LONDON FASHION WEEK is currently in full swing and so far the shows have impressed – offering star studded front rows, technological advances and even a near royal visit.


Promising a starry front row, the BURBERRY PRORSUM show on Monday did not disappoint.

SIENNA MILLER and a current face of the brand ROSIE HUNTINGTON WHITELY sat alongside RACHEL ZOE, GEMMA ARTERTON, tennis star ANDY MURRAY, singer PAUL WELLER and photographer MARIO TESTINO at CHRISTOPHER BAILEY’S SPRING/SUMMER 2012 show in Kensington Gardens.

Tribal inspired print dresses were paired with cropped trenches and raffia caps in a collection that put a handcrafted artisan twist on ladylike chic.

“Oh my God. That was insanity!” gushed RACHEL to PEOPLE as she headed backstage.

“[Christopher Bailey is] amazing. I mean, who else makes a coat like that?” she added, referring to the reinvention of the classic BURBERRY trench.

Greeting his celebrity guests backstage, CHRISTOPHER got a hug from photographer pal MARIO TESTINO who told PEOPLE, “I thought it was a great show — sexy sexy sexy!”

As no doubt did legions of fans who caught the show via Twitter, a first for the digital friendly brand.

“This collection is all about the most detailed handcrafted pieces and fabric innovation, creating a beautiful physical experience that is communicated digitally in dynamic and diverse ways and I love balancing those two worlds,” commented CHRISTOPHER.


Meanwhile, TEMPERLEY LONDON got the royal seal of approval on Monday night when PIPPA MIDDLETON showed up to support one of her favourite British designers. Wearing the classic fan dress from the label’s current AUTUMN/WINTER collection dressed down with black suede ankle boots, the rising fashion star certainly appeared to enjoy the show as she sat with a friend, pointing out her favourite pieces from the silver screen inspired collection, shown in the British Museum’s dramatic grand atrium.

GRACE KELLY was cited as an inspiration by the designer, as was MICHELLE PFEIFFER’S character in SCARFACE.

As for PIPPA, she seemed to love the silky jumpsuits, kimono capes and floor sweeping dresses adorned in beads and tassels, all of which were accessorized with überglam head wraps.

“It was really special, really amazing,” she said, congratulating designer ALICE TEMPERLEY’S husband and CEO of the label LARS VON BENNINGSEN on her way out.

Since commissioning a bespoke emerald green TEMPERLEY LONDON dress for the royal wedding after party at Buckingham Palace in April, the label has become a go to favourite for both PIPPA and her sister CATHERINE.

In the hot seat next to Ms. Middleton was actor ROSARIO DAWSON, currently enjoying the shows in between filming her new movie in London.

“I thought it was really wonderful that she came here to support Alice and it makes sense that Pippa would be here because it’s such a London staple,” she told PEOPLE post show.

So did they swap fashion tips? “She seemed lovely and I think she enjoyed the clothes as well which is always nice to see.”

Excited about the ultrafeminine oh so graceful show, ROSARIO confessed, “I loved everything. I’m salivating and trying not to drool, honestly!”


Sunday night MATTHEW WILLIAMSON presented a kaleidoscope of colour at his SPRING/SUMMER 2012 show. The first runway show to ever be staged in the TATE MODERN’S TURBINE HALL, it boasted a front row consisting of pal SIENNA MILLER and RACHEL ZOE.

Burnt oranges and vibrant yellow took centre stage, as did the designer’s signature embellishment with semiprecious stones and feather detailing. SIENNA, in a MATTHEW WILLIAMSON jacket, skinny jeans and TABITHA SIMMONS heels, told PEOPLE the finale number, a floor length saffron gown with appliqué detailing and ostrich feathers, was her favourite.

“The orange dress on Anja [Rubik] at the end — I love that,” she shared.

With a cheer and a hug for the designer at the after party, held on the top floor of the museum with a view of ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL, it was a fashionable fête all around.

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