Broken Hearts at London Fashion Week
Out and about at London Fashion Week
Our Fashion Week was cut short this season due to our trip to Istanbul, so unfortunately we missed out on perennial favourites such as the Hannah Marshall and PPQ shows. But luckily for us it had also kicked off a little early with the launch of the Noughtie Nightlife exhibition, in conjunction with PYMCA - an amazing archive of youth culture and music that spans the past 7 decades. Friends of WKWYDLN will be pleased to hear that a lot of Chris's photos were featured, alongside pictures of yours truly and flamboyant nightlife staples like the gorgeously polygendered Scottee, Ryan Styles and Daniel Lismore.
Pictures featured here by Billa Baldwin
Luckily we made it back from Istanbul just in time for the House of Blue Eyes party. Johnny BlueEyes always throws rather raucous parties, and this was no exception. Housed in the White Horse strip club, Johnny's models pole-danced, gyrated and thrust their way through the night, resplendent in their HoBE finery (or lack of).
A model shows off Mr Webster's HoBE cape
Thanks to Style Scanner for the pictures
One of the rare occasions that we were out but not matching! Amber wore a vintage kimono from Beyond Retro coupled with a Chinese-style headpiece that was a gift from a friend. Nisha wore a top from H&M, American Apparel shorts and a vintage hat.
The following day we got up as bright and early as we could muster and headed down to the On|Off showroom at Victoria House for the hotly anticipated SS11 show by Ada Zanditon. As ever, Ada delivered a highly intelligent approach to what she has termed 'eco-luxury', fusing fashion-forward silhouettes with environmental awareness and mathematical presicion. The inspiration for this 'Pyramora' collection comes from a fusion of aesthetics of The Great Pyramid and the beautiful, delicate structure of coral reefs. This was the result:
(See more from Ada's show on Treehugger)
It's our favourite of Ada's collections so far, and we've always been huge fans! We love the way she has the ability to fuse conceptual fashion with an eco-aware initiative into collections that are strong and beautiful, without any of the tunnel vision that so many other eco-designers seem cursed with. Intelligent, thought-provoking and yet seriously club-friendly!
Then we hot-footed it to the Swarovski store on Great Marlborough Street to see the Pencil Paparazzi exhibition from catwalk sketcher Blue Logan. The perfect way to take a break from the hectic pace of Fashion Week, Blue's show (the first showing of his full collection in London) was made up of lifesize front-row sketches alongside some of his catwalk pictures and portraits. Can you guess who it is yet?!
Section of a front row by Blue Logan
Karl Lagerfeld by Blue Logan
Next we were lucky enough to be invited to the SS11 preview of our favourite bag designer, Lulu Guinness. There were some amazing pieces on show, most notably the large Pollyanna bags and of course her trademark lips clutches!
One of the best aspects of Fashion Week for us is being able to scoot around the exhibitions checking out new designers. This season certainly didn't disappoint. While at the On|Off space we came across the amazing headpieces of RCA graduate Zara Gorman who makes her striking hats from perspex, leather, wood and brass.
Plus more extraordinary headwear from Gibraltan designer Camille Roman, who creates over-sized bows and fantastical oragami-esque hats for her Tour de Force label. We couldn't find this season's images online, so here are a couple of photos from AW10. Amazing, we're sure you'll agree!
We also loved the 1890s leg-of-mutton influence in media mogul-turned-fashion-designer Jayne Pierson's collection. For next season she's going to be collaborating with shoe impresario Jimmy Choo, so watch this space! We predict big things.
Picture found here
And on our sojourn to Vauxhall Fashion Scout at the amazing Freemason's Hall, we were particularly taken by the colourful designs of James Hock, whose SS11 collection is entirely black and red, and inspired by harlequin clowns. A man after our own hearts indeed. The collection isn't online yet, but here are some of his sketches to give you an idea...
...And the highlights from a previous collection called 'Sleeping with Dali'. We love it!
As you all know, we're huge fans of Melissa shoes, especially their collaborations with Vivienne Westwood. So imagine our delight when we found out that Selfridges were holding a retrospective of Westwood shoes to coincide with the opening of their new shoe hall. We grabbed our trusty three strap elevated and rushed down, with our Lulu Guinness goody bag in tow.
Before we left we made sure we had time to check out the photobooth in the shoe hall - catch it while it's still there!
And of course we couldn't miss the hottest fashion ticket of the week... Yes, you've guessed it - the We Know What You Did Last Night party at the House of St Barnabas. With a photo area set up in the incredible chapel, how could we refuse?!
On the final night of Fashion Week we ditched the regular fashion parties and headed over to the V&A for an evening of culture, canopes and serious costume-envy at the opening of the Diaghilev exhibition. Sergei Diaghilev was a ballet impresario and founder of the Ballet Russes in the early years of the last century. The vision of Diaghilev and artistic director Leon Bakst have been a constant source of inspiration for fashion and theatre designers ever since, most recently in Erdem's SS11 collection, shown the day before the exhibition launch. The show is a visual delight and we highly recommend you see it before it closes in January!
Costumes for Le Train Bleu ballet, designed by Chanel in 1924
The man himself. You can see more pictures of the Diaghilev show here.
Until next time!
The Broken Hearts x