I think I underestimated how long it would take me to answer some of the questions for the giveaway, but don’t worry as it hasn’t been forgotten and the prizes are still safe! In the meantime here’s a taste of what’s to come in a few interviews I’ve managed to do for Alex and Bee. I’m also hoping to somehow take some more outfit pictures this week before I leave at the crack of dawn for Uni, luckily Spring is on its way!
Ahhh what I wouldn’t give to be back at Somerset House! The date of my graduate show looms closer and closer but lets cast our minds back a few weeks ago (the magic of blogger drafts means this post has been brewing for a while) to the time of year that has probably inspired many a blog post in your feeds. You might be dreading seeing another post bearing the LFW acronym, but I just had to share a few more pictures I took back on my sole day within the cobbles. The exhibition holds so much more than a few pieces on a rail; it’s these accessible offerings that will assist in setting the tone for the final months of the year.
Newgen scarf installation, J.W Anderson boiled wool knitwear, some Heikki Salonen boots I need to own, Topshop gets all high-tech, an Angel Jackson bag to covet, the obligatory rail of Felicity Brown’s latest offerings, Jean Charles de Castelbajac‘s take on the peter pan collar
I had ambitious plans to visit every single exhibition stand in Somerset House, On Off and Vauxhall Fashion Scout in one day, but in reality what with negotiating busy streets and cobbles and getting sidetracked by blogger sightings, this really wasn’t possible. What I needed to consider was quality over quantity and I’m glad I managed to spend more time seeing the stands of fewer designers and really getting to grips with the brands. Sometimes there are embargoes in place, meaning I can’t really post the pictures until a certain period of time has passed (Tatty Devine is a good example with some excellent stuff coming later this year) but you can’t help but feel excited that you know what will have a hand in setting the trends for next season in contemporary stores. Above are a few of my favourite things I spied on the stands and the Heikki Salonen pic in particular has fuelled my need for even more lace up footwear.
There are more of my fashion week snaps on my Facebook page
Another great thing is that many of the designers are in residence by their stands and you can have a good old natter with them and understand their inspiration directly without any PR middlemen. I remember seeing Yang Du’s cheeky knitted accessories last season and loving her taken on graphic knitwear. I’m slightly more convinced I could carry off one of her bright n’ baggy motif jumpers now after seeing the designer sport a similar style herself. It was also lovely to catch up with Elizabeth Lau and I’m even more certain that I need to somehow own one of her cute slogan jumpers and team it with some grey jersey. Have you seen her AW11 lookbook yet? It’s a really cool concept featuring bloggers as models and I love how each personality shines through.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to go to the Mulberry show due to my Ohio endeavours, so I sent my Mum in my place to see the whole fashion week experience for herself. I gave her step-by-step instructions on how to use my tiny ancient camera and what to look out for, but even I never expected that she would end up right in the middle of the press pit. What I love about Mulberry is how they take a strong theme (this season it’s the mysterious inhabitants of the countryside) which comes across in all the show paraphernalia yet is never too literal within the collection. The very English theme brought back a few Luella pangs, but ultimately this brand offers something a little more pared down with cosy styling details with the knee high socks and tartan scarves. My Mum had a great time seeing the show before her eyes and dressed accordingly wearing the Holly Fulton for Asos dress that I almost sent back before she intercepted it. She does want to start a blog of her own but hasn’t quite got around to it yet, hopefully this will give her the push she needs!
The final loose end I had to tie up was this last photo, taken on my way home after a long London-filled day. I’m no street style photographer but I’ve vowed to snap any details that catch my eye rather than regretting it months later when I’m racking my brains trying to recreate a mental picture. I loved this lady’s tights (I think she said she bought them in Italy) and would love to find a replica somewhere, can anyone help? Failing that I can always get some fabric paints and go crazy with a plain Primark pair!