My LFW Favourites
The first show I knew I wanted to attend this season was the Anya Hindmarch SS18 show, for my 5th season in London. Her collections have always been a highlight of previous seasons and I couldn’t wait to see what she had designed for Spring 2018. The week before the show I was invited into Selfridges London to Build-A-Bag the Anya Hindmarch way and I’m quite sure it’s one of the most fun shopping experiences I’ve had. You can see the bucket bag I created above worn on my 1st day of shows and you’ll be seeing a lot of more of it on the blog that’s for sure.
Anya’s SS18 show was filled, as always, with elements of fun and designs that were a kaleidoscope of colour. The jackets stole the show for me for the third season in a row, the oversized somewhat athletic touches are super wearable and can be paired down to an everyday look with the right accessories. The patterns were somewhat reminiscent of a 60’s/70’s vibe complete with matching headbands for the models but the textures were absolutely unique. The quilting, the ruffles and even the cut out shoulders were such beautiful looks teamed with latest bags. Anya’s accessories are always so coveted and SS18 was no different. From the oversized leather duffle bags to the ‘cookie monster’ eye details, to the fun sized wristlets and that amazing silver clutch that evoked a late night takeaway container. Amazing.
It’s no secret that I love Malone Souliers; I think I own about 7 pairs of their heels now. The attention to detail in every shoe I have ever slipped my foot into has made me fall in love with this brand more and more. From the navy velvet heels I always pull out for those extra special occasions, to the metallic winged mules I wore last season, they create such unique but wearable styles.
For their SS18 show space they created a fairytale, enchanted forest. The new season designs were nestled amongst the moss, leaves and trees and this provided the perfect backdrop for the ethereal collection. The styles are all the classic Malone Souliers favourites reinvented and I couldn’t be more excited for the spring colours. The winged mules are back in style with vibrant pops of fuschia and blue edging, my favourite strappy heels reinvented with the slogan ‘let me love you’ emblazoned across the toes and metallic accents seen added to the majority of styles including those beautiful military ‘esque’ mules. I’m currently trying to convince myself those incredible pointed toe green and pink lurex boots are a must for my wardrobe too. You don’t have long to wait to get your hands on these beautiful designs as I’ve already seen some styles online! Christmas lists anyone?
The Versus Versace show had a very different look from last season. The grunge was still there, the edgy vibe still present but the pieces for the SS18 show were very much Mix and Match; in the best sense of the word. Lots of the pieces being marched down the runway you may notice had been reworked or had panels of contrasting materials added to what would have initially been a simplistic look. The highlights of neon in the break of a skirt and the panels of red on the chest of the knitwear combined with that beautiful sea/mint green was such a bold but wearable look.
I was lucky enough to be taken to the show by the wonderful Charlotte Tilbury and the looks they created were perfect for the shows vibe. The oversized Amy Winehouse inspired cat eye flicks created with the Liquid Eye Pencil and teamed with the brands new Hollywood Beauty Light Wand for a lit from within highlight to the very top of the cheekbones.
If there was one catwalk I could see myself wearing 95% of the items that came down it, it had to be Temperley London. The silhouettes that graced the models had me dreaming of the French Riviera and drinks at sunset wearing any one of the dresses that I set my eyes upon. This season the styles were a little edgier than previous years. The fishtail dresses and skirts in the beautiful sage green tones with flecks of bright oranges and blues were just beautiful. There was a mix of sheer panels, wearable ruffles and hints of lace worn underneath belted waists and more masculine jackets. The darker shades of navy and the hits of mirrored sequins were a beautiful luxe addition to the end of the show and ones I would love to see more of in any collection when Spring hits. It isn’t always about pastels! You can pre order the SS18 runway looks here.
Thanks again to Charlotte Tilbury for inviting me to view this amazing show and for creating such stunning looks on the models. Charlotte’s new Hollywood Lips in Walk of Fame mixed with Hot Lips Tell Laura created a geranium red-orange tone and took centre stage alongside the brushed out brows. It had me thinking of ways to wear this orange red tone for a brighter Autumn!
