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From feminine Victorian  ruffles and winter florals to gangsters and military looks, these are just few of the great  latest catwalk looks we saw at London Fashion Week.  Beautifully made! Temperley Printed Dreams collection featuring delightful floral embroidery with lace-up necklines (see above).

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Han Wen runway show looks are to empower women inspired by female gangsters at Fashion Scout, Covent Garden. Think Clockwork Orange!

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Han Wen’s runway featured bold colour and chunky lace-ups!

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Han Wen key pieces also featured pleated transparent skirts revealing and concealing legs!

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Roksanda impressed with influences of Mark Rothko shades of cherry, red, and chestnut..

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Bringing you the latest looks from the front rows of London Fashion Week!

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IN TRANSIT: Haizhen Wang showed large collars, oversized patch pockets and wrapped waistlines at the Swiss Church, 78 Endell St, London WC2

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Haizhen Wang referenced elements of parcel packaging and incorporated in into a very inventive collection!

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Haizhen Wang presented deconstructed tailoring matched with heavy quilts

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Here’s a shot of the Annderstand catwalk finale where velvets and military were mixed with softer prints! Designer Ge Yu from China took elements of masculine tailoring and paired it with frayed and distressed details.

 

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Wearing black and red geometric cut-out dress with shocking pink T-shirt worn underneath. Paired with black suede double lace-up heels and black micro bag.

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Red cape worn over black velvet beaded statement sleeves and feather heart hat with red crystals and hand-painted in gold.

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Victorian details have a contemporary feel in the Milo Maria show. Most outstanding are the high ruffled collars and oversized long cuffs. Ribbons and ties are worn as straps and tied around the wrist.

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High shine is a key look for next Autumn/Winter and Milo Maria black jacket is sure to be in demand

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Wide-leg trousers and slouchy tops for the office was part of  Milo Maria’s vision

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Russell at the Mondrian Hotel, South Bank, London

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London Fashion Week kicked off with  J.JS Lee’s reds and greys

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Vibrant yellows add winter sunshine at the J.JS Lee show at the BFC show space!

DSCN6224-1James Kelly took inspiration from Francis Bacon and August Sanders full of ambiguity and intrigue. This genderless collection played with shape and proportion to create interesting silhouettes

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Giant square pockets were a great detail at the Edeline Lee Collection

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…Plunging V necklines looked demure on these dresses!

010-1Matching leggings completed the look…

021-1“Space Invaders” came to London Fashion Week via the Point Blank show at Carlton House Terrace!

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This beautiful Tricouni jacket has detachable fur to create two looks…

027-1The cape is inspired by the rich heritage of this London-based label

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It was great meeting up with Milyae Park, Tricouni’s Creative Director!

049-1ON|OFF showcasing some striking looks

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ON|OFF’s Lee Lapthorne points out the talent at the London Fashion Week show!

051-1With Pandemonia wearing Edeline Lee at ON|OFF Punk Diversity show

053-1Alongside one of the exhibits at the after show event…

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Having a chat with Philip Salon also at the On|Off Punk Diversity show!

061-1With Edeline Lee at her After Party at the Wellington Club, Knightsbridge

…More fashion from London Fashion Week coming soon!

Highlights from great shows you may not have seen yet! Fashion Fabulous at London Fashion Week AW16

DSCN6003-1Fashion Fabulous has been going to London Fashion Week for sixteen years and over the years seen many amazing shows, presentations, interviewed inspiring designers and had the pleasure of attending lots of great parties! Compiled are some the highlights of the latest London Fashion Week that took place on 18th-22nd September…

Here’s Issa (above) showing the sheer elegance of pure whites at their London Fashion Week catwalk show.

DSCN6001-1Signature draping was used on silk and jersey dresses. Issa showed fascinating geometric prints that are sure to be a big hit in London stores next Spring.

