Pringle of Scotland

One of the least enjoyable venues at London Fashion Week is The Dairy down a back turning in a scary bit of King’s Cross. Those wearing skyscraper heels found the trek across the outside path of milky coloured pebbles a disconcerting experience. Once inside, our eyes were treated to bold graphic designs on jumpers, cardigans worn with fastening at the back and plain white fine knit dresses depicting a multitude of eferences to Pringle’s archives – all featured in Alistair Carr’s debut collection. Film actress Tilda Swinton, the face of Pringle and design collaborator watched with her trademark almost alien look. The quality and choice of knitwear is always superb justifying Pringle of Scotland’s place in the TOP 200 shops cited in Fashion Fabulous London 2012 that comes out in October.

Mark Fast

Relieved to be returning to Somerset House and the BFC Space, we saw a totally different take on knitwear at Mark Fast’s high glam, high voltage show featuring beautifully tropical yellow crocheted dresses so totally key for next Spring /Summer. But for our money, the gold fringed dresses were the star turns whilst the black fine knits offered great investment pieces.

Jasper Garvida

High glitz, but veering on autumn/winter showcased at Jasper Garvida’s catwalk held in the sumptuous banqueting suite of the Bloomsbury Hotel just off Tottenham Court Road. Eschewing colour, Garvida went either for black or white mostly short dresses detailed in robust metallic hardwear. Oversized pockets gave interesting silhouettes and impressed jazz singer Katie Melua watching in the front row. Afterwards, it was back to Somerset House for the Lavazza Party celebrating the launch of the new stylish A Modo Mio Favola espresso machine. Soaking up the vibrant atmosphere was Tara Palmer Tompkinson and Annabelle Croft. Soul singer Bluey Robinson wowed the crowd as we drank divine coffee Martinis from espresso cups – an excellent way to finish the evening.