Today: We've got a hangover courtesy of Stella McCartney; the mystery of the Mulberry show revealed; a sneak peek at Tom Ford's latest collection and much, much more...
19 February 2012
18.30 NASIR MAZHAR'S ACCESSORY RULES
There's only 8 things you need next season according to Nasir Mazhar - Kate Rose Morris, deputy fashion and beauty editor, Stella
18:00 TOPSHOP UNIQUE REINVENTS THE UNIFORM
Telegraph Magazine's style director Tamsin Blanchard deemed the Topshop Unique collection a resounding success, read her full report here.
17:30 NICOLA ROBERTS ALERT!
We've had the Pixies (so to speak), Alexa, Jameela… but something has been seriously missing from LFW. Well don't fear, because Nicola Roberts, Girls Aloud singer/ make-up entrepreneur and dedicated follower of fashion finally brushed off her show shoes and was seen at Topshop Unique, sporting a, erm, fancy set of roots.
17.00 CUTE DOG OF THE DAY AWARD...
...goes to singer Sunday Girl (AKA Jade Williams) who brought her adorable furry friend to the Mulberry show. It's so tiny it looked like it could actually fit in the top pocket of her jacket. Much cooing occurred after the show, naturally.
16.45 SIDEWALK TO CATWALK
Inside is this season's outside don't you know. The street elite - fashion's hottest photography power couple (okay, only), Garance Doré and Scott Shulman (AKA The Sartorialist) - are just too fabulous for the February chill and now sit very comfortably on the front row, thank you very much. Here they are at Paul Smith... - Belinda White, editor, Telegraph online.
15.45 VIVIENNE WESTWOOD GROWS UP (SORT OF)
With no Pamela nor Tracy Emin in the front row, things were changing at Vivienne Westwood. Having created a scrum of the usual weird and wonderful Westwood types outside the Goldsmiths' Hall the opening look of a classic trench, red opaque tights and OAP-esque headscarf was strangely calming.
The designer dabbled with her faithful friends: tweed, pinstripe and tribal print, but this season the silhouette was far more simple and as a result rather chic in places. School uniform style pleat skirts and boyfriend cardigans in the finest knit were a hit, while the black tux jacket and wide leg velvet trousers got the crowds cooing.
Fear not die-hard Westwood fans, the 'wrapped and twisted' signature dresses were still there in force in unsurprising shot taffeta and tartan along with a smattering of argyle and two-piece draped suits. It was, however, the more simple, fluid pieces along with the eveningwear which were the biggest success stories.
Models were 'tattooed' on their hands and legs with meaningless tribal symbols adding a Westwood edge to what was on-the-whole a step away from the designer's comfort zone. Keep up the work Vivienne, we rather like new, demure you. - Sophie Warburton, fashion assistant, Daily Telegraph.
15.30 TIME FOR TOM FORD
Alas no pix from Tom Ford this time. Shame because it was a goodie, with some fabulous red carpet dresses and a very polite man who talked the two of us at this particular presentation through it in some detail. Whoops, it was Ford himself, in Terry Richardson type specs. And he still managed to look handsome.
Back to those red carpet gowns: slinky, sexy (obviously) with sheer inserts and rock heavy gold hardware, they'd add some oomph to the forthcoming Oscars.
Or how about gold snake scales, each one individually appliquéd onto a mesh base? That dress will probably retail for about £14,000 - pricey enough to capture a movie star's attention, surely? But Ford's not holding his breath. "No one wants to take any risks. It's all about a strapless dress, a fishtail hem, some borrowed and pretty hair," he sighed.
"And who can blame them with the fashion police on the prowl?". Ford had his own prowlers - those lithe models who swished round his showroom in knee high boots, some with animal prints, and a succession of ultra luxe beaver and skunk jackets, or curved, waist-cinching alpaca fur coats. Colour palette: black, red, and some more black, with a beautiful one shouldered cream floor length column with matching cape as the stand-out piece. Come on Julianne (Moore), make Ford a happy man. - Lisa Armstrong, fashion editor, Daily Telegraph.
