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Sep 13 2014

Fashion Week Diary: LFW SS15 – Day 2

My-style-reiss-coords-5Day 2 can sometimes be the hardest day to get going during fashion week, I think it is because the first day is always a little bit of a shock to your system. But today has been fun, I’ve seen some great presentations, I’ve enjoyed celeb spotting at House of Holland, Rita Ora has a new under-cut if you care, and Holly Fulton showcased a really strong monochrome collection. As well as all that fashion, I hung out at The Apartment, had my hair done, again, this time I went for a fishtail braid, and I raided their wardrobe and picked put some fab new accessories mainly this beautiful Kurt Geiger handbag, which is just the most perfect shade of red.

LFW-SS15-Orla-Kiely-2My first show of the day was a cutie, Orla Kiely, which is always well attended as no one doesn’t like adorable dresses, quirky accessories and an entertaining approach to showing off a collection. In previous seasons we’ve had a Mad Men-style typing pool and a safari backdrop, and for SS15 we got an English country garden, where the models planted the blooms and artists painted flowers on clear screens. As always I have left wanting to be an Orla Kiely girl, to skip around in the summer sun wearing my gorgeous floral smock dress in chunky platform heels.


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.


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 //


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.


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


Sep 08 2014

Bag Loving: Holly Fulton For Radley


I love it when two very different brands come together and make something beautiful, and I don’t think you can get any more different than the quirky, fun, and Art Deco-loving Holly Fulton and the traditional leather good company Radley, known for its iconic Scottie dog.

This is the second collection from the London Fashion Week designer, I am not sure why I missed the first, but I am in love with these statement bags, especially the gorgeous embossed Canteen bag. This bag really does marry up Fulton’s graphic designs with the classic styling of Radley and at £199 it really is a great designer buy.

If you are after something that packs more of a bold statement and you are a dog lover then you have to go for the cute Scottie dog clutch, £129. Not only does it come in a vivid blue colour, as well as navy, it also comes embossed with signs and symbols. But If you are after something a little subtle then you can’t go wrong with the gorgeous tote with its bold appliqué geometric design, so very Holly Fulton and so very Radley.

If the bags weren’t pretty enough, inside each bag there is a spherical leather embossed coin purse and mirror – I do love hidden touches like that.

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[Pics: Radley]

Sep 01 2014

Interview: Five Minutes With LFW Designer Holly Fulton


Holly Fulton was one of the first fashion designers I met, we chatted randomly at the London Fashion Week exhibition, I had no idea at the time that she was the designer behind the amazing collection I was raving about. Luckily she didn’t hold that fan-girl moment against me as I interviewed her at the Fashion House of Echo Falls to celebrate her collaboration with the wine brand. It was refreshing to see a down-to-earth fashion designer, she really was lovely and fun to interview.

I didn’t have long, but we chatted designing a wine bottle, I really love the Rose one, her love of architecture, the excitement of fashion week, and I couldn’t resist asking her what a Holly Fulton Barbie would look like, it is amazing and fingers crossed Mattel reads this and signs her up!!!

What was it like designing a wine collection?
Holly: “As a designer I love to do things that are outside the realm of fashion, it is quite exciting for myself to see my designs transposed onto different products. The starting point was to capture the best of what Echo Falls does and their wines with the best of Holly Fulton, so we selected three different outfits that reflected the characters of the Merlot, the white and the rose and hopefully captured the contemporary spirit of Holly Fulton. We wanted to design something that popped out on the shelf next to Echo Falls competitors as well as a sexy feel.”

Your collections are highly influenced by architecture – what is it about architecture that inspires you?
“I love things that are quite clean, strong and quite graphic, a lot of the 20s/30s architecture and skyscrapers, and even 60s/70s buildings really just catch my eye and feed into my style of drawing and graphic sensibility. I love anything that is really bold and architecture is one of the biggest, boldest statements you can get in design, so it has always been a source of inspiration to me.”

Do you have a favourite building/city?
“I’m a bit of a fan of the Empire State building, I did have a collection where it featured quite heavily for spring/summer time and we used it in our crystal work.”

LFW is fast approaching – how is everything going in the run up to your SS15 show?
“It’s exciting and terrifying, but I always try and remain calm, because if I am panicking it wouldn’t help anybody. I am quite a workaholic so I will be working incredible long hours from now until then, but that’s part of the fun of it, still even five years on from when I started the label it hasn’t lost any of its excitement for me, it is still like the day that I graduated, it is that kind of buzz that I get. My favourite moment is just before the show goes and I see the girls lined up, all made up and transformed; in that moment my adrenalin is literally popping.”

Is the music important for your catwalk shows?
“Hugely important, I will listen to those tracks time and time again in the run up to LFW, I make everyone listen to it, we will listen to the song 30 times a day, but it is really good as everyone gets really into it. If you can get the music right you are really lucky, we work with John Drury who does all the music for our shows and it is always one of the most exciting parts of a show as it really captures the mood and enhances the space.

Can you give us a hint at what we can expect from the SS15 collection?
Very different from autumn/winter 2014. We always use different techniques and styles, and we are focusing on techniques that we have never looked at before, so I am excited to see how they come out. I think this collection will be a move on for us, the cutting is quite different so the silhouettes will create a new look for us.”


Finally, if you could have a Holly Fulton Barbie – what would you dress her in?
“My favourite outfit would have to be the first look from spring/summer 2010, that collection that I just felt like my style just totally came together. That first look was all black and white, which is still a signature for us, I even still wear that coat.

“It would be a strong Barbie, but I think she would definitely have to go brunette and represent us dark-haired ladies. Plus she would have to have all the matching accessories, of course, the statement necklace, big earrings, possible a vintage ring and she has to wear the spiked Christian Louboutin baseball boots that were on the catwalk.”


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Holly Fulton’s amazing Echo Falls wine collection is available in stores now, price £6.99 each. Echo-falls-Holly-Fulton-1

**Thanks to Ashanti aka Adorn Girl for snapping my pictures while I interviewed the lovely Holly Fulton**

Sep 16 2013

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

LFW-SS14-Holly-Fulton-15Scottish fashion designer Holly Fulton, known for her love of bold prints and Art Deco touches, took her spring/summer 2014 collection to the Seventies with bright hues, billowing silks and quirky prints.

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.


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

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‘.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Day 5:

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.

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!!!

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

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.

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

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