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#LFW Outfits at Somerset House

Revisiting the photographs we took during London Fashion Week has been so satisfying. Putting together these retrospective blog posts has been pretty heart warming too.tumblr_o4m1h2zvve1qcam0lo4_1280On my last day in London for Fashion Week (I had to return to York later that day, but #LFW would continue for a further two days) we headed over to Somerset House.

I was informed that in previous years #LFW had been hosted in the beautiful Stuart architecture of Somerset House – which is definitely a Fashion Bloggers aesthetic dream! Of course, a majority of my experience of Fashion Week had been situated in London’s Soho area, so it was nice to have an excuse to visit the historic 17th Century building.tumblr_o4m1h2zvve1qcam0lo5_1280We had come to Somerset House to visit the famed International Fashion Showcase, that this year was themed ‘Fashion Utopias’.

A rather extraordinary exhibition that had a very different take on fashion and its presentation to the catwalks and presentations we had seen elsewhere. Sadly the exhibition only lasted as long as Fashion Week itself.tumblr_o4m1h2zvve1qcam0lo10_1280If you’re interested in a little more information, you can check out a small summary and a few details I wrote up for The 405, here!tumblr_o4m1h2zvve1qcam0lo9_1280After strolling around the International Fashion Showcase, we decided to take a pause and snap a few pictures of our last-day-of-London-Fashion-Week-together outfits.

Cause that’s what besties do, right?tumblr_o4m35txben1qcam0lo3_1280From hair braids to silver skirts, we had decided to go all out on our last day as Fashion Week press! They say ‘the devil is in the details’, and this applied pretty heavily to both of our ensembles.

One of us had donned black, shiny, pointed, patent leather booties. While the other was in cheetah print, hairy, heeled booties.

One was sporting a long, black skinny scarf. And the other wore a neatly tied, navy bandana neckerchief.tumblr_o4m35txben1qcam0lo6_1280On Sophia:

Shirt – New Look

Fur coat – Noisy May

Jeans – H&M

Boots – Hobbs

Bag – Zara

Sunglasses – Ebay

Skinny scarf – repurposed Calvin Klein

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Shirt – Asos

Skirt – Asos

Jacket – H&M Trend

Neckerchief – Asos

Bag – Zara

Boots – Asos

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We’re out!

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Inside #LFW Designer Showrooms

A huge privilege of being a Press Pass holder, at Fashion Week, is the exclusive access to the Designer Showrooms! We designated a whole afternoon to investigating what the Showrooms had to offer. tumblr_o4gi5tpmxy1qcam0lo1_1280I thought I’d throw together just a snippet (and trust me, it’s a big snippet!) of what we saw. This is an opportunity to view hundreds of beautifully crafted garments and have a sneaky peak at the action behind-the-scenes in a collective Designers Showroom.tumblr_o4gi5tpmxy1qcam0lo2_1280Every section of the minimal cube-gallery style space was carefully curated to display the A/W16 collection for each designer.tumblr_o4gi5tpmxy1qcam0lo3_1280Each station had at least one attentive attendant to help explain inspirations or history behind the collection. tumblr_o4gi5tpmxy1qcam0lo4_1280They were on hand to answer any questions about the line, as well as offer lookbook catalogues and contact cards.tumblr_o4gi5tpmxy1qcam0lo5_1280tumblr_o4gi5tpmxy1qcam0lo6_1280tumblr_o4gi5tpmxy1qcam0lo7_1280With each designer’s section shoulder-to-shoulder and opposite one another, the space was truly bursting with varieties of style to both compliment and offend every palette!

One of my particular favourites was the luxury sleepwear brand Sundays. Bold silk patterns were carefully crafted into elegantly designed sleepwear; from sleep masks to full on jumpsuits, I was in awe! (Plus, I’m always a sucker for crescent moon prints!)

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“Their debut collection ‘Dream Boats’ is a denim range inspired by canal arts and craft, graffiti panel jackets, 90’s heart-throbs and the pop art movement. The labour intensive process reflects a journey and reinforces the influence of the canal’s slower way of life.”tumblr_o4gkxygozg1qcam0lo9_1280Every jacket is hand painted and one-of-a-kind. tumblr_o4golac07s1qcam0lo1_1280tumblr_o4golac07s1qcam0lo2_1280“I saw two shooting stars last night. I wished.”

