Wednesday, 17 September 2014

LFW | PAUL SMITH SS15

On Sunday I was lucky enough to attend the SS15 Paul Smith show. I decided not to miss the collection whilst staring through a lens and took a few phone snaps instead, which you can see on instagram. All of these beautiful images have been taken from Style.com

Held in the bright, open show-space at 1 Granary Square, one by one Paul Smith clad models made their way around a figure of eight walkway. "Relaxed" sprang to mind as loosely tailored shirts and jackets sauntered past in stripes or muted tones. Many models walked with hands in pockets too, to amplify that casual, boyish look, and even the more feminine finalĂ© garments featured dropped waists and emitted a leisurely vibe! Favourite styles included oversized culottes in a gorgeous grey-blue and stripes, as well as a striped, mannish style jacket worn over a shirt dress. What's fab about this collection is how wearable it is; I love its understated coolness. 








Monday, 15 September 2014

LFW | DAY 3 OUTFIT

Yesterday I popped to Somerset House to see some friends and go to a presentation - sadly I didn't actually make it to the presentation though cos I had to rush off to Kings Cross for the Paul Smith show, one not to be missed! I wore my M Missoni dress, which makes me feel "a million dollars", with a Boden roll neck underneath to keep me toasty! I finished the look with an oversized black bag from Marc B and my new favourite Chelsea boots from Jigsaw! These boots looks fab with a bit of ankle sock visible over the top... I'm going to live in these this winter!

I also wore my hair differently. As I'm trying to grow my fringe out I thought I'd take my new to be CP, (that's center parting), out for a test drive and gripped it back either side in some sort of Seventies inspired style. I'm not sure what I think yet, it's certainly different as I've had a fringe since the age of 14! Thumbs up or thumbs down?


LFW | DESIGN BY SHANGHAI

After the Orla Kiely presentation on Saturday I headed to the Design by Shanghai showcase where I was introduced to the brand Awaylee. There's an experimental air about this collection that has the pieces looking sugary sweet, arty and fun with a tomboyish edge. Plastic, pleats, transparency and volume were present, combined with chic, simple silhouettes that keep the clothing wearable and cool. I can't seem to find the latest lookbook online but I'll link you when I find it cos it's fabulous! Right up my street! 

Another of my favourite designers to showcase at the Design by Shanghai presentation was Min Wu, whose name and work you may already recognise from Fashion Scout. I was gutted to have missed her show at Ones to Watch on Friday so it was great to see her pieces up close at DBSH. Again, I love her use of plastic and transparency, there was a real sporty feel about this collection too; I've seen lots of sports luxe about over the last few days so I guess it's looking big for next year!  



DRESS BY ZHANG YUHAO
 
ELLIE FROM ROSE AND VINTAGE AND I HAVING A CHINWAG 

LFW | ORLA KIELY SS15


A renowned story teller, Orla didn't disappoint this season when she showed her SS15 collection through the tale of a Spring garden in bloom. On entering the show space we were faced with a rather underwhelming scene; an assortment of plant pots lined up in front of a small, white picket fence. One by one as the models filed out, they placed large wooden flowers into each pot, so that eventually a full flower garden was set before us. Simultaneously, Californian born artist Alia Penner painted flowers onto a clear background so that the "garden" really was in full bloom by the end of the presentation.   






As expected, the clothing was cute, colourful and graphic with a nod to the Sixties. Bold floral prints paired with minimal, muted handbags showed flower power in a new, modern light, whilst clean cut silhouettes stayed true to Orla Kiely's more classic, feminine aesthetic. Favourite looks included a loose floral blouse worn with a smart, a-line skirt in blue check and a more tomboyish pair of pastel blue culottes paired with a simple t-shirt and slouchy jacket. See the full lineup here.     


 


 



Sunday, 14 September 2014

LFW | DAY 2 OUTFIT

As I was working on Friday I didn't actually get into the LFW spirit until yesterday, day 2, when I headed central for the Orla Kiely presentation and the Design by Shanghai showcase, (more about these later). Sadly this also meant that I missed the Ones to Watch show, which I'm sure was fabulous, I particularly wanted to catch Keiko Nishiyama and Min Wu.

I actually woke up late on Saturday morning and, not wanting to miss the early Orla presentation, didn't have much time to prepare an outfit and get myself out of the door! For easiness I therefore settled for a cosy Boden roll neck worn under a pair of 1990s dungarees from Beyond Retro*. I finished the look with navy ankle socks and leopard print pumps, also from Boden and still available in their AW14 range; I don't usually like leopard print but I can't get enough of these!


 

Oh yes, my hair! You may have already seen on my instagram last week that I'd had my hair done, it was a birthday present from my Mum:) As I've been growing it for a couple of years now I just felt really bored so wanted to try something new but keep the length.... I decided that ombrĂ© would be a nice change and I really like the results! I also had my fringe softened a little so I can try, yet again, to grow it out. The dye was done by a super talented hair stylist called Lauren, who works in a salon called March Hair in Yelverton - I'd highly recommend going there if any of you are fellow South Westerners!