Ten things we learned from London fashion week
1. FS has a new obsession …
Because obviously what FS really needs is another label to pine for, in the manner of a small schoolboy pressed against the window drooling over sweets. This particular label isIrwin and Jordan, who presented an intimate show at the Haymarket hotel (cosy, says Grazia. Er, quite posh, says FS). If intimate sounds like fashionspeak for small – well yes, it was actually, but given the front row guests included Stuart Rose and Harold Tillman, it seems big things lie ahead for this label. FS particularly loved the lace dresses and the flock-of-birds-at-sunset print.
2. … And an old one
Due to being struck down with the fashion plague (tonsillitis? Pah, what does the doctor know?) FS had a somewhat curtailed fashion week. I know, your heart bleeds, doesn’t it? The last show it managed to crawl out of bed for was Mulberry. Possibly it was the delirium of fever but FS fell in love with virtually every item of clothing in the show,particularly the coats. FS thinks the gorgeous set featured little birds, and that red cupcakes came in little fox-print boxes, but frankly, we could have been hallucinating at that point.
3. Go regal
No, don’t start ordering decapitations or dissolving monasteries, Henry VIII is so last season. This time it’s all about queens. Lady Jane Grey (so now, she’s got her own blog. Sort of) made it on to a Giles frock. Never mind the paintings, the biographies, the speculation (mostly into what the hell she actually looked like). You’ve made it to the big league now, Jane.
4. Vogue trumps Downing street
La Wintour had FOUR bodyguards at London fashion week. Samantha Cameron had none. Or maybe hers are just ninja-stealthy and no one notices them. They are like shadows, flying through the … sorry. Put down the copy of Crouching Tiger, walk awayfrom the DVD player …
5. Menswear has grown up …
And we don’t like it. Menswear day – or the Day of Man as FS likes to call it, putting on its best Lord of the Rings narration solemn voice – can usually be relied on for a spot of comedy photo opportunity. Usually, the menswear designers sensibly realise that after five days of nipples and celebs, suiting doesn’t really grab the attention of the picture editor, so a gimp mask is, um, a no-brainer. Not so this year. Beautifully cut suits? BORING! Bring back the circus.
6. Catwalk photography is pretty darn difficult
FS knows. It tried it.
7. You couldn’t make it up
Oh, actually you could. @Michaelhogan’s #madeuplfw tweets have entertained us all week. Almost as much as the reaction of the fashion press, all of whom are hastening to say how funny it is, not one of them wondering if maybe it’s them he might just be mocking …
8. Not everyone gushes
Now you may not have noticed, but FS doesn’t take fashion entirely seriously, and all the relentlessly excited gushing that goes on during fashion week would bring it out in a rash if it didn’t already have the plague. Hooray, then, for Jamie at vicestyle.com, for he speaks the truth.
9. FS seriously needs to sort out its bag
Stylish people apparently carry climbing rope, swimming goggles and an assortment of designer labels inside their, um, designer labels. FS carries small packets of raisins, a lot of fluff, 17 years’ worth of lunch receipts and about 13p in coppers.
10. Street style photographers have taken over the world
You cannot get within 100m of Somerset House without being forced to stop and wait for a woman in a fuchsia pink, red and orange outfit with a pair of nine-inch of heels and a bag made of disassembled Barbie dolls to be photographed. A completely scientific survey by FS estimates that 84.6742% of all London fashion week attendees are now street style bloggers or photographers. [Ed: Do they ever snap you? FS: Er, no. Ed: Hmm, jealous much?]
OUT AND ABOUT
Bomi Shonibare, a model for the Edinburgh Charity Fashion Show
Edinburgh fashionistas, a date for your diaries: 18 and 19 March sees this year’sEdinburgh Charity Fashion Show in support of Fashion Targets Breast Cancer (what a lot of capital letters). Last year they raised £37,500, so help them better it this year. There’s a student catwalk show, cocktails and a black tie meal, plus an auction where you can win Hugh Laurie’s cane (FS would prefer to win Hugh Laurie, but you can’t have everything).
IN AND COSY
Calling all ethical characters … The Observer Ethical Awards 2011 are now open. You can nominate yourself (or your business) and learn more about the awards here. Nominations close on 11 March.
You FS readers are a nice bunch, and will therefore no doubt have your wardrobes and kitchen cupboards stuffed with Fairtrade products. Show off with them for Fairtrade Fortnight, which starts on Monday 28 February – take a picture of yourself with your favourite T-shirt, bag of sugar or banana (who doesn’t have a favourite banana?) and you could win a prize. Perhaps even a trip to a banana plantation. Bananarama!fairtrade.org.uk/show_off_your_label/
Two shoe brands for your shopping attention. Both ethical, both FS faves. Firstly, thenew Simple Shoes collection is fantastic. FS particularly likes the plain eco-certified leather high-tops, but have a browse. Go on. Comfy stylish shoes, what more do you want?
Secondly, the new Toms spring collection is now on site. Men’s and women’s are both great, but FS will be purchasing some wedges and this classic pale pink pair. For every pair purchased, the company donates another pair to a child in need. Shoe the world! Er, no, maybe that doesn’t quite work as a slogan …
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