Delicate detailing, to military toned minimalism…

Some collections had allotted times to exhibit their pieces on live models, in square white spaces, that reflected the same sections of the clothing hangers.

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My newest obsession is the style of mixed metals – and these designs from Maya Magal definitely satisfied that! They’re now officially on my wishlist!tumblr_o4golac07s1qcam0lo10_1280One beautiful collection came from V Jewellery. Crafted with quality metals and gems, the A/W16 collection came in wearable styles with traditional Indian influences. Plus, the aim of V Jewellery is to make sure their products are still affordable!tumblr_o4gpatepph1qcam0lo1_1280We couldn’t resist lusting after all the shoes. From the reappropriation of commercial images like PEZ on the heels of Camilla Elphick designs…tumblr_o4gpatepph1qcam0lo2_1280To whimsical depictions of cats and flowers.tumblr_o4gpatepph1qcam0lo3_1280Even bag designers spanned a large section of the Showroom space! And, as we’ve already established, I can’t turn away from a tongue-in-cheek phrase on hand detailed apparel!

These bags from Florian London show images of a queen chess piece saying “MY WAY OR NO WAY!” and “BITE ME”!

As we were making our way to leave the lavish setting of the Designer Showrooms, we were approached to answer questions and help appear in soundbites on London Fashion Week 2016.tumblr_o4gqnqopxw1qcam0lo1_1280tumblr_o4gqnqopxw1qcam0lo2_1280We answered questions about our opinions on the shows we’d seen…tumblr_o4gqnqopxw1qcam0lo4_540And the designers we’d look at during the day.tumblr_o4gqnqopxw1qcam0lo5_1280tumblr_o4gqnqopxw1qcam0lo6_1280We also joked about the defining feature of ‘London fashion’…tumblr_o4gqnqopxw1qcam0lo7_1280That being the ability to dress for any weather – especially rain!tumblr_o4gqnqopxw1qcam0lo3_1280That was it – we thought – we’d made it! We’d dressed well enough, and blagged our way around the space to appear like we were sincere members of the Fashion Industry!

#LFW Outfits and Photobooths

London Fashion Week, day number two; we all met up near Brick Lane for breakfast and coffee. Day two, was an opportunity for us to up fashion ensembles!tumblr_o4gboqzics1qcam0lo3_1280From hats to layering our coats on our shoulders, we were the epitome of coordinating Girl Gang partners!

With muted tones and mostly monochrome, our outfit-of-the-day pictures fit perfectly in front of these giant black and white chevron arrow panelling.tumblr_o4gboqzics1qcam0lo2_1280Kasimiira is wearing:

Hat – H&M

Coat – Urban Outfitters

Blouse – Zara

Shirt dress – Monki

Leather leggings – Topshop

Shoes – & Other Stories

Sophia is wearing:

Hat- H&M

Coat – French Connection

Turtle neck – Zara

Culott jumpsuit – F&F

Shoes – New Look

Bag – Zara

Watch – Links London

tumblr_o4gboqzics1qcam0lo5_1280After sharing enough romantic longing looks into each others eye, we decided we looked so fetching that we just had to swing round the corner to snap some shoots in the Rough Trade East photo booth!tumblr_o4gcm6en011qcam0lo2_1280Not only does this place boast a high quality (and affordable) photo booth for the perfect London souvenir you can make yourself, it also houses an extensive music collection worth picking through!

You never know, you might come out with more than one piece of memorabilia from your visit!tumblr_o4gcm6en011qcam0lo1_1280tumblr_o4g9kppp1u1qcam0lo5_1280We had arrived on a mission. We heaped up our extra bags and everything bulky on the floor next to the wallpaper of previous customers, and piled into the small square seating space.tumblr_o4gcm6en011qcam0lo3_1280The result consisted of a range of faces. Some where we were very obviously unprepared for the quick fire flash…

And others where we threw caution to the wind in terms of trying to look in any way attractive…tumblr_o4g9kppp1u1qcam0lo6_1280Next was practically a documentation of every (wannabe) chic pose we could vogue in our short time in front of the camera!tumblr_o4g9kppp1u1qcam0lo8_1280Finally, a group photo of the Fashion Week team! I will honestly tell you it was a struggle to squeeze us all in. And there was definitely only one of us sitting on the tiny stool at any one time.tumblr_o4g9kppp1u1qcam0lo7_1280 But if you’re going to take an #ootd at London Fashion Week – make it black and white, in a photobooth, on a rainy day in Brick Lane!

