Thursday 10 January 2013


Can't wait for London Fashion Week next month! There's always such an exciting buzz surrounding the designer catwalk shows and The Exhibition at LFW. I've attended the fashion shows and exhibitions, in all their guises, since I started working on fashion magazines in the early 80's and I've watched LFW blossom into a huge global affair, since its launch in 1984. Today, London is internationally recognised as the place to watch for rising fashion talent, as well as being home to several major league players such as Burberry and Matthew Williamson. Our fashion colleges are second to none and have nurtured so many of the current leading designers working both here and internationally. So we should embrace our flourishing fashion industry and the fact that we are right up there with Paris, Milan and New York in the fashion stakes!

Models backstage at Erdem Spring/Summer 2013
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Leading shoe designer Manolo Blahnik, whose exquisite footwear is worn by many A-list actresses and fashionistas, has designed exclusive imagery for next month's LFW, that runs from 15th - 19th February. The animated illustrations depict the designer with key industry figures who have played pivotal roles throughout his career, including American Vogue's super stylist, Grace Coddington.

One of Manolo Blahnik's exclusive illustrations for
London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013
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'English women and their style inspire me tremendously,' says Blahnik, 'This series of drawings represents some of the figures I adore and who have influenced my life and work. I like extreme girls and the combination of the poise, the grandeur and the beauty of English women.'

As well as an impressive line-up of British and British-based designers showing during the event, American designer L'Wren Scott is showing for the first time and Tom Ford returns to the capital to present his first ever full-blown catwalk show, eschewing his preference for smaller, more intimate presentations.

The images below are from this season's LFW, which highlight the trend for a strong bold colour palette juxtaposed with pure whites and creams. Sheer fabrics plus lavish surface detailing, such as lace, brocade and Broderie Anglaise, all add interest to the predominately sharp silhouettes. It will be interesting to see how these trends evolve for next autumn at LFW and how the designers interpret the mood for the new season. 

Katrin Thormann modelling Matthew Williamson Spring/Summer 2013
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Cara Delevigne modelling Burberry Prorsum Spring/Summer 2013
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Embellished collars by Huishan Zhang at The Exhibition at LFW 

Feminine dresses with decorative surface textures for Spring/Summer 2013 by Huishan Zhang 
at The Exhibition at LFW 

Fabulous Stephen Jones Millinery confections for Spring/Summer 2013 
at The Exhibition at LFW

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