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London Fashion Week: Betty Jackson

BFC Tent, Tuesday 12th February 2008

Written by Lauren Mortimer

The Event: With the opening of the first Swarovski Crystallized cosmos and lounge inevitably came a lavish party, help more about and it came on the first day of London Fashion Week. A vast cosmos opposite Liberty’s, more about on Great Marlborough Street, Swarovski Crystallized is an impressively slick space with a ground floor showing off brightly lit cases of crystals and an open planned lounge on the second floor- the hub of the event. There were scattered mannequins modelling Swarovski’s collaborations with designers such as Emma Cook, Giles Deacon and Gareth Pugh, a trio of girl DJs accompanied by an extremely glum looking rollerblader doing circles and a projected catwalk show. The lounge effect was created by leather sofas and glass box tables containing crystals that, due to the light below sparkled like John Travolta‘s eyes. Extravagant Lily arrangements stood upon wonderful glass tables filled with accessible plastic crystals that common folk were taking sly pocketfuls of.

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The guests: The event was busier than a guest appearance of a Big Brother contestant at your local nightclub (just to lower the tone). It was an effort to mingle, but mingle we did, and interesting people we met. First there was the Russian (below). He was a magician with a hat infested with badges, mind-boggling card tricks and a Japanese Jewellery designer assistant. Then there was the Irish web journalist (oh a connection), who thought I was Irish (second guess American)- good chat up line mate- imagine fat bastard from Austin Powers, but not fat. And then there was the hat lady who I think may have got tonight’s invite mixed up for lady’s day at Ascot. Despite the quirky mentionable selection, the general crowd were actually quite a hip bunch, and killer heels were widespread.

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The refreshments: Male models from London Fashion Week may well have been doing a bit of overtime at Swarovski’s bar. Lychee Martinis, something elderflower and never ending flutes of Moet were the main tipples of the evening. And to line our stomachs were many nibbles from heaven- notably the hot buttery scallops in a seashell and on a rustic stick with a shell tip, all presented on a flora tray.

The Freebies: A delightful goody bag enclosing a £5 voucher (that will go far), a crystal transfer and a necklace that will stay in its preferred packaging.

The conclusion:
A warm and welcoming reception with no pretentiousness. Decent music, good shoes, great drinks, even better food, hot waiters and oh yeah- a great place with some stunning crystal drenched dresses and dozens of real crystals that would put Travolta’s eyes and fortune to shame!

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An anti-landfill accessories label founded by Kirsty Kirkpatrick was personally discovered at Up-Market on Sunday via Brick Lane. I just fell in love with her stuff right there and then! She creates jewellery from broken jewellery and generally gathering bits and bobs together. She also uses random recycled materials, approved such as wood from old furniture, second hand fabrics, wine boxes, biscuit boxes, clock components and vinyl from suitcases. Plus, she prints organic nature designs on these very objects, which make them contemporary as well as edgy. All these materials are cleverly put together and thus, her pieces are very unique and different from others. Her Jewellery is thoughtfully constructed, but yet shows femininity and had an urban, cool feel to it. All the jewelleries were one-offs made by her personally; no one else would have the same jewellery as you!

I love the whole concept of this brand, that you can look quirky and fashionable and at the same time there is no exploitation of workers and limited damage to nature – I found her jewellery very fascinating. She has just finished a new collection, which is still in the same style but more romantic and pretty, using lots of ribbons and attention-grabbing shapes of objects. Kirsty’s jewellery ranges from necklaces and earrings to broach pins. Also at a very reasonable price I would say, think about the satisfaction you could get out of Kirsty Kirkpatrick jewellery. Every time I wear her creations someone always compliments me; and this can only be a good thing.

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East London label Junky Styling is one of the original ethical fashion labels, viagra buy and I have worked with them for a long time. Yet, sickness they have just executed another fantastic fashion show during London Fashion Week. The show was called ‘Junky Show Off’. And yes! It did exactly what it said on the tin. They showed us how skilful they are and offered endless possibilities of what recycled fashion can do; it was full to the brim of fascinating clothes.

The venue was at The Brick House on Brick Lane. In side it was all white, white stage, white floor, and there was a film running on an enormous white wall. And here comes the significant couture dresses on parade! It started with military inspired garments, which yet remained very sexy. Red ribbons and red lips created a seductive image. The show was based on Femme Fatal so there was a prevalence of women power. I loved the dress made out of a shirt, which had very long tail of frills on the back of the dress, and I also liked the scary, prosecution couples’ garment! The eye accessories added a mysterious beauty to the overall style of the garments. Also, I must say that music there was very good – it was performed by My Toys Like Me, and the lead female vocalist was very cute in her Junky clothes too! I had a very good time there and the audience were all seen to be happy and smiling. And the goodie-bag, like always, gave me an even bigger smile.

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England’s King Henry VIII appeared at Betty Jackson‘s A/W 2008 show, malady emblazoned on a pair of black hotpants. With a catwalk strewn with brightly patterned rugs, models took on the feminine collection. Colours were confidently thrown together in an unconventional manner, although not enough to offend. Navy, brown, and grey were contrasted with bold coloured knits in magenta, red, yellow and orange.

A bottle green coat with short, bell sleeves contrasted with an orange knitted jumper.
Red and silver sequins sparkled on bodices, necklines and headbands, and also dusted across the model’s cheekbones and tights. Red ribbons tied in a bow fell down the back of necks, and high waists were accentuated with thin patent belts. A mustard knitted polo neck was paired with wide, grey stirrup trousers with tights. A see-through pink mac was put over a silk, beige dress with circular panels, and light grey transparent dresses and tops revealed the structure of the seams.

Woollen tights in brown, cream and burgundy fitted into brown chunky heels, while orange and pink gauntlets sprouted from sleeves. Yellow and pink sunflowers bloomed onto skirts and coats only briefly. A wool beige dress was worn over cropped trousers. Coats either had cropped, or rolled up sleeves and often layered over knee-length skirts and jumpers, or dresses. Jackson, who has been showing at London Fashion Week for 25 years, didn’t seem be phased by her new, more youthful competitors like Marios Schwab or Christopher Kane, and revealed a stunning and successful collection.

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