LFW: The Outfits…
I honestly cannot believe we are wrapping up another season of London Fashion Week, and boy was this season a whirlwind! Full of meetings, amazing designers and lots of press attention, the AW19 collections will certainly stay in my memory for some time. Now, every season I always write a post featuring all my LFW outfits, so here are all the looks I wore during this seasons shows. Thursday 14th February: The Pre-Shows & Parties Now Thursday isn’t actually an official day of the London Fashion Week calendar, but it’s usually the day where all the hustle and bustle starts, with pre-shows are parties galore. This season, I spent the day with my fashion partner in crime Saffy @StyleGrimiores and my Intern Victoria @VictoriaStyling. We spent the majority of the day at fittings with Victoria helping pull looks and Saffy being my BFF as we giggled our way around London. I spent most of the day in black, but with a quick outfit change at Liverpool Street tube station I was fashion week ready and off to the first show of the season, and that was Vin + Omi.
For the Vin + Omi show and after party, I wanted something that wasn’t too much of a statement, but elevated enough to be at home within the FROW (that’s front row for you none fashion people!). I stuck to my usual chic aesthetic of wearing all black with a statement piece by wearing black sling-back heels, skinny jeans and a black shirt. In this case, I picked a statement gilet by designer Minnan Hui available to loan from Wear The Walk, and elevated it with black leather half-hand gloves and cat-eye sunglasses. It was easy to wear and almost effortless, but absolutely fashion week ready!
Gilet: Minnan Hui from Wear The Walk Black Shirt: New Look Men Black Jeans: Rubino Roo Sling-back Heels: V by Very Sunglasses: PreLoved Kilo Gloves: From a selection at eBay.co.uk Friday 15th February: LFW Day 1 Friday marked the first official day of fashion week, with Saffy and myself deciding to start of the season with a bang wearing a statement twin look. We were both lucky enough to loan from a very exciting emerging designer called Hope Macaulay who since her graduate collection launched has received some huge success.
Hope Macaulay is an exciting and bold new luxury womenswear brand by an emerging Northern Irish designer of the same name. Despite being just 22 years old, Hope, who has always had a flare for art, fashion and textiles since a young age has certainly made a name for herself in the fashion world with her pieces being worn by many celebrities and notable people, as well as receiving extensive press coverage. Hope started her career by completing a Fashion Design Short Course at Central Saint Martins in 2015 and Art & Design Foundation course at the University for the Creative Arts, Epsom in 2016. Hope went onto then study BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Print at University for the Creative Arts, Rochester, where she thrived and created her graduate collection 'A Surreal Rome' in 2018. Hope creates large expressive collaged paintings and transforms them into prints, combined with detailed beadings and knit to create her garments. She also creates her own embellishments, inspired by her passion for ceramic making, using Fimo clay and various fabrics and beads combined together. Hope's graduate collection, A Surreal Rome, featured at Graduate Fashion Week, New Designers, Salon International and London Fashion Week, is not a representation of reality but a world in which you may find in your dreams, inspired by the history, myths and art of Rome. Her garments are busy, bold and colourful experiences, each telling a surreal story.
I loaned the stunning Embellished Surreal Suit with beautiful print work, embellished with pearls and beads. The suit had an eighties oversized fit with strong shoulders and the trousers were long and flared for extra drama. I wore it with a black shirt and belted the jacket to add shape with a black and silver waist belt, and then I wore silver and pink sparkly stiletto heels which matched the tones within the suit. I felt absolutely fabulous, and as my friend Saffy was also wearing Hope Macaulay we gained a huge amount of press, having so far been featured in The Independent, at Popsugar online and on Welsh TV. The paparazzi that litter fashion week adored our looks, and it took us 40 minutes just to walk into the strand, with photographers and passer-by’s asking for photos. A stunning outfit, that was a huge success, kicking off London Fashion Week in style.
Embellished Surreal Suit: Hope Macaulay (Graduate Collection consisting of blazer and trousers) Silver & Pink Heels: Faith at Debenhams Black Shirt: New Look Men Black Belt: From a selection styled by @StyleGrimoires Saturday 16th February: LFW Day 2 The Saturday of fashion week was a very busy day for me, consisting of shows, meetings and more than one after-party, so naturally I needed more than one outfit right?!
I started the day off with one of my favourite designers, a brand I have mentioned previously on my website and have worn before during London Fashion Week, and that brand is Starsica. If you checked out my show reviews from the Spring and Summer 2019 collections last season you would have seen this piece mentioned, as it was look one from the Starsica SS19 runway show (of which I sat FROW!). The stunning green dress with zig-zig oversized sleeves is certainly a statement maker, and just like my outfit the day before, it gained a huge amount of attention.
As the dress is the star of the outfit, I teamed it with all black again, as per my signature look. I wore a black shirt, black skinny jeans, black sling-back heels and used a black leather Maison Martin Margiela glove bag from its H&M collaboration. I also decided to change up my make-up for this look, and I sported green lipstick and a green shade of eye shadow to complement the green fabric of the Starsica dress. It was certainly a statement look to get the photographers clicking away, and sure did they click!
I spent most of the day rocking the stunning Starsica runway dress, but as evening fell, I decided to change into something new. I had the Atelier Zurha show and party to attend, a designer that creates absolutely stunning gowns and the Stories from Arabia runway show, so I wanted something a little special to wear amongst the fabulous show attendee’s as well as something that would be at home amongst the stunning ball gowns of Atelier Zurha. My choice for the evening? A beautiful mesh dress encrusted with crystals. The dress, even though it looked like a stunning handmade couture piece, was actually from online store FemmeLux Finery. As I walked into the show space, the high quality crystals beamed with light and sparkled as I strutted to my front row seat. I naturally wanted the gown to be the statement piece of this outfit, so I teamed it with all black, just like I did with the Starsica piece I’d worn throughout the day. I had a huge amount of complements on the piece as I sashayed around the room with a glass of champagne mingling with new friends. The gown did all the work, shining and glistening under the lights, an absolute show stopping yet wearable dress that I can’t wait to wear at my next event.
