On today’s to do list: Dine at The Savoy; enjoy an exclusive performance by Paloma Faith and watch a fashion show. That’s not my regular itinerary on a Tuesday afternoon in London but when I was invited to F&F Autumn/Winter catwalk show, I totally embraced this impromptu checklist.
Dressed in a grey maxi dress and flat shoes I casually walked to meet my friend Mollie Bylett at Embankment station. For all you punctual time keepers out there, I was on time. Mollie on the other hand, was late to meet me but she was quickly forgiven. The sun was shining and she was smiling. How could I be mad? Plus, she looked beyond hot to trot to The Savoy Hotel in her playsuit and flat shoes. So off we went.
On route we passed some paparazzi (I kid you not) who started to take photo’s of me whilst crossing the road, with the beautiful backdrop of London traffic and scaffolding. Mollie seized this perfect opportunity to change from her flats shoes to heels and so, by the time the pap had dispersed and we were now outside The Savoy, Mollie had grown taller by a good four inches. Impressive.
Now, walking into The Savoy is like walking into an art gallery. Grand entrance, marble floors, and everyone feeling the need to talk quietly. I really struggle with whispering so to combat this I proceeded to not talk at all for the two minute walk from the main entrance to the Savoy Ballroom, where the fashion show was being held. Needless to say that for a chatterbox like me, my silence made it a long two minutes.
At this point I’d like to inform you that I had successfully avoided chocolate and the odd glass of alcohol for all of three days (pat on the back to me) but my healthy eating regime immediately went out of the window when I was kindly presented with a glass of champagne upon entrance and seated at a table which had dark chocolate macaroons perfectly within my reach. Damn it! I’d failed to resist temptation. For the record, the apricot macaroons, blueberry tarts, smoked salmon, lamb kebabs, red pepper hummus and halloumi and smoked pepper sandwiches tasted exceptional too. Eating over, the lights were dimmed and everyone in the room hushed down. Even me.
Forever the charismatic performer, Paloma Faith burst on to stage clapping and singing her current single, Can't Rely On You and with her beacon of orange hair and bright outfit, Paloma looked and sounded incredible. Intimate gigs are always really special as I often feel like I'm being serenaded, even though I'm not. Paloma went on to sing Only Love Can Hurt Like This, a song which I watched her perform at the Brit Awards earlier this year, immediately after she'd won one. She was perfect and made me fall in love with her a little bit more. Round of applause.
Then, it was time for the F&F fashion show and all necks stretched to see what F&F had in store for our Autumn/Winter wardrobes. Well, I can tell you that for the ladies, there’s going to be lots of cute 1970’s signature styles with tailored culottes, knitted role necks and my favourite piece, the suede trench. Then out came the men, sporting tailored suits and the sort of wool knits that you’d definitely steal from your boyfriend’s wardrobe.
Speaking of friends who are boys, I saw my friend Franky modelling the collection. I don’t know why I was so surprised. After all, he does model for a living but I didn’t know that he was going to be flaunting the new F&F menswear range so of course, being the really subtle person that I am, I yelped, “oh my gosh. that’s my mate” and like a proud parent, proceeded to take very blurry images of him. Awww.
All in all I had a cracking time. Great music, retro F&F clothing and all whilst catching up with my mate Mollie. Every day should be like Tuesday.
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