LCM SS16: Day 2

LCM SS16

Wearing Whistles jacket, Carven top, Holly Fulton skirt, Kurt Geiger sandals, Rebecca Minkoff bag and Karen Walker sunglasses
Image by David Nyanzi

If I thought my first day of LCM SS16 kicked off at a leisurely hour, it was nothing on my second. The women’s shows in September run the risk of being a colossal shock to the system after this level of relaxedness! I spent the post Storm party, pyjama-clad morning grappling with my newly launched YouTube channel (you can check it out here, please do and tell me what you think! #shameless) before slipping into something a whole lot less comfortable but a whole lot more fabulous and making for Bloomsbury…

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LCM SS16: Day 1

LCM SS16 Day 1

Wearing Whistles top, skirt & shoes with Maje jacket, Thakoon handbag and Dsquared2 sunglassess

At the start of every new fashion week conversation revolves around the same thing. Namely, how the HELL is it that time already!? Other favourite topics include weather, how busy/tired/hungover everyone is, how late shows run, traffic and footwear issues. Personally, I don’t actually mind any of the above, and I suspect that’s the same for many¬†other attendees. Whether it’s LCM or RTW, fashion week is awesome and the inevitable difficulties and predictable exchanges involved are kind of part of the fun. Having covered London Collections Men since its very first season, it’s been amazing to witness how what was once one poorly attended day tagged on to the end of the women’s shows has grown into an important part of the international menswear fashion calendar that pulls in press and buyers from all over the globe. This season saw something like an 180% increase in Chinese attendees. Given that LCM is just one leg of more than a month of international menswear it’s clear that as much as anyone may moan, those shows are well worth braving a few blisters for…

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5 Minutes With: Barbara Hulanicki

Barbara Hulanicki

What an interview to kick off the week with! Barbara Hulanicki OBE has had one of the most successful, varied and fascinating fashion careers imaginable. Over more than five decades, the multitalented creative has illustrated for Vogue, designed everything from handbags to wallpaper, won multiple prestigious architecture awards for iconic works all over the world, re-conceived Miami Beach’s Art-Deco district, collaborated with every brand from Disney to Topshop. That’s just a handful of the achievements that have resulted in the many documentaries, articles, books and exhibitions based on Barbara’s incredible career. Oh, and let’s not forget the small matter of founding legendary sixties brand, Biba. One might be forgiven for kicking back and relaxing at this point but not Barbara Hulanicki…

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