What you wear to London Fashion Week is always a bit of a learning curve. You start off perhaps with an outfit in mind on the first day before realising that a spike heel and cobble combination are not in fact a match made in heaven (most women's shoes can hardly be classed as suitable for the Somerset House grounds). Throughout the day, you might consistently see certain colours and patterns that you love and try to incorporate it into your outfit the next day. It really is an environment to be inspired by and enjoy being in; the people-watching is second to none and it seems the people desperate to be photographed have multiplied and now you face a fleeting glance by the street style photographers upon entry like that of a club bouncer. When will they stop asking me for ID? I decided to wear some of the sale buys I bought last month, after my diligence paid off and I managed to get quite a few things that I'd wanted for a while.
Blazer - Whistles
Floral shirt - Vintage M&S
Shorts - Topshop
Tights - Target
Boots - Vagabond c/o Zalando
Meet my Whistles blazer. It's a worthy substitute for the Kooples number I'd been admiring yet still couldn't afford even with 50% off and had been sitting in my wardrobe waiting to make an important début. Even though I've been wearing my H&M coat for what seems like forever, I decided to brave the cold with some strategically placed Heatech, double tights and a lot of denial. Luckily it worked for most of the day. I seem to have a new satchel every season and Zatchels managed to answer my prayers for a smaller red style. So far it's survived getting stuck outside the doors of the Bakerloo line for an entire stop without damage (and causing my worldly possessions to be scattered amongst the tracks) so I can tell it's going to be a long and happy friendship.
Coat, Top, Skirt - H&M, Creepers - Tuk c/o Spartoo, Necklace - Me & Zena, Socks - c/o Tabio
Swedish Hasbeens - c/o Zalando
I was going to save wearing both of my Versace for H&M (yes I went there) pieces together until the summer, but then I thought 'Why not now?' Fashion Week is the perfect time to experiment with looks you've always wanted to try and since I have a lot of love for all of the amazing print designers around, I thought it best to channel them slightly. Hopefully I can graduate onto printed trousers soon...Leather Jacket - Topshop, T-shirt - A.P.C, Skirt - Sunspel, Belt - Vintage, Speckled tights - Urban Outfitters,
Swedish Hasbeens - c/o Zalando
For the last day I decided to let my t-shirt do the talking and unleash the A.P.C number once more. It got me a few smiles and even prompted a guy to show me that he was wearing the same top, albeit hidden underneath a jumper. I was pretty happy to be a 'loser' anyway as it was the busiest day for me (more on that later) and made me pleased that I'd finally seen a few days of Autumn shows. I'd missed two February seasons due to being in America for various reasons, so it was great to experience collections that were for my favourite part of the year. It probably wasn't the best idea to brave a pair of brand new shoes on the cobbles but I was itching to wear my gorgeous new Swedish Hasbeens as soon as I opened the box. I'd been wanting a red pair ever since seeing Fiona in the H&M version ages ago so I'm glad I finally have a pair of my own.
Now it seems that everyone and their grandmother is shooting street style at the moment and I must admit that I do like to partake in a few sneaky shots. There's just so many amazing details to be captured and it's a great chance to gain six months worth of inspiration in a few days. Although seeing so many impeccably dressed people and inspiring collections has made me want to start saving for all of my Autumn wardrobe now, I know I have some pieces from previous seasons that can fit the bill.
Have you been inspired by any fashion week street style seen on blogs or in person? I really need to find the brogues and socks in the second picture!