Monday, 22 September 2014

Vogue Fashion's Night Out 2014

I absolutely love Autumn. To quote the imitable Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wear’s Prada, “September is the January of fashion”. Between the various fashion weeks and the AW collections hitting shop floors, it’s such an exciting time. The cherry on top of the September fashion cupcake is, of course, Vogue Fashion’s Night Out. Now in its 6th year, the global celebration of fashion is returning to London tomorrow night promising to be bigger and better than before.
I always plan my night in advance, with so many department stores, high street brands and designers taking part across the city it’s the only way to ensure that you don’t miss the best events. If you haven’t started planning your night yet, here’s a run down of the best parties and events straight from Conde Nast towers:

Browns – Vogue Fashion Director Lucinda Chambers and designer Roksanda will be in store offering style advice while the Bursein family will be behind the tills serving customers.

Selfridges – Vogue Deputy Editor Emily Sheffield will be speaking to Erdem about his latest collection and creative vision after a screening of his SS15 collection at the Selfridges Everyman theatre.
Aspinal of London – Instagram your favourite bag with the hashtag #AspinalFNO for a chance to win a piece from the AW14 collection.
French Connection – Join acclaimed illusionist Troy in store for some astounding feats of magic.

All Saints – Preserve your FNO memories in the interactive photo studio while model/DJ Mary Charteris spins some tunes.

House of Fraser – The team at YSL Beaute are on hand to give you a glam makeover before a FNO cover shoot! Millie Mackintosh will also be in store to launch her new collection along with DJ Jameela, exclusive offers and a fab treasure hunt.

River Island – Join my blogger pal Kit Lee for customisation workshops.

Superdry – Customise your very own leather jacket with colourful varsity letters. There will also be music from Fire Flies and the gorgeous Lilah Parsons will be in store talking all things fashion.

H&M – The Swedish high street giant are pulling out all the stops with a celebrity DJ, photo booth, blowdry and nail bars and a free personalised tote when you spend over £20.

Links of London – The lovely Miss Magpie Fashion Spy will be in store to sketch you on the night for a FNO momento to keep forever.

Perfect 10 – Head to South Molton Street and keep an eye out for the bold Perfect 10 minis for a mini mani to transform your nails.

Bimba & Lola – Peer into the future with the night’s resident fortune teller who will be using customised tarot cards.

Patty & Bun – Serving up the official FNO burger, The Blue Steel-ton, a double burger smothered in blue cheese with buffalo-butter sauce and topped with roasted jalapenos. Who said fashion folk don’t eat?!

Thursday, 18 September 2014

London Fashion Week: Belstaff SS15

Belstaff is back with a bang! The talk of LFW on Sunday on account of the biker convoy who descended on Belstaff House, as the renowned heritage brand’s presentation took inspiration from the brand’s heritage as well as the esteemed biker hang out Ace Café. Changeling the young fearless feminine riders who used to hang out at Ace Café in the 1960s as well as the likes of Charlotte Rampling and Marianne Faithfull, the collection reflects the bold attitudes of its muses with a sleek, modern aesthetic. Key details included fringing, quilting, floral prints and sheer plexiglass.

London Fashion Week: Simone Rocha SS15

Set in the imposing St. Andrew's church in Holborn, Simone Rocha's spring/summer 2015 collection took inspiration from 1950s housewives' demure aesthetic, merging it with Simone's dramatic, romantic design signature. Featuring full skirts, sheer fabrics and medieval bodices with sheer veils and bold, red applique flowers. The sheer trench coats, asymmetric hemlines and fluid layering were the highlights from a beautiful collection.

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

London Fashion Week: Erdem SS15

With a show set which created a fairytale forest with a hint of darkness, I couldn’t help but think of the fairytales by the Brothers Grimm which I read as a child. Erdem seemed to have similar influences for his spring/summer 2015 collection, which was typically exquisite albeit with darker undertones. Featuring an abundance of delicate and ornate floral embroidery covering his gowns, any overt prettiness was counterbalanced by an earthy colour palette of moss and emerald greens peppered with lemon and bright white. High Victorian collars offset with the occasional plunging neckline, sheer panels and exposed shoulders and thighs. One of the highlights of London Fashion Week.

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London Fashion Week: Edeline Lee SS15

Taking unlikely inspiration from her own experiences with restoring and decorating her Victorian house in East London, Edeline Lee’s SS15 collection picks apart the essence of each garment, from the lining and layers to the seams, colour and composition. The collection features graphic foiled stripes and diagonal folds and draped pleats with cutaway sleeves and exposed seams, all meticulously places at careful angles on bellows or joins. A lesson into the art of garment construction, this was a strong collection from Edeline.