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LFW Preview: Designer’s Share Their SS14 Inspiration

mulberry-tea-cup-Fashion month has started, New York Fashion Week is in full swing and London Fashion Week is less than a week away, and I am getting pretty excited to see what the London-based designers have in store for us for spring/summer 2014.

Well, it seems that it isn’t only me getting excited about the SS14 collections, as LFW designers have been sharing their inspiration and work-in-progress via their social media channels as they start the countdown to their shows.

It is nice to see so many designers embracing social media ahead of the shows – and the sneak peaks feature everything from miniature tea cups to graphic prints and floral blooms – I have a feeling it is going to be a bright season.

Scroll through the SS14 preview gallery below and let me know who’s collection you are excited to see.

LFW SS13: Day 4 – A Barbie Makeover, Mark Fast Goes Ghetto, and I Opt For A Flash Of Pink…Again

Day 4 of London Fashion Week is generally about the big hitters Burberry and Erdem, unless like me you sadly don’t have tickets, one day here’s hoping. For me today was all about heading over to the Topshop venue on Bedford Square for the first time this fashion week, Barbie hitting the catwalk, seeing Mark Fast’s latest offering, as well as dropping in on the bloggers hangout The Apartment for a Forever 21 styling session.

First up Louise Gray at the Topshop venue and Barbie’s latest appearance at London Fashion Week, last year was Sister by Sibling but I was really excited to see the Louise’s three designs inspired by my favourite doll. My excitement for the show did sour slightly with the fact I nearly didn’t get in, sadly I only had a standing ticket and they said it was too crowded to let me in, thankfully I squeezed into the tent as the last minute. It does disappointment me that for a show that was sponsored by Barbie that they didn’t do more to support fashion blogs like mine that love Barbie, come on it is in my blog name!

But enough about that, back to the collection, I love how Louise Gray brings the fun to fashion. I love the energy and attitude of Louise’s shows, the soundtrack was incredible, and I loved the graffiti, doodles, and newsprint-esq prints on the shift dresses and tailored pieces. What stood out the most, other than the fab three Barbie-inspired pieces had to be the accessories – everything from the mirror-effect headgear, designed by milliner, Stephen Jones, to the Tatty Devine made jewellery, and the make-up was crazy finishing touch with cartoon crown’s pencilled over the top of the eyebrows and matte orange lips.

From Bedford Square I then stupidly along with Alex and Briony jumped on the press bus to Burberry, the furthest London Fashion Week venue, for some reason this fashion week I have been making some very rookie mistakes. To be honest though I kind of enjoy my bus trip through London!

Every day there has been something different at The Apartment today was Forever 21’s turn, they brought the specially curated Abi Marvel collection, which you must look out for in the Oxford Circus store, plus stacks of jewellery, sweets and their new shoe collections.

Then thanks to Get Taxi I got to Mark Fast in plenty of time. Mark Fast is always an intriguing show, whether it is to see the plus-size models or to see what else he can craft in knit, or to see who is on the front row – last season it was Kanye West, sadly we all had to make do with Kelly Brooke who is doing the rounds this LFW.

To the soundtrack of Salt n Pepper, Mark Fast’s ‘Broke’ collection sent down model after model all sporting the same afro hairstyle and hip hop swagger. Of course there was lots of figure-hugging knitwear, micro skirts, and lots and lots of fringing. Obviously Mark Fast is saying if it isn’t broken don’t fix it!!!

My final stop of the day was the Handpicked Media suite to see the Ted Baker girlies, I love their autumn/winter 2012 collection so it was lovely to take a peak at my favourite pieces, but what I loved most was the Hunger Games-inspired display – very Katniss with the bow and arrow!!!

To my look, well I went for a girlie vibe today as Barbie was in town, so I decided to team my Lulu Guinness for Uniqlo tee with my pleated black skirt, new Topshop boots, which simply go with everything, and I couldn’t resist a flash of pink with my Cambridge Satchel Company bag.

