Fashion

DAY 4

Photo by Anthea Simms

Waking up today felt like Christmas morning. It’s Burberry day! The bronze credit card invite gleamed from inside my handbag. No amount of rain could dampen my mood, or stop me from breaking out the Louboutins.

But first, a host of London’s finest to contend with. Finding it hard to focus.

Good thing the first show was Ashish, one of those cool London labels rarely heard of in Canada. Always a blend of eccentric colour and offbeat parings. This season it was all about grunge, with sequins. Oversized mannish coats, toques, chunky cable knits and flannel paper bag waist trousers. Sequined men’s pajamas, pretty tops and lovely gowns. Puff sleeve bold shoulder finale dress felt overdone, but adored the red and black lumberjack shirt covered in sequins.

Next up Basso & Brooke. Cute girl from the Noisettes posing for photographers in the front row while legendary fashion scribe Colin McDowell gives an interview on camera. This label is renowned for their prints and they showed that on every single piece this season. Every look was styled with leggings that matched the bottom print and geometric wedge booties. Silhouettes of dresses, pants and blouses were fairly standard but the graphic multi-coloured prints were not. Became a bit of print overload by the end, but a pretty blue and purple silk dress layered with a blouse underneath and the cool fur collars were standouts.

After a quick lunch with my partner in crime for LFW (a dear London-based fashion stylist who couldn’t go near the venues without street style photographers stopping her), I pushed on to the next.

Nathan Jenden showed in something called The Dairy near Russell Square. A large barn-like structure behind brick row houses that was all white inside. He just left DVF to focus on his own line full time so it’ll be interesting to see how his label grows. Diane von Furstenberg herself, in chic fuzzy leopard leggings, sat front row for support. Hilary Alexander from the Telegraph scampered across the runway to share candy with her.

African drums began to bang on the sound system and we all turned our attention to the zebra print coming down the runway. As with last season, he showed support for diversity on the runway by only choosing black models and a few with darker skin tones. The whole collection had a decadent and exotic flair with feral prints, feathered tams and ribbon strips that looked like marabou. But contemporary and a touch futuristic with neon sunglasses, perforated leather anorak and geometric cream and black curve-hugging pantsuit. Forties skirt suits were in black and silver and the show finished off with metallic rainbow frocks and slinky gowns. I have a feeling this is just the beginning for Jenden.

Running through the rain – and ugh sleet! – I jumped into the silver van and we headed off towards Amanda Wakeley’s show back at Somerset House. She always does gorgeous, wearable things so I’m excited for a collection I could actually see wearing on a daily basis. Layered and loose capes and dresses in grey marl kicked off the show. Now this is more my speed. Slouchy tweed separates, milk chocolate leather hooded dress and jackets, bold shoulder coats and thin suede layered with fur began a leisurely parade. A muted palette of greys, browns, navy and blush pink made it all feel even softer. Fur was here in all forms but I especially loved the cropped short sleeved jacket in mink. Definite standout was the eyelet black leather dress. Two satin ‘40s gowns let down the pack a little at the end, but overall a pretty, wearable and cool collection.

Now if I could just find my BFC van for a ride over to Chelsea for Burberry. Hope I’m not late!