Ashley Isham SS16 London Fashion Week

Ashley Isham SS16 London Fashion Week

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This was my first Spring/Summer London Fashion Week Catwalk and I couldn’t have been more excited! After a long time admiring the collections in the Designer Showroom and then some impressive cake in Cutter & Squidge I walked over to Freemasons’ Hall, about 15 minute walk from the BFC Show Space in Soho.

It was nice and relaxing walking through the busy streets of Covent Garden and the Freemasons’ Hall was really pretty impressive. There was an incredible buzz and queue outside, photographers took pictures and there were again so many bloggers dressed in amazing street style looks! There were a few fashion celebs in the front row, including Pandamonia, an artist who dresses as a human blow up doll!

In the morning I had to shelter under a shop store front when suddenly started raining and it took some time to get everyone into the show space. Winter felt as if it was fast approaching and it was starting to get quite cold so it was really lovely seeing Ashley Isham’s bright, block print, fun floral summer holiday feel collection.

Thin layers of lace and floating fabric gave the whole collection a summer feel and pinwheel headpieces and flower garlands really reminded me of summers spent at the beach. This was a collection that everyone could enjoy and it really harped back to fun summer times spent with family and friends.

It really had a sense of good girl gone bad, the models were vibrant and took some took selfies going among the runway. The dresses were really etheral and accentuated the female form, creating beautiful silhouettes and floral snapbacks were worn with feminine dresses. The show started off with semi naked buff men showcasing the men’s swim short range which is always a plus if you ask me 😉

Here are some of the looks from the show! I hope you like them! Abi xxx

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Day 1 London Fashion Week Designer Showrooms Highlights

Day 1 London Fashion Week Designer Showrooms Highlights

There were so many cool fashionistas and crowds of people around the entrance. the whole street really felt like one massive fashion party. I took some pictures by the large official sign that read “LONDON FASHION WEEK” and a few street style shots and then, with my pass in my hand head off to the Designer Showrooms. I didn’t quite know what to expect and boy was I in for a surprise…

Walking through the door was like having the key to platform 9 3/4, it felt amazing and my first real insight into the real world of fashion. The Designer Showrooms were really big, a lot bigger than I had expected, they went on further than I could see! The British Fashion Council had divided up a huge floor into sections and in each section there was a different designer showcasing their Spring/Summer 2016 collection. The different variety and amount of designers was fantastic. There was jewellery on show, bags, ready to wear women’s wear and a whole selection of the most amazing hats. For me it was such a great experience because I got to talk to many of the designers and ask them about their inspiration, their styles, materials and generally learn more about them. When the shows finished, the collections would come straight off the Catwalks in the BFC Show Space and into the Showrooms. It was the perfect place to get up and personal with the collections, to touch, photograph and admire the pieces. Over the Fashion Week there were even designer presentations and in the evening industry drinks and DJ. A fashionistas dream and one that I can’t wait to share with you all! 🙂

Seeing such beautiful creations really inspired me to run a weekly feature of some of my favourite and most avant garde designers but in the meantime here is a preview of my Day 1 highlights and a sneak peak into the Designer Showrooms of London Fashion Week! I hope you like it 🙂

Abi xxx

MAWI

Like a magpie I am drawn to all things shiny and there was nothing more colourful than these amazing miniature bags and corrupt coin purses in croc leathers of sky blue, spiced pink, sherbert orange and acid green. These Criminal Bags really packed a punch with the amazing street style writing “Drug Money”, “Thief” or “Dealer”, I felt that these gem coloured villains would the perfect accessory for any fashionista.

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Probably one of the first things that I saw when I walked into the Designer Showroom were these amazing creations by Stephen Jones Millinery, the master of haute couture hat design. He asked some of his best and most loyal clients to tell him what would be their”perfect hat” and he then designed it with them especially in mind. The black cowboy hat with veil was commission by a Playboy girl who asked for the “perfect hat to wear on the beach” and the hat with foliage was “the perfect hat to enable me to garden without being seen”. There was the “perfect hat for sex” which I tried on unwittingly and also the “a hat for both  Bali and Australia”.  Can you guess which one is which? What do you think the others were for?

