Assisting Fashion Scout at London Fashion Week SS14

I had an absolute blast assisting Fashion Scout’s blog at this year’s London Fashion Week SS14. Fashion Scout are a platform for emerging designers where they hold many awards such as ‘Ones to Watch’ and ‘Merit Award’ for those they believe will be huge names in the future. I met some really cool people and I have to say the blog is looking amazing…check it out!

 

Highlights for me have to be the Tabernacle Twins, LULU LIU and Pam Hogg.

 

Tabernacle Twins

 

 

 

 

Photos by Jamike Latif @JamikeLatif

 

Vibe Lundemark’s label is quirky and playful transporting you to a fantasy land. This is an approach which he bases on the adventures of the fictional ‘twins’. The collection is ready to wear and street style inspired with the psychedelic bomber jackets and jumpsuits covered in cobras. The white combined with sharp purples gave off a really strong edgy look topped off by the Dr. Martens. I could definitely see myself wearing the jumpsuits to a festival…nice and comfortable..not practical for toilet breaks though! Head to toe lace is demonstrated here as a key trend for SS14.

 

LULU LIU

 

 

Photos by Tracy Asslanian and Jamike Latif @TracyAsslanian @JamikeLatif

 

Again taking inspiration from fantasy worlds, Lulu Liu took her inspiration from ‘Yarrow Wando’ a dragonfish conjured up in her own imagination. The Japanese influence is evident in her printed pieces using a colour palette of coral, turquoise and fusia to name a few. The pieces were wearable and along with the make up, fresh and natural. The arms of this last piece does look like it could be part of a fish! I love the volume in her garments, which is signature to her designs. Metallic leather in greens, silver and pink were also seen as a strong component of the designs and accessories. Still on trend for SS14.

 

Pam Hogg

 

 

 

 

Photos by Tracy Asslanian @TracyAsslanian

 

Pam Hogg’s ‘Future Past: War and Peace: Past Future’ collection was reflected by the mixture of military inspired uniform ranging from two piece suits and sexualised jumpsuits. This was contrasted by flowing skirts and bright coloured jumpsuits in PVC, adorned with floral and feathered head pieces. This show, as expected generated a huge buzz and astounded reactions from viewers, to quote DJ Gemma Cairney’s tweet “I don’t even know how to explain how wonderful that show was.” It is clear to see why Pam Hogg has dressed so many rock stars such as Blondie and Siouxsie Sioux as her signature PVC jumpsuits are spectacular. Florals are yet again evident for SS14 however life sized flowers stitched onto the garments giving a 3D appearance.

 

Ideal Home Show 2013

 

I’d always wanted to go to the Ideal Home Show, not really sure why, just always thought it might be a nice day out, where you could get lots of cool freebies. One of my close friends also shared this curiosity and last Saturday we went to find out what the big deal was.

The weather wasn’t too great, but there were stewards just outside the exit of Earl’s Court tube station handing out umbrellas for you to use to cross the road. Once inside we were pretty impressed with how much there was to see.

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Goodge Street

I’m a massive charity shop addict. So I thought I’d write a post about charity shops in London. Obviously London is so big, I’m not going to talk about every single one I’ve been to. I’ve chosen Goodge Street because I feel like it’s the most accessible to everyone. It is right in the centre of the West End, parallel to Oxford Street, so if you’re there and feel like taking a detour…take a trip down to Goodge Street and see what you can find! There’s an Oxfam and a YMCA, and one or two more other charities along the way (rhyme not intended).

 

 Oxfam, 52 Goodge Street

 

 YMCA, 22 Goodge Street

 

Oxfams in London always have unworn stock from Urban Outfitters. I’m guessing it’s old stock that they have donated, which Oxfam then sell at a knocked down price. I was lucky to find some really nice dresses from Oxfam on Goodge Street, both from Urban Outfitters. There’s a nice bit of floral going on…and some nice neck embellishments. These retro looking dresses look great with a nice pair of brogues/loafers or some ankle boots. I will definitely get my new cream clogs involved. The collar on the black dress does remind me of some old curtains we had in the 90s, but I like that! Reminds me of my childhood :)

 

 Dress, Urban Outfitters via Oxfam | Loafers, Topshop

 

 Dress, Urban Outfitters via Oxfam | Espadrille Wedges, Office

 

Collar made out of 90s curtains | Lipstick, Models Own in Plum; £5

 

And it doesn’t end there…YMCA has also been good to me. I bought this retro berry dress/top for a fiver! I wear it more often in the winter because of the colour – acts as a staple every year. It has to be worn with a waist belt as it is very baggy. So if you are in a charity shop and find something big that you like, never forget the power of a waist belt.

 

 Dress, YMCA | Belt, Charity Shop | Vintage Ankle Boots, Ebay

 

 Close up on dress detailing | Lipstick, Models Own in Red Wine; £5

 

I usually wear it with black leggings (for the slim fit) and black high heel ankle boots to give it more of a contrasting structure – big on the top, the illusion of slim long legs on the bottom. The cardigan…I think some people will either love or hate!

