Day 3 & 4 LFW Designer Showroom Highlights

Day 3 & 4 LFW Designer Showroom Highlights

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It is crazy how quickly time flies, especially when you are having fun! Today I received an email from the British Fashion Council announcing that the line up for AW London Fashion Week has just been finalised and I can’t wait to share the action of this awesome fashion showcase with all very soon, but first I wanted to talk about some of my favourite collections and designers from the Spring Summer 2016 London Fashion Week Designer Showrooms.

As some of you already know, the British Fashion Council made My Girls On Tour an accredited blog for London Fashion Week, which for me was a massive deal and meant that I got to meet some of the most creative and innovative designers in the world and also got to see their collections either at the shows or just after they came off the runway in the Designer Showrooms.

The week was really full on, as many of the shows were scattered around the center of London and it really was a whirlwind meeting so many new people, photographers and models. Every day I went to the Designer Showrooms organised by the British Fashion Council as they had different shows, presentations, drinks and collections and everyday I discovered something new. It truly was an awesome experience and all thanks to the British Fashion Council, so thank you BFC 🙂

So here are some pics from the designers and collections that I loved the most!

Thank you for all your lovely comments, let me know which one is your favourite! Tomorrow I will be sharing one of my favorite events to date on MGT and I will also be revealing our next destination that we are flying off to on Tuesday!

Happy Weekend everybody 🙂

Abi xxx

Wearing

Ballerina Skirt – Smorodina Fashion

Homies T-shirt – BRIAN LICHTENBERG

Pink Flats – STRADIVARIUS

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ALEXANDRA MOURA

This Portuguese designer immediately caught my eye and on closer inspection her SS16 collection truly stole my heart, so it is no wonder why she is the star of the Portuguese fashion world! The pieces really told a story, a reminder of cruel ancient times dominated by jealousy and greed, transformed and taken into a new world, today’s world, ruled by peace and kindness. The beautiful colours really drew me in, with light pinks, bright reds and blues really evoking strong emotions of love and strength, but what I thought was wonderful was the use of soft leather and heavy fabrics and the delicate yet strong ties that adorned the pieces. A definite must have for any sassy New Yorker or Parisian fashionista.

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ANNAKIKI

The London Fashion Week Designer Showrooms are truly incredible because there are not only great British and European designers but also some incredible emerging and established international designers. Annakiki is definitely one of those, with 7 stores and a budding empire in China, they are making waves over in the Far East and are now making the transition over to the UK & US, which if their SS16 collection is anything to go by, they will be majorly successful in doing.  The colours of the collection were simple, red, white and navy blue, but the patterns and the details were so creative, I just loved all the eye catching pieces! Ruffles, stripes and 3D details really made these pieces pop, I couldn’t help but touch them.  I particularly liked the mix between the modern fabrics and colours and the vintage inspired patterns with the long flared skirts and the 3/4 length flared trousers being a real staple of Annakiki looks. Definitely one to watch!

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PPQ

My Mum is an abstract artist and she has the coolest taste in clothes and I do try to borrow her things whenever I can. When I walked passed PPQ’s SS16 I couldn’t help be stop and gaze in wonder. These pieces were so her (and therefore by extension, so me!). I immediately feel deeply in love with the whole collection, the rich blues reminding me of a Matisse or of a beautiful day by the sea in the South of France. Made from an exciting mix of soft, flowing fabrics with straight cuts and bold fabric design, these looks were so elegant and just so chic.If you are looking for a show-stopping gown and long flowing silhouettes then PPQ is the one for you.

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TYLA BLADE

If street style looks, patches, bright colours and american baseball jackets are your thing, then you must not miss Tyla Blade’s SS16 collection. I really loved the quirky details added to my favourite piece, the flowers and the trim that really spiced up an already cool American classic jacket.

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AEVHA

This collection of beautifully crafted bags, sees a continuation of the theme of the collision of natural organics with AEVHA London’s signature vectored shapes. Pops of colour nestle amongst more muted tones, like blooms amongst the spring foliage. I really loved the striking hand carved handle, with each piece of exotic rosewood making each bag inimitable. Pure luxury and the perfect accessories for a very chic and sophisticated woman. I loved the mint green of the Dromeda clutch and the Carnelia Tote as well as the Arboreal Garnet Tote made with hot pink saffiano finish leather with hand carved rosewood, which makes each bag inimitable. For the sexy Parisian and those attractive monochrome Instagram feeds my fav would definitely be the Serena Shopper in black calfskin & hand carved bone.

