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LFW AW14: Day 3 Pt 2

I’m not sure why LFW seems to have been even more back-to-back this season but despite my raging blisters and multiple bruises, I’m not complaining, so many of the shows I was lucky enough to see were seriously excellent. Temperley London was certainly up there with the best of them. After Mulberry’s presentation of the Cara Delevingne collection, Naomi and I legged it for the door, leapt in her car (huzzah friends with cars! Especially those of the chauffeur driven Mercedes variety) and hurtled in the direction of The Savoy. Or rather, we attempted to hurtle but actually just crawled along in hideous traffic getting increasingly stressed out about potentially missing the show. The we took a selfie, and suddenly life didn’t seem half so bad.

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Cheeky car #selfie with Naomi Mdudu

My feelings for Temperley London are no secret. I love, adore and covet every deliciously feminine, lace-and-embroidery strewn confection Alice offers up and for AW14, this is perhaps truer than ever. From my front row seat (not that I’m smug or anything) I was afforded an incredible view of an even more incredible collection. A brief glance at the show notes had me worried. “The start of a new and exciting era for Temperley”… a “sexier and savvier” attitude for Winter? But I like the old attitude, I sulked to myself. Luckily my fears were unfounded. While Alice did definitely offer up something fresh the DNA of the collection remained the Princess worthy gorgeousness we all know and love, albeit in a manner that felt like a departure from previous seasons.

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Temperley London AW14 (images via Style.com)

Print, texture and colour had been taken to knew heights for AW14 with mosaic inspired patterns in shades of cobalt, navy and grey adorning immaculately layered ensembles. Light-as-air chiffon was given new depth with the addition of elegant overcoats and wrap around scarves cinched at the waist by neat leather belts. Temperley may be renowned for her gowns but this collection proved she cuts a dashing separate with the best of them. And dashing those separates most certainly were. In fact I’d go so far to say they had a dandyish quality that appeared through smoking jacket esque quilted coverups layered over immaculately tailored, flared hem dress coats. Indeed, there was an air of opulence than conjured up thoughts of English country houses and velvet slipper clad aristocratic old Gentlemen. As for the dresses – because of course there were dresses – those were positively regal. Were talking ornate florals on silk in sumptuous shades of ochre and rose, semi sheer, billowing skirting and endlessly delectable thigh skimming hemlines styled with OTK boots in stoke-me-now suede. It was, as the show notes claimed, “funkier” and “very wearable” but in a way that was inimitably Temperley London.

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Temperley London AW14 (images via Style.com)

Next up, another attempted high speed dash over to the Tate Modern for Topshop UNIQUE. We arrived to be greeted by a mob of paparazzi, street style photographers and regular folk, unsurprising really since this show always boasts one of the most celeb-tastic FROWS on the schedule. Once inside I got stuck into a champagne-and-catch-up sesh with rainbow haired babe Chloe Norgaard and the lovely Amber Atherton while surreptitiously keeping my eyes peeled for Kate Moss or Harry Styles. Naturally they were both in attendance, as well as everyone from Chelsea Leyland to Anne Wintour (presumably recovered from her Newcastle ordeal by this point). And the show it’s self? I wasn’t expecting to, but I loved it. Don’t get me wrong I heart toppers as much as the next girl but feared their catwalk offerings might err on the side of nineties/sports/grunge/rave and therefore not be my cup of tea. Admittedly there were hints of all the above but in a was that was, for want of a better word, downright good. Oversized outerwear played proportion distortion with shrunken knits and flared hems.

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Topshop UNIQUE AW14 (images via Style.com)

Embroidered mesh and utility (well, ish) puffa jackets sat alongside glossy olive green and butterscotch leathers, delicate lemon yellow numbers with embroidered collars and hazy hibiscus florals. There was a distinct 3.1 Phillip Lim AW12 vibe which could never be a bad thing. Standout pieces included one fabulous python print trench and an array of patchwork faux furs I need in my wardrobe, like, yesterday. It’s also worth noting the amount of blue looks on the catwalk, evidently the colour to be seen in come AW14.

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Topshop UNIQ AW13 (images via Style.com)

Two shows left to go but bear with me mon amies, they were good’uns. After a quick gossip with Betty Autier – mega blogger, mega babe and one of the ladies I’ll be going on an insanely exciting trip to Paris with next month… Watch this space – I decided to leg it home for a quick outfit change before the evening.

