Tag Archive: Holly Fulton

Sep 16 2013

LFW SS14: Holly Fulton’s “Woozy Summer Days”

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This was without doubt one of my favourite Holly Fulton collections, I just loved the energy and the vibrancy of the pieces, from the delicate tinsel jackets to the geometric prints, to the stork adorned skirt dresses and slouchy trousers.

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Not only was the colour palette amazing with the sugary lilac and powder pinks teamed with flashes of faded neon and greys perfection together, but the collection itself mixed sophisticated elegance with playful and wearable to make this one of Fulton’s most commercial collections to-date.

That isn’t to say that this collection doesn’t have her bold aesthetic, it does, but there was a sporty element with the relaxed bombers and slouchy pyjama suits that was good to see, with one of my favourite pieces being the magic-eye-esq ‘77’ floral embroidery jumper dress and sweatshirt.

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Highlights for me were the denim pieces, featuring layered Art Deco inspired motifs on skirts, jackets and tops, the sporty ‘77’ jumper and the cool embossed and laser-cut cork dresses that totally took me by surprise trying to figure out what the material was.

As well as loving the collection I also have to point out the incredible hair and make-up – the asymmetric parting, the 70s curls, and the lilac lids – a modern take on 70s glamour.

What do you think of Holly Fulton’s Seventies show?

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Jul 31 2012

Charity Tees: Matches Teams Up With LFW Designers

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I am a big fan of affordable designer collaborations, I can’t be the only one who wants a piece of designer in my wardrobe, well when I see designers doing charity still at affordable prices I jump at the chance – because in my logic it is guilt free shopping!!!

I loved the Topshop charity t-shirt collection they launched during London Fashion Week, I am the proud owner of a Holly Fulton beauty, and I am loving that Matches have got together with eight of Britain’s favourite designers to take part in their summer charity t-shirt project to raise money for The Dispossessed Fund – the Evening Standard’s charity that fights poverty in London.

Each t-shirt is £60 each, not bad hey for a worthy cause, and there is literally something for everyone – floral beauties from Erdem, Jonathan Saunders and Richard Nicoll, a colour-blocking peplum from Roksanda Ilincic, eye-catching prints from JW Anderson and Mary Katrantzou, an Art Deco-inspired design from Holly Fulton, and a crowned leopard from the designer and illustrator behind cult magazine Herself‘.

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My top three tees are the gorgeous Roksanda Ilincic, I love that this colour-blocking peplum follows on from her pre-fall collection using primary colours, closely followed by Holly Fulton’s bright Art Deco design, and then Mary Katrantzou’s optical illusion ‘Cellphone Key’ print t-shirt. It was hard to choose just three as they are all so gorgeous.

I still can’t believe that they are only £60 each, check out all the designs at Matchesfashion.com and don’t forget to buy one they are for charity after all!!!

Mar 04 2012

LFW AW12: Final Round-Up – Dinosaurs, Prints and Ashish

Sorry for the delay in my final round-up of London Fashion Week, I kind of got distracted with life, but here are my highlights of my day four and five – from dinosaurs at Sophie Hulme, my best front row I saw this season at Pringle, and crazy slogans at Ashish.

Day 4:

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First stop was the Sophie Hulme presentation, where I was greeted by toy dinosaurs, fairisle jumpers, a gorgeous selection of bags including a boxy tote that I am in love with. What was nice is that this is Sophie’s biggest collection-to-date and it was fabulous and it had an exquisite luxe feel with its various textures including mohair, cashmere and goat skin. Also every season each purchase comes with a different charm, for autumn/winter 2012 it is a brass dinosaur, which also replicated as the invitation that I got after fashion week.

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After Sophie Hulme I literally hot-footed it over to see Pringle of Scotland, which I was so excited about as it was my first time I was invited to the show, and I am so glad I made it as it was my first sighting of Olivia Palermo all fashion week and I was literally metres away from the gorgeous Rose Byrne. A full review is coming for Pringle, I promise, but it had a Clueless-90s charm about it that I adored.

