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Sep 12 2014

Fashion Week Diary: LFW SS15 – Day 1

LFW-Press-PassLondon Fashion Week is upon us everyone, this means I will be frantically running to shows, hailing cabs, wearing fancier clothes, catching up with pals, and being amazed by the gorgeous fashion collections. Day 1 has been a long one but a good one, probably one of the best day 1’s I have had in a long time, which I think has a lot to do with how much I loved the dreamy, romantic and exquisitely crafted Bora Aksu collection.


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


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.


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.


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**

Feb 15 2014

LFW Show Report: Bora Aksu AW14


For autumn/winter 2014, Turkish designer Bora Aksu was inspired by his mother, her life as a teenager at board school, and used the letters she wrote to friends and her drawings as the starting point for his collection.

It was romantic, feminine, with a hint of nostalgia with the models strutting down the catwalk with ribbon plaits to showcase the schoolgirl within a 50s uniform shape of lace knee-length skirts, dainty jackets, peter pan collars, woven knits and patchwork detailing.

There was also a lightness to the designs as well as a soft and girlie colour palette, which was sometimes more reminiscent of spring or suitable for countries with much warmer climates than London. It was just gorgeous, playful, and it was nice to see girlie pinks and  vibrant yellows alongside bold blues, oxblood red and monochrome.

There are always lots of highlights with Bora Aksu, it is one of my favourite shows at London Fashion Week, but I just loved the combination of lace and leather, the sheer detailing that showcased sequins underneath, and the eye-catching mustard yellow dresses.

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Feb 14 2014

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Oct 03 2013

I’ve Been Transformed Into A Bora Aksu Girl


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 13 2013

LFW SS14: Bora Aksu ‘Nazar’

LFW-ss14-Bora-aksu-2London Fashion Week got off to a colourful explosion for spring/summer 2014 thanks to the brilliance that is Bora Aksu. Looking to his Turkish heritage, his collection celebrating 10 years at LFW was inspired by childhood memories spent on Aegean coast.

The collection was suitably summery with a bright colour palette of yellows, fuchsia and refreshing blues that were influenced by the traditional Turkish ‘Nazareth boncuk’, which is worn to ward off evil. Each piece, from the gorgeously cut blouses with bell-shaped sleeves to his elegant pencil skirts and chic cropped jackets were exquisitely put together and perfectly mixed the modern cuts with the intricate detailing of the traditional handwoven Turkish textiles.

There was a confidence about Bora Aksu’s latest collection that was so beautiful to see, I adored all the modern feminine touches, the bright colour palette, the geometric lace layered over silk tulles and chiffons and most of all I loved the intricate detailing in each piece especially the hand crochet accents and tassel fringing.

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As well as being a spectacle on the runway there were a lot of wearable styles in this collection that I am sure will become staples in many women’s wardrobes next summer. I have my eye on a number of pieces but the vibrant Barbie pink floor-length is to-die-for.

I can’t wait to see this collection up-close – oh and book a holiday to Turkey!!!

Which pieces stood out for you in Bora Aksu’s SS14 collection?

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For more pictures of the gorgeous collection – head on over to my Facebook page.

Sep 09 2013

LFW Preview: Designer’s Share Their SS14 Inspiration

mulberry-tea-cup-Fashion month has started, New York Fashion Week is in full swing and London Fashion Week is less than a week away, and I am getting pretty excited to see what the London-based designers have in store for us for spring/summer 2014.

Well, it seems that it isn’t only me getting excited about the SS14 collections, as LFW designers have been sharing their inspiration and work-in-progress via their social media channels as they start the countdown to their shows.

It is nice to see so many designers embracing social media ahead of the shows – and the sneak peaks feature everything from miniature tea cups to graphic prints and floral blooms – I have a feeling it is going to be a bright season.

Scroll through the SS14 preview gallery below and let me know who’s collection you are excited to see.

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Feb 20 2013

LFW AW13: Bora Aksu


The London-based Turkish designer Bora Aksu always adds a sparkle to the London Fashion Week schedule on Day 1. This season the designer took us back to the Twenties after being inspired by the beautiful, independent and morally ambiguous Vaudeville act The Dolly Sisters to create a beautiful but dark collection.

Featuring his trademark floaty dresses and corset detailing, the collection stuck to mainly neutral colour palette with greys, beiges and tan shades that was injected with a pop of vibrant berry shades towards the end, which looked spectacular when the Bora Army did their finale.

I loved all the Twenties inspiration with the high necklines, dropped waists, scallop edges, and gorgeous embellished beading – it was also nice to see the designer introduce leather into his collections for the first time.AW13-bora-aksu-


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