Ripped Flares for Grazia

Ripped Flares for Grazia

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Today I wanted to share an incredible Liberty of London collaboration and one of my Autumn favourite outfits that I have been wearing for the last couple of weeks around the city and to meetings.  One of the things that I love about fashion, is that good styles are always being re-used and always end up coming back around. Indeed as one of my favourite bloggers recently said “Fashion is a curious thing, it’s an endless quest to create something new by re-inventing the past.”

One of the reasons for going to Liberty’s was to see and admire their latest collaboration with Pyrrha jewellery, which I fell in love with when I saw their pieces for the first time at the Pop Pr Press Day. They feature authentic wax impressions and imagery from the Victorian Era and the pieces from this collaboration actually have the Liberty London crest embossed on them! Each iconic talisman is designed to inspire the wearer with its symbolic meaning culled from heraldry, a piece which is so inspirational that the jewellery brand has appeared in films and television shows around the world and has been worn by countless celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, Richard Madden, and Kate Beckinsale.

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Pyrrha jewellery is hand-crafted using reclaimed sterling silver, bronze, and 14K gold with conflict-free stones, proving that in fashion there is nothing better than taking the old to make something new and original.  Indeed everyone loves an underdog and I have been particularly loving the comeback of the flared trouser leg. Who ever would of thought right? Flares look great with bohemian style looks and are a chic break away from the more hipster skinny jeans. High waisted styles are so flattering and wearing them with heels make legs look super long. Luckily a few years ago, in true hoarder style, I put all of my flares away, but didn’t get rid of them, because as my Mum says “you never know, they may come back into fashion”….

What is weird though is that although styles do come back they are often changed and slightly altered and so although my old trousers are flared they don’t look exactly like the new style of flare…How can you have more than one type of flare? I have no idea, but they designers have managed to do it…So my answer was to take an old pair of Lois Jeans, who’s colour and shape I loved but which had been slightly too long and had dragged on the floor all those years ago and rip/cut the bottom part of the flare seem off. I had seen at the local skate park a skater who had done this with some vintage Levis and they looked great…

I was a bit nervous at first ripping up such a loved pair of trousers but I was really pleased with the end result. I really loved the trim detail that I was left with and as the jean was a bit shorter I was able to show-off the lace up detail of my  gilli shoes. I wore them to lots of meetings and the style got a pretty good seal of approval as we were asked by Grazia Italia Magazine to pose for their street style section outside Liberty’s! The shoot was really relaxed and the quality of the pictures that the photographer took were incredible, I can’t wait to show them to you soon!

In the meantime here are the pics from my time at Liberty, the beautiful Pyrrha pieces and my Grazia look that we took. I was wearing a khaki wool coat, with matching khaki hand-made ceramic bracelet from Iris Sandals‘s A/W collection, who’s founder Anastasia I met for brunch at the bluebird in Chelsea to discuss her creations, a great time and collection that I can’t wait to share with you guys very soon!

So if you have some old flared at home, I really couldn’t recommend doing this enough as you’ll end up getting a whole load of new things to wear…and all for free, plus you might even get spotted by Grazia! 😉

Let me know what you think,

Abi xxx

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WEARING

Customised ripped jeans – LOIS

Green Khaki Wool Coat- COS

Ceramic Bracelet – IRIS SANDALS

Black and White Bag – NEW LOOK

Stud Earrings – BVLGARI

Christopher Raeburn London Fashion Week

Christopher Raeburn London Fashion Week

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Having started My Girls On Tour only a year and a half ago this was my first proper full time at London Fashion Week and boy, what an incredible and busy week it was! I see some of my favourite bloggers  go to New York, London, Milan and Paris and they make fashion season look so easy…but within a week of running between shows, talking to designers and PRs, making new friends and going for drinks, I had literally been brought to my knees. I must admit that I made a pretty rash decision by going swimming the weekend before , not drying my hair properly and then going out into the cold evening air so as to catch the nastiest of nasty colds ever, but I hadn’t imagined that by the last day I would have completely lost my voice, felt exhausted and that I would send quote so many dagger looks to the VIP Mercedes Benz chauffeur driven LFW cars that drove past me as I hobbled over the cobbled streets of Soho in my heels…But, even under those circumstances, my Fashion Week just kept getting better and better!

I am super happy to be able to share with you my last and final day, which was my favourite out of all of them! I started off the day meeting one of my new friends Esohe, the Founder of Stylierge Style Consultancy, who invited me to go to the Christopher Raeburn Show held at the BFC Show Space, the main showspace of London Fashion Week at Brewer Street! In between Proudlock from Made in Chelsea going in and us going in, it started to rain so I shared my umbrella with some super fun crazy Italians who were Snapchatting the whole thing to their followers. The showspace was amazing! It was really modern with mirrors on the ceiling and orange and silver beams contrasting. The runway was really long so it meant that each look was really showcased and the ceilings were so high, I loved it. I couldn’t get over the crazy amount of photographers who were gathered at the end of the runway, it was like a massive sea of paparazzi, they had the most incredible cameras and when all the shutters went off it was like a lightning storm!

This season Raeburn’s collection entitled Sarawak, inspired by the Malaysian state, took us on a journey of discovery and adventure. The models walked down the long runway to the music from the rainforest and the flowing looks were truly ones that I would love to wear whilst out on an adventure. One of my favourite parts of the show were the kimonos and flowing dresses and I especially liked the use of the bright blue and khaki that I thought worked really well together (which I guess I would considering that I wore something pretty similar to the show as a total coincidence!) The textures were really interesting, with Raeburn using mesh, organza, chiffon, nylon to more heavy cottons as well as fabric recycled from parachutes to make his designs.

After the show, Esohe and Georgina took some street style pics for me of my look and I of theirs and then, after a late lunch I went to the final show of the week and that is when things truly started to get awesome! I can’t wait to tell you all it, in the meantime here are some of the pics from show and of my final LFW look.

Thank you for all your lovely comments,

Abi xxx

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WEARING

Blue Dress with Beaded Belt – TED BAKER

Green Khaki Coat – COAST

Green lace up heels – ZARA