16 September 2011

Light, Camera, Outfits: LFW IS HERE!

London Fashion Week is but a hair’s breadth away and we. Are. Excited. But what are Grazia Daily and the rest of the fash-pack going to be nattering about between shows? Well, we have a few predictions for you…

The Middletons:

All of them – Kate, Pippa, Carole; even James and Michael. Well, less Michael. But definitely James. The Middleton question is a twofold one: a) will any of them turn up to the shows (Kate is almost certainly a no, Pippa’s a maybe at ISSA, Carole’s evens for Caroline Charles and James would be an unlikely but unexpected treat anywhere). And b), will the Middleton Effect really come to fruition, after all the speculation that Kate is going to have an effect on what the designer’s are creating? Watch this space.

The Great Dior Debate:
What’s going on at Dior? Are the (increasingly probable) stories about Marc Jacobs asking for a gazillion dollar salary before taking the reigns true, or entirely unfounded. And, more to the point, WHY is it taking so long for LVMH to decide on who should head the iconic house (may have answered our own question there). Either way; we’re impatient and we want to know!

Boys who like girls:
Uber cool menswear labels J W Anderson and Sibling are showing their first standalone women’s presentations this LFW – Sister by Sibling promises more of the same brilliantly colourful, old designs inspired by ‘dodgems, waltzers and hot dogs.’ (yes please) and LW Anderson promises ‘monochromatic, rich meets poor and man meets natural’ at his debut women’s show.

The Next Big Highstreet Thing:

Mossy is out at Topshop, the Florence Welch rumours were a massive great red herring and Philip Green had a secret meeting with Gwyneth Paltrow in June. Basically, ever since Mossy appeared at the Topshop show in 2008, just before beginning her money-spinning collab with the high street behemoth, Uncle Phil has utilised LFW to show us who’s in at Arcadia. Our prediction for this LFW? Lots and lots of Chloe Green.

The lack of goody bags:
Sometime in 2006/2007, something peculiar happened to goody bags. They stopped appearing. Fashion Editors homes and offices, previously fragranced with free scented candles and with shelves bowing under the weight of gratis tat, were suddenly left unscented and empty. The last known sighting of a fashion show goody bag was at the PPQ S/S 11 show in September 2010, where canvas totes were handed out containing nothing more than Herbal Essences for split ends. Not so much a goody bag as an insult, thought the fashion editors. We should probably just resign ourselves to the fact they’re not coming back, with the new bribery laws an’ all.


- Alex Butt


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