Gavin Norton

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London Collections: Men Spring 2013


For the first time ever London has held its own menswear ‘Fashion Week’ entitled London Collections: Men. The successful weekend focused the fashion industry’s eyes on London, not only appreciating the exciting year they are having (The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics), but also the fantastic new talent that London is producing. It looks like London designers are the new best thing!

Here are my top 5 shows:

J.W Anderson

James Long

Jonathan Saunders

Oliver Spencer

E Tautz

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And the winner is……


The result is finally out! For the past few weeks, designers such as Richard Nicoll, Jonathan Sunders, Mary Katrantzou and Meadham Kirchoff to name a few have been competing to win the prize of a lifetime, the BFC Vogue/Fashion Fund Award. An award that supplies designer mentoring from industry professionals and £200,000 to grow their business.

And the winner is…..Jonathan Saunders!!!!

Jonathan Saunders Fall 2011

I attended the Jonathan Saunders show for Fall/Winter 2011 at London Fashion Week. His use of colour, his silhouettes and his unique patterns are what made Saunders sales explode in the past two seasons. What will he do next?

GN

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Showing Support


Alexandra Burke shows her support for he young British designers as she stepped out in a Jonathan Saunders Fall/Winter 2011 dress at the X Factor live shows.

Alexandra Burke in Jonathan Saunders

Here is how it looked on the runway when I attended the show in February.

Jonathan Saunders

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London Fashion Week Spring 2012 – Top 5 Shows


Mary Katrantzou – With Prints fabulously squashed together, Katrantzou showed 27 looks of pure wow factor.

Mary Katrantzou

Burberry Prorsum – As one of the biggest events on the LFW show calender, Burberry did not disappoint sending looks with a suprisingly winter feel down the everlastingly long runway.

Burberry Prorsum

Christopher Kane – Rumour Has it that at the end of Christopher Kane’s show,  guests were crying from the sight of phenomenal clothes that flew down the runway. A pastel palette, denim, lamé and flats. Now that is one brave designer.

Christopher Kane

Peter Pilotto – Using the signature Peter Pilotto print, the design duo created new and exciting silhouettes with a swimwear feel. Two words….fabulous combination.

Peter Pilotto

Jonathan Saunders – Saunders is really at the top of his game. No Suprise he received the title ‘show of the week’. Paisley prints, soft colours and luxurious kintwear were all included in this collection. This label will be around for a long time.

Jonathan Saunders

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LONDON FASHION WEEK AW/11


 

“You have a better life if you wear impressive clothes”  – Vivienne Westwood

Having joined John Rocha on work experience in November 2010 for a wonderful week of design, sewing and sketching, I was kindly invited to his fall/winter 2011 fashion show at London Fashion Week (LFW).

LFW fall/winter 2011 was a collection of 65 runways and 45 presentations over 6 days with British designers reaching a broader audience for the first time using digital technology.

Somerset House LFW AW/11

Sat Feb 19…I arrived on the 8:40 flight to London on my very first LFW experience and went straight to my hotel just metres from the hub of LFW Somerset House. I could not believe that in a few hours I would be experiencing a dream that I have had since the age of eight.

As soon as I stepped outside the hotel I was struck by visions of orange hair, ostrich coats and sky high heels.

As I entered the courtyard of Somerset House, I stood still looking at the big black tent with a large screen on the outside displaying all the previous shows from this season. A shiny black Mercedes pulled up in the courtyard. Everybody jerked their head to see the TV personality and co-star of Gok Wan’s show ‘Gok’s fashion fix’ Brix Smith-Start step out. Dressed in a grey suede and fur gilet with a tartan skirt and elbow length black leather gloves, she embraced the trend of LFW with burst of colour and the most overheard new fashion terminology of the week? “BTK” below the knee.

She was so sweet and meeting her was a great start to my fashion week.

As I walked into the Somerset House “fashion mode” BFC show space for the John Rocha show I was surprised by how small the runway was. The room filled with lines and lines of photographers and stressed PR people trying to get people seated while John Rocha’s DJ son Max set the atmosphere with strong beats. The show eventually started, not on time of course as that would be downright unfashionable. As the models strutted down the runway passing Vogue on the front row, the atmosphere was electrifying. The models look was fresh faced and real with hair finally chopped. The vintage collection was outstanding, textiles rich in quality and texture. Too many favourites to mention.

When the show was over I made my way across town to the Paddington Basin venue for the Jonathan Saunders collection. The venue was surrounded by glass with enormous round lamps down the middle of the runway. This was one of my favorite collections. His prints were bright and vibrant, perfect for winter with strong pencil-skirt silhouettes and belted suits, the collection was refreshing in comparison to this season’s trends. When the show ended I saw photographers climbing over each other to get a photo of a particular person. I ran over to see who it was. It was Olivia Palermo dressed in a black corseted dress and beige cardigan. I could not believe it. I ran over to her and got a picture. It was a perfect end to a perfect day.

John Rocha AW/11

Sun Feb 20……The next day I went to the Richard Nicoll show. I had met him in September at the Manolo for Liberty launch.

As I entered the venue I was greeted by a champagne and food bar. In true fashion the champagne bar was crowded and the food bar was left alone. His moth inspired show had tops with the Latin names of rare moth species embellished with Swarovski jewels.

To top it all off Brix Smith Start came up to me and told me she Looooved…. my hat. It was amazing!

Richard Nicoll and Gavin Norton LFW AW/11

Mon Feb 21…. This was my last day sadly. David Koma was the first designer on that morning at Somerset House. He showed patent leather dresses with polka dot faces and a large amount of colorful fur. I loved the polka dots. They are my favorite trend for next season. Holly Fulton started right after David’s show. She showed a 70’s glam show full of graphic prints and silk flowing dresses.

After the show I saw a tall skinny woman dressed in white. I soon realized it was my style icon, the socialite Daphne Guinness who is featured in many designers’ shows and ad campaigns. I walked straight over to her as she was talking to the editor-in-chief of British Vogue. I tapped her on the back and asked for a photo. She agreed and leaned in and pouted to the camera. I was in complete shock at this moment.

Daphne Guinness and Gavin Norton LFW AW/11

On finally to the Burberry show at Kensington Gardens which was digitally streamed to the largest audience ever including for the first time the giant screens in piccadily circus. This show is a real A list celebrity event so I stood outside and watched the “beautiful” people walk in through the pool of photographers. Suddenly a black car pulled up, door opened and out came a woman with a bob haircut. Cameras flashed either side of her. It was the editor-in-chief of American Vogue Anna Wintour. As she walked past I screamed her name as loud as I could. She stopped for a moment, looked back at me and waved. My heart stopped. It was the perfect end and topped off my dream weekend.

Roll on my next fashion week experience.

GN

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