Backstage at London Fashion Week

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 🙂

 

Banana Republic

Banana Republic

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I am starting to feel the impending doom of Christmas looming on the horizon. I have been having too much fun and so I still haven’t started my Christmas shopping yet! The feeling can only be described as that of pre-exam nervousness, knowing that you only have a day to finish half the syllabus* Shudder! :/

My plan is to cram my shopping into the last 48 hours that I have left…so tomorrow want to catch me tomorrow, I will be panicking and panic buying, braving the crowds and Oxford Street/ Regent Street madness, on Christmas Eve! Am I mad? … OK, actually let’s not answering that question…

One of the stores that I will be hitting as a top priority is Banana Republic who recently made me one of their VIP shoppers and invited me to celebrate with them at  their brand new store opening in Kensington. The store was in such a beautiful location and the space was great! The holiday collection being showcased was very chic and sophisticated, with bright pops of color dotting the store and catching my eye: lime green, pink, oranges, the perfect looks for bold fashionistas, fashion bloggers and anyone wishing to brighten up the dreary London sky.

There was a DJ, a nail bar and we a lucky dip where we won discounts and gift vouchers to shop in the store. Gustavo ended up winning the gift voucher, which set him off on a mad shopping spree round the store, he really couldn’t get enough of the rich green jumpers, the thick knits and of course the stylish socks that no entrepreneur can go without. There were so many cocktails, amazing food and after taking photos and giving an interview for Banana Republic UK, we got to relax with the awesome Banana Republic Team!

I will be including some of my favorite pieces in my Christmas Shopping list that I will be posting today and then updating tomorrow depending on my different finds, but in the meantime here are the photos of this special night. I wore a long camel waistcoat- jacket with a black lace up body, black jeans, a wide brimmed hat and black sneakers. I loved the length of the coat and thought that the body and the hat really added a hipster vibe to the whole outfit.

Let me know what you think 🙂 Also, I am shopping tomorrow, so if you have any great present suggestions please don’t forget to send them to me or suggest them to me in the comments, I really need your help!

Love, Abi xxx

Wearing

Camel Coat – MISSGUIDED

Lace up body – MISSGUIDED

Eva Clutch – LOUIS VUITTON

Ceramic Bracelet – IRIS SANDALS

Sneakers – STRADIVARIUS

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Winter Wonderland with Farfetch

Winter Wonderland with Farfetch

imageIt’s getting pretty cold over here in London and it still hasn’t snowed, but since the beginning of December things have started to feel and look super festive thanks to all the beautiful Christmas lights and  Christmas markets that have sprung up over town.

 I was really excited when Eleasha, a lovely new friend of mine and founder of Duchess of Fashion, invited me to join Farfetch and some of London’s coolest fashion bloggers at Winter Wonderland, a giant fair set up in Hyde Park with rides, the most amazing wooden winter villages, shops and of course mulled wine, waffles and hot chocolate stands.

This really was the best way to start off the Christmas period not least because I truly love Farfetch. All of you fashionistas definitely need to check them out if you haven’t done so already, because they are literally revolutionising the way people shop for designer items.  They bring together hundreds of the world’s best independent designer boutiques, so you can shop and fine some of the most beautiful pieces all in one place, making it so much easier to find great looks at the best prices. Sounds pretty good to me! 😉

The day was so much fun, I met some lovely lovely fashionistas who’s blog are absolutely amazing, including Vikki the founder of Style and Minimalism, Camila Carril, Ellie Adams who vblogs & blogs at TheEllenexdoor and Sarah Monaco from I Bleed Fashion. We had so much fun walking around, taking pictures of Minions, drinking hot chocolate, freezing our socks off in the beautiful Magic Ice Kingdom, getting a little freaked out in the giant fairest wheel when the carriage started swinging in the wind and of course skating and in my case evil laughing at the poor people crawling round, holding on to the side of the rink, trying not to fall over on the ice. Awesome times! And awesome squad gaols for that matter…*Taylor Swift you ain’t got nothing on us! HA!

