On Tuesday I caught the train to London, my daughter was covering the Pure Exhibition at Olympia, so I had access to next season's fashion on the catwalks and some serious people watching - I don't think I have ever seen so many people in one place who had put their looks together with so much thought. The trends did not seem too different to those currently available, fashion at least at high street level does seem to have been affected by the recession, no-one taking any great risks, and many of the small boutiques only buying now for Autumn Winter 10.
We had done some serious planning and crammed lots in to our 24 hour jaunt - dinner in Chiswick at the High Road House, sumptious overnight stay at the Pelham in South Kensington, a visit to the V&A to see Grace Kelly's wardrobe, followed by The Enchanted Palace at Kensington State Rooms, then lunch at Zuma and a spot of shopping.
A word about the beautiful Grace Kelly - it was amazing to see the clothes she wore on display, next to the photographs of her wearing them - she certainly knew how to dress. The iconic Hermes Kelly bag was there, as was a collection of Oliver Goldsmith's sunglasses (feel very priviledged to have my own pair of these - think Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's). Am going to buy the DVD of High Society and have a girls night in with champagne and cupcakes.
And on the Enchanted Palace - a fairytale visit to Kensington Palace State Rooms - amazingly put together and a perfect girlie hour or so out of the rain.