Tag Archive: London Fashion Week

Sep 30 2013

LFW SS14: Maria Grachvogel – Youthful Innocence

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One of my final London Fashion Week shows was Maria Grachvogel at Somerset House. A designer for me that always creates gorgeous pieces, generally flowing gowns and jumpsuits with strong prints, but always leaves me wanting to see more.

For spring/summer 2014, there did seem to be more of a focus on silhouette than on her signature prints, which were still out in force in this collection. Citing an unnamed ‘young artist’ as her inspiration, this collection was born out of her expression of “youthful innocence and creative freedom” according to the shownotes, which was showcased in the fluid, free-flowing garments and a brush stroke-inspired swirl print.

For me this collection was more sophisticated and mature than youthful, but not in a negative way, Maria Grachvogel knows who her audience is and this collection will certainly appeal to her affluent customers.

My favourite pieces had to be the slouchy designs, from the loose jumpsuit with wide trouser legs to the billowing sleeveless shirts, and the gorgeous floaty swirl printed dress towards the end. I also adored the details in the draped panels, the cross-panel neck detailing, the deep sensual V necklines, and the kimono-type sleeves.

As with most of the collections this fashion week pink played a part, this time the hue was more dusky and transparent like a watercolour, and worked perfectly against the neutral tones of the clay and putty.

I don’t think this collection will take many people’s breath-away, it is what it is, but there did seem to be more about her latest line than prints and draping, which was nice to see – also it was good to see Chloe Nørgaard’s bright green hair on the runway!!!

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Sep 27 2013

LFW SS14: Ashish – Sequins And Coca-Cola

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There is something about Ashish that gets everyone excited, maybe it is all the sequins, maybe it is the loud, fun soundtrack, which this season included Madonna’s ‘Get Into The Groove’, or the fact this label never seems to take fashion too serious – whatever it is this is one of LFW’s most anticipated shows among the cool kids.

Like with all their collections, the spring/summer 2014 drew the fashion pack in like shiny things to a magpie, with its fun and sparkly luxe sportswear pieces that were inspired by the corner shop, Arabic writing, and Coca-Cola, with a tribal/Viking mash-up.

The items that got most people talking had to be the sequinned grocery bags with Ashish’s humorous take on supermarket logos from striped carrier bags covered in sequins, to a green version with ‘S&M’ for ‘M&S’ and ‘Disco’ rather than Tesco. These were teamed with ripped and torn denim, which of course were dipped in sequins, studded slippers worn with mismatched socks, and lots of chunky jewellery.

My favourite pieces other than the Coca-Cola clad sequinned vests, which were in reference to Ashish’s ultimate hangover remedy for his party girl, had to be the sporty-glam striped sequinned polo T-shirts, the oversized tops with Arabic writing spelling out ‘Thanks for coming’ and ‘Love’ and the striped white shirt with draped open back with ‘Best Wishes’ around the cuff and hemline.

It was OTT, very colourful, and saw Ashish continuing his aesthetic joke on consumer culture – but was it anything new – I don’t think so – but it seems the cool kids don’t care.

What do you think of Ashish’s latest collection?

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Sep 26 2013

LFW SS14: The Orla Kiely Safari

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Orla Kiely is always one of the most eagerly awaited shows of London Fashion Week due to the brands full on creative concepts, last year was a Mad Men-style typing pool and this year’s spring/summer 2014 was glamping in Africa.

The safari-themed set, with the camp backdrop and prop animals, accompanied to ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ soundtrack really set the mood from the word go, it was like a scene out of a Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ movie and left me wanting to join the Orla Kiely girl guides!!!

The collection itself was as good as the set up with gorgeous safari prints, adorable statement tops featuring animal embellishments, lace skater skirts, and shirt-style dresses. It was feminine, playful and styled to perfection with knee-length socks, chic berets in black and soft pink, and cute animal shaped cross-body purses.

As with any Orla Kiely collection the prints are always the main focus, I adored the safari prints that included giraffes, zebras, rhinos, and lions, which looked incredible on 70s inspired silhouettes.

So Orla Kiely where do I sign up to become part of the troop?

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Sorry for my pictures, last year it was calm and fun to see this presentation, this year it seemed everyone in London had an invite with a queue around the block and literally 10 people in front of me so I viewed thanks to my long arm reach!!! At times all I could see was this – so I thought I might as well as share my view!!!

To get a better feel for the collection and safari presentation view the short video that the BFC recorded:

Sep 25 2013

The Apartment: Little Black Dress LFW Shoot

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Shot at The Apartment, my shoot was super rushed, but super fun, and considering I had only had half of my make-up done, apparently by going with bold lips and no eye make-up I was working a French look, I think these shots came out really well.

