Landed in London around noon, grabbed my luggage, the Paddington Express & a Diet Coke from Tesco. I really had grand plans for sleep, but as luck would have it, Nylon's Faran Krentcil checked in three doors down and made me feel like a slacker for even suggesting a nap.
"It's off to Aminaka Wilmont," she declared.
And so we boarded the tube to Bloomsbury Square (more on it later). Post-show, a David Koma invite slipped out of her bag, "I can stay awake for that."
So it was on to the London Fashion Week bus. The bus, however, had other plans. We disembarked at The Dairy, one of my favorite LFW venues--it's played home to Giles, Twenty8Twelve and Sass & Bide--but today it was not hosting David Koma.
Instead, I spotted invites stamped with "Hakaan" in the hands of Vogue UK editors. I swept through the gate and wondered what's going on and who is Hakaan?
As if on cue, Carine Roitfeld took her seat next to Visionaire's Stephen Gan.
"Am I really this exhausted, or is Carine at London Fashion Week," I asked Faran.
"And Emmanuelle Alt," she answered.
"Ok, I'm really losing it--but that woman looks so much like Kate Moss."
So who is Hakaan? There have been a dozen articles this week asking the same thing. The short story is he's an established Turkish designer who recently won a fashion competition in Istanbul, caught the attention of Mert & Marcus and whipped up enough excitement to make Carine fly to London just for this show.
The front row's star power was matched only by the models. Natalia Vodianova opened; Mariacarla, Abbey Lee, Natasha Poly, Rose Cordero, and Anja Rubik followed in tight, sexy dresses with peplums, leather detail and a simple palette of black, blue and ivory.
So far, nothing but Natalia's opening and closing position has carried over from New York to London--but surprises are better anyway.