Fashion People

Gail Little and Belinda AlexanderThe North's leading Personal Shoppers & Stylists


It's that time of year again when we go to London Fashion Week to check on what to expect in Spring/Summer 2011. This keeps us one step ahead which is useful when planning wardrobes!

We travelled courtesy of East Coast Rail on a very comfortable and conveniently timed train getting us into London Kings Cross perfectly on time for the start of the day - unstressed!

Our aim is to view future trends and pass them on to you - our shoppers! First - let's tell you a little about London Fashion Week.

This is the showcase for British and International designers to showcase their designs for the coming seasons. The exhibition is open to Buyers and Press. This year it was held at Somerset House, some of the shows are held in a large marquee. No doubt you are conjuring up pictures of Size 0 model types and trendy media people - well relax, unless you are modelling the press and buyers come in all shapes and sizes with (we have to admit) some interesting themes. One could resemble a matador, even a wedding cake on boots or as London bakes in balmy temperatures - a young man in Bermuda shorts, tailored jacket and tie and loafers sporting the must have geeky glasses. Oh - and what is with the mature blonde (size 16-18) in a full length shearling waistcoat literally sweeping the floor? Are we missing something? You get the picture.

Our treat of the day is a prized appointment with top stylists from Toni & Guy - Official Sponsors of London Fashion Week. These stylists - there to style top models - also look after the UK's press. We leave with beautifully coiffed hair - of course!

The shows are dramatic. One end of the Catwalk holds a bank of fashion photographers. And yes - you guessed it - most of the clothes are not really wearable but ideas immediately filter down to the high street designers - and hey presto they appear in a more wearable form. Not sure about the mid calf boots - and pale sheer tights!!??

So - here is a short summary of what to look out for next year. Ice cream colours in tops and skirts/dresses from Christopher Kane, Nicols Farhi layers well with sheer fabrics and glazed cotton dresses, Paul Smith features his impeccable tailoring with grey carried through teamed with pastel floral prints. Hmm - exciting!

Pop in and see us at our stand in Town Square (outside House of Fraser) each Friday and the last Saturday in the month. You can ring and book an appointment on 07747 111702.