London Fashion Week came and went in a jiffy, and somehow I didn't take much part in the action this time – too busy with the move, and also a bit fed up with hanging around Somerset House feeling I should point my camera at people who so obviously want to get photographed… And it really goes against my self-respect to pap well-known magazine editors and celebrities who these days find it hard not to scowl at cameras (and who can blame them, they're actually there for work). Plus, can you call anything around fashion week really 'street style' anymore?
But I did jump at the chance to see J.W. Anderson – who with a NEWGEN award, Topshop collaboration, Sunspel creative directorship, having moved from men's wear now also to designing for women – feels like the next big thing in British fashion… And while hanging around in my humble standing space, waiting for the show to start I looked at the collected Who's Who of the fashion industry in the front rows... Alexandra Schulman, Suzy Menkes, Taylor Tomasi-Hill, Tim Blanks, Elisa Nalin, Paula Reed, Amanda Harlech, Derek Blasberg, Hilary Alexander, Stefano Tonchi, Caroline Issa, Yasmin Sewell, Susie Bubble, Cathy Horyn… Were all there, even though it was the last show of the day. The boy definitely has pull.
And the show? Loved the neoprene trousers (which aren't really neoprene, but screen-printed cotton sponge) and the no-nonsense masculine/feminine mix, and maaaan would I love to own one of these beautiful cut-out wool sweaters. ♥ ♥ ♥
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