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Sep 16 2014

Fashion Week Diary: LFW SS15 – Day 5

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It is sad that this was the final day of London Fashion Week SS15. Normally I feel a little relieved that it is over, I’m generally over the fashion week drama by day 5 and super tired, but this season there hasn’t been any drama, or if there has I haven’t witnessed it, my more relaxed schedule has meant I am not as tired, and I am actually ending the five days of fashion madness with a little sadness that the circus is all moving onto Milan without me **one day, I hope I will go too**.

Day 5 for me is always quiet, heck it is generally quiet for everyone, but without Ashish this season I am left with just two shows, the Tata-Naka presentation and my first visit to Fashion Scout to see the young designer George Styler, who was one of last season’s Ones to Watch recipients.

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When a show starts with two shirtless models wearing nothing but printed swimming trunks, bling jewellery and gold embellished head-pieces you kind of know that it is going to be a fun and creative showcase. What I loved most about George Styler’s SS15 collection was the humour, the fact that he actually put on a show and I think the Vestibule in the Freemason’s Hall at Fashion Scout was the perfect location, as well as the intricate detailing from web-style knitwear, to bold embellishments and the Lady Gaga-esq bold shoulders and hips.

I really thought that the use of bright colours, the sexy dresses and decorative detailing really gave it a 90’s street-style-meets-Barbie vibe, which of course I loved. Some of my highlights had to be the vibrant pink kitty cat body, couldn’t you just see Katy Perry wearing this on tour, and another was the pink corset with gold detailing paired with the cutest rainbow-knitted cape. I also have to mention those incredible head-pieces, it was kind of like modern Egyptian headdress, it really did an extra element to the looks.

George Styler’s carefree spirit and bold creativity really has made him a designer to watch, he really did bring a fun and a modern vibe to his collection and wasn’t afraid to step away from the norm to be himself. I can only imagine his collection’s getting better and better.

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As well as being sad about the whole no fashion week until February, I was also sad that this was my last The Apartment lunch at the Gourmet Burger Kitchenit has been nice to actually not eat on the go, to actually sit down with friends, and to enjoy delicious food rather than just chocolate bars and popcorn, which is generally my normal fashion week diet.

I have kind of been through The Apartment menu, I have had a falafel burger, a burger-less chicken pesterella, a goat’s cheese salad, too many chunky skin-on fries, as well as today’s chilli chicken salad, oh and because I have been extra naughty each day has been joined with a delicious chocolate milkshake, they are too good to refuse.

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Onto my finally LFW look, it is probably quite similar to last season as come Tuesday the only footwear I can stand are trainers, today’s comfortable footwear option were my classic Onitsuka Tiger’s, which as well as looking amazing, that shade of pink is to-die-for, they are so comfortable.

I also think a ripped denim skirt goes perfectly with trainers, but this whole look was centred around my bargain Primark varsity sweatshirt, which go so many complements and looks of surprise when I told them it was from Primark. I just really loved that it was cosy on, it kind of made me feel like I could have been a cheerleader if I had pom-poms, and it was the perfect casual vibe for a final day of fashion week.

I don’t think this look would have looked so good if it hadn’t been for my Kardashian-like waves that Blow Ltd did for my hair. Nothing can make a girl happier and feel more confident than bouncy curls, especially when your hair is as straight as mine.

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My Style: Ripped denim skirt, Bank (c/o) // Sweatshirt, Primark // // Onitsuka Tiger Trainers (c/o) // Glasses, Karen Millen (c/o) // Watch, Shore Projects (c/o) // Bracelet, Links of London // Bag, Lulu Guinness (c/o) // Hair by Blow Ltd at The Apartment //

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My final presentation was Tata-Naka, always a favourite to see as the presentation, live lookbook shoot really does let you get close-up and personal to the clothes, as well as the thinking behind what the designers are looking for.

For SS15 the collection was inspired by clean lines and the simplicity of modern architecture, drawing inspiration from the curve and the linear approach of architects Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid, which really came across in the silhouettes as well as the prints.

The designers use of a bright colour palette and floral prints were present, as was the use of texture, what surprised me was the use of black and white, which I thought really added balance to the collection.

The presentation also got top marks for handing out mini ice-creams, which was definitely needed as the weather has been surprising hot this fashion week.

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So this isn’t the end of my fashion week coverage, I promise to share more pictures of the shows I loved, as well as gush about a few collections that I didn’t attend but adored/want to wear/want to see on the red carpet, and I will also be putting together a SS15 trends post.

