Sep 12 2014

Fashion Week Diary: LFW SS15 – Day 1

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Bora Aksu is always a highlight of LFW for me, and I promise to share and gush more about the ‘A Dancer With Wings’ collection, but I just had to share these few snaps of the Bora Aksu army, the incredible handmade embroideries and crochet detailing on the romantic pieces, and the designer’s first eyewear collection in collaboration with TD Tom Davies, LOVE!!!

What I always love about Bora is the attention to detail and the 3D appliques really did add a luxurious texture to the entire collection that was filled with such gorgeous playful dresses, I basically want them all.

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Next up was a trip to The Apartment, which is celebrating its 5th anniversary, and of course it is bigger and better and that is just the lunch. This season they have teamed up with the Gourmet Burger Kitchen and it was so nice to take a break from shows to sit down and eat a meal with friends, catch up and have a giggle, and it really helped that the food was delicious.

Then it was time for a quick photoshoot to snap today’s outfit, my bargain Zara swishy leather skirt, I think it is more pleather than leather but it is a goodie and only costs £34.99, and I thought it looked perfect with this cute Red Valentino top with its back bow detailing, which was highlighted perfectly with my messy bun done by the fast beauty team, Blow Ltd, who really are my LFW rescuers.

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My Style: Skirt, Zara // Top, Red Valentino, Harvey Nichols (c/o) // Glasses, Karen Millen (c/o) // Boots, Topshop // Bag, Russell & Bromley // Bracelet, Links of London, Joshua James Jewellery (c/o) // Watch, Shore Projects (c/o) // Hair by Blow Ltd at The Apartment //

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Then it was off to see Fyodor Golan at The Vaults near Waterloo, the collection was an explosion of colour, and full on energy, inspired by conceptual artists Lucio Fontana and Robert Morris. It was great to see, but sadly my crappy standing position meant I have no decent photos to share, just a little Instagram video of the finale.

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Next up was Paul Costelloe, who was making his return to LFW after a few seasons off, sadly I missed the catwalk show due to the over running Fyodor Golan show but I did get to see the models showing off the collection at the presentations, which is probably better as you get to see the clothes up close.

The SS15 line is fun and playful, filled with babydoll vibes with empire line dresses in cocoon silhouettes, which really were adorable in mint greens, floral jacquards and navy blues. I also think this show has to take the award for best hair of the day – those beehives are amazing.

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Last show of the day was Christopher Raeburn, who is always a highlight of Day 1 and his SS15 collection didn’t disappoint as it was stunning. The backpack still reigns, but it is prettier this season with marble-effect colour prints, which were simply beautiful. My favourite item had to be this multi-coloured parka, I really love the swirling print, which I am going to call fashion camo, and I am sure I am not the only one who wants to wear it.

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Day 1 done, shattered but excited about tomorrow as I have lots on the schedule including Orla Kiely, Markus Lupfer, Holly Fulton and House of Holland.

Don’t forget to follow all my LFW action you can follow me on Twitter: @FashionNBarbie and my Instagram: @FashionistaBarbie.

**All pics mine, except the ones of me they were snapped by Ngoni from I Am NRC**

Sep 12 2014

Technology: The Knomo Knomad Organiser

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I am a big fan of organisation, especially when it comes to fashion week, there is enough craziness without my essentials being a mess, and that is where this cute Knomo Knomad Mini comes in very handy. It basically keeps all my gadgets in one place and when laid flat becomes a mini office desk.

So what have I got in my Knomad for fashion week?

First up is my Lenovo Windows 8 tablet, a little bigger than the iPad Mini this beauty still fits perfectly into the cotton-canvas holder in its own special shockproof section for added protection. This tablet is great for fashion week as I can take notes, write up show reports when I have a spare moment, and unlike lugging my laptop it hardly weighs a thing.

There is also space for my 4G mobile wi-fi device, which comes in handy when I need to post a story and the LFW wi-fi is being really slow, plus my tablet charging cables and my earphones just incase I need to transcribe an interview after a show, or if I just want to listen to music.

