Aaaand were back in the dreaded transition season of Spring. Forever my worst season, it is so hard to choose an outfit which is weather appropriate and on trend. Even the shops get confused, chilly looking mannequins wearing only a bralette doesn’t exactly look appealing when you’re stepping in out of the rain. So what to wear? Florals? Hardly groundbreaking. Stripes looks decidedly too harsh for the indecisive weather and sandals risk soggy toes.
This year, the stripe issue has been addressed with gingham, and I aint mad at it. Gypsy tops add a delicate feel to a harsh black and white print, layered with a turtle neck you keep your warmth. Paired with pastels (my personal favourites being lilac and lemon) they are the perfect transition look for spring.
Another new addition to my wardrobe for Spring 2017 is the dreaded denim. I always feel too fat for jeans and so avoid them like the plague however I liked the cut of this pair from Zara and thought I’d give it a go. I mean I like them, but they definitely wont be replacing my go to skirts.
If you’ve been following for a while, you’ll know that every spring without fail, I get the mules out and this year is no exception, also from Zara, these white mules are slowly becoming my go – to shoes over my converse, I think they go with everything and paired with pastel nail varnish they are definitely an easy way to update your look for spring… in loooove with them and at £25 they didn’t hurt my bank either.
Following the Christmas Ball I was presented with another opportunity to organise Ladies evening for the Free Masons. To mark the beginning of spring I went for a floral theme, so each table was decorated with pressed flowers, candles and quotes about women. Every lady received a corsage on arrival and a flowery photo booth.
I kept my outfit simple with a black fishtail dress from Pretty Little Thing and accessorised with a choker and obviously, statement earrings from Topshop.
Having a dad who is Worshipful master of a masonic lodge has its perks, especially when the lodge buys you an ipad…
Till the next one,
Shakespeare’s globe, pumpkin spice latte and sitting by the side of the river Thames? One of my favourite Sunday mornings ever.
Earrings – H&M
Sunglasses – Zara
Blouse – H&M
Flares – Topshop
Denim – Jasper Conran
Platforms – Zara
Street style AW16
Showing on Soho Highstreet by This Is The Uniform.
Whilst in London I also attended the Judy Wu SS17 collection “Curve”.
The aim of the collection was to magnify “the beauty of femininity, empowering women in this increasing fragmented world.”
The word fragmented, was clearly a theme int he designs however they ran seamlessly into one stunning collection through the very clever use of curves and colour blocking. I feel the interesting textures of netting and plastic zips also helped to bring the clothes together and it was a very intelligent showing.
Similarly to the Asli Polat collection, there were lots of blue detailing on white garments so it will be exciting to see how this materialises in high street stores next spring.
This season also features the designer’s first ever handbag collection which is named Ling. The modern straps and neutral tones make for a very special bag indeed and I am desperate to get my hands on one!
The set truly made the show with mannequins almost as brightly coloured as the clothes and assistants in lab coats, truly confirming how calculated Judy’s collection was. It truly brought another, almost futuristic dimension to SS17 that I wasn’t expecting, but now, along with other audience members of the show I’m sure, I am highly anticipating it.
Massive thank you to the Judy Wu team for inviting me to the show, I’m so excited to attend future shows, what a truly wonderful collection it was.
On Saturday I attended the showing of Asli Polat‘s SS17 collection at the OnOff Vinyl Factory in Soho.
The show exceeded expectations with pastel coloured silk, ruffles and lots of floral (groundbreaking but classic) contrasting the ‘bondage’ tones with sheer fabrics, clear PVC and silver circular hardware.
“While the Asli Polat women retains an air of innocence this collection this collection flirts with sexual undertones”
My favourite piece was definitely the white dress with electric blue PVC braces. The way the purity of the white complimented the darkness of the sexual PVC was extremely well thought out.
Overall, Polat presents a very sophisticated collection of designs with a fresh and feminine colour pallet yet still very new and upcoming trends for next SS incorporated into classic spring concepts.
A truly stunning collection, thank you Asli for having me and I am excited to see what you do next!
So tomorrow I’m heading down to London Fashion Week for the first time, like most of my friends and family you’re probably thinking.. what on earth? Well here’s how I did it:
- Visit www.londonfashionweek.com and find the press contact list for the shows, there will be a spreadsheet on there somewhere.
- Send every address an email, including a link to your blog and your address (don’t forget your address! or you wont receive invitations!) Explain in the email that you are very interested in fashion and excited you are to see their recent collections. Basically share your ‘passion for fashion’ and if you really are passionate, it will shine through. These are the types of people designers want at their shows.
- Honestly, I had forgotten I had sent these emails, then the week before the show I got sent various invitations to my rather hungover surprise, so I booked my train tickets and I leave tomorrow.
Don’t ask, don’t get!
Only trouble you have then, is deciding what to wear.
((Actual photo of me in a strop, in the zara changing rooms, the day before fashion week))
See you at February fashion week then?