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[LFW] Headonism 1

Headonism, supported by the Royal Ascot and curated by Stephen Jones, is an initiative by the British Fashion Council to support emerging talent within millinery.  At London Fashion Week AW13, the five designers showcased were Aurora Ozma, Emma Yeo, William Chambers, Piers Atkinsom and Moody and Farrell.

A short video introducing the Headonism exhibition can be viewed here.

I spoke to some of the designers at Headonism:

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Aurora Ozma is based in London but is originally from Newcastle.  This is her second collection, and her first time at Headonism.  She is inspired by her love of vintage clothes and hats, and is completely self-taught.  She uses materials such as nappa leather, Swarovski crystals and buckram coated with acrylic paint to achieve a texture that doesn’t look ‘too clean’.  She is also inspired by figures such as Marie-Antoinette.

According to the press release for this collection title ‘Backseam Bullet’, it draws upon influences such as the Belle-Epoque, tattered American-tan stockings, and girdles.

I really like the collection – the colours are neutral and really adaptable, and the styles are classic but still unique.  I love the glamour of the hats, and I think they’d add plenty of attitude to an outfit.

For more information, you can visit Aurora Ozma’s website.

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[MFW] DSquared²

I’m in love with the 1940s, masculine glamour at DSquared².  The jewellery, gloves and cigarettes are the perfect touch.  I’m not sure what to make of the hats, to be honest, as they ‘fit’ but at the same time they seem to be a bit too much when taken in with the outfit as a whole.

These are some of my favourite looks.  Pictures are from style.com.

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And my absolute favourite look (I want it all except the hat!), here’s Daphne:

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[LFW] Street Style 2

Here are some more photos of people whose outfits I loved!

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Shan from Rockin’ Reptile, in shoes designed by herself.

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[LFW] Pringle of Scotland

Today I attended the Pringle of Scotland presentation.  Here are some of the photos I took of the AW13 collection:

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We were served some lovely champagne and nibbles!

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Despite that, I still look grumpy!  Oops!

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[LFW] Hellen van Rees

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Hellen studied at Central St Martins and is exhibiting at London Fashion Week for the second time.  She is based in her home country, the Netherlands.  Her fabrics are made from left-over organic cotton yarn which is recycled, woven by hand and heat-fused.  She feels that as a designer it is important to consider sustainability in fashion, and that consumers should be more conscious of their decisions when buying clothes.

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Hellen also uses silicon coating to give a shiny, almost wet-look fabric.  From a distance it appears leathery (and contrasts very nicely with the textured yarn fabric); up close, brush strokes can be seen, and the silicon fabric shows that it is hand made and unique.  The two fabrics work very well together.

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I love that the fabrics produced by this technique have a tweed pattern, but they also have a lot of interesting texture.  Although there are many different colours fused into one garment, the colours complement each other and the effect is not busy or discordant.

I liked the collection that Hellen had on show.  Her mannequin was very eye-catching, and her clothes really showed the possibilities for use of the fabrics she has created.  She has put them together in a way which really works, and the clothes are both artistic and functional.

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Here is a video presentation of some of Hellen’s work:

Hellen van Rees A/W’13 from Hellen on Vimeo.

Hellen can be contacted at info@hellenvanrees.com

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[LFW] Day 1 Atmosphere + Style

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[LFW] Bora Aksu

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The 2nd show of the day was by Bora Aksu. I immediately fell in love with the invitation – a 1cm thick card invite, beautifully designed and cut.

The clothes were difficult to photograph – they were so shiny in the lights that most of them just glowed white on camera!  I did manage to get some short videos that show some shapes and colours, and also the start and end of the show.  I’ve compiled them as one video – you can watch below.

My thoughts:

The different textures in the show were amazing.  The first outfits had strings of pearls from top to bottom, shimmering in the light.  Smooth thin leather capes, rouched shoulders, and twisted fur were other textures used.  The fabrics and furs moved and flowed beautifully, especially the delicate transparent material that was finely pleated, and worn as a cape.  At the bottom of each of these capes was a thick contrasting band as a bottom border, in a different colour – in fact they immediately made me think of my Cora Kemperman skirt, which I was actually planning to wear tomorrow!

I really liked the colours, especially the pinks.  I liked the beige because of the pearls, and the purple looked great on the models.  It would only make me look jaundiced though!  The models’ hair was lovely – two buns high up on either side of the head, each bun made of small plaits.  Each model wore a thick lace forehead and eyebrow cover, which was intricately designed, but didn’t detract at all from the detail of the clothing.  Everything worked really well together and I definitely need some of these pieces in my wardrobe!

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[LFW] Zoë Jordan

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Zoë Jordan’s catwalk show was sponsored by Vestiaire Collective – the website features videos from the show. I had a standing ticket, and sadly I was a bit late after getting lost on my way to the tube station (me? lost? late?!) so I wasn’t able to enter the show space, but I was allowed in to a private viewing on big screen, so I did manage to get some photos and videos from there, which I’ll share. The following photos were sent to me by Zoë Jordan’s PR company.

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Here are some photos I took with my iPad – bad quality I’m afraid!  Tomorrow I’ll have my SLR with me.

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Here’s a video I took of the closing – full screen is necessary!

I wrote some short thoughts after the show:

I was happy to see Zoë Jordan go from pastels and flowing shapes to something much bolder. I wasn’t too keen on the jade/teal colour but I loved the fuchsia!  My favourites were the black/white/red pieces.  I thought they were stunning, with fantastic cuts and lines. Lots of diagonals made the black and white monochrome much more interesting, and the splash of red really pulled it together. I also loved the shoes – navy blue closed ankle boots, with a bright red chunky heel. Very stylish, and although they catch your gaze, they’re not over the top, and I could imagine wearing them for work. I liked the metallic fabric on the catwalk, though I don’t know about metallic clothing in real life… it’s sorta like super-shiny plasticy fabric to me; it doesn’t really work.  Well, the diagonal lines were the best part of the show for me – bold and flattering.

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[LFW] Day 1! (Part 1)

I’m exhausted! I will be posting again shortly, with street style and show photos!

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This is my ‘exhausted face’.  This is also my most recent hair colour – I’ve gone from a pastel turquoise to a deeper turquoise.

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Illustrations by Manolo Blahnik feature all over Somerset House and on print media.

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I wore a black dress and my Prada flame shoes, which got a lot of attention, even from a photographer from Getty!  How exciting!13

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More to follow!

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[LFW] Pre-LFW Nerves!

I have

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because tomorrow morning I

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I’ll be at the opening fashion show by Zoë Jordan

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so expect a post from me!

(And many more to follow!)

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