Well, who could have predicted the steady rain turning to heavy flooding the last few weeks? Even the most devout climate change believer wasn’t predicting chaos quite this early.
I’ll tellyou who could have predicted it: the organisers of London Fashion Week. When I thrilled you with last September’s instalment of this biannual event I made sure to include plenty of moaning about the overhead conditions. Five months later LFW is back and so is the rain. No point dwelling on it though; suffice to say it was a challenge
The first London Fashion Week of 2014 was just more: more people, more shows, more air kissing, more rain, more parties, more schmoozing and a little less drinking than last time (one of these is a lie).
I upped my attendance by a few shows this time around. A couple of standouts were Ong-Oaj Pairam and Maria Hoermanseder, both of whom were showing at the Fashion Scout venue, the Freemason's Hall. For those who read my 'Winter Sun' blog in December last year, you may remember I was pushing for lighter, brighter colours to be added to the Winter palette. It was great to find out I'm not alone in these beliefs when the men made a brief appearance during Pairam's show.
On to the 'Street Style' where It was pleasing to see more suit colourways on display, e.g. matching blue suits with brown waistcoats. These often further merged urban with classic styles, even in a three piece suit, resulting in a dapper look with an edge. If you've ever met me you'll understand why this appeals. Fully committing to both styles in the one outfit ensures the look is smart-edgy, rather than simply smart-casual.
Between shows there were the regular recaffeinating stops at Somerset house, though this time around there was a little more bumping into a few more familiar bods while browsing smaller stands, all the while holding a semipose for the 'natural' pap shots from the ubiquitous street photographers. While I remember I should mention a couple of brands who caught my eye: http://en.galet.com/ impressed with their ultra-hip 'loafers' (some might say 'slippers') and Gracie Opulanza rocking a sample PinCollar Shirt from a new London-based company: Pin Collar Shirts.
After the shows, with teeth whitened and moustache freshly waxed it was time for a couple of interviews with MenStyleFashion and FashionOne. Then once in full schmooze mode we just powered on through; some pre-drinks drinks at Me Hotel then off to Dash magazine's party...Yeah, it's not such a bad life!
My long-term forecast for September: mostly fine with four days of continuous precipitation.
Ong-Oaj Pairam you can view their entire AW14 Looks here
Marina Hoermanseder you can view their entire AW14 Looks here
The crazy world of LFW Street Style!! The boys...
The crazy world of LFW Street Style!! The girls...
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