London… Well. That was one hell of a trip. In every positive way you can imagine.
If theres one thing I’ve learnt since moving to another country, its that time is luxury. And I made sure I spent every single moment with my loved ones – didn’t waste a second! The feeling of being back home, waking up and having a cup of tea with my mum, looking into the garden and enjoying the stunning weather London was blessed with…walking through Mount St and meeting family and my friends! It was incredible!
I was lucky in that I only faced two days of rain whilst I was there. One was on the day I left and I didn’t even mind the feeling of the rain as I’ve missed it (if it had rained any more I know I wouldn’t be making that statement!) and it got pretty cold on one day too but every other day was gorgeous sunshine and blue skies! 32 degrees in London is the best feeling ever – you can still go out and do things (for any followers that live in Dubai you know you can’t do a lot in this heat, other than sunbathe)!!
I turned somewhat into a bit of a tourist – I don’t know if thats normal, but I wanted to visit every place that meant something to me. I spent my days walking through Mayfair, shopping in Harrods, and met friends at all of my favourite places, whilst discovering a few new ones too. I’ve shared some of my favourite pictures on the trip – Mount St, Knightsbridge, Piccadilly Circus (this really wasn’t one of my favourite places when I lived in London but I still visited), Regent St and a few other places!
What made me a little sad was that it’s the first time I’m completely missing London Fashion Week. Im usually visiting presentations, taking clients to some of the shows, and basically living on a couple of hours sleep, a lot of Champagne, and about 4 canapés for the week. Sounds hectic, but I loved it! This time I’m back in Dubai but hosting clients here in the Middle East, launching some of the collections over here and hosting post fashion week week events!
So a few of you have asked on my snapchat and IG whilst I was in London as to what’s on in London, if you can’t get tickets to shows…and I’ve shared below a list of places to visit that still keep you fully involved in Fashion Week thanks to London Fashion Week themselves:
THE BFC’S LONDON FASHION WEEKEND AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY
This season British designers Edeline Lee, J. JS Lee, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi and Sibling will present their AW16 collections at London Fashion Weekend, the bi-annual shopping event taking place at the iconic Saatchi Gallery across four days from 22nd – 25th September. The beautiful space offers the perfect backdrop for the BFC to create a fashion destination for visitors to experience the world of the fashion industry. London Fashion Weekend features a bespoke catwalk space, shopping galleries selling independent and internationally recognised brands and a series of talks from experts including designers Sophia Webster and Patrick Grant and fashion editor Lucy Walker, as well as presentations on the digital fashion era and how to get a career in fashion. Model Daisy Lowe is the official ambassador for London Fashion Weekend September 2016. For more information and to buy tickets visit: londonfashionweekend.co.uk.
SUNGLASS HUT PERSONALISATION
Sunglass Hut will be offering the official London Fashion Week tote bag free with every purchase in Sunglass Hut UK stores during LFW and also be offering ‘Tote-ally Stuck on You’ tote bag personalisation.
BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL TICKETS ON SALE
The BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express comes to London from the 5th – 16th October and tickets go on sale the day before LFW: Thursday 15th September. Watch out for the premier of Tom Ford’s new film, Nocturnal Animals: bfi.org.uk.
BURBERRY AT MAKERS HOUSE
After Burberry’s catwalk show on Friday 19th September Burberry will be launching a partnership with The New Craftsmen at Makers House located at 1 Manette St in Soho. It will be open to visitors from 21st – 27th September. The space will be home to a selection of Britain’s finest craft makers who will use the space to experiment and create works inspired by Burberry’s collection. The new Burberry womenswear and menswear collections will also be on display and there will be literary readings in partnership with Pin Drop every day at 1pm. On top of that there will be complimentary ticketed events including exclusive in-conversations and live Burberry Acoustic music performances. For more information and to register for tickets visit: uk.burberry.com/london-fashion-week/september-show/makers-house.
If you get time, head to Thomas’s cafe on Vigo St for a very British afternoon tea with fondant fancies and traditional egg mayo sandwiches. It’s the first café by Burberry and is filled with gifting stations so you’ll end up picking a gift up for yourself!
Carnaby has announced a host of activity to celebrate LFW from live streaming shows on its big screen to workshops, special experiences and offers in stores as well as free beauty treatments in the Carnaby Pampervan parked up on Ganton Street throughout Fashion Week. Grazia will also be hosting their Live From London issue live from Carnaby Street. For full listings visit: carnaby.co.uk/news-and-events/carnaby-london-fashion-week.
DRAWING ON STYLE AT GRAY M.C.A
From the 15th – 20th September, Gray M.C.A gallery at Gallery 8 on Duke Street St James, will be hosting an exhibition of the very best of 20th and 21st century fashion illustration; graymca.co.uk/exhibitions.
E. TAUTZ AND FERRY GOUW EXHIBITION
To celebrate the launch of the E. Tautz AW16 collection an exhibition of fashion illustrator Ferry Gouw will be on display at the E. Tautz flagship store on Duke Street.
FASHIONING A REIGN AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE
To celebrate The Queen’s 90th birthday, three special exhibitions will be staged across each of Her Majesty’s official residences during 2016. Fashioning a Reign at Buckingham Palace will chart significant events in The Queen’s life and the nation’s history through an unprecedented collection of dress and accessories designed for these occasions, from childhood to the present day.
ETHICAL INSIGHTS TALKS
The Ethical Trading Iniative will be hosting an Ethical Insights series examining the best ways to improve worker’s rights and working conditions in global supply chains. Sign up to attend Can fast fashion ever be ethical? Here: ethicaltrade.org/events/can-fast-fashion-ever-be-ethical.
