London Fashion Week can often feel like a stampede of stilettos that just flashes by in haze of immaculately dressed women. This year felt different for some reason with the highlights for me included playing with puppies at Topshop, poking Jimmy Choo, partying at the W magazine bash and discussing the virtues of a onesie with Samantha Barks.
On Friday I made my way to Somerset house with a filming crew from ITV's This Morning in tow. I wanted to gauge the fashion temperature and get a sense of what the people hanging out there were expecting. It turns out that most of them had very little to say on topic of 'fashion' and seemed more interested in having their snap taken. Enough said...
Thankfully inside the shows it was a different story. One of my personal favourites was John Rocha whose collection of mainly puffed A-line skirts and statement trellis hats celebrated femininity with pastel shades, embroidered florals and ladylike silhouettes.
My pal Laura Whitmore, John's designer daughter Simone and TV presenter Jameela Jamil were amongst the FROW. Also perched on the front row was the little Asian man that I had accidentally poked with my umbrella on the way in. Turns out said man was the (thankfully) very affable Jimmy Choo who took it in his stride.
Queen of print, Irish designer Orla Kiely's presentation was a fun safari inspired affair of wearable separates featuring wild animal motifs. There was a distinct absence of her colourful trademark prints however.
Henry Holland's House of Holland presented their new collection at Brewer Street car park. Guests were greeted by a psychedelic purple and pink cloud print catwalk and was buzzing with his infamous FROW, which included his bezzies Harry Styles, Nick Grimshaw and Kelly Osbourne.
The collection didn't disappoint either marking a distinct mature direction for Henry. There was plenty of his trademark kitsch in the form of religious iconography and Virgin Mary imagery on sexy mini-dresses and bronze metallic varsity jackets.
The award for coolest catwalk goes to Topshop Unique whose purpose built show space in Regent's Park was a futuristic sight. Sir Philip Green was sandwiched between Anna Wintour and Kate Moss and further down the line was Daisy Lowe and Pixie Geldolf.
The highlight for me was a Chihuahua named Tallulah who sat on my lap throughout the entire show. Afterwards while the rest of the posse were having a post-show debrief, myself and the very lovely Samantha Barks somehow ended up discussing onesie’s and our favourite ice creams, as you do!
At the Burberry show I chatted with Bradley Cooper's girlfriend Suki Waterhouse and ex-French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld. Backstage Christopher Bailey was a picture of calmness eating a pack of Walker's crisps while Cara Delevingne enjoyed a McDonalds while getting her make-up done by Burberry Beauty’s Artistic Consultant Wendy Rowe.
Sitting front row were Harry Styles, Paloma Faith, Sienna Miller & Alexa Chung.
All in all, I had a great London Fashion week full of fun, giggles and the obligatory bubbles!
Darren Kennedy is the host of the fashion segment for ITV's This Morning.
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