Thursday, February 25, 2010

Burberry Prorsum A/W 2010

After a week of shows and terrible weather, the fashion pack were getting a little testy by the time the Burberry Prorsum show rolled around. “I hate clothes” declared Colin McDowell as he queued in the drizzle, “I hate EVERYTHING!” And I think he was only half-joking. Thankfully, handsome Burberry boys were on hand with check umbrellas to shelter each guest and lead them into the venue at the Chelsea College of Art. Christopher Bailey obviously had bad weather on his mind: the audience were greeted by a soundtrack of thundering rain and wall projections of a downpour as they filed in. The front row was so celeb filled that poor Trish Goff, Jacquetta Wheeler and Olivia Palermo were relegated to second. The horror. I mean, can someone please explain why The Kooks are doing the rounds and taking up Olivia’s rightful place on the front row? I was most excited about my first sighting EVER of an Olsen twin – MK, my favourite. And yes, she’s tiny and extremely pretty, was wearing the most amazing jewellery over her leather gloves and spent most of the time hiding behind enormous black shades. She was joined by a very loud and sparkly Kate Hudson, a bored-looking Kristen Stewart (who was having none of Kate’s bubbliness), a studious Claire Danes and Alice in Wonderland star, Mia Wasikowska. With Jared Leto joining the gang, the show was yet another reunion for Jordan Catalano & Angela Chase, after their love-in at the Elle Style Awards. Opposite were the fashion crew, led by Carine & Anna (accompanied by her niece Ellie Wintour), Carolina Herrera and Rachel Zoe, who seemed to spend most of the time checking out “totally yummy” (her words) Burberry model, George Craig.

And the clothes - well, after all the excitement, I have to admit to being underwhelmed by the military looks on show. But what do I know - the critics are raving and Bailey clearly knows what he’s doing. The show was streamed live with select pieces cleverly being made available for sale straight away. I’m just not a shearling aviator jacket kind of girl, I guess, although they are a clear trend for next winter. Not being a major military fan, I was more intrigued by what lay beneath all those coats: colourful lace dresses and ruched velvet skirts in lovely jewel tones. My highlights : the beautiful colour palette - mustard, raspberry, spring green - the huge bucket bags and a catwalk appearance by Freja Beha Erichsen. NOK

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

LFW Roundup

The Chambord is in our champagne which can only mean one thing – fashi week has come around again. For our first day, we focused on the shows rather then the parties – which was a first for The Portmanteau. John Rocha never fails to thrill and for AW 10 he produced another beautiful collection. Standout pieces were the opening look, a richly textured black dress, and a breathtaking draped cream silk goddess gown that lightened the beautiful gloom.

PPQ was less successful where the main source of inspiration for the collection seemed to be ‘80s window treatments – think lots of velvet, brocade and tassles. Usually PPQ excels in attracting a stellar front row and fun atmosphere but the lineup here was rather dismal with Pixie Lott and Dancing on Ice judge Jason Gardiner hogging the spotlight.

I took a day off from all things fashi on Sunday with a 24 hour jaunt to the motherland to see Gaga at the O2 (amazing) and to have a nostalgic run around the Wax Museum (so bad that it's actually pretty amazing too). Arriving back at the dawn on Monday morning didn't deter me from heading out to the Elle Style Awards party that night, although I both looked and felt like a zombie. The Alexa/ Pixie / Agy crew were out in force dancing to Supergrass side-project The Hot Rats with Pearl and Daisy Lowe making it a very family affair. Abbey Lee Kershaw was looking oh so ‘9os in velvet and dark brown lippie while Alexa, wearing Chanel, swapped her usual choppy bob for a tousled bouffant. I approve. It was also nice to see some international faces like Dree Hemingway, Olivia Palermo and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld in the house to break up the usual monotony of Geldof offspring sightings. Hot guy of the night: JR-R’s gorgeous model boyf, Robert Konjic with designer Erdem Moralioglu a close second. NOK

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Calling All Fashionable Foursomes

The Portmanteau has some very exciting news to announce. Along with journalist and birthday girl (she’s 23 today) Ailbhe Malone, we are hosting a Charity Fashion Quiz on 15th February in The Book Club, Hoxton. Our compère for the evening is Henry Conway, who promises to bring wit, fun and in-depth fashion expertise (he’s currently writing three books on the subject!) to proceedings. It costs £10 for a table of 4 and all proceeds go to the NIA Project, a Hackney-based charity that provides support to women and children who are suffering emotional, physical and sexual abuse. There is also going to be a huge raffle with prizes from Mario Testino, Alex Monroe, Swarovski and many more. Refreshments will be provided by Love Bakery. To reserve a table, or if you have any queries or questions, drop me a line at portmanteaudaily[at]gmail[dot]com. If you need more time to assemble your ideal team, then you can just pop in on the night but come down early so as to avoid disappointment. So spend the next week revising, i.e. reading old Vogues and perusing The Fashion Spot, and we'll see you on Monday.... LE

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Olivia vs Lily

It’s the battle of the Upper East Side Up Dids! This kind of style gets a bad name- that’s what years of debs hair horrors and matronly red carpet dressing will do for your reputation but two stars of the small screen are showing us how to rock them properly. Park Avenue Princesses, Gossip Girl’s Lily and The City’s Olivia, are doing stellar work for the upswept cause.

There are many reasons to watch The City: monitoring the progression of Freddie Fackelmayer's tan is one major attraction, checking out the latest way that Olivia "I pulled that look" Palermo can mess up yet another morning show segment is another. But the big draw is Olivia’s oh so polished hair. Yes, although Olivia can’t form coherent sentences, her hair is a constant source of delight. Her ringlets are a little too Tinsley Mortimer for my taste but no one can pull off a chignon like Olivia.

Lily VD Dubs provides Olivia P with some strong competition with her line up of hot hair dids, with twists and braids adding some extra edge. So who wins the battle of the buns? – its got to be Lily but I’m biased because she’s my fave GG character and may need my support. I’m a little scared that the co-op meeting lady that Rufus met on the pre-hiatus cliff hanger might end up disrupting their chilli and board game-filled idyll. NOK