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Unseen London Fashion Week

We’ve all seen the pics that circulate the web and yes Christopher Kane, Topshop and Luella were amazing but not ones to follow the crowd we thought we’d share a few of the more random and special moments of LFW.

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Bistrotheque cafe & bar at 180 The Strand. Amazing slices of cake and great tacos.

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The black and white Union Jack’s that hung proud around the venue. Very ‘anti-fashion’.

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MAC’s makeup sheet for Louise Gray’s presentation makeup.

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Not quite Posh (who we thought may be in the parked car behind the tent) but Mr. Walliams no less looking rather suave!

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The Matches stand at LFW designed by the brilliant Gary Card. The bright garish colours looked great set against the palatial courtyard of Somerset House.

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From behind- our man taking us in the complimentary Rickshaw to the pop up Armani cafe on St. Martins Lane. Poor waiter misunderstood our order 3 times! Result- 3 free Armani cocktails. Yum!

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Me having just had my makeup done by the lovely Louise at MAC.

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Headonism @LFW entrance display

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Giant pink inflatable mouse? bear? er not too sure but looked good in the main stairwell at 180 The Strand.

Filed under: 180 the strand, armani cafe, bistrotheque, christopher kane, gary card, headonism, lfw, louise gray, luella, mac, matches, somerset house, Topshop

London Fashion Week – Spring Summer 2010

It’s fashion time! This season celebrates both LFW’s 25th birthday and debut of the new venue of Somerset House – and it’s an inspired move. Here is the beautiful view from the rooms of the building where the exhibition and presentations take place – you can’t get more British and patriotic:

And here’s the fantastic new show space, the tent is where the ice rink is at Christmas:

The Caroline Charles show gets the award for most random selection of guests, Joan Collins and Boris Johnson!!

Favourite show so far – Bora Aksu:

Orla Kieley held a fashion presentation in a room of Somerset House, which featured a huge TV, magnificent views of London and champagne – along with the ability to see her wonderful designs up close at your own leisure. Fantastic. Presentations are the way forward.

Fun times at Fashion Week so far!!

Filed under: Bora Aksu, fashion, London Fashion Week, London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2010, Orla Kieley, somerset house

SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution

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Today I braved the rain and headed down to Somerset House for the press viewing of SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution. For 10 years now photography legend Nick Knight has been pushing fashion boundaries and evolving a new genre of film, fashion film. SHOWstudio began pre mobile phones, pre picture messaging, pre blogs, pre web 2.0. Innovative then as much as it is now the team translated fashion to new mediums and opened up a whole new way of looking at, communicating with and participating in fashion. Engaging the audience and encouraging interaction seems only natural now in an age of blogging, MySpace and forums, but back at the beginning this idea of a website that could allow discussion in real time and invite contributors was fairly groundbreaking. The success has seen it grow and grow, welcoming collaborations from Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Naomi Campbell, Gareth Pugh, Kate Moss and Bjork. This exhibition, which will run throughout fashion week, celebrates its most successful and creative projects to date, embedding its message of interaction further with touch screen wallpapers, listening posts and a live studio set. There are too many amazing things in this exhibition to list them all but here are a few of the more ‘stand out’ pieces…

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This massive re-creation of Naomi Campell is made from polystyrene using laser technology. Reminiscent of Andy Warhol’s Elvis Presley (1963), Naomi stands towering with a projected surface that can be designed by the audience.

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Gareth Pugh shows us his perception on sentimentalism, glamour and spectacle in this video series of him transformed into a human disco ball and black show poodle.

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Forget-me-Not, a project by Peter Saville and Julie Verhoeven, sees an erotic interactive wallpaper design for computer screens. Beautifully illustrated, the inspiration of 18th Century Toile de Jouy counterbalances the erotic danger that transpires through linear vignettes.

SHOWstudio:Fashion Revolution runs from September 17th- December 20th at Somerset House, Embankment Galleries. Tickets £5, concessions £4.

Filed under: Gareth Pugh, julie verhoeven, naomi campell, nick knight, peter saville, showstudio, showstudio: fashion revolution, somerset house, toile de jouy

Esquire Magazine – Singular Suit Exhibition

From today – until 31st August – you can pop to Somerset House for an exhibition that is essentially promoting Esquire magazine’s all-important September issue. Said exhibition looks to be very interesting as it features 18 suit collaborations between designers and artists including Graeme Fidler of Aquascutum with Antony Gormley and Donatella Versace with James Clar, which is pictured above and features flashing light sabres and takes its inspiration from the movies. Other desingers taking part include John Galliano and Giorgio Armani.

Filed under: art, donnatella versace, esquire magazine, esquire's singular suit exhibition, fashion, graeme fidler, james clar, jsomerset house, september issue, somerset house