Well I couldn’t exactly do New York and not do London, could I!? Since I’ve been back a lot of people have asked my how different fashion week is in the two cities. It’s impossible to say exactly but I reckon that NYFW is more what you (or at least I) imagined fashion week to be like as a 14 year old dreaming of growing up to be Editor of Vogue. Glamourous and in-your-face with formidable black clad PRs, impossibly well-dressed women and flashing cameras every way you turn. It’s London Fashion Week, times ten. Let me put it this way, we had to show ID to enter the Alexander Wang venue, a demand us Brits would never dream of placing upon invitees. While New York did in some ways seem like the ultimate in fashion week fabulousness, returning home reminded me that London offers up its’ fare share of mega brands, international industry elite and sartorial spectacle too. Not to mention our stellar independent designer contingent (two words: Christopher Kane) which, quite frankly, is unsurpassed. But enough about that, here are a few of my favourite moments from this seasons shows, FROWS and of course, parties…
Ok, so I know it’s a little late in the day to be writing about New York Fashion Week and I quite understand if, after the sheer volume of posts, tweets, instagrams and facebook updates I’ve already devoted to my experiences in the Big Apple, you don’t want to hear anymore about it. But let’s face it, there are just a couple of Paris shows left to go until fashion month is officially O.V.E.R and if the weather we’ve had so far in London is anything to go by, it’s going to be a long, cold gloomy Winter. So why not relive the past four weeks’ fabulousness one last time? Plus, I suspect that there might still be some foolish people out there who aren’t on Instagram and therefore missed out on these snaps during my fashion week social media bonanza. Technophobe’s, this one’s for you…
Just when I though my bank balance was safe THIS snippet of sartorial temptation arrived in my inbox! Actually that’s a lie. My bank balence is never safe. At least not when there are clothes to buy, Cosmopolitans to drink and a Starbucks on every corner. But I have to say, combining Marni and collars – two of my all time favourite things – the very same week my student loan arrived was a particularly devious trick. Then again, who needs to stock up on stationary or pay their phone bill when you could invest in one or two (or three) super cute embellished collars that could potentially liven up an infinite number of outfits? Now that’s what I call sensible spending.
The Marni Winter Edition 2012 collars collection can be snapped up in all Marni stores and online… So basically, there’s no resisting it!
Love Ella. X
If unconventional chic is your thing, then you must have heard of Fannie Schiavoni. Frankly even if, like me, you’re all about pink, sparkles and Peter Pan collars Fannie’s is still a name worth knowing. Since graduating from London College of Fashion just three years ago, the Swedish designer’s unique jewellery creations (think chain mail, harnesses and steel crop tops) have featured everywhere from i-D Magazine to Vogue Italia and earned her the coveted New Gen award for three consecutive seasons. With stockists everywhere from London to Los Angeles and high profile fans including Lady Gaga, I’d say the future looks pretty bright for Fannie Schiavoni.
I caught up with Fannie just before London Fashion Week to get the lowdown on her career so far and plans for the future…
There is something undeniably wonderful about a brand that has stood the test of time. Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Burberry… All fashion houses that are every bit as relevant and influental today as they were at their inception over a century ago, if not more so. As Fashion History student, I find the rich and lengthy heritage of brands like those absolutely gripping. But while the legacy of Coco Chanel and Christobal Balenciaga fascinates me – as the many non-fashion friends I’ve bored to tears recounting them, probably innacurately, can attest – the next generation of designers are equally interesting and possibly even more important to the future of fashion.