For our day out I was pretty sure it was going to be cold so I wore a long khaki green coat, thick scarf and green lace up heels, that I have worn so many times they are now not only stylish but also comfortable, even though they didn’t look it. Eleasha made me laugh when she coined the phrase “fashion before reason” in reference to my look…Yes, that’s me haha fashion before reason! I wore my favourite Farfetch accessory, the Michael Kors  ‘Jet Set Traveller’ shoulder bag, that I chose because I thought that it would be perfect for winter, for chic little outings and for adding a little bit of colour to my winter outfits.

I shared a lot of my day on my Snapchat (Abigail Royston) but unfortunately because I didn’t save it (a lesson I never seem to learn), it has now gone, but I did do two video edits with the app Tipit and luckily I do have some awesome photos of our day taken by Preston Photography, that are way better anyway that the snaps that I took anyway 🙂 I loved seeing London in the glistening sun from high above in the fairest wheel with Vikki and Ellie and the magic ice kingdom was beautiful beyond words, with the most incredible ice statues carved into ogres, fairies, castle walls, thrones and wildlife. Stepping in was like going through the wardrobe in Narnia.  I never usually go on rides or go into fun houses when go to fairs because I am scarred of rollercoasters and I think that showing any interest in doing things will encourage people to push me onto one of those insane drop machines or those star shaped wheels that make people fly, so doing those fun things, off the beaten track and away from the churros and candy floss stands, made the day extra special.

I hope you are all having a wonderful week too, thank you for your lovely comments.

Abi xxx

Photos by Preston Photography

Wearing

Michael Kors ‘Jet Set Traveller’ should bag – FARFETCH

Khaki Wool Coat – COS

Green Lace up Heels – ZARA

Ripped Flares – LOIS

Green & Blue Scarf – ZARA

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London Look

London Look

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I absolutely love travelling and soon we will be jetting off to a super fabulous location, but as some of you have seen from my posts and Instagram, for the last couple of months I have spent a lot of my time in London working on lots of different collaborations, going to some super fun events and also going to lots of meetings! The weather is getting colder and all I can think about are bright green palm trees and beautiful beaches but things in London are so exciting and busy at the moment that I haven’t been able to leave the big smog.

So in homage to this super cool city, to the red phone boxes and the red buses, I decided to wear a fabulous black and red London Look to the Pop Pr Press day, that took place after London Fashion Week. The main focus of the look was a thick rib knit jumper with shoulder pads and gold buttons, that creates a really fierce Grace Jones 80’s style silhouette. I bought the jumper from a vintage store along Brick Lane and I am super pleased to have got it for just 20 pounds, especially as so many people have commented on it and have even thought it to be Versace. For me the piece created by the Italian designer Eleonora Scarmucci is so just special which is why I wore a black roll neck underneath and high waisted black jeans, to not only draw attention to it, but also to help with silhouette shape the top creates.

So here are some pictures that we shot of the look, close to my house in East London. I will be sharing some of my favourite designer’s from the Pop Pr Press Day tomorrow as well as some pics of the goodie bags and my amazing time with Revlon Professional, so make sure you stay tuned 🙂

In the meantime I wanted to ask, if you could create a London Look what would you wear? What city are you spending a lot of time in at the moment and what looks do you think represent that place? Let me know,

Happy Tuesday everybody! Abi xxx

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Wearing

Glitter Creepers – LONDON REBEL

Black Jeans – COLLIER BRISTOW

Cashmere Black Roll-Neck – MASSIMO DUTTI

Red Jumper – ELEONORA SCARMUCCI

Urban Jungle

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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I am Hipster

I am Hipster

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So today I pledged to post at least one new blog post a day for two weeks…Am I crazy? Maybe!…But I do have so many fun things and adventures to share with you that I felt that this was the only way to do it!So here we go, the 2 week challenge begins!

This Autumn was particularly hot and I couldn’t believe my luck when the sun just kept on shining and shining, well into September and then into October…As I am sat here writing this it feels as if the wind and the November rain are about to batter my terrace door open, but still, I can’t help but feel that we had a pretty good run for our money this year in terms of British summers.

