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London Fashion Week: Streetstyle, Clutch Control

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

I think this is pretty much our final streetstyle post from this September’s London Fashion Week. Its been immense, but you have to draw a line somewhere. There will be other posts about the event (yes, there are some things that we haven’t shared with you yet!), including some great videos, a couple of brand profiles and our favourite catwalk looks from New York, London, Paris and Milan.

Before we move on we wanted to focus on a key accessories trend. Lets just start by saying that we have never seen so many Celine bags in any one place at any one time, and that may well include the Celine boutique. These ultra luxe shoppers were the practical option for those in the fashion world who had to tote around a lot of very important files, folders, brochures, ipads etc etc- but if you were into a far more minimal approach (and maybe had a willing assistant to carry all your baggage) then the envelope style clutch was a really popular look too. We have been looking at the rise of the clutch for several seasons and this slightly more portfolio style looks functional and linearly impressive, working well from mini to a pretty good armful in size. We spotted a couple of Christopher Kane‘s stunning plastic pencil case style clutch bags too,  looking really innovative but not especially capacious. The fashion mags are referencing the ‘grab’ which is all about gripping on to a softer, less structured clutch, and there is much talk of Louis Vuitton‘s S&M inspired handcuff attached clutch bags, but we think this option is the more functional way to go, and therefore the more commercial. That’s not to say that we’d refuse a Chris Kane jelly bag if offered one…

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

outside the Meadham Kirchhoff show, LFW

outside the Meadham Kirchhoff show, LFW

outside the Michael van der Ham show, LFW

For more on LFW, click here. If you’d like to see all of our accessories oriented posts, click here. Enjoy!

London Fashion Week: Streetstyle, Colour Free

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Its no news that fashion loves black. Now are you sitting down, because I can exclusively reveal that fashion loves colour too! I know, its a shocker. Well, more of the colour on Monday. Today we focus on a non-colour statement. This is all about monochrome,  head to toe black, flashes of white and even some diversity into soft greys.

London Fashion Week‘s fashion pack showed us how to make all black look fresh with the addition of textural layering, highlight accessories, matte and gloss combinations, dense and sheer, and some eye popping geometrics and graphic effects. You see, in fashion, sweet thing, black and white is very rarely, well, black and white…

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

outside the Michael van der Ham show, London Fashion Week

outside the Michael van der Ham show, London Fashion Week

outside the Topshop Unique show, London Fashion Week

outside the Topshop Unique show, London Fashion Week

outside the Topshop Unique show, London Fashion Week

outside the Topshop Unique show, London Fashion Week

outside the Topshop Unique show, London Fashion Week

outside the Topshop Unique show, London Fashion Week

outside the Topshop Unique show, London Fashion Week

Now, prior warning in advance of tomorrow’s post dropping. Have your sunnies at the ready as we’re featuring lots and lots of colour…

If you’d like to see more about London Fashion Week, just click here. Enjoy!

London Fashion Week: Streetstyle, Print and Pattern

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

This London Fashion Week was awash with gorgeous print and pattern. Some were identifiable as, or inspired by hot print looks from the Autumn ’11 catwalks, but the ones that we loved the most were the looks that reflected the wearer’s aesthetic rather than the designers. We think that a few of these are certainly vintage, and we really like that they all feel chosen purely for their beauty rather than the beauty of the back neck label.

Its hard to summarize any specific direction as the looks were wonderfully individual on the whole. ‘Colouful’ covers some of them, with a very broad brush stroke statement, but possibly a better thing to focus on is how they are being worn. We are really into those that styled up a couple of print and pattern looks together. This approach created some really gorgeously energetic and exciting effects. So, if in doubt about how to rock pattern this Autumn Winter, we say, go big, go bold, go bright and go multiple!

outside the Clements Ribeiro show, London Fashion Week

outside the Clements Ribeiro show, London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

outside Michael van der Ham's show, London Fashion Week

outside Michael van der Ham's show, London Fashion Week

outside Michael van der Ham's show, London Fashion Week

outside Michael van der Ham's show, London Fashion Week

outside Michael van der Ham's show, London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

at the Topshop Unique show, London Fashion Week

outside the Topshop Unique show, London Fashion Week

outside the Topshop Unique show, London Fashion Week

outside the Topshop Unique show, London Fashion Week

outside the Topshop Unique show, London Fashion Week

If you’d like to check out the rest of our LFW coverage, just click here. If you’d like more pattern inspiration, then just click here. Enjoy!

London Fashion Week: Streetstyle, Androgynous aka Boyish Birds

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

It’s been a popular stylist’s theme in the heavy hitting fashion magazines for some time, as well as featuring on Dolce and Gabanna‘s catwalk for AW’11, but I have to say, aside from the brothel creeper, crepe sole shoes that we were reporting on last Summer, this London Fashion Week was the first time we have seen the boyish look adopted so fully in ‘real life’.

