Just writing the final day of London Fashion Week makes me sad. I may not have received as many invites as in previous seasons, and I may have missed out on some of my all time favourite shows, but I am ending on a high.
This was my eighth season, seriously time has flown, and each and every season I am grateful to be a part of fashion week. I love the craziness that comes with seeing a catwalk show, all the queuing, the stroppy doormen, all for generally 10 minutes of excellence and creativity. Add in the intense atmosphere, the socialising with my friends, the opportunity to snap gorgeous clothes, and being introduced to new designers – fashion week for me is always an intense but fun five days.
As I said my week ended on a high and it was all down to Fashion Fringe, which this season closed LFW from the main tent in Somerset House. One thing that I think London has over other fashion weeks is its support for new and emerging designers and one of my favourite initiatives has to be Fashion Fringe, which I have be fortunate enough to support for the past few years.
As I had already met the three finalists – Teija, Vita, and Haizhen I was nervous but excited to see the show take shape, as I knew how much work each and everyone of them had put into their collections I was glad that it wasn’t my decision on who would be crowned the 2012 winner, that task was down to Burberry’s Christopher Bailey who was literally six seats down from me on the front row – yep I certainly ended fashion week on a high.
I am going to do a more detailed blog about Fashion Fringe, but wow, wow, wow, what an amazing show and one of the best I have seen from Fashion Fringe. Each designer presented a structured, perfectly executed and technically brilliant collection, seriously insane how high the quality was.
As predicted I expected Haizhen Wang to bring the drama and the statement accessories, Teija wow the crowd with her wearable outerwear pieces and tailored looks, and Vita made an impact with her incredible knitwear elements and folky prints – but there can only be one winner!
Drum roll please…a huge congratulations to Haizhen Wang, a name for the future.
My final look of the week, once again it was mainly black, but with a whimsical touch with my floaty oversized printed top from Oasis, the back didn’t come out perfectly but I love the pleated chiffon panel detailing as it really adds something a little different to this look.
But what made this look for me had to be the amazing styling job that Becca London and Wella Pro did on me. First I had my hair done, with the detailing in my top I really wanted my hair up, plus I never have my hair up so I wanted something very different and I sure got that. A combination of a French plait, a messy bun and fierce bangs, I got a look that made me unrecognisable but I absolutely loved it.
With my hair sorted, the lovely Niki from Becca London made me pretty, before Abi’s The Apartment I hadn’t heard of Becca London but after my transformation I will never forget. Plus when will you ever see me wearing lipstick!!!
My Style: Warehouse black jeans, Oasis printed top, AllSaints cardigan, H&M necklace, Knomo Alice bag, and Topshop boots.
**Thanks to Briony aka A Girl, A Style for my amazing outfit snaps**