LFW Festival with Park Chinois

Fashion and some of the finest food in London… What more could a girl want on a Sunday afternoon?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will be aware that last week London hosted the second London Fashion Week of the year. I touched upon this glorious week in my post about Simply Be’s Curve Catwalk, but this post is all about what happens straight AFTER fashion week…

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After each Fashion Week, the space is then transformed to make way for the London Fashion Week Festival! Here, members of the public can see the season’s trends and collections from a range of the latest designers. Also, you can shop til’ you drop with exclusive discounts and can find brands that you know and love as well as discovering new awesome companies and lines.

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At the weekend, I was well and truly spoilt by Park Chinois, a luxury Mayfair Chinese restaurant (and believe me it was absolutely stunning and delicious – keep reading to find out more!). They very kindly provided me with a pair of a pair of Luxe LFW Festival tickets and then whisked my off to their restaurant to try the fabulous London Fashion Week menu and it was a wonderful day indeed.

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There are many different ticket types for this event and they start at just £20 for a bronze ticket which gives you access to the event and its brands as well as the chance to watch the industry insider talks.

If you fancy a little more from your day you could opt for either the silver or gold packages which offers the same as the bronze ticket plus a few extras such as; admission to a catwalk show and a limited-edition tote bag designed by Mother of Pearl (It’s striking and floral, I love it.), these tickets range from £40-60.

I was treated to a pair of Luxe tickets and felt like a true VIP on the day, these tickets included all the benefits of the previous packages plus;

  • Access to the Luxe Lounge (with free-flowing prosecco, soft drinks and gorgeous canapes)
  • Front row seats at the trend fashion show
  • A style talk from an industry expert
  • A private till point with concierge service
  • A tote bag filled with goodies from the event sponsors! (which included lots of awesome bits and bobs such as chocolate from Green & Blacks, Evian Water, Candy Kittens, Label M hair products & teeth whitening strips!)
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Mother of pearl tote bag – Photo Credit: Gregory Ordecki

On Sunday, the event ran from 11am – 4pm so we had to create a schedule in order to cram as much in as possible before our 2:30pm lunch reservation.

We arrived at around 11:30 (fashionably late), collected our tickets and headed upstairs to the where the action was. Our main aim was to locate the Luxe Lounge so that we could get rid of our coats and bags, as well as collect our goodie bags (and have a cheeky glass of prosecco).

On Sunday, the event ran from 11am – 4pm so we had to create a schedule in order to cram as much in as possible before our 2:30pm lunch reservation.

We arrived at around 11:30 (fashionably late), collected our tickets and headed upstairs to the where the action was. Our main aim was to locate the Luxe Lounge so that we could get rid of our coats and bags, as well as collect our goodie bags (and have a cheeky glass of prosecco).

We got settled and found ourselves in prime position for the industry specialist talk. In which Lucy Walker, who is the fashion editor for the infamous Glamour Magazine. She gave an insight into a few of her favourite picks that she’d found around the festival and how she’d style each item. It was so interesting to see how her mind worked and what trends she liked (and which she didn’t). It was also a great was to see what sort of styles to expect to be seeing on the high street very shortly. I loved the informal and intimate atmosphere of the talk. It was more as though she was just having a chat TO you rather than mindlessly talking AT you.

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Katie Mullally wishbone necklace

After the talk, we went for a wander and to look at all the products on offer. We started with the Jewellery and made our way past so many beautiful accessories from the likes of; Astrid + Miyu, Taylor Morris Eyewear, Accessorize (where I managed to win £250 worth of their collection!!! WOOO. Thank you so much!) and one of my personal favourites; Katie Mullally – want and need a wishbone necklace – adds to birthday list (I also adore the Estella Bartlett wishbone pieces).

This then lead on to shoes and more accessories from brands like French Sole, Seven Boot Lane and some super cute knickers from CheekFrills (such a good name too haha).

