Sunday 28 February 2016

London Fashion Weekend 2016

If you read my Christmas day blogpost you would've seen that I was once again lucky enough to get tickets for the London Fashion Weekend event that takes places twice a year. Last year, it was held at Somerset house and you can read that here, yet this year it was held at The Saatchi Gallery which is such a lovely building, and really did the event justice.

Last year I wore a skirt and blouse, however this year I think my style has evolved a little and I decided I wanted to take a more casual approach and went with the classic knit jumper and trousers pairing (which ended up being very suitable for the freezing weather, unlike some people who I saw who were bare legged and made me even colder just looking at them... so those people deserve a clap because I honestly don't know how they did it!!). 

The day didn't start too early, however my morning was still a mirage of hairdryers, makeup brushes and lipsticks. Luckily though, unlike last year I didn't spend the night before being the last one to leave my shopping centre in a manic rush to find an outfit, so its safe to say my outfit planning has improved in year!

Once we arrived at Sloane Square, we still had over an hour before the first catwalk so we walked the short journey to the Saatchi gallery where London Fashion Weekend was being held and got our gift bags before finding a little cafe to still in to get a hot drink to warm us up. After a few too many cups of green tea, we headed over to the venue to have a look at all the pop up shops where I got the cutest grey fur pom pom hat that you should definitely expect to see in a outfit post soon. 

It was then time to head to our first catwalk which was the Temperely London designer show. After some squishing and squeezing, the lights went down and the tall models strutted down the runway clad in gorgeous boho inspired summer wear, that had me craving the sun even more than I already did. The collection was a mix of colour two pieces sets; a fusion of white, blues, greens, corals, black and some lovely pearlescent pieces which caught everyones attention. Unfortunately, after coming out of the show I realised I had next to no allegeable photos of the clothing, only a few videos that I managed to catch, I will be sure to put them on my instagram, so be sure to check them out. 

After that show ended we had a little time to once again whisk around the pop up shops before heading back to the runway space for our second show which was the trend catwalk. Last year I loved the trend show as there was so many different, well, trends by all different designers. The trends for the upcoming s/s season were 'beautiful botanicals', 'Americana', 'pop art brights' and 'new romance'. My favourites were definitely the 'Americana' trend and the "New Romance' as although both are on opposite ends of the spectrum, they are both such wearable trends. The Americana trend was an example of an easy 'throw on' style of straight leg jeans and pops of red. However, to contrast, the New Romance trend was all about frills, pastel colours and 'flowy' dresses without being obnoxiously girly. 

I think one of my favourite outfits of the trend show was definitely the denim shirt with the suede fringed mini skirt from the 'Americana' collection!

After our last show we said goodbye to the equivalent of a fashionistas heaven and headed back onto King's road to take some outfit photos and to find another cafe. 

We found a cute little nook in the busy street, and being as predictable as I am, I found a white house to pose in front of. 

My outfit was pretty understated as I settled on a striped jumper from topshop and some 'suede effect' trousers from zara that are so incredibly soft that at points I thought I was wearing my pyjamas. To go with this simple look I wore my over the knee boot, a military esque blazer and my infamous camel coat, and of course my black over the body bag that I'm seen without. 

Jumper - Topshop
Trousers - Zara
Blazer - Zara 
Coat - Zara
Boots - Stuart Weitzman 
Bag - Balenciaga

I had the most amazing day with my grandma, as we spent the day admiring trends and drinking too many hot drinks to counteract the cold. 

Now all I can wish for is the return of the sun - which is highly unlikely in february - but a girl can wish, right! 

Maija Lily Xx


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