Wednesday, 29 September 2010

More LFW Photos from Day Two

A couple of these are cheeky pap shots which I had no idea were being taken, though those are probably the best ones! The lovely people in some of the photos below with me are Jackie & Daniella, two bloggers who I met that day.

Monday, 27 September 2010

Goodnight folks

Sunday, 26 September 2010

LFW: what I wore

I don't yet have photos from the other days, but I promise to post them as soon as I do! This is what I wore on the last day of womenswear @ Somerset House.

Not as good as my other outfits I don't think. By day 5, comfort actually became a factor in what I wore.
Shirt - Topshop
Bow - just some ribbon that was in my wonderful box of DIY materials
Skirt - H&M
Shoes - Primark
Bag - Miss Selfridge

I'm pretty sure this whole outfit cost less than £50 all told (:

LFW: Ashley Isham SS11

This was the first ever LFW show I went to. I remember being on the phone to the PR company trying to sort out a ticket-mix up, dashing there frantically after college trying to arrive on time, still having to sort a ticket mix-up when   I finally arrived, and feeling severely underdressed (I didn't actually know I was going to this show until the day of). Pretty much sums up the wonderful world of fashion. 

Ashley Isham, S/S 2011

Friday September 17th, 2010
ON|OFF venue, Victoria House.
Ashley Isham: Born in Singapore, based in London. He studied at London College of Fashion before attending Central St Martin’s. He began the Ashley Isham label in the year 2000, and is now firmly at the forefront of London Fashion.
Show Notes: Bright blue and fuschia cocktail dresses and gowns. Embellishment, and lots of it. Metallics (mainly silver) on top of black fabrics. Colourful headpieces worn above slicked – back hair.  (Love it)
Set: Beautifully clean white, with silver floral details.
The show in three words: Glamourous and sophisticated with the right amount of London edge.

LFW: Bernard Chandran SS11

Despite it being at the far-too-early time of 9.30am, me being an idiot thinking the closest station to New Oxford St was Oxford Circus and having to walk a good half mile to get to the show venue, and witnessing a model fall first-hand (you could literally feel everyone hold their breaths as she stumbled backstage! Poor girl.) this was probably my favourite of the shows I attended. Here's why...
Saturday September 18th
My Beautiful Fashion venue, New Oxford St.
Bernard Chandran: Voted Malaysian designer of the year, Bernard Chandran has dressed celebrities, beauty pageant winners and even royalty. He decided he wanted to be a designer at the age of 16, and studied fashion at a local college in Malaysia.
Set: The venue had an industrial warehouse feel to it, very urban and very modern. Protégée  of Kanye west, Mr Hudson DJ’d and the music was brilliant. Super loud dubstep & great clothes? Absolutely splendid.
Show Notes: Metallics, metallics! Super shiny metallics! Silver and gold on black seems to be a recurring theme this season. Beautiful silhouettes belted at the waist and the right amount of detail (some feathers & sparkle are always welcome). Amazing! We witnessed our first model stumble this season (aside from a teeny hint of one at Ashley Isham), the poor girl’s ankles were wobbling right the way along the catwalk and even as she was almost to backstage safety she was almost down. That looked extremely painful. Nevertheless, the rest of the show was great. This is definitely one of our favourite collections so far.
Show in three words: Uber cool elegance.

LFW: Craig Lawrence SS11

This was a presentation instead of a conventional show, which is great for seeing the clothes in detail and getting good shots without having to keep up with the speedy pace of a runway model.

Saturday September 18th
The Portico Rooms, Somerset House
Craig Lawrence: Craig studied at Central St Martins, London. He created the knitwear for six seasons for Gareth Pugh, and his designs were featured on the cover of the special edition issue of Another Magazine. His SS11 collection is inspired by Theo Adams, performing in Brighton last year and summer holiday  photography by Martin Parr.
Show Notes: More metallics again today. (Definite trend) Wonderful floor length gowns, fabulously flattering – the girls look serene and statuesque. The dishevelled knits maintain an edge that we all love. The detail of the knit work is wonderful. This is why I love presentations just as much as catwalk shows – you can go up close and really appreciate the work.  Models’ hair has either been sprayed grey or is a very cool- toned colour to compliment the silvers and whites in the dresses, and braids and backcombing make it look as if the girls have emerged from the wilderness (albeit a very classy one.)
Set: Relatively simple, with a few centrepieces which match the dresses.
The show in two words: Rawly stunning.


This was the first invite I actually received for fashion week which I will always remember. I'm going to try never to miss this show if I'm allocated a seat. Thank you Osman! Here's a report I did, it's up on LDNfashion too.
Saturday September 18th
BFC Show Space, Somerset House
Osman: London- based designer Osman Yousefzada began his career not as a designer, but as a City banker. After realising his creative calling, Osman studied at St Martin’s and released his first collection during fashion week in September 2005.
Show Notes: Minimalism prevails! Neutrals, black with a pop of pink, and even more lime green. Cream patent leathers, gorgeous. Tunics over flared trousers (strangely flattering). Simple tailoring makes for super smart looks. Hair is almost weightless, very natural with a slightly matte texture.
Set: A white catwalk to carry on the theme of simplicity.
The show in two words: Subtle sophistication.

London Fashion Week

Most of you will know that last week I attended my first ever LFW. I absolutely loved it, even more than I anticipated I would. Ended up being second or third row in almost all the shows I saw, apart from the bigger designers like Osman, which was not bad considering it was my first ever season and all the organisation for it was done not much more than a week before! Can't wait for the AW11/12 collections (my gosh time flies)...February suddenly has a great importance...

Here's a few shots, I'll be posting full show reports etc. in another post, but if you can't wait then check out where you'll find loads of things I've written, and other news from LFW.

I Must Not Abandon my Blog. I Must Not Abandon My blog.

I'm so bad when it comes to updating several different blogs regularly, all at once. I barely have the time to update just one properly, but it's worth a try. So I'm going to *try* and update this blog a lot more, with better posts to boot.

A little late, but fashion week posts are coming right up!

Here's a quick shot my friend Laura took when I dragged her down to Somerset House and into my world one morning...

More in a sec!

Monday, 13 September 2010

Haven't used this blog in ages

Which is mainly because I use my other blog much more, and I contribute a lot more to LDN Fashion. But I can't really use either of those as a personal blog, so I'm back here.

First things first, I AM GOING TO FASHION WEEK! I'm not sure how many shows yet, but even if it's just the one that I already have my invite to I will still be over the moon. Attending London fashion week was kind of a lifetime goal, so to already be given the opportunity to go (as press, might I add!) is amazing, and has pretty much made my year.
College has started again for me, and I'm loving it so far, even if it HAS only been a day. I have 2/3 of my old teachers and I find out if I have the same one for art tomorrow. Would be great to have kept all the same teachers, they were all pretty good to be honest. Apart from music of course. But if you know me you'll already know about that, and if you don't, I wouldn't want to bore you with it.
What's also exciting is that I'm applying for university soon. I can't wait until that's all done and I (hopefully) start getting offers. It'll just give me that extra motivation to do well this year (:

That's all I feel like writing about for now, but I'll probably post again on thursday, I'm attending a couple of exciting events which I will tell you all about!