Green Dress: Starsica from Wear the Walk Crystal Mesh Dress: FemmeLux Finery Black Jeans: Rubino Roo Black Shirt: New Look Man Black Sling-back Heels: V by Very Glove Bag: Maison Martin Margiela at H&M Lipstick: Balmain at L’oreal Black Half-hand Gloves: From a selection at eBay.co.uk Sunglasses: New Look Sunday 17th February: LFW Day 3 By Sunday I was a little tired, but with a packed schedule and a killer outfit to wear I hit the ground running and strutted up to 180 The Strand in style (Well, in an uber, but it was a Mercedes!). During my fittings at The Fashion Crossover I spotted an amazing Menchini Viola (@Menvi) coat in white with red screen-printed florals. The stunning coat had an asymmetric drape, ruffled collar and short sleeves, so was full of drama and movement. I was also lucky enough to loan the matching bag and sunglasses to complete the look, which I teamed with my signature black shirt, skinny jeans and elegant silver and pink textured stilettos. The coat was beautiful with Avant Garde details everywhere you looked, and as I walked from show to show, the gown-like coat trained behind me with grace. The piece attracted a lot of attention due to its elegant cut, statement print and drama-filled collar, with paparazzi shooting photos at every opportunity!
Menchini Viola (@Menvi) is an Italian womenswear fashion designer based in London. Viola graduated from Istituto Marangoni and her signature style focuses on bold colours, innovative prints and embellishments. Her designs are characterised by exaggerated feminine silhouettes with playful details, creating avant-garde yet haute couture looks. Her collection is inspired by relevant topics, related to emotions, feelings and people mental states. It was The Fashion Crossover that loaned this piece to me (and also Monday’s outfit!) from their stunning offices in Canary Wharf, I attended fittings with them on the Thursday before LFW started and was amazed at the stunning garments and array of designers they held. The Fashion Crossover is an online showcasing platform, which includes an e-commerce function, with a physical showroom. They provide showcase, retail, PR, and marketing services to introduce, promote and engage emerging designers and graduate talents within the fashion industry internationally. The amazing brand make it their mission to assist the most innovative designers in raising their international proﬁle and selling directly into different fashion markets (something I certainly champion myself!). The brand believe in ‘slow fashion’ where hand craftsmanship, individuality, and sustainability are the main directions for the future of fashion. They strive to discover, promote and connect the designers who support and share the same vision from all over the world.
As for the Menchini Viola (@Menvi) coat, it was one of my favourite looks during this season on London Fashion Week. A stunning garment, beautifully made that was not only fashion forward with its Avant Garde details, but totally wearable, and I felt fabulous every second I was wearing it!
Coat: Menchini Viola (@Menvi) at The Fashion Crossover London Bag: Menchini Viola (@Menvi) at The Fashion Crossover London Sunglasses: The Fashion Crossover London Shirt: New Look Men Jeans: Rubino Roo Heels: Faith at Debenhams Monday 18th February: LFW day 4 (my final day)
Monday was my last day of attending shows during this season of London Fashion Week, and as I knew needed to spend the following day in the office working, I went into ‘Fashion Editor’ mode, and put together a chic, but powerful look. I once again wore something loaned from the lovely people over at The Fashion Crossover, but this time it was by emerging designer Holly Macleod. Holly Macleod is a surrealistic, fun fashion designer specialising in print who completed her BA Hons at Edinburgh College of Art in 2018. Holly is interested in creating eccentric looks that are functional and has a natural flare for clashing prints and bold colours, being an avid collector of vintage and antiques. She rejects the stereotypical values of the fashion industry and dares the consumer to take back control of their own wardrobes, rewriting the rules of themselves as they go. Holly's first collection (of which my loan coat was from) is inspired by misplacement and the idea of not belonging. She found inspiration from collages, hybrid animals and fly-tipping, creating her own hybrid animals which made up the overall print on her garments.
I did spend a lot of time in the studio selecting this piece, as I was torn between two colourful Holly Macleod statement coats, it took me over an hour to decide, but now I have seen all the papped photos coming though I am super happy of my final choice. I selected an oversized, blue, white and black Holly Macleod coat, with statement arms. Both arms were cut differently, with one having a large puff shoulder and the other having a shorter sleeve that hung as if the piece were a cape. You can probably guess how I styled this, thinking all black? Well you’re absolutely right! However to elevate the look, and give it an up-town, powerful vibe, I teamed it with a statement blue lip, cat eye sunglasses and leather half hand gloves. I also forwent my usual black shirt and wore another designer piece by Minnan Hui (who I previously wore on Thursday) under the coat. This polo-neck had similar tones and ruffled details on the sleeves which added texture to my arms that peeped through the Holly Macleod coat as well as extra warmth.
As per all my looks this season, the statement blue lip and exaggerated proportions of Holly’s coat caught the attention of many people, from paparazzi to BBC World News Presenters (I did an interview wearing the statement coat, and it got videoed: Success!) the coat served me well.
Above two photos wearing Holly Macleod by Joseph @MinimumViablePhoto.
Coat: Holly Macleod at The Fashion Crossover London Polo-neck Jumper: Minnan Hui at Wear the walk sourced by @VictoriaStyling Sunglasses: PreLoved Kilo Jeans: Rubino Roo Sling-back Heels: V by Very Gloves: From a selection at eBay.co.uk Blue Lipstick: Balmain at L’oreal