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Kate Moss and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley sparkle at Thirties themed Moët & Chandon Etoile Awards

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on September 20th, 2011

For some one integral part of London Fashion Week is the parties, for others it is a bonus. Yesterday the first Moët & Chandon Etoile Awards took place at London Park Lane for a Thirties-themed party.

On a night of vintage glamour renowned photographer Mario Testino was honoured for his contribution to culture. Other high profile guests included Kate Moss, her hubby Jamie Hince, a sultry looking Sienna Miller, a stunning Rosie Huntington-Whiteley – who stole the spotlight in a 1930’s style dress with bright red lips, Georgia May Jagger and Peaches Geldof.

Kate Moss and Jamie Hince

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Cara Delevingne

Georgia May Jagger

Mario Testino and Sienna Miller

Matthew Williamson

Peaches Geldof and Thomas Cohen

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#LFW Celebrities arrive for the Burberry show

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on September 20th, 2011

Having gone from the signature of chavs, Burberry’s reputation has blossomed over the recent years and has grown to become the hottest ticket of the London Fashion Week. Burberry’s catwalk shows normally attracts the who’s who of fashion, music and celeb land; set in beautiful surroundings in the middle of Hyde Park the spring/summer 2012 Burberry Catwalk was no exception: Mario Testino, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Anna Wintour, Kanye West, Gemma Arterton, Andy Murray, Rachel Zoe, Poppy Delevigne, Jaquetta Wheeler.

Below is a selection of the celebrities – dressed in Burberry of course – as they were photographed on their way in to the venue. Oh yeah, and you can check out the spring/summer 2012 collection here!

Photo credit: Press Association

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley arriving for the Burberry Catwalk show, during London Fashion Week, at Kensington Gardens, Kensington

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London Fashion Week SS12: Nicole Farhi #LFW

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on September 20th, 2011

Nicole Farhi Spring/Summer 2012

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Credit: Press Association

Nicole Farhi welcomed fashionistas to a garden party at the rather aptly venue: the Royal Horticultural Society. Her spring/summer 2012 collection showed a designer who has come into full bloom after 30 years in the industry, offering a bouquet of tulip-shaped dresses and skirts in hues of sunflower yellow, clementine orange and candy pink and rose-prints.

Farhi’s love for experimenting with the fabrics was noticeable, showing tunics in exaggerated mesh and leather laser-cut flowers and plastic sequins on shirts.

And those retro orange sunglasses were amazing. We’re so adding it to next year’s summer shopping list!

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Celebs spotted at London Fashion Week Day 4: Jessie J, Clemence Posy, Erin O’Connor #LFW

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on September 20th, 2011

Monday brought with it Erdem, the lovely Erdem, Pringle of Scotland, Giles and… Burberry but more about that later.

Anna Wintour took a front row place at Erdem along with Harry Potter star Clemence Posy and British model Erin O’Connor. Another Potter graduate, Bonnie Wright was spotted at Pringle along with Rosario Dawson and actress Tilda Swinton, who was aptly dressed in a Pringle sweater with is signature Argyle pattern.

Meanwhile the young and fabulous flocked to Giles’  catwalk show, with the likes of Jessie J, Kelly Brook, Pixie Geldof, Nick Grimshaw and Dannii Minogue placing their bums on the front row seats.

Anna Wintour at Erdem

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Anna Wintour attends the Erdem spring/summer 12 show. London Fashion Week

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London Fashion Week SS12: Burberry Prosum #LFW

By AlexLoves on September 20th, 2011

Burberry Prosum Spring/Summer 2012

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Models on the catwalk during the Burberry Prosum Spring/Summer 2012 Show in Kensington, London, as part of London Fashion Week. Picture date: Monday September 19, 2011.

With a front row always packed with celebs, a spectacular location and all the world’s top models walking in one show, the Burberry shows have fast become the hottest ticket of the London Fashion Week. This time, it was no different: Sienna Miller, Kanye West, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Ellie Goulding, Andy Murray, Anna Wintour, Rachel Zoe, Mario Testino,… the list of Burberry-clad celebs goes on and on and it makes for a fun half hour of celebspotting before the show begins.

