Archive | February, 2009

London Fashion Week Fall 2009

27 Feb

Fashion Week has arrived! Mademoiselle Robot kindly gave me her invite to the Ashish show, which is how I found myself queuing up down a side street with some rather fabulous young things on Friday. Anticipation was building; I could overhear several people talking about the playful, fun nature of previous collections. I found myself pulling the oversize cardboard ticket out of my bag…it looked like a ticket for a carnival or circus. This theme continued inside the venue, with an acrobatic circus performer keeping the growing crowd amused, before VV Brown strutted on stage to cue the beginning of the show.

And what a show it was; a riot of colour and sequins, clashing neons and animal print. Texture, circus-inspired neons and of course sequins were three of the staple themes of the collection. The first few looks were very full on and took a little getting used to, to be honest. Neon green and pink Sprouse-esque leopard print coupled with a sequin skirt and pink zebra print leggings isn’t the most wearable of outfits! But, deconstruct the outfit into individual pieces and it starts to look a lot more wearable. The light-hearted, witty pieces are definitely very covetable.

After seeing the show first hand, it’s very easy to understand the hype which built up in the queue. Ashish’s Fall 2009 collection literally dazzled, the circus/carnival theme suddenly seems like a no-brainer antidote to the muted, sombre tones seen in some other Fall collections. Reminiscent of Miu Miu’s Harlequin collection but a lot more fun and playful, I’m really hoping that I’ll see some high-street interpretations in the likes of Topshop et al come September.

The second show I attended was Andrew Majtenyi at the Canadian High Commission. The fabulous champagne reception in the decadent surroundings certainly set the tone for the elegant show. The highlight of London Fashion Week, for me at least, was the IFB Dress Up Soiree. It was brilliant to meet up with so many bloggers and put a face to the blogs I’ve read for so long. A big thank you to Jennine and Laetitia for all organising an amazing evening!

Gemma from Retrochick & Frankie from Swell vintage

Forgotten your name! Email me! I do remember your studying at Cordwainers…!

The Vivien of Holloway girls

Gemma of Retrochick

The crowd (including Mademoiselle Robot in green) gathers for Agent Lynch.

And finally, yours truly! Topshop lace bolero, H&M vest top, Lungta De Fancy skirt, Barratts shoes. Big cheesy grin is all my own!


New York Fashion Week Fall 2009 Part Two

21 Feb

3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2009

Calvin Klein Fall 2009

Carolina Herrera Fall 2009

Derek Lam Fall 2009

Erin Wasson for RVCA Fall 2009

Isaac Mizrahi Fall 2009

Jill Stuart Fall 2009

L’wren Scott Fall 2009

Matthew Williamson Fall 2009

Michael Kors Fall 2009

Marc Jacobs Fall 2009

Mulberry Fall 2009

Proenza Schouler Fall 2009

Ralph Lauren Fall 2009

Rodarte Fall 2009

Thakoon Fall 2009

Vera Wang Fall 2009
Zac Posen Fall 2009

* Source WWD

New York Fashion Week Fall 2009 Part One

19 Feb

Ok so I finally managed to pull myself together and create a super-bumper New York Fashion Week post. This is part one of two, so check back soon to catch the rest of Fashion Week. Click on photos to enlarge.

Alexander Wang Fall 2009

Abaete Fall 2009

BCBG Fall 2009

Biphu Mohapatra Fall 2009

Boy by Band of Outsiders Fall 2009

Catherine Holstein Fall 2009

Charlotte Ronson Fall 2009

DVF Fall 2009

Herve Leger Fall 2009

Geran Ford Fall 2009

Halston Fall 2009

Jason Wu Fall 2009

Jenni Kanye Fall 2009

Koi Suwannagate Fall 2009

Monique Lhuillier Fall 2009

Ohne Titel Fall 2009

Peter Som Fall 2009

Preen Fall 2009

Rachel Roy Fall 2009

Rebecca Minkoff Fall 2009

Vena Cava Fall 2009

Victoria Beckham Fall 2009

* Source WWD

Will Market Things for Cash!

16 Feb

Ok, I’ve been keeping a keen eye on fashion week and planned to do my New York Fashion Week Part One super-duper post today. But towards the end of the day, one of the Directors pulled me into an office with the MD and basically told me I’m been shortlisted for redundancy.

They’re shutting down one division of the company, I work in recruitment and that side of the business just isn’t billing. So that entire division, plus me and the new HR girl are in the firing line so to speak. It’s going to take a couple of weeks, should find out for definate on March 4th.

So…my time will now be spent furiously applying for jobs rather than blogging. After all, a girl with a serious clothes habit needs an income to support herself! I’m a bloody good marketer, so if anyone knows of any marketing roles, please email me 🙂 I’ll also provide the email address for the MD and directors so you can send them hate mail….kidding!

What do you wear to a fashion show?

