London Fashion week: an Instagram diary
London Fashion Week February 2018 was the week that ended with Queen Elizabeth II attending a young designer’s show- a memorable moment for British design. It was also a week fuelled with with edgy creativity. Mulberry exhibited in the beautiful eighteenth-century aristocratic palace, Spencer house and showcased an exquisite collection inspired by Edwardian England, garden parties and the drinking of tea. Meanwhile, Christopher Bailey’s epic exit collection at Burberry flew the rainbow flag for LGBTQ+ freedoms. Incase you missed it, here are our ten favorite moments from Instagram.
Queen Elizabeth's surprise appearance...
Queen Elizabeth made a surprise appearance at emerging designer Richard Quinn’s runway show to present him with the new Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. Sitting alongside Anna Wintour and The British Fashion Council CEO, it was the most grammed moment of the whole week. Image: @britishfashioncouncil
Mulberry taking over Spencer House
Mulberry’s S/S18 collection showed at #LFW on a drizzly Monday morning but the vibe was all sunshine and garden parties. Honouring the charming ‘Britishness’ of the past, Mulberry Creative Director Johnny Coca explained:
“I’ve visited houses in England with walls of antique porcelain objects.They represent a heritage, something that you can pass down, and something for the next generation to make their own.” Image: @ambravernuccio
Erdem's magical dinner at The National Portrait Gallery
Erdem’s AW18 show was celebrated with an absolutely magical dinner in the National Portrait Gallery, celebrating the new ‘strange flowers’ collection. In fashion-land, the rumour is he may be the designer that Meghan Markle will pick for the upcoming royal wedding- the traditional British backdrop certainly made a dramatic (and stunning) backdrop. Image: @eggcanvas
THE BUCKINGHAM PALACE RECEPTION
The most glamorous event of the week had to be the Duchess of Cambridge, who invited a select few to Buckingham Palace for a reception for the Commonwealth fashion industry. Image: @theroyalfamily
Christopher Bailey’s Burberry exit
It was the grand finale of Christopher Bailey’s epic 17 years at Burberry and how else could you close the show than with Cara Delevigne in a rainbow trench?? So cool. Image: @caradelevingne
Roland Mouret's in the National Theatre
After showing in Paris for the past decade, Roland Mouret has been back in London for a year and the show is always hotly anticipated. The mood for the new collection was sombre with heavy fabrics- tweed, corduroy, charcoal tones. The inspiration? "Eyes of Laura Mars" a serial killer loose on NY fashion industry in the late 1970's.
Jasper Conran in Claridge’s
Jasper Conran hosted his guests at Claridge’s for his new collection full of color blocks: navy, white, sulfur, and yellow. Image: @jasperconranstudio
Alongside Richard Quinn (who snagged the honor of the Queen at his show), another British Fashion Council #NEWGEN award recipient @halpernstudio dazzled with a cavalcade of sequins and color. Still an under-the-radar name, Amal Clooney, Marion Cotillard and Beyoncé are all fans.
Stephen Jones mad millinery at Matty Bovan
Radical British milliner Stephen Jones (milliner on call at Dior) provided headpieces for emerging-designer Matty Bovan. The designer's first collection, outside of Fashion East- which has supported him the last three seasons — stylist, Katie Grand was on hand and the Marc Jacobs beauty team. It was an ensemble that showed the exact creative flair that made Louis Vuitton poach him for their design studio in Paris. Image: @stephenjonesmillinery
The detailing at Markus Lupfer
Floral-jacquard suits and tartan were all the rage at Markus Lupfer AW18 presentation but what stole the show was his accessories- ribbon-tied faux fur heels, collarbone-grazing earrings and, the biggest hit of all, hair partings that were encrusted with diamantes. Image: @laurenmarshphotography