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It’s Fashion time people and we are back in edgiest city in the world for a week of glamour and fun. Check in often to see each update. It’s Saturday Officially Day 2 of Fashion Week and we are both shattered already, my nose is running like a tap! Enjoy our coverage and let us know what you think by leaving comments.
Thursday 22th September 10pm
Liberty London Book Launch of the beautiful Kristin Knox (The Clothes Whisperer) new book “Culture to Catwalk”
Wednesday 21th September 4pm
Grecian femininity in turquoise, acidic yellow and red. I liked it but it’s not going to set the fashion world talking!
Wednesday 21th September 3pm
Very toned down for SS, white and grey prints on jersey. The collection is subtle and highly wearable, It’s understated sexiness, the colours and design are minimal but the design is ultra sexy creating a very chic, sophisticated sexy look. I can see these dresses casually on Angelina Jolie or Victoria Beckham.
Wednesday 21th September 2pm
Her SS12 collection went in a different direction to her previous classical lines. The new Joanne Hynes girl is totally different, the designer told me backstage after the show, ‘this character is on the wrong side of right, the right side of wrong. So there’s all this conflict between the two.’ The front of many of the looks is a lot different to the back, there’s a couple of surprises, ‘My new woman is a hard one to figure out, she’s a little complicated! I used a lot of rubber because I was playing around with the idea of twisting elegance, so I quite like the idea of the stripe up the back of the leg as a really powerful reference to femininity, I wanted to use latex so we got the tights made by hand over the last week in London. They’re very expensive to make, latex strips were elaborately cut out and layed down on the tights in the same format you’d use to design a coat or anything like that. So they may not be a commercial aspect of my SS12 line’. Her jewellery is fab also, oversized embellished pendant robots played a big role. There was lots of colour, deep red, bright yellow, turquoise, metallic, hot pink and interesting cartoony prints. Joanne looked better than ever before in hot yellow her star is shinning brightly on it’s ascent!
Tusday 20th September 6am
What is Dee wearing?
YSL dress, vintage fur coat (thanks Dickie Warden), Jonathan Aston tights pressie from Mark Fast, Supertrash shoes from the Red Lane Boutique, rose gold Elizabethan t-bar necklace, cluster of pearls earrings and ring, emerald and ruby ring from Turkey, hairband textile design by Kath Leone, yellow rose fresh with a sweet summery scent, make-up by Katie Daley at MAC, I love the Vegas Volt Lipstick. x
Tusday 20th September 10am
Giles SS 12 at The Royal Courts of Justice
Shiny metallic almost sweet wrapper dresses with interesting lazer cut-outs and frayed hems channelling the invite populated the collection. The theme of the show was subtle sexiness, thrilling and exciting, it was like being at an Eyes Wide Shut Masquerade Ball with high-class models wearing fantastic mask headpieces and subtle revealing stunning gowns. Red, the sensual temptress played a dominant role in the collection.
Monday 19th September 6pm
What is Dee wearing?
2day I’m wearing Metallic Gold coat by Umit Kutluk; stripper shoes, gun metal rubber skirt and red rubber gloes all from Miss Fantasia, Dublin; PPQ Baroque tights part of their SS12 collection; Rock and Rags Tee present from BOL$HIE and vintage black trilby!
Monday 19th September 4pm
I sat front row at Mark Fast along side Hilary Alexander.
Lots of classic Mark Fast pieces, crochet, knit, sexy revealing pieces not for the faint hearted in beautiful bright colours for SS12 bursting orange, fuschia pink, turquoise blue, sunkissed yellow and his usual black, gold and cream. All the models wore fab coloured louboutin wedges, the only prob is they looked impossible to walk in, that or one of the models was high on something!!
Monday 19th September 2pm
Sunday 18th September 5pm
Today I’m wearing Hello Skinny Jeans and this gorgeous red jacket by Umit Kutluk. We pumped into the fabulous Irish Model/Photographer Anouska Proetta. X Dee
Rory loved this t-shirt. It’s not exactly high fashion though!
Saturday 17th September 6.30pm
John is a artist, the lines and the delicacy of his shades, esentially monochrome and black in all its depths blend beautifully in an artistic range of structures, textures and materials. Watching his show was like being sucked into a dream where I was floating along in sheer beauty and mystique. His ability to create subtle sexiness is unlike any other designer. Sheer materials turn solid at the bum but when the models walk you can barely see their cheeks through the floaty, soft material.
The headpieces turn the models into Fierce mythical warriors who you could imagine climbing the Hill of Tara, calling out to their fellow countrymen with earth, air, fire and water from the Aran Islands or fishing on the Amazon.
Saturday 17th September 5pm
House of Holland
Henry Holland’s House of Holland show explored ‘Pastel Punks’. This theme is going to be huge this spring summer 12, with glam punk, girlie punk, punk wears Prada and pastel punks.
We’ll be seeing lots of smokey eye but rather than using black it’ll a smokey eye done with a colourful palette.
In times of recession you notice an injection of colour in people’s dress and designers are also cashing in on the return of the Punk kid.
Expect tatoos, piercings and shaved heads, in a very feminine, girlie way!
It’s an extremely wearable collection if you’re young and fit! The collection comprised of ultra short pleated, plaid checked skirts and dresses paying hommage to the original punk Malcolm McClaren from the Sex Pistols, transparent blouses with blocks of different coloured pastels. white cloud prints set against sky blue on denim jeans and tops channelling one of my favourite designers JCDC. Snake print braces and belts, large animal print on colourful dresses. The highlights for me were these colourful rubber bras and highwaisted panties in shades of purple and pink which were visible through transparent net dresses.
