London Fashion Week: Day 5

It's the final day of London Fashion Week, we've abandoned the heels and everyone looks a bit knackered, but see what we're up to...

Sep 18, 2012 at 9:40am | Leave a comment

And Olivia's final show for the day, Meadham Kirchoff:

"Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff's label, created a show which as expected, utterly magical. With Alice and Wonderland-esque costumes, Minnie Mouse jumpers and a feeling like I was transported to that bit in Mary Poppins where everything goes weird, my inner child was pretty psyched.

"The models dreamily floated along the catwalk, which was decorated with accessories of bouquets, cupcakes and perfumes which they picked up as they wandered past which seemed desperately charming. Bows adorned the print-heavy costuming, from boots to hats, and kitsch was in overload, from beaded tassels on the breasts of catsuits to 3D roses covering socks. The jewellery was heavy, opulent and perfect.

"I was repeatedly blown away by each girl who walked out- each outfit in the collection distinctly different but unified by the cuts, the bows and the consistent use of prints. It was all so quaintly, cutely dreamlike that I could have watched it all day for the rest of my life. Or at least the rest of the week."

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I'm really jealous I didn't get my ass moving to go to Tata Naka now - Olivia's pics look AMAZING!

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"The Tata Naka presentation was one of my favourite parts of Fashion Week so far (and we're nearly done, so that's saying something). Set up as a tropical paradise, the fun atmosphere, cute pastels and incredible silkscreen printed fabrics lent an incredibly playful feel to the collection.

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"With a huge throwback to the 50s consolidated in the bouffant hair styling, the clothes could have seemed a little too Stepford, a little too dated. However, details like cutouts, jewelled shoes, mesh inserts and obviously saturated accenting (I mean, this is SS13, almost no collection from Antipodium to Braganza has been without) kept the look modern.

"Quite frankly, I have never wanted to jump on a plane to Miami more - and not exclusively because it's freezing down here by the Thames and a jacket didn't go with my outfit.

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Olivia's report from Simone Rocha:

"The stiff fabrics - leather, heavy wool and plastics, and the heavy structure in some of Simone Rocha's pieces could have made the collection seem older, darker than it was.

"Instead, the light colours, the inevitably seasonal neon highlights, the blossom prints and bell-skirted silhouettes worked wonderfully to make the collection girly, pure and distinctly youthful.

"Reflecting on photographs by Ed Templeton of teenagers kissing and Cy Tombly sculptures, there was a definitely structured element to most of the pieces and it felt neat and modern- but with foils and patents and neons, it was playfully lit up. The shoes the girls walked on were incredible- pumps and brogues and courts with perspex platforms, with matching perspex bags framed with laser-cut frill.

"Like this morning, girly school uniform innocence was distinctly evoked, bibs and collared shirts and scalloping. There was nothing innocent about my favourite, though- the black mesh two-piece that was worn beautifully. Obviously, I pick the sluttiest one."

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Just in from Roksanda Ilincic:

"I knew that Roksanda Ilincic was going to pull out the stops the second I saw Anna Wintour in the front row. Disco music set the tone for a collection that beautifully combined 70s tailoring and geometric prints with incredible knitwear and hints of costume drama.

"The final pieces used a plasticky looking fabric as if it was silk, which added an almost scifi element to a classic collection which had thoroughly embraced a bright colour palette of blues and oranges to update the disco aesthetic.

"Overall, I was incredibly impressed. The classically elegant ballroom at the Savoy, party music and exceptionally elegant yet exciting tailoring made for a memorable show from a great London based designer."

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Olivia's first dispatch from LFW:

"I woke up bright and early for the Thomas Tait show, held at the skate area in the Southbank (where I have fond memories of bong hits and tinnies). A combination between sports luxe and school uniform, the collection had beautiful neon accents and heavily structured jackets which, combined with the location's atmosphere, felt desperately cool.

"Styled with cute booties and slicked 90s hair, it all felt a little like a Gus Van Sant movie - in the best possible way - with a heavy dose of almost futuristic tailoring. All in all, it was worth waking up for and a brilliant way to start the final day of shows, albeit a little freezing."

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Olivia's doing all the hard work today (full disclosure: I'm writing this in my pyjamas, in bed. HA, IN YOUR FACE FASHION WEEK). And here she is looking lovely: 

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LFW day 5

"I'm wearing a Hermione de Paula shirt, Markus Lupfer skirt and a Maison Margiela necklace. Accessorised by a very sore throat and a bit of a cold for the final day of fashion week shows."

 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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