**All pics mine, except the ones of me they were snapped by Monica from The Elgin Avenue**

Sep 12 2014

Fashion Week Diary: LFW SS15 – Day 1

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Bora Aksu is always a highlight of LFW for me, and I promise to share and gush more about the ‘A Dancer With Wings’ collection, but I just had to share these few snaps of the Bora Aksu army, the incredible handmade embroideries and crochet detailing on the romantic pieces, and the designer’s first eyewear collection in collaboration with TD Tom Davies, LOVE!!!

What I always love about Bora is the attention to detail and the 3D appliques really did add a luxurious texture to the entire collection that was filled with such gorgeous playful dresses, I basically want them all.

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Next up was a trip to The Apartment, which is celebrating its 5th anniversary, and of course it is bigger and better and that is just the lunch. This season they have teamed up with the Gourmet Burger Kitchen and it was so nice to take a break from shows to sit down and eat a meal with friends, catch up and have a giggle, and it really helped that the food was delicious.

Then it was time for a quick photoshoot to snap today’s outfit, my bargain Zara swishy leather skirt, I think it is more pleather than leather but it is a goodie and only costs £34.99, and I thought it looked perfect with this cute Red Valentino top with its back bow detailing, which was highlighted perfectly with my messy bun done by the fast beauty team, Blow Ltd, who really are my LFW rescuers.

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My Style: Skirt, Zara // Top, Red Valentino, Harvey Nichols (c/o) // Glasses, Karen Millen (c/o) // Boots, Topshop // Bag, Russell & Bromley // Bracelet, Links of London, Joshua James Jewellery (c/o) // Watch, Shore Projects (c/o) // Hair by Blow Ltd at The Apartment //

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Then it was off to see Fyodor Golan at The Vaults near Waterloo, the collection was an explosion of colour, and full on energy, inspired by conceptual artists Lucio Fontana and Robert Morris. It was great to see, but sadly my crappy standing position meant I have no decent photos to share, just a little Instagram video of the finale.

A very strong Fyodor Golan collection – loved the 3D embellishments and laser cut detailing #LFW

A video posted by Danielle Wightman-Stone (@fashionistabarbie) on

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Next up was Paul Costelloe, who was making his return to LFW after a few seasons off, sadly I missed the catwalk show due to the over running Fyodor Golan show but I did get to see the models showing off the collection at the presentations, which is probably better as you get to see the clothes up close.

The SS15 line is fun and playful, filled with babydoll vibes with empire line dresses in cocoon silhouettes, which really were adorable in mint greens, floral jacquards and navy blues. I also think this show has to take the award for best hair of the day – those beehives are amazing.

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Last show of the day was Christopher Raeburn, who is always a highlight of Day 1 and his SS15 collection didn’t disappoint as it was stunning. The backpack still reigns, but it is prettier this season with marble-effect colour prints, which were simply beautiful. My favourite item had to be this multi-coloured parka, I really love the swirling print, which I am going to call fashion camo, and I am sure I am not the only one who wants to wear it.

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Day 1 done, shattered but excited about tomorrow as I have lots on the schedule including Orla Kiely, Markus Lupfer, Holly Fulton and House of Holland.

Don’t forget to follow all my LFW action you can follow me on Twitter: @FashionNBarbie and my Instagram: @FashionistaBarbie.

**All pics mine, except the ones of me they were snapped by Ngoni from I Am NRC**

Jul 31 2014

My Style: Pretty In Pink

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A couple of weeks ago the lovely girlies at Next invited me and a few of their favourite bloggers to see The Bodyguard for a girl’s night out and I wore this beauty of a pink lace dress. I was having so much fun, munching at STK London, catching up with my friends and then singing along to Whitney Houston’s greatest hits, boy can Alexandra Burke sing, that I totally forgot to get an outfit post. A crime I know for a fashion blogger!!!

What I love about this beauty of a dress is that it can be dressed up or down and it still looks so pretty, I think it is because the silhouette is so flattering and the lace is delicate and fun. To see The Bodyguard, I dressed it up with a statement necklace, a cute clutch and strappy black heels, but I love that it works just as well teamed with pumps for a day wandering around Cambridge.

I think the reason this dress works for a Sunday walk after brunch is the accessories, a pop of blue just works perfectly with this pretty pale pink hue. I love that it adds a touch of fun, which means that the addition of the denim pumps don’t seem too casual. Plus I love any reason to wear my new blue mini Links of London friendship bracelet that Paulie got me for my birthday, it works perfectly with my Shore Projects watch.