#LFW Ryan Lo Show

tumblr_o3qfkchhyf1qcam0lo7_1280Following a successful morning at London Fashion Week’s Edeline Lee Presentation (view the previous post and plenty of pictures, here) we returned to the city Hub to attend the Ryan Lo catwalk show!tumblr_o3qkarneod1qcam0lo1_1280In the same building as the Designer Showrooms, we entered the large space with seating either side and the catwalk down the middle.tumblr_o3qfkchhyf1qcam0lo8_1280The catwalk was lined with large pink, kitsch ‘Chinese New Year-esque’ arches to frame the models as they strutted down the runway. Even with the minimal style of only three arches, the designs still captured the aesthetics of Chinatowns across the globe.tumblr_o3qfkchhyf1qcam0lo10_1280The scene was set for the attendees with the musical accompaniment of the likes of Disney’s Mulan for the ultimate presentation of the Western perception of Asian culture.

And all too quickly the show began with Lo’s signature style of more-is-more. Check out the critique and review of the show written by Kasimiira, for The 405, here.tumblr_o3qkarneod1qcam0lo2_1280

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tumblr_o3run2f7eh1qcam0lo3_1280With the show completed, some people left to attend another fashion event, others roamed around the space. Those in the space inspected the arches and socialised with other members of the fashion industry.tumblr_o3run2f7eh1qcam0lo8_1280I took just a moment to sit on the Front Row (for probably the only time in my life)!tumblr_o3run2f7eh1qcam0lo7_1280We exchanged emails about other shows we might attend later that day, as well as the details of the Edeline Lee afterparty we would (definitely) spend our evening at!

#LFW Street Style and Edeline Lee Show

tumblr_o3qfkchhyf1qcam0lo3_1280After a morning of coffee and cakes, it was time to get professional! We marched ourselves over to Soho, and checked in at the main Press Desk in the London Fashion Week Hub.

(Click here to read the previous post from Curator’s Coffee Gallery.)

We collected our press passes, schedules and floorplan for the Designer Showrooms and other catwalk shows.

A Resting Bitch Face just happens to be the generic uniform of most attendees… Or so I’m told. And contrary to the look on my face, I was quite thrilled to have the opportunity to be at Fashion Week with The 405! tumblr_o3iji9modp1qcam0lo1_1280On the way to the first show of the day, we couldn’t help but stop and snap a few Street Style photos of this vibrant orange and white ensemble.

tumblr_o3iji9modp1qcam0lo7_1280tumblr_o3iji9modp1qcam0lo5_1280It was a pleasure to meet the fashion blogger Marsha from Style of a London Tall Girl. Find her blog here.tumblr_o3iji9modp1qcam0lo8_1280The line outside of The Vinyl Factory for the Edeline Lee show snaked across the courtyard and spilled out onto the street! This was definitely not a presentation to miss!tumblr_o3iji9modp1qcam0lo9_1280Once the eager attendees (us included) made it inside, the large installation-style space was all hustle and bustle.

The pieces in the AW/16 collection were a minimalist dream of soft fabrics and beautiful lines. For more details on what I thought on the show and the space, check out the small piece on The 405, here.