This time the hub of London Fashion Week moved from Somerset House to Brewer Street Car Park, Soho! The highlight of the London Fashion Calendar this is the go to event where top and upcoming designers showed their Spring/Summer 2016 collections on the catwalk or exhibit at this trade exhibition. London hotels and restaurants are filled with the international fashion set. Besides the on-schedule shows, Fashion Scout ran a parallel alternative schedule of catwalk shows and exhibits at the Freemasons Hall, Covent Garden. Also On|Off was back with shows at the Vinyl Factory in Marshall Street and new to London Fashion Week was Scoop at the Saatchi Gallery, King’s Road.

DSCN5991-1A great presentation at Edeline Lee (above) featured aqua, lilac, primrose yellow and coral colour blocked in a cool relaxed but striking manner.

DSCN5996-1Vielma opted for a retro ” Vegas baby” theme. Midnight blues with star motifs are going to be a favourite in this collection.

Fashion maximalism ruled at Fyodor Golan’s catwalk show! The inspiration apparently was “Transformers” the sci-fi iconic futuristic robots.

Fyodor Golan used lots of colour! The shoes were made in collaboration with Kat Maconie.

DSCN6000-1Dame Zandra Rhodes new collection was inspired by Malaysia where its produced.

DSCN6003-1We liked Robert Wun’s collection at On|Off at the Vinyl Factory, Soho

…and Marketa Martiskova also at On|Off

Tracy Rose FROWing at the BFC show space in Soho wearing her Jigsaw Hat

DSCN6016-1Keiko Nishiyama created delicate butterfly prints at a beautiful presentation at Sketch, London

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We loved the Belstaff LFW SS16 collection inspired by the thrust of waves and the hums of throttled engines

DSCN6026-2Georgette dresses were mixed with leather jackets making a more feminine look for Belstaff

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DSCN6035-1Heavy London used their Designer Showroom space effectively with different static presentations each day.

This is a shot from Heavy London’s installation on the final day. Great urbanwear!

We also very much liked the Mayrafdane handbags at the LFW Designer Showrooms

This Atelier Swarovski necklace displayed at the LFW Designer Showrooms will retail at  £1400.

DSCN6004-3Tracy Rose at Golden Square, Soho, wearing Pastel Spotted Hat. The public were able to relax on deckchairs and watch live streaming of catwalk shows on a giant screen!

DSCN6007-1…And here’s Fashion Fabulous’s Russell Rose soaking up the atmosphere here too!

DSCN6027-1On the last day of LFW Tracy Rose went for strawberries and cream!

For the most fashionable places to shop in London, see our latest book Fashion Fabulous London 3rd Edition available now from all good bookshops including Waterstones, Harrods, Selfridges, Foyles, Stanfords Travel, Rizzoli Bookshop at Somerset House, Daunt, Wall & Jones, Nico Didonna, Bohemia Road, Present-London, Eason in Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Internationally, it’s at Barnes & Noble in NY and bookshops in Italy, Japan, China, Australia, Russia, and throughout the world and on Amazon and many independent bookshop websites priced £12.99.

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??????????Emilio del la Morena’s runway was just one of the many fashion shows where audiences enthusiastically filmed, photographed and instagramed  catwalk finales. As mentioned in the first episode of our coverage of London Fashion Week Fashion Fabulous reviews over 1000 London shops, and heavily tracks all the  labels that we think have potential for meteoric rise. Of course, London Fashion Week is a superb showcase for the hugely marketed labels like Vivienne Westwood, Burberry, and Paul Smith to name but a few – but we want to highlight perhaps less familiar names to the savvy fashion shopper opening up more avenues of choice!

??????????In the case of Emilio de la Morena we were very impressed indeed with the draped velvet alongside shimmering jersey fashioned into heading bodycon dresses.

DSCN5733The Giles collection was full historical and gothic references. Sashes, bows, and capes accompanied knickerbockers and frock coats. Ruffles were dramatically used on neck lines and sleeves. Located at Central Saint Martins, Kendall Jenner was watched by supermodel Cara Delevingne and a star studed front row that included Dailsy Lowe, Jaime Winstone and Gwendoline Christie.

