I was only able to attend LFW on the weekend this February. I had trouble with trains from Surrey on Sunday morning so in the end, I only managed to go for a day and a bit. Other than that I streamed the shows on my laptop in the comfort of my own home.
Charlie May AW14
The Charlie May show was held in the Oxo tower and I met up with Mode Madeleine before so we could head over together. The wind was crazy on the river standing outside waiting to be let in. The amusement was clear on the faces of passer-bys. All these fashion folk standing by the Thames holding on to their extra large hats and there was no shoulder robbing of coats this time.
I absolutely loved the Charlie May Aw14 collection. Designer and fellow blogger a Girl a la Mode brought simple, understated chic with a unique twist. No need for gloves with those sleeves! I feel this collection is something I would choose to wear. I really like clean, minimalistic designs with a touch of ‘something’ that makes it interesting. What I loved the most was the models looked comfortable, but very stylish at the same time.
Nothing that unusual about my outfit. In fact fashion week is probably one of those times when I want to dress down a bit. I don’t think you can really know until you attend a season, but it is exhausting and uncomfortable. Unless you are a blogger that hangs around the Somerset House courtyard all day or someone that gets a car to take you from one location to the next. I remember once I was doing catwalk photography for a digi-mag and on the first day I stupidly wore a short skirt. I was so uncomfortable all day.
I am so in love with this Next Mac coat* – it goes with everything! Next very kindly in collaboration with The Apartment (more on that below) treated us to a little pre-shopping trip to pick up a couple of bits. I also wore my comfortable, but look uncomfortable bootie wooties. These are now past season, but if you like quirky shoes, check out United Nude. A white shirt under a silk mix blue Whistles sweater from John Lewis*. My trusty Bracher Emden tote and sunglasses from ZeroUV*.
Edeline Lee AW14
I loved that the models were wearing plimsolls again for this collection. Not only are the designers considerate to their models (unlike Sister by Sibling mixing stilettos and netted crochet) but they look awesome too.
Combat blue, black and white was the colours of choice for Edeline Lee AW14. The models eyebrows also had a natural to blue ombre effect. I walked into the first room and there was standing a model in a full length dress with a folded bodice. The black and white background was reminiscent of the design of the dress. Shapes and shapes a plenty!
My personal favourite pieces were the blue midi dress above with the semi-circle print. Also the texture mix of the monochrome skirt with the quilting effect.
The LFW Apartment
It was that time again for the bi-annul LFW Apartment – the blogger pit-stop during shows. I am always more excited for this than anything else. I didn’t get to sample that much of what the Apartment had going down this season, but bloggers were able to:
-customise their own Timberland boots
– customise their own skateboards with Forever 21,
-get baking and decorate watch tins with Fossil.
– Eat afternoon tea everyday with Aubaine
– be chauffeured around London in Hyundai cars with illustrations by Kris
– Have their hair and make-up did by Blow (I picked the beach blow-out)
– Each room was stuffed with clothes (including Next) that bloggers could pull and lots, lots more. Its a bloggers life ey? You can check out the #lfwapartment tag on twitter & instagram to have a nosey at what went down.
Cocktails and Cupcakes at the May fair Hotel
I bumped into Ella from Cocos tea Party (photo above credited to her) at The Apartment. She suggested I join her and Gem for some cocktails and Cupcakes from the LFW Sophia Webster exclusive menu. The May Fair was the official LFW hotel for this season and Ella was their blogger in residence.
It was great to catch-up with Ella and Gem for the hour or so that we were there. I know I talk a lot about afternoon tea in London in various hotels, but if that is not quite your cup of tea (no pun intended), then the Cocktails and cupcakes menu is a great alternative.
Liz Black AW14
Some people hate themed presentations, some people love them. I am the latter! Some suggest that they detract from the actual clothes that designers are meant to be presenting. I feel that if I am going to a show, I want to see a show. You get more of a sense of what the collection is about and at the end of the day fashion is meant to be fun! Not a dead eyed model, looking terribly bored walking up and down a catwalk. Yes it is all about the clothes, but when you want to cover a collection, it helps if the whole experience is visual and interesting.
I was met with Dali Eyes, moustaches and lips as I walked into this surrealistic presentation by Liz Black. The statement piece was the set of lips dress – super fun! The piece I would actually wear was the black midi-dress with blue side panels and blue upside down moustache by the collar.
You felt like you had been transported to an unearthly world with fully in character models touching faces, mouths and eyes. Hair was styled in a high ponytail giving the impression of elongated skulls. A supernatural presentation!
Kristian Aadnevik AW14 with MoroccanOil
I found myself once again at the Royal Horseguards covering backstage with Moroccanoil. This time MoroccanOil UK and Ireland Ambassador Errol Douglas took time aside to show me how to create the hair look for the show on one of the models. It was so fascinating and I took so many photos I am going to do a step-by-step post for it.
As per usual the Kristian Aasnevik collection was super feminine with floaty fabrics and lots of underwear and outerwear designs. His designs are highly regarded by celebrities and used for music videos. Including Selena Gomez in ‘Come & Get It’ and Rihanna on the cover of You Magazine. If I was a super famous pop star (when will this happen!!!) I would totally pick a Kristian Aadnevik design for an impact statement.