Day one of London Fashion Week came to a riotous climax last night with the annual logistical nightmare/fashion high that is the PPQ show.
The show is always over-subscribed, this time was no different – burly security men were kept well occupied keeping at bay the crowd of desperate fashionistas left weeping into their leather jacket sleeves outside St Paul’s Goldsmiths’ Hall last night.
Inside though, the lucky few (the opulent venue was way too small for the number of tickets issued) watched a heady, thrilling show of Riviera stripes, techno-paisley and bright prints, shot through with floaty chiffon in scarlet and black (two of my favourite pieces) and a vivid green that Percy described to me after the show as ‘electric green’, but which the FROW variously named as lime or olive.
As I mentioned in my Daily Mail post I chatted to the Noisettes’ Shingai Shoniwa, who referred to the collection as ‘yacht rock’ – before bursting into a throaty rendition of Duran Duran’s Rio – and imploring someone to sponsor her to wear the clothes on a yacht for the whole of next summer… She loved it, as did Jodie Harsh, who said she would be wearing the green next year.
Amy and Percy, as jolly as ever in their post-show interviews (they always look like they are desperate to dash off to the after-party) said the collection was inspired by the simple desire to dress for being on holiday… and going to the bar.
‘We can’t be in boned corset dresses 24/7, after all,’ says Amy.
In typical PPQ style, the after-party, at Kensington Roof Gardens, was over-subscribed too – meaning dozens of chilly party guests in their PPQ finest were left standing in W8 for hours in the hopes they might eventually get in. We slunk off for a glass of champagne instead – we love PPQ, but not that much.