DSCN5715-1If your mantra is location, location, location, then The Middle Temple near the Embankment was a splendid 16th Century venue for newcomer to London Fashion Week, Royal Fashion Day. Amongst the brands catwalked were Luca Michelle, Reka Orosz, Elena Rul, and Innu. Between runways, champagne and cocktails were served.

TracyRosewithSnowflakehatFashion Fabulous’s Tracy Rose reporting from Somerset House,Strand, London

DSCN5727-1Danielle Romeril took a space on the terrace of Somerset House to produce a presentation featuring a warrior wardrobe collection of blanket wraps and asymmetric tartan skirts edged in leather using a technique originating from the Samurai.

TogaAW15-1The TOGA collection featured an array of relaxed easy going daywear. Neutral colours were given a lift with shots of shocking pink!

??????????Here’s Fashion Fabulous’s Russell Rose in between shows at Somerset House

??????????The final show of London Fashion week, H by Hakaan Yildirim showed tiger prints looking great in black and silver carried through to oversize fur coats. We liked the corset tops given a twist with lace-up sides. Cropped trousers with beaded high neck fitted tops will surely be a big hit for eveningwear in either red or green.

See our new video London Fashion Week AW15 Part 2

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DSCN5145-1Felder Felder, Christopher Raeburn, Fyodor Golan and Eudon Choi were just a few of the wonderful headline catwalk fashion shows at the first day of London Fashion Week on 12th September 2014. We’ve been going to London Fashion Week for fifteen years and over the years seen many amazing shows, presentations, interviewed inspiring designers and had the pleasure of attending lots of great parties! Here are some the highlights of our first day at London Fashion Week…

Emerging Portuguese designer João Melo Costa produced impressive multicoloured effects (above ).

??????????Felder Felder’s collection was hot, wearable and full of panache! Designer twins Daniela and Annette used German model Veruschka von Lehndorff as their muse.  We adored the flamingo pinks and blues!

DSCN5156-1Felder Felder models sashayed down the runway in micro-minis slit at the front or skater. Maxis were slashed to the thigh.

DSCN5154-1Felder Felder focused on animal and floral prints.  This very popular brand is available at many stores throughout London.

DSCN5149-1Fashion Fabulous’s Tracy Rose at the Felder Felder Show, Somerset House, Strand, London. Also watching the show was Millie Mackintosh, Rosie Fortescue, Donna Air and Laura Whitmore.

DSCN5171-1Another marvellous collection for SS15 for Christopher Raeburn – fashion show at LFW! We loved the mix of fighter pilot suits with silk organza re-fashioned in to dresses, jackets and separates. Christopher Raeburn is available at Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge.

DSCN5170-1…. More Christopher Raeburn!

DSCN5116-1Faustine Steinmetz gave a cool collection at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. Each piece is unique and hand-made. Weaving is used to create remarkable fringed and raw edged effects!

DSCN5115-1…Another great Faustine Steinmetz creation!

DSCN5140-1João Melo Costa delighted the fashionista audience at Fashion Scout Covent Garden with bodices that were exaggerated squares that stand away from the body making fascinating silhouettes.

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Coffee break at the Lavazza Café, The Courtyard, Somerset House

DSCN5136-1Daniela Barros showed unstructured tailoring with geometric lines.

??????????Fashion Fabulous’s Tracy Rose and Russell Rose at the Christopher Raeburn show

For the most fashionable places to shop in London, see our latest book Fashion Fabulous London 3rd Edition available now from all good bookshops including Waterstones, Harrods, Selfridges, Foyles, Stanfords Travel, Rizzoli Bookshop at Somerset House, Daunt, The Fan Museum, 3939, Wall & Jones, Mania Mia, Nico Didonna, Bohemia Road, Present-London, Eason in Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Internationally, it’s at Barnes & Noble in NY and bookshops in Italy, Japan, China, Australia, Russia, and throughout the world and on Amazon and many independent bookshop websites priced £12.99.

