The best bits
It is one big fashion catwalk. And that’s before the shows even begin. London Fashion Week began in ernst on Thursday last. Somerset House has been shunned this year for fashion in a carpark in the West End (Brewer Street carpark to be exact), while some more exclusive shows take place in different choice venues (Mulberry in Claridges for example). While I’ve not been able to go (I had a new group of students starting my personal styling diploma on Saturday) I have been uhhing and ahhing my way through all the online coverage.
Here are some of my favourite bits so far!
1. Simone Rocha wins critical acclaim.
The girl we claim as our own has become fashion royalty again this season with a collection that wowed onlookers. Doing amazing things with sugar pink dresses, the mum to be is also just about to open her first store in London. Vogue said of the collection over the weekend “It was tulle and it was light, delicate and incredibly Simone. And still relatively early on in her career, that’s a great thing to be able to say.”
See the full collection & rundown here on Vogue.com.
2. Topshop Unique
Topshop always brings it’s A game and with their ready to wear collection shown on day three of the shows, they did not disappoint. Always the most dramatic show (with the best FROW including Anna Wintour, Alexa Chung, Suki Waterhouse and Jourdan Dunn.) Collection highlights for me included a chinese motif bomber jacket, colourful polka dot prints and victorian lace dresses.
See the full collection on Vogue.com here…
Image courtesy of Huffington Post
3. Street Style Fun
Much more entertaining than the fashion shows themselves, street style stars have become the biggest fashion influencers of our generation donning designer wares mixed with vintage, high street and everything in between. This is fashion at it’s very best. It’s real, raw and downright fun and it inspires us all the push our fashion boundaries and get involved!
One of the blogging worlds most influential stars, Susie Lau in a Molly Goddard Dress (Stylebubble.co.uk)
4. Irish Bloggers & Stylists Get Involved
Social media now more than ever is allowing us all to share in the highs and lows of fashion week’s around the world without having to even leave our desks! Keeping track of Irish stylists and bloggers doing it for themselves is not only inspirational but lively to follow inspiring other budding stylists and giving insights into all apsects of the fashion world! Stellar Magazine’s Deputy Editor, Rosemary McCabe also wrote a very frank, funny and honest account of what London Fashion Week is really like! Read it here…
Fashion Stylist Courtney Smith. Follow Courtney’s London Fashion Week highlights on twitter here.
5. New Discoveries
West London native Molly Goddard began to specialise in traditional hand-craft techniques such as hand pleating, smocking and crocheting during her BA in Fashion Knit at Central St Martins. Her work touches upon themes of special occasions and nostalgia, often taking inspiration from party dresses and Sunday best. Love this girls work and love how fashion week inspires a newness in the fashion air that excites and inspires! See Molly’s full collection here..
My favourite from Molly’s collection – this acid green party dress.
6. Looking Forward & Love for Emily Wickstead
Our autumn wardrobes are only just beginning and yet London Fashion Week makes us look forward to what’s to come! Jonathan Saunders particularly inspired this feeling in me with his easy breezy collection of kimonos, colours and fabrics. View the full collection on Vogue.com here.
Widely accepted as her best collection yet, Emily Wickstead brought all that London Fashion week is about in her SS16 collection. The Telegraph’s Style Director Kate Finnegan described it as “Best because it was playful and daring while still coming across as something entirely respectable and elegant”. Agreed. Absolutely stunning.