LFW Q&A with stylists Rachel Bakewell and Emily Evans

It’s the fashion week season again! London Fashion Week SS19 is now in full flow and we at Push are so excited to see what else the UK talent has waiting for us until Tuesday.

We chatted to LFW regulars, stylists Rachel Bakewell and Emily Evans about their favourite fashion week memories and tips how to survive the rest of the week!

Ahead of LFW starting, which 5 shows are you most excited about this season and why?

R: Simone Rocha, Alexa Chung, Molly Goddard, Richard Quinn and Burberry. I love the creative talent within the UK fashion industry – London Fashion Week is still where people look up to upcoming designers with fresh, unique collections. The British talent has been incredible over the last 10 years and look at the likes of Erdem, JW Anderson and Roksanda have achieved! I’ve always been a fan of Burberry and am intrigued to see what they send down the catwalk now that Riccardo Tisci is at the helm.

E: Nicopanda – because it’s so bright and vibrant, Cleo Peppiatt – I love the stories she tells with her clothes, Toga – I LOVE their embellishments, Ashish – because it’s again, very colourful and vibrant and Steven Tay – because it’s very wearable and chic.

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What is your favourite memory of LFW?

R: The Burberry AW12 show with the simulated rainstorm – it gave me goosebumps!

E: Back in 2000 when Victoria Beckham appeared on Maria Grachvogel’s Catwalk and walked the runway in a pair of tiny green hot pants. Maria was in the process of making my wedding dress at the time and invited me to her show.

Any shows in recent years that you will never forget?

R: The SS17 Emilia Wickstead show – it was an amazing experience to be asked to style the catwalk show and work with Emilia and her team on every aspect of the show from the music to the casting and show styling. I will never forget the feeling of seeing models walk down the catwalk showcasing my personal twists.

E: Ekaterina Kukhariva’s presentation last year. I was styling it and my three children were in the show. So it was fashion multitasking to the extreme – being a stylist and a mother at the same time.

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What 5 fashion or beauty items are your LFW must-haves?

R: Creme de la Mer moisturiser, Chanel lip balm, portable phone charger, Mulberry bag and Sparkling Perrier water.

E: Phone charger, Nike trainers, statement earrings, Charlotte Tilbury concealer and no ego.

How do you relax during LFW? Where is your favourite spot for a quick drink between shows?

R: Cafe Boheme in Soho and the V&A museum are two of my favourite hideaways. Or basically anywhere near the show venue for a coffee or very much needed G&T!

E: Balthazar restaurant in Covent Garden – I love the atmosphere and the food there.

Most inspiring venue in recent seasons?

R: Simone Rocha’s show last season in the ballroom at Goldsmith’s Hall blew us all away – it was so grand and exquisite. The perfect backdrop to Simone’s beautiful collection.

E: One of the most amazing venues was in 2002 Elspeth Gibson’s show at The British Museum. I remember the light was magical.


Go solo or buddy up?

R: Personally, I really don’t enjoy going to shows solo. It’s much more fun buddying up and being able to gossip and compare opinions! LFW is always the perfect time to reconnect with industry friends – we are all so busy it’s one of the only times that we’re all together!

E: I generally like to go solo, because it forces me to meet new people.

Who would be your perfect front row, dead or alive?

R: Jane Birkin, Lou Doillon, Lea Seydoux, Clemence Posey, Greta Bellamacina, Chloë Sevigny, Alexa Chung, Patti Smith, Bob Dylan and River Phoenix.

E: Tracey Emin, Prince, Grace Coddington, Princess Diana, Lenny Kravitz and Franca Sozzani.

Stay tuned for more content from London Fashion Week SS19!

Push x

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