13 Feb

As the Fashion Weeks approach, I’m pretty content to pour over the pictures and videos and occasionally drift into daydreams of being invited to the front row of Balmain, Chanel or Balenciaga…probably like many of you. Although, fabulous as Paris is for the big names and haute shows, I’m quite keen on the London scene for it’s support of young designers. With most of our home grown talent being poached by big international names (John Galliano par example), fresh talent is essential. Luckily, London seems to be teeming with inspired designers – Louise Goldin, Marios Schwab, Christopher Kane and Gareth Pugh to name but four designers who have come into their own over the last couple of years.

Needless to say, it’s pretty damn tough to get an invite to a show, especially for bloggers, the fashion world doesn’t seem to take too kindly to us, unless you’re a Rockstar like Susie Bubble. Which is why I was so surprised to see an invite to a genuine Fashion Week show! The very kind invitation comes from Andrew Majtenyi, and I have had a big grin on my face since Thursday 🙂 But…it also provides me with a dilemma: what does one wear to a fashion show?! Not wanting to be either a. that overdressed twat, or b. that underdressed urchin, I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of time pondering my clothing dilemma and pouring over front row pictures.

While there don’t seem to be any strict hard and fast rules, there are some common sense points, so I’ve come up with the Fashion Daydreams Rough Guide to Fashion Week Dressing:

1. Wear the designer, if possible

2. Dress well (obviously!) but effortlessly chic rather than try hard

3. Go smart-casual (I hate that term), unless it’s an evening show, where you can afford to dress up a bit more

4. You can’t go wrong in black, fashion editor’s colour of choice

Of course, the secret 5th rule is that no one cares! Unless you’re Emma Watson or Alexa Chung, your outfit will be forgotten as soon as it’s seen. I’m trying to console myself with this thought while I try to decide what to wear. Deciding on what to wear for the after show party was a doddle though, I’ve been eyeing up a fabulous bandage dress on The Urban Collection for a couple of weeks now. I snapped it up after a quick double check with the wonderful Dree, who has assured me that it will reach me on time and has even sent it priority to make sure.

Another fabulous event I’m very much looking forward to is the Independent Fashion Bloggers’ Dress Up Soiree. We’re uniting to show the fashion world that we bloggers can do it too! Is anyone else going to this? It poses another clothing dilemma, But I’m sure fashion bloggers will be a much kinder crowd 😉

A lil Somethin’ to Brighten up my Day!

11 Feb

Work’s been mega stressful recently, to the point where my manager commented on my aggressiveness and I was close to quitting. But I’ve calmed down and my manager has done his bit to make my work-life less stressful 🙂 I decided to celebrate that, and the fact that it’s Wednesday (half way through the working week!!) by actually dressing nicely. At work they’re pretty strict, business-attire only. But I think I deserved to bend the rules a little!

primark dresshot pink dress

Primark dress (fiver in the sale!)
Topshop Cardigan
Vintage belt
Primark shoes

BAFTAs Fashion 2009

9 Feb

And awards season rolls on…yesterday night was the BAFTAs which meant I could actually watch live! I loved Freida Pinto’s dress, she’s doing an outstanding job as a newcomer she hasn’t set a foot wrong so far. There were some outstanding dress though, see below. Following the Globes and SAG awards, necklaces seem to be firmly ‘out’, with most opting to keep it simple on the accessories front.

Kate Winslett in Zac Posen

Good to see Kate looking good, trust me this picture was taken at an unflattering angle! It’s similar to her SAG dress, but better. I’m kinda bored of seeing Kate in the same body-con-ish dresses though, yeah she’s got a great curvy figure but maybe try something different for the Oscars.

Penelope Cruz in Alaia

I think this is the best dress she’s ever worn, she looks amazing. Again, this was taken at a bit of an unflattering angle. Not a big fan of her hair like that, it would have looked so much prettier..done any other way!

Emma Watson in Temperley

Is it bad that I’m jealous of a mere child?? The girl doesn’t have a stylist..

Marisa Tomei in Etro

A very brave choice from Marissa, not sure if I love it or hate it to be honest, but it definitely stood out.

Freida Pinto in Oscar de la Renta

Absolutely loved this dress! As soon as I saw her in it, very interested to see what she wears on Oscar night.

Alesha Dixon in Giovanni

Too much, too too much. Yuck!

Thandie Newton in vintage

Loved this dress, the gold stops it from being another boring black dress.

Angelina Jolie in Armani Prive

Brave choice from Angelina, not her usual choice – either floaty and body skimming or showing off her curves. I think she pulled it off, but I’m not sure that the length suits, but then again I’m not normally a fan of the mid-calf dress.

Marion Cotillard in Dior

Gorgeous, the ruffle/pleat detail and the shimmery material stopped this from being boring. Looks totally fabulous on Marion.

Gemma Arteton in vintage Dior

I don’t think I’ve ever seen Gemma get it right on the red carpet. It would be good for another occasion but its the BAFTAs! I think something a bit younger would have looked better on her. See Emma Watson for clues!

* Source The Guardian