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Temperley AW17 Parchment dress

Summer is in the air but the Autumn Winter collections will soon be arriving in the shops. Here’s our sneak preview of more of the best shown at London Fashion Week! Impressive is this Alice Temperley embroidered skirt, jumper layered with matching coat (shown above). This year the centre of focus of London Fashion Week was at the Store Studio, 180 The Strand which featured catwalk shows, fashion installations and showrooms.

Markus Lupfer Presentation-1Markus Lupfer’s Presentation showed polka dot pleated skirts dressed down with leggings and embroidered knitwear!


Halo & Co impressed with nautical coloured gems on seahorse earrings!


Atelier Swarovski by Christopher Kane – necklace and bracelets dazzled us!


More sea-inspired jewellery from Halo & Co at the Rock Vault, The Strand.

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Barrus’s runway showed  minimalist sleek white  jumpsuit with plunging necklines!


At Robert Wun collection at the Store Studios, The Strand.


We liked these HEIO cubic handbags!


…and these Ennigaldi handbags!


Trying on glam glasses at  Sunglass Hut at The Store Showrooms, 180 The Strand


This beautiful hand-bracelet by Lily Gabriella is based on cyclical designs….


…and we were wowed by this ring by GFH by Nilufer


Pedro Palmas showed high glam with sequin and sheer fabric at the Felicities Press Lounge, at the ME Hotel, The Aldwych.


We liked this shaded blue shirt dress with signature prints from Tramp in Disguise


Giving the trends outside The BFC Store Studios during London Fashion Week

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043-1Joshua Kane was one of the hottest tickets on Day 1 of London Collections: Men featuring a classy runway of delectable tailored outfits.  We loved the bronze tailored evening suits in stunning brocade.

033-1The show kicked off with burgundy wool coats with detachable fur hemlines Giant dogtooth, stripes adorned with gold metal buttons and zips.

042-1Designs were inspired by the Siege of Sidney Street in London’s East End in 1911. Winston Churchill led an army of police and troops against a heavily armed gang. Churchill wore a fur collared coat and here Kane uses lambswool fur collars on bomber jackets to great effect.

030-1The show took place at Christ Church Commercial Street a stone’s throw away from Joshua Kane’s Flagship Store in 53 Brushfield Street London E1.

Celebrities on the catwalk included Dougie Poynter from McBusted, Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas and US rapper Machine Kelly.  Frowing  DJ Alex Zane, Leah Weller, Made-in Chelsea stars including Oliver Proudlock. Sitting alongside us DJ Roman Kemp from Captial FM and singer Betsy-Blue.


We liked the Universal Works show featuring navy and khaki outfits

010-1Here’s me with David Keyte, co-founder and designer of Universal Works at their LCM collection show in Marylebone. Check out Universal Works in Lambs Conduit Street and Berwick Street more details on

021-1Next up it was off to Nigel Cabourn’s new collection at his shop The Army Gym, 28 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden. We were impressed with a treated cotton mac. These hardworking clothes are just the ticket for urban warriors looking to combine functionality with fashionable casual styling.

017-1Nigel himself was cheerfully circulating amongst his guests and took to photobombing a few shots including the one above!

E.Tautz AW16E.Tautz showed double breasted trench coats in wool/cashmere paired with crew neck sweaters and grey wool pleated trousers. The show took place at the BFC Space, 180 The Strand.

038Taking a break between shows. From railway arches to restaurant cellars to super luxury hotels, London Collections Men took us all over the Capital late into the nights.

007-1Great looks for the winter in The Heading North collection by Belstaff

012-1Some more great jackets for the winter by Belstaff !

001-1Shearling and leather are very much part of the Belstaff vocabulary. This season it was all about layering.

019-1The event was attended by actor Jack Fox (pictured) Dermot O’Leary and Darren Kennedy. “Blue Steel” cocktails were served as a forerunner to fashion comedy film Zoolander 2.

029-1Baartmans and Siegel showed relaxed elegance with a camel and grey colour focus.

014-1Zig-Zags galore at Christopher Kane collection at his flagship store in Mount Street, Mayfair, London W1!

057-1We were impressed with these excellent dinner jackets by Chester Barrie showing  at the Palm Court in the Waldorf Hotel.

064-1Chester Barrie showed Windowpane Checks in blues and greys to great effect

070-1Matching floral shirts and jacket over polo was just one of the great looks at the Duchamp Collection showing at the Rosewood Hotel, Holborn.

