10 Mar 2009

A Very Fashionable Weekend

London fashion week has been and gone, and for us lesser mortals, without press badges or socialite status, to only way to grab a slice of the action is through tickets to London Fashion Weekend; and on saturday that is exactly what a very fashionable friend and I did. Held at a specially built site on the grounds of the Natural History Museum in Kensington, LFWeekend is part trade fair, part fashion showcase. With two floors of fashion stalls, selling clothes, but mainly bags and accessories by independent designers, as well as some bigger names, LFWeekend is a great opportunity for style stalker to grab some goodies with a favourable discount.

Impoverished as I am after America, I was a good girl and managed to resist splashing out, and though I was tempted by a pink floral hair clip from Anna Lou of London, and a Lulu Guinness umbrella, (a bargain at £15), I contented myself with my freebies. That's right. Freebies.

Okay, so it wasn't a total freebie, but with my ticket I got a copy of Elle magazine and an Elle goodie bag, which included an Elizabeth Arden eyeliner, perfume sampler, bikini, bag of Lavazza coffee (my coffee of choice and sponsor of the event), a selection of snacks and a twittered about box of luxury tampons ... no, I don't know why either.

Though I appreciated my bag of goodies, a bag of Snack a Jacks proving a useful mid-morning snack, the real highlight of the day was, of course, the fashion show.

Styled by Toni and Guy, and Elizabeth Arden, and held on the same catwalk trod by top designers and globe trotting supermodels earlier in the week, the show featured four mini collections comprised of a variety of pieces by different designers that were styled together to comply to an overall feel or trend.

The four 'scenes' were; American Idol, (think trailer trash, bleached denim and cutoffs), with jeans and shorts by Siwy, tops by Asish and Camilla Starerk and over sized bows by Johnny Loves Rosies. Domestic Goddess (Desperate Housewives with more bright colours and sheer), with shoes by Melissa and Office, and outfits from Osman Yousefzada, Matthew Williamson, Tommy Hilfiger and Ossie Clark. African Queen (tribal prints balanced out with body-con structuring, for which I felt appropriately dressed in an Aztec print body con skirt), with Kurt Geiger shoes, Sam Uni and Malene Birger jewellery, and outfits by Matthew Williamson, Jaeger, Ann-Sofie, American Retro and Aminka Wilmont. Ethereal Nude, (sexy but girly sheer fabrics and nude tones), with nudity expertly de-pornified by Ashley Isham, Areangel, Jasper Conran, Jacob Kimmie and Issa, and balanced out with Swarovski Runway Rocks.

The only downside? There were two queues leading into the catwalks, my friend and I joined the shorter queue early and stood near the front of the line for twenty minutes, only when the doors were opened, everyone in the other queue was let in before us, so people that had only just rocked up managed to grab front row seats while our diligence was rewarded with seats five rows back from the catwalk, and to add insult to injury, I was seated behind the only guy in the audience, a six foot something with spiked up hair. I did manage to get quite good view though, and even grabbed a couple of snaps, though most of them are quite blurry, (considering the shoes they're wearing, models move surprisingly fast), here are a few of my hot picks from the catwalk, in order of appearance.Look out for my favourite outfits of the day, a blue sheer blouse and harem pant set from the 'Domestic Goddess' scene, and a pair of short tribal dresses from the 'African Queen' look:

The show was great, and afterwards we ventured out into a beautiful day, and enjoyed a long lunch at Italian restaurant Zizzi, followed by a stroll along the Southbank that lead us to the Tate Modern. Here we spend the hours between afternoon and evening hanging out on bright blue and yellow metal bunk beds at Dominique Gonzales-Foerster's dystopian installation, discussing art, politics, society, and whether my make up made me look a bit like Julia Robert's prostitute best friend in Pretty Women or not.

A very fashionable day. And a fashionably late write up post.


La Couturier said...

The dresses are gorgeous!!

Your day sounded fabulous =]

La C.

Amelia said...

That's so cool! I would love to go to a show.

I Like Stuff said...

Wow, sounds fun! I for one am very impressed that you managed to hold back from making any purchases. I could learn a thing or two from you about restraint.

Cathy Voyage said...

I really would like to go to a show!

cherish_jd said...

I have somthing for you in my blog dear!

Susanna-Cole said...

Awesome that you got to attend a fashion show! The freebies sound awesome too! :)


Anonymous said...

How luckly were you! I wish I went too...
I love the two color-fulled dresses, especially the one with the black belt.

Couture Carrie said...

So exciting! Thanks for sharing these pics!


Anonymous said...

so wonderful! i hope can go to a catwalk soon!:)

sparkling stars (: said...

your so lucky getting to go to the fashion show. shame that there was a 6ft something guy infront of you with spikey hair he he (: the pictures are bootiful, i espicially like the 2nd last - ther one the glittery dress, very pretty.

thankyou for your sweet comment. have a lovely day.

rudi said...

Really great post - thanks for commenting on mine by the way! you're so lucky to have gone to fashion week, i would have gone if i wasn't so skint!

Dooder City said...

Wow, that sounds like a blast.

Anonymous said...

Lucky you!!

SOPHIA said...


-Sophie (http://bonjourmodele.blogspot.com)

Juliet said...

Omg your lucky (or your wallet is :D).

juliet xxx

♥ fashion chalet said...

Lovely clothing; the way they drape so perfectly on =]

Airmail cupcake on the way.... ;]


Taylor said...

ahhh im so jealous!
boys are so annoying. hah

FASHintuitION said...

Thanks a lot for the comment! You were really in the center of the action :)
BJS *keep it stylish*

Niviarsiaq said...

Oh wow! This must have been so much fun! Each show sounds really amazing! Haha- I'm jealous of big cities with actual fashion weeks!

I think Gareth Pugh is underappreciated. lol
I found the picture in the Jak & Jil archives and immedialty fell in love!