Do you have a summer dress that you love to dress up and down?

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My Style: Pink lace dress, Next (c/o) // Blue plimsolls, Primark // Blue watch, Shore Projects (c/o) // Blue friendship bracelet, Links of London // Earrings, Pia // Bag, Paul Costelloe from TK Maxx // Belt, Dorothy Perkins //

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Jul 24 2014

My Style: Festival-Inspired Floral Love Affair

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What is your go-to festival look?

Mine would probably be skinny jeans/denim shorts, a vintage rock tee, a bold floral kimono, some wellies and a few statement pieces of jewellery that I would probably have picked up from Primark. For this season, with the weather being a little warmer, I thought I would channel my girlie side and opt for a fun and flirty dress, pops of colour, of course sensible but cool footwear, and a statement headpiece, well it wouldn’t be a festival without wearing something silly now would it.

What I love about this look, other than how happy this tropical print shirtdress makes me from Gap, even when it starts to rain, has to be how comfortable I am not wearing wellington boots. I have a problem with not being able to find wellies that fit me well, they are always too big around the ankle, I seem to not be able to walk properly and they make my feet ache, maybe it is because I haven’t invested in quality, but I was so pleased to try out Sorel’s Slimshortie style. They are kind of part cowboy, part biker, with their full-grain waterproof leather they can take on any challenges of a festival, plus they will look great in winter as well.

To tie my boots into my look I added a tan belt, which really nips in this cute dress, and then to add a summer pop I went for this fun pompom headpiece from Asos, which is currently in the sale so snap it up quick, I just thought it looked perfect with my new specs from Kite, the yellow Shore Projects watch and my Rebecca Minkoff bag.

What do you think – would you wear this to a festival? Also have you tried out Sorel’s Slimshortie boots?

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My Style: Floral dress, Gap // Sorel Slimshortie boots, Sorel (c/o) // Pompom headband, Asos // Yellow watch, Shore Projects (c/o) // Bracelet stack, Accessorize // Blue framed glasses, Kite Glasses (c/o) // Belt, New Look // Yellow Bag, Rebecca Minkoff //

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Jul 22 2014

Introducing: Shore Projects Watches

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I am fast becoming a little bit of a watch hoarder, collector, wearer **delete as appropriate**, I blame my fiancé, watches really are his thing. My obsession started as a way to frame my bracelet stacks, to add a splash of colour to an outfit, or a touch of bling. Basically I couldn’t find one watch to do the job, which apparently is weird, well according to one of my friends who insists that you only need one watch, as it just tells the time!!! Which got me thinking is there really one watch out there that could work for any occasion, any look, any mood?

Well strangely I think I might have actually found a watch to coordinate with nearly any outfit, excluding a black-tie ball of course, a cool new British watch brand, Shore Projects, which has created a gorgeous and fun collection of timepieces inspired by the seaside.

What is so great about this brand, other than the fact they are British, is that they have created four classic watch faces, all named after seaside resorts, which can easily be transformed with a quick swap of the watch strap. So one day you could wear vibrant yellow, the next girlie pink, then the fun and flirty mint green and then another day could be the gorgeous blue pastel hue. You will never get bored of this brand.

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I think the reason this brand works is the classic design of the watch face, I do love large round faces, especially in brushed silver, it really is timeless. My favourite, seen above, is Poole, brushed silver with a white face, Whitstable is the same silver finish but with a black face, and then there are two brushed gold options, Portland with the white and St Ives with the charcoal face.

It is the quick and easy strap mechanism, trust me it takes seconds to change, which makes it easy to do a daily swap on the straps that makes this a brand to watch. I have always loved an element of customisation to my look without actually doing much in the way of DIY and Shore Projects gets that with the eight classic colours to choose from, and then the added bonus of regular additions, I am loving the summer polka dot collection, and I am hoping for some metallic hues for day-to-night vibes in future collections.

Shore Projects watches, which come with one strap cost £85 each, additional straps cost £15 each from the classic collection, and £20 for the polka dot line. I already have my eye on adding the Ocean Blue Polka Dot and the classic Orange straps, I will soon have one for every day of the week!!!

Have you discovered Shore Projects watches? What do you think of changing your watch straps every day?

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**Shore Projects gifted me the watch and straps, but I chose the colours, and as always I wouldn’t rave about something I didn’t like**

 

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