Category Archive: Runway

Feb 14 2014

LFW Diary: Day 1 – Dinosaur Jumper, Bora Aksu & A Nokia Skirt

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There is a calm about this London Fashion Week, maybe it is because it is like my tenth or eleventh season, I really have lost count, or maybe it is just with the rain I know there is less pressure on my outfits because lets face it I am going to spend the whole five days soaked.

Today, I most certainly got soaked, it poured all day, so no proper outfit picture, just a crappy one taken on my mobile inside The Apartment, but I just had to share as I love this stripy dinosaur jumper from ASOS. I promise that I will share this beauty in another outfit post soon.

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Day 1 at LFW has always been seen as filled with ‘lesser’ designers or ‘emerging’ talent, and some editors and writers even miss it out completely, I am not sure why as the Friday schedule is always packed, and I love the mix of the romantic nature of Bora Aksu with the demi-couture vibe at Fyodor Golan, to the exquisite tailoring at Eudon Choi, and the outerwear chic you always see at Christopher Raeburn.

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Bora Aksu brings a touch of spring to AW14

Always a highlight for me is Turkish designer Bora Aksu, this season he presented a collection that was filled with his trademark femininity and a nod of nostalgia, with a line inspired by the letters his mother wrote while at boarding school. The uniformed school girl and the 1950s silhouette could be seen throughout the collection, which included Peter Pan collars, pencil skirts, high-necks and patchwork detailing. For the most part this seemed like a collection more suited to warmer climates than London, but it was nice to see girlie pinks and vibrant yellows alongside bold blues, oxblood red and monochrome. I can’t stress how much I loved this collection and I promise I will be sharing more images later in the week when I have edited them.

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Hair trend – Plaits

I know it is only day 1 but I have already spotted plaits on the catwalk, from the Heidi meets milk maid vibe of the ribbon plaits seen at Bora Aksu to the edgy braids at Fyodor Golan, which were hidden under sporty hats, and even Jean-Pierre Braganza sent his models down the runway sporting a braid with a white and blue painted strands. I wonder if this will continue throughout all of LFW.

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Technology Meets Fashion

Technology and fashion always seems to collide during fashion week, whether its Google glasses on the DVF runway or Burberry filming their show with iPhones, it seems everyone wants a piece of the fashion pie. Well this season, Fyodor Golan pushed the boundaries by creating a skirt made out of 80 Nokia Lumia 1520 Smartphones. The design was really cool to see as each mobile was broadcasting its surrounds so it looked like the colours fluttered when the model moved.

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Pink Isn’t Going Anywhere

One of most coveted items this autumn/winter has to be the pink coat and it seems pink it still on the minds of LFW designers, as it is only Day 1 and we’ve already seen it on the catwalk of Bora Aksu in a soft hue, as well as vibrant bold pink colours at Mark Fast and at Fyodor Golan who added a sports luxe vibe with this textured bomber jacket and baseball cap.

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Blue, Blue, and a bit more Blue

As well as pink, blue hues from baby blue to cobalt blue strutted down the catwalk. At Eudon Choi, the blues were bold, and seen on ruffled dresses and boxy knits, while at Christopher Raeburn the blue hue was more of a pastel share and looked more casual paired alongside khaki on chic outerwear. Dark blue was also used at Bora Aksu, for its cord two-pieces, as well as at Mark Fast for his knitted creations, while a sophisticated blue was seen on tailored pieces at J JS Lee.

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I will be back tomorrow with my Day 2 round-up, and fingers crossed a proper outfit post.

Jan 23 2014

Wedding Inspiration: The Couture Bride

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I love checking out the couture collections from Paris, as I am always in awe at the craftsmanship that goes into each piece, and I adore that no gown is too big when it comes to couture. Normally for the spring shows I am pairing up beautiful gowns with gorgeous actresses and hoping that they will wear on the Oscars red carpet, this year however being surrounded with wedding magazines getting inspiration for my own gown I thought I would share some couture bride inspiration.

