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London Fashion Week SS13: The Instagram Diaries

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…

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Mulberry hosts Fashion Week Dinner

With Lana del Rey on the FROW and super cute shaggy furs on the catwalk, the AW12 show from Brit brand Mulberry was one of the hottest tickets throughout the whole of London Fashion Week. As proved by their legions of famous and not-so-famous fans, the Brit brand is one of the most in-demand on the planet so it will come as no surprise that their ultra exclusive post-show dinner was seriously star studded. Held in stunning 18th century Mayfair townhouse, the Saville Club and attended by both fashion and hollywood royalty, the snaps from Mulberry’s soiree left me absolutely green with envy. Emma Hill certainly knows how to lay on a spread (with a little help from top chef, Tom Aikens) and guests including Anna Wintour, Michelle Williams, Elizabeth Olsen and Alexa Chung were treated to a traditional English feast before enjoying an acoustic performance by Lana del Rey. Now that’s what I call a dinner party!

Alexa Chung Mulberry
Alexa Chung
Anna Wintour Mulberry
Anna Wintour & Emma Hill
Lana Del Rey Mulberry
Lana Del Rey
Elizabeth Olsen Mulberry
Elizabeth Olsen

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La Petite Fashion Week Diaries: London AW12, Day 4

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I wore… Coat & Jumper: Whistles, Dress & Beret: Topshop, Bag: Mulberry, Boots: Hobbs

After a not-so-early night at the Ponystep Magazine party I was incredibly thankful for my leisurely 1pm start on Day 4. Not only did it give me time to catch up with my column for Velour Magazine online but I even managed to fit in an episode or two of Gossip Girl! By midday I was ready and raring to go and headed East for the Michael Van Der Ham show. This was my first visit to the Topshop show space this season and I’d forgotten quite what a spread they lay on. We were welcomed with champagne and ushered over to the Topshop Cafe which served everything from freshly squeezed apple juice to micro sized Shepard’s pie and lightly poached salmon delicacies.

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After making the most of the treats on offer we were ushered over to our seats to wait for the show to begin. We needn’t have rushed as it was still a good half hour before things actually kicked off but when they finally did the ensuing show was so stunning that I would have happily have waited all day. The collection was somewhat more grown up since last season but retained the quirky playfulness we’ve come to know and love. Michael’s signature patchwork detailing had been given a glam-over with rich hues, sumptuous silks and lashings of sparkle. Nudes, pastels, brights, chiffons, knits, florals… You name it, Michael used it. How the Dutch designer manages to merge quite such an enormous array of colours, fabrics and prints without creating a sartorial disaster is beyond me but the effect was nothing short of mesmerising.

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After that we all piled back into the LFW Press Bus (think school trip but chicer) and headed across town to Somerset House for Mark Fast. The kintwear extraordinaire chose a more muted palette for AW12, serving up subtle putty shades, dove greys, delicate nudes and the odd splash of cobalt. Whilst his trademark bodycon aesthetic still held centre stage, not everything was “barely-there” and Mark proved that he can do drapery and layering too.

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By this point my levels of over-excitement had reached an all time high because next on the schedule was Burberry. Held in an enormous, glass structure Hyde Park and attended by the international fashion elite, the Burberry show is never anything short of spectacular and this season was certainly no exception. Paparazzi and street style snappers spanned almost to South Kensington, jostling to get a shot of the A-list attendees. Once inside, the FROW read like a “who’s who” of important industry insiders and famous fashion faces. One one side sat Alexa Chung, Clemence Poesy, Eddie Redmayne, Rosie Huntington-Whitley (annoyingly even hotter in person) and Kate Bosworth. On the other, Anna Wintout, Emmanuelle Alt, Franca Sozzani and basically every other Editor or every other major fash mag on the planet. If, God forbid, a bomb went off at the Burberry show, I think it’s safe to say that the fashion industry would completely collapse.

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Just a couple of hours earlier I had declared Michael Van der Ham’s to be my favourite show this season but after seeing Christopher Bailey’s latest creations I’m not so sure. After toying with tribal for SS12, Bailey looked for inspiration a little closer to home and the collection was bursting with British influences. Tweeds, checks, and fine, tailored wools harked back to the brand’s roots but classic styles were brilliantly blended with sporty touches, keeping things modern and fresh. Think country casuals meets haute couture with utility details and studded accessories. Sculpted, peplum pencil skirts were pared with cropped puffa jackets for ladylike elegance with a tomboy twist. Traditional pieces such as barbour jackets, skirt suits and of course, the trusty trench were re-worked in earthy hues and luxurious fabrics.