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With Betty Autier at Topshop UNIQUE

Walking in precisely the wrong direction for the best part of half an hour left me all of ten minutes to slip into my Matthew Williamson number (so, so divine, can’t wait to show you properly!) and order an Uber. No way José was I going to risk missing my penultimate show, the ever inspiring Mary Katrantzou. Mary’s shows are always a seriously hot ticket and this season was no different. The FROW played host to everyone from Miroslava Duma and Olivia Palermo to Natalie Massenet, Anna Wintour and just about every other fash pack big hitter you could imagine. Was was rather different this season however, was the collection. I don’t need to tell you that Katrantzou made her name with mesmerising digital prints and sculptural shapes which have since become her trademark. But did those kind of looks flood her AW14 runway? Nope, not even one. It takes a brave designer to eschew the stylistic motif that has made her one of the most coveted in the world but in Mary’s case it paid off. Big time.

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Mary Katrantzou AW14 (images via Style.com)

Somewhat paradoxically, the collection that saw Mary Katrantzou move away from the prints and silhouettes that have become symbolic of her label drew its inspiration from the language of symbols. The uniforms of scouts, butchers, city boys and even construction workers were translated into sleek, long line shapes, asymmetric pleats and masterful layering adorned with intricate laces, painstakingly detailed embroidery, shimmying metallic chainmail, brocades and appliqué. As you might have guessed, texture was both key here. Between the razor sharp laser cutting, embellished fur sweatshirts(!) and silver jacquard tailoring the whole thing was both exquisite and a mind boggling feat of design innovation. It was a bold more for Mary Katrantzou but one hell of a smart one.

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Mary Katrantzou AW14 (images via Style.com)

My final show on LFW day 3 was Matthew Williamson. Yep, day three was a great one for me. So many of my favourite labels showing within the space of ten hours not least the ever wonderful Williamson. As a lover of all things glittery, girly and eye poppingly bright it’s not exactly a shocker that I heart his work. The show notes promised a reimagining of “the optimism and high glamour of the 1970s” and boy, did Matthew Williamson deliver.

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Matthew Williamson AW14 (images via Style.com)

This season also saw a new found emphasis on tailoring and day wear in the form of chicly tailored coats, separates and shift dresses. Of course, this being Williamson, they came covered in jazzy graphic prints and embellishment, after all, why sacrifice sparkle for the office? I felt this collection particularly showcased Matthew’s knack with fabric. From the brocade tapestry’s to the sumptuous crystal appliqué sweaters to the gleaming metallics and sequin showers that formed the finale, it was a delectable combination of look-at-me exuberance and flawless quality. On the subject of said finale, oh it was excellent. We’re talking Ostrich feathers, purple furs, multi coloured star motifs and an A-MAZING glittering floor sweeper that matched the black and white striped runway. The mood was a celebratory one and, as his AW14 offerings prove, Matthew Williamson has a lot to celebrate.

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Matthew Williamson AW14 (images via Style.com)

I left the venue feeling uplifted by the show, not to mention the splendid seven I’d attended before that, and leapt in a car to Soho House for a girly dinner with Serena and Millie to fuel up for a long night of parties.

Love Ella. X

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Gordons x Temperley Launch Ten Green Bottles

Picking up where we left off at the J.Crew ‘do, up next on that crisp Wednesday night’s party agenda was a trip to the Temperley boutique on Bruton Street where Alice was celebrating the launch of her latest collaboration with none other than Gordons Gin. Gorgeous frocks and top notch booze, a match made in party heaven don’t you think?

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Gin o’clock…

Gordon's And Temperley London VIP Launch Party

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We arrived at around half past 9, fairly late for this kind of affair, but the festivities were still in full swing thanks to a heady blend of delicious yet lethally strong gin cocktails and general joie de vivre. Naturally there were famous faces a’ plenty with Laura Bailey, Jade Parfitt, Emilia Fox and Jodie Kidd heading up the bevvy of Temperley clad beauties mingling up and down the stairs. Equally unsurprising-yet-enjoyable were the spectacularly handsome waiters stationed around the place serving traditional English delicacies such as Union Jack shaped finger sandwiches, hot smoked mackerel and piccalilli on granary toast and roast dexter beef complete with mini Yorkshire puddings and horseradish cream.

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Jade Parfitt, Alice Temperley & Jodie Kidd

Gordon's And Temperley London VIP Launch Party

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There isn’t a great deal more to say about this soirée except that a jolly good time was had by all and there were bottles of Gordons gin in the goody bags, hooray!

