London Fashion Week Autumn Winter '15

Trend Round Up


Over the knee boots by Ashish

Yesterday was the start of Milan Fashion Week, which meant sadly we had to say goodbye to London and wait until September before we get our next installment of fashion frenzied stylsts, designers and bloggers. So to fill the next 6 month void I thought the best way to get prepared for the Autumn Winter season was to sum up  London Fashion Week in a nutshell giving you the latest trends to look out for so you are ahead of the game come September.

It's safe to say the over the knee boot trend is here to stay for another season, and I can't be more happier. The only difference is that the heels on them have become chunkier much like the style of the pumps and ankle boots for AW15. Chunkier heels are always easier to walk in and have featured in a great deal of the runway shows.

Jean-Pierre Braganza

Burberry

Jonathan Saunders

Sophia Webster

Ashish

Another trend I'm glad is here to stay are flats and the flat platform as I like to call them. Pointed toe flats dominated most of the runway shows during LFW. An alternative that were also featured were the flat platforms which add a little extra height, that are pretty easy to walk in and still just as comfy as normal flats.

Peter Pilotto

Sophia Webster

Sophia Webster

Temperley London

1205

As for heels, the chunkier the better seemed to be the trend, lots of rope tie ups, or pumps with ankle straps but as most of the deisgners were showcasing their Autumn Winter lines the focus understandably were on ankle boots and thigh high boots.

General Trends included;

Fur - the more the merrier and in either pastel hues or extremely bright colours. (Michael Kors, Prabal Gurang, Jason Wu, Topshop Unique)

Feathers - either as an accessory or a statement piece (Alice and Oliva, Marchesa)

Embellishment - because who doesn't like a bit of sparkle? (Reem Acra, Emilia Wicksted & Preen)

Pink and Orange - not necessarily together but independently in either pale pastels or a hue that packs a punch, basically a good pop of colour to accent some of the darker colours that are usually seen in the Autumn Winter Seasons. (J.Crew, Victoria Beckham, Amanda Wakely, Marchesa, Kate Spade and Holly Fulton)

Fringe – On anything possible, shoes, hemlines, scarves, handbags, you name it fringe it!
INDIA




























After an amazing two weeks in India, I’m officially in love with the country. I have caught the India bug and Im not afraid to say it. My boyfriend and I kept a day to day journal of our adventures – something I would encourage most of you to do if you are embarking upon a life changing trip abroad. We documented absolutely everything, and left pages to add ticket stubs, restaurant receipts and pictures. I wont bore you with what we did from day to day, but I will delve into some of the memorable moments and some of the bargains I picked up on the way. 




On the 1st leg of our journey: London > Dubai

Arriving in Delhi was exactly how I had imagined it, Rickshaws beeping and playing what seemed like bumper cars with each other, the smells (something you have to get used to) and the beautiful colours were completelty enticing. The airport alone was bursting with character. Upon arriving at the hotel, our first stop was to the local bazaars and markets that lined the dusty streets. I was eager to have a look at what this vibrant city had to offer and I wasn’t disappointed. I managed to find a number of beautiful accessories made from Indian textiles, very rich with elaborate embroidery work, along with some gorgeous rings and earnings which really reminded me of the D&G spring summer 2013 earrings. 



All of this came to £23




















My next purchase, (which I was most impressed with from the whole holiday and epitomized my view on Indias footwear) were these beautiful hand crafted leather Indian slippers, again embroided with colourful threads with accents of gold embroidery and pattern work. Now the footwear and fashion in India, I have to say has come a long way since the last time I was there. A project I had planned from the outset before arriving in India, was to document the various styles of footwear that stood out to me through out the whole trip. This turned out to be an increasingly difficult challenge as I had discovered that footwear in India was less about fashion, style and character but more about comfort (understandably) and affordability. Flip-Flops (a.k.a Chapal) and Kitten heels were all the rage. Flip-flops, were everywhere, and reminded me a lot of my trip to Rio where they are also the 'it' choice of footwear for whatever the occasion. The pair I bought however were made from lush soft leather and cost around £10.



