Fashion Capital Winter Wonderland event at Aura Mayfair, January 27th

Last night was a funny old affair. I was invited down to Fashion Capital’s Winter Wonderland at Aura Nightclub in Mayfair

The Collection concept is pretty simple; hire a nightclub for the evening and stick a ground-level catwalk in the middle of it. Showing on the night were Christina Dami, TCA Men’s Couture, KhuKhuz, Belles of London and Bad London, but it was the promise of seeing the Lauren’s Way RTW Collection (designed by Lauren Goodger) that piqued my interest (you know me and those TOWIE guys).

I was convinced Lauren would be there to see her collection at the event – and to get tongues wagging ahead of the new series of The Only Way is Essex this Sunday.

Standing in a freezing cold guest list queue for 45minutes upon arrival was not part of the night I had anticipated, and maybe the shaky start coloured my opinion of this event. It’s a nice idea, but the lighting made the catwalk hard to scrutinise (as you’ll see from the vid below) and while the canapes and cupcakes were doing the rounds, a bar bill of £10.50 per vodka and lemonade, plus a 15% service charge, was prohibitive to letting our hair down (a guy next to us was so freaked by the £30 bottles of house wine he opted for tap water). Plus I spilled raspberry juice all over my posh dress. Bah.

Celeb-wise, none of the TOWIE folks were in attendance (boo!), and the only “face” we spotted was Maisy James of Big Brother fame (there she is, in the pic above). Maisy also modelled at the event, which was v sweet as she was so much shorter that the other girls.

In spite of the celeb drought, weird toilets and extortionately priced drinks, there is always a bit of a buzz wherever there is a catwalk – particularly when that catwalk includes male models in feathers and stillettos, see-through dresses and a few freaky fashionistas to stare at…

The event took place at Aura nightclub in Mayfair; a wee bit shabby around the edges for that part of town, I would say
Here’s former Big Brother contestant Maisy James arriving at the event
We realised, after we’d been in the club for about an hour, that there was no music! Thankfully, the DJ arrived in time for the catwalk portion of the evening
The show kicks off: The lighting was atmospheric but it was hard to really appreciate the clothes
Waiting behind the wings
Many of the dresses and catwalk looks were pretty casual
This wearable look is almost “everyday” (or is that just me?)
This dramatic clubwear, however, better captures the spirit of the event
There were loads of neutral looks
So a splash of colour made an impact
This saucy number demanded the audience’s attention
And it’s pretty cheeky from the rear
This Gothic print dress was probs my favourite piece
But the male models were the most fun to watch
And the standout moment of the show came courtesy of the guys: A crazy feather-adorned leather jacket worn with tapered skinnies and stillettoes
He’s ready for take-off
Just your everyday jacket – I might treat Mr. Fashion Detective to one
All dressed up and ready to party – but thanks to the ‘spenny drinks we skedaddled straight after the show
Written by Johanna Payton