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KEVIN GEDDES

Kevin’s exceptional sewing and finishing skills really shone through in his SS16 collection and I loved how his love for shapes stood out in his designs, making them truly unique. Inspired by Evel Knievel, his childhood hero, and the Battle of the Planets, his favourite childhood show, I loved how the collection was so dynamic and futuristic. The use of rubber and leather together I felt was particularly bold and really made the pieces interesting. I myself would love to wear one of these looks and shoot it in some rustic American desert…sounds like a plan, right Kevin?! 🙂

LUKASISM & PAPRIKA

If your one to stick your middle finger up at fashion and pomp then this collaboration is one for you. Lukasism’s clutches were so fun, edgy and would be the perfect addition to any bad ass fashionistas street style look. They even had some purses made to look like 1st class tickets! I know right?! I can literally hear you travel fashionistas going wild…The clutches were a really fun way to poke fun at pop culture whilst making an iconic image statement and I also really loved the great pieces from Paprika EDITION who use modern print techniques to create some very urban and very stylish pieces.

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Pam Hogg SS16 London Fashion Week

Pam Hogg SS16 London Fashion Week

Give a man a gun and he’ll rob a bank, give a man a bank and he’ll rob the world.

After the Ashley Isham show, I went into to the Fashion Scout Designer Showrooms. They had the collections of some really great emerging designer’s which I will share with you very soon! It was quite fun because they had a Body Shop and Make-Up area and it was a nice place to come after a very busy show and it was great to see some more fashion in the time that I had off in between shows.

The queue for the next show was insane! I didn’t have a VIP ticket so I had to wait in the long queue on the right. Luckily as I had already been to the previous show I was quite close to the front. Behind me there were about 100 people! I hadn’t realised but the VIP queue was also really long. The show was supposed to start at 7.30pm but 7.30 came and went and the queue was not moving. Stars from Made in Chelsea, Rock Singers and other celebs were turning up and the paparazzi were flashing away outside the main entrance. The wait was long but it was fun because I was looking forward to the show and I made two lovely friends, one called Esohe who is an incredible stylist (www.stylierge.com) and the other called Georgina who is a designer and a fewllow fashion blogger (www.georginahart.co.uk) So actually I say thank you to the Pam Hogg queue 🙂

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It was dark when the Marshall came out to tell us that they had just finished with the VIP queue and that the venue was already almost at full capacity. Quite a few people decided to leave but as we were close to the front we decided to stay on. Our queue started moving but there were lots of people in front of us and according to the Marshall we probably wouldn’t get in, but for some reason a section of the queue in front of us got separated off to the left and then a whole group of people who were in front of us held back and waited to our right. Georgina and I got caught in the flow of people moving forward. The man at the door counted the people in as the venue was now almost full capacity. 1,2, 3,5,6,12,13 (Georgina), 14 (me) and then he closed the barrier! He had counted me in but he had placed the barrier in front of me, which meant that I wasn’t allowed to go in. Georgina turned around and pleaded with him, telling him the truth that he had in fact counted me. He paused and then opened the barrier, letting me through, and then closed it behind me. I was the 400th person to get in a venue with a 400 full capacity. How lucky was I?! I was super happy and couldn’t have been more excited!

The crowd at this show was very different to the previous one. They were very alternative, very cool, very London. The room buzzed with the madness of rock and punk. I saw some incredible hair styles, huge back combs, shaved afros in the shape of a baobab trees and what looked like a real hairdo in the style of a Coco Chanel Wig.

The lights went down and the music started! The first looks to come out onto the Catwalk were bold, fresh and very colourful. Everything about Pam Hogg’s designs screamed the rebelliousness of London Fashion. Entitled Lawless, the pieces merged the wild west with punk rock elements. I loved the fringed colourful spandex leotards, the pearly Kings and Queens, the leather and velvet and use of studs. High tasselled boots and leather chaps were perfect for the 21st century cowboy.

The pieces were an the incredible duster coats, the big skirts and coordinated suits each with contrasting metallic leather lapels embellished with an H motif. My favourite was the bright orange outfit at the end of the show and I just loved the studded berets. The atmosphere was fantastic, people cheered each look, the models were fierce and crowds clapped when the music changed. An incredible experience and a joy to watch!

I hope you like the photos (some are curtsey of Pam Hogg) and my video! Let me know what you think 🙂

Abi xxx

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Liberty London

Liberty London

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A few weeks ago we spent a couple of days filming in central London. Now I don’t tend to go too often to Oxford Circus, but it is a great place to go Sale shopping and our afternoon was surprisingly really fun. After trawling through racks and racks of clothes, we decided to go to Liberty’s, a very unique British department store housed in a Tudor revival building on Regent’s Street, constructed from the timbers of two ships: HMS Impregnable and HMS Hindustan. This is a place where the famous fashion blogger’s come to take pictures of the beautiful flowers outside this building’s unique facade, but it is also the perfect place for fashionista’s to find new styles, designers and unique garments.

