My final day of fashion week started in style, on the front row at David Koma. I have never seen any of his stuff before so was nicely surprised and thought the collection was really well executed. Structured silhouettes with a modern sportswear twist, in tones of dark winter colours were the focal point of the collection. Leather boots, with a greyhound metal heel, were the best shoes I've seen all season.
Holly Fulton was up next. I was excited for this as I've heard so many people buzzing about her before. I was really disappointed to be honest. It was the most impractical AW12 collection I've seen this season. The designs were fantastic but it all seemed so inappropriate. Fashion isn't supposed to be practical but would it have killed her to throw in a couple of jumpers to make the collection more realistic for our bitter cold winters and haphazard weather?
My final show for the week was Emilio de la Morena. I had 6 more invites and presentations for the afternoon but I had a lecture that I couldn't miss. Skirts were restricting and fell to the floor. Sombre hooded models wore billowing jackets, in shades of black, white, forest green and oxblood. The textures of starched cotton tops, graphic maxi skirts and faux leather trousers clashed - something that is a major trend for next season. Accessories were kept to a minimum. Only patent bowed headbands finished the outfits but added a young feel to otherwise sophisticated looks.
|Emilio de la Morena.|
I hopped on a bus back to the real world. What a whirlwind the past five days have been. What an experience. I started a bundle of nerves, and it took me ages to work out how to tackle my first show report. From there on my confidence grew and the words began to flow more easily every day.
Unless you are swanning about in a chauffeur driven car, don't have show reports to write and are purely just at the shows to admire the clothes (which isn't a lot of people, trust me) fashion week isn't as glamourous as it seems. 23 shows and 13 reports later and London Fashion Week is all over for me this season. It's hard work but it's hard work I wouldn't want to do anywhere else.