Having my morning coffee with Bill Nighy. Not a bad way to start a Monday! At the Nicole Farhi show at the Royal Music Hall in Covent Garden, he was the lone celeb sitting front row. An interesting attendee, but he seemed to be with his wife so perhaps it was a shopping trip? After the cameras were done interviewing him, we got on with the show.
The black lucite invite was a clear indicator of a new graphic aesthetic for the classic British designer. Usually her pieces are extraordinary, but this time there was a fresh and youthful edge with black patent panelling on leggings and outerwear, metallic lame and dramatic dresses that could be worn day or night. She stuck with a palette of black, camel and nude but punched it up with a few hot reds and pretty prints. The camel coats were some of my favourite pieces – make sure you have one of those next season. Plaids and tweeds in oversized structure and pleated skirts below the knee were built in to satisfy her regular clients. Eveningwear was the focus with new off the shoulder wrapped dresses, sequined frocks with sheer overlay and stunning red sheaths. Jordan Dunn, back on the catwalk a mere two months after giving birth, was exquisite in all of it.
I’m fighting a mighty cold and the frigid and rainy weather is not helping, so I lay low for much of the day but managed to tour the exhibition section in which a few designers that have shown were displaying their new season’s wares. My chance to check out the Mark Fast and Mary Krantanzou collections I missed on Saturday. Love, love, love Mary’s famous trompe l’oeil effect and it was particularly beautiful this time around with crown jewels pictured and encrusted onto structured silk dresses. Vintage lace details managed to make the overall effect a regal and sophisticated one. Mark’s skin tight knits are always better seen on a model or form, but grasping the fabrics it was fun to see just how strong they are. One reason they look fantastic on any body shape. New for the Canuck was a flirty suede bolero and square gems sewn into mesh as detail on dresses and some seriously cool fingerless gloves.
Over to the legendary Claridges hotel in Mayfair for my last show of the day, Paul Smith. The lovely venue had these stunning chandeliers and the symphony played on the sound system, so I was expecting a really classic, British elegance. But in true Paul Smith form he did that with a whimsical twist. The English country side gone wild. Sexy lace up skirts and leggings, sheer body hugging knits and a torn fishnet stockings took the collection over to the wild side. Models stomped the runway in mules and wellie-like socks up to the knee. Interspersed of course were some rich tweeds, pleated skirts, impeccable tailoring (loved the canary blazer and gold morning coat) to keep up his design DNA. A button up and belted cape was the perfect balance of young and sophisticated. Rain slicker gauchos, dresses and pants were pure fun, while soft, off the shoulder frocks were seriously elegant. Both Carine Roitfeld and Lynn Yager looked pleased front row.
Busy day tomorrow with the most anticipated show of the week – Burberry! – on the schedule so calling it an early night. Till next time!