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Sep 16 2014

Fashion Week Diary: LFW SS15 – Day 5

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It is sad that this was the final day of London Fashion Week SS15. Normally I feel a little relieved that it is over, I’m generally over the fashion week drama by day 5 and super tired, but this season there hasn’t been any drama, or if there has I haven’t witnessed it, my more relaxed schedule has meant I am not as tired, and I am actually ending the five days of fashion madness with a little sadness that the circus is all moving onto Milan without me **one day, I hope I will go too**.

Day 5 for me is always quiet, heck it is generally quiet for everyone, but without Ashish this season I am left with just two shows, the Tata-Naka presentation and my first visit to Fashion Scout to see the young designer George Styler, who was one of last season’s Ones to Watch recipients.

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When a show starts with two shirtless models wearing nothing but printed swimming trunks, bling jewellery and gold embellished head-pieces you kind of know that it is going to be a fun and creative showcase. What I loved most about George Styler’s SS15 collection was the humour, the fact that he actually put on a show and I think the Vestibule in the Freemason’s Hall at Fashion Scout was the perfect location, as well as the intricate detailing from web-style knitwear, to bold embellishments and the Lady Gaga-esq bold shoulders and hips.

I really thought that the use of bright colours, the sexy dresses and decorative detailing really gave it a 90’s street-style-meets-Barbie vibe, which of course I loved. Some of my highlights had to be the vibrant pink kitty cat body, couldn’t you just see Katy Perry wearing this on tour, and another was the pink corset with gold detailing paired with the cutest rainbow-knitted cape. I also have to mention those incredible head-pieces, it was kind of like modern Egyptian headdress, it really did an extra element to the looks.

George Styler’s carefree spirit and bold creativity really has made him a designer to watch, he really did bring a fun and a modern vibe to his collection and wasn’t afraid to step away from the norm to be himself. I can only imagine his collection’s getting better and better.

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As well as being sad about the whole no fashion week until February, I was also sad that this was my last The Apartment lunch at the Gourmet Burger Kitchenit has been nice to actually not eat on the go, to actually sit down with friends, and to enjoy delicious food rather than just chocolate bars and popcorn, which is generally my normal fashion week diet.

I have kind of been through The Apartment menu, I have had a falafel burger, a burger-less chicken pesterella, a goat’s cheese salad, too many chunky skin-on fries, as well as today’s chilli chicken salad, oh and because I have been extra naughty each day has been joined with a delicious chocolate milkshake, they are too good to refuse.

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Onto my finally LFW look, it is probably quite similar to last season as come Tuesday the only footwear I can stand are trainers, today’s comfortable footwear option were my classic Onitsuka Tiger’s, which as well as looking amazing, that shade of pink is to-die-for, they are so comfortable.

I also think a ripped denim skirt goes perfectly with trainers, but this whole look was centred around my bargain Primark varsity sweatshirt, which go so many complements and looks of surprise when I told them it was from Primark. I just really loved that it was cosy on, it kind of made me feel like I could have been a cheerleader if I had pom-poms, and it was the perfect casual vibe for a final day of fashion week.

I don’t think this look would have looked so good if it hadn’t been for my Kardashian-like waves that Blow Ltd did for my hair. Nothing can make a girl happier and feel more confident than bouncy curls, especially when your hair is as straight as mine.

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My Style: Ripped denim skirt, Bank (c/o) // Sweatshirt, Primark // // Onitsuka Tiger Trainers (c/o) // Glasses, Karen Millen (c/o) // Watch, Shore Projects (c/o) // Bracelet, Links of London // Bag, Lulu Guinness (c/o) // Hair by Blow Ltd at The Apartment //

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My final presentation was Tata-Naka, always a favourite to see as the presentation, live lookbook shoot really does let you get close-up and personal to the clothes, as well as the thinking behind what the designers are looking for.

For SS15 the collection was inspired by clean lines and the simplicity of modern architecture, drawing inspiration from the curve and the linear approach of architects Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid, which really came across in the silhouettes as well as the prints.

The designers use of a bright colour palette and floral prints were present, as was the use of texture, what surprised me was the use of black and white, which I thought really added balance to the collection.

The presentation also got top marks for handing out mini ice-creams, which was definitely needed as the weather has been surprising hot this fashion week.

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So this isn’t the end of my fashion week coverage, I promise to share more pictures of the shows I loved, as well as gush about a few collections that I didn’t attend but adored/want to wear/want to see on the red carpet, and I will also be putting together a SS15 trends post.

**All pics mine, except the ones of me they were snapped by Monica from The Elgin Avenue**

Sep 15 2014

Fashion Week Diary: LFW SS15 – Day 4

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An early start on a Monday after three long days is hard, but made all the more easier by knowing that there would be embellished goodness hitting the catwalk for Mother of Pearl, plus the Claridge’s setting isn’t a bad start to any morning.

But as it was early and a little chilly I went for my new Foggy London Rizzo Ida jeans by Donna Ida, I am a huge fan of her denim, I do believe that all jeans should be high-waisted, super flattering and with enough stretch to make them uber-comfortable. I have to be honest I think today’s look is my favourite, the most me, I loved the polka-dot co-ords but the combination of black, grey and a touch of red is just so what I love to wear.

It was also a day where I got to hang out with one of my favourite bloggers, who I am so pleased is my friend, Briony from A Girl, A Style, it was just so nice to take some time away from fashion week to just catch-up. Sometimes fashion week can be a little too full on and I am glad that this season I have realised that I can’t do it all.