 

It goes really well with the dress: THANKS YMCA! It’s very fun to shop at the Y.M.C.AAA. (Sorry I couldn’t resist: cringey me!) I love how big the sleeves are, and the detailing is very Christmassy (I’m getting excited thinking about Xmas already!) It was £4 and I’m sure if you found this in a vintage shop the price would be quadrupled. It’s always worth checking in charity shops first! And you are also giving to great causes – guilt free shopping! Aha!

 

 Christmas Cardigan!

 

 Close up of fluff

 

If that wasn’t enough to wet your appetite…I’ll tell you what else is good on Goodge Street – cheap pizza. It’s called Italian Coffee Company, also known as ICCos. As a student in this area, of course it was a massive part of my life. The pizzas are freshly made, pretty large in size and have a thin crispy base. Pepperoni is one of my faves – £4.50! “Get in ma beeeelly!!!” (Fat Bastard) With all those calories and pounds spent on shopping, you can afford one of these delicious pizzas. The coffee’s not bad either.

 

 Picture taken from LondonTheInside…EAT

 


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Wedding Special

It was my friend’s wedding on Saturday. A very old friend, for whom I could not be more happy…and her now – husband!! She looked beautiful of course…one of the best looking people I know, its not difficult! However, what also makes a wedding really exciting is looking forward to see how the rest of us turn out. Everyone looked stunning to say the least. Initially I was after this Floral Pencil dress from Zara. I don’t particularly like my legs, but my silhouette isn’t too bad, so this was the perfect shape. It had an amazing print in the style of Mary Katrantzou. There was a grey tone that I preferred but they sold out of both! There’s a red version out now called Racer Back Dress at £45.99, but the fitting came out slightly different. Not sure if it’s a fault or I put on weight after my holiday…most of the dress zips were ripped across different stores though. So maybe it’s both. (Sorry I have a moody beak mouth in the pic!)

What to wear to a wedding?

I did order some dresses from ASOS but none of them were any good. I was starting to worry that I wasn’t going to find anything…maaah! I really limited myself only looking for pencil dresses. Until I went shopping in Reading last weekend. I found some peplum dresses by Miss Selfridge in House of Fraser. They are perfect for my body shape, whoopie! There were about 5 different types, there are loads more online. I went for this blue one ‘Sporty Peplum Dress’ (£45.00) as it fit the best, even though I wanted coral. But I’m glad I did as there was a lot of coral about at the wedding! I bought these sandals for a wedding 2 years ago, they are H! by Henry Holland for Debenhams. The necklace is H&M (£9.99) and the clutch bag from Dorothy Perkins (£15.00). The collar necklace is a definite must with this type of dress as it could end up looking quite plain.

Next…my lovely sister and I. Doesn’t she look BEAUTIFUL! Her dress is…(drum roll)…Primark! This dress is made out of a lovely chiffon material and suits her hourglass shape…aaaand green eyes (that I have always been jealous of). Her blazer is Miss Selfridge called ‘Apricot Shawl Collar Blazer’ and shoes are Zara. They were actually bought for the Bride’s sister’s wedding in January as the bridesmaid’s shoes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are my very old, good friends, Hannah (right) and Beki (left); beautiful leggy bitches!! These sisters have the best legs known to man. Both looking swell don’t you think? Beki is wearing a dress from Topshop and Hannah’s is River Island. Don’t you love Beki’s church appropriate jewellery?! She also had a rosary bracelet to match; a present from my sister. BLESS.

This is Leanne (on the right obv) the photographer at the wedding. Also a close friend of Beki and Hannah’s. She is my current girl crush. Beautiful on the inside as well as the outside! She is a super cool photographer and has super cool hair to match! I <3

Anyone got any weddings coming up? What will you wear?

The sun’s out and so are my legs

Finally the sun has decided to come out and tease us for a bit. Thought I’d take the opportunity and wear my new pleated skirt I bought from a charity shop in Windsor; £3.50. I love a bit of St. Michael (old school Marks and Spencers)! As someone at work said, it’s on trend, which is an added bonus. The fact that it’s high waisted with the floral print makes it perfect for summer. Having said that, the colours are handy for winter as well, providing me with yet another work appropriate skirt suited for all seasons. Yessss! The waist is elasticated which isn’t so sightly but that’s what a thick waist belt is for. Mine is a brown leather plaited one from a carboot sale in the Isle of Wight for £1! Breaking the bank here aren’t I?! My vest top is from Gap and my short black jacket is from Primark. My sandals are Topshop .

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are so many options for pleated skirts on the high street at the moment but there’s one that catches both of my eyes – the Petite Printed Skirt from Topshop. The pastel print is so yum, I can imagine it looking swell with a white tie-up shirt or any sort of plain cotton top as the skirt is the main character which doesn’t need upstaging. I just f-ing love pastels.

 

Petite Print Pleated Skirt, £32

 

Other plain coloured pleated skirts would probably be a better investment as you can mix them up a bit more and they will carry through to the winter. Pleated skirts are such a good buy as they automatically look smart, especially if it’s in chiffon. So they can be dressed up or down accordingly. I love how Taylor Swift’s outfit is simple yet effective. The bright red lips make it pop. I love a red lip I do.

 

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