Tuesday, 22 September 2015


I have spent four days in a bubble at London Fashion Week 2016 Spring/Summer.  It has been a case of dashing round and trying to fit everything in. As Fashion Editor for Genlux Magazine  in Los Angeles. There have been so many celebrations this week and not just with the British designers. PRADA has had a refit and looks incredible with new modern lines in pale pink, green and brown. I loved the collection and I loved the look. Then DVF has a whole new look to it. Never having tried on their clothes I slipped on a jumpsuit in black with blue spots and would not take it off. It felt like pyjamas.  Then off to the shows.

Kathy Lette's fabulous shapely legs.

At Jasper Conran's show I was sitting with the witty writer Kathy Lette who said that we should watch out for the new bigger models. However all I noticed was her sexy shredded stockinged legs, which on a normal mortal looked like a ladder, on her the stairway to heaven.

Fashion is a successful growing business in Great Britain, with a 27 billion pound turn over last year and 67 percent of fashion is now being bought on line.
Women wearing normal clothes are aged 15-death,  from a size 8 - 16 UK, averaging between 115 - 160 pounds and were 5'5" tall, whereas the under aged girl models on the catwalk  wear size O, weighing between 110-130 pounds and were 5'10" - 6'1"aged 15. What suits them, would not suit us. My weight has stayed the same throughout my life and I am roughly the same weight as I was at 16, but most people would not have that will power, and boy do I fit in trips to the Mayr Clinic as you all know who read this column. Despite doctors warnings not to go over a size 14, women seem to be getting larger and larger. They warn that larger women suffer from more cancer, more high blood pressure, breathing problems etc, few listen, yet most love clothes.  For now lets forget all this and go back to the business in hand and some gorgeous ideas for the clothes you may wear in the future.

London's Fashion week is well organised with serious talent, commercial, eccentric,
diverse and colourful. Truly British.

Duggie Fields, Zandra Rhodes and Amanda Eliasch
An Event to present a "Duggie Fields's" film to celebrate the life of designer Zandra Rhodes. Brightly coloured with creative cartoons and music, this lit up the carpark in Brewer Street.

Also showing were films about Zoe Jordan's and Mary Benson's collection and stories.
Sponsored by River Island.

DILARA FINDKOGLU new designer.

I love the new designers, this time the young Turkish girl  Dilara Findkoglu,  who designed wearable goth/romantic erotic rock chick clothes. I wanted everything. The jacket faced with red silk under a beautifully fitted black jacket with badges on it. another with a corset with two red roses placed on the girls bosoms, another girl in a white suit beautifully cut with a sequin patterns on it. A table set for dinner in St Giles Church, beautiful cakes and sumptuous flowers in reds decorated the elaborate feast.  Girls drank from red fluted ornamental cranberry flute glasses while men paid attention to their lips.  A gothic group played their guitars in the back ground. The place was alive with music from Gregorian chants to a metal band dressed in her clothes.  Striking make up they stole the show. Dilara is quietly a true winner. Perhaps it is her  back ground from Los Angeles, Turkey and London, she looks exotic, up to date and multi cultural?


I was over the moon when I saw Gareth Pugh's latest show, inspired from the world of art, took us to another level of design. Red and White stripes, crazy Kabucki make up with masks, golliwog hair in red and black. The models looked like giant puppets in "show girl" clothes.  The Show


I loved the easy style of this collection by Roksanda with trousers well cut and narrow in matching and non matching fabrics under long dresses. Some had splits and some did not. In an array of crazy colours from reds, pinks, blacks and yellow the simple shapes fitted like a jig saw. Anybody could wear a simplified version and I wanted the piece here. The Show

Amanda Eliasch, Robert Marinelli, Duggie Fields.


I did not speak to this very charming designer who I was fortunate enough to meet several times.
David's designing has only become more and more wearable. This time showing well cut "A" line mini dresses with slits and with another layer of see organza under it. The soft colours were made all the more attractive by the petticoats. His classic lines with a twist made sure he emphasised the best parts of a woman.
The Show


Established and wearable clothes that most people will be happy in and actually buy. Of course I prefer his paired down but quirky designs that Jasper used to make, but perhaps I am the only one who would still wear them. Jasper knows very well what people wish to buy and wear. I loved his designs from a  time when everything was sharp,  black and fitted. Most people will like his ecology inspired Kaftans delicately flowing on a hot Summer's night with large leaf patterns, shimmering with tiny sequins. I loved this collection because it was fresh and Summery, my friends would be happy and comfortable wearing them, they would look stunning too. I of course would want to wear his hot pants in black. The Show

All the sherbet colours, yellows, pale greens, violets in knits and see through plastic skirts. Young girls will look cute as can be in knitted suits, long dresses made of wool. A dash of red patent leather, pompoms on the plastic see through handbags. It  made me feel young and full of life. Tiny ankle socks finished the look. I loved the capes and bags. The Show

I loved the plastic cape by Sibling.

An evening highlight was a party at Claridges for the Charity

for @TalentedWomen around the world, to help and nurture their talents in undeveloped countries.

Wearing Alexander Mcqueen and Valentino
for Moments of Light sponsored by De Beers

We were given a delicious vegetarian dinner especially chosen for us,  in Claridges Ballroom on long tables covered with white flowers. Entertained with a performance by singer Diana Krall. Architect Zaha Hadid was congratulated along with other clever women in the world, photographed by Mary McCartney. Tiny beautiful diamonds were everywhere.

I walked home with Duggie Fields and interior designer Robert Marinelli.  On the way we had tea at Soho House in Covent Garden and then dinner at The Ivy, Chelsea. which is fast becoming the hub of social activity.

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