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

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.

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Exhibition: Hello, My Name Is Paul Smith

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I love a good fashion exhibition, a chance to get a behind-the-scenes look into a fashion house, a designer or even a fashion icon, what the Design Museum have done to honour Paul Smith is much more than a celebration of his fashion but of him, his inspiration, how he ticks, it is more about his personality.

Hello, My Name Is Paul Smith, is a totally apt title for this exhibition, of course his fashion is explored, well actually it only has one room dedicated to the designer’s clothes, it is more about where he works, where he gets his inspiration, the items, pictures and trinkets he has picked up along the way, as well as a historical look back at his career to date. It really is fascinating.

The exhibition is sectioned off into themes, there is a mock-up of the first shop he owned in Nottingham, a 3m x 3m box, a recreation of his “cluttered” office, a gallery lined with framed pictures of images found, sent or captured by the designer, a replica of his design studio, as well a look at how the brand’s first showroom space in Paris inside a hotel suite, and a digital room featuring a short psychedelic film ‘Inside Paul’s Head’ along with screens showcasing abstract images, which is narrated by Smith explaining his creative process.

There are also rooms dedicated to the designer’s numerous collaborations from cars to teapots, his individual approach to the design of his shops, which includes a wall decorated with buttons, as well as a look behind-the-scenes of his menswear show in June, and there is even a fun ‘selfie’ area where you can snap yourself with life-size cardboard cut-outs of Smith.

There are many favourite bits in this exhibition – I love how his office is the focal point of the exhibit, it was fascinating to see the things that he keeps close by and that inspire him – from rabbit figurines, a pink Dyson, vintage cameras, a bike, and stacks of books. It makes me feel that my organised chaos surrounded by Barbie dolls is completely normal!!!

It was also nice to look back at the history of the brand through the invites and launch gifts – I wonder how many people will be checking eBay to get their hands on Paul Smith fashion transfers!!! The other highlight had to be the gallery filled with pictures he has collected over the years – some of which were pictures and letters that people had sent him and it was nice to see that he collects them.

What I loved most about this exhibition is its appeal to non-fashion people, fashion actually takes a back seat and it’s the creativity that shines through and it really is a fascinating look in to the mind of a fashion designer.

‘Hello My Name is Paul Smith’ at the Design Museum runs from November 15 – March 9, 2014.

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LFW SS14: Day 1 – Highlights, The Apartment & My Style

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There is something different about London Fashion Week this season, even with the rain pouring down on Somerset House there is a positive up-beat vibe that I am loving.

Starting with the beautifully sunny Bora Aksu, the feminine sporty look of Fyodor Golan, and the utilitarian cool of Christopher Raeburn, and ending with a look around Topshop’s designer showroom and a fashion film presentation from River Island for their new collaboration with Eudon Choi.

Day 1 was a busy one.

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What to wear on day 1 is always a worry – fashion week can be a little like starting high school – instead of wondering if the cool kids will like you its more like will a street style photographer want to take my picture. This would only happen in my dreams. My wardrobe for fashion week is always more about comfort than an outrageous style statement – I find the best way to embrace fashion week is to go as yourself and you can’t go wrong.

So for the opening day of shows I went for my new monochrome ASOS dress as I really wanted to wear my new Topshop red Dorothy shoes with a tiny heel, they are my geeky shoes and I love wearing red accessories with monochrome prints.

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My Style: Black and white dress, ASOS // Red shoes, Topshop // Red belt, New Look // Red glasses, Swag & Stare (c/o) // Black bag, Osprey London // Watch, Lulu Guinness (c/o) // Bracelet, Monica Vindar // Bracelet, Dower & Hall (c/o) // Bracelet, Claire’s (c/o) // Make-up, Laura Mercier/Birchbox at The Apartment //

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Favourite Show: It is hard to choose between the bright and intricate detailing of Bora Aksu and the fun and change of direction from Fyodor Golan – both shows were a great opening to the spring/summer season.

I also really loved the prints at Jean-Pierre Braganza and the utilitarian chic at Christopher Raeburn, the shirt dresses, the sleevless parka and parachute cape – plus I also spotted a very talented drawer in the crowd doing live illustrations of the runway show.

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The Apartment: As well as checking out the latest collections I also went by my friend Abi’s The Apartment, a retreat from the madness of fashion week where you can grab something to eat, have your hair and make-up done, learn a few tricks on Pinterest and generally hangout with cool bloggers. Look out for a post on this season’s The Apartment in the next couple of days.

To round off Day 1 at LFW I have put together a highlight reel using HTC Zoe on my HTC One:

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Twitter Love: Miley Cyrus In London

Miley-cryus-london-chanelMiley Cyrus is fast becoming one of my favourite celebrities on Twitter and Instagram, this is a girl that really knows how to have fun, and I have been loving her piccies from London – from her Chanel haul to grabbing her crotch and even hanging off railings with her UK fans.

The ‘We Can’t Stop’ singer sported an all-black mini dress as she posed on Chanel’s floor surrounded by the brand’s black and white bags and tweeted the piccie with the caption: ‘’The damage is done ❤ @CHANEL.’’

What’s in the bags she doesn’t share, but I am sure we will be seeing lots of Chanel in her up-coming press tour around Europe. Seriously only Miley would pose lying on the floor of the luxury French boutique!

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As well as trips to Chanel, the former Disney starlet has also been showing off her unique style, from a hilarious pose with fans clinging onto railings in a black crop top and pencil skirt and that gorgeous metallic-gold Celine shoulder bag to a monochrome McQueen look along a very packed suitcase in her hotel, and my favourite outfit pic has to be ‘Business’ look with Miley grabbing her crotch, flashing her abs, as well as bit of under boob with the tweet: “Ain’t worrrrrriieddd bout nothin but my my #bizzzznassss”.

Miley certainly has had fun with her fashion in London.

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I really just love her fun attitude, some have been a little hard on Miley lately – but come on this girl is only 20-years-old why can’t she have fun, and come on if you could wouldn’t you buy enough Chanel that you needed two assistants to load up the car???!!!???

[Pics: via Miley Cyrus Twitter]