Friday, 11 March 2016

Fashion: London Fashion Week Feb 2016

Harper & Blake London Fashion Week

This post is loooong overdue, but ...uh well...these days I'm just at work all the time - and when I'm not working, I'm either commuting or I'm tired and uninspired to sit down and write a post. #whenlifetakesover. I feel like these days, I don't experience anything anymore or if I do, the events can't really excite me enough that they are worth talking about. 

Anyway, believe it or not, something actually DID happen in my life a few weeks ago which I'd like to share with you today. My friend Laura asked me to join her for London Fashion Week. You may remember back in September when she kindly invited me to come along as a 'trader' to see the incredible Amanda Wakeley show and we had the best time ever. Goes without saying that I was totally in for a second round when she called.

On a Sunday after a lazy lie-in and a few hours of massive procrastination and lounging around in my dressing gown, I made myself fashion ready for the day. I wore my butterfly jumpsuit from Miss Selfridge which was last seen on me as an outfit for the Clothes Show in Birmingham, 2014. Ready at some point I headed into central to meet up with Laura.

First Stop: Liverpool Street


This time we wouldn't return to the FROW, but attended a few fashion events as part of LFW. Our first destination was this uber fancy loft in Liverpool Street to see the Harper & Blake scarf collection. The London-based brand is new to the fashion scene and showcased beautifully crafted silk scarfs with (let's put it this way) 'interesting' designs to reflect the strong urban woman of today. The entire scenery was very stylish and the models were absolute pros. At a price of around £65, these scarfs come with a juicy price tag but since this is the debut collection, there's currently a 60% of the price. Maybe worth an investment, what do you reckon?

Harper & Blake London Fashion Week AW16
Harper & Blake silk scarf
Harper & Blake LFW silk scarf collection

Second Stop: Somewhere Around Old Street


A few hours and a well-deserved Dirty Burger (opposite Boxpark!) later, we ended up somewhere around Old Street. We followed an invite from River Island and the British Fashion Council who teamed up to present some exclusive designer material in the form of Fashion Films for London Fashion Week AW 16.

I didn't know what to expect but for some reason, this turned out to be one of these London Fashion Week After Show parties where the fashion crowd comes together and it is literally all about 'seen and be seen'. Well anyway, I spotted the fashion editors from i-D and Pause Magazine and where there's an event, my blogging friends Olivia and Nadja usually aren't that far either.

River Island Fashion Film London Fashion Week
Photo Credit: Laura
With Laura at London Fashion Week
Photo Credit: Laura

The evening kicked off with a fashion panel discussing trends in the industry and rise of blogs/magazines. Afterwards, the three short films were shown and then the party started - well most of the time we tried to get a picture with designer Henry Holland. We did it in the end and when I say 'we tried to get one picture with him', I mean we took at least a good 20 or so (half of them blurry!).

London Bloggers at London Fashion Week

Pretty exciting right? I loved seeing my friends and truly enjoyed some London Fashion Week air (ah the perks of being a blogger). However, Fashion Week in February is usually less spectacular and I feel it is more energetic and vibrant in September. Will make some more effort over the year and hopefully get the chance to see more shows in autumn. 

Thanks so much for reading today's post. Have you had the chance to go to London Fashion Week? What do you usually do on the weekend?

Till next time,

xx CAZ xx

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