Monday, November 14, 2011

Fashion Week Daily Download: London day 5.

Fashion Week Daily Download: London day 5

Today: Birds attend the Giles show, Cheryl Cole's hair horror, and Pippa Middleton does front row fashion.
Giles spring/summer 2011
Giles spring/summer 2011 Photo: AFP
Birds flock to Giles
It could have been a scene from Royal Ascot (above), but it was in fact just the finale of Giles Deacon's catwalk show. Although the designer was adamant his collection wasn't about Black Swan, the two-legged furry friends make a quite literal appearance across his designs.
We reckon the floors of the Royal Courts of Justice - where the show was staged - look more plucked chicken than legal practice this morning…

Pippa Middleton (right) cosies up to Hollywood actress Rosario Dawson at the Alice Temperley show. Photo: AP
P-Middy takes on LFW
Designer Alice Temperly's front row was boosted by none other than posh totty Pippa Middleton. P-Middy - little sister of the Duchess of Cambridge and fellow Temperley fan -sat alongside Hollywood starlet Rosario Dawson as she took in the show. Pip got into the swing of fashion show etiquette by wearing a silk dress from the designer's autumn/winter 2011 show to make her appearance. See more photos of the Temperley show

Sienna Miller cosies up to fashion photographer Mario Testino. Photo: AP
Mario's girls
Photographer to the stars, Mario Testino, was honoured with the inaugural Moët & Chandon Étoile award at a star-studded bash last night. A coterie of some of the designer's most high profile subjects, including Sienna Miller, Kate Moss, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Georgia Jagger and Cara Delevigne made up the starry guest list. A scrubbed-up Miller, who had sat front row at Burberry earlier on in the day, couldn't get enough of her precious Mario. See more photos from the event

Cheryl Cole hosts a party at London Sanderson's hotel Photo: REX
Cheryl Cole's hair horror
Last night marked Cheryl Cole's first foray into the world of fashion. The singer hosted a party at London's trendy Sanderson hotel to promote her new shoe line in collaboration with Stylistpick. Wearing a red draped dress with peek-a-boo cut outs and nude platforms, it was unfortunately Chezza's hair which stole the show. The 5' 3" star was obviously keen to add a few inches to her petite frame and while most would chose a higher heel or a leg lengthening shorter hemline, Cheryl opted for an ENORMOUS beehive with disastrous results. Having been slated for Seventies style hair on her short-lived USA X Factor debut, she should have learnt that big hair and tiny physique was a massive no-no.

JW Anderson Photo: AFP/GETTY
Listen to mother - and get a haircut
Jonathan William (aka JW) Anderson turned 27 on the day of his rave-reviewed show on Saturday, and in time-honoured designer fashion said the night before had been a sleepless one. His mother, Heather, was unimpressed. "I sent him 200 coffee pods last Thursday, and he's gone through them all," said Mrs Anderson as she waited, post-show, to take her son out for a birthday lunch. "And he needs to get himself to a barber's shop. He's scruffy!"
Anderson is shaping up to be hailed the next Christopher Bailey, and can expect some adoring magazine press in the months to come. But he should always listen to his mother.

Clickety-clacking to London Fashion Week
Somerset House is London Fashion Week's main venue, and, all in all, it works extremely well. That perfectly observed Palladian courtyard makes a pretty backdrop for endless style-blogger shots of extrovert fashion students wearing fluorescent wimples. Perhaps its greatest flaw, however, is the high-heel unfriendly cobbles that LFW attendees are forced to click-clack across en route to shows. At Topshop's venue in the old Eurostar station at Waterloo, the heel was given its due consideration: organisers covered up the slatted travelator surface to ensure stiletto safety. And now we hear that the Somerset House cobble factor is being discussed with great seriousness at the British Fashion Council.

Best buddies no more? Photo: REX
Don't like the gift? Suit yourself, Simon
Fabulous guests and wonderful food - nearly everything about Tom Ford's post-show supper at Wolfgang Puck's new Park Lane restaurant was wonderful. Except, as Ford pointed out, the mirrored dining table. "It shows up everyone's double chins," the peerless aesthete sighed. Most interesting intelligence of the night came when we discovered that Sir Philip Green gave Simon Cowell (both pictured above) 20 bespoke Tom Ford suits for his 50th birthday. At no less than £3,000 per suit, that's quite some gift. But maybe Ford doesn't cut trousers that are quite uncomfortably high enough for Cowell because, nearly two years after that birthday, The X Factor puppet master still hasn't bothered to come in for a fitting.

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