Love Ella. X

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LFW SS14: Day 3

Despite the weather being – for want of a better word – completely crap, LFW day 3 was an excellent one. In fact they all were to be honest, but anyway, I digress. My morning kicked off bright and early with the Smythson presentation at their Bond Street store.

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I Wore: Club Monaco jacket & shirt, Tibi shorts, Whistles sandles & Mulberry bag
Image by Holly McGlynn

I’ve often thought that fashion would be the ultimate career for an alcoholic as regardless of whether its 9am or 9pm, champagne is served. I was rather tempted by the bellinis on offer at Smythson but with a will of steel, stuck to freshly squeezed juice instead. A good call as aside from anything else, I needed my wits about me to fully appreciate the gorgeousness of their latest accessories. Whether it’s a notepad or a briefcase, everything Smythson does is flawless and just about the ultimate in tasteful luxury. The latest edition to their handbag family, the x, is a perfectly formed top handle tote with contrast colour side panels, definitely a future classic. Their Panama range was truly a joy to behold with camera bags, clutches, iPad sleeves and basically everything else your heart could desire in the highest quality leather imaginable and a range of eye popping colours. It remains my lifelong dream to own a full set of, preferably monogrammed, Smythson gear… One day! I was delighted to run into Naomi in the store but then, as we were munching granola pots and shouting at each other we had the out-of-body experience of running literally smack into Anna Wintour clad in ice blue leather and enormous sunglasses. In that situation it’s hard to know what to do. We opted for averting our eyes and flattening against the wall while employing every modicum of self control not to whip out our iPhones and take a picture.

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Having just about recovered from our literal run in with La Wintour, we trotted across the road to the Halycon Gallery where Emilia Wickstead was showing. This was definitely one of my favourite shows on LFW SS14, if not ever. Opening with an exquisitely elegant full skirted look in palest blush textured cotton, Wickstead’s latest offerings were the very epitome of timeless elegance. Edible candy colours ranging from tangerine and turquoise to mint green, chocolate brown and ruby red.

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Emilia Wickstead SS14

Swing coats and crisp pleats exuded a demure, old world feel styled to perfection by Mark Cross box bags and Manolo Blahnik heels. Sculpted, couture worthy silhouettes complete with cinched waists, wide hems and voluminous, ankle grazing skirts were given a contemporary edge by way of bold horizontal stripes, piano prints and the surprising use of fabrics such as white denim. Emilia Wickstead’s SS14 collection was so mouthwateringly beautiful a challenge anyone not to go weak at the knees just looking at it, irrefutable proof of just why she’s being hailed as one of the hottest names in fashion right now.

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Emilia Wickstead SS14

Whereas on day two the scheduling of shows had provided something of an obstacle, the day three line up worked in everyone’s favour. After recovering from my Emilia Wickstead induced awe stricken reverie I joined my fellow fashion week-ers for the five minute trot up the road to Claridges. This venue can only mean one thing, Mulberry. As per always, the street was lined with photographers, some doing street style, others waiting to pap the guaranteed A List attendees. Mulberry is a brand that’s not afraid to reference it’s English heritage and on this occasion, Claridges had been transformed into a country manor complete with flower daubed wrought iron gates at the entrance, daisies on the grass carpeted stairs and a full afternoon tea spread once inside. Given that our invitations had been adorable miniature Wedgewood tea cups, I probably should have guessed this would be the case. The FROW featured a bevvy of celebs including Alexa Chung, Brit Marling, Douglas Booth,  Juno Temple, Lea Seydoux, Rebecca Hall and Tallulah Harlech plus Anna Wintour, Alexandra Shulman and every other important fashion figure this side of Antarctica.

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From left: Brit Marling, Lea Seydoux, Rebecca Hall, Alexa Chung & Douglas Booth

As this would be Emma Hill’s swansong collection for the brand, I was both excited and a little nervous to see the collection. What if, after God knows how many stunning seasons Emma got it wrong this time? But of course, she didn’t. In a delightful homage to all that is English, Mulberry’s SS14 offerings were a delightful fusion of countryside inspired chic and swinging sixties cool in shimmering grey floral jacquards, pop art prints, modish leathers, fiery red silk twill and embroidered cream cotton. Cara Delevigne, who had been noticeably absent up until this point, made one of her rare SS14 catwalk appearances to open the show and a wayward bulldog tugging his poor model minder down the runway bought a smile to everyones lips.