Slightly cropped tailored pants, crisp shirts, boyish sweaters, loafers or Chelsea boots, school boy jackets and the occasional satchel create a youthful and engagingly naive feel. Add a kitten heeled winkle picker and suddenly it feels 60’s Mod scooter girl. There was a more grown up edge to this too, as seen on Anna Dello Russo who seemed to be channeling a bit of Bianca Jagger/ Gucci in the hands of Tom Ford.

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

Anna Dello Russo at London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

outside Michael van der Ham's show, London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

outside Michael van der Ham's show, London Fashion Week

outside Michael van der Ham's show, London Fashion Week

outside Michael van der Ham's show, London Fashion Week

Well, if you like this post, why not check out the rest of our London Fashion Week coverage by clicking here. Enjoy!

London Fashion Week: BFC’s NEWGEN

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

We always look forward to hitting the terrace at Somerset House during London Fashion Week. This is where you find the mini village of designers selected by the British Fashion Council as this season’s New Generation of emerging creative talent. There are often some names that we have already fallen in love with, admired and been inspired by- but there is guaranteed to be some exciting new names to add to our fashion lexicon too.

As we walked into the NEWGEN space the foyer was dedicated to a melange of mood boards from all of the designers showing in this space. We are a big fan of the mood board and how brilliantly it can give you an insight into the journey the designer has taken to arrive at their new season direction. Here are some shots of the mood boards for you, along with some collection shots from the exhibition. There will be more to come from NEWGEN as we are harassing a couple of the brands for interviews and we’ll also be featuring more from one of our eternal favourites, Felicity Brown.

NEWGEN Spring 2012, London Fashion Week

JW Anderson detail

Sister by Sibling detail

NEWGEN Spring 2012, London Fashion Week

Michael van der Ham detail

James Long

NEWGEN Spring 2012, London Fashion Week

Felicity Brown's Spring 2012 collection

David Koma detail

David Koma

Levi Palmer and Levi Harding of Palmer//Harding

Palmer//Harding

To read more about London Fashion Week, just click here for all of our posts to date. If you’d like to read more about Felicity Brown, click here for the interview that we posted . Enjoy!

Blink Retail- More LOVE at Liberty London

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Look, we aren’t being paid off or sponsored (but not a bad idea!), we just genuinely have a very soft spot for Liberty. I would actually go as far as to say it’s our favorite London store- and globally only second to the wonderful Merci in Paris. I will try to let a week go by without praising, featuring or generally drooling about that deliciously black and white, absurdly tasteful, ever dependable style mecca- but that week is not just yet…

We were out and about researching/ retailing (uhm, those are just terms we use to make shopping seem more important and difficult than it actually is) when we spotted the new window scheme at Liberty, in collaboration with LOVE magazine, celebrating their current androgyny issue and also featuring lots of fabulous new looks from Alexander Wang’s Spring Summer 2011 collection. The windows look really exciting and energetic, don’t you agree?

There are also windows featuring fabulous and relatively new names to the British fashion scene, like Peter Pilotto, Christopher Kane (winner of the Elle Style Award for best British designer) and Michael van der Ham. Gorgeous!

LOVE magazine with Liberty London

LOVE magazine with Liberty London

For more great posts about store windows, simply click here. To read more about our love for Liberty, you can click here! Enjoy!

London Fashion Week: NEWGEN at Somerset House

Monday, September 20th, 2010

I actually sat here for a full 10 minutes thinking “What to start with?!”, there’s just so much great stuff from the first few days of London Fashion Week to share with you. To those in the fashion crowd who dared to say they felt a bit bored at LFW, we say piffle and tish! London’s strongly beating heart still runs on a heady mixture of creativity and innovation, blended with intellect and elegance. The Topshop and BFC sponsored NEWGEN section at Somerset House was the perfect example of this.

This season there was a new home for this selection of cutting edge talent. On the sunny terrace at the back of Somerset House sat this mini village of white painted wooden sheds, each creating a stylish, if chilly, home for the featured brands. It was a wonderland of Designer discoveries.

We particularly loved seeing Yang Du‘s collection again- a graphic and cartoonish collection of characters. Fannie Schiavoni‘s chain mail feeling jewelry looked really exciting. We dropped in to see the Mark Fast team. As you may know we are massive Mark Fast fans, especially after he graced us with an interview! We can’t wait to see Michael van der Ham‘s new collection, and Holly Fulton is another “Blink” favourite too. Felicity Brown came to our attention last season, and we look forward to seeing how her handwriting develops- especially after spotting the really directionally different printed T’s. Christopher Raeburn expressed his commitment to sustainable and ethical practices by having 2 lovely seamstresses sewing rabbits, created from collection offcuts- although we did think that it made his space look slightly like a butchers…

NEWGEN at LFW

A montage of the Designer's postcards filled the entrance space

Yang Du

Fannie Schiavoni

Henry Brown showing the Felicity Brown collection- new T shirts and last season's beautiful pleated dresses.

Christopher Raeburn's LFW production line...

Christopher Raeburn's rabbits

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