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Au Revoir Summer

September can be seen as the prelude to dark, cold winter days but to Fashionistas, it only means one thing, time for London Fashion Week!

Once again I attended London Fashion Weekend at the Saatchi Gallery – a chance for the everyday followers of fashion to access the latest seasons trends.  This year my long suffering husband gave up his Formula 1 viewing to attend with me – that’s what I call love.


I always try to make an effort with my outfit as you don’t want to let yourself down at one of the biggest fashion events of the year.  I chose a baby pink floral prom style dress from Boohoo with an embroidered denim jacket from New Look.  2016 has definitely been the year for embroidered denim and I love the French element on this jacket.  I paired the outfit with some cute black flats with multiple straps which I picked up from Zara after they featured in Fabulous magazine.  My trusty black quilted, Chanelesq bag was a perfect accompaniment.  The finishing touch to the outfit was a cute Alice in Wonderland necklace that I discovered in a quirky shop in Rye.  I was ecstatic when I was complimented on not just my dress, but also my shoes and necklace by people at the show.





I was in my element wandering around the pop-up boutiques and my husband didn’t whinge once although I’m sure he was biting his tongue.





I was intrigued by a pop-up perfume boutique – Miller Harris which I don’t believe had been at the show before.  The company was founded in 2000 by Lyn Harris who trained for five years in Paris and draws on nature as a base for her fragrances.  There were six multiple choice questions for the customer to answer about themselves and that would then point to the scent for you.  I have to say it was pretty accurate as it pointed me to Rose Silence which was the scent I had initially been drawn to anyway.


Miller Harris Perfume Questionnaire

It didn’t take long for me to find my way to the shoe section of the show and as soon as I walked in, I spotted some stunning black and gold tassel heels by Alexander White.  The brand was founded in 2014 by a graduate and the shoes are designed in London but made in Italy.  I couldn’t resist adding these to my ever-expanding collection especially given they were an amazing bargain at only £175 when the RRP is £450!


Having given my credit card a workout, it was time to chill with a latte.  Even the coffee cups are given a style edit.  This year Lavazza partnered with Mother of Pearl – a brand whose signature is prints.


Following a browse of the accessory floor where I picked up a pretty green and black floral headband by Her Curious Nature and persuaded my husband to get me an early Christmas present of star stud earrings by Apples and Figs – there was just time for a glass of champagne before the start of the highlight of the day, the trend catwalk show.


Her Curious Nature




This year the trend show was styled by Avenue 32 and presented by Laura Jackson. Three key winter trends were presented.


The show opened with ‘A Velvet Affair’.  Velvet is often associated with Royalty due to the expense involved in its production as well as its unusual look and feel.


Dress by Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini


The designers and stars alike have certainly taken to it this season.  In order to avoid looking like granny’s curtains, I have opted to go the accessory route with this trend and couldn’t resist these pumps with matching bag from New Look.


The second trend was ‘New Look Lace.’  I have always loved the delicate nature of lace and the air of femininity it gives to an outfit.  I particularly like it used in high neck blouses which gives an outfit a Victoriana feel.




Blouse by Perseverance London

The final trend showcased was ‘Winter Florals’ and I’m pleased florals has continued as a trend, through from summer.


Dress by Needle and Thread


Dress by A.W.A.K.E.


Dress by Needle and Thread

The designer tote bag has become a key part of the event and this years bag designed by the iconic shoe designer Sophia Webster was far from a disappointment.  Sophia founded her brand in 2012 and it has been more than successful; she has even started a line of children’s shoes.  How cute is it that mother and daughter can have matching shoes – I would love a little girl to be my mini me in Sophia’s shoes!  The bag was filled with some great samples as usual – I particularly liked the Maybelline Baby Lips, it leaves lips lovely and soft as well as giving a hint of colour.


Finally I decided that it was time to put my husband out of his misery, despite his impeccable behaviour so we retired for Sunday lunch in The Trafalgar – a vintage decorated pub 0n the Kings Road.

Next year, the event has been renamed London Fashion Week Festival and will  move to The Store Studios on the Strand as part of the British Fashion Council’s pledge to build on consumer engagement with British designers.

Look out for more posts on this seasons trends and let me know how you are styling them.

