How was London Fashion Week for you? Did you enjoy it?
I enjoyed it immensely. I saw lots of fashion and met everybody including Madonna’s little brother Christopher Ciccone. You know he has a line in rubber shoes? It’s a small world; we should get together.
Some people said that LFW is getting more and more commercial; do you agree or not?
Yes, it’s getting more commercial. That’s because we are in a recession and fashion has to pay its way.
You have collaborated with Harper’s Bazaar China and Vivienne Westwood recently; tell us something about the experience?
For its 26th-anniversary edition, Harper’s Bazaar China wanted to do a 20-page feature on London icons. They chose Pandemonia and Vivienne Westwood.
I met Vivienne at the Wallace Collection, which houses some of Europe’s finest works of art. Originally it was the family home of the Marquesses of Hertford and was a good place to photograph our work. Pandemonia’s pop sensibility really stands out in the historical surroundings and Vivienne reworks traditional British motifs.
Pandemonia, like Vivienne, embodies the punk spirit, the idea that you can create something from your bedroom and it can affect people all over the world.
And what about Vivienne Westwood? How do you like her idea of ‘Climate Revolution’ in her latest fashion show?
It’s inspirational to see a public figure who is so commercially successful use that platform to do something for the greater good.
As a regular member of the audience and VIP for LFW, would you share with our readers your experience of how to enjoy it?
For LFW you have to look more polished than everyone else. With all those cameras out there you need the perfect completion – absolutely no wrinkles. It’s important to make a statement; each season I always have a new hairstyle and a collection of new dresses. But the ultimate must-have is my little dog Snowy. I take him everywhere. He charms even the sternest of fashion journalists.
My favourite show space is Somerset House. You can make a real statement there, especially if you arrive five minutes late. That’s what happened when I went to PPQ – the press and everybody else waiting for me. Those photos are still making headlines.
What are your tips for surviving Fashion Week?
Travel everywhere by black cab! They have lots of headroom and the cabbies are always entertaining to talk to.
I always try and find some time between shows to have afternoon tea somewhere. It’s a pleasant way to relax and refresh oneself. Sketch is a good place to drop in to; they have lots of art and curiosities to look at.
Where do you like to go shopping normally?
Recently I’ve been shopping in Covent Garden. I could not believe my luck; Melissa has just opened a pop-up shop there. It specialises in plastic shoes; my Vivienne Westwood Skyscraper heels are by Melissa.
Please give us one-sentence comments for each of the shopping centres below; don’t think much, tell us your first reaction
Harrods - Princess Diana
Selfridges - Iconic yellow bags. Do they really sell fridges there?
Westfield - Plastic accessory stores
Liberty - Scented candles
Harvey Nichols – Window shopping
Fortnum & Mason – Afternoon tea
Debenhams – Rubber gloves
House of Fraser – Homeware