As I said they don’t do just black dresses, the site features all kinds from brand such as Forever Unique, Gorgeous Couture, Chi Chi London, and Ruby Ray who I am modelling. As well as having an amazing selection of dresses, the location for the shoot, The Apartment in the centre of Covent Garden was incredible.

I think my favourite look from my shoot has to be the one with me sipping imaginary tea and bursting into laughter. The dress itself was super comfortable to wear, I loved the drop waist of the Ruby Ray design, I think I would have liked the length to have been a little longer, I apologise for my chubby thighs.

The pictures weren’t just for fun, my piccies along with the gorgeous blogger pack of Ngoni, Ashanti, Van, Kylie, Nathalie and Aisling are all featured in Little Black Dress’ autumn/winter lookbook on their site – check out all the amazing looks here.

As well as having a lot of fun and loving the dress, was kind of sad to give it back at the end of the shoot, I also fell in love with those Next shoes – aren’t they beauties.

So what do you think of my bold lippy and fit and flare dress choice?

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Sep 23 2013

LFW SS14: Charlie May – A Designer To Watch

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When discussing fashion designer/blogger Charlie May’s spring/summer 2014 collection I found myself repeating the phrases “minimal perfection” and “androgynous vibes”, which is fast becoming her signature aesthetic.

For SS14 there seemed an inherent confidence about Charlie May’s designs, keeping to her minimal aesthetic with a muted colour palette, sleek lines, and exquisite tailoring, while working textures including layered mesh fabric and cracked leather, as well as adding in vibrant metallic touches with holographic silver and a gorgeous blush pink hue.

Charlie’s inspiration was to her youth, mixing her nostalgia of the nineties with her tomboy roots and I loved the sporty vibes with the mesh layered dresses to the slouchy jumpsuit – but for me the highlight of this collection has to be the metallic pieces – that blush pink is divine and the dress with the cracked silver foil effect is incredible.

Everything about this collection was thought out and executed perfectly – from the oversized dresses with the raw edges to the sexy/sporty slips and the chic cropped leather jacket and matching pencil skirt. Each piece went perfectly with her gorgeous white slip on brogue that she has collaborated with Hudson shoes on.

I love that each season Charlie keeps on growing and for me she is a designer with a great future ahead of her. If you aren’t aware of Charlie May - head on over to her amazing blog - Girl a la Mode - get a behind-the-scenes look at her fashion label as well as her incredible style posts.

Do you like the look of Charlie May’s spring/summer 2014 collection?

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Sep 20 2013

LFW SS14: Lucas Nascimento – Undressed

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Inspired by film stills of Brigitte Bardot in Jean Luc Goddard’s ‘Le Mepris’ wearing just a bath towel, his spring/summer 2014 collection took the idea of being caught in a state of undressing as a starting point. This was shown through the styling of the collection, with the straps of the slip dresses falling off the models shoulders, and the use of technical silk jacquard imitating towelling in knitted dresses and skirts.

The concept worked well on the darker pieces, particularly the black knitted wrap dresses, which came in knee and ankle length, and the bright yellow, however when the designs were showcased in a light blue they looked too much like an actual towel.

For me the stand out pieces had to be the cocoon jackets, especially the orange one, the sexy white dresses in superfine Japanese plongé leather, the tiered dresses and the paired back tailoring.

I can’t wait to see how this young designer’s career evolves.

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Sep 20 2013

#DayInTheEyeOf: Taking My Lulu Guinness Eye Purse To LFW

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If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram you might have noticed my slight obsession with Lulu Guinness during London Fashion Week and the hashtag #DayInTheEyeOf - a cool project sharing my photo diary of fashion week along with fab bloggers Coco’s Tea Party, What Olivia Did, and a host of fashion editors and celebs.

Basically during the five days of LFW, my gorgeous hazel eye coin purse came with me to all my shows, sat close by while I had my make-up done, was a hero at holding my money, was generally my pal throughout the whole event, and made a great addition to my style posts!!!

To launch the campaign, the guys over at Lulu Guinness invited me into the studio for a fun shoot before fashion week, where I messed around with the fun eye purse and the designer’s iconic lips clutch. I really love how well they came out, and so it seems did Lulu herself as the campaign and my face is featured on the brand’s website **such a serious scream moment seeing this**.

I also did an interview with the brand about my love of London Fashion Week, as well as sharing the Lulu products that I am lusting over, which generally means them all!!!

Are you a fan of Lulu’s eye coin purses? 

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Check out all the interviews and #DayInTheEyeOf coverage on Lulu’s blog and buy the Hazel Eye Coin Purse here.

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