8.50am: Can you believe it’s the final day of London Fashion Week already? But before eyes turn to Milan there’s a whole day of world-class designers still to come, from the very talented Simone Rocha at 9am and Roksanda Ilincic at 11am to the eccentric Meadham Kirchhoff and Haizhen Wang later today.
Fashion Monitor tweeted: Final day of #LFW shows incl: Simone Rocha, Roksanda Ilincic, Meadham Kirchhoff, Ashish, Maria Grachvogel, Ziad Ghanem and Haizhen Wang.
9.05am: An early start with Simone Rocha at Tate Modern this morning. Front-row guests included John Rocha and world-famous fashion blogger Susie Bubble. Simone Rocha brought spring pastels into the new season, with baby pink and soft yellow against luxurious fur creating a soft and feminine look.
Glitter, sequins, animal prints and black patent and Perspex skirts took each look to new levels for next season. For the ultimate girlish touch, oversized bow headbands were the key accessory.
British Vogue tweeted: Glitter loafers lead the way @Simone_rocha_ # LFW - gold and pink we’ll take them all
10.17am: Anya Hindmarch’s show, appropriately named Cascade, centres around 50,000 dominoes winding around the designer’s new accessories collection. Tallulah Harlech, Olivia Palermo, Hamish Bowles and Richard E Grant, all sitting in the front row, resisted the urge to knock one of the dominoes over, starting the show prematurely.
Fashion features director of Harper's Bazaar Avril Mair tweeted: Anya Hindmarch’s show set is a careful, elaborate display of dominos. I have an almost uncontrollable urge to fling my notebook at it #bad
11.27am: Almost half an hour late, Roksanda Ilincic’s show at the Savoy gets under way. Sophisticated 50s shapes in pale pink, grey and black were given a punk twist in PVC, check and sequins.
Drapers tweeted: Girly with a large dose of attitude at Roksanda llincic - absolutely amazing show! #lfw
Jennifer Markham tweeted: Itching to run out and buy a pale pink coat..as seen at Simone Rocha, Paul Costelloe AND Roksanda Ilincic this morn
11.40am: A quick mid-morning presentation at Paul Costelloe, where the fashion press were treated to Champagne on arrival. The collection had a soft and cute feminine aesthetic with classic single-breasted coats in spring pastel shades such as jade green, pastel yellow and sugary pink. To give a better insight into Costelloe’s work, his sketches were shown next to each piece, giving a glimpse of his design process.
1.20pm: In a move away from the acid colours seen in previous seasons, Meadham Kirchhoff’s new collection was full of monochrome and blush pink. The new-season collection was not as colourful as we expected, but the black latex lace and Edwardian-style dresses still left us stunned.
Topshop tweeted: More shiny shiny plastic wonders at Meadham Kirschoff. We especially like the black Coco Chanel style bellbottoms. #LFW
British Vogue tweeted: Monochrome and gloss - this is a new direction for Meadham Kirchhoff #lfw
2.07pm: Builder chic at Ashish, complete with a high-vis vest opener. Its reflective properties were also seen as full, sequined trousers and dresses in a check print inspired by the stripes of the high-vis vest. Later on there were pavement grey and maroon felt sweaters and deconstructed denim dungarees before fluorescent and multicoloured sequins returned.
2.45pm: Straight from the Ashish show we head over to the Portico Rooms to see Tata Naka’s presentation, which takes us back to school and the 80s. Tweed bombers, pencil skirts, bright clashing colours and illustrations are the uniform here. A quick scene change later and we’re transported even further back to the 50s and pink, deep red, cream and heart prints. We wish we went to Tata Naka High.
3.15pm: After a fashionably late lunch we head back to the main show space for Maria Grachvogel, who goes back to basics with fluid, floaty floor-length gowns with an enchanted forest theme. Next season looks to earthy green, copper metallics and mustard yellow for a winning autumn look.
Lucy Reber tweeted: Yasmin Le Bon and daughter and Brix Smith Start with pug #frow at Maria Grachvogel #lfw
4.30pm: With preparations for the 6pm Haizhen Wang show well under way we go backstage with our video team to catch the designer and his team at work. We speak to Dom Capel, creative ambassador and head stylist of Sebastian Professional, about the products he could not live without.
4.55pm: We pop out from backstage for just a moment to catch Aminaka Wilmont’s collection. Here, blacks in all textures, fur, wool, cotton, jersey and leather (at times all in one garment) were accented with grey, lilac and zebra stripes.
6.10pm: The final crowd at the BFC tent this season take their seats for Haizhen Wang’s show. Angular cuts and drapery in jersey and wool formed the core of this collection. High collars wrapped the necklines while both the make-up and jewellery covered models’ faces like metal grilles.
7.05pm: As the day closes thoughts turn back over the collections of London Fashion Week towards what everyone will be wearing next autumn.
Stacey Duguid tweeted: Red, black, texture, layering, sequins, feathers, lace, structure, burgundy, navy... What a lovely season so far. AW13. #LFW @ELLEUK