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Mulberry SS14

Mulberry always put on a beautiful show and the collection felt like a celebration of Emma Hill’s revival of a beloved British brand, offering something fresh for the new season while reminding us all of the designer’s signature playful style we’ve all fallen so hard for. I think I speak for everyone when I say that we’ll be on tenterhooks to see both what Emma does next and whether her replacement can continue Mulberry’s reign of excellence.

After an Itsu pitstop (they don’t have them in NY so naturally I’ve been having an Omega 3 Salmon Supreme bonanza since arriving home) I headed to The Savoy for my fourth show of day three, Temperley London. The hotel ballroom provided a fittingly regal setting for a collection fit for a princess. If recent high profile fans of the brand (AKA the Duchess of Cambridge) are anything to go by, adorning royal frames is probably where a fair few of these dreamy dresses will end up. For there really is no other way to describe the unbelievable beauty of what Alice Temperley served up this season. The designer treated us to an array of duchesse satin creations in a rainbow of delectable shades ranging from rich purples, pinks and mauves through to soft blush, ladylike lilac and peachy hues, midnight black, cream, ice white and palest mint green.

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Temperley London SS14

It was every girly girl’s fantasy realised in organza and brocade with floral embroidery, appliqué blooms and intricate lace cutwork. Combining delicate cherry blossom print with leopard while keeping things classy is no mean feat but Alice pulled it off with aplomb. Overlay skirts featuring hundreds of tiny ribbon bows had my jaw hitting the floor and wasp waisted creations were taken to the next level of red carpet glamour with shimmering crystal embellishment. I don’t know how else to describe Temperley London SS14 other than stunning for that is exactly what it was.

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Temperley London SS14

I wandered out of The Savoy fantasising about swanning around town in one of those Temperley gowns and was unceremoniously jolted from my daydream but the fact that it was raining and I had precisely 5 minutes to get across town for my Gap event. Luckily I made it just in the nick of time for a few hours of official “hosting” duties before re-entering the fray for my final show of the day, Mary Katrantzou. I’m a die hard Katrantzou fan (who isn’t!?) and have never before seen her work on the catwalk so excited doesn’t even begin to cover my pre show emotional state. Fearful that the appalling traffic and multiple road closures might make me miss the show I badgered my poor driver incessantly about his route. So desperate was he to get me out of his car, we made it with enough time for me to take my seat and enjoy the excellent people watching opportunities. As expected at such a hot ticket show, the FROW was strictly A* List with Olivia Palermo, Natalie Massenet, Ruth Chapman, Mira Duma, Elena Perminova, Anna Wintour (in a new and even chicer ensemble than the morning’s), Suzy Menkes, and Cathy Horyn gracing it to name but a few. Those who had been allocated standing spots were left virtually wrestling one another for space, proving just how much the world wants Mary. Having spent that trip to Doha in her charming company I can attest that such adoration couldn’t happen to a nicer and more deserving person.

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Mary Katrantzou SS14

A peek at the show notes informed me that this seasons inspiration was footwear and I was very intrigued to see Mary work her magic and spin it into something extraordinary. “Shoes” is a fairly expansive field so Mary cleverly narrowed down her collection to three sections based on three distinct styles. First up was the humble brogue inflated and distorted to form voluminous, digital printed concoctions complete with punched leather detailing, lacing serrations and pleats in moody shades chestnut, deep blue and olive green.

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Mary Katrantzou SS14

The second footwear style du jour was sports shoe, fitting really considering fashions ongoing fixation with trainers. But this, my friends, was like no other manifestation of athletic inspiration (thank God). The oh-so-talented Miss Katrantzou took the idea of gym kicks and transformed them into cropped and extended bikers, form fitting bandeau dresses and mini skirts crafted from neoprene, rubberised leather and mesh in neon bright shades complete with velcro straps and rubberised detailing recalling shoe soles.

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Mary Katrantzou SS14

Last but certainly not least came the evening heel, but not as you, I or anyone else have ever seen it before. For the second consecutive season Katrantzou worked with legendary French embroidery house, Maison Lesage, resulting super size gobstoppers of embellishment decorating the final array of architectural, rococo coloured creations. If I ever have the cash to splash on a Katrantzou frock I would consider it an investment on par with a priceless work of art because in all honesty, that is precisely what each and every one of them are.

