Having just returned from an incredible mini break to Corfu, I definitely needed a fashion fix to get me over my holiday blues after heading straight back to work ( in serious day job). I couldn’t wait to escape the office each day as I knew I would be greeted with spaces full of sartorial and other treats. My first was the Ella Dror press day at London Edition Hotel in Soho. I entered a dark room which felt like a club except packed with people and lively clothes on rails. There were DJ sets from designer Fred Butler and artist Margot Bowman. I spotted some of my favourite brands and discovered some new gems.
On a beautiful sunny Saturday I had the good fortune of attending my first and not the last £1 vintage sale hosted by the East End Thrift Store near Bethnal Green. Yes you heard that right- two of my favourite things- vintage and the nice price of a round pound. I knew that this was going to be a very fulfilling experience and I wasn’t wrong. Once I got over the initial feeling of being overwhelmed by seeing masses of clothes strewn out over an outdoors yard- (really had to thank God for the weather cos that could have got ugly if it turned!) – my competitive spirit came into force and I was determined to discover some of the finest gems that the sale had to offer and I didn’t fare too badly at all. I actually found some amazing pieces and was even reluctant to put them on here as when people ask the ‘where did you get that ‘ question, I can no longer invent an exotic story, suggest that its designer due to the hard proof on this post that I actually got it for a humble pound. This actually makes it more exciting to me as a am a proud bargain queen- when no exploitation is involved- which is the beauty of vintage! I will definitely be attending the next one of these and will post when I get to wear some of my finds.
I wore vintage dress and jacket from Oxfam and another tiny charity shop both in Liverpool and shoes from a swishing event at my church in Finsbury Park. Paired with Kenyan beaded necklace from my boutique www.realmoftreasure.com.
How cool is this reversible waistcoat!!!
Someone please invite me to a glam cocktail party so I can wear this super kitch and fabulous 80′s dress ASAP!
During LFW I had the opportunity to visit my first Swiss fashion showcase at a hotel in Mayfair. I didn’t know what to expect especially when seeing the venue which was steeped in English tradition. The collection, however couldn’t have been more modern, including a beautiful range of sexy and sophisticated outfits, perfect for glamorous fashionistas. I’m very grateful to Shooting Beauty, a platform for creative networking, for inviting me to this event and opening my eyes to Swiss fashion which is definitely something I had never thought about and I was pleasantly surprised. Whilst the fashion worlds eyes are now on France for Paris Fashion Week, I hope someone will spare a thought for her understated Swiss neighbour.
I wore a knitted dress with necklace from www.realmoftreasure.com, and Melissa Vivienne Westwood wellies. My fashion choice are always accommodating to the UK weather!
Just when the buzz from London Fashion Week started to fade I remembered that a handmade jewellery and fashion showcase was running at Craft Central in Clerkenwell. Since the launch of my jewellery boutique www.realmoftreasure.com I am more than obsesses with atrisanship so I had to go. I was immediately blown away by the detailed structural pieces, it really was a thin line between art and fashion and contained some of the most innovative pieces I’ve ever seen. I left feeling inspired and motivated to keep on discovering the amazingly talented makers and creators that dwell in my city.
London Fashion Week is the perfect place to spot amazing streetstyle. I wondered around the grounds of Somerset House scouting for some style inspiration and found some amazingly stylish fashionistas. I also loved discovering more refreshing talent.
Mimi Fasi and Zeynep Kartel looked to vintage glamazonians for inspiration in their AW14 collections. Both shows featured big hair and highly feminine looks with silky fabrics and flattering shapes.
Mimi Fasi’s collection was full of colour and left me dreaming of being on a tropical island sipping on cocktails. I guess being at London Fashion Week was the next best thing. Being a girly girl myself and also originating from tropical shores, this collection had everything that I love, lots of bright pinks and other bold colours and prints, floaty fabrics and general effortlessly chic ensembles.
Zeynep Kartal based her collection on the Hollywood sirens from the golden days of glamour. The femme fatale seemed to be a major theme as models strutted down the catwalk in figure hugging gowns often baring an eyeful of flesh, with deep plunge necks and sheer fabrics. Like Fasi’s, this collection celebrated femininity with beautifully detailed sequin embellishment or full on sparkly looks on almost all outfits.
Some of my favourite shows left me with vibrant images in my head such as bold prints, witchy hair, statement bling and shoes.
Sadie Clayton was in the beautiful setting of St Giles Church in Soho which was the perfect setting for the dramatic collection, which had a gothic feel with an edge. The collection was entirely black and the futuristic shapes on tops and shoes not to mention a beautiful gold collar definitely made it one of my most memorable shows.
Yulia Kondranina, winner of the Fashion Scout Merit Award has received rave reviews from the likes of Vogue. I was excited to get the change to interview her for Noctis magazine and she revealed that the inspiration from the collection was the 90′s. She wanted to make it less feminine than her previous collections and there were oversized coats and chunky buckles.
After hearing about the excitement surrounding the previous Sorapol shows I was excited to attend my first one. The show was as dramatic as I expected with a witch theme taken to the extreme. It started with a screening of a film featuring a floating witch and models wore witch hair and hats. There was also a sort of witch dance performance following on from the film. Despite the witchy theme the collection was certainly not of halloween costume calibre. The guests clapped and cheered as beautiful silk gowns and amazingly tailored pieces in a variety of dazzling print and fabrics floated down the runway.
Belle Sauvage made use of bright reds and fun youthful prints. The sound track was also amazing- if anyone reading this attended and knows what it was please share. It was a feel good show from the music to each of the stunning outfits. There were many figure hugging pieces and the collection was full of sex appeal, perfect for confident fashionistas who are not afraid to stand out in a crowd!