Natalie Anderson's exclusive LFW diary: sleek silhouettes at Zeynap Kartel, a war inspired collection by James Kelly and so much more...

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Day 3

Although a somewhat easier paced day than the previous one I still managed to catch 4 collections, which again were all so varied in style. I saw Natasha Zinko, James Kelly, Maral Yazarloo and Zeynap Kartal.

1st Event

Natasha Zinko Presentation Erartas Galleries

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The 1st stop of the day was the Natasha Zinko presentation held at the Eratas Gallery in Mayfair. It's was an absolutely stunning collection of sumptuous silks and leather and in cool colour palette of golds, red and royal blue.

I loved this collection and it was amazing to have the opportunity to see the clothes up close and the exquisite detail of every piece.

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A London based fashion designer Ukranian born Zinko is a graduate of the prestigious Central St Martins college of Art and Design and originally specialised in Jewellery before branching out into womenswear.

The presentation was held at the Erartas galleries which proved to be a very intimate setting as bloggers, press and guests snapped away at the models who stood like human art exhibitions turning ever so slowly to present the garments, ensuring that each picture captured the design at its best.

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We were also treated to gorgeous fresh juices whilst we watched the presentation, I opted for the energiser juice made with ginger, orange and carrot to keep my energy levels up as the pace of fashion week is so incredibly fast!

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Here's a few of my favourite pieces

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Outfit 1

To start the day I opted for something a little more fun than yesterday as the sun was shining and I wanted to try a different look and so I wore a floral playsuit from girls on film with strappy crossover stilettos from Asos ( I love their shoes!) and a little red leather crossover bag from L'Credi.

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Shop the Look!

Playsuit: Girls on Film www.little-mistress.com @gof_girlsonfilm

Shoes: Asos www.asos.com @asos

Bag: L'credi https://m.zalando.co.uk/l-credi/

2nd Event

James Kelly Runway show at the Freemasons Hall

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After the Natasha Zinko event I quickly jumped in a cab over towards Covent Garden and the Freemasons Hall to watch the James Kelly catwalk presentation.

I have to say of all the collections I've seen this was the one that I found most interesting in terms of artistry. Kelly created a feeling of unease the minute we walked into the venue as he'd placed polythene sheets all around the hall to create a stark environment which proved to be perfect for his collection.

The models then walked the runway to eerie industrial music which echoed around the walls again heightening the intensity of the mood. The collection itself was full of earthy tones and moss adorned accessories.

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Very utility in its theme it incorporated oversized trench coats and trousers alongside canvas mini dresses, accentuated by sheer tulle tops again adorned with moss.

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Some of the pieces were very much statement pieces as they included details such as arms being wrapped up in a way that was very reminiscent of a straight jacket.

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These details added to Kelly's overall feeling of unease and I was intrigued into his inspiration for the collection as it made me think of bodies that had been at war.

Even though the collection was remarkably different to anything else I'd seen over the last few days and was not perhaps as wearable as some of the others, I loved how thought provoking the presentation was.

Here's my favourite designs:

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2nd Outfit

After the James Kelly show I then quickly changed into my second outfit for the day as I knew the next two shows were going to be in the evening.

I wore a pale pink body con dress from Lavish Alice with my same strappy stilettos and accessorised it with my lovely rose gold Ferragamo watch, oversized Swarovski ring and black clutch.

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Shop The Look!

Dress: Lavish Alice www.lavishalice.com @lavishalice

Shoes: Asos www.asos.com @asos

Bag: Lanvin www.lanvin.com @lanvinofficial

Watch: Ferragamo www.ferragamo.com

Ring: Rebecca, Bahamas ring www.rebecca.it

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3rd Event

Maral Yazarloo runway show at Freemasons Hall After quickly running back to my hotel to get changed for the next two shows I then got a cab back to Covent Garden to sit front row at the Maral Yazarloo and Zeynap Kartal presentations.

You really do fly backwards and forwards during fashion week!!

The Maral Yazarloo show was gorgeous, full of rich textures such as raw silk and velvets. A motorcycle enthusiast, (she owns a Harley and has the highest mileage in India of any female rider) Maral's sense of travel and culture is highly represented in her clothing.

An Iranian born designer she launched her brand in Paris followed by Rome and India.

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The strong focal point on modernity meets culture, a theme Maral explores to make her brand unique was very much reflected in this collection.

I loved the colour palette, rich turquoise, orange and pinks combined with raw silks and gold created a strong feeling of the Middle East which was accentuated by the thumping Arabic meets Parisian soundtrack. Here's the designer herself taking her applause!!

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Here's my favourite designs

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4th Event

Zeynap Kartal Runway show, The Gallery at Freemasons Hall

Following on from the Maral Yazarloo show, I then attended the Zeynap Kartal show.

Manchester based Zeynap is quickly becoming one of the UKs hottest evening wear designers, dressing the likes of Amanda Holden, Rochelle Hulmes and most recently Lady Ga Ga. As a fan of her designs for a few years now I was extremely excited to see her collection and I was not disappointed, it was stunning!

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The show began with a gorgeous white mini tuxedo dress which was beautifully tailored and then progressed through the collection showcasing daring plunging necklines, lace full skirts and tailored jumpsuits.

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The silhouettes were either sleek and sexy or full and textured in rich navy's, whites and deep coral.

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It was a highly luxurious collection of rich satins and delicately embellished lace and really captured the feel of elegance meets decadence. I really loved every piece in this collection and have definitely got my eye on a few for the red carpet!

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Here's my favourite designs:

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Again it was a very busy day but definitely more relaxed than the previous two, it was also lovely as my gorgeous friend Lisa accompanied me to the shows and so we got to enjoy some nice girl time together in between viewings.

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I'm set for another busy day today of events and party's as well as a couple of presentations and so ill be back tomorrow to report and day 4.

See you soon,

Love Natalie xxx

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