Top of my wishlist, if I won the lottery, would have to be getting a wedding dress designed by Elie Saab, this man is a genius and his spring 2014 collection was another stunning scene of decadent elegance, gown after gown was just beautiful and the bridal moments were stunning.

The final gown above literally took my breath away when I was watching the live-stream, everything from the off-white hue to the exquisite embroidered detailing and voluminous silhouette – simply stunning. Just imagine how magical it would be to wear a dress like this on your wedding day, you could rest assured that no-one would be stealing your spotlight!!!

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As well as Elie Saab, the ethereal musical Valentino gown really caught my eye, so it doesn’t scream traditional bridal gown but there is something about that I think would work for a wedding, especially if you have a love of music.

Other gorgeous dresses that I loved included Dior’s simple-yet-modern gown with its textured perforation dot design, the statement peplum gown from Alexis Mabille’s exquisite collection, and the delicate lace embroidered Valentino gown that will never go out of fashion. Also how divine is this heavily embellished white gown by Georges Hobeika – so swoon worthy!!!

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As well as the divine, couture weeks also showcases the flamboyant and more out-there of pieces, including some that could work for some very confident brides. How about the showgirl look from Jean Paul Gaultier or how about walking down the aisle in Stéphane Rolland’s white jumpsuit with wings?

If you won the lottery – which Couture bride would you be?

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Nov 27 2013

Bag Lust: Anya Hindmarch Is Out Of This World

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Regular readers will know that I go weak at the knees for a great handbag, they are my thing to collect, well after Barbie, and I have every single one of Anya Hindmarch’s Out of this World collection for spring/summer 2014 on my wishlist.

Featuring some of the designer’s best-loved styles, the SS14 collection has been given a colourful makeover – with shimmering metallics, vibrant yellows, exotic-coloured skins, and the most fabulous contrasting oversized tassels that kind of looked like they should be holding back curtains.

I am a huge fan of Anya’s tote’s, the yellow beauty with a sky blue tassel was one of my favourites, but I just adored the Area 51 vintage vibe UFO prints on the clutches and the ‘Roslyn’ evening bag. I also had a soft spot for the smiley face logo tote with “Have a nice Day. Thank you!” on it and the matchbox clutches.

I recently added a cute Anya Hindmarch bag to my collection called the Tiny Tim, I promise to show you this little beauty soon, but I am already lusting over my next purchase and I think it might have to be one of the Maxi Zip satchels.

Are you a fan of Anya Hindmarch?

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A few of my favourite Anya Hindmarch bags in store now:

Nov 11 2013

SS14: Sophia Webster Is Supa Dupa Fly

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Last week I had the chance to see her collection up-close and it was everything I was expecting and more after falling in love with the pictures of her presentation. Granted it wasn’t the same as standing in the middle of the secret garden being serenaded by Katy B, and seeing the models frolicking with the flowers, but I did get to see the incredible attention to detail in each piece.

There is something about Sophia Webster that gets me a little excited – maybe it is the fun girlie vibe of the brand or the kitsch elements, but I can’t help but love her pieces. The SS14 collection is no different, filled with butterflies, ladybird polka dots, bumblebees, with a hint of hilarious 90s attitude on her signature speech bubble clutches – every-time I see the BugABoo clutch I can’t stop singing Destiny’s Child to myself.

My favourite pieces had to be the butterflies, I am slightly obsessed with the fluttering beauties, and her laser cut leather flats and sandals with butterfly wings on the heels are divine. I also adore the cloud perspex heels and the ‘Killer’ heels.

Oh how I would love to flutter into spring in a pair of her heels!!!

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Oct 15 2013

LFW Details: Erdem – Spring/Summer 2014

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One designer I love seeing evolve is Erdem, there is something about his romantic wearable-couture that makes me smile and dream to wear. For some, Erdem is all about romantic floral prints and ladylike silhouettes, I wouldn’t disagree but he isn’t just that, and for his spring/summer 2014 he proved that with an almost entirely monochrome collection.

