DSCN5273-1At times at London Fashion Week, we thought we were running all over London. The Topshop Show Space this season parked itself in a car park along the Grays Inn Road, King’s Cross. The venue was excellent! And so was the Michael van der Ham show that successfully demonstrated his signature collaging of fabrics. One of our favourites in the collection were the high waisted shorts paired with platform loafers.

DSCN5270-1For a more sophisticated look Michael van der Ham showed elegant eveningwear detailed in large beaded appliqué.

DSCN5271-1Michael van der Ham used layers of custom designed organzas, georgettes and silks to creat stunning silhouettes

DSCN5272-1We also liked the dresses in blue, grey and lilac hues with asymmetric hemlines.

??????????Fashion Fabulous’s Tracy Rose  and Russell Rose at Michael van der Ham catwalk show

DSCN5293-1Traditional Chinese meets Western influence was the theme of Huishan Zhang’s show. A name to watch, Huishan Zhang incorporates Chinese handwriting into the designs.

DSCN5288-1A champagne afternoon tea was served whilst the salon style show took place at the Mirror Room restaurant, Rosewood Hotel, London. It all looked very yummy but we didn’t get the chance to even sip a cup of tea as for a large part of London Fashion Week we were filming for a Chinese television programme.

DSCN5287-1We adored the full skirted feminine dresses – perfect layered in white, lemon, pale pink and blue. Dresses covered with Swarovski crystal dazzled the audience. Huishan Zhang is stocked at A La Mode, off Sloane Sqaure and Fenwick, Bond Street. He told us after the show how he was inspired by Fiona Rae paintings.

DSCN5277-1Tracy in the BFC Courtyard Show Space, Somerset House, Strand, London

DSCN5298-1Away from the shows there were lots to see around the showrooms at Somerset House. The Newgen Designer Showroom Reception was particularly well attended and a great chance to see some of the pieces from the shows up close.

DSCN5243-1London leads the world in sustainable and ethical clothing. The Estethica reception showcasing designers at Somerset House was, of course, a big hit.

DSCN5237Catching our eye was Katie Jones showing great knitwear at Estethica

DSCN5255-2Edeline Lee is based in East London and dedicated her collection to her redecorating her house. Models touched the ceilings of the installations – so her home is either very cramped or she’s very tall! Draped and folded fabrics on sleeves and bodices with striking graphic stripes and fringes were attractive and very wearable.

DSCN5258-1Edeline Lee showed at Somerset House in a purpose-built marquee on the River Terrace. DSCN5314-2A swarm of bees seemed to have landed on London Fashion Week not just at Burberry Prorsum but also the final show of the week at the BFC Courtyard show space featuring H by Hakaan Yildirim. Honeycomb hexagons and bees were main motifs throughout the runway. Transparent fabrics and woven jacquards coupled with handmade beadings, embroidery and lace were used to great effect.

DSCN5324-1The final show of London Fashion Week at Somerset House, H by Hakaan Yildirim finished on a high note!

??????????Fashion Fabulous’s Russell Rose relaxing out after the finish of LFW at Tom’s Terrace, Somerset House. The weather for the whole five days of London Fashion Week had been great!

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