September 6th 2012. With fantastic weather and a huge amount of pre-publicity for champagne, cocktails and entertainment, many thousands of fashionistas descended on Central London – most shops had queues to late in the night. Arriving at 6.45pm parking in Conduit Street it was all in full swing. First stop, Moschino that was pretty full with a sophisticated cocktail drinking crowd. True to form, Moschino’s flagship store had much wit but also some most definitely wearable pieces and… oh great handbags!

Next stop – Burberry on the corner of Conduit and New Bond Street that was totally packed – so packed we didn’t get past the ground floor! Waiters with trays and trays of champagnes kept pouring forth into the crowds who were soaking up the atmosphere and the vibrant music playlists. Like so many places we visited that night, there were real fashion enthusiasts dressed for the occasion and loads of fashion industry faces. On the ground floor were great accessories including signature handbags getting oodles of attention and some very desirable t-strap high heel shoes and knee length boots. We liked the men’s brown check pea coats as well as the velvet jackets with quilted linings.

Back on the noisy street, a huge crowd gathered to watch a constructed stage featuring a dance class with music. The public became models in fashion shoots in several windows such as H&M and Matthew Willamson whilst others were staging in-store fashion shows. Taking a breather, we sauntered into Diane von Furstenberg on Bruton Street and spied an adorable leather jacket at £740 and some great silk dresses at £350-£400.

At Nicole Farhi, on the rails were draped check dresses and tailored trouser suits – sure to be winners this season. Upstairs, we were impressed with the beautifully made men’s herringbone coats. Turning into Regent Street the vibe was very strong too in many of the well-known flagship fashion stores. Judging by the way people were enjoying themselves, this year’s Fashion’s Night Out was one of the best public events for fashion that London has seen for a long time!

For the most fashionable places to shop in London, see our latest book Fashion Fabulous London 2012 that reviews in detail the Top 200 fashion shops and looks at 132 venues to eat and drink in London. The book is available at Waterstones, Harrods, Selfridges, Joseph, Daunt, Foyles, Stanfords, Oliver Bonas, Dolly Dare, Present-London, Amazon and all major bookshops priced £12.99.