What's that, you say? More London Fashion Week? Okay...
Fashion Mode in conjunction with Vauxhall Fashion Scout
This was a collection of four up and coming designers. Carlotta Actis Barone was my favourite - she mixed a theatrical concept (the models wearing skin-tight garments printed with text which looked like tattoos) with some really gorgeous, wearable pieces. Lots of nipped in waists and full pleated skirts, two things that instantly make me a fan on a personal level.
Barone's collection was based on the fight against racism, particularly before the 1865 civil war, and not only is this reflected in the text the models wore, but also in the style of clothes - 'rich drapery and cuts inspired by the worn, knotted and over-sized appearance of slave's garb'. Yep, most of that last paragraph was lifted from the info sheet but I genuinely was impressed. So often I see shots of fashion shows and think 'That's amazing, but no one would actually WEAR it...' so mixing some classic cuts with a contemporary twist whilst making a statement is a big accomplishment.
James Hillman had men in shorts with see-through cut out panels, and one guy in a dress. All your boyfriends will be wearing this next year, ladies.
Elson Figueiredo had a couple of male models who I really thought were girls at first. That's kind of all I remember... but I am definitely not an expert on male fashion.
I liked Florian Jayet though - funky ponytails (is it weird that I want to learn how to make my hair do that?) and massively over the top fake eyelashes. And pretty dresses, too.
Nico Didonna was last - at the very posh Millennium Hotel in Knightsbridge. The press release said that they intended on pampering their guests and they did indeed - we both got free Essie manicures, and if either of us had been drinking, there was free vodka and champagne flowing all night.
The clothes were lovely if unremarkable, but most of them would look at home on the red carpet. Lots of draped, silky material, luscious colours (I'm genetically programmed to love anything turquoise), accessorised with stylishly smeared eyemakeup.
And one model with really weird hair.
And that was it! Monday morning I was back in the office, my fashionista experience just a memory. But hey. At least I still have the goody bags.
See you in Primark. :)