While the fashion editors and celebrities crowd into the shows the rest of us go to the parties. For me, they’re the best bit. I’m always short of a smart, evening jacket and this season my Leon Max was just the thing.
A world away from the jostling bloggers crowding in to see the latest in women’s designer clothing, my favourite boutique in Chelsea , Austique, threw a pop-up party for Tallulah Rufus Isaacs’ Paris, Space. Then it was on to Belgraves Hotel, where Tallulah’s cousin, Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs was hosting the preview of her Beulah label. My sister Davina looked smoking dolled up in the new season, and James Middleton was showing off his post-Mustique tan. Made in Chelsea’s Ollie Proudlock was bubbling about his plans for the rest of the week, he’s got a style blog he’s very proud of.
Meanwhile TV presenter Natalie Pinkham and I decided to hit Guy Pelly’s Tonteria for margaritas. The perfect way to sound in the early hours of Valentine’s Day.
Monday night is meant to be staying in night but that doesn’t seem to apply to our crew. Off we went to 5 Herford Street, Robin Birley’s chic new-ish club. I went with Tatler Hong Kong’s fashion editor, Olivia Buckingham, for the Moncler/Vistajet party, although any excuse would’ve done. Its desperately glam there. We ran excitedly around LouLou’s, the basement nightclub there, bumping into (literally!) Otis Ferry and Edie Campbell, the shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood and man-about-town, Zafar Rushdie, the son of the great writer, Salman. He admired by black Leon Max cape - well, when its this cold who wouldn’t be jealous?
Written By: Astrid Harbord
Astrid Harbord is a fashionista and London girl-about-town.
Fresh off the Runway from LFW we give you the hottest trends for Autumn 2013 and how to get them now. Bold red in every shape, dark romantic black tie dresses, fun and flirty heart prints and cotton candy pink day dresses were the highlights. Shop the trends now
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I love fashion week in London. It’s when my friends from all over the world come to town, and it’s my chance to be the ultimate host in my favourite city!
To kick of LFW in style - the place to be seen is the IMG party! It’s the great opportunity to ‘dress to impress’ and the perfect place to rock a cool Leon Max evening look. No one wants to be overlooked in the company of Lara Stone.
When the catwalk pavilions shoot up next to the Saatchi Gallery, taking some time out to enjoy Kings Road is a must between shows. It’s one of London’s best shopping areas, and with beautiful boutiques, squares, and restaurants. Grab lunch in Colbert if you are on a budget, or Le Colombier if you are looking for something more refined. Keep your look sophisticated and you’ll fit right in!
Chelsea is my home and I can’t talk about fashion week in London without mentioning a hot new spot to hit after the sun goes down. Guy Pelly’s Tonteria is the place to be, if you enjoy decadent dress with a tequila slammer on the side. This place is edgy with a hint of glitz - perfect for a little black dress with big bold statement accessory.
Another hot spot this LFW will be Burberry’s pavilion in Hyde park. If you make it out there and the weather holds out - head to the Serpentine for some tea and scones. Overlooking the lake with a tea cup in the afternoon will make you feel right at home in London. Just be sure to wear something very British, and you’ll fit right in.
Of course if the weather is too English for your liking - and you hanker for somewhere warm and welcoming - just round the corner from Hyde Park you can find yourself in the welcoming arms of a Russian babushka. Visiting Mari Vanna, arguably London’s most cozy restaurant will lighten and warm your mood. Comforting food; amazing atmosphere; and best of all - it’s a stone’s throw from Harrods.
When you have run yourself ragged flitting from show to show, and you are desperate to escape, then new health sanctuary Grace is your must have recovery treat. Designed for the better half of the human race - just us girls. Seriously, no men allowed! Grace is situated in the heart of Chelsea, where the belles of Sloane street and Belgravia are attended to by the best beauticians.
By: Katia Elizarova