On Friday, February 14th (Valentine’s Day), Fashion Week in London began. Lots of wind and rain, but that did not stop the fashionistas, bloggers, club kids, shop boys and girls and interns from making it a point to turn out a look. The streets were alive with fashion at and around Somerset House as well as nearby Freemasons’ Hall. Street style photographers were out in full force, getting great shots of some amazing and creative people. They even got a few shots of me in my kilts. Loved it!!!
Even though, street style was popping up all over the blogs and press, the runways set the tone for what will be in the shops in a few months time. There were all sorts of trendy, yet classic looks and even some wild, avant garde looks, but either way there was a place and a woman for them.
Day One: I managed to catch a few shows at Freemasons’ Hall. The first show I saw was Jamie Wei Huang. The pieces were absolutely stunning. Edgy ready to wear is what I would call it. Lots of pleating, slashing, buckles and sharp angles made for an interesting punk style. These were the best shots I can get from where I was sitting. I’m really sorry about the quality of the photos!!!!
Another show I got to check out was Napsugar. The presentation was quite fabulous with pop art and Lichtenstein oriented cartoon pieces. They also had a ballet dancer (in red pointe shoes), which turned it into a happening!!! I managed to get a few shots:
I also checked out the “Ones To Watch” show, which showcased four designers. They were Carrie-Ann Stein, Sarah Ryan, Hiroko Nakajima and my favorite designer of the show, George Styler. Each designer had pieces that were out of this world. Totally avant garde and fun!!!! George’s pieces in particular took me back to David Bowie in his Ziggy Stardust period. I managed to get a few shots of the pieces on display.
After this, I ran to Somerset House and I got to check out a couple of the showrooms. One of the showrooms I checked out was Pavane. Gorgeous, and edgy pieces with a slight romantic feel to them. To me, each piece had a surprises. Collar and pocket details, colors and even the textures of some of the pieces, simply were surprising to the eye. One example is the calfskin coat and vest. The color is a deep burgundy and it felt so soft (like a gorgeous fur). Surprisingly, it wasn’t as heavy as you would think calfskin would normally be. Totally lush and rich. I will do a blog post all about them later, but I will show you one of my favorite pieces, a coral (or cantaloupe) bolero that I absolutely went crazy for!!!! I may ask them to make one in my size with long sleeves to go with my black kilt…lol.
Day Two: This was a busy day because I was at Freemasons’ Hall all day for shows. Loved it!!! More street fashion photographers and even paparazzi out in front, getting pics of everyone getting out of flashy cars as many of us are waiting in line to get into shows. It was slightly windy out, but a hell of a lot of fun as I met other bloggers who took my picture for their blogs. Felt good being a bit of a celebrity for the day.
The first show I saw was Bernard Chandran. I managed to snag myself a seat and snapped myself a selfie, right before the show started:
At the Bernard Chandran show there was a mix of menswear/Saville Row style tailoring with mod chick attitude. The mod period is one of my favorite times in the British counterculture. Sharp, tailored looks for men and women. Rebellious and snazzy. Unfortunately, I accidentally erased the video of the show (stupid me), but I may have some press shots of some of the pieces.
The next show I checked out was part of the Kiev Fashion days (Ukraine). It showcased six designers from the Ukraine with their own sense of style. Edgy ready to wear pieces that will work amazingly well on the street!!! Look them up if you can!!!! I know I will be!!! They are Anna K, Krasilnikova, Paskal, Lara Quint, Lera Leshchova, and Yasya Minochkina. Remember those names. I managed to get the shows on video, but unfortunately, I can’t upload them here. I will post them on my other pages (Facebook: Eric Farr II, or Instagram: ericfarrstyle). They were pretty crowded as well, so the view may not be totally great.
Ashley Isham was also an awesome show. Glamorous and floaty, light and airy is what I got from it. This is another show I got on video and I can’t post it here. I will post it on my Facebook or my Instagram. I was a little enthusiastic about the shoes, so you may hear me say a lot “OMG-THE SHOES!!!!” and I may have to call the post that when I post it.
The last show I saw for the day was Sorapol, at the Royal College of Surgeons. LOVED IT!!!! This was a show with a high dose of drama and glamour!!!!! Unfortunately, my camera died as I was trying to video the show and I literally cursed the camera battery until the afterparty, where I received free gin and tonics and all of the anger disappeared.
Let me know what you think and I will bring you Part Two soon!!!!!
Stay fashionable and sexy!!!!!!