One of my favourite things about Fashion Week is walking around the showrooms, getting to meet the designers or PRs for some of your favourite brands & being introduced to new ones too. It’s one thing to see pieces on the catwalk, but it’s another to get up close & be able to feel the materials & admire the little details. In the past at events like this & trade shows I’ve found brands are not too keen to have photos taken of their products, for fear of copycats replicating their designs, this time however I was surprised how many encouraged me to take photos when they saw the camera swinging from my arm & heard about the blog, so I thought it’d be nice to do a little highlights post of my favourites.
Until I started putting this post together I didn’t realise how many of my photos were of jewellery, I often go through phases of wearing none or piling it on & at the moment I think I’m on a bit of a jewellery kick, I can’t stop buying it or finding new designers to obsess over. It’s always nice to see favourites like Kasun (how awesome is his crocodile display?!), Maya Magal & Rachel Boston, who’s new rune rings & choker I completely fell in love with. Whilst browsing I was also super excited to discover Kirstie MacLaren‘s thick polished collars & Noritamy‘s beautifully organic pieces in black, frosted & gold too.
One of the designers I was sad to not see on the schedule was Haizhen Wang, I love his softly architectural pieces, but thankfully upstairs there was a small section of beautiful new season pieces on display, crisp tailoring contrasted with fluid swathes & twists of fabric & unfinished raw edges. I gasped at the white jacket, it’s a shame the photo really doesn’t do it justice. Up until this point I’d been pretty disappointed in the lack of shoes I liked on display, you guys know I’m an addict & I didn’t come across any I loved enough to photograph. Wang’s asymmetric, block heeled beauties soon changed that though, I now have yet another pair of black boots to add to my ever growing wishlist!
All photographs taken & used with permission
Jean-Pierre Braganza Spring/Summer 2015
Jean-Pierre Braganza is fast becoming my favourite London based designer, this was the one show I was most excited to see over the whole 5 days & he did not disappoint. My original plan for London Fashion Week coverage was to do a few highlights posts with a good mixture of photos, as I figure if you guys wanted in-depth reports & clean catwalk shots of each & every show, you’d just go to style.com because they do a far better job of it than me. I was so pleased with how these photos came out though, especially as I’ve never shot anything like this before and looking back through them there were just too many I liked & too many beautiful looks, so it seemed only fair to give it it’s own post.
I always admire designers that are happy to shun the trends & instead stay true to their own vision & signatures each season whilst still keeping it fresh. It’s nice to know what to expect, and yet still be surprised. This season Matthew Barney’s film ‘River of Fundament’ & the decay of Detroit’s industry was translated into fractured, angular colour blocking, perfect little slices of skin peeking through cut-outs & sheer panels and of course the masterful sharp tailoring, drapery & striking use of print that we have come to expect.
Later in the day I went upstairs to the showrooms to take a look at the pieces in person and the catwalk photos really do not do justice to the level of intricate detail here, jewel encrusted shoulders & hems with wispy feather details, impeccably sharp tailoring & the motorcycle inspired prints are even more beautiful up close. I’ll include some shots of these in my next posts for you guys to see too. The sculptural cut-out black dress, the black & white silk shirt dress with printed chest panel & the black tailored waistcoat with draped skirt were a few of my favourites.
Catarzi Fedora / Warehouse Chiffon Dress / ASOS X Wear That There Silver Necklace / Thomas Sabo Tooth Pendant via Joshua James * /
Makki Eel Skin Purse * / Kurt Geiger Ponyhair Wedges / Balenciaga City
It seems we’re having a belated last burst of Summer, after the cold & rain of the past few weeks when it felt like Autumn had come a little too early. I’m trying to enjoy wandering around without the need for a jacket again but I have to admit I’m kinda ready for the cooler weather now & Autumn layers, it’s definitely when I feel most at home & I always get so excited about the arrival of the A/W collections in stores.