But let’s not forget the clothes, which is why we’re there after all. There was a slight Oriental theme to the summer collection, with trenchcoats and calf-length dresses adorned with colourful beading, crochet collars and geometric patterns. There were tribal prints – something not often seen at Burberry, and the bags, too, got a flash of colour, whilst  the models’ straw bobble hats added a bit of fun to the mix. A great, upbeat collection featuring some fresh ideas, as the last winter collection had been a little bit of a repeat from previous years. For the finale, the models were showered in a rain of gold confetti, which had a breathtaking effect to those in the tent.

Spectators at home got a little treat as well. Christopher Bailey is a tech-savvy genius, who, only a few seasons ago pioneered the livestreaming movement, opening his shows up to a global audience. He also did the first show in 3D, one of the first to incorporate Twitter and allowed people to buy the clothes online straight after the show. So, it came as no surprise that he had another trick up his sleeve: this time you would not only be able to buy the clothes during the live show (until September 26th), but Burberry would be the first to have a Tweetwalk, where Twitter users would be able to see the full look of each model right before she hit the catwalk, thus allowing people at home to have the real exclusive. This means of course the going to the show is actually now completely unnecessary, and yet, I wouldn’t trade the real thing for the world.

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London Fashion Week SS12: House of Holland #LFW

By emilyborrett on September 19th, 2011

House of Holland Spring/Summer 2012

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Love him or hate him, it’s pretty much impossible to dispute that when it comes to London Fashion Week, Henry Holland rules this town with his cheeky, anarchic attitude towards fashion that you get the feeling is largely influenced by his cool brat-pack of high-profile friends. The designer everyone wants to be best friends with in the hope that he’ll honour you on one of his T-shirts, his show is always going to be one of the hottest tickets in town when Fashion Week rolls around again.

The new House of Holland Spring/Summer collection that he showed on Saturday was typically Hollandesque in that there were all the bratty, cartoonish elements in his design that always remind us of old poppy coming-of-age Nickelodeon shows from the 90s and much-loved teen movies- Holland always keeps things sassy with some eye-popping prints and clunky little-girl styles that take the “Kinderwhore” look to a whole new level.

This time round the theme for his new designs was “Pastel Punks”, was immediately obvious when the first model came down the runway in a pastel colour-blocked shirt and high-waisted acid wash jeans with snakeskin heels. We bet he’s already made copies of everything in the collection for his bezzies. We loved the clever playing off of ultra-sugary pastel tones and childlike-colour blocking against the snarling aggression of sleek snakeskin boots and fishnet ankle socks.

Anyone who was hoping for some more of Holland’s patented sugary plaids won’t be let down as there are plenty of his trademark checks in bold mint and lilac colours – now all we’ve got to do is bust out our purple clogs, find some old school knee socks and we’ve got one look that Cher from Clueless would die for.

For his Spring/Summer 2012 collection, Holland has basically taken the archetypal Bad Girl, sat her down in front of some cartoons and given her a new cheeky bubblegum spin – and we have to say, trashy as the designs are, they are gloriously trashy and we can’t help loving him a little bit for just bringing some fun to the stuffiness and seriousness of one of fashion’s most prestigious events – because, really, isn’t that pretty punk and therefore pretty British of him?

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London Fashion Week SS12: Jaeger London #LFW

By emilyborrett on September 19th, 2011

Jaeger Spring/Summer 2012

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Jaeger is one of Britain’s most well-loved brands and in fact part of our country’s fashion heritage, so naturally their new Spring/Summer 2012 collection, which was shown on Saturday afternoon amidst a typical London downpour, deserved a bit of a scrum to get in. Which of course there was.

Jaeger’s design aesthetic normally leans towards the darker, sharper end of the spectrum with angular shapes and plenty of cool greys and blacks, so we were pleasantly surprised when on the weekend, instead of their classic and sometimes austere silhouttes and colours, we were treated to an unusually girlish array from the brand that blasted away any preconceptions that Jaeger cannot be playful with their designs. Because this collection shows that they certainly can.

