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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!

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#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!

YSL Exhibition #OOTD

If you haven’t seen the previous blogpost featuring the extended exhibtion of Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal – check it out here!What better ensemble to throw together than dark colours and denim for a day out at an art gallery?

Belt – Thrifted

Jeans – H&M

Boots – H&M

Cropped turtleneck – Zara

Denim jacket – H&M

Bag – Nica

Watch – Baby G

Cropped sweaters and high waisted jeans are a match made in heaven, and an eye catching belt buckle will peep through perfectly between the two garments!

These are a key Autumnal staple for cosy chic that still lets you highlight your all important waist.To keep with the darkly vampy colour palette – I decided to apply a slick coat of rich berry lipstick!

Lipstick – Sleek

A completely comfortable outfit for a day wandering through beautiful English villages and the famed halls of the French Chateau of The Bowes Museum.

Behind the scene/blooper/prep shots:

Vintage Fair & #OOTD

‘York Does Vintage’ is part of the ‘Britain Does Vintage’ tours, and very recently the huge assortment of vintage venders hit the city of York! This time around, I cleared my schedule and decided to see if the event was worth all the hype.

(Spoiler; it totally is – check out this blogpost to see what you might and have missed out on and to convince to head on over next time the event is on near you! For more information of other dates the Fair features in the York area, click here!)The ‘York Does Vintage’ Fair was held in The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall on Piccadilly Street. The beautiful hall stands proudly by the river and surrounded by the well kept gardens. The hall is classed as one of the most important medieval buildings of the city and was a guildhall. A majority of the hall was built in 1357, and is still available for historic tours throughout the year. For more information, click here.

For the special occasion of the Vintage Fair, the hall was opened up, for a discounted fee, to the public, in order to spend the better part of a day perusing the stalls and enjoying the live band and supply of fresh cakes from the small cafe!A woman on a mission, as always, I headed straight upstairs to begin the investigation of what the event had to offer. It is truly a sight, to see a medieval Great Hall filled with life! The Great Hall had it’s walls lined with different venders selling a range of vintage apparel and homewares. I began by turning to the left and making a circle through the hall.One boutique that intrigued me was this one – Skylar-Belle – dedicated to refurbishing old furniture! The stall both sold pieces that had been successfully given a new lease of life, as well as willing to buy a majority of items you may have stashed away in your attic! They were also available on commision to to refurbish your own pieces! They even produced and sold their own paint!

I was particularly happy to find one soft-rose colour with my name stamped on the front of the tin. No purchase made (yet), but the business card was stored away carefully in my bag.

If you’re into vintage furniture, home interiors, or even painting DIY’s, you can also check out the York based ‘The Vintage Corner‘ and ‘Country Chic‘!(Below) More examples of the absolutely crammed racks of clothing that were up for sale across the room! If there was something specific you were looking for – you were very likely to find it!

I’m a sucker for finding vintage designer labelled items that are the equivalent of a one-off-piece by this point in time. Collecting an item that is so unique is very satisfying…And at one of the biggest stalls in the room, I just so happened to find a vintage piece of apparel that I just couldn’t leave without nabbing for myself!

This is a vintage limited edition Moschino dress. White with red printed cherries. Although on the hanger, the dress appears rather square and boxy – it actually fits the body like a glove! This is the tailored waist of a tradition 50’s dress, meets the cut and cool of the 60’s Go-Go dress! Flattering length and neckline – this has become basically my new Summer favourite!The rest of the stalls around the second half of the room offered a range of kitchen and homewares as well as some really intricately beautiful accessory pieces (we’re talking tiny metal clutch purses with built on lipstick, powder-puff, and cigarette compartments – the epitome of chic)!The displays extended downstairs into the Undercroft – where stalls, live singers and cafe were all situated together to create the ultimate immersion of Vintage Fair atmosphere! But I didn’t want to give everything away, so if you want to see what it’s like, check it out for yourself the next time the ‘York Does Vintage’ Fair returns!

After finishing the time spent inside The Merchant Hall (which is also a very privileged opportunity to venture around the hall without supervision in the same way as is the usual procedure for tours of the medieval building), I couldn’t help but take a pause in the sun of the gardens! And you all know, that time outside is always an opportunity to snap a sneaky out-of-the-day. This one was thrown together, trying to include the optimism of the spring sun, but with the knowledge of the cruel nature of British weather.

Scarf just in case, but also works as a wrap around while inside or against the wind. Leather jacket is slouchy, casual, but also a functioning wind-blocker. The top was a bit of a step outside of my comfort zone with the baby pink colour, but the cut was too pretty to not pick up back when I was in Portugal. This was my first time wearing it.Open toed shoes are an optimistic nod towards the potential of the weather. And these babies were a steal in a sale a few months back! Snazzy, grown-up look, and all the comfiness of a chunky heel!

Leather jacket – All Saints 

Pink tank top – Portugal Boutique

Jeans – Gift

Scarf – Colours of Benetton

Shoes – T K Maxx