I kicked off London Fashion Week on a Saturday wearing a cotton maxi-dress from Chinese-born Huishan Zhang – the same week saw the opening of his new atelier in London’s Mount Street. I loved this dress’s flattering, demure cut mixed with playful patchwork fabric and the asymmetric full skirt with bell-shaped sleeves. I paired it with knee-high boots to give the look a wintry feel and added a Mark Cross bag for a ladylike touch.
Although I tend to favour dresses during Fashion Week, I wanted to try something a little out of my comfort zone, so I gave my Valentino skirt from Bicester Village a well-deserved outing. The textured skirt worked beautifully with a Chanel 2.55 with intricate beaded detailing that I’d borrowed. I matched it with an old J Crew navy cashmere knit, my trusted Burberry trench and killer heels that I regretted immediately – they were not walking-appropriate.
One of the privileges of being a fashion editor is having the opportunity to learn about new designers and seeing them flourish into established brands – it’s what makes this job even more special. Rejina Pyo is the relatively undiscovered Korean-born designer who graduated from Central Saint Martins and has worked as an assistant for Roksanda Ilincic. I love her super-feminine, pared-back aesthetic and this ethereal dress was a dream to wear. I accessorised it with glitter shoes and a lilac box bag from Mark Cross to add a bit of fun-factor.
This is not a very ‘me’ outfit, but when The Outnet offered to dress me for Fashion Week I couldn’t resist this rose-printed maxi-dress from Mikael Aghal. It fitted my frame perfectly and was refreshing to wear something more girly than I would normally go for. One of the things I love most about The Outnet is how I often find trend-appropriate pieces by designers I haven’t heard of. I teamed this with a gorgeous round bag from Ganni at Harvey Nichols and my old Maison Margiela boots.
I like to mix something super-glitzy with a classic wardrobe essential, so when I caught a glimpse of these tiered, sequinned trousers from Osman, I knew they would make a great finale to my Fashion Week outfits. With something so glamorous everything else had to be simple, so a pair of kitten heels and a borrowed-from-the-husband cashmere sweater were all I needed to complete the look, finished off with my new Saint Laurent heart-shaped sunglasses.
By far my most glamorous, dressed-up look, but if you can’t wear top-to-toe gold lamé for Fashion Week, when can you? This Tory Burch maxi-dress is perfect for events or black tie – I toned it down for a more daytime feel with my knee-high boots and trench. I also adore this cocktail straw cross-body bag I borrowed from Sophie Hulme – the hit of colour worked well tonally and the gold detailing matched the dress perfectly. Some would call it serendipity.
From old favourites to new discoveries, read and shop what our founders Laura Fantacci and Petro Stofberg wore to London Fashion Week SS18.
Kate Spade once said, ‘Playing dress-up begins at age five and never truly ends.’ That couldn’t be more true for us, and even more so during Fashion Week when the child within us gets unleashed and anything goes – from sequinned trousers on a Sunday to heart-shaped sunglasses on a Monday and maxi florals on a chilly morning. This year, thanks to some new designers we love, the British department store Harvey Nichols and online e-tailer The Outnet, we were able to choose some of our favourite creations and wear them over the four days that saw London hosting the shows for SS18. Here are the results of this creative session…