LFW diary: Kristen Stewart and Kate Moss at Mulberry, plus the scoop on Peter Jensen, Topshop, Acne, and Tom Ford
Ice cream, pink lemonade, and nearly 2,000 balloon animals aren’t typical ways to start a Sunday morning—but then we only get to start our day off with a Mulberry fashion show but twice a year. This show is always a big ticket of LFW, for its prime guest list (um, today’s show included Kristen Stewart AND Kate Moss, who wore a Canadian tuxedo and a brown hat!), super-luxe venue (the upscale Claridges Hotel in the tony Mayfair neighbourhood), dogs on the runway (this season: miniature schnauzers), and, obviously, the fact that the brand is one of the fastest-growing luxury brands out there. Another way to start the day: sequins, and yet another sorbet palette of yellow, green, and pink.
Today, I also saw Peter Jensen, whose show featured more brilliant prints, including one of a landscape inspired by Nina Simone’s time in Switzerland; Topshop, which was quite literally Egyptian inspired—and not necessarily in a good way (although I did sit across from Naomi Campbell and Sir Philip Green); Acne, which, minus a few rock ‘n roll-ish pieces, was Swedish cool as usual; and—get this—Tom Ford. The “no photos allowed,” “starts at 6 p.m. sharp” show was an amazing presentation, even if the clothes were, well, a little bizarre. Part ‘80s and part early-Tom-Ford-at-Gucci, there were a few too many peasant blouses and ruffles for my liking. What made up for it, though, was seeing a huge laundry list of industry heavyweights in one place, without the insane paparazzi hounding them. Want that laundry list? Here goes: Anna Wintour, Hamish Bowles, Glenda Bailey, Carine Roitfeld, Emmanuelle Alt, Joe Zee, Kate Lanphear, Suzy Menkes, Alexandra Shulman, Rachel Zoe… to name just a few.