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Once we agreed we’d looked (longingly) at the clothes in the presentation, we turned to leave…tumblr_o3ip7f2ea41qcam0lo3_1280And just before we did, we saw the infamous fashion blogger Pandemonia! tumblr_o3ip7f2ea41qcam0lo4_1280tumblr_o3ip7f2ea41qcam0lo5_1280(The cartoon character ‘drawn’ to life has slotted into numerous, coveted Front Row seats at fashion week for years. Pandemonia is the creation of an anonymous London-based fine artist.)tumblr_o3ip7f2ea41qcam0lo7_1280If you’re interested in the phenomenon that is Pandemonia, there is a pretty great interview with the character herself, here!tumblr_o3ip7f2ea41qcam0lo6_1280We just took satisfaction in the knowledge that even the artistic creation of Pandemonia loaded up on the goodie bags and enjoyed the Edeline Lee show as us!

Yves Saint Laurent Extended Exhibition

‘Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal’. The first ever exhibition – in the UK – of the French designer Yves Saint Laurent’s life, and work, came to a close less than a week ago.

I decided it was an opportunity too good to miss, so before the exhibition closed its doors for good, I took myself over to the French Château-style museum in the North of England to have a look!This is just a small look through the magnificent display put on by The Bowes Museum in collaboration with Fondation Pierre Bergé – so follow me through…Entrance to the museum is free for Art Fund card holders – and still relatively inexpensive for general admission – so what are you waiting for?

The exhibition was scheduled to end mid October, but due to high demand was extended until early November. And so, tickets in hand, we entered the large space exhibition space on the first floor.The Bowes Museum pride themselves on their information booklets. They are printed up and freely available to inform in great detail about different elements of the exhibition.Yves Saint Laurent’s famed work was not squeezed into the textiles room, or into the contemporary white cube gallery space that sits opposite. Style is Eternal spread out to fill both spaces and the room in between!

Rather than move the existing french decor interior pieces that live on permanent display in the center room, large black gauze sheeting draped down from the ceiling to floor.These were printed with information about Yves Saint Laurent brand as well as beautifully lettered quotes from the designer himself.The first room had a wall filled with a huge variation of hat designs. These are a clear demonstration of how important the silhouette are to the central designs of everything produced by Yves Saint Laurent.

Notice that these are all produced in a cream neutral fabric. These are a form of ‘toiles’ which are best described as a three-dimensional drawing. They are a crafted design of the original sketch before committing to specific fabrics and adornments. So these hats on display are crafted purely to experiment and test the dynamics of silhouette – hence the beautiful curves and lines!Other displays included original paper doll cut-outs and designs that Yves Saint Laurent himself created! These were designed in mini collections to fit a doll he would make himself from photographs of famous women in magazines.The first room of the exhibition collaborated with the already existing space of The Bowes Museum Textile Room. Inside glass cabinets were situated historical costume dating back decades at a time. The end of each cabinet then housed an iconic design piece from Yves Saint Laurent that tied in a motif of the cabinet in some way.This is another example of how ‘fashion’ is a temporal creation, constantly looping back through time for inspiration and design techniques.Between the aisles were framed examples of Yves Saint Laurent collection mock-ups. Featuring notes, and fabric swatches for different garb ensembles.After reaching the end of the room, we sat and watched a two part documentary which featured an interview with Yves Saint Laurent himself. The rest covered the methods of the work rooms and the design processes behind creating a collection.The center of The Textiles Room was transformed into a display case of original ‘toiles’.Displayed together, the mannequins allow you to really appreciate the craft and detail put into this form of a ‘draft’ tailoring. The work is perfected over and over again with the neutral fabric to achieve the perfect lines and fall on the model. The jackets even feature mock buttons!After we felt we’d had our fill of the first room, we hurried over to the main exhibition space that held mannequin after mannequin adorned in finished ensembles from a huge number of collections! From Sumptuous Luxury…To Art Pop…To Magic and Mystery. The costumes from Yves Saint Laurent were curated and exhibited by style rather than chronological collection. This really allowed each section of the room to make an enormous impact!Follow on from the mannequin displays and you reach a shocking pink coloured corridor that looped around the back of the room.This featured framed photographs and sketches from other artists that used Yves Saint Laurent as this inspiration and focus.

And after seeing an exhibition like this – why wouldn’t you?So in depth, so carefully curated, such a unique experience! I felt very lucky to wander around the first British exhibition of the famed designers work and life!

