Of all the fabulous finery that billowed and swished its way down the catwalk at London Fashion Week 2009, Smith HQ fell hardest for Erdem‘s whimsical watercolour dresses. In particular, the demure and divine ankle-length silk gowns with their daubs of jewel-bright colour, available from Net-a-Porter – well, before they (predictably) sold out that is. Cue much foot-stomping.
Once we get our little paws on one of these hot cakes, our next Erdem-investment will be Globe-Trotter‘s ravishing red leather vanity case. This little beauty – the result of a recent partnership between the two luxury labels – features the designer’s signature watercolour paper-backed silk as a lining, and is almost too gorgeous to use – but use it we will.
Mr Smiths worldwide, take note. (Though we generally despise pre-December Christmas talk, where Erdem and Globe-Trotter are involved, Santa can never come too soon.) The final touch – a slick of pillar-box red lipstick, and we’re ready to star in our own fashion-themed movie.
With London Fashion Week-End currently taking the city by storm, there’s still a chance to admire long-legged Amazonians in gasp-inducing threads, or pick up a bargain or five from labels including Philip Treacy, Dolce & Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli, Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano and Sass & Bide, to name just a few.
And should you decide to jet into London especially for a weekend of retail therapy and catwalk-gazing, we’ve rounded up a few of our stylish hotels, fit for any fashionista to bed down in.
San Domenico House
Style Restrained Italian extravagance
Setting Chelsea townhouse
Created from two five-storey, red-brick Chelsea townhouses, complete with original brick balconies and verdant window boxes, family-owned boutique hotel San Domenico House is a little piece of Italy in West London.
Style Understated elegance
Setting Magnificent Mayfair
Proudly perched at one of the most desirable addresses in Mayfair since its Victorian heyday, Brown’s Hotel has undergone a renovation at the hands of Olga Polizzi that’s blended fresh colours, mosaic floors, and antique furnishings with the hotel’s historic wooden panelling, gilt mirrors and stained glass.
Charlotte Street Hotel
Style Arty-smarty English eccentric
Setting Bang-central Bloomsbury
The Charlotte Street Hotel epitomises London living: an elegant bar, intimate bistro, smart private cinema, comfortable rooms with low-key luxe decor – and that all-important quiet-yet-central location. Taking the Bloomsbury Set for its inspiration, this London boutique hotel brings together fine art and a fresh colour palette to create the perfect city luxury stay.
Style Flamboyant fabrics, tactile textures
Setting A hop from Harrods
A medley of luxuriant colour, statement furniture and unusual art greets guests stepping off the lovely tree-lined street and into the lobby of Knightsbridge Hotel, an ideally located London guesthouse where Kit Kemp’s whimsical genius for luscious layered interiors reigns serene.