9.45am: The penultimate day of London Fashion Week is here, and there’s no time for flagging as we’re looking forward to fashion heavyweights Burberry, Erdem, Christopher Kane and, of course, Tom Ford, whose collection is making the trip to London for the first time.
Fashion business adviser and mentor at the British Fashion Council David Watts tweeted: Day 4 New and old establishment Erdem, OSMAN, Giles & TOM FORD and many waiting for new 'golden' boy on the block @JW_ANDERSON at 20.00 #LFW
9:55am: It’s a bright and crisp morning in London, and we’re heading just south of the River Thames for the Pringle of Scotland presentation at the Bankside Gallery.
10.15am: The party starts early at Pringle of Scotland as we’re offered Champagne and elaborate fruit canapés on arrival.
10.22am: The autumn/winter 2013/14 collection from Pringle of Scotland is clean and crisp with a soft silhouette. White and cream are the major colour palettes, but there are flashes of striking baby and cornflower blues throughout. Famous for knitwear, for which it is holder of a Royal Warrant from Queen Elizabeth II, Pringle of Scotland is adding a twist to its traditional knits for next season. For us the standout piece was the fishermen’s jumper in baby blue; it’s already on our tax free shopping wishlist.
11.10am: It’s back to Somerset House for a look at the amazing exhibitions on display before we catch the Huishan Zhang show.
11.28am: The warm Portico Rooms are filled with sunlight and are the perfect setting for the Huishan Zhang show. For Zhang, autumn/winter 2013/14 is all about channelling the 60s, with lace shift dress after lace shift dress in beautiful pastel hues. We particularly love the dresses with added sparkle, perfect for seasonal parties.
12pm: It’s time to refuel, so we head off for a much-needed coffee, though it’s not long before we’re back on our feet again as we head to Holborn and the beautiful venue of the Freemasons’ Hall.
12.35pm: Reassuring PPR, which recently bought a 51% majority stake in his brand, Christopher Kane showed a confident and expansive collection today. Camouflage print, thick piping on sheer fabrics and fur created a tough and formidable look which was softened by wool sweaters and kick-flared skirts. The collection was finished off with a block-coloured dress made from curls of metallic fabric.
The Dazed & Confused fashion team tweeted: Wow! Christopher Kane is not messing around, opening with huge SAGA furs and mini kilts, another level
British Vogue's Emma Elwick-Bates tweeted: Two big trends: kilts & off-shoulder day-dresses. Schoolgirl vs. Hitchcock woman. Both confirmed Christopher Kane @BritishVogue #lfw
1.08pm: We’ve miraculously arrived at the Freemasons’ Hall ahead of schedule for the Eugene Lin show, so we pop inside to take a quick look at the Kiev Fashion Days exhibition.
1.40pm: How many ways can you reinvent the classic trench? If the Eugene Lin show is anything to go by, the possibilities are endless. The Cupid de Locke collection showed trench coats turned into sexy bustier dresses and pencil skirts, as well as featuring some classic coat styles in beige and burgundy. It was inspired by the contrast of violence and love. This theme was cleverly interpreted through Lin’s smashed-glass print that featured both on the invitation for the show and on several pieces in the collection.
2.23pm: Erdem’s first look showed the Canadian designer’s darker side and contrasted with the clean expanse of the White Cube gallery in Bermondsey. With his softer side never far away, this was followed by Erdem prints along with lighter feather-accented pieces in blush pink, but this lasted for only a moment as black, in a range of textures, was the overriding colour for this season. Sheer black lace and fabrics covered lighter underskirts, while dark prints were highlighted with shocks of neon, representing a step outside the box.
Melaine Rickey tweeted: Erdem has done a show of mainly black looks! #stopthepress #LFW
3.27pm: Excitement starts to build for Burberry’s show, due to start at 4pm, as guests start to arrive. This will be a show of firsts for Burberry; it’s to be the first live event to be streamed live on Twitter and, in pioneering Burberry fashion, looks will be available to buy direct from the catwalk for a limited time of two weeks after the event – and that includes the new Blaze Runway collection bag.
4.05pm: It’s one of the hottest tickets of London Fashion Week and Burberry never fails to disappoint, with celebrities both on the front row and the catwalk. Actresses Kate Beckinsale and Michelle Dockery, as well as Olivia Palermo, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and many other Burberry favourites, watched models Cara Delevingne, Karlie Kloss and Edie Campbell.
Animal print, industrial rivets and gold plate offset Burberry’s classic palette of black, white and camel, with burgundy a strong accent colour, especially in a knit dress with gold-plate epaulettes.
Continuing the studded theme, the trench received an update with oversized eyelets at the collar and leather fringing. In a standout suede coat, the animal print was created using metal. Also strong was the innovative use of plastic; in certain looks it appeared as a detail, but there were some dresses and trenches entirely constructed from this ‘second skin’.
Singer Tom Odell closed the show, with his backing singers wearing black Burberry trenches – naturally.
Mojeh Magazine tweeted: An an incredible finale as the @Burberry show rounded off with live music and a creative flourish.
5.17pm: Osman took us into early evening with structure mixed with flirty embellishments. Models displayed wide-legged high-waisted trousers with angular sculpted tops and oversized fur clutches. Eveningwear moved from round-necked sleeveless dresses to beautifully lace-beaded floor-length gowns. City chic also made an appearance, with knee-length leather shorts teamed with plain fur jumpers for a modern twist on a classic style.
Matches tweeted: Contrasting soft and metallic textures: ornate gold brocade on cream wool, grey wool and silver jacquards @OSMANstudio #AW13 #matchesLFW
Poppy Dinsey tweeted: I never thought Osman would top the blue fur sleeve coat thing from a few seasons back. He has. AW13 his best ever. Def. #LFW #vvip
7.01pm: A man known for his impeccable designs, Tom Ford chose the grand location of Lancaster House to show his women’s collection in front of fashion’s most chic and famous names, including Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel.
British Vogue tweeted: Handsome men, grand setting – now this is the way to spend a Monday evening #lfw Tom Ford
Neon, bombers, hoodies, graphic patterns and shimmering slit skirts along with fringing, beads, fur, sequins, lace and a lot of hot pink created an opulent glam-rock-inspired collection.
British Vogue tweeted: Explosions of beads on loose and elegant eveningwear at Tom Ford #lfw