WHILE the rest of us have been digging out the opaque tights and woollen scarfs, the nation’s style elite have spent the past few days perching their teeny tiny bottoms onto benches and marvelling at the looks we will be rushing out to buy next spring/summer.
Yes it was London Fashion Week, that festival of shows, parties and wacky outfits that engulfs the capital twice a year.
If the pictures I have seen are anything to go by, next summer will be a riot of patterns (Clements Ribeiro), prints (Mary Katranzou), florals (Erdem) and fifties (Burberry).
So, as the magazine editors and models pack up ready for Milan, I give you my London Fashion Week honours:
The welcome return award
After 12 years away milliner Philip Treacy came back to London with a bang. An all-black cast of models (discounting Lady Gaga), towering titfers and his signature galleon hats reminded the world (post-Royal Wedding hat-gate) he is still the best in the business.
The gold medal winning front row award
You can always count on Burberry to have a starry front row at LFW but this week designer Christopher Bailey swapped A-listers for Olympians. Rowing champ Pete Reed, American athlete Allyson Felix, cyclist Victoria Pendleton, Paralympian Jonnie Peacock and tennis hero Andy Murray were among the guests.
Silver goes to Mulberry where the lovely Jessica Ennis joined Kate Moss, Lana del Rey, Rebecca Hall and Gillian Anderson.
The most ubiquitous front row guest award
Kelly Brook takes this hands down. She joined the fashion fun on day three for Philip Treacy and didn’t stop. She was front row for Giles, Issa, Moschino Cheap and Chic and Mark Fast to name but a few. Maybe she wasn’t athletic enough for Burberry?
The would they wear it in Wigan award?
Barring Lady Gaga’s floral helmet, totally bonkers looks were in short supply at LFW but we can always rely on Pam Hogg to leave people slack jawed. Space age catsuits, this creation, left, and Alice Dellal in a bib-cum nurse uniform with her bottom on display, were just a few of the treats from the outrageous designer.
The just because the designer gave you it, you don’t have to wear it award
Who wouldn’t love a Burberry trench? It’s a style classic. Just don’t wear it to the Burberry show as Will.i.am, Denise Lewis and Sonam Kapoor discovered when they all rocked up in exactly the same mac at February’s fashion week.
This time Pete Reed’s girlfriend Frauke and model Suki Waterhouse were only saved from a fashion faux pas by the yellow hue and leather material of Suki’s coat.
The my hair is so nice I deserve to star in a fashion campaign award
Step forward Harry Styles. The One Direction star and his floppy mop fitted in perfectly at Burberry.
The perfectly poised at all times award
Only one woman can take this honour and it is Anna Wintour. The editor-in-chief of American Vogue looked impeccable show after show and even took her sunglasses off once or twice.