This is my second season attending London Fashion Week and the shows and presentations I have gone to so far have been excellent. I actually got started on Thursday night, even though LFW did not start until Friday, at the Canada Show. You may recall I also went to this event last September and this season was even better! The event started with a presentation with the eight Canadian based designers showcase their pieces in the grand ballroom of the diplomatic mission of Canada to the United Kingdom right off Trafalgar Square. After guests got a chance to see the designs and grab a beverage there were a few speeches, including one explaining the Toronto Fashion Incubator, where all of he designers are a part, before a runway show. Take a look:
On Friday even though it was a work day and a Valentine’s Day I squeezed in a show between work and date night. luckily it was held at Victoria House which was not far from my office. The show was by designer Rocky Star who has been sending striking contemporary designs down the runway since 1995. His brand ethos is described as “unbound, fierce and fearless” which you can see in some of the pieces below and in shots of his previous collections. Take a look:
Saturday was jam packed. I kicked off the day with a workout and paperwork for my new flat and then headed to my first show at noon. When I saw the Atelier Zuhra London Fashion Week Couture Show at the Royal Opera House, I was even more excited as it is one of my favorite venues. Over the course of the 20 minute shows dozens of stunning dresses and gowns when up and down teh runway and it was too hard to pick a favorite, or even top three. The brand is based in Dubai but these dresses with stunning sparkle, delicate embroidery, and endless feathers would be perfect for a red carpet anywhere in the world! A full post will be coming on this show, but until then, here are some of my favorites:
After getting a chance to meet both the Atelier Zuhra head designer it was off to NAMES presents P.I.N.E.S at Somerset House. You may recall I went to their presentation in September (here) and this event was similar with pieces from a number of designers which you can see below:
Then I popped by the British Fashion Council’s temporary headquarters at 180 the Strand, and the unofficial home of London Fashion Week. It was in part ot escape the rain and in part to see some of the pop ups, design labs, and such! My favorites were the Alice Temperley London popup and new pieces by London designers Richard Quinn and Rosh Mahtani, take a look:
And that’s it for now, stay tune for more!