L’EDEN BY PERRIER-JOUËT
L’Eden by Perrier-Jouët will be an immersive experience based on a new vision of nature in an urban environment. It will include an installation from Parisian designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance and will take place at 147 Wardour Street. Consumers can experience L’Eden by Perrier-Jouët from the 23rd – 25th September. For more information and to reserve tickets visit: pj.fr/edenldn.
LONDON DESIGN BIENNALE 2016
The first London Design Biennale is taking place at Somerset House from the 7th – 27th September. Over 30 countries and territories will present newly commissioned works that explore the theme Utopia by Design; londondesignbiennale.com.
LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL
The London Design Festival is a celebration of craft and design across the city and reinforces London’s reputation as the design capital of the world. A number of different London venues will be hosting exhibitions, showcases and galleries. For full listings go to: londondesignfestival.com.
MERGE ZA AT TANK MAGAZINE’S GALLERY SPACE
During LFW MERGE ZA will be hosting its inaugural showroom to exhibit five of South Africa’s leading designers: Rich Mnisi, Lukhanyo Mdingi, SELFI, Wanda LePhoto and Young & Lazy. The showroom will be open to buyers, press and the public from 11am-3pm between 16th – 20th September, followed by panel discussions from 3-5pm; mergeza.co.
MY BIG IDEA ASOS PODCASTS
ASOS will be bringing its My Big Idea podcasts to LFW. The podcast features businesswomen and creatives and provides inspiring and practical advice to young women. During LFW each episode will feature a 15-minute interview with a fashion industry professional. The podcasts are available on iTunes, Acast and Audioboom.
REGENT STREET SPEAKER SERIES
To coincide with LFW Regent Street will be hosting a series of talks from prominent fashion industry creatives including Amanda Wakeley, Henry Holland and Zandra Rhodes. The talks will be free and hosted at Hotel Café Royal. For more information and to reserve tickets visit: regentstreetonline.com/events.
RIBA AND REGENT STREET
RIBA and Regent Street will be working on a project which picks some of Britain’s best architects to create architectural displays in Regent Street shop windows to coincide with London Fashion Week and London Design Month: regentstreetonline.com/events.
SHAKESPEARE REFASHIONED AT SELFRIDGES
To celebrate William Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary Selfridges have created a campaign based on The Bard. As well as providing inspiration for Selfridges window displays, the department store has paired with brands, modern poets and musicians and RADA alumni to create a host of content. To discover more about Act II (a tale of mystery and intrigue) visit: selfridges.com/shakespeare.
SOTHEBY’S LUXURY WEEK
From the 16th – 21st September Sotheby’s will be hosting its own Luxury Week with upcoming sales including a Contemporary Art sale guest curated by Anya Hindmarch MBE, Fine Jewellery, Watches and Photography. There will also be a series of events that are open to the public. On Friday there is a late night opening featuring a DJ and Pommery Champagne tasting and on Sunday there will be talks by Harper’s Bazaar editors and Sotheby’s Jewellery specialists. For more information: sothebys.com/luxuryweek.
THE EXTRAORDINARY PROCESS AT MAISON MAIN NON
Gallery Maison Mais Non in Soho will host its first exhibition, The Extraordinary Process from 15th September – 16th November 2016. The exhibition concentrates on Zaha Hadid Design’s collaborations with other creatives – including Iris van Herpen, Krystyna Kozhoma, Nasir Mazhar, Peter Do, Phoebe English and XO – and explores the relationship between fashion and architecture. The exhibition is curated by Lou Stoppard Lou Stoppard with contributions from Hans Ulrich Obrist and exhibition design by William Pelham; maisonmaisnon.com.
THE MAY FAIR HOTEL x JULIEN MACDONALD
To celebrate LFW the Official Hotel Sponsor, The May Fair Hotel has created an installation in its windows to showcase a piece of artwork designed by internationally renowned British brand, Julien Macdonald.
THE OUTNET AT LIGHTS OF SOHO
Luxury e-tailer THE OUTNET.com is celebrating the personal style of show-goers and visitors alike at an Instagrammable hub of light and colour. Entitled #LightUpTheRoom, this immersive experience in the heart of Soho will give participants the unique opportunity to express their personal style through the mediums of light and colour. Join THE OUTNET at Lights of Soho from Friday 16th through to Tuesday 20th September and watch as your style lights up the room.
TOPSHOP’S NEWGEN PATCHES
Topshop is launching a range of sew-on patches designed by this season’s NEWGEN designers. These will be available at Topshop’s flagship on Oxford Street. Proceeds from the sale of the badges will go to Topshop’s gynaecological health charity Lady Garden.
YOU SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTION? RECORDS AND REBELS 1966-1970
This major exhibition at the V&A will explore the era-defining significance and impact of the late 1960s, expressed through some of the greatest music and performances of the 20th century alongside fashion, film, design and political activism. Take a trip through seven revolutions in five extraordinary years from 1966 to 1970; vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/you-say-you-want-a-revolution-records-and-rebels-1966-70.
That’s more than enough to do over LFW aside from the many after parties! On another note many of you also asked of my outfit details – I’ve already shared them on IG but details are below for you…
Leicester Square – above and below.
Silk White Shirt // Equipment @ net-a-porter.com
Ombre Denim High-Rise Slim Jeans // ASOS.com
Princetown GG Blooms Slipper // Gucci
Leather Biker Jacket // Burberry
Paris-Dallas Boy Bag // Chanel
Shades // Quay Australia
Many of you have been also asking of the watch I’m wearing – it’s a vintage timepiece which was my grandmother’s !
With Love… Me x