Wednesday, 24 February 2010

London Fashion Week - Day One

For those of you that haven't read my work blog, Self Service, here's the coverage from the LFW shows we were lucky enough to attend!

Tori and I skipped over to Somerset House for the start of London Fashion Week, Day One. We had 7 shows to see, lots of friends to catch up with and LOTS of people watching to do! Here's our run-down of all the catwalks, front row celeb spottings and general LFW goss!

Caroline Charles 11am

Caroline’s show started more like a gentlemen’s hunt than a catwalk, especially with all the fur on display. Her collection consisted of classic gentry silhouettes, draped tweeds all belted to create long hour glass shapes. Country classic tweeds in earthy autumn colours were accented with bright greens all in anticipation of the exquisite, bright coloured sparkles to come.

The shapes and fabrics were nothing new and the collaboration of rural style and Indian cocktail sparkle felt miss-matched, leaving me slightly disappointed and wishing that more of the embellishment was on offer.

However I did like the accessories; intricate net and floral headpieces, a multitude of leather and fur hats, oversized glasses and always a winner ,‘scarves’, they weren’t new but they were pretty.

Charlie Le Mindu 11.15am

The Charlie Le Mindu show had to be pretty special to live up to the hype of his last hair-raising collection (sorry, awful pun!). Charlie is the self styled 'haute coiffure' master of fashion, and his hair collection last year got rave reviews among the fash-set. When I went to his show today I had high expectations, and expected to be entertained and look at fantastic fashion pieces, and I wasn't disappointed!

If Charlie Le Mindu is King of hair, then his Queen was sitting front row - La Roux and her killer quiff snuck in as the lights when down (I was behind her so couldn't get you a pic!).  The show had an eerie, church yard feel (I was expecting smoke machines at any moment!) with bells chiming and dramatic music. As ever with Charlie's designs, the hair and the hats/headdresses were the focal point, with everything from giant glitter crosses to FabergĂ© eggs containing miniature ballerinas, and were complimented with lace leggings and body stockings! The whole collection and atmosphere was sexy, fun and attention seeking - and I loved it!

David Koma 2.15pm

Ok, I'm going to try and be unbiased here, but after the D.R.A.M.A! that was the David Koma catwalk show (1 hour late, queuing on the street, rude PRs and a bit of a hostile atmosphere) we weren't really in the best mood to watch a catwalk show, but I am a huge David Koma fan, so tried to enjoy! David Koma is famous for many things, the piece you will know him best for is 'The Dustbin Lid Dress' as worn by our very own Cheryl Cole on X Factor, but Koma is so much more than that, his first 2 collections saw him masterfully use embellishment and colour to create red carpet ready body con dresses, and won him fans like Cheryl, Beyonce and Keisha Buchanan.

The collection shown today was geo-to-the-metric, with zigzags aplenty, built up, spikey hips and shoulders and a muted colour palette. The look was serve with slicked back hair and the models walking at lightning speed (hence slightly blurry images - sorry peeps!). The collection felt stripped down and edgier than his previous style, which at first I wasn't sure about, but having looked at the catwalk images again, I think it's really growing on me. He's still very much one to watch!

Bora Aksu 3.45pm

There's not a lot I can say about the Bora Aksu show except - I loved everything about it! Very objective, huh? But it really was gorgeous! And what's not to love about dusty pink knitted skeletons/harnesses over jersey dress, puff ball/lampshade skirts with sparkly pink brocade, ruffles, fluffy knits, and mesh insert leggings creating the perfect contrast between cutesy and tough. I can try and describe this one, or just let you look and the pretty pictures!

Ashley Isham 4.15pm

Barberella had Flash Gordon’s baby and Ashley Isham’s A/W 2010 collection emerged here to save our universe. A futuristic explosion of textures and colours inspired Ashley’s intergalactic warrior princesses. Soft drapes in periwinkle, midnight blue and peach combined with gunmetal, all accentuated with purple, grey or blue. A fantastic mix of printed woven fabrics, tube fringing and my favourite, shiny plastic.

Throughout the show these warrior princesses transformed into Grecian goddesses draped in flowing, off the shoulder dresses with amazing beaded and fringed detail. Ashley was hot with the celebs too as Sophie Anderton, Jodie Harsh and one of twins from skins were all visible on the front row.

Jena Theo 5pm

Design duo Jena Theo won Fashion Fringe in Covent Garden in September, so the buzz surrounding their first on schedule catwalk show was palpable. Everyone queuing to get into the show was very eager to see what they would come up with next, and what direction they would take, and the front row saw Hilary Alexander, fashion director of The Telegraph newspaper and Girls Aloud's Nicola Roberts.

The collection was based on oversized and draped silhouettes, gorgeous knitwear, draped wool jacket, trousers and jumpsuits, with a de-constructed feel and graphic prints that reflected the ink-splattered invite. The colour palette may have been muted, but it definitely made an impact.

Gemma Slack 5-8pm

Good vs Evil was an evident theme for Gemma’s A/W 2010 collection as she manipulated both delicate chiffon and black leather with more unconventional metal chains which gave a distinct S&M feel.

Other than the pieces being beautiful and intricate, the presentation blew me away. She took her theme of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and ran with it by using stage lights, white walls, eerie headless dummies and a cool film screening. She transported me into another realm.

Most garments used a collaboration of leather and sheer fabrics, allowing Gemma to play with sexuality by exposing the human body. These pieces were highlighted with jewellery designed by Katie Rowland including a metal mouth piece which clearly reminded me of something it shouldn’t. I loved this naughty but nice collection and will definitely be looking out for her in the future.

Carina and Tori x


  1. wow, what a review! thanks for sharing this.

  2. Thanks Susan, if you want to check out all my LFW coverage, the rest is on my work blog Cx


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