Pleats and billowing

There are queues and then there are queues. As I turned the corner, I found hoards of people outside the venue for the Vivenne Westwood Red label show. It was heaving. I am not sure there has been anything like it so far this week. As the venue was not at Somerset House it also sparked a curious interest from the passers by. The front row was rumoured to be celebrity heavy, which could have something to to do with the quantity of the paps about.

As we were ushered in to this great hall, again bursting at the seams, a commotion was occurring. The arrival of Pamela Anderson. It was all I could do to get away, from being in the way and getting caught in the glare. The show began after a few more arrivals. Some of what you would expect from the great Dame but little of what you would not as well. There was the usual clashing of prints, draping and war paints for the girls (including Daisy Lowe and Jacquetta Wheeler) but also a few more refined looks too - not many but they were there.

You can see a better selection of the show here with my video of the finale - including Dame Vivenne's thumping sing a long!

(and a better selection of pictures when i receive my backstage ones through.)

After the chaos of leaving the venue extremely late, the panic was rising to those trying to get to Matthew Williamson in Battersea... i even saw one person on their bike trying to make it. Meanwhile it was star spotting at the door of Westwood. Pete Burns, Erin O'Connor, Rosin Murphy to name a few.

Onwards to Richard Nicholl in the Topshop space at Waterloo. The cars came filing down the ramps as the editors who were en route from Matthew came flooding in. (BTW my biker rider made it to all the shows required!) This is a big venue - the runway is running along side the train tracks and it is COLD. I am not usually a cold person but here I will make an exception. The show was great. Pleats and chiffon were the main silhouettes, skirts and tops billowing out from behind. Jewelled ear cuffs were being worn in the futuristic show - the space complimenting the clothes.

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As soon as the finale (watch here) had been completed and the cheering for Richard as he took his bow had died down, the running for the last show of the day at the tents began. Kinder also went for the floating dress but only towards the end of the show. Tribal in theme - the girls appeared from what looked like giant sabre teeth. There were tailored and structured pieces through the show and as I said ended in whafts of skirts with the print on the inside gliding away. The person who took most of my attention during this was - not Jade Jagger or Anna dello Russo - but a little girl sat front row,(last picture) who was captivated throughout.