London Fashion Week Round-Up

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Brad Palmer of Fashion Beans/FYI Blog and I at Somerset House

There has been a distinct lack of posts this week, for which I apologies. However, I do have some great posts on some of the various events, brands and the menswear shows I attended during London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011 season.

Whilst LFW conjures up images of glamour, exclusive Mercedes journeys between shows and non stop-partying by night, you would be very wrong. This season there have been a number of niggles that have been getting many peoples back's up, most notably the poor timing in which tickets to shows arrived. And more often than not, some didn't even come at all. Another nark was the hugely over subscribed shows (yes, you PPQ with 1200 tickets allocated in a 600 seater venue) and the massive number of guests of the sponsors, taking up press seating. No-one wants to see pictures of Melanie from the accounts department's head blocking some Ashish boots, taken from the 6th row. More over, an a awful amount of children were swanning about in the British Fashion Council tent for some unknown reason. Although my feet feel like I have been walking on glass for a week, and beyond the gripes above, it has been an excellent week, and here is why;

Thursday saw the Links of London launch, which I have already blogged about here, however afterwards I took a cab to the Reiss store just off Oxford Street, London, for a little event. The large, glass fronted store was a hive of activity, not to mention overflowing with achingly cool boys and some bang on trend girls. We drank beer whilst we had our pictures taken in the photo-booth vintage caravan which shone from the corner with its shinny steel exterior. As I nipped out for some fresh air, I clocked a very stunning, chiselled man who I thought I recognised. Yes, for it was the model David Gandy. We chatted about mutual friends and acquaintances as well as the Neapolitan coast where he has just returned from, and then kindly accepted to have a picture taken. I can safely say he is the most friendliest and personable male model in the industry I have met to date.

David Gandy

Friday was an eventful day, with the Jean-Pierre Braganza show at the ON/OFF venue on Bloomsbury Square a great highlight as his menswear pieces, though scarce, were just incredible. The cut and loose flow of the pieces, all in a stark white or light cream fell perfectly, as well as having just the right amount of detailing and deconstruction. His after party, just off Carnaby Street, was attended by a great crowed including, model du jour Ash Stymest who arrived with Nate Weller, son of 'Mod Father' singer Paul, and I just couldn't resist having this picture below.

Take Two: Ash Stymest

This season seemed to be a popular one with well known male models, as in two days, as many of the hottest around were out in force.

BFC Chairman Harold Tillman

Laura Bailey,  Esethica Ambassador

Sunday was refreshingly relaxed day with the Estethica brunch, hosted by BFC chairman Harold Tillman, with speeches by notable industry experts including model turned writer Laura Bailey. The Estethica initiative is a fantastic and visionary one, paying workers fairly and producing high quality items ethically, using sustainable materials, whether they be natural, recycled or simply produced ethically and fairly. Here is discovered a small jewellery brand called 'Made by the People for the People' which uses recycled brass for a number stunning pieces like the bracelet and rings below, as well as the striking, chunky bone rings. What surprised me was their price point, as the bracelet is around £25 retail, with the three brass rings about the same also. 

In the evening, I attended the AIW Wool event, which champions the use of wool in fashion, as well as supports the farmers and the industry as a whole. It was a buzzing event, with miniature themed canapés such as shepherds pie, completed with a bubbly champagne. We left with some stunning jumpers from Lyle and Scott, the uber trendy wool British wool company. The wool industry in the UK was a major and important part of our national income, and I am pleased that there is a revival. Whilst most expected the patron HRH The Prince of Wales to be there, he had a recorded message broadcast, yet I feel he should have been there.

BFC Chairman Harold Tillman

Designer Jean Pierre Braganza

'No Finer Feeling' 

Tuesday and Wednesday were busy evening's with the Nicole Farhi event and a quick visit to the Rankin studio with Jodie Harsh, which celebrated his new book of inspirational and deep photographs. The angular staircase was hung with some impressive shots, and the stark space was broken up by some dark images. Whilst in the main studio, we ate mini fish 'n' chips, cheese canapés and drank a delicious dry white wine.

During Menswear Day, I bumped into Texan model Cole Mohr, who was just having a cigarette after walking in the James Long show. He his one of my favorite models, not just because of his tattoo's and relaxed Texan persona, but because he is friendly and very very personable. Though one thing Cole, pull your jeans up a little! 

After Menswear Day was the Elite 'One for the Boys' event at the Hoxton Pony in Shoreditch, which celebrated the launch of the model agencies men's division. Getting there early was a blessing as the queue, an hour or two later, was around 80 meters long, with around 100 people gathered around the door. Surrounded by such elite male models does nothing for your self esteem but I did manage to have a chat and a grab a picture of Spanish model du jour River Viiperi who, as you can see below, is just magically stunning. 

He loves me: River Viiperi

So that is just a handful of the events I attended, but look out for some more in depth features on brands, events and people later.
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