An insider’s guide to #LFW by blogger Susie Bubble
Susanna Lau, otherwise known at Susie Bubble, the creative force behind the blog Style Bubble is one of the most renowned fashion bloggers today. She started early, opening her blog in 2006, and since she has been at the forefront of this type of fashion media. British Born Chinese who grew up in London, with some stints in Hong Kong, her fashion sense is fearless and her status legendary. Today she opens up the doors to herLondon.
What makes London such a special place for fashion?
It’s the most creative city in the world! Ok, I’m biased because I’m a born and bred Londoner but for me, you won’t find a city with a more diverse array of aesthetics.
What are 5 things a fashionista needs to pack for FW in London.
A brightly coloured bit of faux fur (preferably by new label Shrimps), some sensible but quirky brogues (we Londoners walk a lot), a really really fancy frock (or dress to everyone else – you never know you might end up in the night), an awesome hat or two (I love Piers Atkinson or Moody and Farrell) and an umbrella of course (James Smith in London does the best selection)
Where are 3 must see places in the city for an itinerant fashionista?
During London Fashion Week, there will be a chance to see a selection of cutting edge designers at theInternational Fashion Showcase on 180 Strand and it’s open to the public. The David Bailey exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery is a must-see as it’s the first time his pictures have been gathered together in this way. Head up to Dalston and wander around there. It’s a place that you need to get beneath the surface of as it’s not the prettiest of areas. Make an appointment at LN-CC for a strange escape.
Shopping in London
Merchant Archive in Notting Hill is my favourite for selected vintage, Machine-A is a great summation of creative London style, Alfie’s Antique Market is indoors and is a great place to get lost in.
Best restaurants for dinner
Berners Tavern in London is lovely, Hoi Polloi in the Ace Hotel if you’re out East and the Duck and Waffle in Heron Tower because it’s 24 hours
Best places for lunch/snack
In between Somerset House breaks, I go to Mishkin’s for a quick sandwich, or one of the Pods for their protein salad and in 10 Bells.
Best places for drinks
Nightjar by Old Street is a 1920s speakeasy bar but it’s a funny little spot and a pub is a must. The Princess Louise in Holborn is the last of those really oldy woldy pubs that’s in town.
Last minute beauty emergencies
For nails in town and hair, best to pop into Topshop Oxford Circus as they have a blow bar and WAH Nails. They often fit in last minute bookings.
You’re in the know, what’s going on for FW this February that is absolutely unmissable?
The Jonathan Saunders after party is always a bit of intimate fun with plenty of familiar faces, the Mulberrydinner will be lovely too because they’re not doing a show this season and multibrand store Browns will be having a party with The Coveteur.