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London Fashion Week

In Day to Day on September 21, 2011 at 12:56 pm

SOMERSET HOUSE

This is a rather delayed post, considering we are now on the last day of London’s most fashionable week – with shows including Mulberry, Clements Ribiero, PPQ, Burberry, Christopher Kane, Jaeger and Marios Scwab having shown their catwalk collections. Rather than a run down of the catwalk shows and reports, this piece acts to encourage anyone who Happens to be In London (see what I did there?) during fashion week, to go. It is an experience not quite like any other, and a chance to see some amazingly dressed people while you’re there.

For me, the enjoyment lies in watching new season collections stomping past and looking for new trends as well as admiring what everyone else has turned out in. Even if it is just to stop outside Somerset House and look at what everyone is wearing, or to try your hand at some celeb papping, there is nothing that quite matches up. Once you have your exhibition pass, make the most of it and take a look around Somerset House, as well as the shows you have tickets for.

Something that often gets left out are the exhibition rooms around Somerset House – I urge you to look around these as they are a fascinating opportunity to see examples of design and creativity up close, plus talk to the designers in person about the collections. My favourite is usually the Headonism room curated by milliner extraordinaire Stephen Jones – this year on the ground floor (rather than the lower ground) and right next to the BFC Press Lounge. The milliners showing in the East Wing for SS12 include Charlie Le Mindu, Piers Atkinson, Noel Stewart and J. Smith Esquire and the stands (although crammed into quite a small room) are beautiful.

On the Lower Level, you will find the BFC Screening room and the BFC Elle Talent Launch Pad – this year with Sophie Hulme and Claudia Catzefils. Hulme is one of my favourite emerging designers, with fond memories for me as I wrote this piece about her many months ago when I started this blog. I love her classic pieces with gold accents and amazing jewellery – so go and see her stand!

Fashion week poses the rare opportunity to glimpse into the future and see the trends we will be wearing come next summer, plus really appreciate some truly amazing British design and homegrown talent.

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