I met Audrey Hepburn on Day Three of London Fashion Week at a fashion party in Somerset House. As we all know Audrey is a style icon, so what could be a better way to inspire the next couple of days of Oxfam London Fashion Week challenge?
Fashion designer Georgia Hardinge's star is undoubtedly shining brighter every season. Her Autumn/Winter 2012 womenswear collection, with the title 'Inverted', confirms not only her sartorial ingenuity but also her competent command of print, texture and volume as ways to appropriate art to the service of fashion.
Fashion is elitist, and it has its critics, mainly concerning its detachment from the realities of society, but within the doom and gloom of an economic recession, it can be a breath of fresh air. Most of us will never be invited to a catwalk show. Yet it is a hobby for so many, and goes way beyond merely wanting the clothes.
This season's fashion florals seem to split into two categories - the exotic, tropical prints seen in collections for Stella McCartney resort, Alberta Ferretti, Altuzarra and Givenchy resort, versus the more modest, English Country Garden style blooms featured at Erdem, Dolce & Gabbana and at Louis Vuitton through Marc Jacobs' Broderie Anglaise daisy patterns.