The ghastly weather in recent weeks has left me reaching for my duvet camel coat more and more. An amazing find from the Soho Beyond Retro, it's hardly left my shoulders this winter. A boozy stroll around East London lead us to the derelict Queen Elizabeth's Children's Hospital on the Hackney Road. Pretty eery but made for a cool back drop against my outfits muted tones.
Dress- Zara, Jacket - Zara, Hat - H&M, Rucksack - Pull & Bear, Socks - Tokyo, Shoes- ASOS
This weekend the glorious English sunshine came back, possibly for the last time of the year, so I fully took advantage and got my legs out. I'm not ready to have my toes poking through the holes in my thick wooly tights!
The Saturday of London Fashion week saw the likes of Orla Kiely, Ashish and was easily one of my favourite days. I'm going to keep this post short and sweet and instead let the pictures do the talking. To read my official show reports go to pariscollective.fr.
These are my favourite shots from the Orla Keily show, such a fun presentation in comparison with some of the more serious shows. The models paraded around the camp site with magnifying glasses, sat reading books or painting canvases in true summer camp style, to REM’s version of The Lion Sleeps Tonight. I can't wait to get my hands on the zebra print tshirt seen above! Read the full report here...http://pariscollective.fr/orla-kiely-london-ss14/
I thought I'd do a little round up of trends from London Fashion Week ready for SS14.
The first day saw the likes of Fyodor Golan and J JS Lee showcase
their new collections. Both of which
confirmed that pink is a trend to invest in this autumn, it is likely to hang
around way into next year. Be it jellyfish pink or splashes of fuchsia against
chiffon, this is a colour that we are going to see everywhere.
(Photos by Felix Menzel)
Another noticeable trend that was
all over the catwalks this season was the vast array of blues. There will be simply no escaping it in stores
next year. Topshop lead the way
featuring billowing Mediterranean blues on printed dresses and denim, whereas
House of Holland featured denim trousers or dresses with appliquéd roses. Holly Fulton
was the master of this trend where water-colour blue was a key feature of the
collection, be it as a whole denim look, or embroidered with pastel blue
(Photos by vogue.co.uk)
Fyodor Golan was one of the first
shows to kick off London’s Fashion Week and we were transported into a pretty
paradise of pastel splashed chiffon and flushed meadows. Fitting in nicely with another large trend
to be seen with next year, bold bright prints and patterns were everywhere. Seen again on Eudon Choi and Lulu Liu, don’t
shy away from daring prints next season!
(Photos by Vogue.co.uk)
Petal power! Yes not exactly ground breaking (we all
remember that line from The Devil Wears Prada) but pretty florals and petals
put a smile on everyone’s faces when those dark and gloomy winter months are finally
over. Burberry was the master of this trend, featuring delicate flowers in
their finest form, in soft past colours, etched with lace and falling
delicately over the runway during the final walk. Who doesn’t love something
that gentle and romantic?
The Sophia Webster presentation was a haven for wildlife;
models lay on flowerbeds and the whole collection was inspired by butterflies,
and we entered a world filled with bugs, insects and butterfly engineered
heels. A very graphic and fun collection indeed, Webster is becoming
increasingly known for her colourful and vibrant signature style.
Emma Hill’s final collection for Mulberry is also worth
noting within the ‘petal power’ trend, the whole show was awash with fresh
daisies, ivy and roses setting the English country garden scene, and Cara
Delevingne emerged wearing a silver jacquard pea coat; a key piece for next season.
(Photos by vogue.co.uk)
Moving away from the powdery feminine trends previously
mentioned, we turned our attention to another trend rippling its way through
fashion week. This one has a much darker
and moodier feel, almost like it should belong in an Autumn/Winter collection. Kristian Aadnevik’s collection was awash with
lizard skin detailing, leather panels and studded embellishment, giving all the
pieces a grungy edge. Tom Ford went in
a similar direction with serious amounts of leather and show stopping dresses,
with high necks and long sleeves finished off with furs, because Tom Ford knows
that the women who wear his dresses want to remain in the limelight.
Giles also went down the moodier route, with bat designs
taking over dress fronts or headwear, making for the ultimate Batwoman, and
dresses were finished with cobweb like embellishment and feather additions, it
appears that Halloween came early this year.
(Photos by Tim Robinson and vogue.co.uk)
Ashish was quite possibly the stand out show of the season. The collection instantly put a smile on
everyone’s face with the designers take on ‘corner shop chic’ with a splash of
Arabian nights thrown in the mix. The
soundtrack got the audience immediately dancing in their seats and looking a
little less serious. The collection was
fun, featured more sequins than you can imagine and toyed with the Coca Cola
logo and supermarket carrier bag puns.
Reporting for a friends company Paris Collective, I attended London Fashion Week for the first time. Having never been before, the first day I played it quite safe with my outfit, opting for my classic metal-toed H&M boots, a floral Zara dress, my trusty Cambridge Satchel and a new H&M jacket which was an absolute bargain.