Well the first day of Fashion Week was madness! I managed to fly around London and see the work of five different designers all after presenting the fashion item on ITV's This Morning.
First event: Bora Aksu Catwalk show at the British Fashion Council show space
After hot footing it across from the This Morning studio I made my way to the BFC show space to sit front row at the Bora Aksu show.
A London-based Turkish fashion designer, Aksu set up his fashion label after graduating from his MA at Central St Martins. He was awarded the New Generation sponsorship which catapulted him straight onto the London Fashion Week scene and has showcased his collections for eight years.
This collection was stunning! The silhouettes were decidedly feminine with lace and brocade finishes combined with delicate textures. The tailoring was exquisite incorporating silk tulle and organza which in turn created a feeling of fluidity and tones of baby pink, lemon, white and orange were very much reminiscent of beautiful flower garden. I absolutely loved every piece in the collection and the highlight for me was the finale, where all of the models walked the runway collectively, showcasing the pieces simultaneously. It was a delight to the eyes, it was beautiful!
Here are some of my favourite looks:
As I was presenting earlier and didn't have much time to change I wore my cropped asos cigarette pants with a sleeveless white shirt and stilettos to start the day, however for the shows I then added my sleeveless Karen Millen black coat and styled it as a full length waistcoat for a layered tailored look.
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Cigarette pants: Asos, asos.com @asos
Sleeveless shirt: as above
Shoes: as above
Sleeveless coat: Karen Millen @karenmillen
Second event: Zandra Rhodes presentation at Hotel Cafe Royal, Oscar Wilde bar
After the Bora Aksu show I quickly jumped in a cab across to the Zandra Rhodes presentation at the Hotel Cafe Royal.
The setting for Zandra's presentation was a very different affair to the cool crisp space of the Brewer Street Car Park (the official BFC show space) where I'd just watched the Bora Aksu show.
An intimate room with beautiful gilded walls and mirrors accompanied by a solo pianist playing various hits of yesteryear created a sumptuous and elegant feel.
Champagne and afternoon tea was served at the tables that were adorned with red roses. It was really wonderful and extremely exciting for a novice Fashion Week visitor. I sat on a table with three fabulous ladies who were all fashion bloggers including Fashionista Barbie's Danielle Wightman-Stone. fashionistabarbieuk.com
After we had our tea the presentation began. It was a collection of colour, exploding patterns and wacky accessories including jewelled upside down visors.
The palette was divided into two halves with Barbie pinks dominating the first and shades of coral and royal blue the second. Pieces were either soft and fluid such as oversized trousers and floaty asymmetric dresses or toughened up with Z motif denim.
It was a fun, bright and most of all wearable feminine collection accentuated by falling blue, yellow and pink rose petals. However the highlight for me was meeting the wonderful woman herself!
Here are my favourite pieces:
Third event: Clio Peppiat presentation at The Hub Vinyl Factory
From the Zandra Rhodes presentation I quickly took a ten-minute walk to the on/off presentation space at the Vinyl Factory for the Clio Peppiat presentation. Clio is an up-and-coming designer who launched her own label in 2014 and whose garments are instantly recognisable for her innovative prints and sense of humour.
As my third collection of the day I was intrigued by the various designers different way of showcasing the designs. Clio chose to have her models stationary almost mannequin like as she allowed press, bloggers and fashionistas to view her collection to a thumping house soundtrack.
A somewhat smaller presentation obviously due to Clio being a rising star and not a fully established fashion house just yet the collection was in similar way to Zandra's fun, bright and very feminine. Again Barbie girl chic was very present as an overall theme but I felt there was also a touch of 60s Barbarella too.
The colour palette was vibrant and bubblegumesque. I really enjoyed the presentation and it was interesting to see the difference in style.
Fourth event: Ashley Isham catwalk show at Freemasons Hall
After the Clio presentation I then jumped in a cab over to the fashion scout events at the Freemasons Hall in Covent Garden for the Ashley Isham runway show.
Ashley's show was a very eclectic mix of varying styles, using lame, tulle, organza and lace. With a tropical palette and wind machine the models strutted the runway adorned with fairground windmill headpieces.
I really enjoyed this show as it evoked feelings of a luxurious tropical paradise with cutout swimwear and swathes of material blowing in the wind. Here are a few of my favourite pieces.
To attend the show I did a super speedy change and wore a Lavish Alice tailored wrap over dress with stiletto shoes and my hair in a top knot.
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Dress: Lavish Alice http://m.asos.com/mt/www.asos.com/Lavish-Alice/Lavish-Alice-Asymetric-Belted-Dress/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5735789&cid=17345&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=50&sort=-1&clr=Indigo&totalstyles=101&gridsize=3&un_jtt_v_frompage=0
Shoes: Asos asos.com @asos
Fifth event: Pam Hogg Runway show at Freemasons Hall
Thankfully as I'd just watched the Ashley Isham show I didn't need to dash off anywhere else as the Pam Hogg show was being held at the same venue.
Often hailed as a rock n roll fashion designer and artist I was very excited to see her show as I knew it would probably be very different to any of the others I had seen earlier in the day and I was completely right. Androgynous models wore studded garments with rockstar make-up and accessorised with huge platform shoes.
The pieces were much tougher in structure and incorporated full skirts and long heavily tailored coats. I could completely feel Pam's personality in clothes as elements of punk and rock were very prevelant.
It was an extremely popular show with Pam receiving huge applause as she greeted her audience.
Here are my favourite pieces:
It was an absolutely manic day and a real baptism of fire into the hectic world of Fashion Week, however I loved it and it was everything I wanted it to be! I just hope I can keep up with the pace as I set off again attending the Natasha Zinko, James Kelly and Zeynap Kartal shows.
See you then,
Love Natalie X