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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!)

tumblr_o4gi5tpmxy1qcam0lo10_1280Other designers tugged at my heartstrings with collections inspired by traditional Scottish weaving and kilts. Certain pieces that experimented with textile combinations were quite a marvel to handle.tumblr_o4gkxygozg1qcam0lo1_1280tumblr_o4gkxygozg1qcam0lo2_1280tumblr_o4gkxygozg1qcam0lo3_1280tumblr_o4gkxygozg1qcam0lo5_1280Another designers A/W16 collection that stood out to me, was the works of Robert Wun. Interesting forms, exquisitely tailored items and soft pastel colours from every luxurious fabric – this designer exudes the confident craftsmanship of a 21st century Christian Dior.tumblr_o4gkxygozg1qcam0lo4_1280(In my opinion, this is one to watch.)tumblr_o4gkxygozg1qcam0lo6_1280From elegant to edgy, Caine London designers were a highlight of my experience in the Showrooms. It’s definitely a personal preference, but I can’t say no to hand-detailed garment, or any large graphics!

“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.

tumblr_o4golac07s1qcam0lo6_1280Once we’d reached the end of the long space, we made a U-turn and began walk back through in order to make our investigations of the accessories designers.tumblr_o4golac07s1qcam0lo7_540Quite a few pieces caught my eye and coordinated with the jewellery I was already wearing.

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 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!

The Northern Youth – Fashion Show

With London Fashion Week coming to a close, now seemed like the perfect time to reflect on the phenomenal event of The Northern Youth Fashion Show!

A colossal effort was put into the university fashion show – with the aim to raise £30,000 for several refugee charities, and exhibit works from over 6 young designers from across the North.tumblr_o2i5gbvv3c1qcam0lo5_1280tumblr_o2i5gbvv3c1qcam0lo1_1280It wasn’t until arriving at the event, that the sheer size of the event really sunk in. The line of hundreds of people snaked across the centre of the University campus.tumblr_o2i5gbvv3c1qcam0lo2_1280And after waiting for our turn in the queue, we were stamped with the Northern Youth logo, and we were ready to enter!tumblr_o2i5gbvv3c1qcam0lo3_1280The lighting beamed from every direction, and started to set the mood for the night ahead.

The floor space was layered with a carpet-like fabric with the appearance of loft insulation, and different sized cubes and cuboids forms. tumblr_o2i5gbvv3c1qcam0lo8_1280The internal space of the Central Hall was packed with an impressive number of people. With only a few empty spaces still available, we settled halfway up the seating on stage-left.tumblr_o2i5gbvv3c1qcam0lo7_1280tumblr_o2i5gbvv3c1qcam0lo10_1280The plans for the show snowballed quickly from a small event into one of mammoth proportions; resulting in the visiting speakers of the Vogue U.S. Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour, and first female Editor-in-Chief of the Guardian, Katharine Viner!tumblr_o2i5gbvv3c1qcam0lo9_1280Anna Wintour began her encouraging, and inspiring, speech referring to her connections with the University of York – which were more than you’d expect! She continued by thanking her niece for the invitation to attend the event, before turning her focus to the concepts of creative startups!

“Build what you can’t find, what you’re looking for…”tumblr_o2i74aphva1qcam0lo3_1280Wintour went on to emphasise that a young persons focus shouldn’t be too strongly on one specialty – one shouldn’t have a narrow way of thinking!

Her speech included many pearls of wisdom:

In an age of social media, we “shouldn’t let social media be a substitute for living.” 

“Work with the best, learn from the best. Make mistakes, and discoveries to make a future. Seek to be relevant, agile and able.”

“Don’t strive for fame. Because anyone can be famous without substance…”

Most importantly, whatever stage of life you’re at “get outside of yourself” – try and become “open to the problems and plights of others…” Whatever you do, give back.

