Hello September, my favourite month! It’s good to see you finally. You are my birthday month, my anniversary month and I just love watching the seasons change. And as much as I love summer, when it comes to London fashion I can’t help but love autumn fashion too.

So what do you have in store for us this year?

… Ah right …

1. So this is one for Formula One fans, movie fans and anyone who is excited about the Niki Lauda biopic, RUSH, due out this month. There will be a screening and live Q&A with the film’s screenwriter, Peter Morgan, on 5th September at 6.15pm. You can book your tickets here.

2. Sadly Vogue Fashion Night Out won’t be happening in London this year but Somerset House will be hosting Vodafone’s London Fashion Weekend from 19th until 22nd September 2013. To find out more about the events and how to purchase tickets, click here.

3. Admittedly, I’ve never been to a singles night before so I can’t say what to expect from Lust & Love London’s next event at Beaufort House on 5th September. But it does sound like it could be fun. Find out more here.


4. The Scotch Egg challenge is back and it’s another excuse for local Chelsea folks to head back over the water to The Ship Wandsworth on 17th September, if you’re not heading over before. There will also be a Scotch Egg auction from the likes of Whyte and Brown; Fino; The British Larder; Duck & Waffle; The Modern Pantry; Cinnamon Club and last year’s Challenge winner the Bladebone Inn, with all proceeds going to Action Against Hunger. Find out more about the auction and live event here.

5. London Cru, which is London’s first winery and is located in Earls Court, is about to start making wine from its first delivery of grapes. The public will be able to tour the venue which will also be open for events, wine-making experiences and courses from November. And I can’t wait to taste the wine!

Last week was one big fashion faux pas.

Firstly, I couldn’t make Ghost’s Autumn/Winter showcase at Juju’s on Tuesday night. Instead I was celebrating my third anniversary with my wonderful boyfriend at Tom Aikens restaurant. I’m not sure what to say about Tom Aikens.

Technically, the food was cooked to precision and the presentation was elegant. But there was something missing. The atmosphere was quite cold – the antithesis of The Wolseley, my favourite London restaurant. Also at £150 per head I was forced to remember my heavenly experience at Gordon Ramsay’s Royal Hospital Road. The morning after my Ramsay experience I was reluctant to eat anything because my mouth was still celebrating the sensations from the night before. The day after my Aikens experience, my tastebuds were unaffected. It was as if none of it had actually happened apart from the dent in my boyfriend’s wallet. It was as if Ramsay had served from the heart and Aikens from the head.

After our meal we were off to Sophie’s Steakhouse for a Whispering Ted, aka Appletini. This drink was wonderfully refreshing and contained a perfectly subtle kick required of a fruity martini: the perfect end to an evening. The Whispering Ted didn’t fall into the trap of over sweetness, which some Appletinis do. In fact, this drink is a definite contender for the signature Chelsea cocktail. Although, I hear that Sophie’s also do a Cucumber Martini, which I am now intrigued about.

After much indulgence, I decided to escape to the country the next day to nurse my hangover and needless to say, this was my biggest fashion faux pas of all. I missed Vogue’s Fashion Night Out!

Lulu Guinness’ party would have been perfect for me. Clinique were in the shop applying glamorous red lips to shoppers whilst Lulu signed bags and spoke to customers.

My only consolation is that London Fashion Week begins in a few days and what with my birthday weekend fast approaching, the next post could be quite exciting indeed.

Mina Zaher

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