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From Pringle to the Topshop venue for another first, not only my first time this season at the Topshop venue, which overlooks the Thames, but also my first ever Michael Van Der Ham show and I was looking forward to seeing his unique approach to fabric clash for autumn/winter. This season it felt like there was more eveningwear and red carpet pieces, and maybe that was because Michael Van Der Ham was inspired by Veronica Lake, the Ziegfried Follies and 1930′s knits and glamour. Clashing fabrics were presents with textured Jacquard organza, hammered silk, metallic boucle and cashmere, which looked gorgeous in bright colours mixed in nicely with an old Hollywood feel with the gold and metallics.

I reckon we will see a lot of this collection on celebrities, especially all the side-split skirts that revealed contrasting flashes of mint and navy, as well as all the ornate jewel-encrusted bodices – gorgeous collection I loved it.

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To finish off my Monday I headed over to the Handpicked Media suite at One Aldwych to see the Ted Baker team who brought over an edit version of their fab spring/summer 2012 collection, which I loved the first time when I saw it come down the runway at their away day. What was nice other than checking out the collection, munching on some I Love Ted pop-cakes, the view from the suite, had to be that this was the perfect place to relax between shows.

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Day 5:

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First stop of my final day at London Fashion Week was queen of the Art Deco graphic prints Holly Fulton, I loved this show last season and her collections keep on getting  better and better. Lots of pink as you would expect, mixed in with some blues, lots of sparkle, graphic prints, furry bags and lots of intricate detailing. It was also nice that I was sat in a row with my favourite blogger pals so as well as a great collection it was brilliant company to enjoy it with.

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I have to admit I have a love hate relationship with Ashish, don’t get me wrong ever since his collaboration with Topshop, I have loved his slogans, but I just know that I can never ever pull off this uber-cool brand. For autumn/winter the slogans were out in force, with knits emblazoned with ‘Be Happy’, ‘Relax’, and ‘Say No To Drugs’, as well as lots of smiley face logos, bright colours, clashing prints, and sequinned Buddhas.

Entitled, Bollywouldn’t, this collection really had a grungy vibe to it that I am sure the cool crowd will get behind, but other than rainbow platformed boots I really can’t see myself in any of it, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing!!!

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I did have other shows after Ashish but with deadlines looming and tiredness kicking it I have to admit that I ditched the rest of the day for a proper meal with my boyfriend and a relaxing night in front of the TV – very fashion of me!!!

Feb 23 2012

LFW AW12: Holly Fulton Chanels Lady Chatterley

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I always look forward to Holly Fulton’s show, I love her bold aesthetics filled with Art Deco geometric shapes and pops of colour, and Holly always has the most gorgeous pieces of jewellery. Last season, Holly took us on a seaside short break, for autumn/winter 2012 the Holly Fulton woman is channelling a little bit of Lady Chatterley, who has a thing for her gardener!!!

Holly Fulton really has come a long way and this collection has a seductive charm about it, with its sixties influences in the short shift dresses and the graphics influences of psychedelic pop artist Peter Max, teamed with floral inspiration taken from Edinburgh’s Botanic Gardens. This is a chic, lady-like collection with gorgeous boxy jackets, pencil skirts, sporty twinsets, and flirty cut-layered pleats and one of the brightest colour palettes I have seen this fashion week with her signature fuchsia pink hues and vibrant turquoise blues.

When watching this collection come down the runway I did ask myself why do more celebrities not work her looks, there were so many dresses that would work on the red carpet as well as press junkets, and I just hope more stylists get on board as these designs need recognition. I could totally see Reese Witherspoon working one of the hot pink numbers, and the black shift with metallic embroidery detailing would look lovely on Leighton Meester, and the quirky designs would work well on young starlets including Emma Stone and Clémence Poésy. I have to admit thinking about this I would love to see Holly Fulton do an eveningwear collection – I think her bold graphic signature would work well.

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Oh and I can’t forget to mention the oversized pink furry bag – first look down the runway and I was completely in love!!!

