Show and Tell

26 February 2012

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Photo-heavy post alert!  You might be able to tell that I found it extremely hard to narrow down all my photos from the last day of London Fashion Week and it took all of my restraint to not post pictures of the same look multiple times just because I liked a particular expression or movement of the model's hand.  I'm so used to seeing certain looks from the side that it feels so odd to see them from the front when I'm catching up on Style.com and it's so surreal to think that I was there at that very moment, watching from the sidelines.  Most of the time I'm trying to figure out what the best setting to use for my camera is (I still haven't properly read the manual) but in between shots I'm also making mental notes about certain elements I like from each collection and trying to capture them best in the visual notebook that is my memory card.

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David Koma was an early start and I was determined not to have a repeat of my journey the previous Thursday and miss the show entirely.  I've followed Koma's work carefully for a few seasons, admiring his signature sculptural details and form fitting silhouettes and was intrigued to see what the point of difference would be this season.  I managed to grab a decent spot near the photographers pit, which was ideal for observing the Alain Quilici shoes which had an unusual greyhound-shaped heel.  The palette of neutrals was soon interrupted by bold flashes of dark blue and plum, adding a sporty edge in combination with metal hardware.  Even though I'm still slightly scared of dogs, they're far more appealing in cashmere jumper form and I may well have to start getting used to the idea of a peplum skirt on my hips next season as they're everywhere! 

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It was a welcome surprise when the Holly Fulton ticket arrived on my doormat a few days before the show and provided a slight clue with the glasshouse inspired print that appears on the trousers above.  Luckily this clever hint didn't ruin any of the show for me, I was surprised to see Fulton stick to a careful colour palette featuring multiple tones of blue and pink in her prints but this gave her a chance to provide a new stance on tonal dressing.  The woman in mind for this collection was the Lady of the Manor, a slightly dishevelled yet sophisticated character with a distinct wandering eye.  Fulton balanced the relatively tame botanical references of palm trees and butterflies with her abstract way of arranging the prints, yet still made everything work to flatter the proportion of the female form.

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I think the Ashish collection 'Bollywouldn't' would have to win the Best Show Title Award, if there were an appropriate awards show equivalent for fashion week. The grungy layering wasn't always my cup of tea, but I could see that the tie-dyed dresses and Hare Krishna prints conjured up images of travelling tales I'd heard from friends about places such as Goa attempting to try out the local traditions with a Western eye.  I did like the hallucinogenic take on a paisley pattern, something which I'm yet to try out and hope that the upcoming Topshop collection has an element of this that I can add to my wardrobe.

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I was excited to see what direction the Leutton Postle duo would take after their initial showing at Vauxhall Fashion Scout and whether the balance might shift away from their signature knitwear techniques.  I certainly wasn't disappointed, there was enough new stitch inspiration to get me wondering how exactly it might have been created and the face motif was repeated intensely on woven appliqué separates and dresses to perfectly adorn their ideal customer who isn't afraid to make a statement.  This collection was as always rich source of inspiration and I can't wait to see which piece Susie Bubble styles up next and makes her own. 

Finally my main London Fashion Week coverage is concluded; I hope you've enjoyed the break from regularly scheduled programming and that all of the photos haven't crashed your computer!  As always, I've put even more pictures on my Facebook page and will be processing all of my favourite fashion week looks for a trend post once Summer is on the wane.  Which looks are your favourite from the final day?

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What I Wore To London Fashion Week...

23 February 2012

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.

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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.

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Coat, Top, Skirt - H&M, Creepers - Tuk c/o Spartoo, Necklace - Me & Zena, Socks - c/o Tabio


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...

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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.  
  
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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!
 
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Pattern Overload

21 February 2012

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This post is brought to you courtesy of eight hours sleep. Technically these photos are from the second day but are now coming 'atcha on the fifth.  I've taken a few days to recover before my final few shows and it never ceases to amaze me how the seasoned professionals do it.  To traipse between ten shows a day before a party in the evening would make me even more fatigued and that my wardrobe was even more inadequate and in need of a total revamp.  It was quite nice to watch a few livestreams from the comfort of my own bed and pin some of my favourite looks for a future trend post.  I also managed to learn about the existence of Azealia Banks, found a few catwalk items that I might actually be able to purchase and that I'm determined to get my hands on a bag for reasons other than the name (hello burgundy colouration).  Casting my mind back to Saturday, I headed to my first show at Vauxhall Fashion Scout slightly bedraggled after a spot of rain.

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I first fell in love with the designs of Spijkers en Spijkers a few seasons ago and despite kneeling in the most awkward position on the floor, being able to see the the retro prints and scalloped details clearly more than made up for it.

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I also had a bit of time to admire the exhibition beforehand, which is always a feast for the eyes and features numerous emerging designers.  It's always interesting to have hindsight and see the progression that these designers make but in the meantime, I was admiring the pleasantly overwhelming prints by Nova Chiu, unveiling previously unseen elements of Chinese culture.  The rest of my faves were a full on knitwear fest with clean intarsia separates by Ruth Green in contrast to Ekaterina Kukhareva's repetitive power-machine creations.  I know which shows I'll be requesting next season.

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The Issa show was the perfect end to the day and another collection referring to Eastern traditions and civilisation.  Although the collection was filled with a few sophisticated jersey dresses a certain member of the royal family might like, I preferred the head-to-toe print looks and high contrast paisley patterns.  My favourite outfits were the blue and green looks in the last picture, proving that this once forbidden colour combination can be done with ease.  The multiple references kept an element of the unexpected each time a model appeared and I really welcomed the vibrant colours and ornate embellishment.  Although I've still a lot of love for some of the darker and more muted collections I've seen so far over the past few weeks, I'm definitely glad to see that strong colours (mainly burgundy) and patterns will still be relevant later this year.

It's my last day at Somerset House today and I'm determined to make the most of it!  Which collection is your favourite from Day two?

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