Breaking news! The Queen sat FROW at London Fashion Week—andHayley Bloomingdalewitnessed it first-hand. Here, she shares all the action along with her other major highlights.
The most important thing that happened at London Fashion Week (it’s probably the most important thing that will happen throughout the entire month—if not the year!) is that The Queen attended #LFW. The actual Queen. Not the ‘70s British rock band, not Latifah, not HRH Anna Wintour (although she was there too): the REAL Queen, HRH Queen Elizabeth II was right there—f-rowing with the rest of us.
Were I not at Richard Quinn’s fashion show myself, I honestly don’t know if I would’ve believed it. To set the scene: I arrived at the BFC show space a bit late, thanks to the rain (but of course). Frankly, I was rather annoyed by the news that there had been several seating changes and that additional security measures would have to take place before we could enter the venue. When I eventually found my seat, I settled in to catch up on emails before the show began. All of a sudden, the crowd broke out into total pandemonium: everyone was talking and rising out from their seats to photograph something with their iPhones.
“What’s going on? What are we so excited about?” I asked my seatmate.
“The Queen is here!” She beamed back.
“Beyoncé?! No way!” I jumped up for a glimpse of Queen B.
“No,” said my seatmate, shooting me a scowl: “Her MAJESTY the Queen.”
A closer look and about 197 iPhone photos later I finally believed that it was indeed The Queen. She was there in attendance to present Richard Quinn with the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. Full disclosure: the collection itself was secondary to me as I mostly kept my eyes on QEII the entire time. But if her reaction is anything to go by, then Quinn’s intoxicating mix of prints and color and scarves aplenty (a nod to Her Majesty’s Balmoral wardrobe) were just the trends she wanted to see!
Other highlights of the week included Christopher Bailey’s last collection for Burberry which featured a mix of archive styles with rainbow updates in support LGBTQI+ charities, Peter Pilotto’s dinner and show at Tramp in West London and Emilia Wickstead’s gorgeous mix of plaids and pearls. Sunday night’s British Vogue party at the newly reopened Annabel’s was just as one would expect: over the top, sequined and fabulous! Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert Pattinson joined the well-heeled fashion set to dance the night away.
On Monday, we hosted a luncheon here at Moda Operandi Mews in celebration of Delpozo’s debut at London Fashion Week. Our own LSD tried on several of the collection’s sparkly numbers alongside the watchful eye of designer, Josep Font, before settling on a very lunch-time-appropriate navy and yellow dress. Guests including Sarah Harris, Derek Blasberg, Elizabeth von thurn und Taxis and Gianluca Longo dined on Instagram-worthy veggies and smoked salmon (the food is really secondary at fashion week, let's be honest) before racing off to the Christopher Kane show.
Truth be told, I’m a little anxious about my pre-orders this season. That we’re only halfway through Fashion Month and there have already been so many dazzling collections means I’m going to have to make some serious decisions. Still, I’m looking forward to Paris… though something tells me it won’t top seeing the Queen of England!