London Fashion Week drew to a close on September 23, and Anna Wintour’s presence gave the week the anniversary boost it deserved. The excitement surrounding her arrival cements the fact that Wintour is still the industry’s ultimate super force. But perhaps she shouldn’t take her front-row seat entirely for granted – powerful bloggers such as the 13 year-old Tavi Williams are closing in. Already, some familiar frontrow faces had to give up their seats to accommodate the cream of the blog universe, a necessity that left the PR representatives’ in a pickle.

Meanwhile, the mayhem caused by Canadian designer Mark Fast’s decision to introduce three models with some flesh attached to their bones became one of the week’s most fervent talking points. Reportedly, Fast dramatically parted with his stylist only hours before the show as a result of her criticizing his convention-defying choice of models. The dispute highlights the fact that the fashion world is far from ready to embrace the idea of models with fuller figures, even though some have the intention of doing so.

Backstage dramas and front row antics aside, the new space at Somerset House and its sister venue down the road, at 180 The Strand, featured a somewhat fragmented exhibition set-up consisting of seven different blocks. The layout didn’t make for easy navigating, but provided a nice alternative to the traditional tent format.

Conveniently situated within the same venue as the main exhibition, the ON/OFF showcase presented a strong line-up of young designers and highlights included Rozalb de Mura’s two outfits that each consisted of numerous different components fixed together with ribbons. Pam Hogg’s collection of catsuits and other glam rock essentials also impressed, as did the quirky, cartoonish charm of young talent Yang Du’s collection.

Moving on to the big guns, Pringle’s event on Monday evening was a glittering affair that incorporated both a short film starring Tilda Swinton, directed by Ryan McGinley, and a catwalk show. Equally star-studded and pompous, Burberry Prorsum’s show – that was all about trenches with a twist, literally speaking – drew a stellar crowd with frontrow faces such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Liv Tyler and Victoria Beckham.

Closing the week, the premiering ”Menswear Day” proved a hit. As part of the initiative, Fashion East staged an installation that encompassed 14 separate showcases spanning apparel, footwear, accessories and jewelry. High points were Sibling’s fun knitwear concept, Jordan Askill’s jewelry line and Louis Gray’s distinctive take on menswear. Designers showing their creations on the catwalk, meanwhile, included Tim Soar, Katie Eary and the visionary talent J.W. Anderson. If London Fashion Week had lost some of the streety edge it was known for in the past, Menswear Day brought it right back.

—Emma Holmqvist