London Fashion Week has begun! Celebrities and top editors are still making their way across the Atlantic, but there was some star power to kick off the 25th anniversary season.
The surprise celebrity of the morning was London Mayor Boris Johnson, who opened the festivities at the Headonism millinery exhibition curated by Stephen Jones, featuring the designs of five young hat makers.
"As long as I have anything to do with the government of this city, there will be no ban on high heels," he announced.
Also spotted were veteran models Erin O'Connor and Jade Parfitt, Brit designer Zandra Rhodes and former Dynasty actress Joan Collins, who eyed the eclectic hats (a sequined cherry ball gag, anyone?) with interest: "I feel so ordinary next to them," she smiled.
She and the Mayor headed into the Caroline Charles show immediately after, where Johnson sat with the Elle UK posse – he recently appeared on the magazine's cover and must have made some friends.
Fashion-wise, highlights of the day included On/Off Presents, where designers Joanna Vanderpuije, Michela Carraro, Prose Studio and Yang Du showed their latest collections.
We loved Du's playful animal tops and bags, which captured the eccentric London spirit and caused even the dourest of fashionistas to smile.
We're also saving up for one of Emilio de la Morena's conch shell-inspired body-con dresses, Bora Aksu's sequined leggings, Aminaka Wilmont's embellished epaulette dress, and an adorable Lolita-inspired Caroline Charles polka-dot bikini.
The day ended in typical fashion week style: a line down the block (in both directions) for JC de Castelbajac's newest launch, JC/DC, a fashion show-cum-dance party in London's hipster haven, Farringdon.
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