Apologies in advance for the lack of photos from the Topshop Unique show, the lighting was hard to adjust to and a lot of my favourite pieces didn’t come out well enough to put into the post. The show consisted of lots of contrasting pieces from the very sheer and lightweight to huge boxy coats that were so oversized the models wore them off shoulder to avoid being swamped by them. The show was inspired by the 90’s nightlife seen in London during the decade and the heavy denim presence and the variety of mini lengths on show confirmed it. My favourite piece had to be the lilac/pale pink satin bomber with the pearl embellishments (you know I love my bomber jackets no matter what the season) and the flattering high necklines worn across the looks. There were metallic pointed toe boots shown again so I’ll definitely be brining mine back out the closet and the jewellery was extravagant and very much costume inspired. Have a peek at my faves below as you can shop the whole show now!
Sophia Webster is always a showcase of dreams; literal dreams. Walking into any Sophia Webster presentation always gives me chills, the effort and creativity is always second to none, you probably vividly remember last season’s winter wonderland? SS18 was no exception and left me feeling as though I had jumped right into the pages of a fairytale as I meandered past the models delicately displaying the beautiful pastels and floral pieces we’ve come to know and love for spring from Sophia. Having been told the presentation was influenced by the ‘Flower Fairies’ beforehand had me completely enveloped by the theme.
As ever there was fun to be had with the accessories brand, one bag reading ‘Chick Flix and Frills’ and another reading ‘Roses Are Red’. The embellishments across the designs were full of beautiful crystals, gorgeous florals and intricate details you only see at a second glance. One thing that always stands out to me about Sophia’s designs is just how special they are and how special you know you’ll feel wearing them. I could see half the designs being beautiful enough to be wedding shoes which for me is the peak of footwear lusting.
The David Koma show was just incredible. The red, white and blue palette was so clean and the fits were super flattering but still pieces of art walking down the runway. The ruffles were a favourite of mine, the texture of the otherwise sleek mini dresses contrasted with the athletic touches added to the rest of the collection. I must own those knee high baseball/boxing boots meet heels too, how incredible are the red and white versions? Truly, I will be searching high and low for these. Another favourite was how chic the simple first monochromatic looks were, those black to the floor trousers with the nude side panels highlighted with that incredible cinched in waist, wow! Add your favourite accessories and that look would be a go to sassy, sultry weekend look. And of course it would be rude not to mention that vibrant robust red we’re seeing again. Trousers, dresses and shoes? Yes please!
Thank you to Dyson for allowing me to attend such an incredible show and for creating the models amazing looks with the Dyson Supersonic. They sported simple pulled back looks, freshly blowdryed with a little texture and mismatched, uneven partings. The perfect pairing with both the athletic and chic looks.
Again, the biggest apologies for not capturing enough photos here, in fact any. But hold out for my LFW vlog coming on Tuesday as I captured more footage, as well as on my stories. This was just such a high impact show that I barely had time to capture the models before they fiercely strutted past me. If you want to see all the looks, head over to here for a peek – they’re stunning.
For me Julien Macdonald is always the most exhilarating show to see at London Fashion Week. It’s such a celebration of being confident and sassy and I always leave the show ready to throw on my best dress, my sexiest heels and head on a night out feeling at my most confident. Some of the looks as always may be a little too revealing for a night out on the town for some, but when I think of Julien’s designs I think of sumptuous, glamorous red carpet events. Sequins, sheer and sexy. Although red, my colour of the moment, was shown in the designs, the silvers and blues were the stand out shades with the light bouncing from the metallics and the sequins shown by both.
Thank you to ghd for taking me to this futuristic show and for creating the models super sleek hairstyles. The hair was left loose, sleek and poker straight with their new pink straighteners to let the designs do all the talking as well as add to the somewhat edgy atmosphere of the party based show. Amazing as always.
If there was ever a way to close LFW with a bang then #tommynow was the explosion! The circus/rock ‘n’ roll themed show was absolutely captivating from the space itself to the bevy of the hottest models walking the runway. It wouldn’t be Tommy Hilfiger without the red, white and blue colour palette and even though this year saw grunge looks, punk inspiration and edgy oversized fits, it was still Tommy at heart. The usual collegiate style was seen in bombers and sweaters emblazoned with the Hilfiger emblem but teamed with padlocked necklaces, distressed denim and layered plaid. The contrasting lengths of oversized shirts, mini skirts and even tailored blazers was so mismatched, but so right. My favourite had to be those amazing red and blue chevron print pieces including that beautiful midi skirt I can see teamed with my silver boots, the colour block jumper dress of dreams and the roll neck contrast sleeve knit I wore to the show myself.
I would love to know what your London Fashion Week highlights were this season? Let me know if there’s anything you think I missed this time around I would have loved, and if there’s a dream show you are aiming to get to next season? Till next time!
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