Backstage at the Burberry Prorsum Show, London, September 2014 Backstage at the Burberry Prorsum Show, London, September 2014 Ⓒ Burberry

LUXOS Style Slice. Off the catwalk – London Fashion Week

Fashion Week is no longer simply a forecast for next season but all about right now. Be inspired by London Fashion Week’s style savvy front row, off duty modelistas and fashion forward street style mavens.

by 18 September 2014

As the fashion elite bid a speedy farewell to London and jet over to Milan for the next chapter of Fashion Week frenzy, I decided to take some time out from the catwalk marathon to digest the past week’s fashion happenings…

With more than 5,000 visitors, 56 shows and 24 presentations there is a serious amount of style to take in at London Fashion Week. And in today’s fast paced fashion world, it isn’t just the style on the catwalk that matters, but equally what happens off the catwalk that grabs our attention. We have become hooked on not only who wore what on the front row, but also who sat next to whom, what nibbles they tucked into before the show and what they said backstage. And then there is the street fashion phenomenon.

Fashion Week is crucial for designers in terms of next season’s success and what we will be wearing come spring, but it is also shaping what we are wearing today. Bloggers, stylists, models, celebrities and the designers of course, are being catapulted into the spotlight before the lights have even gone down on the catwalks.  Collections are being pre-shown, shows are being streamed live, catwalk looks are being instantly and publically scrutinized on social media, pieces sold immediately after the show and what the front row is wearing today, is changing what we are wearing tomorrow...

            Olivia Palermo in Nom de Mode at the Whistles spring/summer 2015 show, Saturday 13th September.

Take Olivia Palermo for example, who was papped at Saturday’s shows in a stunning sleeveless grey coat by relatively unknown brand Nom de Mode. While the brand might be in its third season, it is yet to hit the big time, but I anticipate now Olivia Palermo has given it the seal of approval, the coat and other sleeveless numbers, will be a sell out this winter and the brand: one to watch for spring.

    Street Style: Culottes

Again, off the catwalk, and according to the fashionistas in the know, culottes are what we should be wearing right now. Industry gurus and fashion editors including Matches Fashion’s co-founder Ruth Chapman, fashion journalist and author Harriet Quick and shoe designer Natalia Barbieri of Bionda Castana were all spotted sporting culottes to the London shows. Those calf length shorts or cropped palazzo pants as I like to think of them, that fool the eye into thinking they’re a skirt. They are elegant, chic and comfy – a great option for autumn and with their presence on the New York SS 15 catwalks too, should take you well into spring.

Sergio the Shoehunter.

It is the fashion bloggers, Instagrammers and paparazzi that we have to thank for our off-catwalk obsession. And at LFW, there was another very special roving reporter on the team, Sergio the Shoe Hunter. Sergio, a pedigree miniature Dachshund who had a camera strapped to his collar was a very clever publicity stunt from THEOUTNET.com. The cute pup made his way from show to show sniffing out the hottest footwear both on and off the catwalk, enjoying fashion moments Amber le Bon and her Amanda Wakeley heels at Burberry, Carine Roitfeld at Christopher Kane and was even given style advice from Lucky magazine’s Editor Eva Chen. So what should we be wearing this season according to Sergio? Ankle boots, pointed toe pumps, animal print and statement sandals. And his favourites from the shows for spring – mother of pearl pastel kitten heels at Burberry, platform sandals at Sophia Webster, embellished jelly shoes at Markus Lupfer and colour block wellies at Hunter.

And it isn’t just the ladies that can take some style inspiration from Fashion Week. Uber cool designer Tom Ford took his bow in double denim, so gents; don’t be afraid to tuck that denim shirt into those blue jeans. If Tom Ford can…

   Tom Ford at the closing of his s/s15 sh0w, Tuesday 16th September, 2014

Models too have become go-to style sources. Kate Moss’ rock and roll chic is emulated worldwide, Alexa Chung’s androgynous cool the envy of many and Cara Delevingne, the muse of the moment. Samantha Cameron invited Cara to her closing Fashion Week bash at Downing Street to which she wore glossy black flares and a lacy blouse. Now we have no reason to feel wrongly dressed in trousers to a formal event. And there was more talk of Cara not walking the Burberry catwalk than there would have been if she had… Front row in a bra-less trouser suit and trainers, Kate Moss in one hand and personalised Mini Bee Bag from the SS 15 collection in the other. That certainly got tails wagging, tongues twitching and everyone tweeting. All hail front row fashion. Although I for one will be giving the trainers and suit combo a miss even if the fashion royalty have given it the thumbs up.

    Alexia Chung, Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss at LFW.

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