Lately In London

London Fashion Week 
Spring / Summer 2019

From cross-dressing at Erdem to karaoke with Victoria Beckham, Hayley Bloomingdale lets us in on all the action at London Fashion Week.

Lately In London

London Fashion Week 
Spring / Summer 2019

From cross-dressing at Erdem to karaoke with Victoria Beckham, Hayley Bloomingdale lets us in on all the action at London Fashion Week.

Apologies if it seems like every LFW recap starts with the weather but this season it’s with good reason, I promise. The sun shone almost the entire week! In a rare role reversal, NYFW got all the rain and the glorious sun bestowed itself upon all of us here in London.

Apologies if it seems like every LFW recap starts with the weather but this season it’s with good reason, I promise. The sun shone almost the entire week! In a rare role reversal, NYFW got all the rain and the glorious sun bestowed itself upon all of us here in London.

Trenches were left at home and summer dresses stretched an extra week as the fashion set readied for a weekend of shows in the sunshine. Saturday was off to a flying start with national treasure Alexa Chung’s first runway show at 11am, followed by fashion’s golden boy JW Anderson to in the afternoon, and then, finally, the marvelous Mary Katrantzou’s 10-year anniversary extravaganza. The center of the runway showcased 40 pieces from Katrantzou’s archives, so we could all relive her biggest hits from the past while drooling over the new ones.

Trenches were left at home and summer dresses stretched an extra week as the fashion set readied for a weekend of shows in the sunshine. Saturday was off to a flying start with national treasure Alexa Chung’s first runway show at 11am, followed by fashion’s golden boy JW Anderson to in the afternoon, and then, finally, the marvelous Mary Katrantzou’s 10-year anniversary extravaganza. The center of the runway showcased 40 pieces from Katrantzou’s archives, so we could all relive her biggest hits from the past while drooling over the new ones.

“Faux petals poetically dripped onto the runway, perfectly mirroring the same shapes in his flowing gowns.”

“Faux petals poetically dripped onto the runway, perfectly mirroring the same shapes in his flowing gowns.”

You can always rely on Delpozo’s Josep Font for one of the season’s prettiest shows and, true to form, he did not disappoint. Less architectural than in season’s past, Font showcased a freer aesthetic by installing a handmade wisteria tree in the center of the room. Faux petals poetically dripped onto the runway, perfectly mirroring the shapes of his flowing gowns. Editor's Note: at the time of writing, news broke that Josep Font is leaving Delpozo. Note to Self: Must preorder a piece of this collection in case it is his last.

You can always rely on Delpozo’s Josep Font for one of the season’s prettiest shows and, true to form, he did not disappoint. Less architectural than in season’s past, Font showcased a freer aesthetic by installing a handmade wisteria tree in the center of the room. Faux petals poetically dripped onto the runway, perfectly mirroring the shapes of his flowing gowns. Editor's Note: at the time of writing, news broke that Josep Font is leaving Delpozo. Note to Self: Must preorder a piece of this collection in case it is his last.

“Word on the street is that late night karaoke led to a brief return of Posh Spice telling us all what we want, what we really really want.”

“Word on the street is that late night karaoke led to a brief return of Posh Spice telling us all what we want, what we really really want.”

The party of the week was definitely British Vogue’s fete in honor of Victoria Beckham’s ten years; word on the street is that late night karaoke led to a brief return of Posh Spice telling us all what we want, what we really, really want.

Video: @victoriabeckham

The party of the week was definitely British Vogue’s fete in honor of Victoria Beckham’s ten years; word on the street is that late night karaoke led to a brief return of Posh Spice telling us all what we want, what we really, really want.

Video: @victoriabeckham

I loved Erdem’s nods to the Victorian era: he looked to cross-dressers from the period to champion the idea of self-expression. After the show, he sent the entire collection to Moda Mews so we could see everything up-close: lacy layered gowns, cropped brocade jackets, exaggerated shoulder coats and oversized bows. Sometimes, I pinch myself and remember how lucky we are to see a collection mere hours after it’s walked a runway. Watching Erdem demonstrate on LSD how to tie his bow to floppy perfection was one of those times.

I loved Erdem’s nods to the Victorian era: he looked to cross-dressers from the period to champion the idea of self-expression. After the show, he sent the entire collection to Moda Mews so we could see everything up-close: lacy layered gowns, cropped brocade jackets, exaggerated shoulder coats and oversized bows. Sometimes, I pinch myself and remember how lucky we are to see a collection mere hours after it’s walked a runway. Watching Erdem demonstrate on LSD how to tie his bow to floppy perfection was one of those times.

I wasn’t sure if Richard Quinn could top having The Queen at his show but, between filling the FROW with art students from his alma mater (an art school in London and Central Saint Martins) and having the London Philharmonic Orchestra perform live, he certainly came close. There was not a dry eye in the house. Oh, you want to know about the clothes? Right. They were high-volume, uber glamorous and featured his signature prints. Quinn is the one to watch.

I wasn’t sure if Richard Quinn could top having The Queen at his show but, between filling the FROW with art students from his alma mater (an art school in London and Central Saint Martins) and having the London Philharmonic Orchestra perform live, he certainly came close. There was not a dry eye in the house. Oh, you want to know about the clothes? Right. They were high-volume, uber glamorous and featured his signature prints. Quinn is the one to watch.

“Big bows, small bows, outrageously large bows, bows on dresses, on coats, shoes, shoulders, knees and toes.”

“Big bows, small bows, outrageously large bows, bows on dresses, on coats, shoes, shoulders, knees and toes.”

My favorite trend of the week was—by far—the abundance of bows. Big bows, small bows, outrageously large bows, bows on dresses, on coats, shoes, shoulders, knees and toes...there were lots and lots of bows. I especially loved the doubled up hair bows in the sleek ponytails at Emilia Wickstead’s show.

My favorite trend of the week was—by far—the abundance of bows. Big bows, small bows, outrageously large bows, bows on dresses, on coats, shoes, shoulders, knees and toes...there were lots and lots of bows. I especially loved the doubled up hair bows in the sleek ponytails at Emilia Wickstead’s show.

As things wound down, I refueled over breakfast at the stunning Mayfair townhouse with jewelry designer Jessica McCormack (nothing like a side of diamonds with your avocado toast to fully restore one’s energy). I’m currently lusting after her seriously cool “jackets”. And if you think I’m referring to outerwear, tune back to check out her next trunkshow—it’s launching October 23rd.

As things wound down, I refueled over breakfast at the stunning Mayfair townhouse with jewelry designer Jessica McCormack (nothing like a side of diamonds with your avocado toast to fully restore one’s energy). I’m currently lusting after her seriously cool “jackets”. And if you think I’m referring to outerwear, tune back to check out her next trunkshow—it’s launching October 23rd.

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