Ahlan! Daily Fashion Week Report: Lady Gaga Rules on Day Three of London Fashion Week

Phillip Treacy got a helping hand from his fabulous friend while Olivia Palermo rocked neon
Monday , 17 September 2012
Lady Gaga in the front row for the Philip Treacy show
Lady Gaga in the front row for the Philip Treacy show
Lady Gaga hits the catwalk for Philip Treacy
Lady Gaga hits the catwalk for Philip Treacy
Nicole Farhi's collection used a nude palette
Nicole Farhi's collection used a nude palette
Margaret Howell's minimalist ways
Margaret Howell's minimalist ways
Unique channels checks
Unique channels checks
Gorge Elle Fanning
Gorge Elle Fanning
Olivia Palermo loves her neon
Olivia Palermo loves her neon
Nicola Roberts at the Unique show
Nicola Roberts at the Unique show

The most memorable moment of London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 13 so has to be the return of worldwide renowned milliner Phillip Treacy to the catwalk after a break of thirteen years. A friend to the stars, Treacy’s designs are a favourite with everyone from Victoria Beckham to Kate Middleton. The show began with the entrance of the one and only Lady Gaga, dressed in a floor length neon pink vein declaring Treacy to be “the greatest milliner of all time”. Gaga removed the veil to reveal a floral wreath headpiece, designed of course by Phillip himself. The models walked down the catwalk wearing outfits from the archive of Michael Jacksons’ wardrobe. The pieces are due to be auctioned in LA this December. The collection itself was original in true Phillip Treacy style, from sculptured cones to happy face headpieces, but it was Gaga who stole the show proving herself a priceless ambassador for the brand.

Across the rest of the day things were much more minimal than the previous shows with monochrome and nude colour palettes featuring heavily. Nicole Farhi kicked off with a collection of chiffon floaty dresses with iridescent sequin panels, pleated skirts and high neck shirts with gathered sleeves, all in shades of grey through to pastel pink. The perfectly tailored show gave a sense of calm that many fashionistas would be grateful of after the hustle and bustle of the week so far.

Minimalism was seen again at Margaret Howell who worked with a limited colour palette of creams, greys and navy. Oversized shirt dresses and relaxed fit trousers with simple blouses looked easy to wear providing comfort as well as an incredibly stylish look.

But it was Unique that most surprisingly steered away from the colour and business of previous seasons. The higher end line from high street brand Topshop chose black and white checks as the main focal point of the collection. The monochrome prints were broken up by mesh panels and metallic fabrics, all lightweight and easy to wear. Later into the show colour was introduced in the form of pastel yellow and pink, not overdoing the hues but just enough to break into the mix. Asymmetric shoulders and hem lines featured heavily giving a nod to nineties fashion as we saw on Friday at House of Holland. As always, there was a celeb filled front row at the show. Style guru Olivia Palermo was mid-row in a neon green oversized jacked with suede panels. Also in the front row were Elle Fanning, Anna Della Russo, Nicola Roberts and Daisy Lowe.

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