In front of the tablet pocket are a few sections for you to put a slimline battery charger, I have a Monster credit-card size device, which I highly recommend, a notebook or two, and even a slot for your mobile, which is great when you have all your stuff laid out on the train.

There are also numerous other pockets to store an SD card, I know it is hard to fill them up but I have had a few that have somehow corrupted and needed to buy another one, a USB stick, your Oyster card, and those all important business cards as fashion week is a great time to network.

Finally there is also a place to keep a pen handy, I have found with a lot of technology organisers that old-school writing implements aren’t a priority and I am still a lover of writing lists so I am so pleased that Knomo added it in.

The only thing missing off this picture are my tickets, which can easily rest in the middle once the organiser is closed. I don’t think I am going to have any excuse this fashion week when I can’t find something in my bag!!!

The Knomo Knomad Mini comes in four colours – black, blue, sand and olive and costs £45.

Also don’t forget to follow all my LFW action by following my Twitter: @FashionNBarbie and my Instagram: @FashionistaBarbie.

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Sep 11 2014

My Style: The Red Bull Air Race & A Fun Pair Of Jeans

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I am slowly pushing myself to be a little braver with my fashion choices, so instead of black, black and a little bit more black, or denim and a comfortable jumper, or a cute skater skirt with a top, I am looking at clothes in my wardrobe that I love but haven’t really had the confidence to wear out.

So for a day trip to enjoy the Red Bull Air Race at Ascot a few weeks back I decided to give these fun MiH rose-printed red jeans an outing. These beauties are a little out of my comfort zone, my feeling was that they made me look chunkier in the thighs, and the bold colour really made me question whether they were really ‘me’, but after 30 minutes of convincing from my fiancé I decided to just go for it.

I didn’t go crazy out there, as I did pair them with my favourite colour black, but hey everyone has to start somewhere, and I really thought that the black boyfriend tee went really well and look good tucked in at one side, and because it wasn’t the warmest of days I finished off my look with a three-quarter sleeved blazer.

I think the confidence of loving my outfit made the day even better, does that happen to anyone else? I got a lot of compliments about my outfit, which is always nice, I felt comfortable and I actually think I look skinnier, maybe these jeans are a little more flattering than I gave them credit for.

It was a great day, helped by the sun shining for the majority of the day, there were the crazy race pilots whizzing through the blow-up gates, we had a dancing Chinook, the incredible Breitling Wingwalkers doing stunts on top of planes, and we even got a fly-by from the Red Arrows. Red Bull always know how to put on a great event and they never miss an opportunity to rock a great theme and the Race Club hospitality area was set out like a flying club from years-gone-by and I even got to meet Captain Bertie, which was such a highlight.

So what do you think – are you a fan of these red rose-print jeans? 

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Sep 10 2014

Technology: Uncluttering My Life…And Bag

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For years I have been all about the larger handbags as I seem to have this need to carry everything, including the kitchen sink, well not really, but everything but, with me wherever I go. It weighs a ton, hurts my shoulder, my back, and because it is so big I can’t never find anything I need without tipping out all the contents.

Those moments are never classy, half eaten cereal bars, OK chocolate bars, receipts, lots of them, old train tickets, press releases and look-books that I have forgotten I have picked up from last weeks event, and that’s without the essentials – my diary, my notepads, yep I always seem to carry more than one, pens galore, USB sticks, and my take anywhere with you camera. Basically it looks like I have taken my entire desk contents out with me.

You often hear the phrase less is more, well I am finally getting on-board and I am embracing the wonders of technology, i.e my smartphone, which is always attached to my hand as I would never find it otherwise, and utilising all the pretty small bags that I own.

I am not saying that this approach will work for fashion week, I need a lot of stuff that even my mobile couldn’t handle on its own, but for every-day life, my mobile really can be a great substitute for my filofax, my notepads, my camera, and lets face you don’t need a pen when you have fingers to tap in notes.