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Look Du Jour: Oyster Silk

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What: Oyster silk dress: Temperley London, Clutch: Anya Hindmarch, Necklace: Anne Bowes Jewellery, Shoes: Isabel Marant, Tights: Calzedonia

Where: Calzedonia Swimwear Catwalk & Party, Rimini, Italy.

Well this week got off to a very glamorous start when I was whisked off to the Italian coast for a truly spectacular event! More gossip from my 24 hour whirlwind trip will be coming your way very soon but for now, here’s what I wore. I had been informed that the soiree in question would be attended by the likes of Leigh Leizark, Josephine de la Baume, Poppy Delevigne and one ultra famous American A-Lister who, at this point, still remained nameless. On top of that, my hosts also wanted me to walk the red carpet in front of the “International press”, a concept both thrilling and terrifying in equal measure. With this in mind, I decided I’d better get my hands on a pretty amazing frock and when the lovely folk at Temperley London suggested this oyster silk stunner I didn’t need to be asked twice! I was slightly worried that the fact it’s pale hue is roughly the same shade as my even paler skin might make me look like a corpse so I paired it with a super bright Anya Hindmarch clutch, Anne Bowes Jewellery necklace and asked the make up team to do my lips and nails in an equally colour popping shade of pink.

What do you think?

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London Fashion Week AW13: Day 3

The Sunday of London Fashion Week posed a few scheduling issues due to three of my absolute favourite brands deciding to show at three different venues within the space of an hour and a half. In theory, attempting to attend them all sounds nuts but given that the labels in question were Whistles, Mulberry and Temperley, did I really have any other choice?!

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I wore… Jacket: Theory, Skirt: Carven, Bag: Mulberry, Shoes: Kurt Geiger, Jumper: Mango, Necklace: Anne Bowes Jewellery

Having managed to tear myself away from Rhi Rhi’s bash the night before (smug moi?) at a relatively reasonable hour, I trotted down to Dover Street with a spring in my step and a steaming Starbucks latte in my hand, excited to see what my beloved Whistles had in store for AW13. Given the ridiculously tight turnaround between that and my next show I felt ever-so-slightly tense but all angst faded as soon as the first look hit the runway. Jane Shepardson never ceases to amaze me with her intuitive knowledge of what women want to wear. Since she took the rains back in 2008 Whistles has gone from forgotton-by-fashion, slightly mumsy brand to purveyor of cutting edge, covetable cool. I felt that this collection, and the fact that the likes of Liberty London Girl risked missing Mulberry to see it, was a testament to the transformation it’s undergone. Camo print is proving to be a major trend for AW13 (more on that later) and the Whistles show opened with a series of army inspired looks boasting sculptural silhouettes and utility detailing. Another next season fashion obsession is leather (probably don’t need to tell you that by know) and Jane’s latest offerings included some of the most stylish skins I’ve spotted in shades of classic black, deepest navy and forest green. There were also marbled prints and chunky knits that will no doubt sell out in seconds while darkly glimmering sparkle reminded us that Whistles also caters for after dark. Overall the collection epitomised the kind of sleek femininity that feels so relevant now and best of all, provided those of us without mega bucks to buy into it.

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Whistles AW13

So I mentioned in one of my New York posts that the end of a fashion show always heralds an unholy and deeply undignified stampede to leave the venue? In that respect none of those shows had anything on Whistles! The models took their final turn at approximately 10.51am, 9 minutes before Mulberry was due to start. According to my ever helpful Google Maps App the walk to Claridges was around half a mile and would take 11 minutes. While fashion shows generally always start late, this was Mulberry and I didn’t want to take any chances. So I decided to run the entire way, wearing 6 inch heels, possibly not world’s best decision. By the time I arrived (in under the google maps advised time) I was a sweaty mess and in danger of fainting. Naturally the show started almost half an hour behind schedule but hey, at least I didn’t miss it. Mulberry always give excellent FROW and this season’s line up was suitably A List. On one side sat Anna Wintour bedecked in new season Prada, on the other were Alexa Chung, Lana Del Rey and Juno Temple.

