The audience at the KTZ show dressed as outrageously as the models on the catwalk!  The stimulating KTZ show was inspired by the gothic Lolita style girls in the Harajuku district of Japan.  Models strutted the catwalk in antique lace inspired and giant size filigree corset style dresses, bodysuits balancing on super sky scraping heels in the same sculptured lacy theme. Black dominated with softer peach tones – often giving a more wearable look.  Short full shirts with lots of petticoats and iridescent fabric in white or bright green will certainly be fun to wear  and judging by the tremendous applause the line-up promises to be a very successful collection.  KTZ shops are located at 86 Golborne Road and 57 Greek Street.  As ever, there were a multitude of aftershow parties and Fashion Fabulous hit the Felder and Felder Party at palatial Royal Academy, 6 Burlington Gardens where Baileys cocktails were the order of the day and followed on down the road to the dark misty clubby, Salon, on Old Burlington Street for the KTZ after party that served a range of spicy cocktails.

London Fashion Week’s most animated celebrity was in town on Saturday for the Minnie Mouse fashion exhibition. Minnie had flown in from Disney Paris to be photographed by enthusiastic fans. In homage to Minnie, fashion designers including Lulu Guinness (pictured), Jonathan Saunders and Tatty Devine exhibited Minnie inspired pieces.  Drinking champagne with Terry de Havilland he said that he was getting some serious cred with his grandchildren after having his picture taken with Minnie. Brix Smith-Start gave a quick speech enthusing how much Minnie had influenced her as a child growing up in America and also in her rock music days. The exhibits are going to be auctioned on Ebay for the Fashion Arts Foundation charity.

Zooming back to reality at Vauxhall Fashion Scout in Covent Garden, designer Yifang Wan used fine wools to create a deconstructed silhouette with layers flowing mostly in black. Some models sported angled belts that stood away from the body to a striking effect.

Todd Lynn is renowned for high necks and extended shoulder lines and for this summer he produced plenty more of these with a variation neckline of a sole front panel of the high neck.  This time round, reds and pinks were shown alongside neutral tones.

Top drawer fashion designers met coffee at the Lavazza Coffee Bar in the West Wing of Somerset House.  A special limited edition of Tierra coffee tins designed by Missoni, Cavalli, Versace, Moschino, Etro and Marni were exhibited.  Throughout London Fashion Week, Lavazza was the coffee to be seen with.

Ethical fashion designers had more space this season to show their creations at Estethica also on the West Wing. Amongst the star exhibitors were Makepiece whose knitwear is sourced from their very own sheep farm. Their must-have item is the shrug-in-a- bag, a knitted shrug in a choice of many colours with a matching knitted shoulder bag – perfect for when the weather can’t make its mind up – so you don’t have to any more. Henrietta Ludgate showed futuristic shapes with black, white and electric neon pinks whilst Ada Zanditon showed us her latest film taken in Cyprus of strong bodycon looks and more voluminous gold skirts.

Next door Tom Ford’s office in Victoria at 1508 London was the scene of HEMYCA’s fashion show with famed singer Paul Weller in the audience watching his daughter Leah model a dress to be auctioned for the Breast Cancer campaign.  Amongst our favourites were long evening dresses with jewelled collars or low vee necks that elegantly floated past. Also shown were shorter dresses in white and pale pink chiffon as well as a black cotton and raffia mac that should prove very popular next season. Helen Clinch and Myra Nigris are definitely two names to watch.

The Italian Cultural Centre, Belgrave Square was the location earlier in the week for Soho designer Nico Didonna to show his sleek and chic SS13 collection. An exhibition too was held there for Italian designers including Carlotta Gherzi (shown below) who had floral wide shirts with gold buttons, coral satin bodycon dresses and a whole rail of exciting leggings. Antonello Tedde showed colourful bags perfect for a summer’s day all made from organic yarns and dyes from Sardinia. With many sizes to choose from, the medium sizes are around £400. Designer Massimo Casagrande used to design for Versace and now runs his own label, MCG.  Combining plain white shirting with striped sections of material and high quality craftsmanship this is a shirt label to look out for.

 

 

 

 

A first for Fashion Fabulous was to see a presentation in a swimming pool! Tata Naka’s collection had retro vibe harping back to the 50’s with boxy shapes, cutouts and petite collars.

 

 

 

Simone Rocha (below) showed a white, black and gold palette as well as lime. Deconstructed silhouettes had billowing full skirts. With a following of Alexa Chung and Joan Burstein at the catwalk show, John Rocha’s daughter is sure to get a lot of exposure on this collection.

 

Holly Fulton gave a kaleidoscope of pretty candy colours including blue roses made of sequins on pink plastic. Roses also appeared as prints cut out and assembled onto fabric. Kit Willow was another hot name this season with beautifully draped chiffon dresses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rani Zakhem produced a lovely presentation at No5 Cavendish Square with a very feminine feel. Chiffon dresses, heavily beaded were designed for a more generous curvy figure with sizes going up to 20.

Leutton Postle at Vauxhall Fashion Scout presented a mix of fabrics and crochet with giant collars and fringing. Wide leg transparent trousers in bold shades of coral were teamed with vibrant mismatched tops (see below). Overall this was a great collection!

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.

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