Hobbling in Heels at LFW

by Katie on September 26, 2010

Apart from being slightly envious of all those rushing from London to Milan for the next round of S/S ’11 catwalk shows, the post LFW days have left me and hundreds of others with ‘fashion flu’, LFW comedown and a serious case of ‘I hate all my clothes and need a new wardrobe’itis’.

A selection of memories include:-

– Sitting next to Sophie Ellis Bextor having my hair done at the Jimmy Choo pop up spa in the days before LFW.
– The Swarovski store opening in Oxford Street where I partied with the team from Wonderland mag and finally met Miss Zoe Griffin (http://www.zoegriffin.co.uk/), downing (too much) Laurent Perrier in the process.
– Live blogging backstage prior to the Global Triumph Inspiration Awards and spotting and interviewing the winner, pre the final show and judging.
– The over the top fabulousness of the Selfridges Shoe Galleries opening where Dame Vivienne,  Christopher Bailey, Alannah Weston and the great and good of London fashion listened to an intimate Paolo Nutini gig.  When he sang ‘New Shoes’ the place went wild.
– Hearing Iain R Webb’s inspired DJ set at the launch of his new book, ‘Postcards from the edge of the Catwalk’ while catching up with the ’80’s/90’s fashion crew.  That’s what LFW is all about.
– Meeting international man about town, Derek Blasberg.  Lovely man.
– Watching Bill Nighy getting down to House of Pain’s ‘Jump Around’ at the Nicole Farhi party.
– Meeting the amazing Roisin Murphy at the Vivienne Westwood shoes exhibition party at Selfridges.
– Being in the audience of the 25th anniversary show of Oswald Boateng.  A great event.
– Seeing some inspired shows from relatively new designers off schedule and at the Vauxhall Talent Scout exhibition.  There’s still masses of London creativity and talent.  We should be proud our fashion colleges.

My body and energy have drifted reluctantly back to recovery but only with the aid of some outstanding  products, services and people who have helped make this season’s memorable pre fashion week bashes and the LFW shows so much (survivable) fun.

Thank you to the MAC beauty team at the MAC pop up salon at the LFW tent.  A quick make-over and they made you feel acceptably fashion ready again.

The brilliant Toni and Guy team who did many a re-style and cut of London’s fashion crew.  I had the best blow dry ever,  from the lovely Lauren.  In all my years, my hair’s never been so sleek.

Rodial’s Glam Tox night.  This is a miracle that works while you sleep and is a revolutionary night treatment that quickly facilitates hyperpigmentation, reduces pore size and thickens the skin all while you sleep.  And, it smells wonderful.  I am converted.  (£88 for 100ml.  Released October.  http://www.rodial.co.uk/ )

Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Day Cream with 5-star UVA  I’ve ditched the old version and replaced with this miracle after seeing the results of Boots’ ageing tests.  This cream protects from the damaging effects of UVA rays and dramatically decelerates visible skin ageing.  LFW seemed a good time to start a whole new skin care regime.

Compeed  Thank you to the brilliant marketing brain who had Compeed girls on hand to give away sample packs to help the heels of those hobbling in 4 inch versions on cobblestones at Somerset House.  Hobbling between 4 catwalks show areas was hell in heels.  Compeed ‘healed the pain’, as George Michael would say, and kept the blisters at bay.

Red lipstick  Guerlain’s Kiss Kiss (Insolence de Rouge), MAC’s ‘Lady Danger’ and Rimmel’s groovy new shade, ‘Be Bold’ helped me keep my slick red smile (or grimace, when standing being shoved in long queues).

Lady Vengeance by Juliette Has a Gun   Somehow it seemed rather apt to wear this darker, intoxicating, modern take on a rose mixed with vanilla and patchoulli.  Suitably hedonistic for LFW.

Givenchy’s Perfect Eyeliner in black.  The brush is the finest and slimmest you can find on the market.  Makes for a thin swoop of sophisticated, dramatic black eyeliner and not a smudge of thick black like others.  I’ll be devastated when this has run out.

Flat Primark pumps  I spend money on heels not flats but Primark flatties have saved many a ladies’ feet at the end of a long night partying.  This time, they were only for use in the quite literal, running between shows moments. I thanked myself again and again for having the foresight to shove these in my bag each day.

The lovely Lee Clatworthy (as Team Chutzpah) who helped make LFW so much fun this time around.

It’s hard work but someone’s got to do it.  I can’t wait till the next one.

What made your LFW memorable this season?  Share it with me in the comment box below.  I’d love to hear from you.

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RedlegsinSoho September 30, 2010 at 11:23 am

Compeed, Lady Danger and Boots P & P are real essentials for any of us.
Thanks for covering the whole thing for those of us too uncool, too wage slave or in my case too blimmin’ ill to leave the house.
Don’t worry, it’ll be back next year. x


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