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DSCN5112-1London has some of the greatest restaurants in the world and for hungry fashionistas looking for great meals during London Fashion Week and Vodafone London Fashion Weekend there’s something for every person’s taste and budget. Here are just a few amazing choices! 

Bob Bob Ricard New Club Room, 1 Upper James Street, London W1, t: 0203 145 1000, http://www.bobbobricard.com. Russian, English, classic. Piccadilly LU, 10 min walk. Club Room: Thurs-Sat 7pm-1am. Ground floor restaurant: Mon-Sun 12.30pm-3pm, 6pm-1am

DSCN5086-1Dazzling venue and perfect for looking cool and wearing your best and latest fashions! Visiting last Thursday, by 8.15pm the Club Room was full and the bar crammed with a lively upscale crowd. The place is glam and glitzy with a stylised take reminiscent of the legendary Orient Express train but without the grand piano in the dining car and instead a backgammon designed dance floor and great disco sounds!  This is a fantastic place for an aftershow party or for that matter an anytime party. Tables are large comfortable and good for private conversations. Press the “Press for Champagne button” and your sommelier will be there as quick as you can say Tattinger Brut Réserve that arrives in elegant heavy well cut glasses.

DSCN5082-1We can recommend kicking off with a couple of mini zakuski and Imperia vodka shots at -18 ̊ C.  Zakuski are traditional canapé sized starters and we  went for the  Russian pea, carrot Salad and Truffle choice, and a Russian herring and caviar version – both were delicious! You take a couple of sips of the vodka first then have some zakuski then finish off the excellent vodka shot.

DSCN5094-2Impressive too is starter of Truffled Potato and Mushroom Vareniki, an incredible potato dumpling dish with a few shimeji mushrooms and onion rings. We split it and absolutely loved it. Adding the sour cream sauce on the side lifts the dish even more. On the oysters, for something a bit different from the usual rocks, opt for the Brezhnevs that come baked with an exquisite parmesan and black truffle. Also yummy are the grilled Mitterrand oysters with parsley and a light garlic butter. Hungry mouths will find the Venison Steak Tartare starter substantial and highly enjoyable. Pour the contents of the small raw quail egg over the steak for a great taste. At £9.50 it’s good value but for those with cash to splash the Imperial version loaded with 12g of Petrossian Alverta Caviar for £34.75 is fantastic a friend told us.

DSCN5097-1The extensive menu has twenty-four mains to choose from. Beef Ongle, a 28 aged scotch beef comes up medium rare with caramelised shallots and green peppercorn sauce at £20.50 was good but the Filet Mignon Rossini (pictured left) served with seared foie gras and truffle gravy even better and well worth £28.50. We paired it with a well-priced Château Patache D’Aux Medoc Bordeaux 2007 at £9.75 a glass. Truffled Mash Potato side was one of the best mashes we’ve ever tasted whilst the carrots and parsnip side-dish were excellent too. For vegetarians, push the boat out and try the Hand-Rolled Pasta with King Oyster mushrooms, truffle, poached egg and lemon. Fish lovers have a choice of classics such as salmon tartar, lemon sole goujons, lobster burger through to Dover Sole.

One of the great things we loved about this place is the sophisticated sound system designed to play good volume above your heads that magically lets you have a normal dinner conversation without having to resort to shouting and getting a sore throat.

On fashion crowd it’s a mix of high end Diane Von Furstenburg, Matthew Williamson and Stella MacCartney plus high end high street Reiss and Ted Baker. On men’s it’s a combination of Savile Row, Jermyn Street, Dunhill good quality plain jackets , striped shirts often without ties and classic elegant footwear.

DSCN5113-1Save room for desserts you won’t want to miss them. The Eton Mess En Perle is a misnomer arriving as a beautifully dressed sphere of lime meringue filled with a constellation of flavours including berries, strawberry sorbet and raspberry marshmallows and cream. More glitzy dressed in gold leaf is BBR’s signature Chocolate glory whose jivara mousse and passionfruit orange jelly is outstanding.