Birds of a Feather

Only a few weeks ago, as part of my university course, we embarked on a day trip to the Bowes Museum, in Teesdale, near Durham and Darlington. The beautiful Bowes Museum was opened to the public in 1892, and is still filled with the art collection of over 15,000 items accumulated from 1862 to 1874 by the Bowes couple. The three floored, French architecture-style, mansion house stands proudly in it’s grounds and as you approach, easily dwarfs yourself and any modes of transport you use to get here.

We arrived at the Museum and were lucky enough to catch the temporary and exclusive Birds of Paradise: Plumes and Feathers in Fashion textile exhibition in the last few days of its display (click the link to the original page detailing inspiration behind the exhibition)! On the second floor, there is a room filled with original French door frames and wall mouldings that cover any available space – and it is this room that was transformed into the transitional space to the main Birds of Paradise exhibition. (Above) This is the really incredible, eye-catching piece that stood as the first part of the exhibition collection for viewers to see. The rainbow, scale-like body was held to the main body with a corset style lace type up in the back. And the main abdomen is where you can see the broadest hard tile pieces in a golden-yellow, of which blend into the crimson of the main chest decoration and finally into the deep blue-greens across the rest of the creation. One of the most bizarre materials used in the outfit is the presence of black horse hair hanging the sleeves of the dress and cascading down from roughly the knee down and trailing along the floor behind.

The impressive specimen is topped with the feather headdress which mirrors the colour blending of the entire ensemble, fading in a gradient from light to dark. The mannequin adorned with the breath-taking burst of colour has been situated specifically among the objects that already resided in the room – standing proudly, literally framed by the original 19th Century door frame and wall moulding.

Turn to your left and you see feathered examples of more wearable and 1920’s silhouetted textile design in vibrant colours. The layout of the clothing pieces naturally guides the viewer through the relatively permanent exhibtion space through to the textile rooms where the temporary extravaganza is housed. The collection and exclusive exhibition was even released in collaboration with a fully printed book (which I was very weak and ended buying a copy of in the gift shop of the Museum).

“The Textiles and Dress Gallery is a gallery dedicated to the textile and dress collections of the Bowes Museum. The gallery is designed to give a feel for fashions worn and textiles used in the home over the last four centuries.”

The collections of textiles as part of the art collection, also includes examples of European tapestries and embroideries – and this collection that was started by the Bowes couple has been established as one of the earliest examples of collections of fashion pieces! With this in mind, what better place to display an exclusive fashion exhibition that won’t feature anywhere else in Britain!?Like with the central focal point of the the rainbow armour-like dress, the really colourful piece in the middle of the first section of the textile room featured wings of like butterflies made from feathers. This open back dress with wings is one that could be envisioned on the catwalk as a real show stopper where the model approaches the end with the illusion of entirely black dress and on turning presents the burst vibrancy!The large glass cubes (that act as the main infrastructure for the Textile and Dress space) house mannequins stylishly dressed in outfits made entirely of feathers, or at least feather accents. And any details of specific pieces of attire could be found in the painstakingly designed information booklet to walk around with and keep.

The outfits standing behind glass showed a range of dress and style from a variety of time periods. These were able to blend, almost seamlessly, into the permanent pieces of the collection that are always on display!Once you reach the back of the exhibition, there stands a line of original catwalk pieces beneath a projection of footage from fashion shows and the textile designs on the models! The line of dress pieces are set in a demure dark and muted colour pallet, but the feather incorporation makes them still quite an incredible sight!The rest of the pieces on display in the Birds of Paradise exhibition feature exclusive looks at designs from Alexander McQueen (not even featured in the Savage Beauty exhibition in London over the course of this year) and Nina Richie!For an amazing insight in the curatorship and work put in to the presentation and layout of the Birds of Paradise exhibition, click here to be directed to the Bowes Museum wordpress page and the specific blogpost!If you fancy heading to the Bowes Museum, you’ll be lucky enough to catch the Milk Snatcher illustrations and cartoon exhibition by Gerald Searfe until the 7th of June. If you’re sorry you missed out on the Birds of Paradise exhibition, and want to get you’re excluisve fashion fill – the Bowes Museum will be exhibiting Style is Eternal by Yves Saint Laurent over the summer (11th of July to the 25th of October).