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I was first drawn to the incredible texture of the pieces and I was super amazed to find out that the dresses were actually made with the inside of plastic flowers. I truly had a candy crush on the whole collection – the dresses looked really stylish. Cecilie’s debut SS16 collection offered a fresh and contemporary take on easygoing luxury and each piece really showed a modern and simple silhouette with a focus on quality and detail, combined with alluring embroidery and fabric. Truly the perfect choice for someone looking for a feminine yet modern look, don’t you think?

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This collection was particularly special not least because Moon Lee is from Anseong, the town in South Korea were I went and played the World Soft Tennis Championships on my first long distance trip to Asia. I absolutely loved the colours used in the collection, especially the vibrant yellows and the dark blue. The pieces were embroidered and very bright and lively, perfect for Spring. Each piece was very unique and the whole collection really shone. I can’t wait to share more of her photos with you soon! 🙂

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This collection was so beautiful I just wanted to go travel to Paris with every single piece. SS16 collection featured a mix of off white, navy and blue colours that created a summery summery melancholic seaside feel. I really loved the mix of stiffer, solid textiles with with super fine lace trims and the see-through details that overlapped. For me this collection was, elegant, perfect for a special occasion but also wearable as casual, everyday pieces. It was very feminine and I loved how effortlessly chic each piece was. Definitely one of my favourite collections!

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London Fashion Week SS16 Street Style

London Fashion Week SS16 Street Style

London Fashion Week Street Style

This year London Fashion Week moved to Brewer Street, at the heart of the edgy super vibrant Soho! We walked passed red Boris bikes, rainbow gay pride flags, sex shops and cafes spilling out onto the street, to finally we arrived outside Brewer Street Show Space the home of London fashion. The atmosphere outside was AMAZING! There were so many photographers, models on the red carpet, bloggers and fashionistas everywhere. The street style looks that people were wearing outside were insane and so creative! Girls with amazing hair styles, men with stilettos and the coolest head pieces, beautiful coats, vintage clothes, avant garde designs and chic dresses. The paparazzi couldn’t get enough, the cameras kept flashing away, photographers were stopping fashionistas left right and centre to get pictures. The crowds were queuing to get into the first show of the day in the BFS Fashion Show Space and tourists lined the pavements and soon with the swell of people the two groups met in the middle stopping the VIP Mercedes Benz Cars from getting through and turning the whole group into one massive fashion street party.

I took some photos outside but everything was so busy I felt pretty overwhelmed. This was my first time really experiencing the craziness of the first day at London Fashion Week, it was such a rush and you could really feel the excitement.

Here are some of my favourite street style looks with also pics of what I wore on Day 1 of London Fashion Week!!!  I wanted something comfortable yet edgy and I really liked the cut of the white crepe strappy culotte jumpsuit and I wore a black and white over sized cardigan to give it a more street style edge. A big thank you to Mawi for the incredible fun purse from their Criminal Bag Collection. So Gangster chic, dressed up or dressed down, these suede lined colourful bags are guaranteed to steal the limelight and I couldn’t think of a better statement piece. *Bling Bling 😉

Let me know what you think!

Wearing

Black and White Cardigan – CAMI CUCKOO

White Crepe Culotte Jumpsuit – THE LAZY ONES

Criminal Bag Collection “Drug Money” – MAWI

Black Buckle Shoes – MISS SELFRIDGE

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London Fashion Week Street Style

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Are you ready for London Fashion Week?!

Are you ready for London Fashion Week?!

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Wow! If you have been following on Instagram you will be well know that I have been to France, Madrid and Spain twice, have set up an online store which took us to Argentina. Not to mention a whole lot of amazing things have happened in between that I just can’t wait to share with you, but first I wanted to pick up our adventure at London Fashion Week!

The excitement started a few weeks ago when I received my official pass and pack from the British Fashion Council, because YES, My Girls On Tour was chosen as one of the accredited blogs of London Fashion Week! I couldn’t believe it and I was so so happy! I had been to some catwalk shows before but this time I got to go into the Designer Showrooms, backstage and see some of the most anticipated collections of spring/summer 16, an incredible experience that I just can’t wait to share with you!