Service is very friendly and informative with an abundance of obliging staff on hand. For a bit of extra entertainment there was live performance on the dance floor of some slick cirque du soleil style juggling and dance cabaret. For a more chilled out dining experience book a table on the ground floor that offers the same menu, without the nightclub music vibe.

We skipped the fine selection of dessert wines and liquors. A meal for two with drinks is about £200 and the service is great. The Club Room is definitely a place to return to again and again!

DSCN4065-1Ametsa with Arzak Instruction, The Halkin Hotel, Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DJ, Tel: 0207 333 1234.

New Basque Cuisine. Hyde Park Corner LU, 10 min walk, Tue-Sat 12.30pm-2pm, 6.30pm-10pm. http://www.comohotels.com/thehalkin/dining/ametsa

You’ll find some of the most photogenic dishes in London here. It’s no wonder it is a popular haunt of fashionistas. Best time to arrive is 8pm with things really hotting up by 8.30.

Modern bright décor with startling abstract art stalactite ceiling that is sure to be a conversation piece. The best action is in the main dining area. They do sometimes open the private dining area to extend the restaurant when it is not in use. Lunchtimes are quieter. Service is slick, highly knowledgeable and we found it worth having the fascinating dish explanations as the menu creation is by one of the top chefs in the world, Elena Arzak. Foodies opt for the tasting menu, a truly memorable gastronomic journey. Don’t worry if there isn’t something you don’t like as they are more than happy to swap dishes for you.

We went for the full dinner tasting menu.  Our meal began with Kataifi with salmon chilli that was delicious. Like fashion designs there are illusions here.  The next  aperitivo dish,  Tomato with Iberian ham uncannily looks like there is ice in the dish but isn’t, whilst the next dish appears like pasta but was in fact a specially treated dish of Chorizo and  Mango. We found a Cava Colet Vatua paired well with these opening dishes.

??????????Scallops with Cassava “Souffle” were good but even better were the langoustines, spider crab and sweetcorn where you break the rice  and just have a sip of a rather strong  Manzanilla sherry. Looking great was the typical basque squid noodles. Here it is with egg – mix it up – it really works. See picture above.

Next,  the fish course,  San Pedro with the enigmatically named Red Root “Mojo” is a yummy John Dory with beetroot vinagraitte. Our sommelier matched this with a glass of Albarino, a white wine similar to a sauvignon blanc from Northern Spain.

DSCN4078-1Fascinating was the grouse with fig and grapefruit in the signature “Following the Ducks Footprint”. I had the duck version – matched with a glass of Hito 2010 medium red tempranillo .

Amongst the many varied fashion styles we saw were black, Dolce Gabanna trouser suits, or one shoulder dresses, sophisticated  Celine whilst around the dining area we spied men in Versace, Armani relaxed conservative suits and smart casuals.

??????????Desserts are amongst the most creative and beautifully constructed you’ll find on the London restaurant scene. Above are the signature “Moonstones”, an amuse bouche of sesame seed and a mix of citrus, grapefruit and a dash of Cointreau.

??????????Next we were delighted with Clove Custard, toasted milk and pineapple ice cream. This was followed by dessert called Apasionado matched with a muscatel from Alicante (pictured above). A perfect finish to an incredible meal.

Dining at Ametsa is a superb experience and one we can thoroughly recommend. Rooms at the Halkin are modern and of an extremely high standard for those wishing to stay the night!

DSCN4028-1Mirror Room, Rosewood London, 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN. Tel 0207 781 8888. www.rosewoodhotels.com/London

British Cuisine. Holborn LU, 5 min walk. Mon–Sun 12.30pm-2pm, 6.00pm-10pm

This is a great place to relax out after an exhaustingly long day watching the fashion shows at nearby Somerset House in the Strand or Freemasons Hall in Covent Garden. Located inside, the beautiful setting of a 1914 Edwardian Belle Époque Grade II-listed building that is now the Rosewood London Hotel, you’ll find the Mirror Room an impressive salon strikingly decorated with of course mirrors, and a comfortable restaurant area for all-day dining and afternoon tea.

