Yesterday was my first experience of Fashion Week and I thoroughly enjoyed! Arriving early, at Somerset House, I was able to wander around and get a feel for the place, and more importantly do some incredible people watching. Bloggers, press and fashionista’s were dressed to the nine’s wearing a mix of designer and highstreet; the British highstreet prevailed with plenty of people wearing noticeable Topshop classics to perfection! Eclectic ensembles made up of neons, huge heels and feathered headpieces all made appearances on the most fashion forward attendee’s, while I opted for a simple monochrome outfit, I felt slightly underdressed.
Alongside the shows, Somerset House also hosted Topshop Newgen’s showroom where designers such as Christopher Raeburn (who I met), Sophia Webster, and my personal favourite, Liam Fahy showcased their designs (more on him at a later date), you could also pick up cookies, sweets and cute designer badges while milling around the area and chatting to designers and getting a feel for next season’s trends.
The first show I saw was Maria Grachvogel’s AW13 presentation, where I spotted Mollie King and an equally gorgeous Laura Whitmore, alongside Amber Le Bon (in an amazing full length dress, again, I felt underdressed) sitting in the FROW. This amazing collection centred on the idea of cycles of nature, birth and rebirth, a theme which was explored through the use of botanical inspired patterns. Japanese folds were used to add structural elements to some of the pieces, including an amazing kimono. All of Grachvogel’s designs use unconventional methods of cutting to flatter the female form to perfection, making them the kind of clothes you want hanging in your wardrobe!
Aminaka Wilmont’s AW13 collection was equally as stunning and served a lesson in dramatic layering. The colour palette of the collection was strictly monochrome and explored geometric and reptile prints on silk shirts and dresses which offset the masculine tailoring, boxy silhouettes and theatrically high necklines. Tailored leather jackets were both quilted and smooth and sheepskin coats were all structured and tailored to add strength to the delicate pieces underneath. The Aminaka Wilmont woman is sexy and powerful, something we all want to be.
All in all I had an amazing day in London, (finished off with the fastest trip to Topshop ever where I picked up an embellished crop top) I’ve definitely got a taste for shows and would love to see some more! Cheers #LFW!
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