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article imageGlitz and glamour at London Fashion Weekend Special

By Tim Sandle     Feb 29, 2016 in Lifestyle
London - The last weekend in February culminated with London Fashion Weekend, where the highlights from London Fashion Week are shown to the public. Digital Journal was at the front row of the catwalk.
London Fashion Weekend aims to provide "an insider's view of the latest fashion trends." The event is held during one weekend, at different venues, in London. For 2016, the four-day event took place at the Saatchi Gallery (which was opened by advertising mogul Charles Saatchi in 1985.)
The gallery is located in fashionable Chelsea  close to London s King s Road.
The gallery is located in fashionable Chelsea, close to London's King's Road.
The third  Satachi Gallery  in London  host for the 2016 London Fashion Weekend.
The third 'Satachi Gallery' in London, host for the 2016 London Fashion Weekend.
This type of event is not one that this journalist would ordinarily attend, and the assignment commenced with a slight weary detachment (ever listened to Elvis Costello's "This Year's Model"?) However, by the end the color and the glitz won through and the creative process that had gone into creating the clothes won through. Fashion is a type of art form, albeit a transient one.
People making their way into London Fashion Weekend  at the Saatchi Gallery  2016.
People making their way into London Fashion Weekend, at the Saatchi Gallery, 2016.
Expert panels took place to discuss the significance of the current fashion trends, taking in historical developments, and the latest sources of fashion inspiration. Highlights also included an overview of the industry event — London Fashion Week.
Attendees could have make-up applied or their hair styled from a menu of 25 different cuts, guaranteed to be completed within 20 minutes by Toni & Guy stylists.
The highlight was the catwalk. Here the opportunity to see some of the biggest names from London Fashion Week was provided.
People waiting for the  trends  catwalk to begin at London Fashion Weekend  2016.
People waiting for the 'trends' catwalk to begin at London Fashion Weekend, 2016.
Once the show began, some forty different clothes were shown by 10 different models. The change in clothes was quite rapid.
Models elegantly stride across the catwalk at London Fashion Weekend.
Models elegantly stride across the catwalk at London Fashion Weekend.
Cameras at the ready! A model glides along the catwalk at London Fashion Weekend.
Cameras at the ready! A model glides along the catwalk at London Fashion Weekend.
Digital Journal caught two different shows. One was called trends, which highlighted the latest collections from a range of designers. This was hosted by British television presenter Laura Jackson.
At the trends show, there was the opportunity to view the models close-up.
A close up of a model  wearing the  must-have  clothes for spring 2016.
A close up of a model, wearing the "must-have" clothes for spring 2016.
Bright colors seem to be in this season.
Another model shows the top ranges for spring 2016 at London Fashion Weekend.
Another model shows the top ranges for spring 2016 at London Fashion Weekend.
Models showed the works of designers like Vivienne Westwood, Alexa Chung and Daisy Lowe. The range on offer varied, as with the picture below contrasting evening wear with a 'summer in the city' look.
Models pose at London Fashion Weekend  2016.
Models pose at London Fashion Weekend, 2016.
What was striking was how still the models were, and when they walk, how unflinching. No real expression on their faces.
Some clothes for when the weather becomes a little warmer. A model at London Fashion Weekend.
Some clothes for when the weather becomes a little warmer. A model at London Fashion Weekend.
Some models pause  allowing the audience to assess what s hot for 2016  at London Fashion Weekend.
Some models pause, allowing the audience to assess what's hot for 2016, at London Fashion Weekend.
At the end of the twenty minute show  the troop of models depart.
At the end of the twenty minute show, the troop of models depart.
For those thirsty, in-between the electronic music that pumped out during the catwalk sessions, a champagne bar provided a welcomed retreat.
The champagne bar at London Fashion Weekend.
The champagne bar at London Fashion Weekend.
The second catwalk was one exclusively dedicated to one designer. This was Temperley London, the fashion house of Alice Temperley MBE, founded in 2000. Temperley clothes have been worn by The Duchess of Cambridge and her sister Pippa Middleton.
The designer clothes took on a slight bohemian edge.
A model wearing the clothes designed by Temperley London.
A model wearing the clothes designed by Temperley London.
Many were floral, prêt-à-porter ("ready-to-wear") and appearing in high street stores within a few weeks time.
Model wearing clothes designed by Temperley London.
Model wearing clothes designed by Temperley London.
Two models fitted out with Temperley London attire.
Two models fitted out with Temperley London attire.
While the clothes were elegant, and unlike some fashion displayed, wearable by many women, the models were noticeably very thin. Some models looked unhealthy, especially with their spindly legs.
For those tired of gazing at the models, there were plenty of "pop-up shops" offering the very best in designer shopping across 150 stores.
Young shoppers looking at this year s fashions at London Fashion Weekend.
Young shoppers looking at this year's fashions at London Fashion Weekend.
One of seven rooms containing designer clothes to purchase  at London Fashion Weekend. Prices ranged...
One of seven rooms containing designer clothes to purchase, at London Fashion Weekend. Prices ranged from £35 to £5,000.
A few celebrities could be spotted mingling throughout the event, including singers Geri Halliwell and Roisin Murphy.
A set of tickets for London Fashion Weekend  2016.
A set of tickets for London Fashion Weekend, 2016.
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