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Review: London Fashion Week A/W 2012, Part One
In our two-part London Fashion Week series, we attend Zoe Jordan, Teatum Jones, Temperley and Issa
By Olivia Buckingham
Feb 27, 2012

London Fashion Week A/W 2012

Friday 17th February

Zoe Jordan

London Fashion Week kicks off with the Zoe Jordan A/W 2012 show at the London Fashion Week Embankment Show Space at Somerset House. As well as to feed my intrigue of the latest creations Zoe Jordan has come up with, I was also there to show support for the lovely Poppy Delevigne who closed the show. Ladylike with an androgynous touch, the clothes once again did not disappoint as it delivered an effortlessly cool collection. Sporty silhouettes and lavish lace-detail emerged on the catwalk with hues ranging from charcoal, ivory, chestnut to deep claret.

Jamil Jameela attending Zoe Jordan Show

Poppy Delevigne closes the show

Wish List: Winter white snakeskin jacquard cocoon dress

Zoe Jordan A/W 2012

Hattie Rickards

From Somerset House it was then onto tea at the newly opened Delaney Restaurant with Poppy Delevigne and my friend, jewellery designer Hattie Rickards.

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Wish List: Strata ring by Hattie Rickards

Strata ring by Hattie Rickards


Saturday 18th February

Teatum Jones

Saturday begins with a trip to Liberty's. The delightful Rob Jones of Teatum Jones invited me to the presentation of the latest collection Once Upon An Innocence, which was held in the Heritage Room. We found fabulous prints reminiscent of fairytales: think of a set in the dark woods with sunlight dancing in between the trees and giant overgrown flowers all play with our imagination. Giant yet secret pockets are worked in fabulously to its designs, while materials that were once only used for couture was seen on the runway. Designers Rob Jones and Catherine Teatum designs are playful yet sophisticated pieces.

Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones with their Genevieve Dress

Wish List: The Rosalyn dress in olive green couture parka silk

It was time to refuel so off I went to meet a friend in E&O where lo and behold Jamie Hince, Kate Moss and her daughter Lila Grace also decided to have lunch!

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Temperley

After a rather starstruck moment it was time for the highly anticipated Temperley show which was held in the beautiful One Great George Street. With such an opulent hall as a venue, this was a clear indication of what was to come; it was almost as if we had entered an enchanted Russian fairytale with gilded gold ceilings and enormous crystal chandeliers. Embroidered stunning silk and satin gowns with jewelled embellishment cascaded down the catwalk, the vintage floral designs and stunning silks made eyes light up. Outfits were accessorised with fabulous fur cossack hats and jewellery that complimented Temperley's designs beautifully. Charlotte Dellal who designed the shoes for this collection took front row with the likes of Jaquetta Wheeler, Peaches Geldof, Poppy Delevigne and Minnie Driver.

Look from the Temperley Show

Temperley 2

Temperley

Look from the Temperley Show

Wish List: Long carmel show dress

Issa

With only 15 minutes to get to the ISSA show, I contemplated sprinting to the show in my six-inch Yves Saint Larent heels, but sensibly opted to grab a cab instead. At Issa, the inspiration was from the Trans-Siberian Express. With a collection of prints of St. Basils Cathedral in Moscow and traditional paisley prints of Russian dolls, we are taken on a journey that entwines through the Mongolian mountains with fresh blues and greens, before we reside in the Forbidden City with details of embellished dragons, featuring art deco-inspired dresses in rich metal colours.

Look from Issa

Danielle Issa

Wish List: Long red lace backless dress

It was now time to venture to the newly opened Arts Club on Dover Street with Victoria Tang. The new place is known to be the haunt of Stella McCartney, Gwyneth Paltrow, Dinos Chapman and Mario Testino, to name a few. Entrepreneur Arun Waney, who runs Zuma and La Petite Maison, is the man behind this fabulous new hang out, so there is no surprise it is such a huge success. To end the evening we descended upon the infamous Le Baron nightclub from Paris, where designer Daniella Issa chose to host her after party!

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