Accessories: London shows steal Paris's thunder
“It’s like a weapon,” shoe designer Manolo Blahnik said during the recent London shows, talking about his latest “killer heel” crafted from weighty titanium. “I wouldn’t advise trying to go through customs with them on.”
Though Blahnik has been a fixture on the city’s fashion scene for decades, this was his first London Fashion Week show, held in a suite of rooms at the Covent Garden Hotel, and complete with arty film screening of the collection. The vast range on view embraced everything from flamenco – “I have a tendency to be very Spanish on certain occasions” – to tassel-tie heels and fantasies of peach Duchesse satin and crystal. “I don’t care about price and being commercial,” he said – but the fact that he cared enough to finally participate in the London shows was indicative of a trend.
London’s accessory designers are world-class but have tended to unveil their collections in Paris, where the highest concentration of retailers and press on the fashion show circuit can be found. This season, however, everything changed.