14.20 RANDOM FRONT ROW CELEB SPOT OF THE DAY ALERT...
14:00 J.W. ANDERSON'S PARED DOWN BRILLIANCE
PHOTO: VLADIMIR POTOP
Jonathan Anderson knows exactly what he is doing. His brilliant, finely honed and dare I say, cleverly commercial pre collection is already on every fashion editor's most wanted list, leaving him free to be a little more experimental with his main line which he showed in the faded grandeur of the former Central School of Art in Holborn. He and his team have been camping out there this week working on a pared down collection of quilted jackets, skirts and beautiful chunky knits, Miss Jean Brodie skirts and matching tunics in muted checks, a bit of tinselly stretch nylon, and some samurai warrior style quilted helmets. The stiff, shiny PVC tunics and trousers were purely for a bit of a statement as were the Swarovski embossed skirts. - Tamsin Blanchard, Telegraph Magazine style director
13:30 MARIOS SCHWAB'S VAMPED-UP DREAM SHOW
Marios Schwab called on the femme fatale for muse duties for autumn. It's fairly standard fashion fodder but, refreshingly, his show was free of the genre's clichés. His vamp was far more restrained than the red-lipped, sex-in-a-dress ideal in her cap-sleeved and heavy, guipure-ish lace dresses in cream and stone. They were pretty, but the real stars of the shows were the knock-out jewelled evening gowns. The reveal/conceal is central to Schwab's work, and these dresses had sheer bodies which tantalised with strategically placed beads, gems and sequins. More wearable were the beautiful black silk cocktail dresses with sheer top panel and jewelled collar - the stuff of every woman's occasion-wear dreams. - Phong Luu, fashion features coordinator, The Daily Telegraph
13.00 LIFE GOES ON AT TWENTY8TWELVE
The Miller sisters might have made their excuses and left , but the brand they founded in 2006 is still firmly alive and kicking. Once you got past the dozen screens playing a neon-lit, smoky video installation, the actual clothes were as desirable and even more wearable perhaps - than in the Sienna and Savannah days. Creative director Elsa Elphick, who has been on board since day one, said there were "no hard feelings" as she talked through the four rails. The collection, entitled 'Faceless Featured Future' is inspired by the dark underbelly of London, but was chock-full of fun pieces. Highlights included a power-pink minidress with a zippable peplum trim teamed along a rail of pale greys, and a cream dress embroidered with small flowers in primary colours. - Olivia Bergin, Telegraph online.
12.10 MULBERRY 'S MONSTER HIT
Emma Hill's latest collection for Mulberry was more than a match for its stellar front row, says Telegraph fashion editor Lisa Armstrong. Read her full report here .
11:50 RICHARD NICOLL GETS INDUSTRIAL
Richard Nicoll presented his collection as an installation in a basement off Pall Mall - a good thing, as the beautifully cut, but simple enough pieces would perhaps have made for a so-so show in the grand arena of the catwalk.
Two models walked loops around a make-shift wooden stage. The rest of the collection was dotted around the sides on rails, allowing editors to get touchy-feely with the clothes, which were inspired by industrial factory wear. Collarless silk shirts and dresses, leather skirts and mohair sweats were organised into blocks of white, grey, blue, yellow and orange, colours of workmen overalls - it was refreshing not to see an iota of black in a winter collection.
These utilitarian pieces will slot seamlessly into the working woman's wardrobe. Likewise the slick bags he had done for Tustings, including one which, rather geniusly, charges your mobile phone. - Phong Luu, fashion features coordinator, The Daily Telegraph
11:30 MEET DEL REY -
Mulberry's latest lady...
In and amongst the kitch Mulberry paraphenalia (gold stickers and a mirrored gold crown) was this adorable box of chocolate treats in honour of their shaggy monsters show...
10:30 PIXIE PICKS A FIGHT
Trouble at Mulberry mill this morning as popstrel ( and Anthea Turner-a-like) Pixie Lott and her doting boyfriend were told to sit in second row. Her pushy publicist prompytly intervened and had a stand off with the PRs ("The whole point is that she's supposed to be FRONT ROW!"), before Pixie turned on her heel and stormed out.
So who did make the illustrious front row? Michelle Williams, Lana Del Ray, Elizabeth Olsen and Anna Wintour to name but a few. With names like this in attendance it's easy to see why Pixie didn't make the cut; but to add insult to injury, another Pixie, she of Geldof fame - did manage squeeze on. Now, we don't mind Pixie Lott, and we're so-so about Pixie Geldof, but which one's better? Only one way to find out... FIGHT!
10:00 MARGARET HOWELL'S HIGHLAND FLING
Margaret Howell's models weren't ruddy-faced, whisky-drinking (that we know of) Scotsmen, but they did have their gear - well, a more stylish rendition. Checked white or green and navy tartan skirts (no sporrans, alas), chunky knits, and against-the-elements tweed coats featured in a Highlands-reffing collection. The models even came out with black tam o'shanters. A little jig would have completed the scene - but maybe that was too much of an ask on a Sunday morning. - Phong Luu, fashion features coordinator, The Daily Telegraph
have just taken to Twitter to announce their new bag for autumn/winter 2012, the 'Del Rey'...
08.30 They say models are getting younger and younger, which is why age limits and chaperones are currently being lobbied for. Luckily, this little blonde bundle made the short leap from his mother's lap straight to the Temperley rehearsal runway yesterday, and back again...
00.30 THE STELLA SHOW COMES TO TOWN
A magic show, live jazz, and supermodels dancing on tables - Stella McCartney's special London Fashion Week show was electric says telegraph fashion editor Lisa Armstrong . Read her full review HERE
Anyone who's anyone in Stella's little black book (Kate, Rihanna, Yasmin, Alexa to name but a few) turned out for the glamorous soiree. See all the arrivals here .