Vogue Fashion’s Night Out kicked off in London last week, for the third year in a row. Brainchild of the Vogue U.S. editor Anna Wintour, it was one of the many international destinations taking part in the fashionable festivities.

Here at Maggie Semple HQ, we decided we were certainly not going to miss this high profile event and started the evening by popping into John Lewis to view their A/W 2011 catwalk collection. The trends highlighted were the maxi dress and colour-pop; floor sweeping dresses hinting that cocktail-hour was around the corner.

Alice Temperley showcased her latest collection at Selfridges. An interesting chat with the lady herself gave a welcoming insight into her latest range. Her muse was the late Josephine Baker, the 1920’s breakthrough black actress. With leopard print and sheer material integrated into Temperley’s designs, her inspiration completely summed up her statement of ‘a girl with an attitude.’

Semple fashion reporters Avneet and Adrianna meet Alice Temperley at Selfridges.
There were all sorts of beautiful objects on display throughout the Alice Temperley event.

Liberty hosted a Hawaiian themed event with Lulu Kennedy & Co styling customers and showing samples of their designs. A few words with Lulu revealed that she aimed to create ‘clothing that both herself and her friends would wear’. She also mentioned that the new graduates from Central Saint Martins had inspired her forthcoming fashion week collection, providing ‘a new take on deconstructed’.

Mulberry were giving away the Bayswater bag to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Free nail manicures and waiters in red blazers, white jeans and riding boots were doing the honours of handing out hors d’oeuvres.

Matthew Williamson enjoyed a night at his boutique in Bruton Street, having a joke with British Vogue editor, Alexandra Shulman. He mentioned that the Matthew Williamson Facebook page will inform fans of what his new collection shown this Fashion Week will entail.

Alexandra Shulman and Matthew Williamson sharing a joke at his boutique on Bruton Street.

Rounding off the evening at Stella McCartney, popcorn in pink cones and a disco with professional dancers on the upper floor gave the buzz and excitement of a true fashion party. Add to that Erin O’Connor tottering out in a kimono-style gown and the deal was sealed.

We are looking forward to next year’s event already.

Avneet Takhar

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