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London Fashion Week - day 4

Posted by Harriet Walker
  • Tuesday, 22 September 2009 at 10:40 pm
Sorry this has taken me so long to put up - Team IndyFashion ended up at several fashion week parties last night and were too tired and emotional to blog. So here's a brief recap of Monday, the fourth day of London Fashion Week S/S2010. My first show of the day was Marios Schwab - he's a designer that I really love, and have done since his first tough, bodycon dress collections. He's developed his look a lot though; it was hard to believe that the man who printed cocktail dresses with blood corpuscles three years ago was the same mind behind this season's tripartite tiered column dresses. He was inspired by the past, present and future, his shownotes said, and the importance of the number 3.
Next, Todd Lynn who broke away from the razor-sharp tailoring with which he made his name. Although the tuxedo jackets and blazers were still present, as was his trademark skinny silhouette, he explored fluidity and formlessness with draped fine knits, "exoskeletal" metal
shoulder detailing and jersey separates, inspired by an ancient Algerian queen.

House of Holland was the usual jovial affair, with Henry Holland's mates making up a large portion of the crowd. Fortunately, they include the sisters Geldof, Agyness Deyn and Alexa Chung, so the front row was eminently recognisable. Lorraine Kelly was also in attendance, as was Nicola form Girls Aloud, who arrived late and had to stand at the back. The collection was vibrant and brash, in neon oranges and pinks with lace and denim accents, finished with a lacey wedding dress worn by the incomparably beautiful Dree Hemingway (brains and beauty, so unfair).
We arrived late to Paul Smith because we hitched a lift with Colin McDowell, whose car promptly got stuck in rush-hour traffic. But we made it to the show just as the lights dimmed and enjoyed his collection of prim knits and tribal brights. The styling was particularly great, with cardigans flung over shoulders, twisted and knotted any which way - great inspiration for shaking up your existing wardrobe.
The launch party for Nick Knight's SHOWstudio exhibition was at Somerset House, so we went and had a look round. It's a great show - must go back another time for a proper look when it isn't full of boozed fashion types - so do go along. It's there until December. After that, the Paul Smith party which had fantastic views of the river and parliament from its perch high in Millbank Tower, and to the Luella party at Bunglaow 8, where they were serving great cocktails to fab 90s grunge music until the small hours, when we finally took ourselves home.