The menu is long with fourteen starters, fifteen mains and nine desserts. Many of the ingredients are southern England sourced.  Dress Cornish Stone Crab with lemon was delicious as was Heirloom Beetroot Salad with “Little Wallop” Goats cheese both at £12 each.

??????????Poached Turbot from Poole Day Boat Fisheries, Poole, comes with pistachio dressing is of good quality and one of the most expensive mains at £26 (pictured above). To push the boat out there’s the Chesterton Farm’s Rare Breed Rib of Beef  with Potato Purée and greens at the princely sum of £75 or the Shellfish Tower for the same price – something we’ll try when we we’ve won the lottery! In the meantime the Duck, Olive and Orange at £24 proved to be very enjoyable. For wine pairings the Fendi di San Gregorio di’Tufo went well with the Turbot and the Malbec nicely went with the Duck – both at £6.50 per glass.

Fashion-wise, the official dress code in the Mirror Room is smart casual and many diners keep to this. Surveying the room we saw men wearing dark suits, some with tweed jackets and light slacks but definitely no jeans whilst women went for a wide spectrum that encompassed Prada, Nicole Farhri, Karen Millen, Pringle of Scotland and Stella McCartney. Towards the end of the evening singing star Katy Perry with an entourage of music people swung in for a late night dinner.

In addition to the Mirror Room’s main area, there’s an array of private dining areas to choose from each with interesting sculptures such as a wall-mounted zebra head. Desserts at the Mirror Room are of a good standard. Soufflé of the day turned out to be Prune and Armagnac and was perfect. A “Nobel Sauvage” Sauvignon Blanc dessert wine from Marlborough, New Zealand, paired excellently with it.

DSCN4217-1Something more unusual and well worth a try is the Chocolate and Candied Chestnuts with vanilla meringue. A small glass of Ximenéz-Spinola  sherry went down a treat with it.

The Scarfes Bar is one of the best looking bars in London.  Warm, cosy and welcoming we liked the chandeliers, hand woven rugs and the roaring fire, at the far end of the room, a perfect focal point for upcoming cold winter evenings. Most nights we’ve gone there we’ve thoroughly enjoyed the live jazz music of Nick Shankland on piano and Kitty LaRoar on vocals. The cocktail bar is one of the best in London with cocktails reasonably priced at around £11. To crash out, plush de-luxe kingsize rooms start at £320 per night. Reserve early as rooms do get completely booked out.

??????????For the most fashionable places to shop in London, see our latest book Fashion Fabulous London 3rd Edition available from all good bookshops including Waterstones, Harrods, Selfridges, Foyles, Stanfords Travel, Rizzoli Bookshop at Somerset House, Daunt, The Fan Museum, 3939, Wall & Jones, Mania Mia, Nico Didonna, Bohemia Road, and Present-London. Internationally, it’s at Barnes & Noble in NY and bookshops in Italy, Japan, China, Australia, Russia, and throughout the world and on Amazon and many independent bookshop websites priced £12.99.

It reviews in detail the Top 200 fashion shops and 130 great venues where fashionistas eat and drink in London. Fashion Fabulous London 3rd Edition can also be ordered from our international distributor, Kuperard, telephone +44 (0) 0208 446 2440

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Temperley AW14 image 2-1In this second part of our star picks from London Fashion Week  whatever your style there will be a lot to look forward this coming Autumn and Winter. Temperley London (pictured above) presented a broad selection of styles and colour palettes many featuring hues of blue. Hemlines were floor  or thigh skimming with looks finished off with large attractive scarves – a definite trend that will prove very popular!

DSCN4578Zeynep Tosun at the Fashion Scout venue, Freemasons Hall, Covent Garden showed her “Oxidised” collection featuring  rust, cinnamon, misty blues and greys for her autumnal colour range. Brocade, wool crepe and leather were fashioned into layered dresses with large high collars, oversized coats and bomber jackets.