There were still touches of Erdem though, his signature embellishments were present with cut-out flowers, beaded embroidery and gorgeous ethereal feathers seen on jackets, dresses and sheer pencil skirts. This collection subtly inspired by the idea of boarding school uniforms was filled with so many gorgeous pieces – my favourite being the white sheer shirt dress featuring floral appliqués and an ‘E’ crest.

For some this collection might not have had the wow factor of his previous collections, the absence of the colour for spring/summer is a bold move, but for me it is the details of this collection that really draw you in. When I saw the collection on Vogue in motion I was wowed, when I saw Erdem’s Facebook filled with close-up shots of the floral detailed shoes, the textured dresses with sheer organza overlays, and the floral embellishments I was blown away – for me it just felt a touch Parisian and I loved it.

This season I didn’t do any backstage, mainly because my schedule was so packed, after seeing how these images capture a different side of Erdem’s collection I think I will have to make sure next season to rework my coverage.

Were you a fan of Erdem’s monochrome collection? 

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Oct 03 2013

I’ve Been Transformed Into A Bora Aksu Girl

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Since I started Fashionista Barbie nearly four years ago I have experience amazing things, been whisked away on press trips, met incredible people, and been sent such gorgeous gifts, but never have I received a thank you quite like the one that Bora Aksu kindly sent over.

What I love other than the fact I have been made into a Bora girl, wearing one of the designer’s spring/summer 2014 pieces that he showed at London Fashion Week last month, is that this industry keeps on making me grateful to be a part of it.

I am blessed in what I do, I get to write about fashion, attend fashion week, and generally gush and day-dream about beautiful clothes – I am not for one second saying it is easy, there are challenges like with any industry, but when you get a thank you like this it makes it all worth it!!!

As well as being an incredible designer Bora is an amazing illustrator, follow him on Instagram where he shares his stunning drawings, and it is so nice that he found the time to thank me for coming to his show and featuring his stunning collection on my blog.

There has been a lot of negativity about bloggers, there real worth in the industry especially during fashion week, and if they even deserve to attend - when a designer goes out of his way to say thank you in such a personal way, he even made my glasses stylish, it really does give me that added confidence to say ‘hell yeah’ I deserve to be here!!!

It just shows that in an industry as fast-paced as this that there is always time to say thank you – and if you do it in a personalised sketch you will make someone’s day.

Thanks Bora for making me part of your incredible army!!!

Sep 30 2013

LFW SS14: Maria Grachvogel – Youthful Innocence

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One of my final London Fashion Week shows was Maria Grachvogel at Somerset House. A designer for me that always creates gorgeous pieces, generally flowing gowns and jumpsuits with strong prints, but always leaves me wanting to see more.

For spring/summer 2014, there did seem to be more of a focus on silhouette than on her signature prints, which were still out in force in this collection. Citing an unnamed ‘young artist’ as her inspiration, this collection was born out of her expression of “youthful innocence and creative freedom” according to the shownotes, which was showcased in the fluid, free-flowing garments and a brush stroke-inspired swirl print.

For me this collection was more sophisticated and mature than youthful, but not in a negative way, Maria Grachvogel knows who her audience is and this collection will certainly appeal to her affluent customers.

My favourite pieces had to be the slouchy designs, from the loose jumpsuit with wide trouser legs to the billowing sleeveless shirts, and the gorgeous floaty swirl printed dress towards the end. I also adored the details in the draped panels, the cross-panel neck detailing, the deep sensual V necklines, and the kimono-type sleeves.

As with most of the collections this fashion week pink played a part, this time the hue was more dusky and transparent like a watercolour, and worked perfectly against the neutral tones of the clay and putty.

I don’t think this collection will take many people’s breath-away, it is what it is, but there did seem to be more about her latest line than prints and draping, which was nice to see – also it was good to see Chloe Nørgaard’s bright green hair on the runway!!!

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