London Fashion Week: Day 1

At long last London Fashion Week is upon us and we’re going to be heading down to Somerset House soon to see what the designers have in store for Spring/Summer 2013.

Sep 14, 2012 at 10:05am | Leave a comment

And our final update from the first day of London Fashion Week comes from Isabella who sent us this dispatch from the Felder Felder show, where a very special guest performed!

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Kate Nash backstage with the Felder Felder sisters

As Kate Nash’s riot girl anthem struck the runway the first of many ethereal looks from the German duo Felder Felder stomped through. Blush silk tailoring and chiffon tea dresses patterned in broken butterflies marked a refined take on the usual Felder Felder silhouette. Makeup and hair was minimal with centre partings and nude lips allowing the intricacies of the quilted silk and lace bodies to take centre stage. Loosely woven spider-knit jumpers provided the perfect solution for summer evenings without compromising any of the previous looks elegance; the Felder Felder girl is growing up.

Check out Kate's Felder Felder-clad feet from Day 2 on our Tumblr page.

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Pics courtesy of Kate's uh-mazing PR Ms Courtney Blackman of Forward PR!

I'm a bit tired and sweaty by this point so it's nice to bump into a friendly face - Olivia Inge, model extraordinaire and xoJane contributor.

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Me and the depressingly tall Olivia Inge

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This is what we do to pass the time at shows: take pictures of each other. Here's me, by Rebecca...

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And here's Rebecca and xo contributor George by me!

Everyone's taking pictures of everyone else. I decided to get a bit post modern and take an upside down shot of Lauren from Stylist's jazzy pink sandals. Actually that's a complete lie, my phone just took the picture without me realising.

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Lauren from Stylist's jazzy pink sandals (with a grannyish 'mid height heel' for comfort)

Look at these two - aren't they cute?

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Isabella and Stella from Stella's Wardrobe

Corrie Nielsen's show was breathtaking - inspired by her visits to Kew Gardens, it had an organic, fluid feel and a soft, natural colour palette of cream, blush pink, pale blue and buttercup yellow.

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The stiff, blush pink fabric of this puffball dress was scooped up into dramatic folds, while a chic cream coat had a cocoon shape.

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A black, perfectly square dress - surely a London Fashion Week First? And a sculptural gown inspired by the famous palm court at Kew.

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There was a stately grandeur in the softly sculpted pieces.

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The show finished with a stunning gown with a long white train that swept dramatically along the catwalk.

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Stunning shot from Corrie Nielsen

We patiently queued to get into the Corrie Nielsen show.

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The queue outside Corrie Nielsen

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The grand finale at Maria Grachvogel

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Buttercup yellow look at Maria Grachvogel S/S13

Maria Grachvogel's signature style is very fluid, feminine and seriously luxurious. For spring/summer 2013 she showed a collection that was light and bright with sporty details and striking prints.

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Fiery reds and flowing shapes at Maria Grachvogel S/S13

The models' hair was slicked down at the front, then tightly braided into a stiff little pigtail at the back and fluffed up on top (frizz is in? this is a beauty look I can definitely get on board with.)

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A supercool swimsuit with flashes of neon pink and a silver-grey parachute silk parka over the top

Everything seemed calm and organised backstage at Corrie Nielsen.

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Backstage beauty at Corrie Nielsen

Our London Fashion Week Day 1 outfits: please note that we are both wearing FLATS because I'd rather not start LFW with a twisted ankle (those cobbles at Somerset House are lethal...)

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LFW Day 1 outfit...

I'm wearing a Boden tweed jacket and denim shirt with a dark green COS skater skirt, black tights and my shiny new Russell & Bromley Chelsea boots! And all my LFW stuff is crammed into my Mulberry Alexa.

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Rebecca's LFW Day 1 outfit

Rebecca is wearing Russell & Bromley brogues, a dress from Whistles and a khaki jacket that she 'borrowed' from her flatmate 10 years ago. Her bag is Marc by Marc Jacobs and the lipstick is MAC Ruby Woo.

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London Fashion Week tickets in all their prettiness

I’ll be going backstage at Corrie Nielsen to catch up with the designer before her show this afternoon and we’ll be sneakily snapping the weird and wonderful clothes of the assembled fashion folk on the street.

You can watch a live stream of the shows here and we’ll be updating this page throughout the day with reports, pictures and random observations so keep checking back!

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