LFW AW13: Day 1

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Street style trend of the day was snug knitwear and cosy hats – shame the sun came out and everyone was boiling!

Celeb Spotting

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The beautiful Kate Nash took her place on the front row at many shows today, she is always ready with a lovely smile. Strutting around the court yard were Made in Chelsea’s Lucy Watson, Mark-Frances Vandelli Orlov-Romanovsky and Victoria Baker-Harber.

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Due to insane weather confusion – S/S in the shops, snowing in Manchester and sunny in London packing for LFW was a bit of a fail! I ended up leaving behind all the gorgeous light and breezy clothes I originally had marked for LFW and stuffing heavy coats and knits into my cases (yes plural). Then spent the entire day being far to hot and wishing for snow, never can win! Luckily I had packed these amazing sunglasses from TK Maxx, they remind me of beetle wings. The rest of my outfit was Vivienne Westwood and my gorgeous Rianna Phillips clutch.

My make up is all Bobbi Brown, who I had the pleasure of joining back stage too…

The Shows

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Saving the best for last here are my two personal favourite shows of the day, up first was Bora Aksu (first two images). A Gothic-romance of 1920′s skull cap style head wear and floaty dresses, cinched in with intricate corsets. The chiffon capes were otherworldly, I look forward to writing the full review. Next Jena.Theo, a more personal presentation where I got to go backstage with the Bobbi Brown team. The make up look was fresh and dewy with a pop of reddy-pink lipstick to match the footwear of course! The nails were an amazing contrast of black leather-effect polish and bright orange and pink neon. This all made sense when the collection was revealed, a bright and cheerful array of smiley face emblazoned over-sized jumper dresses and striking broken graphic prints in black, orange, yellow and pink. You can also see Irene’s nails from the Bobbi Brown team, she has a version of the mani I showed on my blog last post but shaped the tips into more of a heart shape for Valentines day, cute right!

More tomorrow and don’t forget to pick up The Sunday Telegraph for the Stella magazine this Sunday ;)

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Modern Queen – Bora Aksu SS13

Bora Aksu SS13

‘Modern Queen’

‘For every woman born a princess, destined to become a Queen’. It was evident from the glorious crochet wool crowns that there was a regal undertone to Bora Aksu’s SS13 collection. The designer quotes Marie,Queen of Romania as inspiration for the collection. Her love of Art Deco, botanical gardens and her racy love life. Marie had many admires, she was a beautiful and powerful woman. Such qualities were reflected in the collection, the pale blues, soft greys and fresh whites create romance whilst the mustards golds and corals pack a vibrant punch. Creeping vines in Art Deco shapes add intrigue and depth. To say this was a beautiful collection is an understatement.

Portraits of the original Queen Marie (source 1,2)

For more information about the designer and to shop the collections – Bora Aksu.com

London Fashion Week SS13: Day 1

(Law from That’s so Yesterday)

On The Street

Today London Fashion Week kicked off for the Spring / Summer 2013 season. The vibe was more subtle, like a gentle fashion whisper than usual, which was reflected in the collections and in the people milling around Somerset House. Whether it will last the week or we will have a few booms and bangs is hard to say, what we can be sure of is a ton of exciting new inspiration which can be used now and into next year.

Key street style trends were a mingle of winter and summer fashions, due to this crazy weather we have been inflicted with this summer. Bright, cheerful and pastel colours were still a hit but mixed in with warm tartans and edgy studs. In fact everything was studded from jackets to jewellery. Touches of the sports-Luxe trend were apparent with lots of baseball caps, baseball jackets and trainers be it Nike’s or Isabel Marant Wedges. Neon too showed no sign of going away with flashes seen in jewellery, accessories and footwear. For winter faux-fur will be huge, although for a fresh take try it in loud colours such as emerald green, ruby red and cobalt blue – all mixed together of course!

On The Runway

9am – Opening LFW was Antoni & Alison now celebratig 25 years in the business! The presented ‘New Work’ to symbolise looking forward and not back, in an array of bright colours, a real feast for the eyes.

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11am – Caroline Charles – Bright, happy, cheerful florals and a delicious use of colour clashing. Charles always presents a charming selection of hats, this season however they were given a subtle 90′ Gothic twist with rosary bead belts and a flash of bare mid-rift.

2pm – Corrie Nielsen – We were transported into a fairy forest, with butterfly beauty and caterpillar cocoon warmth and security. Ethereal, whipped cream gowns with structure and binding shapes.

3pm – Bora Aksu – From fairy land to fairy tales we were delved into a kingdom of crochet crowns and princesses in soft jewel tones. The silhouette is regal but with a soft, romantic tone.

4:30pm – Fam Irvoll – Showing Off-Schedule at Vauxhall Fashion Scout Fam had us all wondering what to expect with her cleverly titled collection ‘No thank you, Mr Botox’. Three old grannies stooped over and staggered down the runway, only to burst into dance to the sounds of ‘I’m to Sexy’ by Right Said Fred! Playful, cheerful and a real celebration of fun and fashion, with lust worthy peplum tops and cartoon printed dresses. Not to forget the doggies loafers!

On Me

So what did I wear to pound the cobbles at Somerset House? I based my outfit around the ‘impulse buy’ shoes you may remember me picking up the other week. Keeping it sleek with a nod to the sporty trend I paired the heeled trainers with a simple black pencil skirt, loose t-shirt and leather baseball cap.

(Leather cap eBay, Clutch bag & Lego keyring both gifts, Alexander Wang T-shirt and waistcoat, Vivienne Westwood pencil skirt, assorted jewellery, shoes from TK Maxx)

This post featured the following hot lady bloggers: 1. Law – That’s so Yesterday, 3. Rebecca – It’s Cohen, 7. Katie -Glass of Fashion, 8. Lois – Bunni Punch

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I have tons more photo’s from just this first day so I will be getting stuck into Pinterest and Facebook, will link you up once they are up and of course link back to all the fabulous people I’ve been snapping today! But now I need so beauty sleep before day two of LFW begins.

P.S You can also check out this amazing feature Allie did about me on Wardrobe Oxygen, thanks Allie

LFW AW12: Bora Aksu

‘Their beauty could not never been painted had they been seen for real’

Bora Aksu took inspiration from the work of Henry Darger’s ‘In the Realms of the Unreal’, an enchanting yet dark work of adventure and illustration. Aksu focused up on the Vivian Girls who he chose to champion the A/W12 runway. The Girls are brave characters who have been fighting a revolution, strong yet troubled and filled with sorrow. Colour, texture and shape was used to bring to life innocence and secretiveness. Greys and blacks used to invoke wintery tones in a world of nightmares, softened with dream induced pinks and creams. With explosions in bursts of fuchsia, burnt orange and deep reds. The inner layer shapes are soft, feminine and playful. Silk jules and georgettes encased in heavy cottons and wools for coats and capes. Short flippy skirts, pleats, drapes, pussy bows are all used to highlight the girlish charm.

I wanted to open a window into a child’s world when we all had innocent but brave eyes. The way a child can think without boundaries can bring such freedom. I wanted to take the collection in to that naive and innocent state.” Bora Aksu

This was a spectacular collection, a fleet of girls trying to retain their innocence whilst forced to lead a Revolution. The contrast of such rich colours with blacks; pastels with soft greys an enticing combination. The designer dove into prints, the first time in such a significant way. The twisting and climbing graphic florals bringing the use of colour and shape together.

Who was on the Front Row?

Stars such as Kate Nash and Kitty Brucknell caused a paparazzi frenzy on the front row, awaiting the show to start. I had a chat to Brix and Gladys the pug, who were both excited to see the collection.

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