London Fashion Week: What's in Jillian's Bag

After an overnight flight spent catching up on the NYFW collections, I’ll land in London for five days of the best fashion talent in Britain. Follow me from across the pond on Twitter (@jillianvieira and @FLAREfashion) and Instagram (@jillianvieira and @flaremag) for catwalk snaps and can’t-miss collections. With mere hours to takeoff, here’s what shows I’m looking forward to and what I’ll be packing (read: cramming) into my suitcase.

P1031 Quilted Bomber1. Thankfully, London isn’t familiar with the Polar Vortex, but with a forecast calling for lots of rain (surprise, surprise!), I’ll be darting to shows in a cozy bomber jacket. Smythe jacket, $495, Holt Renfrew.

0 Stand out_cadaudda-892. Winter boots, begone! Can’t wait to revive my collection of colourful, barely-there heels. Aldo heels, $80,

Leica C_light-gold_front





3. With a jam-packed schedule lined up, downtime will be sparse, but I’m keen on enjoying the city. For me, that means capturing passersby and quiet moments with my trusty analog Canon AE-1 camera. (Though, I dream of carrying around a Leica one day.) Leica camera, $770,

4. Coming off a standout spring collection, Christopher Kane tops my “to see” list. His clever use of flower anatomy diagrams last season have us all wondering what (no doubt, genius) direction he’ll take for fall.

5. Mid-way through fashion month, most editors turn to a steady stream of coffee for resuscitation, but an English heritage has cultivated my taste for tea. Know of the best cups in the city? Send me your recos!

6. After Emma Hill’s departure last fall, fashion eds are hotly anticipating creative director news coming from Mulberry. I’m told there’ll be an announcement very soon – perhaps at their pared-down Claridge’s presentation?

7. One exhibition I’ll be sure to check out is Bailey’s Stardust – a collection of images curated by famed London photographer David Bailey (at the National Portrait Gallery until June 1st). His diverse portfolio – spanning images from East Africa and Papua New Guinea to high-fashion editorial shots of Kate Moss – is a feast for the eyes.

8. Back in October, British shoe designer Sophia Webster stopped by the Hudson’s Bay in Toronto to christen their new shoe salon. I can’t wait to see her whimsical new collection while I’m there – Webster’s cheeky take on footwear puts fun back in fashion.

9. Something about London casts a romantic light on reading (Notting Hill is likely responsible!), so I plan on perusing Claire de Rouen Books, which specializes in art, fashion and photography books. The quaint little shop even has a fashionable backing: model Lily Cole is now an investor in the store. 125 Charing Cross Rd.