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Back to the fashion, Mother of Pearl for spring/summer 2015 is just gorgeous, inspired by the 60’s singer Sandie Shaw and her over-the-top embellished stage wear, as well as the ‘Kitchen Sink Dramas’ of the same era that brought about the silhouettes, colours, textures and prints. On top of all that goodness was a sporty aesthetic that really created a modern, relaxed and contemporary collection.

I promise I am going to bring you more from this gorgeous collection, I just didn’t have time to edit the crazy amount of pics I snapped, but here are some of my favourite looks, showing off the exquisitely crafted 3D embellishments, which were seen on dresses, two-pieces and even the oversized clutches, that I just adored.

I also really loved the juxtaposition of the jewelled creations paired with sporty looks, the pale pink hoodie with 3D embellishments on was amazing, and paired over a tennis-style dress was just perfection, I kind of wanted the whole outfit from top-to-toe.

I promise that I will share more pictures from the collection very soon.

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Also at the Mother of Pearl presentation I came across the very handsome Sergio, The Outnet’s shoe hunter, who was accompanied by a very dashing model. I don’t know who was cuter, but I love that they had matching bow-ties on. A collective arhhh did go around the show space when they both walked in.

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From one great London hotel to another, I went from old school at Claridges to modern chic at the ME London where the incredibly talented illustrator and designer David Longshaw was live illustrating onto a dress from his collection in the lobby. I admire illustrators a lot, more so when they have to do it on display and have people watch you, but the pressure of doing it directly onto a dress from the collection must have been crazy. But I think you have to agree it looks amazing – check out the Instagram video before that I snapped while I was watching him work.

The incredible @davidlongshaw is live illustrating onto a dress from his collection #LFW #Squirrel

A video posted by Danielle Wightman-Stone (@fashionistabarbie) on

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Finally, my day 4 outfit, as I said one of my favourite looks, even though the sweatshirt I am wearing tomorrow is pretty cool. I think the thing that makes this look very ‘me’ has to be the colour combination, I do love black with grey, the denim jeans fit perfectly and boost my confidence knowing that I went down a few dress sizes, and I really love the slouchy vibe of this Quiz waterfall cardigan/jacket with lace sleeves.

In fashion week standards I get that this look is tame, but why is that fashion week means you can’t feel yourself, why do you have to opt for the extremes, sometimes I just want to wear a great pair of jeans, a comfortable pair of shoes, and finish off my look with a rucksack-come-handbag that fits all my fashion week essentials in, yep a day without having to take a canvas tote bag is a great day.

To complete my look I went for a waterfall braid from the Blow Ltd team at The Apartment, which I think might be my favourite so far, and means I am running out of options for what I want my hair to look like tomorrow.

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My Style: Rizzo Jeans – Foggy London, Ida by Donna Ida (c/o) // Top, New Look // Jacket, Quiz (c/o) // Glasses, Karen Millen (c/o) // Red shoes, Topshop // Bracelet, Links of London, Joshua James Jewellery (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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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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Temperley London finale #LFW SS15

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

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.

A very strong Fyodor Golan collection – loved the 3D embellishments and laser cut detailing #LFW

A video posted by Danielle Wightman-Stone (@fashionistabarbie) on

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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**

Jun 09 2014

My Style: Living In A Barbie World

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I spend a lot of time living in a Barbie world, I write my blog in front of around 30 of my favourite dolls crammed into my office, but for some reason other than the odd piece of Barbie jewellery I have never worn a piece of doll loving attire on here, well that is until now!!!

I spied this beauty of a top in Primark, I instantly fell in love with it not just for the Barbie overload but also the cool sporty arms, kind of makes me think if Barbie was to have her own baseball team this is what she would wear. This top is also a great transitional piece for those less than sunny days, as the elbow-length sleeves make it perfect for keeping the chill off. As the top is doing all the talking I decided to keep the rest of my look quite plain and this black skirt from New Look is just perfect for my casual look.

I also think my Barbie look went perfectly with the pink coloured houses of Primrose Hill. Not an area of London I have spent that much time in, not sure why as I was mesmerised by the rows and rows of pastel coloured town houses, such a cute area and the perfect location for The Apartment‘s spring break. There was a fun, chilled out schedule of yoga, a blow dry masterclass and movie marathons, as well as gorgeous nibbles from Aubaine. Unlike fashion week when it is a little crazy it was nice to catch up with friends and enjoy just lounging about, plus I also got to get the fab guys at Blow Ltd to do my hair, I really do think I am a little addicted to their Beach blow dry.

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As well as debut my first Barbie-adorned piece of clothing I also wore my new Citizen Eco-Drive watch for the first time. My watch collection has grown over the years, I blame my fiancé he loves watches, but this Swarovski crystallised beauty has to be one of my favourites. I have lots of watches that are either stylish or functional, not many do both, but the Eco-Drive really does with its silver accents, sparkle, and white dial, teamed with day, date and 12/24 hour time displayed in three sub dials. Normally when a watch has so much going on it isn’t as feminine or glamorous, but I think you have to agree this is one gorgeous watch. Best of all, apart from it being so comfortable to wear, I also love that it doesn’t need a battery, this little cutie harnesses the power of light. I have to be honest I am seriously impressed and I think I have worn it nearly every day since it arrived.

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My Style: Barbie top, Primark // Skirt, New Look // Glasses, Retro54 // Citizen Eco-Drive watch, Citizen (c/o) // Boots, Topshop // Hair, Blow Ltd at The Apartment //

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[Pics: thanks to the lovely Ashanti from AdornGirl for snapping my style post]
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