The Best of London

Spring 2014 fashion week wasn’t all about the shows.


Manolo Blahnik marked his London Fashion Week debut with a charming five-minute silent film, directed by Michael Roberts and starring Rupert Evert—as well as the Violanta, a new super-skinny heel. Watch it here.


Having now seen Harry Styles up-close and personal at House of Holland and Burberry—as well as W’s party—we now get what all the hysteria is about.


Christopher Kane gave the ubiquitous floral trend a closer look with his clever petal cutouts and textbook botanical prints.


Decorated by Yabu Pushelberg with walls entirely covered in framed art, Berners Tavern, the brasserie at Ian Schrager’s new London Edition hotel, was the chicest spot in town, drawing the likes of Kate Moss, Damien Hirst, Juergen Teller, and Alexander Wang.


Tom Ford does everything in the most luxurious manner—even his shows. If only every fashion presentation included flutes of champagne and plush ultrasuede seating.


While Africa was the inspiration for many collections in New York, it was Japan that captured the imagination of London’s designers, including (from left) David Koma, J.W Anderson, and L’Wren Scott, who went the whole nine yards, serving her guests bento box lunches at Gagosian gallery.


If there was one profound trend in London it was lace, done to peek-a-boo perfection by (from left) Burberry, Tom Ford, and Peter Pilotto.


Smythson’s recently appointed design director Rory O’Hanlon, a Celine alum, is giving the 126 year-old brand—well-known and loved for its engraved notebooks and agendas—a sleek new look with his collection of shagreen clutches, perforated leather pouches, and the 1887 bag, a chic day bag in dusty pink (shown here) and cobalt blue.


Brazilian designer Barbara Casasola, a favorite among W editors, made her London Fashion Week debut, presenting an elegant collection inspired by the work of the Brazilian constructivist artist Lygia Clark.


Two things the English do very well? Fast food and fashion. The latter demonstrated by the Whistles spring collection.