London Fashion Week SS13: Day 3

Having ever-so-slightly overdone it on the first evening of London Fashion Week and then attended six shows the following day, by the time night two rolled around I could barely summon the energy to drag myself home to bed, let alone hit the town. One good night’s sleep and several episodes of Gossip Girl later I felt like a new and significantly less grouchy person as I slipped into outfit number three and set off to Somerset House.

London Fashion Week

I wore…
Dress: Whistles
Bag: Mulberry
Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Necklace: Anne Bowes Jewellery 

Marios Schwab was the first show I ever saw, back when I made my London Fashion Week debut. Quite how I managed to wangle an invite that season still remains a mystery but I certainly wasn’t complaining! Two years on, things are rather different, but I’m always reminded of my first, magical fashion week experience every time that particular ticket arrives.
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London Fashion Week SS13: Day 2

Every season I attempt to be all work and no play for the duration of fashion week. Every season, this attempt fails. What can I say, I’m young, foolish and extremely partial to free cocktails and fabulous company, things that are offered up in abundence during this magical bi-annual event. After Matches’ celebratory fashion week soiree, my friends and I somehow found ourselves ‘pursuaded’ to continue on to another two parties. This, combined with post-New York exhaustion and jet lag unsurprisingly resulted in my feeling a little fragile when my alarm went off at 7am the next day. One quick glance at my schedule (plus a triple shot latte and several max strength painkillers) soon sorted this out and soon I was back in my heels and ready to hit the road.

London Fashion Week

I wore…
Sweater: Boutique by Jaeger
Skirt & Shoes: Topshop
Hat: Uniqlo
Tights: Accessorize
Bag: Anya Hindmarch

My first port of call was the Julian Macdonald showroom in Mayfair where I had a private appointment to see his SS13 collection. Julian is a designer who knows how to do glamour and his latest offerings, ‘Island Life’, delivered it in spades.
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London Fashion Week SS13: Day 1

Unlike last September, when I touched down at Heathrow Airport mere hours before the shows began, I decided to give myself a day to recuperate (read: unpacking, emergency accessory shopping and going through the millions of emails I’d ignored over the previous week) and boy, am I glad I did! After a geriatric 9pm bedtime I was ready to get back in my stilettos and hit London Fashion Week.

London Fashion Week

I wore…
Dress: Topshop
Jumper: Uniqlo
Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim

First on my LFW agenda was Zoe Jordan at Mercer Street Studios. An impressive FROW including Poppy Delevigne, Jameela Jamil, Harold Tillman, Vogue’s Sarah Harris and Grazia’s Lily Russo confirmed Zoe’s status as a British designer worth knowing. Even more impressive was the fact she had only given birth a few weeks ago!
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New York Fashion Week SS13: Day 7

As I’ve said pretty much each season, the end of fashion week always brings mixed feelings. This was amplified at the end of New York Fashion Week. On the one hand, I’d had THE best time, fallen in love with the city that never sleeps and had no real desire to leave anytime soon. On the other, I was utterly exhausted, craving a salmon supreme sushi box (for some unfathomable reason they don’t have itsu in NYC… yet) and my feet seemed to have turned into one giant blister. Of course, the second I touched down in English soil it would be time to start gearing up for the London leg of fashion month, but I was trying very hard not to think about that yet.

New York Fashion Week

I wore…
Dress: Reiss
Shoes & Belt: Topshop
Bag: Anya Hindmarch
Image by Sophia Tragash 

My first port of call was Lincoln Centre for a designer who’s collections always delight me, Nanette Lepore. I arrived late after another subway related debacle – attempted to walk the whole way across town, gave up half way and got the train… the wrong train – but luckily I took my seat in time to check out the fash-tastic FROW which included Marie Claire Accessories Editor, Kyle Anderson, America’s Next Top Model judge Jay Manuel and the unbelievably stylish Senior Fashion Market Editor of Harpers Bazaar, Joanna Hillman.
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New York Fashion Week SS13: Day 6

Why is it that late nights inevitably seem to happen before early starts? Or at least, I find that to be the case. Despite my mid afternoon kick offs on Sunday and Monday, I refrained from hitting the town, choosing to spend both evenings show going, blogging and drinking Pinot Grigio from the comfort of the sofa. Well that all went out the window come Monday but when there’s as fabulous a party as the W Magazine bash on the cards, frankly it would be a CRIME to stay home. Suffice to say, I felt a whole lot less smug and sensible the next morning.

New York Fashion Week

I wore…
Blouse & Skirt: Whistles
Bag: Jaeger London
Necklace: Anne Bowes Jewellery
Shoes: Kurt Geiger

Regardless of my fuzzy head and aching feet, nothing was going to stop me attending the J.Crew presentation. Judging by the high heeled hoards that poured into the Studio at Lincoln Centre, I was the only person who felt this way. Indeed, such an impressive turnout before 9.30am on day 6 of New York Fashion Week was a true testament to the sartorial clout of a brand once associated with soccer moms and suburban sports casual. Under the expert direction of Jenna Lyons, J.Crew has – as I’m sure you know – become one of the most in demand labels around. Industry big hitters including Hamish Bowles, Caroline Issa and Natalie Massinet were all in attendance and of course, Lyons’ latest collection were a treat to behold.
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