My Style: Next pleated skirt; Lulu Guinness for Uniqlo t-shirt; New Look skinny neon pink belt; Black embellished cardigan; Topshop boots; and Cambridge Satchel Company bag.

What was your highlight of Day 4 at London Fashion Week?

LFW SS12: Mark Fast by Ella Shippey

Mark Fast, fashion’s undisputed king of knitwear, unveiled a smart and coherent collection on the penultimate day of the capital’s womenswear show calendar.

In a palette that ran from nude to black, interspersed with the kind of brights you would have found on an early nineties friendship bracelet, Fast took us on a journey from tribal desert queen to 70s poolside glamour all with a yarn twist.
Displaying his talents with the crochet knit, Fast opened the show with a collection of dresses which ran through every imaginable skirt variation from tiered to mermaid, the pace only faltering momentarily for said mermaid who had to struggle down the runway not unlike a fish out of water.
The collection led onto a knit so gossamer it was like it’d been spun by the tiniest of all the fashion butterflies but where the collection really came to life was in the fringing work, a highlight being the 20s inspired fringed robe thrown over a crochet swimsuit, which just oozed movie starlet glamour.
There was a moment when Fast went off piste a little, as out emerged three looks of the non-knitted variety. A tangerine bomber paired with a high-waisted pencil skirt suggesting the future for Fast may involve more resting of the knitting needles.
The tail end of the collection featured uber sexy evening wear, ruffled silk raffia jackets and skirts added new proportions to his usual body-con silhouette. The tone became even more dramatic with the finale dress looking almost like it had been licked by flames, molten lava apparently Fast’s inspiration for this ultimate show-stopping gown.
**Thanks to my pal Ella Shippey, Freelance Fashion Assistant,  for stepping in and covering my shows while I was in New York, you rock!!!**
[Pics: Style.com]

Shoe Loving: ALDO Get Lucky Launch Party

Last week I was invited to international footwear brand ALDO’s autumn/winter 2011 campaign launch at the fabulous One Marylebone in London. The party was to launch their new campaign ‘Get Lucky’ shot by Terry Richardson and fronted by the gorgeous Lily Donaldson, who was completely stunning in real life.

ALDO has always been on my radar as they do a great selection of boots, but what was nice about this event was finding out more about the brand, Mr ALDO was even in the house, as well as finding out about their designer capsule collaborations, the ALDO Rise initiative, which sees the brand hooking up with up-and-coming design talent.

The event was hosted by ALDO Creative Director Douglas Bensadoun, what a cutie, seen here with the gorgeous Lily, who introduced us to the brand’s new developments for AW11 as well as SS12, which included details of the retailers new Oxford Street flagship store, their intentions to launch a London-based design studio over the summer, as well as the amazing news that British-based fashion designers Mark Fast, J.W. Anderson and Preen are teaming up with ALDO for SS12, I seriously can’t wait to see Mark Fast’s capsule collection.

I was quite taken with the AW11 Rise capsule collection by Christian Cota, the boots were amazing, and I choose the black knee-high ones as my ‘Get Lucky’ free gift, so can’t wait to wear them!!!

There were also a lot of celebs in attendance, including the gorgeous Louise Roe, loving her orange top, nails and bling ring!!! As well as Alexis  Jordan, Jameela  Jamil, Caroline  Flack, Henry  Holland, Rita  Ora, Jade  Parfitt, Jasmine Guniness, and Sunday Girl, seriously cool crowd!!

As well as the exciting news, the striking Lily and celeb pals, ALDO also showed off its new collections, lots of sparkly, very high, and all extremely glamorous. My favs were these purple sparkly wedge heels that all the Surgery PR girls were working, very seventies diva, LOVE!

It was also nice to catch up with fellow bloggers Carina100 and Really Ree. Such a great event, gorgeous campaign, and so can’t wait for the autumn/winter collection to hit the stores.