Burberry showed a lot of front - but McQueen stole Fashion Week.
I FEARED for this year's London Fashion Week when a TV fashion pundit announced: "Yes, all the stars are flying in.
Pixie Lott and Alexandra Burke are both in town ... " While I have nothing against either of these girls - they both appear to be perfectly lovely pop princesses - they are hardly international fashion icons. But, as the fashion bonanza got under way over the weekend, my fears that this would be the least starry Fashion Week ever were allayed somewhat. There was quite the mixed bag of celebs in attendance for Vivienne Westwood's Red Label show. Nicola Roberts confirmed her position as the Dame's number one fan, taking up her position on the front row while Pamela Anderson brought a bit of Hollywood glitz to the affair. I never had Doctor Who star Matt Smith down as a fashionista, so I think his appearance was more to do with his girlfriend, Daisy Lowe, being on the VW runway than his love of bondage trousers and pirate boots. It was a battle of the blondes at Julien Macdonald's show with model Amber Rose and Mr Hudson both taking in the collection, while over at Matthew Williamson the usual suspects turned out with Sienna Miller and Cat Deeley seemingly locked in a gorgeous hair-off. There was celebrity offspring a-plenty at Mark Fast's show.
Julia Restoin-Roitfeld (daughter of French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld) sat next to aristo Poppy Delevigne while Yasmin le Bon's daughter, Amber, walked for the knitwear designer.
Kate Moss was notably missing from Topshop's LFW front row, maybe something to do with her and the store's recent parting of ways. Still, the high street giant could rely on the brat... sorry, Britpack of Lily Allen and Peaches and Pixie Geldof augmented by It-girl of the moment the impossibly glossy Olivia Palermo, star of MTV's The City reality show. US Vogue editor Anna Wintour chooses her shows carefully, but was spotted at current cool kid Christopher Kane and, of course, Burberry Prorsum. The final show of London Fashion Week, Burberry has become known in recent years as the show to be seen at and this year's was no different with Sarah Jessica Parker, Serena Williams, snapper Mario Testino, Alexa Chung and model Jacquetta Wheeler all joining Wintour for Christopher Bailey's showcase at Chelsea College of Art and Design. But I think it's safe to say that this year Burberry Prorsum just missed out on being the most star-studded affair of the week. That honour goes to an individual who has tragically taken his last Fashion Week bow. With Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, SJP, left, Anna Wintour, Bjork, Daphne Guinness and Stella McCartney all donning their best black ensembles (or cream, in the case of SJP), Alexander McQueen's memorial service at London's St Paul''s Cathedral on Monday was a real who's who of the fashion elite. Then again, the enfant terrible of British fashion always did know how to steal the show.
PS. IS THERE a woman in the world who didn't see that poor model take a tumble in the Burberry show, and think:" There but for the grace of God?"