Early Start And The Best Sunrise At Preen
Seasoned fashion week attendees know that Preen is a brutally early start at 9am on Sunday morning, but they also know it's always well worth not overdoing it the night before to make sure they get there. One of the fashion editors' favourites, Preen, designed by Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi, is not only totally stunning, but totally wearable, and the SS16 collection was no exception. Take your pick from beautiful signature abstract prints (classic Preen) to gold sparkles layered over nautical stripes. Oh, and we can't think of more comfy chairs than we sat in here (it was at Boris Johnson's HQ, City Hall) or a more amazing sunrise than the one we caught at 7am (we were backstage too). What a way to start the day.
Top Nosh At Topshop
Sure, Topshop Unique is always a great show (next season is all sexy 80s workwear with a touch of Angelina's Leg thigh-high splits thrown in) but it's also always a brilliant place to pick up a snack. This season they even had the forethought to provide picnic bags for late editors in a hurry (i.e. us). We feasted on Scotch eggs, chicken and quinoa salad, and beetroot and feta cheese. Yum.
Swoon-Worthy Frocks At Jonathan Saunders
There wasn't a single thing in this collection that the InStyle team didn't lust after. Saunders' signature prints were very feminine and focused on French-style florals, and the clashing patterns and colours were to die for. Think playing dress-up in the wardrobe of the most stylish granny ever. Yes please.
Hair Envy At Paul Smith
Just when we'd decided we were going to straighten our hair tomorrow, Rachel Green style, after seeing long glossy locks at Jonathan Saunders, we fell in love with Paul Smith's updos. Bunches were twisted into knots at the nape of the neck; perfect for Sunday's unseasonably warm weather.
Maybe it's the world's obsession with selfies that has made mirrors a strong part of the LFW catwalks, but whatever the reason, we found it hard to resist the temptation to get up onto the runway and snap ourselves at Jonathan Saunders and Mary Katrantzou. The latter's huge angled mirror meant that everyone got an amazing view of all angles of every outfit.
Flats Still Rule
Flat shoes are still big news on the catwalk, nowhere more so than at Margaret Howell. As well as the loafers and brogues that we would expect to see at this boyish brand, there were also black Teva sandals. Looks like that's an affordable trend that's going nowhere...