London Fashion Week Day 1 and 2

The fashion madness that is London Fashion Week began on Friday and the fashion pack descended upon Somerset house and Freemasons hall to check out what the designers had to offer for A/W 13-14. I was invited to a load of shows for this blog so I decided to check out some of them. Some of my photographs have not come out that clear so apologies! 

Day 1 
Timur Kim A/W 13-14
Timur Kim cited the influence behind his latest collection, to Fashion Scout, as "the ceilings of The Hermitage Buildings" giving it a baroque influence which was prominent in the collection the moment it hit the runway. Add in florals and a 1970s vibe and you have a very feminine collection.

Palette wise there was plenty of blue as well as hints of fuchsia, burgundy and maroon. This was a very print influenced collection and had plenty of pieces you could mix and match into your wardrobe's depending on how much print you like to wear. 

Overall the collection had an effortless chic feeling to it with the cropped pants, silk shirts, and chiffon dresses. The setting of the show was perfect for the collection as was the models natural makeup and tousled hair. The brogues, which kept catching my eye, adding a nice finish to the collection. 

Belle Sauvage
If in some alter dimension Sailor Moon became a grunge princess this would be the collection for her. It was full of attitude and the good kind.

The oriental influence was prominent with the tiger and dragon motifs which saw a collection of satin dresses, leather pieces and accents of fur which came in an array of colours; from dark reds to black to a hint of baby pink. 

It was the styling of this collection that stood out, from the leather and PVC boots to the harajuku style long pig tails, which all added the grunge girl attitude to a collection that could have been quite soft. 

The finale of the show added the finishing touch of attitude which saw the models stand side by side in rows of four like fashion officers. These are certainly women that you would not want to mess with! ;) 

The highlight of day one of LFW, of the shows that I attended, was certainly watching the PPQ show and it was worth the time spent queuing up outside in the cold. 

Before I get to the fashion, I know the Frow is quite the attraction of PPQ so I might as well get that out of the way first. This time it saw the likes of Kate Nash, Stooshe, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Laura Whitmore, Caroline Flack (who I have to say is an absolute babe in real life), VV Brown, Delilah and Dionne Bromfield, who also brought along Nathan Sykes (who sat behind her), Peaches Geldof and Jodie Kidd to name a few. 

Now time to get to the fashion which had a fun, fifties and sixties vibe to it that came in a palette consisting of pink, blue, yellow, green, a lot of black and fun psychedelic prints. The styling added a sophisticated feel to the collection with the oversized handbags and hats, as well as the tied back chic hairstyling. This collection is perfect for those of you that like to add a touch of colour to your wardrobes. 

Photo Credit: My photo's on my camera came out naff so my photographer friend Suhayla who I attended the PPQ show with took the pictures. Check out her blog here

Day 2 
Ones to Watch 
Day 2 I decided to attend only one of the Fashion Scout shows which was the Ones to Watch i.e. Patrick Li, Yeashin and Yuila Kondranina.

Patrick Li
Patrick Li's collection (you can watch the show here) featured plenty of black mixed with glitter fabrics which featured on collars or panels. 

This is certainly a collection for those of us that like the androgynous look as there was plenty of powerful pieces such as coats, (in a mix of black leather and wool) tailored shirts and trousers. The dresses also had that masculine vibe to them with the angular panels. 

There where plenty of pieces in this collection that I would love to add in my wardrobe and I do think Patrick Li is one designer to watch out for! 

If Patrick Li was about the glitter and power dressing then Yeashin was about the pom poms as there were plenty on show. 

This show made a complete contrast to the previous collection and it has quite an eastern vibe to it that was heavily layered and colourful. The hats added a traditional vibe to it as did the pom pom infused boots that the models swayed down the catwalk in. 

Yuila Kondranina
The Russian born designer who has an MA in Womenswear from Central St Martins was the designer that was all about fringing.  

Fringing came in the form of slick tailored suits and simple dresses that had the wow factor added to it thanks to the fringing that came in a monochrome as well as reds, blues and mustard. 

The collection was a pleasant surprise as it brought together fashion and art which is always great to see. 

Stay tuned to the blog as I will be doing an overall round up of LFW as well as blogging about the exhibitions which I am set to check out tomorrow and Tuesday. 


Meera Sharma

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