Tunic dresses and tops were a big staple on Jaeger London’s catwalk for this season, artfully skimming over the models’ figures for a shape that wasn’t overtly sexy but still remained to be girlish with a lot of thanks to some very sweet scalloping and soft sorbet colours as well as virginal whites –  blush pink, icy blue and pale yellow all featured in the collection, while the brand also incorporated some more sizzling colours into their smart-casualwear. We were particularly taken by a pair of hot orange tapered trousers, which was effortlessly teamed with a light raincoat with matching orange piping.

For us, though, the show had to be all about the dresses, for as we watched the collection progress we began to see a theme of light, airy sun-dresses that fluttered around the models’ legs as they walked, teaming the stark simplicity which Jaeger is known for with other elegant, delicate touches such as chiffon hems and sweet bows at the neckline.

As Fashion Week goes, this collection may have not been earth-moving – we’ll leave that to the likes of Erdem and Westwood – but it was a gentle, pleasant surprise and a reminder that one of the UK’s oldest fashion labels shouldn’t be underestimated. We can’t wait to see what they do next.

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London Fashion Week SS12: Felder Felder #LFW

By emilyborrett on September 19th, 2011

Felder Felder Spring/Summer 2012

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All of the media’s coolest kids, including Peaches Geldof and Zara Martin, were out in full force last Friday at the beginning of LFW to watch Felder Felder’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection and add some hip gravitas to the proceedings.

Naturally the whole collection was just so London Fashion Week – if you ask me, LFW is the coolest of the runway seasons, even if Paris and Milan are a little more prestigious – with the Felder twins cleverly combining floaty chiffon-silks and pale digital prints with leather choker collars for a clean, tough and sexy approach to summer dressing. There were knowing hints at bondage and punk influences amongst the swirling, girly prints as leather straps in mint green and black criss-crossing across the bust of the dresses – these are designs for the girl next door with a dark secret.

The Felder girls listed their influences for the collection as “one part beach goddess, one part punk princess: otherwise known as Kate Moss on holiday”, and we can see that the supermodel has had an influence on these new Felder Felder pieces. The mystical, swirling digital prints of the floaty gowns combined with tough, glossy accessories and studs are pure Kate Moss all the way – we can predict these pieces being worn by A-listers next year at Coachella festival, for sure.

As for colour this season, FF seem to have had the same thought as many other designers and opted for ice-cream soft, warm colours for their Spring/Summer designs – but naturally even the sunniest of colours, such as mint green and coral, were given a dark edge with flashes of black leather and studs.

All in all, a beautifully executed collection from the Felder Felder girls that might just be one of the best shows this LFW. Sign us up for one of each piece, please.

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Celebs spotted at #LFW Day 3: Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Kelis & Anna Wintour

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on September 19th, 2011

Day 3 of London Fashion Week certainly brought out the big names in celebsville and fashion as Mulberry and Matthew Williamson were on the schedule.

Supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell were seen at Mulberry and Topshop Unique respectively, showing their support for the labels. Actress Sienna Miller was also to be seen at her friend Matthew Williamson’s show. An Erdem-clad Vogue US editor Anna Wintour had also jetted into town and was spotted frow (that’s fashion speak for front row) at Matthew Williamson, Nicole Farhi and the Topshop Unique show. The latter certainly shows the power Topshop holds on both sides of the Atlantic these days. Singer Kelis was also at Waterloo for the Unique show to see what Topshop has planned for spring/summer 2012

But where was Paloma Faith and her wonderful outfits??

Anna Wintour at Matthew Williamson

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Editor of US Vogue Anna Wintour during the Matthew Williamson spring/summer 2012 show at the Turbine Hall in the Tate Modern in London.

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London Fashion Week SS12: Marios Schwab #LFW

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on September 19th, 2011

Marios Schwab is one of those designers who seems to be world-famous in the fashion industry, but completely unknown to anyone else. His shows tend to cause a bit of a stampede, and yesterday was no different. Held up by the late arrival of many editors, the show ran almost 45 mins late, but it was definitely worth the wait.