I was quite relaxed in the lead up to London Fashion Week but then with one day to go, I realised that I hadn’t been to the hairdressers in about 5 months and I had nothing to wear…so the panic set in and the next days became a world wind rush!I went to Brick Lane to check out the vintage shops and boutiques to buy some fashionable things to wear. We arrived at 9am ready for some intense shopping, only to realise that as it was a week day we would have to wait till 11 to shop…11!!!!! Where are we? Cuba?

We had brunch, my favourite Eggs Benedict with Avocado and Cappuccino’s at a cafe opposite Khahaila (also an amazing place for cakes)  and waited for the shops to open… I wondered, “is this what addiction feels like”? I was supposed to buy 4 outfits but with only a couple of hours and a bit of a wondering mind it was obviously going to prove too much to pull off… My first purchase was a pair of vintage Levis high waisted hipster jeans from Rockit Vintage, a massive store filled with old vintage clothes and shoes. I loved them but I couldn’t find anything to go with them though… One store particularly stood out for me and that was the Laden Showroom full of amazing new emerging British Designers, such as Typical Freaks, Cami Cuckoo, and The Lazyones with incredibly beautiful pieces at great prices. I loved everything despite having a bit of wardrobe crisis inside the shop and after trying on about 50 things I couldn’t face asking the store manager to put any more things back…I did however buy my outfit that I wore on my first day which I can’t wait to share with you!

After the only semi successful shopping trip, I then got home and panic called Reids my favourite hairdressers and the conversation went something like this:

“What do you mean you have no space this afternoon?… Yes I know it is 3pm already…Ok, what about tomorrow morning?…What!? You only have time for half a head of highlights?!”….long pause… (an intense Dear Diary moment if ever there was one).. OK, I’LL TAKE IT! If anyone asks I’ll just have to say it’s a new type of ombre…SORTED! 😉

Next Stop LONDON FASHION WEEK!

Wearing

Kingly Black Jeans – Collier Bristow

Suede Fringe Jacket – Forever 21

Faux Leather Sneakers – Zara

Black Lace Top – French Connection

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Fashion Shoot with Jonathan Martin

Fashion Shoot with Jonathan Martin

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As some of you who follow me on Instagram know, I am currently exploring the beautiful city of Madrid. So I thought it would be the perfect time to share with you an incredible shoot that I did with one of Spain’s most talented photographers Jonathan Martin. He and his wife Susanna came over to England to work to work on a couple of projects one of which was our street style fashion Lookbook that we shot in edgy Brick Lane – How exciting is that!? This was my first Lookbook with a professional photographer and it was just the best, most fun day ever!

Brick Lane is such a cool area of London, the graffiti is so bright and we felt it would be the perfect place for showcasing a street style look. I chose a few different outfits and because it was still quite cold then I wore wintery style clothes. I wore an over-sized man’s blazer with shinny creepers and ripped jeans for my first outfit. I liked the simplicity, the androgyny and the powerful statement of the large black blazer, which coupled with my Pepsi Cola pin stripped t-shirt gave the outfit a New York vibe. For my second outfit I wore a very red couture jacket and styled it with a large wide brimmed hat. I also thought it would be a great time to experiment with garment lengths and so I wore a long silver kimono under a shorter blazer to mix things up and create an eye catching look. Finally I changed the feeling of the outfit again by using a tie to add a Japanese element to my over sized blazer.

Let me know which one is your favorite photo and outfit 🙂

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Jonathan has worked on so many great projects. I felt a bit nervous because I am not a professional model and we were shooting in broad daylight in front of lots of people. Jonathan though really put me at ease and made it fun throughout, so much so that it was sad when it all came to an end! From Fashion to Weddings in Paris all his photos are just so beautiful and I couldn’t have been happier with the final shots! If you are looking for a great photographer for a special occasion, for a very important campaign or just to create some lovely memories then Jonathan Martin is the person for you! You can see more of Jonathan’s photos and shoots here on www.jonathanmatin.es including our very own shoot 🙂

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IFBK Korea: London Fashion Week Interview & Shoot

IFBK Korea: London Fashion Week Interview & Shoot

I hope you have had a great Easter? I have been getting up to some pretty fun things these last few weeks I am so pleased to be able to share this with you! Here is my fashion shoot and interview that I got to do with IFBK Korea over London Fashion Week! I’m sharing some fun and personal things, including why I started blogging, my favorite fashion icons and boutiques and this seasons must haves, so I hope you like it and also make sure you check out IFBK Korea because they are the place for worldwide coverage of the fashion industry! 🙂 Abi xxx

Here is the link to the full interview with all the pictures! 🙂

Featured Blogger: Abigail Royston.

