La Petite Fashion Week Diaries: London, Day 3

Day 3 started at a slightly more reasonable hour than the previous and having skipped the Belle Sauvage fashion week after-party on Saturday night in favour of watching 90210 in my pyjamas, I felt bright eyed and bushy tailed and ready to hit the shows. Today I decided to debut my new season Topshop kick-flares and teamed them with an adorable Marc Jacobs sweater, nude heels by Aldo and my ultra impractical Sandro bag. A few seconds after this picture was taken I decided that blue-with-cold is not a good look and sprinted back inside to put on my sheepskin lined ankle boots and as many extra layers as I could fit under my All Saints leather jacket.

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I kicked off my Sunday with Brit designer, Jayne Pierson. This was my first trip to On/Off’s new Mercer Street venue and I loved it. Tucked down a side street just seconds from the heart of Covent Garden with an intimate feel and small but perfectly formed show space. Jayne’s exhibition caught my eye last season and since then Jayne has been featured in Vogue Italia, Vogue.co.uk, Another Magazine and Grazia. Not bad considering she only launched her eponymous brand in September 2009.

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Jayne Pierson AW 2011

Jayne’s aptly named AW 2011 collection, “Kingdom Of Shadows” had a very glam goth feel to it. The looks consisted of largely black-on-black ensembles with the focus on silhouette and cleverly contrasted corsetry and tailoring with glorious drapery. Models sashayed down the catwalk (as much it is possible to “sashay” wearing PVC leggings anyway) with pale faces, dark lips and artfully backcombed hair. The collection was powerfully sexual and would have bordered on bondage had Jayne’s masterful manipulation of fabric and cut not kept things strictly fashion orientated. Lashings of leather, PVC, super sheer knits and velvet mixed with sculptural shapes, statement jewellery and intricate detailing made for a powerful yet feminine collection, well worth braving the weekend tube closures to get a look at.

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Jayne Pierson AW 2011

By this point my legs were throbbing from wearing heels day and night so I made a much-needed pitstop at Starbucks to replenish my caffeine labels, send multiple emails and shelter from the cold. The BFC tent is officially my favourite LFW venue, mainly due to it’s convenience and covered waiting area which is just perfect for sneaking between-show-cigarettes without getting drizzled on, so I was thrilled to be back at Somerset House for my second show of the day, Jasper Conran.

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Jasper Conran AW 2011

With Vogue UK’s Sarah Harris and Fashion Director, Lucinda Chambers on the FROW, expectations were high for Jasper Conran and the London Fashion Week veteran did not disappoint. From my 2nd row seat I was treated to a fantastic view of the collection which was a delicious homage to retro chic chanelling the 60′s and 70′s to bring us belted jumpsuits and super cute shift dresses. Minimal detailing and clean lines highlighted Jasper’s sleek silhouettes and clever fabric contrasts between wool-jersey, butter-soft leather and luxurious suede. The pieces were perfectly complimented by the fabulous Stephen Jones hats atop the models flowing locks. Embellishment was kept to a bare minimum with just the right amount of chiffon, fur and super subtle sequins and the palette of monochrome tones and soft autumnal hues of chocolate, burgudy and plum made for a fuss-free collection that looked good enough to eat.

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Jasper Conran AW 2011

By the time Jasper Conran was over, a lunchbreak was definitely on the cards but much to my dismay, itsu had a serious lack of decent sushi boxes on offer so I was forced to refuel elsewehere. It was probably a blessing in disguise as what with taxis, cigarettes, itsu’s and thrice-daily starbucks trips I could very well be bankrupt by the time Fashion Week is over. Anyway, a panini and a cup of tea later I was off back to Covent Garden for LFW’s most in-demand off-shcedule show, Charlie Le Mindu. Getting into the venue took the best part of 45 minutes but the people watching opportunities on offer were so brilliant that I didn’t even notice my hands had gone blue! Drag Queens, punks, an inflatable woman (see below) and PVC-clad glamour girls courtesy of the shows sponsor, Babestation, created a scene on the door that you just couldn’t make up.

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Charlie Le Mindu FROW

With style icon Daphne Guiness on the FROW, Charlie Le Mindu was without a doubt THE hottest off-schedule show and as always the outlandish designer delivered a performance well worth waiting in the rain for.

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Daphne Guiness at Charlie Le Mindu

After much jostling and several almost-fights over seats, or lack thereof, the show began with a blood spattered model wearing nothing but a sign on her head reading “Violence”. As expected Charlie gave us drama, brutal imagery and a whole lot of nudity with most models clad in little more than clear PVC, gas masks and the odd piece of white lace. A dark and forboding soundtrack provided the perfect accompaniement to a show that exuded brutality, violence and raw sexuality yet somehow still managed to be enjoyable.

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Charlie Le Mindu AW 2011

Then it was time to head back to Somerset House once again for my last show of the day, Osman. Over the past couple of years Osman Yousefzada has been one of fashion fastest rising stars. Championed by Sarah Brown and adored by Fashion Editors around the world, Osman’s designs have featured in every publication worth it’s salt and this year earnt him a place in the final shortlist for the industry’s most prestigious award, the BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund.

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Osman AW 2011

Unsurprisingly the venue was packed and it seemed that the entire industry had turned out to get a look at Osman’s lastest designs. The pressure was really on for this talented young designer and he truly rose to the occasion, wowing us all with a collection so beautiful and fresh even the coolest characters on the FROW felt compelled to give a standing ovation.

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Osman AW 2011

For AW 2011 Osman gives us clean lines and looser fitting shapes in a striking palette which combined neutrals with bursts of strong colour. Leather and chiffon have both been a major theme throughout LFW so far and Osman subtly interjected next seasons must-have fabrics subtly throughout his collection in a way that felt totally fresh and unlike any other takes on these forthcoming trends. The collection features wide leg trousers, A-line skirts and dresses, longer hemlines and adorable capelets. Minimal detailing made for sleek silhouettes and kept all eyes on the fine fabrics, impecabble cuts and masterful tailoring of the pieces. The designer used careful texture play and colour blocking to great effect throughout the collection which focused largely on beautiful separates with a few exquisite evening dresses to finish. Overall Osman really outdid himself this season taking the most alluring qualities of minimalism and injected just the right amount of colour to create a collection that is modern, elegant, utterly desirable and most importantly, completely unique. A definite highlight of LFW so far.

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Osman AW 2011

Then at long last it was time to head home for a quick shower and an hour or so of work before heading out the the fabulous Temperley After-Party. Sadly I didn’t have time to fit in an episode of 90210, but such is the fate of a fashionista!

Love Ella. X

Posted on by Ella Catliff in Fashion Week 2 Comments

2 Responses to La Petite Fashion Week Diaries: London, Day 3

  1. Laura Sherriffs

    I also was at the Jasper Conran show, it was stunning. I loved the horsehair neckpiece and the draped furs, stunning!

    I am so jealous you got into Osman, i swear you couldn't move in Somerset before the show!

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  2. Karli

    Love your outfit
    especially the colour palette

     

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