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London Fashion Week [S/S ’13] – The Roundup

26 Sep

Paris Fashion Week is on as we speak, the final week of fashion month, featuring the crème de la crème of the global fashion industry. Watch this space for my favourite of the shows.

In the meantime, I’ve put together my round up of London Fashion Week. Overall, the shows didn’t get rave reviews but you know there will always be beautiful fashion in there somewhere. Roksanda Illincic stood out, it was an explosion of colour combinations and fabric combinations, and there were the designers from the Fashion Fringe competition. Dig in…

Roksanda Illincic

The collection combined so many stare worthy elements. The foundation was ultra feminine cuts and shapes, build on top of that unusual yet stunning color combos and gorgeous fabrics like silk and tweed and you have a delicious confection.

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Temperly London

The fifties silhouette will have my heart any day and I got a pleasant surprise from Temperly London. Perhaps we could have a micro trend for the season. The silk wide leg pants and sequin blouse look was absolutely stunning, I dream of myself in outfits like that.

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Fashion Fringe Designers – Haizhen Wang & Teija Eilola

The most unexpected place where I got my ultimate fashion high was at the ‘design feet’ of brand new freshers. Two of the three finalists of the Fashion Fringe competition (think London version of Project Runway) absolutely took my breath away.

Haizhen Wang

My first thought on seeing the pieces in this collection was Haider Ackermann! The deconstruction, generous layering/draping, rock solid structure and combination of contrasting fabrics (think leather and silk) was reminiscent of Ackermann. The designer, Haizhen Wang is an alum of Central St Martins and worked at MaxMara, Boudicca, and AllSaints; I definitely see AllSaints in there. He made an excellent showing of himself and I found he won the competition, too well deserved.

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Teija Eilola

Teija’s collection got me in the very detailed yet simple and fresh feel. I loved the balloon sleeves on the striped dress and crisp white blouse. All very wearable with a lot of interest.

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Photo credit: styledotcom

The stunner Burberry Prorsum delivered…LFW S/S 12

28 Oct

My Spring 2012 fashion week retrospective continues…

I have to say i’m pleasantly stunned and so inspired by what Burberry put on display in London. A fresh, eclectic departure from the norm. If you were expecting to see trench coats and the signature checks, plaids and neutral hues, well think again.

This collection was packed full of bold tribal print, crochet designs, wood and bead detailing, the accessories – bags, shoes, hats – were intricately designed and so so bright and beautiful.

I’ve put together a collage of my best picks from the  beautiful collection. This is arguably my best of the Spring 2012 collections, it’s a call to break out and do something different. Christopher Bailey described the collection as ‘Joyous, upbeat, nostalgic.’ With this collection, he wanted to celebrate things that take time to do instead of delivering the status quo. Great results coming out of that thinking, it’s spectacular and beautiful.

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And of course, the outer wear wasn’t completely excluded, that’s the Burberry classic, the style, cut and design was just updated. In an eclectic way.

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Photo credits: Styledotcom, Elle.com

These are a few of my favourite shopping spots…

2 Dec

Both Online and Brick n Mortar, I love each of these stores for different reasons, some for clothes, some for shoes, some for accessories, some for a bit of everything. Let’s talk about the ones that stand out the most for me.

For the most unique, one of a kind, whimsical dresses and spunky tees/blouses, Anthropologie is the place to go. All set in a romantic, fairy tale/art gallery style store, complete with artsy design books doubling as props.

All Saints has a dark, brooding, mysterious feel to it but the clothes in there are a design wonder. Given how much I have a penchant for complex, draping, wrap round styles, and the colour black, my love for All Saints is justified. I’d put some bright lights in the store though.

Freedom by Topshop is arguably the best high street accessories brand, always avant garde, always on trend and frequently adding new lines. The massive Topshop store on Oxford circus has an accessories wonderland on the ground floor, boutique style with a range of brands to choose from. You’ll get almost all you need for accessories on that floor, not only from the Freedom line but from several other brands. I especially love the exquisite Orelia and ethnic-style Made collections.

For stores/malls I could totally live in, it has to be Forever 21, Selfridges and Bicester Village.

Forever 21 has the best basics, several styles of tees and an eclectic collection of clothing styles. Everything from sportswear to outerwear to party wear, all under one roof and at the best prices for remarkable quality.

Bicester is a quaint, chic village where you can get the best designer bargains in the best possible conditions, no clothes all over the floor, no long lines or crowds falling over themselves, just row after row of gorgeous designer discounts in posh white bungalows.

There are dozens of great online stores but no one does it like Net-a-porter for high end designer items. Asides from the having a vast collection of your favourite designers, they offer the very best styling/how to wear it tips I’ve ever seen on an online store. That’s more than enough reason to visit.

For shoes, it’s Office, Kurt Geiger and largely Asos, Aldo is also great for classic, work shoes, ballet flats and them some. And oh, i love Zara shoes, they’ve got the sleekest, polished high heels, perfect for the luxe ladylike look. Selfridges at Oxford Circus also has to take the cake for shoes, I mean they’ve got the biggest shoe gallery in the world. With 4,000 shoes of every brand imaginable on display at any given time, what more can a girl ask for?