Picture by Katie from Glass of Fashion.
My look for the day:
I'm not a morning person by my own admission, so day 1 of LFW involved a Jessica Ennis-style sprint across Waterloo Bridge to get to my first show of London Fashion Week AW13 on time. But the sprint was all worth it for the 10am Zoe Jordan catwalk.
Despite the early hour, the show had pulled in a celeb-packed FROW, with Brix Smith Start, Laura Whitmore, Harold Tillman and Jaime Winstone amongst the famous faces taking their seats. I took my seat and discovered a gorgeous goody bag (containing a Glossy box amongst other goodies) from the show’s sponsor luxury retail site Vestiaire Collective. Vestiaire commissioned two fascinating behind the scenes videos pre-show, if you’re a Zoe Jordan fan be sure to view them on the Vestiaire homepage.
Fun on the FROW with Jaime Winstone, Diana Vickers, Laura Whitmore, Amanda Byram & Dionne Bromfield.
The Zoe Jordan AW13 collection itself was basically like watching my dream capsule wardrobe paraded in front of me. The predominantly-monochrome collection had a 1960s mod feel, with pops of tangerine and fuchsia updating the look for 2013.
Soft grey furs added luxury and warmth and the footwear was to die for- grey clog-style shoes with block heels in contrasting orange.
Each piece in the collection was extremely wearable, with my favourite looks coming at the end of the show: an iridescent suit with bootcut pants that bore shades of Prabal Gurung and full length mermaid-like dress.
The show finished, and there wasn't even time to have the breakfast I'd forgotten to eat in my excitement before I was queueing for the hot-ticket-of a show: Bora Aksu. I have so many pictures to share with you from this catwalk; the diaphanous fabrics and volumious shapes used in the Bora Aksu AW13 collection were an absolute dream to photograph.
Featuring lots of leather, the show drew influences from the history books, with Victorian corsetry and Edwardian-inspired puffed sleeves featuring in several looks. Head-pieces added that fantastical feel that Bora Aksu do so well.
What I really liked about the Bora Aksu collection was the sharp contrasts: a tightly laced corset that cinched in the model's waist to an eye-watering degree contrasted against the voluminous dresses that wafted down the catwalk afterwards.
My favourite looks came at the end of the show in the form of series of dresses in a hues of purple that floated down the catwalk in an ethereal fashion.
After the Savoy it was time to head to the Savoy hotel with Natalie from Girl is Lost and my new pal from the Bora queue, Rebecca of The Cinnamon Slipper, for the Fyodar Golan show.
I've heard good things about Fyodor Golan and haven't seen a show at The Savoy hotel before, so I was really excited for this one. And in the seductive environment of the Savoy I was completely wowed by the Fyodor Golan show. I loved the dramatic mood, the opulent Baroque influences on the collection and the exquisite burnt orange, monochrome and sky blue colour palette.
Shapes and constructions were wonderful, origami-like folds and pleats created exquisite constructions. The below look that mirrored the circular shape of the daring headwear in the ornate printed dress.
My favourite looks were, as usual, the more wearable styles. The below burnt orange chunky roll neck contrasted against a silk pleated skirt and block chunky heels would make a chic winter daytime look.
I would also like to say sorry to the Trace Publicity PR that I dropped all my tickets over pre-show, my behaviour at fashion week is always pretty Miranda.
Next I stopped for some quick lunch with Natalie in the sunshine outside Somerset House, which was so gorgeous! It's amazing the sun starting shining on Day 1 of Fashion Week.
Then it was off to the Portico Rooms for the Jena Theo show. Theo's show had a 90s rave feel, with happy hardcore face appearing on the show set and printed on voluminous t-shirt dresses. I LOVED the patterns and colours utilised in the collection, described as 'lurid acid dripping print featuring burnt-out, ruined florals' in the show notes. Very cool.
After Jena Theo Katie of Glass of Fashion & I did some street style snaps of each other- how cool is Katie's J.Crew inspired look?
Then I decided I hadn't embarassed myself in a couple of hours, so upon seeing my Made in Chelsea idol Mark Francis on the cobbles, I chased after him (literally) and forced myself upon him and Victoria Baker-Harber for a wonderfully akward photograph. He does know I am there, honest...
Mark was wearing Valentino in case you're wondering. I forgot to ask Victoria, woops.
So after that, the day didn't quite go to plan. I had a ticket for PPQ but that was unfortunately over subscribed and I didn't get in. This is quite a common experience for small-scale bloggers like myself, fashion week isn't all glamour! Katie and I cut our losses and headed for some dinner, deciding to forgoe our parties for some much needed sleep.
Until day two's installment, LFF X