As opposed to all cheerful and bright collections we’ve seen this week, Schwab went to the dark side for his Spring/Summer show. Inspired by the heroines of Film Noir cinema, the girls came down the catwalk to the tune of an old horror movie soundtrack.

Marios Schwab SS12

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A model on the catwalk during the Marios Schwab show at the BFC Show Space, Somerset House, London, as part of London Fashion Week.

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Autumn/Winter must-haves: Shaggy fur

By emilyborrett on September 19th, 2011

Blackheart Epic Coloured Faux Fur Coat

Fashion-lovers, there’s an incredibly soft and snuggly winter ahead of us as this season it’s going to be all about making like a wild beast and swathing yourself in layers of the softest, shaggiest fur you can find.

Plenty of designers took inspiration from animals this season, from confusing yet pretty fur strips among round iridescent sequins at Prada, while the Olsen girls used The Fantastic Mr Fox as a source of inspiration for their wild-looking draped furs which were teamed with crisp autumnal colours and stark make-up. Fur (faux, of course) always has and always will be an impossibly glamorous way to keep warm during the winter, but this season fur has a darker, moodier edge – think of coats that look like musky old animal skins and mythical creatures for this season.

Long distressed fur is one of our absolute favourite textures for this season, so if you find the perfect shaggy coat or bag, don’t walk past it. These heavy, animalistic textures are all about making a big statement, so just one piece will give your stark winter wardrobe an automatic update. We’re a huge fan of Blackheart’s coats, which you can find at Asos and in the gallery above – especially their deep plum-coloured fur coat that would look amazing with a simple black dress and dark makeup for a dramatic winter look.

If you’re keen on making a bold statement you should consider spurning realistic faux furs for something a little brighter for a dramatic, unusual look – we are absolutely in love with Ana Konda’s designs for Asos, which include some amazing bright scarlet furs. Check them out – they’d look incredible with bright lipstick.

If you’re hesitant to go all-out and deck yourself out like a wild animal, however, you can still channel the trend with a furry accessory or a piece with a simple fur trim without needing to go the whole hog. River Island is brilliant for fur collars, bags and shoes – we seriously recommend that you stop by their site to see what they’ve got.

To see our favourite fur pieces on the high street, check out the gallery above.

Gallery, London fashion week

London Fashion Week SS12: Paul Smith #LFW

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on September 19th, 2011

All shows running horribly late, in the middle of a massive downpour, guests frantically made their way into the Royal Horticultural Halls to catch Paul Smith’s latest show. Some looked pretty dishevelled and plenty of seats were left empty, which is a shame, as it was one of his better collections of late.

With the androgynous look being quite a trend at the moment, Paul Smith did what he does best: beautiful tailoring. It’s never about creating big trends or jaw-dropping pieces, but it’s all about the perfect trousers, the perfect shirt and the perfect jacket.   The boyish looks were finished with fedora’s, loosely buttoned up shirts, messy hair and with brogues and loafers instead of silly high heels. For the girly-girls there was a range of pretty shirtdresses and calf-length floaty skirts, but mostly what I take from this collection is Paul Smith’s single-handed reinvention of the summer trousers.

Paul Smith SS12

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London Fashion Week SS12: Topshop Unique #LFW

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on September 19th, 2011

Topshop Unique’s catwalk shows always attracts celebrities and the Spring/Summer 2012 show at Waterloo Station didn’t disappoint: Naomi Campbell, Kelis, Nicola Roberts, Ellie Goulding and Pixie Geldof all donned their most fashionable outfits (errr we’re not 100% sure about Pixie’s denim dress…). Even the Godmother of Fashion, Anna Wintour made an appearance.

So what did the stylish crowd see? There was definitely a feel of ‘street’ and ‘art’ blended with Art Deco about the collection. Hoodies and tracksuit sets were adorned with graphic prints that we’re bound to see on some of the east end trendies.

