Let me start by saying I am love drunk with fashion right now. I think I might even have OD’d. Yesterday was a juxtaposition of sophisticated and the ridiculous. Jasper Conran opened Sunday for me with a collection that any women would fall in love with. Constructed and tailored pieces came in black, mustard and burned orange. Mid afternoon took me to Topshop Unique (pic above taken from the end of a catwalk with a lens worth about £3k which I borrowed from the Canon lounge!). The 101 Dalmatians inspired show had the models made up to look like puppies, slightly ridiculous but gosh the clothes were cool.
Dirty yellow and black were the key colours, as it is with Holly Fulton who showed this morning alongside fellow Topshop NEWGEN designer David Koma.
Topshop was also a celeb fest, with me spotting my fashion idol Anna Wintour (below drinking coffee on the front row. Cos she can I guess ).
Also in attendance was Alexa Chung and Nicola Roberts from Girls Aloud who rocks that pale look so well.
(Left Alexa Chung, at Topshop! I took these pics btw, I’ll make a photographer out of me yet!)
(Right Nicola Roberts)
Running back to Somerset House, alongside fellow TV presenter for Real Candy in the UK, Zoe Hamilton and cameraman Simon, we made it back for Osman. I got to chat to my new BFF Laura Whitmore who looked amazing dressed head to toe with the designer. She’s a doll, and it’s great to see a fellow country woman do so well and she gave me loads of time with the interviews which is gold dust to a presenter. Osman was better than I could have imagined. And to my surprise I am just perusing the press pack for today (copies of all the press coverage of the day before) and it’s barely mentioned. I must also rewind slightly to Saturday where Issa took us back to the 1970s with some amazing maxis and when Yasmin Le Bon is modelling, it will never look bad. Highlight of this show was sitting behind her husband, Simon!
The end of the day was the highlight for me. Just being present at Matthew Williamson was a treat. Sienna Miller, Stella Tennant, Twiggy, Jo Wood making up the front row. The collection was astounding and was magical to my fashion tinted eyes. Textures like fur and leather, embellishment, mixing fabrics…it was a kaleidoscope of colour and textures. I loved it.
It’s day four now and it’s my last day here. This morning Holly Fulton and David Koma took to the floor. People were almost jumping off their seats at the end it was so good. Break now to catch up on some blogging and stay tuned to http://www.rte.ie/trte where you can read my lowdown on fashion week on their Red Radar blog! Also, stylenation will have all my interviews with the celebs and show coverage over the coming week. I’m off to look around the exhibitions now and then the day and fashion week will be over for me with Mark Fast at 6pm.
I’m wrecked but it was worth every second! Styleisle out for now. x
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Well it’s on. Mic in hand I’m here. Up at 6am to get glammed up and on the train to Waterloo and into Somerset House.
9am. Paul Costello
A colour pop. Undoubtably, the best possible opening to fashion week. Dusky greens, cerise pink, mustard fused with metallics, tartan and beautiful tailoring. I interviewed Paul after the show where he told me fabrics had been sourced from Nenagh, Co. Tipperary and across the Continent to Italy, all in the name of material. Paul says he keeps a careful eye on Vogue and inspiration can come from anywhere, but this season it’s ensuring that our colour palette is nice and bright. Being a fan of swirling short skirts, Paul says he’s not a fan of the word “mini”! The collection is as always, ultra feminine and classically crafted. An underlying trend in the collection is tartan. Now not in the stereotypical sense. Nice tones of pink and green make the pattern softer and easier to wear. One thing I will say is that the hair was something else. Severely cut bobs in faded pink were the perfect compliment to collection. Paul said the inspiration came from his wife who has a similar cut to her hair. Originally dyed red, the wigs were toned down. Speaking of family, Paul’s daughter Jessica opened and closed the show. Being a very lovely person, taking after her Dad, she happily posed for a photo after the show.
12 noon Caroline Charles
Ok I didn’t get this. I got the influence alright, probably second world war meets country pursuits. Mid length skirts, palazzo pants, short jackets with belts in tweed, monochrome, silk and an awful lot of sequins! Yeah I know, sounds like a bit of a mess. It wasn’t the most overwhelming collection but I could clearly see her target markets getting excited at this and the fabrics were rich and well constructed.
What’s next? Aminaka Wilmot, Felder Felder, Bora Aksu and saving the best til last…..PPK closing Day one! (Images coming later)
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