Indeed, Liberty’s third floor’s central atrium is home to the Liberty Haberdashery department and is dedicated to the Liberty Art Fabrics collection, which introduces new designs and reused updated prints each season. Indeed, ever since it’s opening in 1875, when the shop began by selling ornaments, fabric and objets d’art from Japan and the East and then in 1884 when it introduced the costume department into the Regent Street store, creating in-house apparel to challenge the fashions of Paris, Liberty’s has been a fashion trailblazer and pioneer. Strong relationships were then built up in the 1890s with many English designers, many of whom including Archibald Knox, practised the artistic styles known as Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau. In this way Liberty helped develop Art Nouveau through his encouragement of such designers and the company became associated with this new style, to the extent that in Italy, Art Nouveau became known as the Stile Liberty, after the London shop.

If you are a designer it may be of interest to know, that every year, Liberty’s has a “Best of British Open Call Day” that you can register to go to, where you can pitch your designs directly to the store buyers. Every year they will choose the garments and products that they feel would fit with their brand and which they think will be of interest to their customers and they will then sell them in their store! Their webpage states that they are always on the lookout for undiscovered talent so maybe in 2015 you should have a go 😉

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The Christmas lights were still up in town and it was just so nice walking around. It was a bit cold though, so we decided to be a bit extravagant and go to the Dorchester for a Gingerbread Man cocktail, which I highly recommend for a perfect girlie day out in town! For our outing I decided to wear a cute embossed jumper with pink roses that my boyfriend brought back from Spain and which is really feminine and bright, with an elegant white shirt, ripped jeans and a sprinkle of glitter in the shape of some London Rebel lace up creepers. To add some detail to the look, I added some gold and turquoise accessories that brought out the color of the leaves in the jumper. In the second outfit I am wearing all black everything, which is what I wore for filming, with rips in my knees and a backwards cap, but I will feature that look in another post coming soon 😀

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WEARING

Cream Coat – ZARA

Rose embellished jumper – LEFTIES

Ripped Jeans – PRIMARK

Glitter Creepers – LONDON REBEL

Gold and Turquoise Rings – PRIMARK

Turquoise triangle earrings – LEFTIES

White Shirt – STRADIVARIUS

PS: We have two new videos now up on my Youtube Channel “Abigail Royston” about my time at fashion week and giving some tips as to how you could go too!

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My Best Moments at London Fashion Week: Turtle Tales, Acid Caves and Sweeping Gowns

My Best Moments at London Fashion Week: Turtle Tales, Acid Caves and Sweeping Gowns

  I promised that I would share some of my most favorite collections and pictures from my time at London Fashion Week. My best moments were seeing Cara Delevingne strut her stuff on the catwalk for Top Shop, sitting front row at the Emerging Trends Show, meeting some of you guys at the Meet Up group after party and having my first look into a fashion week goodie bag!The beautiful diversity and array of different designers was fantastic and here were some that I particularly enjoyed and which would make amazing statement outfits for a very special occasion! Let me know what you think of my choices!? 🙂

La Mo Designs by Leonora Asomanin

This was one of the most interesting collections showcased at the Synergy Boston Emerging Trends runway show. A textile interpretation of a Japanese folk story called Urashima Taro and the Turtle, these garments visually re-told the story of a fisherman who delved into the mystical metallic underwater palace in the deep barrier reef. In the story, a fisherman rescues a turtle and is taken to a magical underwater palace as a reward. There he falls in love with a sea princess and ends up staying for 300 years. The dresses in this way were so exotic, the prints garish yet subtle and soothing like water. I really couldn’t get enough! Leonora’s hand drawn and photographic designs are then developed on Photoshop and are then printed onto silk. She is influenced as a designer by various cultures, nature and architecture, three things which are very close to my own heart. Having grown up in Brentwood in Essex, Leonora studied a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at London College of Fashion and has just graduated this July from the University of Portsmouth with a degree in Fashion and Textiles with Enterprise. La Mo Designs and this creative budding designer is definitely one to watch out for!

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Jungle Rave by Sophia Webster

One of the most interesting scenes of the week was undoubtedly Sophia’s acid rave cave held in Southbank’s vaults. Neon Spray paint and ‘Jungle is Massive’ emblazoned the walls. Loud music and bold eye fulls of color. There were electric-camo prints, sandals complete with floral motifs and daring bondage boots, as well as accessories provided by Claire’s. Aztec, geometric shapes and vibrant animal print emblazoned footwear that was loud, proud. Revlon created the look and it was as daring as the shoes. Taking on a Mayan masked beauty theme, the model’s faces were chalked up white (something we’ve seen before at Vivienne Westwood), to create an ancient tribal feel. This was the perfect morning wake up call, so exciting and so fresh. Loved the jungle print flower shoes I went bananas for the clutch!

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Prieston by Noemi Nagy

Long trains made out of sea through lace floral print made each piece so dramatic. So much glamor an so many extremes, the collection was inspired by Russia. The length of the gowns really transferred the idea of exaggerated feelings and the Swarovski Crystals made these designs even more luxurious. An absolute must if you want to make a spectacular entrance!

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