LFW S/S 2011

Yesterday I got to experience the other side of the runway when I attended London Fashion Week. With snagged press invites I was excited to play journalist and experience watching a show rather than being in one.

Outfit: Very tight, light grey skinny jeans, baggy leopard print t-shirt from Reiss, Khaki thick material big shirt, leather jacket, ballet flats and big accessories.

First show: Twenty8Twelve by S.Miller ( Sienna and Savannah)

Time and Location: 11am, Old sorting office, New Oxford street.

I arrived at the venue 5 minutes before the start of the show, showed my invite, grabbed a drink and took my seat right at the start of the runway… good spot! Waiting for the show to start I spotted the absolutely beautiful Jacquetta Wheeler chatting to her boyfriend front row whilst Pixie Geldof, looking like she’d just rolled out of bed was being swarmed by paparazzi and interviewers.

Once everyone was seated and all the photographers were in place at the end of the runway, the lights went down, the music started and the show began. From start to finish you could see clearly that the miller sisters are really hands on with their collection as every piece had the essence of both the sisters girly, hippy, rock chick style. The entire collection, which was inspired by a Joni Mitchell album was very young and wearable. We saw bright colours, lots of patterns and if this show is anything to go by S/S 2011 will once again have us dressed in floral maxi dresses, loose mini’s, tiny shorts and romper suits, my personal favourite was a floral, rushed bodycon mini dress. Although the collection wasn’t particularly a change in trend, the cut and fit of the items is slightly different, with lots of structure paired with light loose pieces.

Here are a few of my favourite pieces from the show:

Show two: Topshop Unique

Time and Location: 2.15pm, Waterloo, old eurostar terminal.

After a little bit of a stressful time trying to find parking around Waterloo and then trying to find the show I had made it just in time.

The show was inspired by ‘ the mystical, magical and the glamour of 70’s disco.’ We again saw jumpsuits and short chiffon dresses but with a 70’s twist. Bright deep colours, sequin embellishment and metallic flares with black leather tasselled bags didnt inspire me too much and I felt the collection was a little too exaggerated.

Show 3: John Rocha.

Time and location: 5.15pm, Somerset house.

Arriving at Somerset House, I’m really looking forward to seeing John Rocha’s collection, which promised to once again be beautiful and classic. I wasn’t disappointed.

With a simple pallet of black, nude, rose and ivory Rocha intertwined ‘the fragile with strong and the refined with wild.’ The designer experimented with his love of texture, shape and form. Using corsets, vintage pattern and hand crochet, Rocha brought us slender, elongated silhouettes that were offset with structured volume and tailoring. Silks were contrasted with layers of tulle, stretch cottons and delicate knits, with tweeds and lace bringing us new textures for the season.

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