Inside London Fashion Week with Lisa Armstrong

As Fashion Director of The Daily Telegraph, Lisa Armstrong has a front row seat to the delights of London Fashion Week. With her Albemarle bucket bag in tow, she gives us the lowdown on what was worth seeing at this season’s shows.

What do you carry with you to the shows?

‘Obviously my Smythson Albemarle bag, a small lightweight Smythson notebook, huge heavy phone, laptop, red lipstick and a bag of nuts.’

What do you love most about the Albemarle?

‘The beautiful colour and suede lining had me from the start but it’s also light and spacious. It got a lot of love this week. Strangers in the street came up to ask where it was from!’


@misslisaarmstrong: ‘Laptop , brolly, schedule, Tgraph luxury mag with my article on the wonderful #juliedelibran and a bag that fits them all. Ready to go. #Lfw #ss17 #smythson #keepitchic @smythson’


Matching Lips…

Did any of the shows make you do a double-take?

‘So many great ones. Loved, loved, loved Roksanda. She put on an interesting show that was also wearable. Modern, feminine with a beautiful, sophisticated palate.’

Who is your favourite British designer?

‘Impossible to choose one. You have ones like Christopher Kane and JE Anderson who pump out endless creative ideas. Others like Erdem who are big on exquisite workmanship. Classics at Paul Smith and Joseph…we are lucky to have so much talent.’

Who is your one to watch?

‘Sadie Williams.’


Emilia Wickstead making a convincing case for florals next summer.

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Some sneaky R&R before the Paul Smith show – 70 percent chocolate. All those anti- oxidants!

What is you favourite SS17 trend?

‘Moody, school uniform colours. Fit and flare dresses, the continuing reign of the shirt.’

And least favourite..?

‘Anguish about the state of the global fashion industry.’

Who had the most inventive show location?

‘Burberry. Their makeover of the old Foyle’s bookshop was inspired by 1920s tastemaker, Nancy Lancaster.’

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Birds eye view of Westminster Abbey from the Preen show.


Backstage at the Preen show.

Who threw the best after-party?

‘The Business of Fashion’s dinner for its 500 global key influencers. So many interesting people from all over the world.’

Your travel must-have for surviving the fashion weeks?


What will you be living in this autumn?

‘My frame velvet kick flares, an oversized grey cashmere Tibi tunic and Rupert Sanderson ankle boots.’

Special thanks to Lisa Armstrong for her daily diary of London Fashion Week. You can keep up to date with Lisa by following her on Instagram at @misslisaarmstrong or on Twitter @LisaDoesFashion.

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