LFW has got off to a flying start: here are the top things we loved from the first day at the shows...
1. Blue and green should always be seen
J JS Lee opened London fashion week yesterday morning with proof that navy and forest green make the perfect partners, apparently inspired by camping, tents and blankets. We’re always excited to see the shoes at this show, and we weren’t disappointed. The tweed-y two-tone lace-ups were a particular favourite.
2. Braid envy
At least one member of the InStyle fashion team is already regretting cutting her hair into a choppy bob last week, having now seen the plaits on show on the catwalk yesterday. Jean-Pierre Braganza entwined...was it tin foil?...into the hair, and Bora Aksu went for that old favourite, the Heidi plait.
3. Ribriffs at Felder Felder
Phew! All that work you’ve done on the area above your belly but below your bust hasn’t gone to waist. The ribriff was still being exposed at Felder Felder to great effect with lovely curved bra-style tops. Very chic.
4. Christopher Raeburn on and off the catwalk
The first thing we saw when we arrived at Somerset House on Friday morning was LFW’s very own little helpers, The Amex Insiders, all wearing warm, waterproof ponchos. So snuggly! So cool! And no wonder; they were designed by Christopher Raeburn, who also showed a cracking collection on the catwalk in the afternoon.
5. Intimate show venues
We love to feel exclusive, and there’s nothing like a small venue for getting up-close and personal with the clothes on the catwalk. So we were delighted that Todd Lynn chose to show his collection in The Box; a tiny nightclub in SoHo. The clothes were rather nice too.
By Hannah Rochell