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[Pics: Courtesy of Holly Fulton/Talk PR & Holly snapped by me]

Nov 27 2011

SS12 Press Day: Holly Fulton – The Details

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Last week I got the chance to see the amazing Holly Fulton spring/summer 2012 collection up-close at Talk PRs press day. I adored the catwalk show in September and I loved it even more when I got to examine the exquisite detailing of the pieces. It was so amazing up close that it just made me love Holly Fulton even more.

I love the colours, the crystals, the sequins, the studs, the shells, the perspex panels and most of all I want all the accessories – especially this gorgeous orange clutch that kind of reminds me of an owl.

I’ve also added the yellow and black tote, the swimwear, the crystal embellished cardigan and the zebra print over-sized clutch to my wish list. I’ve been very practical though on that list as I have given up on the hopes of the shell adorned skirt – after I felt the weight of it!! I have a lot of respect for the model who worn it on the runway.

I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I did snapping them.

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Sep 18 2011

LFW SS12: Holly Fulton – From Vegas To Margate

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There does seem to be a theme brewing this London Fashion Week and that has to be the staycation and making the seaside chic again. We saw a gorgeous retro seaside at Daks London, Mulberry even did their own rock, and now Holly Fulton has produced a collection for the lady that has ‘dressed for Vegas – but hits Margate’.

I am a huge fan of Holly Fulton, I met her last season and instantly feel in love with her passion and enthusiasm for fashion. I loved her collections before that but now I get giddy at seeing something new from her.

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For spring/summer 2012, the collection draws inspiration from Slim Aarons’ photographs of the US poolside scene from the late 60s and 70s, which is most evident in the colour palette of the collection that features turquoise, pops of pink, her classic yellow and a checkered-flag monochrome. I don’t know about everyone else but for me it kind of had a hint of Versace and Pucci about it, ooh she would be fabulous at an Italian fashion house.

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Last season I died for her Holly Relax clutch, this time around it has to be all about those crazy amazing earrings. Oh and the very chic knitwear collaboration she has done with Scottish brand Caerlee for SS12, I need this cardigan in my life!!

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As always Holly’s signature art-deco graphics look amazing mixed in with bold zebra print, heavy embellishments, sea-inspired waves, shells and animals, sun rays, and gorgeous crystallised square designs.

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There was lots of variety in the line, from exquisitely cut silk trousers, to loungewear cardigans, shift dresses, the sexiest swimwear I have ever seen, but only one her signature maxi dresses made the cut.

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Overall, another fabulous collection, full of fun and sexy pieces, and thank you Holly for a great soundtrack I loved Cassius’ The Sound of Violence. Also special shout out has to go out to Cutler and Gross for those fabulous sunglasses, tres chic and perfect for a great spring/summer collection.

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Thanks to Talk PR for the invite and the pics*mine didn’t do the collection justice*, fabulous show and I can’t wait to see the collection up close.

Sep 24 2010

LFW SS11: My First Proper London Fashion Week

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What an amazing London Fashion Week this has been. Normally I enjoy from my sofa via live streaming and take in a few parties after work, but this season I was lucky enough to go to actual shows, fifteen in totally and each one was amazing. I was so lucky that for five of them I got sit front row, which I have to say a big thanks to Vauxhall Fashion Scout as they were super amazing with seating me.

With it being my first, OK I have done parties of fashion week before, but this was different, I had the press pass, the official Mulberry canvas bag, the works. I was so determined to take it all in, I must admit I was so giddy for days 1 and 2 it was quite hard, but it was such an experience. You can’t enjoy fashion fully until you see it up close and it has made me know that fashion is where I want to be.

I panicked so much before the first day came around about what I was going to wear, I think I went shopping every night that week to nail down the right outfits – the thoughts am I fashionable enough does go through your mind, but you know everyone seemed to wear what they liked. There were some who got totally dressed up like they were going clubbing, others for a day at the races or a wedding with their big hats, then there were the hardcore fashionistas in the spring/summer 2011 trends before the shows had even started, style queens who wear the designer that that they are seeing, statement folk wearing outrageous outfits for the style photographers to take their snap *and there was a lot of that*, and then there were people like me who love fashion but love the comfort of a good black dress.

