Urban Outfitters Leicester Store Launch

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September has been a bit of a crazy month for events, as I’m sure you can tell from the influx of posts! I had quite a few in my hometown too, which is always nice & things kicked off at the start of the month with the Urban Outfitters store launch. It’s been a long time coming & I’m thrilled that we now finally have one in Leicester, as I’m a big fan of their in-house brands.

I was invited down to the press preview of the store by the lovely Katie & Kerry, where we were able to have a good look around at everything on offer with a handful of others whilst having a few drinks & eating some of the most delicious cakes that I’ve tasted in ages. Shopping in a relatively empty store in blissful peace & quiet was already a treat enough, but we were also treated to a piece of our choice to take home & a super generous goodie bag, I can’t wait to show you guys properly the beautiful lace kimono I chose. It’ll be in next weeks outfit post. I also got to catch up briefly with Claire & have a good old shop with Katy too, who I actually had no idea were both local-ish!

The store itself is gorgeous, I think they always do such a good job on their store layouts & designs, it’s clearly Urban Outfitters branded but each one is made really unique with lots of individual touches too. It’s such a nice change from the usual plain & quite corporate looking stores you usually find on the high street & gives it a nice relaxed feel making it great for having a casual browse around.

After the preview the real party started, the doors were opened & everyone was invited in to celebrate with drinks, music from Throwing Shade & Bradley Zero, the always popular photobooth, a pop up transfer tattoo parlour & a piñata, with the lucky winner taking home a £500 voucher! It was such good fun, and I really think more stores should do this type of thing, it was a brilliant way to get everyone involved, excited & talking about it for days after. Welcome to Leicester Urban Outfitters!

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LFW SS15 : Catwalk Highlights

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This is going to be a bit of a chunky post, I mentioned last week that Jean-Pierre Braganza‘s show was my favourite this season, but these are my other highlights from the shows I attended. There were so many photos I wanted to share & designers or pieces I wanted to talk about from LFW, but I didn’t want you guys to get fed up with coverage of every one individually as it would last for weeks, so I thought a highlights post would work best.

Spring/Summer shows are never my favourite, for obvious reasons, but I was glad to see Felder Felder finished their show with a little darkness, despite the very light, bohemian kind of start with reptile prints, metallic leathers and lots of white, blues & greens. I completely fell in love with the deep red floral dress, even though I’m not usually a fan of floral or prints & the gauzy layers of black chiffons & cottons were perfect inspiration for an all black summer.
 

Felix Roll Swedish School of Textiles at Fashion Scout Spring Summer 2015 Collection at London Fashion Week by FAIIINT Felix Roll Swedish School of Textiles at Fashion Scout Spring Summer 2015 Collection at London Fashion Week by FAIIINT

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Linda Dekhla Swedish School of Textiles at Fashion Scout Spring Summer 2015 Collection at London Fashion Week by FAIIINT

Linda Dekhla

Majli af Ekenstam Swedish School of Textiles at Fashion Scout Spring Summer 2015 Collection at London Fashion Week by FAIIINT

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Johanna Karlsson Swedish School of Textiles at Fashion Scout Spring Summer 2015 Collection at London Fashion Week by FAIIINT

Johanna Karlsson

Ina Hjelte Swedish School of Textiles at Fashion Scout Spring Summer 2015 Collection at London Fashion Week by FAIIINT

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Karin Mellqvist Swedish School of Textiles at Fashion Scout Spring Summer 2015 Collection at London Fashion Week by FAIIINT

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I always enjoy seeing the work of freshly graduated designers & I had been looking forward to the Swedish School of Textiles show, expecting to see lots of bold, exciting designs & techniques on display. Felix Roll opened the show with his sculptural white dresses, taking inspiration from the human body in motion & creating fresh, awkwardly beautiful silhouettes. The minimalist finish & ghostly white palette let the shape alone do all the talking & it was definitely a memorable way to start things off.

I also loved Gabriela Vallejos Castro’s use of iridescent fabrics in a very grown up, relaxed kind of way. It was the perfect mixing of textures, layering & drapery all in soft grey & white hues, it was so easy & (I hate this word but…) wearable compared to the others on show that it really stood out & it almost tempted me away from black for a second! Of the few MA students, my favourite was Ina Hjelte’s exercise in alternative garment construction, ‘garments are minimized of all unnecessary cuts & seams and instead are formed by interweaving fabric through different cuts and layers’. I thought the concept, and the outcome all spliced neoprene, latex & organza was really interesting.

Other stand outs for me were Johanna Billeqvist and her soft draping, Majli af Ekenstam’s gorgeous digital prints & Johanna Karlsson’s fun take on traditional folk costumes dragged into the digital age – I really need that polar bear backpack!

Find out more about the school & see the full collections of each of the graduates here.
 

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David Koma was the last show of the season for me, as I was only able to go down for the long weekend thanks to work, but it was the perfect way to end things. I have long been a fan of his & those ultra body con, sculptural silhouettes that he has become so known for. I often think that male designers are far better at creating clothes that really play up, accentuate & flatter the female form, and he is a prime example of that, his clothes are always that perfect strong, elegant kind of sexy. The type of pieces you put on & feel instantly fierce and powerful in.

I loved the pops of citrus yellow & blues through the mostly black & white collection, it was fresh & graphic, the white dresses with just a simple stripe of yellow at the waistband being some of my favourites. He also managed to do sparkle in a way that made even me want to get in on it, the strict stripes of crystals were striking & the glittering outfits were a stunning finale to the show.