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From right: Alexa Chung, Lana del Rey & Juno Temple

I absolutely, unadulteratedly adored Mulberry’s SS13 collection so my hopes were high for this season. Luckily, and not surprisingly, I wasn’t disappointed. Inspired by rural England, Emma Hill offered up botanical prints rich shades of forest green (I spy another trend!) and navy blue. There was a homespun meets high fash air to the collection thanks to iconic checks and thick tweeds incorporated into everything from sparkle trimmed capes to sequin embellished shift dresses. Voluminous leg-of-mutton sleeves upped the catwalk anti while glossy leather skirt suits looked so buttersoft it was all I could do not to touch them. Texture is always perfectly executed at Mulberry and this season was particularly luscious with fur, shearling, angora, silk crepe, organza applique and gleaming brocade all on the table. After Cara Delevigne closed the show (natch) the models all trooped out to the rousing tune of “Rule Brittania”. The sight of HRH Anna Wintour applauding certainly made me proud to be British.

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Mulberry AW13

We all filed out of the Mulberry show to be greeted by hoards of photographers jostling for a shot of Alexa. Assumedly she must have slipped out the back so they had to make do wit the rest of us. I imagine that Suzy Menkes must have been spitting and the sight of such a sartorial “circus”. Next up was Temperley London at The Dorchester hotel. Queue another mad dash across Mayfair in the direction of Park Lane. Fashion Week has evidently fried my brain because despite having my invitation in hand, I turned up at The Grosvenor hotel, rather than the Dorchester. Once he’d recovered from the initial confusion of my bursting in and blabbering nonsensically about a fashion show, the congierge pointed me in the right direction. I took my seat in the venue’s magnificent ballroom and had a good old gawp at the FROW which included a myriad of major fash eds plus Natalie Massinet and Olivia Palermo. I’m always a sucker for Temperley’s deliciously feminine style and last seasons collection, aptly named, ‘Return to Elegance” left me (almost) speechless. With the AW13 show entitled “Byrds” we expected Hitchcock heroines and as always, what Alice promised, she delivered. Temperley’s latest offerings were the absolute epitome of polished femininity. Cinched waists and classic silhouettes perfectly styled with immaculate chignons, cat eye sunglasses and elbow length gloves. Fine organza, blush hued silk and neat navy ribbon trims exuded a delicate charm while strict tailoring and contrasting cobalt and navy looks hinted at darker side of the Temperley woman. From the figure clinging cashmere polonecks that came tucked into printed midi skirts to the exquisite embellishment tastefully adorning Alice’s evening gowns, everything about this collection was perfectly executed in a palette of delicate cream offset with hits of emerald and gold. I got the sense that while the Temperley woman remains timeless and tirelessly tasteful for AW13, much like the silver screen star who served as this season’s inspiration, she doesn’t take sh*t from anyone.

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Temperley London AW13

I left The Dorchester exhilerated from what, I’m sure you’ll agree, was a frantic but fantastic morning of shows. During fashion week I find it hard to believe that any sort of normal life or work continues but unfortunately, it does. I had deadlines to meet and about a zillion emailed to go through so decided to head home (via itsu of course) and cram in a few hours hard graft before heading back out later on. Having completed about half of the things on my never-ending “to do” list, watched an episode of Gossip Girl and changed into my new season Whistles leopard jacquard cocktail dress (they were having a party that evening) I headed back over to Somerset House for my last show of the day, Marios Schwab. I know I say this every season but Marios’ was the first show I ever managed to wangle my way into when I attended London Fashion Week for the first time ever back in September 2010. I remember catching a glimpse of Caroline Sieber on the FROW and not being able to believe my luck at attending such a fabulous event. I’m pleased to say that six seasons, three continents and God knows how many shows on, I still have a few “pinch me I’m dreaming” moments every fashion week. This is slightly off topic I know but it’s very easy to start taking the whole thing for granted when actually being there at all is pretty extraordinary, so I just felt it needed to be said. Anyway, enough of my rambling and back to the matter at hand.

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Marios Schwab AW13

After a start so delayed it put New York to shame, the show opened with a succession of sculpted micro mini shift dresses enhanced with ornate black embroidery and matching ankle length capes. There was an air of the otherworldly to them and an implied complexity, both in terms of design and inspiration. At the same time take away the cape, add a stylish starlet and you could easily imagine spotting one at a fashion party. Indeed it was a collection was full of dualities and the whole thing was slightly odd, but not in a bad way. Embroidered PVC and rich velvets in a palette of pink, burgundy, russet and brown harked back to an earlier age yet were also powerfully futuristic. Fluted sleeves and more caped dresses would have felt almost medieval were they not constructed from complex, high tech fabrics. As always, Marios delivered a few truly jaw dropping, red carpet numbers and the final look – a floor sweeping, nude gown that was almost entirely sheer save for strategically placed glimmers of silver – was nothing short of mesmerizing.

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