Recently I have been loving the high waisted hipster trousers, so I went to Brick Lane to Rokit where they have the most amazing selection of old Levis. I had seen them look good on models and I saw the coolest skater wearing a pair that he had cut off at the bottom with converse. LOVE! My heart was bursting with expectation…The moment was over pretty quickly when I realised that all of the size 38s wouldn’t actually zip up let alone do up…  Apparently some nice people have made the current sizes bigger than the vintage ones, but at least I have now fully appreciate the function of low waisted skinny jeans – to save you from having  to fit your whole body into your trousers and coming out looking like a stuffed human sausage… So anyway, after 3 visits to the rack I finally found a pair that would do up over my flabby bits and that would close in a place other than right under my arm pits…HURRAY!

So after fashion week I had a few days off to recover when all I wanted to do was go out for walk in the park and around town and enjoy the rays. I decided to do a 90’s throwback and rock a velvet crop top with my hipster Levis and then another look wearing a black crop top with high waisted black jeans and blue denim shirt. Both looks were fun to roam around in- I loved the casual vibe of the denim and the the high waist still made the looks appropriate for the city. With both looks I wore my DollyRed leather Gail black purse with beautiful baby blue stitching. I loved the detail and thought that it went well with my beaded jacket. Their pieces are super elegant but really fun too, the perfect accessories to add a touch of colour and sophistication to any outfit.

Let me know if you like the looks,

Abi xxx

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imageLOOK 1

Black Crop Top – TOP SHOP

Denim Shirt – Vintage

Black Skinny Jeans – COLLIER BRISTOW

Sunglasses- TRUSSARDI

Metal Toe Cap Sneakers – STRADIVARIUS

Look 2

Vintage Levis Jeans – LEVIS from Rokit Vintage

Black Leather Clutch – DOLLYRED

Creep Platform Metallic shoes – SCHUH

Velvet Crop Top – FOREVER 21

 

Mimpikita SS16 LFW

Mimpikita SS16 LFW

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Day 3 of LFW was coming to an end and I was slowly but surely loosing my voice. The good news was that I was turning into an exotic foreigner with a husky voice, which I realised was working to my advantage when one PR said “Oh! love you accent!” and another Sales Consultant said to me, referring to one of the designer’s influences, “If you were from the UK then you would probably know it, so you probably won’t have heard of it…” Does this mean people think I am not from the UK? Sweet! Can I choose a new nationality for the week? French…no, Dutch…No, I have it… SWEDISH! Yes! For the remainder of the week I will be Swedish…

Now bearing in mind I was now rasping my way through words, it was to my utter excitement and then dread, that I was asked by the amazing Pop Pr to interview on camera the Zulkifli sisters, Nurul, Mira & Syera, who launched Mimpikita in 2008 and have since transformed the company into an international fashion house with bridal and ready-to-wear collections. I had just seen the show and it was amazing! Beautiful fresh colours with very elegant almost bridal embellishments. There was something serene and very relaxing about the effortless designs of floating dresses, trousers and tops that were brought in the waist with a tie. The colours ranged from bright yellows and oranges to whites and creams. The slits and belting meant that the pieces would really transition well from day to night

It was of course despite the loss of voice, an incredible pleasure to ask them about their inspirations and techniques and to meet such creative geniuses in person. Known for combining the highest quality materials and impeccable craftsmanship with a modern design sensibility, they explained that they pieces are inspired from their time involved in their father’s architectural firm and in such are intricately composed and structured. Their embellishments are definitely a defining feature of their collection as they also create bridal wear and their designs made out of specially selected fabrics of the highest quality are very much for the modern elegant woman.

My Dad always tells us to be honest. When you’re honest in your art, there is a vulnerability to it and although there is a possibility that we might epically fail, we’re willing to give it our all…Every Collection and show that we put out- it always feels like it’s the first show all over again. We’re definitely feeling the jitters for London Fashion Week!”

You and me both Mimpikita…

I loved the whole collection, a real celebration of femininity, with the perfect materials and cut elegant looks on hot summer days! I could definately see them taking London by storm and I thought that I had actually spotted Jordan Dunn in the front row, but now I am not too sure if it was her… Celebrity Pap fail*

Unfortunately I don’t have any pics of me interviewing although it is on camera somewhere, but I hope you like the pictures that I took from the show! 🙂 Let me know what you think! Ouuu also, let me know if you had to change your nationality for the day which one would you choose and why?! 😉

Abi xxx

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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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