London Fashion Week always seems to whiz around quicker than you realise, and as soon as you step through the semi-permanent doors of the British Fashion Council tent, it feels like you've never been away.
Highlights for the first day of spring 09 started with French designer Charles Anastase, showing for the first time at London Fashion Week. His romantic peasant style dresses sadly failed to get buyers and journalists too excited, but were pretty and sweet and will definitely suit teenagers wishing to seriously overhaul this autumn’s punk trend.
On to Ossie Clark – with a quick pitstop for champagne and a homemade cupcake (designers know the way to the fashion pack’s heart) - where gorgeous flowing silks in rainbow shades featured on Grecian style dresses, light-as-air wrapover coats and panelled batwing tops.
Carluccios is the place to see and be seen when you eventually crash out and need some proper sustenance, and we were excited to see Alexa Chung eating her way through the bread basket, a huge plate of pasta and tiramisu next to the Drapers team.
Next up was PPQ, which was clearly going to be the show of the day, as the front row played host to the Geldof sisters – best pals of the designers – and of the moment pop sensation Adele. Scuffles for seats all settled, designers Amy and Percy showed the kind of fun and frivolous collection you would expect from the Shoreditch-based duo team - candy coloured dresses were adorned with bows, peplums and plenty of ruffles, super short shorts skimmed the tops of thighs in ruby shades and navy and white sailor dresses added a nautical edge.
Party of the night also went to PPQ who hired out the revamped Pangea club in Green Park – now renamed as Vendome – for vodka cocktails and 1960s jiving, with guests sporting some of the most death-defying shoes likely to be spotted this week.