While having celebrities on the catwalk isn’t something new for fashion week (Courtney Love at Philipp Plein whizzing down the runway is just one that immediately springs to mind), it made for a unique experience for Girls star Lena Dunham today as she made her catwalk debut for the London-based label 16 Arlington - hot on the heels of Miley Cyrus taking a turn for Marc Jacobs in New York.
Writing on Instagram earlier in the week to reveal the news, she said: “I am getting to experience London Fashion Week for the first time. While I haven’t necessarily been hailed as a fashion icon (that’s the cute way to put it), I am obsessed with clothes. There’s never a day where I don’t get dressed with intention, even if it’s pyjamas and bunny slippers in my bed.”
It wasn’t bunny slippers and PJs today. The actress, writer and producer wore a gold and black short bouncy dress typical of the effortless glamour the brand, helmed by Marco Capaldo and Kikka Cavenati, are known for.
The designers had been inspired by the “celebration of bodies” (appropriate for Valentine’s Day) for a collection full of cut-outs on dresses, bejewelled for emphasis; ruffled, draped and knotted into shape. Tailoring was of the severe silhouette kind - flares and bling fastenings, something which has proved to be a hit with retailers, Net-A-Porter and Harrods essential buyers among those in the front row. The brand launched in 2017.
Lena aside, equally likely to have gone down well on Instagram where the little box bags - sometimes a couple was strewn together at a time. Small bags, as we know, have become a big (in everything but size) thing in fashion lately thanks to Jacquemus, a trend - just like surprise celebrity catwalk sightings - we’ll have to wait a little longer to see how much of a role they’ll play for the autumn/winter 2020 season.