A Gallery of Fashion

February, along with September is always a highlight in any fashionista’s calendar as it is London Fashion Week.  I attended the 18th London Fashion Weekend, organised by the British Fashion Council, as I have done in previous years.  It is an opportunity for anyone to get a sneak insider preview of the season’s trends as well as giving access to designer brands at discount prices.  This time it was held for the second time at its new home, the Saatchi Gallery and this was my first time at this new venue.  The Saatchi Gallery has moved location numerous times but its current location is in the 1801 Duke of York HQ which is a beautiful pillared building, just off of the Kings Road. The Kings Road has always been renowned as one of the great shopping streets of London, so is a fitting location, with more than enough glamour to complement the fashion event.

Saatchi Gallery-nightshot.jpg

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For this occasion I decided to embrace the current 90’s trend of cropped tops and wore skinny jeans, with a black vest top and a cropped sweatshirt bearing the name of fashion’s bible – Vogue.  To learn more about Vogue check out my last blog  I accessorised with a small backpack (another 90’s throwback) and my Kookai suede boots.  My hair was done in 2 French plaits.  My new favourite leather look biker jacket, kept the winter chills out.  On a previous occasion I wore another cropped sweatshirt, this time grey with a Mickey Mouse logo and again following the seasons braid trend, this time with a small french plait at the front of my head.




Fashion week has been at the forefront of the media recently with the suggestion that rather than show autumn/winter in February and spring/summer in September, this would be swapped so the items seen on the catwalk appeared in the shops before the hype from fashion week is a distant memory.  They also want the shows to be less about the media and buyers and more about consumers.

Upon arrival, with our silver tickets, we received a Preen by Thornton Bregazzi tote bag filled with goodies.  The designer couple, met as students on the Isle of Man and began with a shop in Portobello road sharing their love of Victoriana. Twenty years on they are now a global brand with a signature look of combining femininity and masculinity in their designs.  The bag was a pretty floral design mixed with a geometric pattern.  My favourite goodies inside were the Garnier Moisture Bomb and Maybelline lip balm.


My friend and I opted to view the trend show rather than that catwalk show in the hope that we would get more achievable ideas for our everyday looks for the upcoming spring/summer season.  I treated us to front row seats too.

It was disappointing that the models stopped just short of us so when they posed we could generally only see their backs.  Another disappointment of the day was the quality of the refreshments. There was a small coffee bar that only took cash and a champagne bar which had all the ambiance of a cardboard box.  They did however provide us with wrist bands so we could go outside for sustenance.

The trend show was presented by Laura Jackson (you may remember she had a collection at Oasis last autumn) and was styled by VeryExclusive.co.uk.  The hair was done by Toni and Guy and the make up by Maybelline.  The four trends showcased were Beautiful Botanicals, Americana, Pop Art Brights and New Romance.


Laura Jackson sporting the mesh trend

Beautiful Botanicals promoted the floral motif which I love because it is so feminine and evokes the feeling of a beautiful British summers day.  This particular dress is Paul by Paul Smith.


Next up was Americana, drawing on the components of the American flag – stars, stripes and red, white and blue.  I loved this military style jacket as well as this denim jacket which were both Marc by Marc Jacobs.



Pop up Brights as its name suggests injected a lot of colour onto the catwalk.  Make a statement with accessories in clashing pantones with your outfit.  I loved these two dresses; the striped one by Karen Millen and the other Love Moschino.



The final trend was New Romance and embraced feminine ruffles, pastel colours and lace.



Both my friend and I fell in love with the Marc by Marc Jacobs shoes with glitter heels seen on the models in the final trend. Unfortunately they would blow the budget but online I managed to find a similar style by Miss KG, only nude instead of black, which were a fraction of the cost so of course I had to buy them for my ever expanding collection.


Miss KG

Afterwards, my friend and I browsed all the designer pop ups including Miss Patina loved by Taylor Swift, Ukulele and Bad Denim amongst many others.  I couldn’t resist a nautical striped dress by Winser that was reduced from £79 to £39!  I was pleased to see that they had a shoe gallery this year and especially liked shoes at House of Spring and Alexander White but was for once restrained on purchases!



When we had literally shopped ‘til we dropped we headed to a pub on the Kings Road for a good old catch up over several glasses of wine.

Did you go to London Fashion Weekend?  If you did, let me know what you thought of it or perhaps you were lucky enough to attend the main London Fashion Week that precedes it; in which case I would love to know what you thought the key trends were coming out of that for autumn winter. Until next time….