Sunday, 27 September 2015

A Day At London Fashion Weekend

Yesterday, Zoe and I spent the day at London Fashion Weekend - an event following London Fashion Week to showcase the very best of London fashion, filled with industry talks, designer collections and of course, catwalk shows.

Before we headed to the Saatchi Gallery, we stopped off in the renowned Bluebird cafe in Chelsea for a spot of lunch.

BBQ Korean Chicken Salad  was to die for! I highly recommend. 

We wandered down the streets of Chelsea, admiring our surroundings and soaking in the days sun. 

Jumper and Shoes - Zara; Shirt - H&M; Jeans - Topshop; Bag - Asos
And made our way back to Sloane Square to look around some of the shops.  Whilst having a bit of a stroll, we arrived upon one of my favourite designers currently - Joseph.  Simplistic, structured and minimal defines this collection, and I fell in love.

We eventually made our way in to the gallery and immersed ourselves in to the surrounding collections being showcased. 

Just a few of the designers who were there.

We picked up a designer tote bag full of goodies and took our seats to hear Henry Hollands industry talk. 

Daisy Lowe interviewing Henry Holland. They were both sooo lovely!
We ended the event with our special front row seats at the trend show which focused on 4 key trends this season - Animal print, Shades of Marsala (I mentioned this colour in my last post), The 70s and Rock n' Roll Chic.  All the pieces modelled are available on Very, so if you spot anything you like, you now know where to get them...  you're welcome!

Adding a touch of animal print on a pair of shoes or bag is a good way of incorporating the trend in to an outfit if like me, animal print isn't for you. 

Shades of Marsala - an earthy wine red.

This was my favorite piece, absolutely love this denim on denim look! It has definite '70s vibes.

Another favorite of mine

After an amazing but long day, we hopped on to the tube and ventured out (severely out of breath after walking up the 193 steps at the station) in to the bustling night life of Camden Market.

We then hobbled to Leicester Square to end our night with a refreshing drink and a slice of cake.

My verdict on the day? Truly unforgettable. 

Friday, 18 September 2015

A/W '15 Colour Palette

"This season displays an umbrella of accord that weaves earthy neutrals with a range of bold color statements and patterns to reflect a landscape of hope, fun, fantasy and all things natural." Pantone

Since I've been working on my course, I've come across interesting (and very important) aspects of fashion styling that I knew existed but never really paid much attention to.  One of them being 'colour analysis'.  We all know what a fashion trend is and could even list a few for this season but, did you know? 'Colour Anaylis and Prediction' is one of the main areas which sets the scene for fashion trends.  I found this particularly interesting and thought it was useful to share it with you.

Above are the top 10 colours for men's and women's fashion for autumn/winter 2015.  Designers this season have looked in depth into using tailored styling and fabrics to achieve masculinity and femininity; as for the first time, colour combinations can be shared across both men's and women's fashion.  The inspiration for this palette has been drawn from the seductive '20s to the bohemian '60s and '70s with easy to wear colours for both genders. 

If there's one colour that has to be worn this season, it's 'Marsala'; an earthy wine red.  It was chosen as color of the year by the industry leader 'Pantone' and was seen all over the catwalks at Robert Geller, Burberry Prorsum, Ryan Lo and Longchamp.

Below are a few examples of this seasons colour trends in use. 

Friday, 11 September 2015

Fashion Formula: Suede

Before I dive straight in with the post, I'd just like to give a quick apology for the lack of posts.  Truth is, it's taken me about 2 weeks to get this one done (I know, it's going to take me a while to get the hang of this) but, don't fear, I will get better, promise.

For today's post, I'd like to talk about suede.  It was all over the catwalks last season and it looks like it isn't going anywhere this season either, hooray!  Forget brown suede skirts and camel coats, suede now comes in a whole array of pastel and bold colours to really spice up your autumn/winter wardrobe.

There's no excuse to shy away from this trend anymore as pretty much everything comes in suede.  Which is why I have put together a few outfit montages to tackle the trend right off the catwalk.  If you're feeling bold then wear suede and nothing but suede à la Derek Lam.  For that simpler take on the suede trend, take tips from Burberry and purchase a statement suede jacket which is perfect for the changing weather.  And for those who want to tackle suede for the evening, then take inspiration from Jason Wu with a suede co-ord and enhance the look by opting for a lace up top for that added 70s vibe.

I do hope this has provided some inspiration to anyone who's unsure about purchasing suede.  But like I said, there's pretty much suede everything so you're bound to find a piece which is suitable and comfortable.  There's no doubt you'll find a new love for suede.

Lydia x