073-1More checks on smart casuals. Duchamp showed crisp cottons under single-breasted wool jackets.

078-1Gieves and Hawkes collection was a big success with Tommy Hilfiger and David Gandy amongst the onlookers. Bronze brocade appeared again as a key look for next party season!

079-1This coat also impressed us at Gieves and Hawkes whot stripped out their Savile Row flagship shop for London Collections: Men

094-1Across the road at Dashing Tweeds, 26 Sackville Street, Guy Hills showed his new collection of innovative fabrics in classic British styles.

100-1Whilst the shop is small, Dashing Tweeds packed a big punch with this contemporary leather panelled coat.

006-1Thom Sweeney showed sleek immaculate tailoring

008-1Thom Sweeney at 33a Bruton Place, Mayfair is definitely a place to visit!

027-1Soaking up the great shows and presentations!

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Christopher Kane AW14 Pink 4

Fashion Fabulous is hugely passionate about researching and previewing the up and coming collections and trends from the absolutely excellent shows at London Fashion Week. These are just a few of our star picks from LFW AW14 to seek out later on in the year.

Among our favourites were Christopher Kane (see above image). The baby pink and black shifts teamed with shearling coats will surely be on everybody’s must-have list. Also were the minimalistic dresses with stunning cutout sleeves. The eye-catching sculptural pleated and layered monochromatic geometric dresses although beautifully executed, most people would find difficult to wear. He’s stocked in London’s Browns, Dover Street Market and Harrods. Reviews of these stores are included in our latest book Fashion Fabulous London 3rd Edition.

??????????J. JS Lee  kicked off the first runway at Somerset House with beautifully simplistic styles of plain and hounds tooth patterns on dresses jackets and knitwear. Designer Jackie Lee opted for forest green, midnight navy blue and terracotta brown high roll necks were paired with easy to wear knits and structured ivory coats.

DSCN4462-1Bora Aksu continued his signature theme of combining  traditional Turkish apparel with contemporary styling. This time round it was interpreted with a boarding school reference of high white collars and puffed sleeves. Among the high points of the collection were midnight blue, black and yellow leather dresses layered over with organza to soften the look.  Autumnal reds, aubergines and mustards were featured as well.

DSCN4510-1With the ensuing blustery rain and cold temperatures many took refuge between shows in Samsung’s VIP Lounge. Above is a pic of
Fashion Fabulous’s Tracy Rose, appropriately wearing her Icicle Hat, enjoying a hot cup of Lavazza coffee.


To the sounds of Santana, Emilio de la Morena went Baroque with luxurious velvets in burnt orange, violet, Bordeaux and caramel.  The flourish of elegant knee length cocktail dresses and  shorter skating skirts were embellished with oversized ruffles to good effect.

DSCN4438-1We were very pleased to be invited by Safia Minney MBE and CEO of People Tree and designer  Zandra Rhodes  (pictured above) to the launch of their ‘Happy Woman’ capsule collection at Zandra’s  penthouse apartment above the Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey. Speaking to a large gathering of fashionistas enthusiastic about ethical and organic clothing Zandra said “The collection was a crystallisation of my 1960’s prints. They were posting OMO and DAZ washing powder promotions into my house all the time. So I did a whole series of prints based on them! The Gujarati visit in India was great. Seeing the clothes being made and the schools and how the communities benefitted from the Fair Trade business model.”

Peter Melchett, Policy Director of the Soil Association explained that “The Gujarati workers get 50% more price for their cotton.  There is a desperate shortage of water in these communities. Organic cotton uses half of the water and produces a third less of the gas emissions. Organic cotton sales are growing. Do buy organic when you can – it really does make a difference!” Safia Minney added “We’re seeing more people coming out of their shells to wear organic.”  For more on ethical clothing issues, People Tree and Safia’s and Zandra’s work see our posting

DSCN4477-1Over to Fashion Scout at the Freemason’s Hall, Covent Garden, Ong-Oaj Pairam who for his just second season showed a very confident collection that will most certainly make him a name to watch. We loved the 1950’s influenced clinched in waist dresses.

DSCN4488-2…And this strapless pale pink dress with structured purple lined skirt!

Don’t miss our Part 2 of Fashion Fabulous at London Fashion Week AW 2014 that will be posted in the next few days!

