Sep 14 2014

Fashion Week Diary: LFW SS15 – Day 3

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Day 3 of fashion week always makes me think is it Sunday or Wednesday, I think it is because I never really work weekends and fashion week really does screw with your days. After a late start, I wasn’t feeling a hundred percent, I decided to opt out of my morning shows for much-needed rest and come in for the Temperley London show, which in previous years has been one of my favourite to attend.

To perk myself up I decided to wear a really fun tee that I was sent by Pret a Portobello ‘Wintour Is Coming’ that really did capture people’s attention including a very excited Japanese tourist at Kings Cross station. I decided to pair my tee with this cute blue print midi skirt from Reiss, the fit of it is perfect and I really love how it swishes when I walk, its the little things that really cheer me up when I am not feeling great. Finishing up my look are my chunky ankle boots from Quiz, they are super comfortable and I really love boots with feminine skirts.

I also think the whole look is even better with a luxe blow dry from Blow Ltd, I really am spoilt by The Apartment each season, I don’t know what I would do if I had to do my own hair during fashion week.

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My Style: ‘Wintour is Coming’ T-shirt, Pretaportabella (c/o) // Skirt, Reiss (c/o) // Boots, Quiz (c/o) // Glasses, Karen Millen (c/o) // Bag, Russell & Bromley (loaned from The Apartment) // Watch, Caravelle New York (c/o) // Hair by Blow Ltd at The Apartment //

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So the only show I went to, before I felt horrid again, was Temperley London. Concentrating on daywear like last season the show was just OK, I liked a lot of the floaty trench coats, the cool sunglasses, and the gorgeous pink hues. What I was sad about is that it was more about relaxed, casual, matching trouser set looks than red carpet drama, and that is probably because the designer has fused her mainline with her more day-centric Alice by Temperley range.

Don’t get me wrong everything was nice, even the fact that everything was paired with trainers that the designer is adding to her collection for the first time, I just don’t expect just nice from Alice Temperley, I want to wowed, speechless and excited to see exquisitely crafted red carpet worthy gowns that sparkle and that I can imagine on various A-list actresses.

I liked the laid-back, bohemian vibe of the collection, I just wanted to see the red carpet looks. I know I am picky. What did you guys think of the collection?

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**All pics mine, except the ones of me they were snapped by Hayley from The Apartment**

Sep 13 2014

Fashion Week Diary: LFW SS15 – Day 2

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From the English garden I went to the beach for Markus Lupfer’s latest collection, complete with a camper van and cocktail bar. The collection was fun and wearable and every cool girl in the house, sadly not me, was probably already making a mental note of the items they needed to make SS15 magically. I really loved the jacquards, the holographic metallic and the casual silhouettes, it was just cool, and it was another step forward into making his line a great ready-to-wear label that isn’t all about statement sequinned jumpers.

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Next up lunch, another burger, sorry but I can’t resist GBK, more chat with friends, and then a mad dash to Holly Fulton as I go completely got carried away with just relaxing. I’m so glad I did haul my arse over to Somerset House as Holly was on form and put together a stunning monochrome-heavy collection, which was an ode to “sun-workship, folk art and free expression” and it was beautiful.

Holly’s coats are always a highlight each season and this black and white graphic print really stood out. I also loved that she contrasted the monochrome with gorgeous hues of lemon and a turquoise blue. There were also some incredible sunglasses from her Cutler and Gross collaboration, as well as some stunningly embellished evening gowns.

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I had a little bit of a break between Holly Fulton and the House of Holland show so I set about shooting today’s look – this gorgeous monochrome co-ords from Reiss that I got at The Apartment’s pre-LFW event. I wouldn’t normally have gone for this look, a little too scared of rocking an all-over print, but Reiss’ fabulous personal stylist convinced me to try it on and I absolutely loved it and I hope you guys do as well.

As the Reiss trousers and top combination looks is a little bold, well for me anyhow, in fashion week terms I probably looked very tame, I went for a statement look with a fishtail braid with a lot of volume from the Blow Ltd team, I think it worked well but I did feel like it was a little wild at the back. This look also needed great accessories, of course the Kurt Geiger bag, the red really pops, and as I was running around all day I went for my comfortable Clarks, a block heel does make everything much better, and the finishing touch were my Swag and Stare red framed glasses that are still one of my favourite pairs of glasses.

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My Style: Polka-dot tapered trousers, Reiss (c/o) // Polka-dot top, Reiss (c/o) // // Black ‘Susie Deva’ sandals, Clarks (c/o) // Glasses, Swag & Stare (c/o) // Watch, Shore Projects (c/o) // Red Saffiano tote, Kurt Geiger (on loan from The Apartment) // Hair by Blow Ltd at The Apartment //

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Then I was on to my last show of the day, House of Holland, which is always a blast, the music, the starry-cool front row and the fun collection. He always brings the best soundtrack and this season it was more heavier than usual with his colourful collection striding down the catwalk to Purple Haze. Inspired by groupies, this was a print-heavy collection, lots of flower power going on, and more embellishment detailing than I had seen before from Henry. My favourite piece had to be this blue glittery polka dot print parka, which I am sure you will see in a number of festival edits come spring.

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**All pics mine, except the ones of me they were snapped by Jaclyn from Bumpkin Betty**

 

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]
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