London is known for it’s unique and eclectic style, and their fashion week was no different. The Brits really know how to put on a show! We attended a handful of events while visiting London, and each experience was incredible. From Julien Macdonald’s runway show, to a private party at the National Portrait Gallery, going to London Fashion Week for the first time was a dream come true. I’m sharing the highlights from our adventure where I often had to say, ‘Somebody pinch me!’THE PRESENTATIONS
Our first show of the season was Steven Tai’s presentation at Somerset House. Steven Tai is originally from Vancouver, and I was really excited to attend his presentation of his Spring 2018 collection. We were transported to a dreamy beach scene, complete with deck chairs, palm trees and pretend pools. Steven was in a summer mood, inspired by his need for a beach vacation! Models lounged in breezy fabrics in happy colours and crisp whites. The collection felt fresh and light, and cohesive. THE SHOW ROOMS
British Fashion Council
One of the best parts about London Fashion Week is the showrooms. Set up by the British Fashion Council, the showrooms are a place where buyers, media and influencers to meet and greet with the various brands. After Steven Tai’s presentation, we made our way upstairs to check out the 150 British and international designers booths. I was able to meet so many interesting designers and brand reps while walking through the showroom. This is such a great way for the industry to network, and do business. I discovered so many cool and interested brands from all over the world. From accessories, millenary, leather goods and ready to wear.THE PARTY
COS 10 Year Anniversary at the National Portrait Gallery
Jonathon and I both love to visit art galleries, so an invitation to the COS 10 year anniversary party at the National Portrait Gallery was incredibly exciting. After we walked from Trafalgar Square up the gallery steps, we were handed a crisp glass of champagne. We met our friend Cassie on the veranda and took in the incredible view before heading into the event.
We were planning to visit the gallery later that week, so this was such a treat. To be surrounded by some of the most recognizable art work in the world at a private showing was incredible. The attention to detail at this event was not lost on us. After a few delicious craft cocktails, we made our way downstairs, for a performance by Rudimental. They were UNBELIEVABLE! You must of heard their current hit ‘The Sun Come up’ on the radio. We had a front row view, and Jonathon was able to grab some amazing photos.
Add Rudimental to your playlist. You’ll thank me later.
THE RUNWAY SHOW
I saved the best for last. JULIEN MACDONALD’S RUNWAY SHOW!!! If you’re unfamiliar, Julien Macdonald took over for Alexander McQueen at Givenchy in 2001. Since then, he has rose to critical acclaim as one of Britain’s top designers under his own brand. To have the privilege to attend his show was a dream come true. Once inside the venue, we joined in on the fabulous disco party in full swing. Sponsored by Ciroc, we enjoyed cocktails and chatted with guests before entering the runway space.
The show was a glittery delight, complete with confetti falling from the ceiling as the models took their finale parade down the catwalk. Julien is known for creating killer, sexy dresses. His show was a display of some of the top models in the industry, including Alesandra Ambrosia, Winnie Harlow and Hailey Baldwin strutting in his beautiful creations. It was the perfect ending to our first London Fashion Week.Looking back at attending London Fashion Week, I can only feel grateful for the incredible experiences, the people we met and the doors that were opened for us. Fashion Week is always inspiring to attend, and London’s take is truly unique.
Big thank you to my partner and photographer, Jonathon Sanson for capturing LFW for Style Calling.