??????????London based designer Cassie Sneglar showed a very likeable confident easy-going collection at Mishkins, New York deli restaurant at 25 Catherine Street, Covent Garden… And her label?   Caslazur  It’s one to watch!

DSCN4591-3Hemyca  showed an excellent afternoon presentation at the BFC Space at Somerset House and it was great to meet up with designers Myra Nigris and Helen Clinch again. We felt this was their best collection to date featuring dresses with leather details accentuating the waist on soft wool fabrics. We loved the midnight blues and moonstone silvers. Coats and capes were particularly outstanding. Hemyca is available by appointment at their studio in Chelsea, London. Another great label to watch!

DSCN4592-1Surrealist artist Salvador Dali continues to inspire designers. Liz Black showed a surreal lip skirted dress very much in the Dali vein!

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Fyodor Golan gave a super shiny catwalk show. PVC in black, shocking pink and pewter formed the fabric of an edgy statement-wear
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DSCN4593-1Anna Sekularac at the showrooms at Somerset House showed a very pretty handmade capsule collection made from wool and silk organza. Some also included cashmere. It’s a preview of what’s going to be in the new Layers shop.

DSCN4605-1Tata Naka’s collection was inspired by interior designed wallpapers and carpets. For their current collection pop along to Mania Mia, 307 New King’s Road, London SW6.

DSCN4518-1Zeynep Kartel  at Fashion Scout, Freemasons Hall, Covent Garden showed a high glam collection of golds and  pewters inspired apparently by Manchester Town Hall. Here’s a burgundy jump suit from the collection which we particularly liked. Zeynep Kartel catwalk revealed some great shimmering eveningwear gowns that will certainly appeal to women’s red carpet desires.

DSCN4529Nico Didonna from Soho, London, showed a very wearable collection of both women’s and menswear over at the The Bloomsbury Set Event, at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftsbury Avenue, London WC2.  A highlight was the feminine wrapover eveningwear that draped flatteringly over the body and was cut thigh-high. It certainly appealed greatly to Nancy Dell’Olio celebrity and socialite who was sitting in the front row. Nadia Minkoff designed handbags specially for this collection that are also on sale at Nico Didonna’s shop at 16a D’Arblay Street, London W1F 8EA.

Peter Pilotto-1Peter Pilotto produced one of our favourite collections for the autumn capturing burgundies, blues, and pinks executed in very clever geometric patterns to dramatically flatter the body. This successful brand is extensively available in major London stores and boutiques.

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Marios Schwab AW13Autumnal wines poured down the runway late into the evening as Marios Schwab’s models sashayed along the catwalk in signature layering of burgundy wine hued fabrics. Of note were giant lace applique over wool and we did so like the elegant capes over minis with detailed sleeves that opened attractively beneath the shoulder. This London Fashion Week will be marked as a vintage year for Schwab and this collection is sure to be snapped up quickly at cool stores such as Conduit Street’s, Layers.

DSCN3555Emerging designers in order to stand out from the crowd have become more and more sophisticated in presentations using films, art and even theatrical performance to gain attention. Earlier in the day, Fashion Fabulous ventured upon a creative ballet performance installation by Jayne Pierson, at the Portico Rooms within Somerset House.  Although it wasn’t quite the Royal Ballet, it was great to see some real dance being incorporated into fashion performance.  With accents of Elizabethan styles in soft pastels this is a pretty collection certain to have wide appeal.

DSCN3556Tom Van Der Borght received a lot of interest showing seriously dramatic Japanese Kabuki theatrical influences.

DSCN3554For fashionistas with a penchant for historical military icons, they need look no further that Jane Bowler’s re-interpretation of Joan of Arc outfits featuring perspex triangles conjuring up a chainmail effect perfect for glitzy don’t-mess-with-me femme fatale warriors.

