As the fashion pack settles into Milan this morning, we’re left with a few notes from London.
1. We noticed a new trend at the London shows: stars wearing the collection that’s about to debut on the runway. While the front row’s often dressed in the label they’re watching, their outfit traditionally comes from the last runway show. This time around, at Burberry, both Kate Bosworth and Eddie Redmayne wore fall 2012. “That’s my jacket!” Redmayne said to Clemence Poesy as look 47 walked down the runway. Meanwhile, Bosworth wore an owl-printed sweater with a pencil skirt, a mix of two different runway looks. At Pringle of Scotland, Rose Byrne wore a red and blue dress from the fall collection and at Mulberry, a host of stars carried next season’s bags.
2. The Internet’s come a long way. Five years ago bloggers were lucky to score a standing ticket to the London shows, now they’re properly seated—and celebrated. Imran Amed’s The Business of Fashion—a site most wouldn’t hesitate to call the most respected fashion blog on the net—celebrated its fifth birthday with a big bash at Le Baron, attracting style stars like Jefferson Hack, Caroline Issa, Tallulah Harlech, the xx and Giles Deacon.
3. The venues have New York beat. Even less than stellar collections look great underneath gilded ceilings and extravagant chandeliers. Giles Deacon, who actually did show a wonderfully haunting collection of burned dresses, strict tuxedoes and fanciful headpieces from Stephen Jones, showed in Stationers Hall, the chapel-like home of England’s newspaper guild while Vivienne Westwood showed off her Red Label collection in a old government building with ceilings painted like a British version of Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People.
And with that, it’s on to Gucci!