From Paul Costelloe to Markus Lupfer; Day One and Two of LFW
Under the angry clouds above London the fash pack are gathering for fashion week.
By Lorna Weightman
Well thought out outfits and high heels are accompanied by umbrellas to protect those precious toes from the rain.
Mine are encased in a pair of boots which I never thought I'd be in around now considering the weather has been tropical.
But that's not deterring me or the many fashionistas out to check out next season's trends.
Yep it's all about Spring summer 2017 right now. Autumn winter is so over you know (joke!).
Day one isn't as jammed packed as the rest of the week with relatively new faces Teatum Jones opening LFW at the designated catwalk space in Soho.
Two designers which are being eagerly watched by the fashion world started with a collection inspired by human stories, particular Scotland's human story, to visualise its diversity and aspirations.
Focusing on patterns the collection looks at the mix of romantic landscapes and street style taken from 20th century Glaswegian rave houses. The result is a collection full of typical cuts peppered with graffiti and floral prints. I love this kind of marriage in fashion. It really does show how diverse it can be. Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones recently showed their Autumn Winter collection as part of Brown Thomas' CREATE pop up which showcases the best of Irish design (Catherine has Irish connections).
LFW is as much about what you see off the catwalk as well as what's on it. Street style attire can be amusing as well as inspiring. Combinations of the sublime and the ridiculous are balanced with the sleek, minimal looks of the fashion glitterati.
Preparing for this week gives me chills, making sure I have the right clothes to photograph for my online channels like Instagram but you sometimes can't help but measure yourself against the other bloggers. They are the competition after all.
In terms of celebs we can expect to see the usual faces of Alexa Chung, Daisy Lowe, Laura Whitmore as well as the international names like Olivia Palermo.
So I'm on style watch with lots more gossip to come!
With the rain easing off fashion week's most famous emblem - street style came out to play with the trend focused on a more casual look. Thank goodness it's acceptable to wear runners.
Day one ended on a pretty note with our own Paul Costelloe showing a romantic collection with edgy and unexpected accents. A personal favourite among the guests was the linen crop top and maxi skirt combination which will appeal to a younger audience.
Sitting alongside Una Foden and husband Ben, as well as British TV presenters Olivia Cox and Ashley James, I felt rather proud that I'm coming up the ranks.
The evening shows such as PPQ and Shrimps attracted Alexa Chung and Pixie Geldof to the front row (below) in all their fashionable glory. Although someone else also turned up in the same t shirt as Alexa, whoops.
Day two gets down to the heart of it with Jasper Conran showing in his usual Saturday 10am slot. The collection isn't too dissimilar to his normal aesthetic but focuses on pleats and patterns with over dyed denim, elasticated waists and a soft rainbow of colour. It's practical and we like that.
To the more urban side is Markus Lupfer whose colourful and youthful looks inspire the fashion blogger in me. Flowers and fruits provide a freshness and beaded embroidery shows off his skill. And not to forget the stripe that seems to be the trend of the day.
Highlight of the day though, sipping coffee next to a very chic, but chilled out Olivia Palermo. Life made.