For the less daring there were some items that wouldn’t look too off in a ‘normal’ wardrobe. I would definitely wear the white knitted sweater accompanied with a gold metallic skirt!

What do you think about the collection?

All images: Press Association

Topshop Unique SS12

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Models during the Unique spring/summer 2012 show at the Topshop Venue at the Old Eurostar Station in Waterloo, central London, as part of London Fashion Week.

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#LFW SS12: Mulberry

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on September 19th, 2011

By AlexLoves

Mulberry is always one of the hottest tickets for London Fashion Week, as it’s always a visual feast, fun and guaranteed packed with celebs. The label offered 2 intimate salon shows in the fancy ballroom at Claridges, so I decide to go along to the second one in order to catch up with some work. Worst. Decision. Ever. The first showing had a double-denim clad Kate Moss and Kristen Stewart in attendance, I had Olivia Palermo, who I only noticed after nearly tripping over her feet.

Secondary celebs aside, it was a blast. The Mulberry ice cream van was outside offering mulberry flavoured scoops to guests in the queue, as well as refreshing pink lemonades. Inside the waiting hall, the walls had been decorated with hundreds and hundreds of inflatable jungle animals, meant to be reminiscent of kitsch pier arcades and camping holidays. The collection, too, was inspired by the Great British Summer, seaside shenanigans, donkey rides and sparkling pier lights. Models sported big, loose beehive hairdo’s with dip-dyed streaks, seemingly inspired by candyfloss, lots of amazing Mulberry bags (obviously), and some even had dogs as accessories. The colourpalette ranged from bright yellows and greens to muted shades of beige and eventually a series of black looks. Once you looked beyond the OTT theme and styling, the clothes were surprisingly simple and chic, with classy little work-appropriate skirt-suits, floaty sheer long dresses and leather shorts and jackets. The real stars, of course, were the bags, but that  doesn’t need any explanation.

Alex is the author of popular fashion blog

Mulberry SS12

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Credit: Mulberry

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Spotted at the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards: Christina Hendricks, Gwyneth Paltrow and more

By emilyborrett on September 19th, 2011

<i>Mad Men</i> star Christina Hendricks showed off her killer curves in a classic Hollywood silver silk gown with beautiful crystal detailing

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Fashion Week may be over for the Yanks, with the fun having crossed over the pond to Laaahn-dahn, but that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing going on in the States, oh no – in fact, while we were all poring over the latest Henry Holland collection on the Vogue site last night, apparently a little something called the Emmy Awards was going on..

All the long-standing Hollywood superstars were there as well as the young talent: I don’t know if Lea Michele was trying to copy Kate Winslet, who’s clearly been in the red-carpet game for a long time, or what, but the young Glee actress turned up smouldering  in a simple scarlet evening dress that was actually very similar to Kate’s Emmy dress. We hope they hit each other with their handbags later in the evening.

Another Glee star in attendance was the adorable Jayma Mays, who was definitely channelling a ballerina vibe in her long ruffled and tiered sugar-pink gown which worked perfectly with her strawberry-blonde hair and berry lips. Following suit with a romantic, feminine look was Heidi Klum with her hubby Seal, showing off a crazy post-summer tan in a statement ruffled nude cocktail dress.

Opting for a more classic Hollywood vibe (it is the Emmys, after all) was the beautiful Christina Hendricks, who, fresh from causing a stir with her impressive cleavage at the première of I Don’t Know How She Does It last week, smouldered last night in an incredible slit-skirt silver evening gown covered in crystalline embellishments for a look reminiscent of old movie stars like Jean Harlow. We love. To be honest, we’re so obsessed with the woman that we might go dye our hair red and eat a tub of Ben & Jerry’s right now.

Also taking the old Hollywood fashion path was Gwyneth Paltrow, who showed off her enviably tight abs in a floor-sweeping black beaded dress with a cutout at the midriff. Pretty much all we need to say about that is that Gwynnie looked in-cred-i-ble.

To see who we spotted at the Emmy Awards yesterday, and what the stars were wearing, check out the gallery above.

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