DSCN3587In another section of the very elegant Somerset House, Nicola Woods certainly brightened up our day with her sparkling personality and vivacious florals in the form of hydrangea prints and ladybirds in 70’s long flowing dresses. “It was reflective of fond childhood memories” the creator of the Beautiful Soul label collection told us.

Basharatyan V AW13Moscow-born Veronica Basharatyan showed her “Broken Angel” a presentation of clean classic lines, minimalistic in black white and red. Designed in London and appearing under the label Basharatyan V and although not in the capital’s shops quite yet, Fashion Fabulous tips this as one of the labels of 2013 to watch!

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Fashion Fabulous always adores 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 AW13 to seek out later on in the year.

DSCN3487Zoe Jordan kicked off at Somerset House with a confident catwalk show of block colour shifts in orange, red and metallic that will no doubt be a big hit in Harrods and Fenwick Bond Street stores. Whizzing over to Fashion Scout at the Freemason’s Hall, Krystof Strozyna showed lady-like silhouettes with accents of abstract prints in black white and grey inspired by marine and aquatic themes.  Krystof Strozyna offered an abundance of pencil skirts, apparel featured in many shows that we saw (see Image).

Liz Black gave a delightful presentation also at Fashion Scout, of elegant theatrical dresses in an Alice in Wonderland Afternoon Tea theme. Sculptured necklines, blocked colours and exaggerated details made Liz Black’s collection one to watch.

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DSCN3475Returning to Somerset House,  the official venue for London Fashion Week and home to the BFC Courtyard Show Space that featured exhibition show areas for 100 designers, we took some time out at the Lavazza Winter Garden Café for a couple of delicious cappuccinos. Blessed with wonderful weather on the first day it proved to be the perfect vantage point for fashionista people watching. Sipping our coffee we enjoyed seeing some of the most imaginative outfits worn by, celebrities, designers, stylists, buyers, photographers and journalists. Several would be good enough to be on the catwalk in their own right!

DSCN3512Extra tall models at Nico Didonna’s Show wore draped dresses plunging deeply at the back. Fashion Fabulous loved the skirts with sculptured stand-away waists and bold Audrey Hepburn black and white striped dresses. Held at the luxurious Baku restaurant, 155 Sloane Street, Knighstbridge, Nico told us after the show how please he was with the response of buyers to the collection that included Nancy Dell O’lio. In the basement, running throughout London Fashion Week were independent designers including Karen K, Carlotta Gherzi and Bellville Sassoon all showing very commercially viable collections.

DSCN3528One of the best exhibition areas at the BFC Courtyard show space was Estethica featuring the most promising ethical fashion designers in the capital. Visiting on the second day,  Ada Zanditon woollen shift dresses and floral prints in black and red. Zooming off to The Elms Lester Gallery near Centre Point we climbed the narrowest of staircases to Orla Kiely’s retro take on 1960’s officewear. Models dressed as secretaries were typing and filing in a recreation of a real 60’s office. We loved the daisy velvet jacquard – very reminiscent of the Mary Quant logo in pastel pink high waisted dresses and bronze and black suits. Fun to wear will be the chunky knits with squirrel motifs.  Downstairs, meanwhile was a small presentation by Bolzoni and Walsh showing leather bikers.

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TRACY WITH JOHN ROCHA 2Fashion Fabulous caught up with John Rocha, just before his fashion show in the Courtyard Space who told us he was very excited with his latest collection.  Featuring black deconstructed long jackets, double breasted with flap pockets, lime green and pale pink tapered trousers it was another fine collection for the designer whose flagship is in Dover Street, Mayfair.

Carlotta Actis Barone showed mostly monochromatics with stripy chevrons or blocks of black and white in solid and sheer fabrics. We liked the emphasised shoulders and can see this as great for day or eveningwear.

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Bernard Chandran known for his glamorous eveningwear was inspired by the 1950’s and also showed daywear pieces. Tapered trousers in head to toe matching coloured looks in opulent fabrics impressed us. Dramatic low-backs twinned with opaque dresses were amongst the highlights of the show.

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