£10 - of course with some haggling, The Taj Mahal market























Surat was shopping central, we spent a whole day in Bombay Market, and spent most of our time in one shop (my Uncle and boyfriend were not best pleased - theres only so much saree looking men can do) We all 'ooo'd' and 'ahhh'd' at the sarees that were plucked out from mounds and mounds of neatly folded pieces. The next bit (my favourite bit) was scouring the various Bazaars and Markets, (which in some respects reminded me of Brick Lane and Petticoat Lane market) for bangles, earrings and bindis to match our chosen sarees. I  still to this day can't fathom how so many styles and types of bangles existed.



Cuffs: 2 for £3, Rings: £1 each





















Mumbai - we spent a couple days in the North of Mumbai on Juhu Beach - shear bliss and amongst lots of markets where there were still lots of bargains to be had. After a relaxing few days we headed to South Mumbai - the place I related to most, it had all the quirks and characteristics of a buzzing city, high rise buildings, fashion, great restaurants and bars and a bustling harbour. We stayed at the Taj which was opposite India Gate and constantly busy whatever time of the day you looked out from the hotel windows. Crawford and Manish Market were fantastic, very narrow but packed and had lots to offer. Hair pins, jewellery, accessories you name it they had it, a little more expensive (even with haggling) than the rest of India, but that was to be expected considering we were in Mumbai.



£3.50

Fashion For Relief





















Setting the Scene: Somerset House, London Fashion Week buzz, Models, Paparazzi, Press (which my great friends and I were proudly part of) and THE TENT - where all the action was taking place.




The lights went down and there she was; Jourdan Dunn opened the show looking AH-MAZING, as to be expected walking to Uptown Funk, the beat to get even the ‘i dont dance’ people in to the groove, then came the cascade of celebs and of course the pi├Ęces de r├ęsistance Naomi Campbell. Now if anyone has been lucky enough to see her walk in real time you have truly been in the presence of fashion royalty. She commands the runway like no other supermodel - runway is always my favourite part of modeling, and with a few LFW walks under my belt there is no better feeling than seeing the hoards of cameras and press at the end of the runway flashing away. When Naomi graced the floor the room roared in delight, cameras were going absolutely berserk (I was having a major model struck moment) and she absolutely owned it.






Its safe to say the event was a complete success with lots of money raised to donate to the Care charity for Ebola. I had an absolute ball with two of my great friends, we still haven't stopped talking about it and keep looking back to our phone galleries.

Just to give you an idea of how it went here are a few shots of the night. The garments were all very glitz and glamour as were the shoes, all donated to the show by some of Naomi Campbells fashion friends; Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen to name a few.


































Fashion for Relief - Naomi Campbell



To kick off London Fashion Week this season, tonight I will be attending Naomi Campbells Fashion for Relief event, (I have some amazing friends that sorted out the tickets) To say I’m excited is an understatement, and I’d be lying if I said I only picked out my outfit today - I have been thinking about the outfit ever since my good friend told me I was going. Aside from it being such a great cause I figured the fashion elite will no doubt pull out all the stops when it comes to being impecably dressed for the occassion.

I started with a new pastel pink, oversized cable knit, roll neck jumper that I haven't got around to wearing, and because of the dreary weather knew that a pair of jeans were in order, so out came the ripped boyfriend fit jeans. The challenge as usuall was picking out the shoes, I figured the rain would wipe out a lot of my open toe choices, which it did and so I was down to two pairs, a pair of suede cobalt blue pointy courts, or another pair of suede shoes, with a red point toe cap. (both not great for the rain but the only shoes that I own that were partially closed and matched the outfit)


Zara



Zara

Here is what I ended up with: 







Indian Bag - £2.50

I will be posting the pictures from the event via Instagram and I will be doing a post as soon as I can after the event - so stay tuned!

Zara
Oversized Pastel Pink Cable Knit Roll NeckJumper - Sale £20
Red Cap Shoes - £39.99

Primark
White Long Blouse - End of Season Sale, £5

New Look
Boyfriend Fit Jeans - Sale, £8

Accessories
Ring and Bag both from India, Ring £1 and Bag £2.50