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All in all, the Burberry collection was nothing short of perfection and almost made me long for next Autumn to arrive. But even after the last quilted, plum velvet ensemble had stormed the runway (modelled by Burberry poster girl, Cara Delevigne), the show wasn’t finished just yet. Suddenly the music was replaced by the sound of a storm brewing and despite clear skies outside, the venues glass walls appeared to be being pelted with rain. Out came the models, each with an umbrella in hand and even Anna Wintour herself failed to surpress a smile.

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The Best of La Petite Anglaise 2011…

Ok, so I’ve completely given in to the allure of the cheesy New Year themed post. But 2011 has been such an incredible year for La Petite Anglaise that it seems a crime to let it slip away without looking back on some of my best blogging moments and of course, thank all of you for taking the time to read about them.

La Petite Anglaise Jaime Winstone, Janice Dickenson, Jo Wood, Front Row at Julian Macdonald
Janic Dickenson, Sadie Frost, Jo Wood, Bianca Jagger, Juliette Lewis & Jaime Winstone on the FROW
at Julian Macdonald’s AW11 show
La Petite Anglaise Mary Katrantzou, Holly Fulton, Roksanda Ilincic, Jonathan Saunders
Mary Katrantzou, Holly Fulton, Roksanda Ilincic, Jonathan Saunders and yours truly at the Matches Fashion
Shopping Event in Doha, Quatar
La Petite Anglaise Christopher Bailey, Vogue's Fashion Night Out
Me & Christopher Bailey on Vogue’s Fashion Night Out 2011
La Petite Anglaise Tibi, New York Fashion Week
The finale at Tibi’s SS12 show during New York Fashion Week
Ella La Petite Anglaise, Anna Sui, New York Fashion Week
Yours truly at the Anna Sui SS12 show during New York Fashion Week
La Petite Anglaise Anna Wintour at Medham Kirchoff
Anna Wintour & Hamish Bowles on the FROW at Meadham Kirchoff’s SS12 show
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Me and jewellery designer Anne Bowes (AKA my mum) with Nanette Lepore at
her private champagne and shopping evening

This year I got to cover some of the most exciting shows at London Fashion Week including Burberry and Meadham Kirchoff where I sat alongside (ok many rows behind) the likes of Anna Wintour and Anna Dello Russo. In March I travelled to Doha with Jonathan Saunders, Holly Fulton, Roksanda Ilincic and Mary Katrantzou, a slightly surreal experience which, naturally, I shared with you. La Petite Anglaise cropped up in Grazia UK, Vogue Italia and Jille Magazine Japan and this September I was lucky enough to make my New York Fashion Week debut. La Petite Anglaise has featured (and enjoyed) parties, press days and private sales galore but none of these things would have happened without your continued support so I just want to say thank you and wish you all a fabulous New Year!

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Front Row and Fabulous: Anna Wintour

Ok, so I may not be going to Paris or Milan this season (sob!) but that sure as hell doesn’t mean I’m going to be letting go of Fashion Week anytime soon. This magical time comes but twice a year so whether you’re attending the shows or viewing them from the comfort of your own home I say let’s make the most! Now we all know that the point of Fashion Week is really the collections. Ultimately we’re all there to check out the clothes in store for next season but no matter how inspiring they are, their beauty sometimes pales in comparison to the fabulous faces on the FROW. Thinking about who to feature in my first ever front row post, the answer was pretty blooming obvious. Who else could I possibly begin with than the Queen of fashion herself, HRH Anna Wintour.

Anna Wintour

Unlike other serial FROW-ers I could mention, La Wintour is not just there to pose. Anyone who’s watched the Septmber Issue (and if you haven’t I command you to stop reading and YouTube it NOW!) will be well aware that Anna has the power to make or break a designer’s career. A nod from her and you’re sorted, a scowl and you may as well pack up and go home. Having spent the entire Meadham Kirchoff show trying to get a snap of her instead of looking at the collection, I can understand why Anna is such paparazzi fodder. Aside from the fact she’s top of the fashion food chain, the Editrix extraordinaire never looks anything less than perfection. Ever immaculate but never boring, sensationally stylish and a little bit terrifying, Anna Wintour certainly knows how to work a FROW.

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