I showed off this little silver necklace from ASOS on my Instagram a few days ago, I couldn’t resist the little ‘I want out’ inscription! It’s also perfect for adding on other pendants, I have a thing for claws & teeth, and this one from Thomas Sabo is perfect in shiny black onyx & a nice size too.
I was introduced Makki and their eel skin bags & purses when I was down at Pure London last month, as a brand they focus on ‘responsible luxury’ & are passionate about creating pieces which are both beautiful & ethical. Head designer Joanne came up with the concept whilst living in South Korea, where eel is part of the daily diet. The skins are unique, smooth & incredibly durable despite their softness, and they guarantee that all pieces created are a by-product of the wider food industry. I’d never come across or felt eel skin until recently, but it really is a gorgeous material. I love the little ridges & unique features, it’s baby smooth & also as a vegetarian who feels a bit conflicted about the choice of wearing real leather (which is what I choose) vs faux, the guarantee here that these materials are by-products & ethical is definitely something I’m more than happy to get behind & support.
Preen Edition Skater Dress / Betty Jackson Black Draped Tee / Betty Jackson Black Leather Tab Bag / Betty Jackson Black Zip Cross Body Bag /
H! By Henry Holland Ankle Boots / Betty Jackson Black Pleated Trousers / Betty Jackson Black Twist Jersey Dress
For 21 years now Debenhams have been giving us classic, affordable capsule collections from some of the very best British designers. I’ve brought many things from their various collections over the years myself, and was absolutely gutted to miss out on the beautiful black leather jacket from their Todd Lynn collaboration last year.
On my current wishlist are the softly draped jersey pieces from Betty Jackson and Preen’s tailored basics are perfect too, with the skater dress being my favourite piece. I’ve been looking for a small, basic little cross body bag to replace my old battered one for gigs & festivals for quite a while now too, and the squishy leather one with double zips is ticking every box for me, it’s currently on it’s way & if it fits my makeup bag in I’m sold!
To celebrate this 21st anniversary Debenhams are currently running a ‘Search for A Muse’ competition to find a muse for 5 of their designers, with a £500 gift voucher, goody bag & photoshoot for the winners! All you have to do is take a photo of yourself, upload it to twitter mentioning @Debenhams & the #DebsMuse hashtag and let them know which designer you think you’d be the perfect muse for. Full details & the designers taking part can be found here.
Next A/W14 New In Collections
A few weeks ago I met up with Tara to head down to Next‘s Autumn/Winter New In event held in a plush suite at the Ham Yard Hotel. Next always do these relaxed, intimate little previews of their new collections so well, it’s so nice to be able to browse the rails in your own time whilst catching up & chatting with the lovely team as well as other bloggers, all with a cocktail & cake in hand. Next just get it, and I love that every time I go to one of their events it feels like a little gathering of friends rather than the usual routine press day.
As soon as I walked in I was immediately drawn to the 2 rails stuffed with black & oxblood pieces, autumn/winter collections are always my favourite because I know there will be at least a few nice black pieces, but I was super happy to find so much of it here. Looking through there were so many pieces I wish I could have taken home with me there & then, but my favourites were a draped chiffon dress with deep cowl neck, a bodycon neoprene dress with lace details, a perfect little cropped jacket & not to mention all of the beautiful lace underwear, I’ll be keeping my eye out for all of them over the next few weeks.
As always we were also treated to other fun little activities to do whilst we were there. The talented Eleni of Fall into London illustrated each of us & our outfits on the day for us to take home & we also had palm readings from Julia. I’ve always been a bit of a sceptic when it comes to things like this, my mind likes science & hard facts, but I try to keep a fairly open mind too. She immediately noted my thumbs (if you’ve never noticed I have ugly ‘clubbed thumbs’) & told me a little of their history, which was really interesting and I must admit she did hit on a few things & personality traits that were scarily accurate!
I had such a nice afternoon catching up with all the usual faces, eating far too many cakes & adding a heap of new things to my rapidly growing wishlist. I also got to meet the incredibly lovely Claire & Katy this time too. Thanks again to Next for having me & for another great event!