We had a quick stop off and photoshoot with the funny and friendly guys at Maybelline (and I managed to find a metallic lipstick that I’m completely and utterly obsessed with before carrying on to the clothing section, where we saw the stunning Millie Mackintosh. It was here that I began to wish I had a lot more than 37p in my bank account whilst eyeing up pieces from Prada, Moschino, Miu Miu and Pretty Lavish. We ended our exploration at the Instax stall for a polaroid in front of their tres cool bubble wall.

After our adventure, the prosecco was calling our name so we returned to the Luxe Lounge and sampled some of the tasty breakfast canapés (provided by The Store – you can’t go wrong with a mini avocado on toast) before being carted down to our FROW seats for the trend catwalk, which was hosted by the charming Darren Kennedy.

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The show was divided into 3 sections; That seventies show, Suiting and Dazzle (which incorporated items with a metallic feel to them). I adored some of the looks like this blue faux fur coat and this utterly gorgeous golden skirt. Another thing I was pleased about was that the looks featured in the show were available to buy at the event!

By the time the show had finished It was gone 2pm and we were starving. Luckily for us, some incredible Chinese cuisine was just a few tube stops away! With this thought in mind, we were on our way within seconds.

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photo credit – Mayfair Eccentrics

You can tell that you’re in store for some exquisite dining as soon as you arrive at Park Chinois. A magnificent establishment located on Berkley street, Mayfair’s Restaurant Hotspot which houses places such as Nobu & Sexy Fish.

As you enter past a curtain of lavish red velvet it feels as though you’ve stepped into a jazz club in 1930s China. The bar just oozes glamour and reminds me slightly of the style of great Gatsby (don’t worry, I’m aware that this is in no way Chinese). I can imagine it being filled with sophisticated cocktail drinkers by night, schmoozing with lots of important but trendy businessmen, whilst a jazz band fills the room with the sounds from the beautiful grand piano.

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Photo credit – Evening Standard
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Photo credit – Private Dining Rooms

We were shown to our table (table 32 in case you were wondering) and seated, I was sat on a glorious floral fabric settee on a table directly in the centre of what appeared to be a dancefloor. We were greeted by the various members of staff and were handed the London Fashion Week menu as our glasses were filled with champagne – don’t mind if I do!

My guest and I both chose the dim sum selection to start (I couldn’t decide between the steamed and fried, but in the end we were both swayed by the fried option) and were left to discuss our day so far whilst it was prepared.

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A short while later, the waiter arrived with our treats – 4 variations of the dim sum. I’m currently going through a dim sum/gyoza phase at the moment and so I was super excited to try them out. I started with the morel mushroom & vegetable spring roll before moving on to the prawn dim sum and then to the char sui bao and finishing with the crispy duck spring roll. The duck was easily my favourite (tactically left it till last), although all were superb in taste and perfectly executed. I try not to eat too much duck, I save it for special occasions so I enjoy it more. And BOY am I glad I went for it this time – sooooo good.

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Mains were next. For me, the sautéed chicken, wild mushroom, leek, cashew nut & black bean sauce. It was glorious, so much flavour and each bite was different due to there being so many elements in the dish. I thoroughly enjoyed it – it was served with possibly the best egg fried rice I’ve ever eaten in my life which is weird because in my eyes, rice isn’t known for being particularly exciting or flavoursome. But, the real winner here was the grilled XO black cod, green kale and soya. My friend had this but I was naughty and stole some and I’m so glad I did. I need more black cod in my life. Wow. Pure food envy.

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By this time we were pretty full and so decided to share the warm apple tarte which came with vanilla ice cream. It was divine, albeit a little hard to cut in half and manage to not drip melting ice cream EVERYWHERE (I’m a very clumsy person). The tarte had accents of caramel and cinnamon and made me feel very festive, a pure delight for my taste buds.

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All in all I had the best Sunday afternoon I’ve had in a very long time and would love to say a huge thank you to Park Chinois for arranging and for all of their hospitality, Apparently the restaurant hosts amazing immersive party nights, so I’m going to try to save some of my pennies (it would take a hell of a lot of pennies) so that I can come and experience one of these nights for myself.

You can find out more about the upcoming London Fashion Week Festival on their website HERE

And to find out more about the wonderful Park Chinois or to make a reservation you can check out their website HERE

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