a Mary Portas Clutch. It’s amazing how one accessory – like this Mary Portas neon clutch – can make a whole outfit pop!
Mary Portas Neon Bag
White in winter is a very chic look and this fashion-forward Hedonia Blazer would work for any fashionista:
Hedonia Cropped Blazer
Seeing as it was a Sunday I hit a couple more presentations, skipped the Fashion TV party, and got some rest for the next two days…
I opted for a lie in on day four, starting my day at 1pm with the Nina Nustdal show at Baku on Sloane Street. Champagne cocktails, chandeliers, and Belgravia/Chelsea socialites was the perfect atmosphere for me to rock an embellished HoF flapper dress with a big fur and even bigger sunglasses:
It was then off for some pampering at the Fashion Monitor “Style Lounge” in association with Urban Retreat and American Express. I had a luxurious Guinot facial administered by one of the Urban Retreat experts which was exactly the 50mins of TLC I needed. After this I perused the products on offer which included various beauty, fashion, and food/beverage options. Needing to rush off to the LK Bennett event I had a very quick but amazing blow dry (Unite products, by Urban Retreat) which lasted for the next 2 days! I changed into a monochrome body-con dress, my big fur, and the neon Mary Portas clutch (yes, I am obsessed). At the party I bumped intoCaroline Issa, editor of industry bible Tank magazine and the current collection.
Caroline has done a very clever collaboration with L.K. Bennett. Apart from sweet pom-pom designs (“Every girl needs a pom-pom”- Caroline Issa), it is an especially clever move by LK Bennett CEO and industry heavy-weight Robert Benssousan (ex-Jimmy Choo) to show that L.K. Bennett is not just for your mum or aunt, it’s a brand for the younger generation. Here are a couple of my favourite L.K. Bennett items on the HoF site at the moment. Blush pink is a key colour for Spring as well as for this coming Fall:
Afterwards, I popped around the corner to Home House where fashion personality Nick Ede invited a few hundred of his closest friends for the Beauty Con event.
Don’t ever doubt the impact of a great jean when it is accessorized right. I have had my ripped boyfriend pair for ages so they are perfectly worn and relaxed. This casual look got me through my last day of LFW where I presented for Fashion TV and attended the shows of Maria Grachvogel, Amnika Wilmont, and Tata Naka.
Get the look…why not be creative with your accessories like using a necklace as a headpiece:
I hope you have enjoyed both my blogs from the front lines of LFW and do let me know any comments or suggestions on future blogs!