When I head that Lady Mary Charteris tied the knot over the weekend to The Big Pink frontman Robbie Fruze I instantly imagined her wearing something really classic and romantic. After all, the 24 year-old model and DJ is an aristocrat but if you had the same idea, you were wrong.
Instead, Charteris opted for this cut out Pam Hogg creation for her big day making sure that all eyes were certainly on her. While I'm not the biggest Pam Hogg fan I can completely appreciate that her aesthetic can work for the likes of Lady Gaga but wearing one of her cut out designs as wedding dress feels like a step (or five) too far.
When you attend a Pam Hogg show, you know that it's going to be full of energy and will draw the London 'It' scene. Case in point: Siouxsie Sioux opened the show with a dramatic round tulle headpiece and short black lace bodysuit to a huge round of applause - Jamie Winestone, Jefferson Hack, Peaches Geldof and PPQ's Amy Molyneaux and Percy Parker all sat front-row.
The collection was full of all of the pieces you would expect from Hogg. Bod-con bodysuits mainly came in shorter styles in black lace and were often styled with a long train that sat on the shoulders on leather panels. Where the styles were full length, they came completely sheer with only gold panels on the breasts and between the legs to preserve the models' modesty.
Tapping into this season's micro trend, we saw a lot of leather arms on dresses, particularly on bod-con styles in red and blue with leather detail also appearing across the shoulders.
Although the collection is not for everyone, Hogg added a lot of creativity to the London Fashion Week schedule, in a season when most designers have opted to play it safe.
So it's true, the fashion world have house parties too, darling. Frivolous house parties, in fact, that collate arty types from all over the world, to include Vivienne Westwood and Pam Hogg (such a fabulous combination, don't you think?), and end in Gareth Pugh giving Katie Grand a playful spank outside the marble bathroom of house owners Marc Newson and Charlotte Stockdale. As a celebration of T magazine's Anglomaniacs issue, the industrial designer and fashion stylist husband and wife pair opened their London home on Friday night for Frieze, to a highly creative crowd, including Christopher Kane, Angela Missoni and Anouck Lepére. "I love fairs like this", Angela Missoni told Style.com, "They reinvigorate me and my work". Although the evening's host, Nadja Swarovski, had hoped to get some good art from the night, walls were sparce with art, but furniture extravagant. "We like the house good and minimalist!", Stockdale explained.
The On/Off Boutique, founded by Lee Lapthorne in 2003, has been supporting designers and artists for the last 12 LFW seasons, by hosting an independent event to showcase the wares of up and coming and cutting-edge designers. This season sees the launch of the On/Off boutique's debut pop-up shop in the Newbury Quarter in the vicinity of Carnaby Street and surrounding areas, in time for LFW.
The boutique will stock limited edition pieces and exclusive collections from the likes of Pam Hogg, Jasper Garvida, Claire Johnston and Avsh Alom Gur, to name but a few. In addition to this, aspiring designers and budding fashionistas will be given the opportunity to enjoy front row seats to live catwalk shows, access to interviews and backstage footage during On/Off.
To secure your entrance and front row seat to this unique event, head to the On/Off boutique situated at 8 Newburgh Street between the 16th-22nd September or log on to www.onoff.tv for more information.
Remember the excitement about Kate Moss' line for Topshop? Well let's just say that Beth Ditto's new line for Evans caused as much anticipation. This collaboration with retail mogul Sir Phillip Green officially confirms Ditto as the Kate Moss of plus-size clothing.
With her collection for the high street brand formerly known as 'The Outsize', Ditto makes it all about the clothes rather than the size of the person wearing them.
The line's launch was celebrated at a big bash at Sketch with attendees including Daisy Lowe, Kelly Osbourne, Yasmin LeBon, Peaches Geldof and Hannah Marshall.
Graeme Black Pre-Show, London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2009
Graeme Black took top honours as Scottish Designer of the Year at last night's Scottish Fashion Awards, organised in association with Vogue.com. "Despite the incredible talent of his competition, it was a pleasure to see Graeme win," says Dolly Jones, Vogue.com editor and SFA judge. "His is a classic style infused with modern details, often inspired by his Scottish heritage, so it seems fitting that he should take this year's prize."
Other winners at the ceremony, held at Stirling Castle, included Hall of Fame inductee Pam Hogg, Scottish Retailer or the Year Michelle Mone (of Ultimo) and Scottish Textile Brand of the Year Harris Tweed Hebrides. Gillian Cook earned the Model of the Year prize, and Communcator of the Year was Nick Ede.