Five things that London Fashion Week wouldn't be the same without

22 September 2011

Aside from the fabulous fashion moments taking place on the catwalk, there were a few little things that made LFW even more enjoyable for the Grazia team. Whether it’s someone’s brilliantly bonkers outfit that kept us enthralled, the yummiest cocktails (Mulberry’s raspberry sherbet prosecco) or the fact that we lounged in the luxury of our Grazia emblazoned Range Rover Sports (so VIP) whilst being chauffeured by the wonderful Vicki and Daffyd (you guys ROCK!). We’ve picked the five things that really perked us up from early morning front rows to partying after dark. So, we’d like to say a big gushing thank you to….

Nicholas Kirkwood for his amazing shoe-contributions to the circuit’s top catwalks (Erdem, Meadham Kirchoff and Pollini – for which he is creative director – at Louise Gray). His creations were beyond fab and we have already started putting the pennies in our piggy banks. BAGSY the Perspex heels at Peter Pilotto!

The living legend that is Roberto Cavalli. He held the most lavish parrrrteeee of the week and kept the Grazia fashion team not only entranced with his fabulous interview, funny comments (“I laaaave women!”) and super-impressive tan, but this man knows the secret to keeping a fashion crowd really happy: yes, a full Italian buffet was on offer. We’ve never pounced on a wheel of parmesan like that before. Not forgetting the entertainment from The Box AND Kelis, plus a fabulously Euro set of glamorous girls in OTT dresses dancing like their lives depended on it. It was people-watching (and food) heaven.

Model Charlotte Free for her shocking pink hair, nonchalant swagger on the catwalk (seriously, you’d think she was just strolling around the local mall – achingly cool). This little American cutie racked up the LFW walks with Roksanda, Vivienne Westwood Red Label and Topshop – and even when her heel broke at Westwood, she totally styled it out.

So the general LFW fashion parade wasn’t as mind-blowingly weird as it usually is (where was the blonde girl with the corn-rows and the Barbie covered jacket from last season?) but 26 year old, 6’4’’ photographer, muse, performer, the late Isabella Blow’s protégé and ‘London’s most outrageous dresser’ Daniel Lismore certainly kept onlookers googley-eyed. Daniel must be awarded top marks for time put into perfecting ones’ fashion week wardrobe. Gaga better watch her ass.

Anya Hindmarch and her fun photo-booth! The Grazia girls just loooove a photo-op distraction. So a big thanks must go to Anya and her lost-and-found presentation at the long abandoned Stand underground tube station. We also came away with old London postcards, a lengthy arm-candy shopping list and a treat-bag of old-fashioned sweets which kept the team sugar-filled and hyper all day long. Do you think we’re obsessed with eating at LFW? (And if you are wondering who that handsome chap in the pictures is, it’s Grazia’s former Shopping Editor Stefan Lindeman.)

Ok, we just couldn’t narrow it down to five, too much fun was had this LFW. A mega shout out must go to the girl who really runs the world (fashion or not) and stripped the FROW of their cool exterior for well over an hour – Beyonce. Her sparkly be-suited turn on the House of Dereon catwalk at Selfridges caused near fashion chaos. Tweeting, picture taking, gasping, dancing, texting, OMG-ing – the crowd was out of control and we were blown away by her insane beauty. We're still OMG-ing at the thought of it, actually…

- Hannah Almassi


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