I am not one for posting my daily outfits, and I certainly not going to start now, but I will give you a quick run-down: I wore a three-quarter sleeve black dress with gold buttons on one-shoulder; a grey, black and white dotty ladylike knee-lenth dress with a wide black belt; pinafore dress; maxi skirt and corsage top; and finishing up with my Paige black jeans and bow top for menswears day. So you can probably imagine I didn’t get style snap once *shocker*.

One thing for sure is that there are so many characters and if you love people watching then fashion week is definitely an experience. Picture this one day a male pirate, the next day a female pirate, I was being to think that Pirates of the Caribbean had come to town, then I saw a cowboy and I just realised that fashion week brings them all out!!!

Shows via live-stream are amazing but actually being there, squeezed into rows, music blaring and the lights up bright it so much better. I was lucky enough to see a shows inside the main tent at Somerset House but it was completely different to the intimate feel of On|Off and Vauxhall Fashion Scout. Admittedly the designer names aren’t as big, but hey I still got to see *and tweet with* Lily Allen at BodyAmr, saw Amber Rose like everywhere *she was my show shadow*, and even unknowingly sat next to a bloke from Pink Floyd.

LFW Highlights:

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#1 BodyAmr This was a great show, my first celeb-packed front row, a happy and Tweeting Lily Allen and then there were the gorgeous clothes and Amber Rose strutting her stuff. The atmosphere was great everyone packed into the intimate Vauxhall Fashion Scout – great show and great goodie bag!! #2 Topshop Postcards I have many addictions, Barbies *obvious*, badges, magazines *I know shocker*, stationary, and postcards. So guess how happy I was to see that Topshop had a postcard wall in their exhibition area at Somerset House with bespoke cards created by each of their designers. So the likes of Holly Fulton, Mark Fast, Louise Gray and Mary Katrantzou designed a momentum to take away. Each and everyone of them is amazing. When I realised that they were numbered it became a challenge to get each and everyone one, unfortunately I am a couple shy *sad face*.

#3 Holly Fulton

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Having the opportunity to chat with Holly Fulton was amazing. I got to meet her the day after her show in the Topshop NEXTGEN exhibition space at Somerset House, she was so lovely, took me through her collection. It was so nice to actually get up close and personal to some of her amazing pieces, the detailing in her work is exquisite, I also loved that the Holly Says Relax clutch (above) nearly didn’t happen as she was worried it was too much!!

I must admit I couldn’t believe how down-to-earth Holly was, lovely, generous with her time and I hopefully I would love to do a full interview with her as she really was inspirational.

#3 Canvas Bags

Canvas bags galore, whether it was a goody bag at the shows or the official LFW Mulberry bag that you get when you pick up your pass and I love the rabbit. My favourite has to be the one I got from Vauxhall Fashion Scouts Ones To Watch. i was lucky enough to sit front row and it was the best goodie bag of the whole week. With a canvas bag designed by designer, Georgia Hardinge, it features a digi print, inspired by the sculptures of Versailles, and inside I have a robot cookie and postcards of the whole collection from Charlotte Taylor, and all finished of nicely with a pad and toiletry goodies.

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#4 Charlotte Taylor Car

Sitting outside Vauxhall Fashion Scout was this amazingly designed car by Ones To Watch Charlotte Taylor, I loved her robot print on dresses strutting down the catwalk – but how cool is it on a car. LOVE!!

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#5 YSL Manifesto

Last season I was upset to not be able to be in London when they gave out the YSL Manifesto, but this time around I made sure that I had a break in my schedule to be close by Covent Garden to pick my copy up. Waiting for the announcement via their Facebook page on the locations was frustrating – but seeing the girls giving handing them out opposite the tube station was a delight to have my own copy.

I must admit that were many, too many highlights to mention but I these were the five I really stuck with me. Roll on February 18, 2011 for it to all start again…

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