LONDON FASHION WEEK – DAY 3

Sunday morning 8:30am I’m already in the Press Centre at the BFC tent in Natural History Museum.

SD card is still in Work Laptop! But the nice people at Canon lent me (or basically just gave me) a card…

9:15 Betty Jackson: First solo show in 1981; won British Fashion Designer of the Year in 1985. Once a visiting professor at the RCA; current trustee of V&A and an MBE and CBE. Has she shown design fatigue?

The show kicked of with bouncy Ambience music and a short homespun woollen wrap tied as a huge bow in front. It looked so sloppy that I suspected if an accident happened to the piece shortly before the show and Betty had to hide the flaw with this hideous…scarf/cape/wrap/thing.

More work could have been done to the cape to make it look tidier.

More work could have been done to the cape to make it look tidier.

The show was pleasant. Afterall 28 years of experience the show won’t go wrong massively. Some old ideas has resurfaced here, 70s look, large and loose trousers. Cropped cashmere/merino wool short sleeved jumper that won’t make a woman with even a small belly happy.

There are some interesting pieces however. Velvety full length dress with squared and heavily padded shoulder was quite surprising. The buldging folding on the side was clean and tidy.

An overall dress that captured a little bit of femininity with the 90s over-the-top shoulder and careful folding on the sides. Not a dress for the faint hearted though.

An overall dress that captured a little bit of femininity with the 90s over-the-top shoulder and careful folding on the sides. Not a dress for the faint hearted though.

It is a Betty Jackson show, so you won’t miss her printed fabric classics. Recurrent theme being high-waisted but loose and cropped trousers tied with a bow mixed with a mini merino cardigan as discussed above.

Accessories:

1) Looped and looped long earrings that touch the collar bone.

2) Beautifully crafted thin strapped backpacks of different shapes and sizes.

All in all, the show was good but lacked the spice that makes you feel fully satisfied.

The aforementioned cropped merino cardigan with typical Betty Jackson art print fabric seen here as loosely fitted trousers.

The aforementioned cropped merino cardigan with typical Betty Jackson art print fabric seen here as loosely fitted trousers.

Little crafted bags with smaller pockets lightly attached to the bigger one on the back is a recurrent item in the show.

Little crafted bags with smaller pockets lightly attached to the bigger one on the back is a recurrent item in the show.

10:30 Falguni and Shane Peacock.Mumbai fashion duo almost annoymous in the European circuit. After their first show in London last year in September, Harrods started to stock their dresses. Emerging Dolce and Gabbana!

Utterly jaw dropped at the sheer quality and detailed embellishments on all of their dresses. Insanely chaotic decorative embroidery but cooperated extremely well. In fact if weren’t for the top craftsmanship and the sharp desinger instinct at the add-ons the dresses would have looked boring and tedious.

The cutting and design of the dresses themselves didn’t let the embroidery take all the limelight. Exotic huge bare backs comes in slitted diamond shape or kite shapes. Golden zips gives dresses a strong and hardened edge.

So many different fluidy type of fabric have been used I have difficulty listing them all. All in all, perfect match of fabric, lovely and orderly blend.

Getting used to the cutting edge and creative ideas on bold colour and bold tailoring, this show featured typically sexy dresses in lovely details.

Getting used to the cutting edge and creative ideas on bold colour and bold tailoring on the LFW main circuits, this show featured typically sexy dresses in lovely details. Bulky side pockets that don't compromise the body hugging shape of the dress.

A surprise to see rather busty models in a show, the dresses heavily celebrate the curvaesous and the sexy shapes of women. Perfect evening gowns to grab attention.

Lovely painted fabric triangular shaped jacket with egg-shaped sleeves and hem.

Lovely painted fabric triangular shaped jacket with egg-shaped sleeves and hem.

A shockingly sexy gown with an ample train. Fabric used round the breasts and the back are nude. Gives you the impression that the model is wrapped round the chest by an X shaped cut and baring the breasts.

A shockingly sexy gown with an ample train. Fabric used round the breasts and the back are nude. Gives you the impression that the model is wrapped round the chest by an X shaped cut and baring the breasts.

General:

Had difficulty sneaking into the Betty Jackson show. If I didn’t stop at the door and looked at the PR I probably would have gone through much earlier than I finally did. Got asked for ticket and obviously I didn’t have any and the PR shocked me by saying “Stand By is upstairs”…

When seated I saw her!

Margy Kinmoth and daughter at the Betty Jackson show!

Margy Kinmoth and daughter at the Betty Jackson show!

Margy produced The Secret World of Haute Couture for BBC3. I watched it twice on the BBC iPlayer and I admired what Margy has done here. Tracked down the billionairess who are secretive about their identity. And then moved on to interview prestigious designers such as Karl Lagerfeld – who almost never gives interview and John Galliano.

Well done Margy!

To be honest I have no idea there are shows in the Science Museum. I saw these promoters in white laboratory coats carrying huge white umbrellas that says “ON|OFF” – a name I recognised to do with young fashion but had no idea what exactly it is. Anyway, walked past a PR who doesn’t really know who I am or what I do. Got into the boiling museum and a gentleman urged me to “Go that way. THE SHOW IS THAT WAY!” After a minute with the bouncer, who gave me a hard time, asked me for tickets and “by invitation only” blah blah. I got into a half empty show, thinking it’d be shit. It’s in fact, by far, the best show I have ever seen! Dolce and Gabanna in the making?

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