Yesterday saw the start of London Fashion Week and the city’s best dressed all flocked to the new venue of Somerset House, which has far more grandeur than the old tents at the Natural History Museum, it gave the whole event a far classier feel, which was brilliant.
First show of the day was Caroline Charles and whom was I sitting opposite non other than the delectable Joan Collins!
They soon moved further down the runway to wait by empty seats. What huge celebrity is going to turn up now we wondered?? Craning our necks when we saw the flashing lights of their bulbs a few minutes later, who should walk in but……Boris Johnson! Yep, that was the great fashion celeb they were getting so excited about. Patriotism was clearly running high. Probably as London Fashion Week is celebrating its 25th birthday and Mayor of London Boris had popped by to give a speech and express his appreciation of the event. I couldn’t help but notice him stifle a sneaky yawn and check his watch a few times during the show though…
Next show of the day was Eun Jeung, whose show encapsulated the trend mood of the season so far. It was copious amounts of white, cream, lace and embelishment. It seems the mood of S/S 10 will be delicate and femine.
To the sounds of the Rolling Stones and The White Stripes, Bora Aksu also presented a collection that featured lace and embellishment heavily, however, his take on the trend had a much harder edge, a direct contrast to the previous show and a brilliant example of how lace can still reek of attitude.
More than ever – blame the crunch – designers are choosing to host presentations rather than shows. I think they are a brilliant idea as you get to perusue the clothes at your leisure and see and appreciate them up close. Orla Kieley held her presentation in an upstairs room of Somerset House, with champagne and a beautiful view of the Thames to compliment her pretty patterned collection, it was a very relaxing way to view a collection and suited the laidback, whimsical feel of the clothes.
It was a really interesting and varied day – and it’s only the first one, can’t wait for the next few!
By Jennifer McNulty.