Back in Black

Back in Black

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Hey guys! I am sorry for my absence but I have been in full throws of… wait for it….Fashion Week?…No…. something a bit more glamorous…yes, you guessed it…Law exams! So how have they gone? Well the first one I missed because I was very ill 😦 The second one that I had yesterday went really well! Hurray! and the third one I have in  a couple of days…

Although I couldn’t attend London Fashion Week because of my exams, I have some cool trips to see the Fashion Week’s of some more exotic places that I am in the throws of organizing…and after spending quite a few days indoors, nothing sounds better than some hot sun, crazy food, temple camera action and a crystal blue sea…oh and some fashion of course 😉 So I will be needing your help with a few travel arrangements and plans as soon as I am finished!

I haven’t had a lot of days off, but we did do a very fun interview with a really cool Blog which is based in Korea that showcases fashion bloggers and international fashion shows from around the world. They shot me wearing a similar look to the one that I am sharing with you today, so I guess this is a bit of a sneak peak preview 😉 I also got to go on a bit of a Valentine’s Day date with my girls at Bake A Boo in Hampstead, a really chic and quirky place for afternoon tea! I decided to wear an all black look, with a thick lamb’s wool coat, ripped jeans, wooly knit scarf and lace up heels, which I built around a really beautiful signature statement gold necklace from a stunning ethical Columbia based jewellery company based in London called Vanilo. The necklace is called Vanila and really sums up the beauty of their collection! Vanilo take an active role in supporting Colombian artisans and collaborate with female heads of families and filigree craftsmen. They support the preservation of traditional techniques whilst providing outlets for new design talents and creativity and as I love travel and cultural beauty, I am just in love with their philosophy!, which you can read here

Let me know what you think?

PS: Count-down until last exam now officially 3 days!!!!

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WEARING

 Vanila Necklace – VANILO

Vintage Wool and Faxu-Fur Coat

Black ripped jeans – PRIMARK

Green lace up heels – ZARA

Black Wool Scarf – H&M

Black Roll Neck – MASSIMO DUTTI

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Black Hats and Voodoo Dolls

Black Hats and Voodoo Dolls

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The Sun has come out today here in London and I am actually contemplating taking off my second overcoat…#heatwave #quickgetthesuncreamout #isthiscalifornia ?? OK, maybe not quite California, but still Spring is definitely in the air and what with ending exams and some upcoming trips abroad that we have planned, I wanted to talk about one of my favorite winter fashion trends this year, the wide brimmed hats.

At first I couldn’t quite get my head around the large black brimmed hats that so many of Chelsea’s elite were wearing around town because they reminded me too much of Salem Witch Trial, Pilgrim father headpieces and although rocking something that dates back to the 1600s could most probably be the ultimate retro revival, the square tops and the floppy brims were just not doing it for me…

BUT out of the fire came the phoenix and as a result of their popularity, other types of large brimmed hats started appearing in the shops and those on the other hand I LOVE! A straighter edge, less flop, a more rounded top, different colours…so much choice and not a voodoo doll, pumpkin pie or black cat in sight 🙂 So here I am wearing my two favorite types of winter wide brim – A mauve version of the Pilgrim father hat and a black stiff brim round top black hat. Let me know what you think? Which ones are your favorite hats this season?

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WEARING

Outfit 1:

Mauve Brimmed Hat – TK MAX

White Cotton Top – BLANC DU NIL

Brown Flairs – LOIS

Silver Glitter Tattoos – GLITTER & GOLD

Green Knit Cardigan – BERSHKA

Outfit 2:

Black brimmed hat – PRIMARK

Mint Green Top – FINDER KEEPERS

Lace Dark Green Top – LABEL

Black Lond Cardigan – MISS SELFRIDGES

Ripped Jeans – PRIMARK

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