This new "school" year has been a little crazy so far. Things normally calm down a little when Fashion Week is over - especially as I only did London this season. This time, it is like I have been hit by an awesome storm. Professionally, everything is happening at once, and while I love every minute of it I am a bit of a slow blogger right now. There is nothing wrong with that, I realise this is my website and I can post as often or as little as I want. But I miss it when I don't post. I miss it, but I don't want to serve you filler posts.
I am working a whole lot right now as the editor of two blogs as well as maintaining this one. I also just finished designing a tee-shirt for Wiloh (more on that soon), I am still doing the occasional bit of styling and I should start consulting on a tv show. Add to this the fact that well, I have a little girl who just turned 3 today, birthday parties to organise and just you know, a life I am trying to have outside of work.
I am not complaining at all, just giving you guys an update on me rather than inundating you with yet more Fashion Week images and reviews when even I am a bit bored with it already! Normal services will resume as soon as I have a minute to take some nice photos of outfits, or tell you about what I love at the moment.
In the meantime I am leaving you with SPACE.
I was going to finish all my London Fashion Week coverage and then post these photos, taken by Jaja from July Stars at the weekend, but I am so happy with the way they came out, I had to share them with you now!
Below is the little story Jaja wrote to go with the photos.
"An exotic bird with delicate and doll-like features, she liked travelling to obscure parts of London and found rapture in secret overgrown gardens where she could hide and dream of mysterious places, creatures and spells. She embarked on these little journeys to escape from the sickly sweet scent of the other girls she lived with in a huge mansion in Mayfair. She roared with laughter with the ghosts and cried in soft focus when the majestic tiger cat walked away whispering. She danced with the birds and thought of the day her magical skills would be powerful enough to transport her to a sunny playground of delights, where cypress trees swayed peacefully in the warm evening and pink skies gently soothed the souls of all living beings."
It looks like I will be churning out London Fashion Week posts for a few more days as even after it ended, there are still some shows I haven't written about. God knows I have tried, but sometimes, you just can't post 10 articles in a row without getting fashion fatigue. So I am going to spread them out. I also wanted to use my friend Christopher James' photos rather than mine for the last few posts, as I really love them - so I am waiting for him to sort through his mountain of images.
When like me you are obsessed with interiors as much, if not more than with clothes, a collection inspired by architecture is pretty much the Holy Grail. Mary Katranzou dove deep into old issues of Architectural Digest and World of Interiors to design this collection that blew my mind into a million tiny little pieces.
Why not wear a room rather than live in it? If we wear stripes, flowers and dots, why not use mundane every day motifs and make them magical, spectacular?
On the runway at Mary Katranzou, the models became buildings floating in the old Eurostar Terminal in Waterloo. This is the type of magical moment I longed for.
I was expecting Westwood's collection to be more political, or at least a little more engaged after reading about her involvement with Reprieve. All bets were on - what would the Dame do?
The answer is a little disappointing: she just did the usual. Of course, she did. Why wouldn't she? She has mastered the art of volume, proportions, detailing... She is having a blast making clothes and it shows. Of course, all the models wore the necklace she designed for Reprieve.
I loved the chintzy fabrics and the "sports" stripes in candy colours, I loved the colour clashes... and the shoes *sighs*. I have to get my feet in some of these come Spring.
Photographs - Christopher James (thanks pal!)
This morning, I thought I would share with you the bStore presentation film I went to see yesterday. I loved the atmosphere so much, it has a je ne sais quoi that reminds me of David Lynch an Wim Wenders.
Video courtesy of bStore, directed by Ivana Bobic and Rain Li
I was so happy when Toni & Guy invited me to have a look backstage at Giles. He is one of my favourite designers and witnessing the effervescence preceding his show was a real treat. I even got to briefly chat to the man himself, swoon.
There were no less than 50 models (including Abigail Clancy, Veruschka and Agyness Deyn) walking for Giles tonight and that means an awful lot of work prepping everyone before the show starts.
The look for the hair was inspired by Charlie's Angels - a very 1970s vibe. Big and bouncy curls were obtained by creating small curls at the front with tongs and bigger ones at the back, then brushing it all off before setting the hair in hot rollers.
Ah, Mulberry! One of the shows I was the most excited about... and also one of the shows I had to miss because of this damn fashion flu. Thankfully, I was able to give my invite to Catherine so she could be my eyes in Mulberry's magical garden in Claridges.
Looking at the pictures is really making me wish I had been able to be there in person. The collection is even more to my taste than the previous season and thanks to Emma Hill, the clothes are so much more than an accessory to go with the bags.
I especially liked the trousers looks - they're definitely something I could see myself wearing next Spring, if not now! The whole collection was chic and fun at the same time with a few vintage inspirations... and redheads on the catwalk, with DOGS! True Love.
Photographs - Catherine Sprunt
Video - courtesy of Mulberry
I was in a bit of a strange spot to watch Nicole Farhi's show at the Royal Opera House this afternoon. I was sitting right above the bit of the backstage area where the models are prepped to get on the catwalk. Mrs Farhi herself was there, anxiously checking the tv monitor to see which editors had arrived, and most importantly, what expression was on Anna Wintour's face...
I didn't plan on doing backstage coverage of this show, and due to my position, it was difficult to show you the clothes in great detail, so I thought I'd embrace the documentary angle and show you a little bit of Fashion Week madness.
The collection was very simple and grown-up, with crisp whites and greys dominating the colour palette with a few fuschia, lime green or yellow pieces brightening it here and there.
Hair and make-up were pared down and natural, like many other shows this season.
Backstage at Bryce Aime's Asiarama show was minor chaos, with towering models getting their last minute touch-ups before they were set to walk. The models were made up with yellow blusher and hair was pulled up into high side ponytails with Asian inspired headpieces perched on top.
The footwear for the show was a little bizarre – Toms style plimsolls with cut out platforms underneath that added inches of height to the models without a heel, inspired by Japanese geta slippers. Model Hannah-Leigh told me that despite their bizarre appearance, they're a lot more comfortable than heels, “but the first few steps can be tricky”. No stumbles were spotted, though, as the models marched out in Bryce Aime's SS11 collection.
The collection is clearly inspired by the Far East, with intricate origami folds, neon sport-luxe pieces, lots of red, and the use of two huge, feathered headpieces. Synthetic materials are combined with details inspired by the ancient Orient to create pieces that are timeless, yet fashion forward.
Words and photographs - Catherine Sprunt