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The Topshop Unique runway show definitely hit the summer button showcasing strappy sundresses with low backs featuring cracked tiled prints in blue and white while others came in panelled prints. Scattered mirror embellished dresses in white echoed the easy going summer style. Rucksacks and slip on mules completed a look aimed at beach lovers, rooftop sun-worshippers or lazy afternoons in London’s parks. Aptly set in the elegantly landscaped Regent’s College, Regent’s Park – it was packed despite the pouring rain. Anna Wintour accessorised her outfit with a male chaperone holding an umbrella at arms length over her. Will the trend catch on? Inside, Cara Delevingne sashayed down the manicured grassy catwalk to an enthusiastic audience that included Kate Moss. Pixie Geldolf, Daisy Lowe, Ellie Goulding and of course Sir Philip Green. After the show we bumped into Hilary Alexander who now writes for M&S and Darren Kennedy from This Morning. Thoughtfully, the organisers had arranged wooden planks to walk on outside to avoid the mud!

DSCN3951-1A delightful “Secret  Garden” was the perfect venue for Sophia Webster’s presentation a few minutes walk from the Topshop catwalk space.  Although there were gale force winds and torrential rain, safe under a large canopy , the girly flowery presentation put a smile on everyone’s face.


Laser-cut leather butterflies adorned the backs and fronts of shoes. Others delighted with clashing black and white spots and bright colours. Speech bubble clutch bags “You look like NO” and “Bite me” were fun.

DSCN3958-1Guests were treated to prosecco and a DJ. Trend-wise, the slip dresses that have just hit the retail shops are still going to be a strong look for next summer. Florals will feature at Mulberry and Christopher Kane who had transparent fabric botanical drawings.

DSCN3993-1Returning to the Somerset House Designer Showrooms along The Strand , Fashion Fabulous tips Kerrie Luft shoes whose debut show collection at has beautiful petal heels with a gold metal stiletto. Kerrie assured Fashion Fabulous “that despite their fragile look they were very sturdy.”

DSCN3967-1Digital technology met fashion at the Samsung Galaxy Lounge where Samsung was showcasing their latest Gear fashion watches that brought cool smartphone technology to the wearers wrist. We gave one of the watches a road test and thought it was great.

DSCN3965-2Lavazza coffee kept our energy levels up throughout London Fashion Week. There were lots of places around Somerset House to enjoy it especially  the Courtyard and Toms Deli that was also serving soups, salads and sandwiches . Here’s Fashion Fabulous’s Tracy Rose chilling out with an Americano at The Galaxy Lounge designed by Nicholas Kirkwood.

Off-site at the St Martin’s Lane Hotel, Covent Garden, for Charlie May’s runway,  we chilled out pre-show at the luxurious Light Bar adorned attractively with rose wallpaper, pink and draped silk ceilings. Slip dresses in white and turquoise overlaid with white mesh gave a nice effect. There were minimal looks with frayed hemlines and leather short jackets and pencil skirts in metallic gold and pink. A collaboration with Hudson on a white brogue with a silver zip around the sole gave the perfect finishing touches to her collection.  For a review of Asia de Cuba at the hotel see our book.

Nico 1-3Over at The Bloomsbury Set Event on 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho designer-run boutique Nico Didonna rolled out another great collection of sophisticated dresses in transparent shot organza and satin (see above and below).

Nico 2Original asymmetric and sculptured details are sure to be a big hit with Nico’s discerning clientele.

DSCN3943-1Karen K, another of the exciting designers showing at The Bloomsbury Set Event, demonstrated her flair for designing dramatic shoes with a strong accent on comfort in a raunchy but highly stylish runway show. Standouts were the low-cut front shoe-boots and multi-strap knee-highs complete with skyscraper heels.

DSCN3949-1As Louboutin has signature red soles, Karen K’s are easily identifiable too with her famous signature Swarovski crystal embedded in the sole.

DSCN3943-1Yong Kyun Shin is one of the emerging talent that Fashion Fabulous predicts you’ll be seeing in the shops soon.

DSCN3946-1Yong Kyun Shin, fron South Korea showed innovative cuts and jagged edges in greys and nude pinks in fabrics of silk, denim and metal at Fashion Scout, Freemasons Hall, Covent Garden .

DSCN3957-1Apu Jan produced a romantic collection that also featured abstract graphic details of electronic signals and some sophisticated ideas that might please enthusiasts of semiotics (the study of signs and symbols).

DSCN3956-1Apu Jan also showed intricate patterned prints in super fine silk and cotton yarns with silhouettes reminiscent of Taiwanese heritage.

