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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**

Feb 20 2013

LFW AW13: Eugene Lin – Cupid de Locke

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I didn’t get as much time to check out the Fashion Scout shows as I would have liked this season, but one designer I never like to miss is Singapore-born, London-based Eugene Lin, as he is definitely a talent for the future, as his attention to detail in his tailoring is incredible.

Inspired by classic Greek mythology, in-particular the story of Cupid’s arrow making Helen of Troy fall in love with Paris, the collection heavily featured gold bullet-like rivets on the body-con dresses and a modern-take on the trench coats.

It was Eugene’s take on the trench coat that really caught my attention, as the basis of the trench was used throughout – in a sexy corset, a split skirt, a gorgeous cape, as well as a sleeveless version – but my favourite had to be the black trench with gold embellishments – it was tailored to perfection.

As well as loving the tailored aspects of the collection, I loved the soundtrack to the show which featured Audio Bully’s reworking of Nancy Sinatra and ‘Bang Bang’ – oh and I can’t not mention the hair – the plaited Mohawk were incredible.

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Sep 15 2012

LFW SS13: Day 2 – Black With A Hint Of Neon, Oriential Beauty, and Now 1994

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I started the day with The Body Shop as they are the make-up sponsor for Vauxhall Fashion Scout, the off-schedule platform during London Fashion Week. What I love about London’s fashion scene is that it really does nurture new talent, whether it is Fashion Fringe, Fashion East, Topshop’s Newgen or Fashion Scout’s Ones To Watch.

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What’s always nice with these back-to-back showcases is that they are always completely different, and that certainly was the case for Ones To Watch this season. There was Ming pin Tien with his leather constructions, Charlotte Simpson with her red carpet worthy sequinned beauties, Hana Cha presented a cool collection of monochrome fringing and dip dye chiffons, and the final collection from Hellen Van Rees was a three-dimensional masterclass.

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Highlights:

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I ended my day with a nighties flashback at House of Holland, not just that the ‘Buzz Kill’ collection, which was inspired by the “forgotten decade”, but mostly that the soundtrack could totally have been Now 1994 – think Shampoo’s ‘Were in Trouble’ and No Limit’s house banging tune, it was a flashback to my 14-year-old self!

It was also the craziest show I have been too this season, set in an NCP car park, it was just cool, like Henry himself. Everything from the invite, a floral iPhone case to the incredible music, to the House of Holland front row gang of the gorgeous but super-skinny Kelly Osbourne, the striking Nicola Roberts who snuck by paparazzi, and Alexa Chung, this was my first experience of a HoH show and I loved every second of it.

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The beauty of off-schedule is that sometimes you just don’t know what to expect, and sometimes there is a designer that really stands out, today at Vauxhall Fashion Scout, that designer was Tahir Sultan. Other than the fact my friend Amy is on his PR team I didn’t have a clue who Tahir Sultan was, what his designs were going to be like, or how good he was, well after seeing his ‘The Silence’ spring/summer 2013 show I can certainly say that I won’t be forgetting him anytime soon.

This was a collection reminiscent of BodyAmr, it had a glamour and confidence about it that was pure opulence and utterly divine. The models were stunning, the tailoring was exquisite, but for me it was the drool worthy red carpet gowns that had me wanting more. Don’t worry I promise more pictures from this collection soon.

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My final highlight of day 2 was Ji Cheng, I knew it was going to be good after receiving the intricate tea bag inspired invite, and I wasn’t wrong. This was a collection filled with oriential beauty and Western tailoring and the pair really married up well. I loved the asymmetric cuts, the peplums *yep, they aren’t going anywhere*, the gorgeous backless gowns, the incredible make-up and the striking handmade bamboo hats.

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When I got up this morning I just wanted to do comfort, so it could only be one think skinny jeans and a jumper day. Once again it was mostly black, it is slimming after all, but today’s looks was finished off nicely with lots of studs, and pops of neon pink, especially my gorgeous neon pink Cambridge Satchel Company bag, which I truly love.

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My Style: Warehouse black skinny jeans (c/o Westfield London), Warehouse studded jumper (c/o Westfield London), Spy Love Buy studded skull boots (c/o), Cambridge Satchel Company bag, H&M bangles, Ice-Watch, Barbie necklace, Retro 54 glasses, and my HTC One X, which I am constantly glued to, unless when I think I have lost it when actually it was in my back pocket like I did today!

So what was your highlight of London Fashion Week Day 2?

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