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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Day 2 London Fashion Week Designer Showroom Highlights

Day 2 London Fashion Week Designer Showroom Highlights

On my second day in the Designer Showrooms I had the most amazing time. The excitement of going to such space filled with such beautiful creations still hadn’t worn off and so when I went this time after lunch I couldn’t wait to find what I would discover next. The Showrooms were a lot more buzzing and fuller at this time of the day, filled with bloggers, press, fashionistas and even the designers themselves! I went backstage with Maybelline and discovered the Toni & Guy hair salon and even hung out in the VIP Press area! There were edgy presentations going on and a DJ deck had been set up to entertain the sprawling mass of fashionistas who had just come from the latest show in the Brewer Street Show Space and who were now checking out the collections whilst sipping drinks that they had bought at the busting cafe/bar.

One of my favourite things about going to the Designer Showrooms was that I would get to see up close the collections that had just come off the runway. It was super exciting to see Holly Fulton’s Swarovski encrusted colourful designs that had only just been showcased to the world. I was one of the first fashionistas to see them up close because as I walked passed I was told that they had only just been put out. Next door were Jean Pierre Braganza’s designs also fresh off the runway and side by side, these two collections really made an impact. There wasn’t the hype that the catwalks bring but it was actually a much better way to see the clothes because you really got to admire all the incredible detail which could perhaps be missed if you were only seeing them from a distance. One of my other higlights of my second day at the Designer Showrooms was meeting Fyodor & Golan and being able to talk to them about their “Transformer” collection, finding out about their inspirations, trying on their shoes and taking pictures of their incredible use of colour and futuristic materials.

There were so many incredible collections and here are just a few of my particular favourites!

Hope you like them, Abi xxx

HOLLY FULTON

Holly Fulton focused her collection on the artist Eileen Agar taking inspiration from the surrealist artist’s work, style and personality. I really loved the bold colours and the feminine, 70’s chic style of the collection, with beautiful flowing skirts and embellished jackets. It was such a treat seeing such beautiful detailing up close, the use of Swarovski crystals was a really chic touch and really made the pieces shine. I particularly liked the lime green jacket embellished with rubber stamped flowers, which not only added a very modern touch but also in my mind was a great continuation of the textile print in the dresses and long sleeve tops.

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FYODOR GOLAN

This collection was very bold and futuristic and was inspired by the coloured cartoon of the 80s, Transformers. I really picked up the futurism and the toy-box art, with their use of very vivid primary colours, geometric shapes and metallic fabrics. I particularly liked the neoprene dresses and jackets that were made up of bows and the plastic transformer abstract embellishments on the sweatshirts. In contrast to the black neoprene styles, there were also an incredible range of patterns and garments made out of different materials. Ruffled flowers stood out on see through PVC rain coat style jackets and multi-coloured geometric patterns flowed through many pieces and I particularly liked the very high futuristic platform shoes that were particularly cool!

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XU ZHI

Xu Zhi is not only a complete sweat heart but in my mind, also one of the most talented designers of the whole showspace. Featured by Elle Italia on their Instagram feed, Xu Zhi’s ready to wear collection boasted handmade pieces that were both eye catching and incredibly beautiful. Incredibly timeless, I really loved his use of bright colours ranging from blues to warm oranges and the woven, twisted, braided and bonded yarns that created complex layers creating a floating silhouette. The collection was more like a work of art than simply clothing, indeed, Xu Zhi’s collection is romantic and poetic at the same time, with every thread creating a rich tapestry of colour and texture that was truely special to touch and see up close. An incredible collection and probably my favourite from Day 2!

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VIELMA

It’s VEGAS BABY! I absolutely loved Vielma London’s SS16 collection because it was very young, fun and very wearable. The epitome of modern retro rock glam, these wouldn’t look out of place in an American pastel motel room.  Inspired by the golden age of Vegas in the 1950’s and 60’s, Chilean born Gabriel Vielma really infused the designs with the class and elegance of the country clubs and the buzz and glitz of the Las Vegas strip. These pieces featured dark American blues, soft draped printed silks, fitted blazers that sparkled with gold stars and burnt denim, truly everything that a modern fashionista could ask for!

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This collection caught my eye because as I really liked the bright colours that contrasted against the black designs. I really felt Minki Cheng’s focus on sophistication and and loved the unusual textural designs and unique hand finished textiles. The ties and blocked colours really worked well to bring each piece to life and all in all was a very modern and beautiful collection.

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