LFW AW2012 Day 1: Catwalks (Fyodor Golan, Zoe Jordan, Basso & Brooke, Jean-Pierre Braganza)

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Photographing models is such a pleasure, their posture/expression is always impeccable, even with their eyes half closed they look just fine.

Before we go any further I want to say: I hardly have the intention of covering the shows. I want to give you my critique, my review, my perspective. It's all about me, like always. What I like about attending LFW is that you get to see everything that the main people are doing, touch it, try it, see for yourself if you want to take on an influence. It's not a chewed up version of whatever the main fashion editors agree to feature later. It's a little uncensored and I like that, I want to keep it that way.

At the time of writing this I haven't read anything about LFW at all, and I'll be very curious to read everyone's opinions later and compare.

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This is me

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FYODOR GOLAN

Russian aristrocracy met beetles and butterflies at Fyodor Golan. Can't say the hybrid works for me, but there were elements that could be transported into your own style.

Giant nose ring! This is happening. I want one.

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I am very into the hair. It's very strange but it works, it's pretty genius.

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Swan influences in the form of white mongolian fur, I welcome you with open arms

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I decided to stand with the photographers during this show, and it was ...well, an interesting experience. Not sure I'd do that again. A stupid bitch girl came in late without a ticket and decided to stand right in front of me, shuffling everybody backwards. There's a lot of competitiveness + catiness= tragic combination.

I love this girl! Skater girl

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Very interesting to note the double-arm-length sleeves

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The finale, like a cocoon, was very Gaga-esque, although this kind of haute couture can only look ethereal like its meant to on a lifeless slender mannequin

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ZOE JORDAN

The theme of the show was "Andalucia". Funny that while watching it, i didn't realise. I just found it traditional and folky. The plaits made this very modern, plaits are coming back with a bang.

I was glad to see the Spanish hat here, one of my favourite kinds. As for the model- I'm obsessed with this girl..I've been looking through my pictures and I photographed her every time. The model makes such a difference. She's all there

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Let's insert a photo of Poppy Delevigne. Because I like her, and that is her color. This grey mauve is a very fresh interpretation of the style

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This milky ensemble was my personal favourite, it breaks all molds

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my friend Claudia's GLOVE! It's actually on sale on her website, click here. I got some, I couldn't resist

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JEAN- PIERRE BRAGANZA

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"I couldn't stop thinking about the sensuality of being covered. The idea that victorian women were so strictly concealed (...)" Jean-Pierre

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I can't get over this updo. I love this hair, been loving it for a while, it's obviously staying. I want it

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BASSO & BROOKE

Basso & Brooke was absolutely stunning. It all worked so beautifully, the delicate autumnal tones, the prints.

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Our freebies. I have GHD hairspray for about a year now

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A rainbow!

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The very tense photographer podium

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The collection was in part inspired by the paper-cut era Matisse; the prints are flat and graphic with the dynamism being injected through the way of assembling them. The whole collection was based on juxtapositions. Exaggerated details; strict shoulders, narrow tailored pants and a delicate muted palette with hints of citrus. It had a definite japanese vibe going on, both in the angular fluid shapes of the garments and on the styling of the girls


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The fabrics were so light...they moved so freely, you could tell they were very luxurious.

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You'll notice that the makeup looks austere but is actually very dramatic. The lips in particular- I've noticed that for them to photograph adequately they need to be very graphic and flat. A regular dark lipstick photographs berry with a flash. I wasn't backstage, but it seems like you need a majorly black-ish lipliner and some pure red pigment for this to work on print. The makeup pulled the look together

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Next are my two favourite outfits, because of the choice of palette, print and simplicity. I couldn't only display my favourites though; you wouldn't appreciate the concept of the show and how they sit amongst the others. It is just so elegant.

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This girl stood out to me, I think she embodies the spirit of the clothes, she's very ingenue and soft. There's always one girl in the show that I'm very attracted to

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This jumpsuit was probably the most spectacular in my eyes and I'm glad I was able to take a good shot (front row does help. Thanks Claudia). And I also like the girl. In fact she looks very familiar, can anybody ID?

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