The MisShapes played wicked music and Pixie Geldof and Nicola Roberts were sitting front row looking the best I’ve ever seen them look!!
Pixie Geldof et al front row at House of Holland
Saturday 17th September 2.30pm
This morning Ashish and Julien Mac Donald were the highlights.
Julien Mac Donald
Julien Mac Donald’s show was spectacular and my favourite show so far. The models were exceptionally beautiful, the porche sunglasses set a super futuristic Matrix backdrop to the collection and the models each had their hair sleeked back with dye in the shades of peroxide, bright red and black, left in their hair creating a stunning look. The music created a Kill Bill vibe to the collection which moved in a totally different direction for the designer. Rather than his usual floaty frocks he went for wicked hats, casual suits and glitsy dresses with intricate detail in royal blue, silver, gold and black. My favourite garment was a silver chain-mail dress on a stunning, alien looking peroxide model.
Ashish explored le Jardin d’Ashish with a collection that I would describe as Daisy on Acid! Flowers bursting out of boots and battered straw fedoras, sequinned Van Gogh-esque sunflowers emplazoned across tops and dresses, Saucer size Oriental poppies emblazon baggy jeans and French marigolds decorate crisp cotton shirts. Ashish always surprises and excites with more colours than Chelsea at show time.
We’re off to Belle Sauvage at 3pm, then Henry Holland at 4pm, John Rocha at 5pm and Vivienne Westwood at 6pm!!!!!
Saturday 17th September 12 noon
Dee wearing Umit Kutluk on friday
Yesterday we went to Orla Kiely at 5ish and drank copious amounts of champagne, which I thought was well disserved after the hectic day we’d had.
At 8.30pm we went to PPQ, which is always a good show and really over subscribed. Even so I got bumped up to the front row (the fashion equivalent of getting a free upgrade to first class on a plane) right beside the most important woman in British fashion Hillary Alexander. We chatted and bopped our way through the show. Our pal Pandemonia Panacea was also front row.
The show was fresh and summery with an 80’s feel. School-girl’esque knee high socks added a touch of innocence to the edgy sexy garms.
Friday 16th September 3pm
The Bora Aksu’s show was much softer, lighter and feminine than usual as the designer embarks on a love journey of romantic, sacrificial or unrequited love. Nude make-up, breezy hair, petals on the run-way and romantic music set the scene creating a much different pace to his usual underground, sinister productions. The title of the show was ‘Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves.” And this philosophy of acceptance and no resistance shows in his use of lace, draping and an abundance of dramatic pleating and sweeping materials. The dresses embody Edwardian finery and I couldn’t stop thinking thoughout the show that I’d like to get married in Bora Aksu!
Highlight: His tights which will be a commercial element to the collection for SS12 cary his cool, edgy, slightly wacky signiture. They feature a panel of fishnet down either side creating amazing lines, I’m so excited that I got a pair in my Goody Bag!
Colours: I loved the mix of creams and biscuits with dark blues and midnight blacks, flesh pinks and beautiful lustful corals and turquoise. I think the designer was certainly overcome with love while making this collection, there was so much passion and romance in it. The ‘Unknown’ Fairytale!
Thursday 16th September 1.30pm
Boris Johnson missed the London Riots but sure didn’t miss his photo opp at LFW!
Wednesday 16th September 12 noon
Paul officially opened Fashion Week again with this year with a very whimiscal, feminine, flirty collection with lots of ruffles, puff sleeves, voluminous dresses and flowing fabrics. Using a neutral backdrop puntucated with a baby doll palette of coral, pink and green. The collection cites the 1962 Hollywood Classic ‘What Ever Happened to Baby Jane’!
Paul was looking better than ever, he has a great colour but then there’s been a lot more sun in London than Dublin this year!
Dee x x x
Wednesday 16th September 8am
Get BOL$HIE couldn’t get much cooler! The wicked 19-year-old, Rhiannon Jones, whose been featured on icône du jour (BOL$HIE Street-Style) for her bold, brash, glam-punk unique BOL$HIE style presented her first LFW show.
The self-taught youngster put on a rockin’ show, ‘Romantic Poverty’, on the top floor of a dilapidated East London (Shoreditch) car park last night. The guerrilla show featured brash prints on funky in-your-face models under the pitch black sky, overlooked by the skyscrapers of the city, with MIC Righteous rapping ‘It’s going get Nasty!’. Hundreds of funky kids showed up, nobody cared that you could barely see the models except the photographers who frantically flashed up to little avail. The goody bags were well decent, i-phone covers, t-shirts, badges and other trinkets which suggests she’s got somebody backing her! We must have been in a BOL$HIE mood ourselves last night, Rory said we’d get the train to Charring Cross and buy our tickets at the desk cos he doesn’t like using the machines and our train was coming in 1 minute! When we got to Charring Cross we went to the counter to pay and got slapped with a £20 fine each (which he refused to pay!). Let’s hope they don’t track us done in Ireland!!
Thursday 15th September 11am
The Drama has already started. What fashion and drama, hardly? I hear you say but yes it’s true. This amazing top I’m wearing here which was designed by super hot Irish/Turkish designer Umit Kutluk is the centre of a fashion scandal. I’ll spare you the details but the summary is that the top is supposed to be in Washington instead of here with me in London. Oops!! But a whole morning of waiting around, several hundred pages of printed legal jargon and it’s gone on its merry way to the US via FedEx. All’s well, that ends well!!