London Fashion Week Finale

So there we have it. Another frantic six days of burning the candle at both ends in order to showcase British fashion’s key players and their fruits of labour for the past six months.

As the international press contemplated autumn jackets at London Fashion Week’s finale, anyone who’s anyone in fashion was transported to warmer climes with glimpses of things to come in spring/summer 2011.

There were feminine florals at Vivienne Westwood’s Red Label show, garish geometrics at Mary Katrantzou and muted pastels with a cream and beige palette at Michael Van Der Ham suggesting that, come next summer, there really will be a huge amount of variety whether you have the budget for the designers or if you will be purchasing trends that have been filtered through to the high street. Looks were varied, from Osman’s ladylike structuring to Burberry Prosum’s biker chic.

London Fashion Week excels at it’s variety and this in essence is what brings such a varied crowd to this bi-annual celebration. The age range of attendees was phenomenal even if you can’t always gauge some of those at the older end of the spectrum. Fashion’s key players were out in force with Anna Wintour being seen virtually everywhere as were stars of TV and film. There were frequent sightings of the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Alexa Chung and even Jude Law in support of fiancee Sienna Miller’s new collection for Twenty8Twelve.

That’s not to say that it’s all glitz and glamour. There were the stonking hangovers to contend with at those 9am shows on a Sunday morning. There was also an alternative side to the event with time for a poignant reminder of the great talent that British fashion has lost:a memorial to Alexander McQueen, who passed away just before his autumn/winter show this year, and a celebration of the life of the late Isabella Blow, which came in the shape of the launch of her husband’s memoirs about her.

So there we have it: another London Fashion Week done and dusted and despite the hard slog that is involved it is definitely worth it. Now, there’s only five months until autumn/winter 2011…

Photo by Artee-Lynne Mamawag

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