Seventies Starlet

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Day one of LFW, I was determined to look stylish, but as I legged it across London in my vintage blue velvet platforms, channeling my inner seventies style icon Jacqeline Bisset, I remembered just how challenging it is to contend with the famous cobbles of Somerset House.

At the end of a busy first day attending shows including the Merit Award AW15, Paul Costelloe at the stunning Wardorf Hotel, and Ashley Isham (posts to follow soon!), I mentally shoved my beloved heels to the back of my wardrobe and hobbled to Shuh on Neal street to pick up a pair of Nike Internationalist trainers I’d had my eye on. Though I’m not usually one for ‘comfortable’ footwear, I needed something that would allow me to sprint from venue to venue, and I’m sorry to say heels just don’t allow that flexibility!

This season I am really excited about the seventies trend and so this was my inspiration when planning my LFW outfits. As much as I wanted to dress for S/S, the English weather wasn’t cutting it, so I teamed my Spring pastel duck egg blue skirt with pocket detail, front zip,and frayed edging from Topshop with a trusty black ribbed turtleneck from Miss Selfridge and some black suede platforms. I also wore this look with my brand spanking new Nike Internationalists for running from show to show, and let me tell you- they were the best investment yet!

IMG_0628IMG_0650IMG_0630IMG_0626IMG_0622Stay tuned for my reports on LFW shows coming soon! I’m also happy to announce that I’ll be featured as guest blogger for Fourth Wall so make sure you check out their features!

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Seventies Starlet

LFW Day 1- Charlie May

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Charlie May’s AW14 collection is one I was dying to see up close and personal, so when my invite dropped through my letterbox I was over the moon!

Held at the stunning OXO2 event space at the iconic OXO tower, with panoramic views of the River Thames, the venue offered the perfect backdrop to next season’s collection.

What I love most about Charlie May’s designs is her minimal approach. Her focus on silhouette creates pieces that are visually elegant, and the depth of her designs comes in the heavily textured fabrics which work together in absolute harmony. The AW14 collection has a definite sports lux style, which is a trend that we will undoubtedly see into AW14.  The luxe style is heightened by an entirely monochrome line, which draws the eye to the detail of the designs and textured fabrics. Oh…and I almost forgot to mention the collab with New York milliner Gigi Burris…her beaver felt hats are the icing on the cake!

Her inspiration for the collection are clear in her designs, ‘textures within the landscape of Dartmoor in Devon; the rugged, windwept environment is reflected in the use of pony hair and Mongolian furs.’

I’ve also discovered Charlie May’s blog Girlalamode which is pretty damn cool, you should check it out.

Now, enough of my gushing…I’ll let Charlie May’s AW14 collection talk for itself….

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LFW Day 1- Charlie May

British Fashion Awards 2013

This Year, I had the privilege of attending the British Fashion Awards 2013 with the Founder of Fashion Strikes, Angela Udemba!

Held at the stunning London Coliseum, and hosted by a list of A-list fashion stars, the night was every bit as fabulous as you might imagine! Fashion’s finest under one spectacular roof, celebrating the very best of British talent, it was a night I will never forget!

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The dress code for the evening was Black Tie and British and despite not getting the memo (Tickets arrived late!) my take on the evening was a more subdued look at black tie, with British inspiration; something that was reflected on the red carpet at last night’s event. Inspired by sixties Britain, I went for a monochrome theme in black and white dogtooth print crop trousers by Zara, suede sling back platforms by Steve Madden and a white shirt teamed with a padded cocoon coat from Topshop and a Jaeger bowling bag (a look I sported in my last blog post but hadn’t had the chance to wear out yet!)

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Best Dressed…

The award for ‘Best Dressed Audience Member’ presented by Alexa Atwell goes to….

Ajlina Matluma of fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog Miilou.com in 1920’s Oscar

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Malaika Firth, of Premier Models, who got the British Black Tie dress code to perfection in an all Burberry ensemble

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Runners up for the ‘Best Dressed Audience member’ go to…..

Angel Noor, President of Iranian Women’s Association, stood out in a stunning beaded gown by Iranian designer Noushah Noor teamed with a transparent tinted red perspex clutch by Lilian Afshar.

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Rosie Davies of Fashion PR agency the London Fashion Agency looked chic in a lace dress with open back and feather peplum detail by Alice and Olivia Courtesy of Net-a-Porter .

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With sponsors for the award ceremony including the likes of Mac and Westfield and Toni&Guy, I was looking forward to emptying the contents of my goodie bag the minute I got through the door…Here’s what was inside…

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Thanks to Mac for the stunning Lipstick in Lady Danger, my new signature colour, and False lashes mascara! Thanks to Label M for forever supplying me with my favourite hair product- Shine Mist- which keeps my hair sleek and shiny, whatever the weather.

Highlights of the night were winner of Emerging Womenswear Designer- Simone Rocha, Model of the Year awarded to Edie Campbell, International Designer of the Year- Miuccia Prada for Prada and last but by no means least…Womenswear Designer of the year, awarded to the very well deserved Christopher Kane!

Until next year….

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