London Fashion Week

Creative, fearless and innovative are just some of the buzzwords being touted by the media to describe this season’s London Fashion Week. Over 40 catwalk shows, as well as off-schedule shows, presentations and salons are crammed in to a whirlwind five days while an estimated 5,000 photographers are on hand to capture the trends and names set to shape this year’s fashions. With LFW, the BAFTA Film Awards and the Brit Awards all taking place this month, even the capital’s mayor Boris Johnson agrees that there is no better time to shine the spotlight on London’s creative talents.

As day four of the proceedings at Somerset House draws to a close, here is my pick of some of the best looks so far:

Vivienne Westwood Red Label

Vivienne Westwood Red Label

Sibling

Sibling

Burberry Prorsum

Burberry Prorsum

Erdem

Erdem

Jonathan Saunders

Jonathan Saunders

Matthew Williamson

Matthew Williamson

Temperley

Temperley London

Paul Smith

Paul Smith

Topshop Unique

Topshop Unique

Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantzou

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pinterest Puts the Spotlight on Fashion Week

London Final

London Fashion Week may be officially over for another season but those who have not had their appetite for catwalk creations sated can still log onto Pinterest to get their LFW fix.

Pinterest has created a specific url for all things fashion week related where boards are divided into sections including London, Paris, Milan and New York as well as up and coming designers. As always with Pinterest, there is virtually limitless inspiration to soak in, from catwalk trends and street style to backstage beauty and front row outfits to name but a few.

Among my favourite fashion week boards are those created by Sasha Wilkins of LibertyLondonGirl.com (link), Navaz Batliwalla, who’s behind the super successful blog Disneyrollergirl (link) and also Free People’s Street Style Captured board (link) which appeals to the voyeur in me.

Pintrest LFW

Miu Miu’s Fall/Winter 2013 campaign – Simply stunning!

Call me strange if you must but, even though the sun is beating down outside, when the preview of Miu Miu’s new F/W 13 campaign landed in my inbox this morning I found myself dreaming of buttoned-up coats, stripey tights and structured dresses with a hint of flirty polka dot. Sartorially, autumn is my favourite time of year and, if these pictures are anything to go by, next season will throw plenty of temptation my way…

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Evoking a spirit of adventure and daring, the Fall/Winter 2013 campaign captures the passage of girls in a twilight cinema-scape loaded with intrigue, imagination and femininity. Set at the end of a seaside pier, their stories unfurl against a mysterious cityscape and vanishing horizon, brought to life in an up-tempo quirky dance video where the models move harmoniously with the rhythm and mood of the music. While standing on the dock of the bay waiting for a ferry, they dance away the fun of the night before returning home in the early morning.

In a fabricated reality of noir optimism, Inez & Vinoodh capture a diverse and exhilarating cast of characters including Katlin Aas, Emily DiDonato, Daphne Groeneveld, Georgia May Jagger, Adriana Lima, Marina Nery, Hind Sahli, Anne Verhallen and Lindsey Wixson. From these curious rendez-vous materializes the idiosyncratic sense of adventure that encapsulates this collection.

Music: “Hand Clapping Song”, performed by The Meters

Click here to view the video in full

The Fashion Clinic #3: Sale Shopping

I’m the first to admit that I’m rubbish at Sale shopping on the high street. If I walk in to a store covered in red and white signs promising 30, 40 or even 50 percent off, nine times out of ten I will bypass the messy Sale rails in favour of the pristine looking new stock (at full price of course). But online it’s another matter – no elbowing past other shoppers to get to the goods or fighting over the last skirt in my size. However, it’s easy to be seduced by a seemingly good bargain only to realise a few months later as said item still hangs unworn in the wardrobe that, factoring  in ‘the cost per wear’, you would have been better off buying the full price shoes/bag/dress you wanted in the first place. That’s not to say that there aren’t good deals to be had but it’s important to keep a cool head and remember that often pieces are on that Sale rail for a reason. So without further ado, here is my short but sweet guide to Sale shopping:

As a general rule Sales tend to fall at the end of a season (or at the very least mid-season) so try to steer clear of one-season wonders. There’s nothing worse than wearing something that is blatantly Spring 13 when everyone has moved on to Winter 13/14. Go for pieces that are not defined by a particular trend and won’t date so easily. Classic is an overused word and often confused with traditional or old-fashioned but to me it doesn’t mean twinset and pearls, but rather items that you will turn to again and again, like that jacket in the perfect biker-cut or the skinny jeans that fit just so.

Wrap skirt by Diane vin Furstenberg, was £300 now £180; Striped dress by Clu was £280 now £140; Striped sweatshirt by Marc by Marc Jacobs was £150 now £75

Wrap skirt by Diane vin Furstenberg, was £300 now £180; Striped dress by Clu was £280 now £140; Striped sweatshirt by Marc by Marc Jacobs was £150 now £75

Black and white stripes and other monochrome patterns are trans-seasonal and can easily be paired with whatever colour is the flavour of the moment.

J Brand 811 striped skinny jeans was £225 now £112; Citizens of Humanity Avedon jeans was £210 now £147; Cottonblend sweater by Dagmar was £200 now £100; Duffy turtleneck was 250 now £150

J Brand 811 striped skinny jeans was £225 now £112; Citizens of Humanity Avedon jeans was £210 now £147; Cottonblend sweater by Dagmar was £200 now £100; Duffy turtleneck was 250 now £150

Think beyond the here and now. Come October you ‘ll be pleased that you invested in some versatile jeans and sweaters for the colder weather.

J Crew tweed jacket (on left) was £410 now £205; Michael by Michael Kors leather biker jacket was 515 now £309; Leather trimmed tweed jacket by IRO was £662 now £463

J Crew tweed jacket (on left) was £410 now £205; Michael by Michael Kors leather biker jacket was 515 now £309; Leather trimmed tweed jacket by IRO was £662 now £463

When it comes to jackets, think more about the shape than the material or colour. A blazer (long or boxy) or biker jacket will always look right.

Pierre Hardy pumps was £465 now £279; Jimmy Choo Pence sandals was £250 now £125; Jimmy Choo Pavlova sandals was £495 now £346; Bloch ballet flats was £125 now £62

Pierre Hardy pumps was £465 now £279; Jimmy Choo Pence sandals was £250 now £125; Jimmy Choo Pavlova sandals was £495 now £346; Bloch ballet flats was £125 now £62

Let’s not forget the accessories. If you’ve always wanted a pair of Jimmy Choos, now is a good time to buy them.

Chloe Alice tote was £2,205 now £1,544; Michael Kors Gia shopper was £655 now £328; Alison shopper by Chloe was £665 now £399; Zebra print clutch by Jummy Choo was £495 now £248

Chloe Alice tote was £2,205 now £1,544; Michael Kors Gia shopper was £655 now £328; Alison shopper by Chloe was £665 now £399; Zebra print clutch by Jummy Choo was £495 now £248

A classic bag shape like a clutch or tote will see you through for many years.

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