Wintour concluded with a strong positive statement: “seize all the fantastic opportunities that lie ahead of you”!tumblr_o2i74aphva1qcam0lo5_1280Following the speech, was a Q&A open to the audience! This included Anna Wintour answering questions about the beauty of Yorkshire, politics and economics of the fashion industry; these included many a sassy comment, punctuated by poignant and well calculated opinions.tumblr_o2i74aphva1qcam0lo4_1280 Fashion has the power to change the world. “It has done fantastic work” in the world – to donate and raise money. It has the power to be “consistently philanthropic”, in truly an “awe inspiring” way! But fashion can also be “frivolous in a good way” – never forget that!

Wintour’s quick witted statement about finding your own personal style was one of the most memorable point in the evening, when she answered “Look in the mirror” once and awhile.tumblr_o2mzg182mt1qcam0lo7_12801And all too quickly, Wintour and Viner concluded their time on stage and took their seats in the front row.tumblr_o2i74aphva1qcam0lo6_1280The show was “produced by BAFTA award-winning director Adam Curtis and the line up of performers included Friendly Fires and Yorkshire talent Billie Marten who was recently tipped for success by the BBC Music Sound of 2016 team.”tumblr_o2i74aphva1qcam0lo8_1280And with the twangs of guitar strings, Billie Marten began to play, and the catwalk show began…tumblr_o2i9gtf1bu1qcam0lo1_1280tumblr_o2i9gtf1bu1qcam0lo2_1280tumblr_o2i9gtf1bu1qcam0lo3_1280tumblr_o2i9gtf1bu1qcam0lo4_1280



tumblr_o2ififcpyx1qcam0lo1_1280A short interlude ensued. This allowed for a change of performers, and a change of vibe; from Billie Marten to the DJ set. tumblr_o2mzg182mt1qcam0lo2_1280tumblr_o2ififcpyx1qcam0lo5_1280tumblr_o2ififcpyx1qcam0lo2_1280tumblr_o2ififcpyx1qcam0lo4_1280tumblr_o2ififcpyx1qcam0lo9_1280tumblr_o2ififcpyx1qcam0lo10_1280



This was a mere snippet of all the glorious looks that were strutted through the hall! I’ll let you make up your own opinions of the various styles and different designs featured!tumblr_o2mzg182mt1qcam0lo3_1280And that concludes the finale of the captivating, and inspiring event! The show channeled urban youth of the North, and helped draw attention to the talent of designers and creatives from all over!

Hard Magazine: The Iconic Issue

512It’s Hard not to love this magazine! A flash back to the last issue that I was very honoured to be asked to model for – an amazing university based culture and fashion narrative publication!4121276121723121281-e1413564600398212Our behind-the-scenes were roudy, obnoxious and some of the most fun I had over the last term of my 1st year of university! These include shots of the other models, photographer and various members of the previous Fashion Team. The actual shoot was based around a simple base idea of profile shots that focus on beauty and accessories to contrast the other shoot to feature in the magazine.10374394_10152505602712578_772667255_nThe final shots that came out of the shoot, and that were edited, developed and used were phenomenal – and really amazing to see, even in the middle of the process!961100_10152505479817578_252203407_nThese two particular snaps that the Hard Magazine photographer snapped of me biting a chain, are probably the most badass I will ever look in my entire life!811The other models included Hannah, who truly epitomizes the model look and attitude. Laid-back cool with striking features that she can control in an instant! The final photographs of her were simplistic chic, with an edge.282The agreed most successful final product of the photoshoot was the black and white image of Lowri. This started as an experimental snap, playing around with the potential of hair based on one of Thom’s (our photographer) famous iconic photos. It escalated to using an overwhelming amount of hair gel and balancing her spiked her very carefully in my hand. The result was a gravity-defying look with editorial sharpness you can’t help but marvel at when seeing.31310352986_10154178931805615_5998913717228037806_ncWe’d been outside, even though we had only been shooting against a blank white background and it has been freezing and raining – all day. In small black bandeau’s (or in Hannah’s case, a little black dress) we wrapped up the day trying to accomplish another one of Thom’s insane, but amazing visions by setting up the white background to stand alone in the great open green of the Yorkshire fields. Battling the wind (and the drizzle) Lowri and I held the poles until the last second, before sprinting out of shot. The result? Eerily impressive! The potential hypothermia, common cold and exposed midriff? Priceless! 10425189_10152549634127578_8036376145539649693_n292