Backstage at London Fashion Week

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I can’t believe it is almost that time of the year again.. Yes, that’s right people, it is almost time for FASHION WEEK! Last season was amazing after being made official bloggers of London Fashion Week by the British Fashion Council and I am so pleased that you enjoyed my time at the Designer Showrooms and also at all the incredible shows that we went to. I covered pretty much every aspect, from my outfits to the incredible spring summer collections, but I left one thing out, I left the best till last, as an anticipation as to what is to come this year…

My favourite SS16 show at London Fashion Week was the Belgrade Fashion Week Showcase which we ran over to after the Christopher Raeburn showcase at Brewer Street. The designs that we had been seeing all week had been so bold, creative and imaginative, but the ones from this show were truly remarkable, so I thought that I would share some of my favourite looks with you.

The show was opened by Ana Ljubinkovic who’s pieces held a beautiful sculptural shape. They were made out of very modern materials included printed latex but the colours and the intricate detailing meant that they kept their femininity. Each piece had so many elements to it, from floral patterns, cut-out sections, tassels and ribbons and Ana’s ability to bring it all together was so impressive. The models had their faces painted with glitter, each piece was simply stunning.

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Budislava‘s pieces were a lot simpler in their make-up. They were constructed to perfection and there was a good use of geometric shapes. Each section corresponding to a specific muted colour and there was a lot of monochrome. Each look flowed effortlessly as the models walked the runway. I loved the eye pieces which gave the whole collection a very stylish and futuristic feel.

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When I was interviewed by Belgrave TV, I was asked which designer’s collection was my favourite and being a total magpie, gravitating towards everything bright and colourful, I said George Styler‘s. I promise it had everything to do with the beautiful printed bodysuits and nothing to do with the fact he had just charmed me minutes before 😀 The pieces were so fierce and refreshingly the majority of his models were women of colour. I loved the padded shoulders and the shape of the pieces as well as the beading neck detail. They would look great in any photoshoot or for any bold street style look.

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Finally, the last collection of my London Fashion Week, when I had thought that I had seen everything and that nothing could possibly top the original pieces just showcased, out came Ivana Pilja‘s collection. Over the loud techno music you could almost hear the audience gasp, as the first models dressed in a floor length leather cloak and long witch like hair glidded onto the catwalk. Then followed a monochrome cube and a black and white body with matching face mask. This was something out of Lady Gaga’s dreams. I loved the originality and the boldness of the collection, it really was the best close to an incredible week.

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I couldn’t stop taking photos throughout the show and by this point my phone had virtually run our of battery. I had thought that things were coming to an end, but actually they had only just begun. Mishika, one of my new awesome fashion week friends, and I were invited to speak to the designers, the models and to the TV crew before we then went backstage in preparation of the next show! The events then subsequently unfolded were amazing, we made friends with Amy Woodman from Britain’s Next Top Model, we took selfies with models covered in glitter and saw never before showcased creations, we had such an amazing time. A dream ending to an incredible London Fashion Week.

So here are some of the photos that we took backstage and of our final London Fashion Week show! I hope you like it 🙂 I can’t wait for this fashion season, we have so many great things in stall for you guys, I really hope you are looking forward to it as much as I am!

Abi xxx

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*Special thanks to Pop Pr & Mishika 🙂

 

Urban Jungle

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Two days ago I had the best day out at Winter Wonderland with Farfetch and met 5 super cool bloggers who all love fashion and who were so nice! The day was awesome, we went on the biggest fairest wheel, an ice kingdom, we drank hot chocolate and went ice skating. It was just so much fun, I can’t wait to introduce my new blogger friends to you and to share all our pictures and photos with you soon.

Meeting other bloggers is one of the things that I love most about blogging and I am forever grateful that I started My Girls On Tour and that I am now part of  such an awesome community. When I first started I had no idea that there were so many amazing blogs which are all so unique and really different, so it has been a real dream to getting to know the creators behind them, reading your comments and making friends with so many of you.

So here are some photos that I took when I was out with fellow fashion blogger Georgina, the founder of Georginahart.co.uk in Shoreditch, shortly after  I met her at London Fashion Week! It was quite cold so I decided to wear a camel coloured wool jacket  and leather trousers with detail on the knees. I thought that the leopard print shoes combined well with the faux-fur trim of the coat and gave off a jungle animal type of vibe, perfect for city life, because after all, what is the city if not one big concrete jungle.

Have you met anyone from the blogger community, perhaps one of your readers or someone who’s blog you love?

Let me know, Abi xxx

Wearing

Camel Coat – JIGSAW

Gold Top – FRENCH CONNECTION

Leather Trousers – ZARA

Leopard Shoes – RUSSELL & BROMLEY

Gold Necklace – VANILO

Gold Bracelets – IRIS SANDALS

Green Leather Purse – DOLLY RED

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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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