London's eclectic colour wheel
Yes there was lots of black – this is fashion folk, its winter and there is always, always lots of black. But looking back at my blurry snaps of things that I loved, there was colour, tons of it. From perfect, princess pastels at Emilia Wickstead to the blast of wrong-but-right pinks at Roksanda to Christopher Kane’s electric reds, blues and glistening pinks. Not to mention Jonathan Saunders bold but slightly bonkers colour combos or Mary Katranzous plush 19th century brocades. Mixing up your textures was also a wonderfully eccentric LFW theme. Mary did it with pastel pink foam, velvets, knits and much, much more. But if this sounds a little bit high concept come next September just add a brightly coloured polo neck under anything and everything and you’ll be well on your way to the easiest AW/15 look of all.
Choirs, chants and Careless Whisper
Yes there are the Christopher Bailey’s endlessly memorable collections but I have to admit that it’s the fabulous big tent in Kensington, the ridiculously strict timing and the emotive power of live music - that makes Burberry the supersonic show that it is. This time the finale was given an extra shot when a choir popped up from the back row. It became something of a trend, at Anya Hindmarch the London Gay Men’s Choir stomped on singing Pilgrims chorus in orange high vis jackets. Then there were the football chants at Gareth Pugh; Sunderland football fans were put into the mix to enhance his provocative statement about England. And it was nearly a singalong on the front row when Careless Whisper kicked in at Jonathan Saunders.
High calibre models
Kendall Jenner, Jessica Stam, Edie Campbell AND Erin O’Connor at Giles. Georgia May Jagger at Ashley Williams. The super cool Jamie Bochert opening Mary Katranzou. As well as our favourite model of the moment Sam Rollinson popping up at shows all over town. London was awash with the hot and the fabulous this week. Often, it's just Paris and Milan, and the mega shows like Marc Jacobs that nab the likes of these girls. But this time around London lured them all.
By 7pm on Monday night, with nearly 40 shows behind us, we were in dire need of an early evening pep-me-up. For Hunter we whizzed out to a massive warehouse somewhere south of the river. They’d created a huge avant garde water fountain for the models in high heeled wellies (they sound horrid but we left really wanting some) to parade around on a long, rather fabulous orange rubber catwalk. Roksanda had also pulled out the stops set-wise, with a dramatic raised floor that had us gazing up at the already sky high models. Giles created a gothic garden for the girls to pose against, but our top set had to be Erdem. His elegant florals had a cool and youthful edge this season, but it was his curated mid-century room-sets that got everyone anxiously trying to get the best Instagram pic.
Check our our behind the scenes London fashion week video below
With thanks to Mercedes Benz