My mobile has generally always been about emails, internet, social media, and of course I can’t go anywhere without snapping a picture or two, but I really have been missing out on the practical functions like the notes, which I love because it syncs with my desktop computer, Surface and tablet, plus creating lists is like my stress reliever. I have also been making full use of the calendar and I have even been conducting my interviews with this little beauty as it has a great voice recorder.

Don’t get me wrong I am not dependant on my mobile, well not much, but I do feel better about using the calendar and productivity apps as they all update onto the cloud, so even if my phone crashes I can retrieve and carry on with my day. So now I have uncluttered my bag, for the most part, next up my closet – I think that will be a harder task!!!

Has your smartphone helped you ditch the bulky bags?

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Sep 09 2014

TMNT Sydney: Megan Fox In Cushnie et Ochs

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Who: Megan Fox

Where: At the Sydney screening of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” at The Entertainment Quarter in Sydney, Australia.

Wearing: An orange and white Cushnie et Ochs dress with cut-out detailing from the Resort 2015 collection, teamed with matching white sandals and a stack of bracelets

Verdict: So my girl crush on Megan Fox is totally back, this promo tour for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been perfection, we’ve seen her change it up with the romantic Jonathan Saunders number, but come on we all love it when she brings out the sexy looks.

Not only does she look incredible in this dress, her body really is amazing, I love that she went for a vibrant colour. As well as being sexy, this colour-blocking dress is also fun and perfect for a Sydney screening. I also love that the dress has a high neckline as that really balances out the shorter hemline and the cut-outs at the waist.

If loving the dress wasn’t enough, Megan then takes it up a notch with her side braid and bold centre parting, normally she has her glossy locks down, but I am so pleased that she decided to go for this fierce braid – it really is the perfect finishing touch to her look.

What do you think of Megan Fox’s latest red carpet look?

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[Pics: Getty Images for Paramount International]

Sep 08 2014

Bag Loving: Holly Fulton For Radley

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I love it when two very different brands come together and make something beautiful, and I don’t think you can get any more different than the quirky, fun, and Art Deco-loving Holly Fulton and the traditional leather good company Radley, known for its iconic Scottie dog.

This is the second collection from the London Fashion Week designer, I am not sure why I missed the first, but I am in love with these statement bags, especially the gorgeous embossed Canteen bag. This bag really does marry up Fulton’s graphic designs with the classic styling of Radley and at £199 it really is a great designer buy.

If you are after something that packs more of a bold statement and you are a dog lover then you have to go for the cute Scottie dog clutch, £129. Not only does it come in a vivid blue colour, as well as navy, it also comes embossed with signs and symbols. But If you are after something a little subtle then you can’t go wrong with the gorgeous tote with its bold appliqué geometric design, so very Holly Fulton and so very Radley.

If the bags weren’t pretty enough, inside each bag there is a spherical leather embossed coin purse and mirror – I do love hidden touches like that.

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Sep 05 2014

Editorial Loving: Paper Mag & Rodarte’s Star Wars Collection

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When the Rodarte AW14 collection ended with five sci-fi gowns featuring Star Wars, fashion editors were divided, some thought it was silly and a gimmick, others loved how fun and cool it was. I have to be honest I was on the fun and cool side. Sometimes fashion takes itself way too serious and I love that Rodarte do generally step out and do something different.

Granted I can’t see the average Joe wearing these pieces, or even a celebrity on a red carpet, but they really are made for an editorial shoot and I love that Paper magazine for their 30th anniversary edition took the five dresses to George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch.

So the dresses were already cool, but now they have the creators seal of approval, plus they are being modelled by model-of-the-moment Ali Michael in a gorgeous setting, along with a few Star Wars most iconic characters, C-3PO, R2-D2 and Darth Vader. You don’t really get better than that!!!

I really do love fun shoots and this one by Todd Cole is certainly that. I think my favourite shot has to be the one with Luke Skywalker on the dress, I love how it blends into the setting.

Are you a fan of Rodarte’s Star Wars dresses?

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