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New Look Menswear

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I don’t usually include menswear on this blog, unless it’s a really nice lookbook or editorial, so when New Look got in touch to ask if I’d create a wishlist of my favourite pieces to celebrate the re-launch of their menswear collection I thought it’d be a good excuse to include some. I own quite a lot of pieces from mens collections myself, because with shirts & sweaters I just love the slouchier fit & I often find the materials are nicer than the womens versions too.

Ollie has been wearing a lot more black recently (apparently hanging around with me too much does that to people, so I’m told!) & though he’s not quite to my monochrome standards just yet, if I had to dress him this is what I’d go for. To be honest, I’d happily wear this outfit head to toe myself too on a casual day! I definitely have my eye on that super soft cotton shirt & the chunky ribbed sweater, those are the type of things I’d totally buy for him in the hopes that he’d leave them lying around so that I could ‘borrow’ them to wear oversized too!

 
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London Edge

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FAIIINT London Edge 2014 the new alternative fashion trade show La Mort graphic streetwear sweatshirts, hoodies & tees clothing

La Mort

FAIIINT London Edge 2014 the new alternative fashion trade show Widow Clothing all black knits, jersey & tees

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FAIIINT London Edge 2014 the new alternative fashion trade show Atelier Bertoldini Giuliana steampunk metal, lace & antler headwear head dress & Cou Cou Heart little bottle poision & venom necklaces

Atelier Bertoldini Giuliana / Cou Cou Heart

FAIIINT London Edge 2014 the new alternative fashion trade show Sourpuss Homewear, anatomy brain plate & sailor anchor, ship & octopus bowl, mug & plates.

Sourpuss Homewear

FAIIINT London Edge 2014 the new alternative fashion trade show Tattooed Bakers goth cupcakes spikes, crosses & bows

Tattooed Bakers

FAIIINT London Edge 2014 the new alternative fashion trade show Six Bunnies rock n roll kids clothing

Six Bunnies Kidswear

FAIIINT London Edge 2014 the new alternative fashion trade show Stargazer hair colour & Collectif vintage clothing

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Be Bop A Hairbands

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Dead Lovers / Iron Fist

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At the start of this month I was invited down to London Edge at the Business Design Centre in Islington for a bloggers meet up. Though I have been to other trade shows in the past I’d (surprisingly!) never been to one like this in which the entire focus was on a darker, alternative kind of style & as soon as I walked through the doors I felt totally at home!

I arrived slightly early so I had a slow browse around the stalls before heading up to the press area which was our meeting point, immediately I was greeted by the lovely Sarika with a glass of bubbly, introduced to the other girls & given a truly stuffed goody bag! I didn’t know any of the other bloggers that were invited beforehand other than beautiful Jade, but it was actually really nice, as I realised I am so used to seeing the same groups of people at events now & in this case, everyone had a similar interest in alternative fashion, which made it easy to get talking to each other. We all had a few of the delicious cupcakes from the talented Tattooed Bakers & some more bubbly before splitting into groups to be given a tour around the stalls & introduced to their owners by the South of Heaven girls.

There was a nice mix of styles represented from my kind of all black everything to street wear, punk, classic goth, rockabilly & retro and everything in between. I’m already a big fan of Widow, so it was nice to see their new pieces out to have a browse and I also loved Killstar‘s occult inspired prints & Disurbia‘s shirt dresses, hoodies, distressed tees & tanks. I’m always a sucker for homewear too and I wanted to take home everything from Sourpuss‘s display, I mean who wouldn’t love a brain plate, tattooed mugs or set with sailor inspired ink illustrations?!

I loved that we were shown around, as it meant we didn’t miss a thing & got to have a proper chat with lots of the brands, plus exploring in small groups made it so much more fun too & I left having met some genuinely awesome new people. Sadly I couldn’t make it to the after party, which looked an absolute blast, but hopefully next time!

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Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Catarzi fedora, Topshop laser cut cropped suede jacket, ASOS dress, BooHoo maxi chiffon kimono, Rocklove sacred geometry arrow ring & gold chevron necklace, Kasun London vampire bite ring, Kurt Geiger buckled wedges. All black goth witch street style outfit.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Topshop black laser cut cropped suede jacket. Outfit details.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Topshop laser cut cropped suede jacket, Rocklove sacred geometry arrow ring & gold chevron necklace, Kasun London vampire bite ring. Outfit Details.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Catarzi fedora, Topshop laser cut cropped suede jacket, ASOS dress, BooHoo maxi chiffon kimono, Rocklove sacred geometry arrow ring & gold chevron necklace, Kasun London vampire bite ring, Kurt Geiger buckled wedges. All black goth witch street style outfit.

This was the outfit I wore for the first day of London Fashion Week, a few of you asked to see what I wore whilst I was down & I did really like this outfit considering it was thrown together in about 1 minute flat before running out the door for my bus! I forgot to get any proper photos of it on the day though as I was rushing around, so I decided to put it back on to shoot it once I was back home.

This chiffon kimono is one of my favourite things I’ve brought recently, a tiny £15 from Boohoo it’s the perfect mid-season layering piece & adds a nice bit of drama too. Wearing this in London I barely got a second glance, but I think the combination of the hat & the flowy kimono was a bit too much for the people of Leicester, as it drew a lot of laughter & snide remarks from the tracksuit clad locals & old ladies!

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