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DSCN3985-1Fam Irvoll used simple clean silhouettes with bold prints accentuated with applique flowers

DSCN3988-1Also for this presentation, Fam Irvoll collaborated with Vin + Omi that has a fashion and accessory label VO.

….Matthew Williamson surprised LFW by showing tailored trouser suits, pencil skirts and shifts.

DSCN3999-1Tata Naka paid homage to The Ballet Russe using rust  and mustard applique on transparent structured shapes. Their blocked shoe boots in leather and suede are welcome addition to their existing popular range.

DSCN4001-1Tata Naka is available at Mania Mia in Parsons Green, South West London.

For the most fashionable places to shop in London, see our latest book Fashion Fabulous London 3rd Edition that reviews in detail the Top 200 fashion shops and looks at over 130 venues to eat and drink in London.

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DSCN3879-1London Fashion Week kicked off to a great start with Bora Aksu not with a palette of Rule Britannia but instead with Turkish Delight!  Optimistic sky blues and delicious citrus lemons adorned short full skirts with pinched in waists and beautifully cut boleros edged in tassels were followed by an array of long chiffon fuchsia dresses detailed with hand crochet. A collection heavily influenced by his homeland, Turkey, this was Bora Aksu’s highly engaging tribute.

burberryss14-1Harry Styles, Alexa Chung and Paloma Faith were amongst the celebrities watching It-girl model Cara Delevingne at Burberry Prorsum’s luxe runway show in Kensington Gardens. With a late summer and an abundance of unreliable weather in 2013 many designers have opted for a mix of summer and warmer pieces in their SS14 collections. Burberry, iconic for trenchcoats showed less than the normal amount instead opting for a host of unstructured coats with minimal fastenings.

Returning to Somerset House, we were looking at J. JS. Lee in the Designer Showrooms, when Tracy turned around to find Vince Cable MP and Business Secretary for the government admiring her tiger-print sculptured hat. He was very interested to hear about our book Fashion Fabulous London and thought the concept was a wonderful idea. He finished saying to Tracy “You are wearing the best of London fashion!”


Back to the shows we found Christopher Raeburn firmly predicting a scorching hot summer next year focusing on a desert protection theme with an array of functional layering should the UK become covered in sand! We liked the indigo, and grey jumps suits and shirt dresses made from his signature parachute fabric with camouflage mesh.

DSCN3927-1Christopher Raeburn is definitely a name to watch and is stocked in Matches and Harvey Nichols. After the show, Somerset House’s delightful historical courtyard was packed.  The lovely people from This Morning programme on ITV met up with Tracy for an interview for comments on London Fashion Week. The programme went out a few days later.


Exterior-wise, the Somerset House show space was strikingly decorated in abstracts by Nicolas Kirkwood and as a souvenir to visitors the BFC gave out attractive matching bags! (see above). Inside, we were all in for a surprise. The place was completely revamped, hugely bigger and the seating had been completely re-arranged into a kind of  “U”-shape configuration – we thought it worked well.  “It’s much better and it holds 30% more people!”  Security told us.


Catching our eye around the exhibition were these sumptuous bags by Sonya Kashmiri.


…and this dazzling necklace by Christopher Kane on the Atelier Swarovoski stand!

DSCN3899-1Over at Fashion Scout held at the Freemasons Hall in Covent Garden, there was an enthusiastic crowd waiting for Yifang Wan’s runway show. On the front row were Emeli Sande, Alexandra Burke and Rita Ora – well not quite! They were extremely good lookalikes! However, there was no mistaking the creative quality of Yifang Wan’s irregular cut skirts with geometrical hemlines offering different views front and back.

DSCN3901-1Mini-dresses had daring high thigh slits great for hot summer days. Shimmering down the catwalk were green lurex shirts and light grey lurex dresses with matching unstructured jackets.

DSCN3903Coming up soon… on our blog: Fashion Fabulous at London Fashion Week S/S 2014 Part 2 with lots more independent views, news and happenings. Don’t miss it!

For the most fashionable places to shop in London, see our latest book Fashion Fabulous London 3rd Edition that reviews in detail the Top 200 fashion shops and looks at over 130 venues to eat and drink in London.

The current edition of Fashion Fabulous is stocked in Selfridges, Harrods, and most high street bookshops including all the Waterstones stores as well as Foyles, Daunt, Hatchards, and Stanfords Travel. Internationally it’s at Barnes & Noble in NY, and bookshops in Italy, Japan, China, Australia, Russia and throughout the world and online from Amazon and many independent online websites.,tracy-rose-russell-rose-9780956116321

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