Day 2 London Fashion Week: Monochrome Backpack Kids

So my second outfit to London Fashion Week was inspired by my love for monochrome. Today we went to Somerset house, which was so beautiful and which is right next to my old law school, the Dickson Pool School of Law of Kings College London. We arrived at the entrance, only to be handed free mini drinks and invites to more things! Fashionistas were all around us as photographers sapped away. A huge screen loomed up ahead, live streaming images from the catwalk. I loved seeing all the different styles of the guests and I couldn’t wait to find the dapper little sausage dog, Sergio the Shoe Hunter.

sergio-main_3040005aimageimageimageDSC_1024

bloglovin4_zps362d6fc6

The first show I went to was to Julien Macdonald, which was a beautiful collection of embellished dresses.This was then followed by the Top Shop Unique show, which featured lots of sporty but saucy dresses. I really liked the playfulness of the collection and the way that the blue and red dresses really stood out from the crowd. Lace and sequins definitely seem to be this seasons must have!

imageimageimageimage

image

I decided to wear a very long black cardigan as the main feature of my look. I combined it with a black top and some leather bold strap pair of thick heels for a hipster look. I really like the idea of monochrome and geometric shapes as a statement, and so decided to wear a pair of white triangle skorts and large sphere pearl bracelet to really contrast and stand out as strong edges and shapes against the black cardigan and top. I finished off the look with a cream and black lined back pack which really brought the whole outfit together and mixed both black and white together, the colours which at the front of my look are really contrasting against each other. Hope you like the look 🙂

imageimageimageimageDSC_0030DSC_1040 DSC_1045 DSC_1057  DSC_1065 DSC_0005DSC_1060 DSC_0006  DSC_0029DSC_0007 DSC_0030

WEARING

Floor length Cardigan – Miss Selfridges

White skorts – ALI EXPRESS

Black tank top – TOP SHOP

Buckle Heels – MISS SELFRIDGES

White pearl bracelet – ALI EXPRESS

Metal Bracelet – Vintage

Stripped Monochrome backpack – NEW LOOK

And…Don’t forget you can now stay up to date with our fashion events and  outfits on my  social media 🙂

bloglovin4_zps362d6fc6Instagram-icon-pinkTwitter-icon-pinkfacebook_thumbnail

Emerging Trends at London Fashion Week

We were excited and the air was filled with anticipation. The 3rd annual Emerging Trends Europe was about to begin and so soon we and hundreds of industry professionals were about to discover some of the most talented designers of 2014. Our front row seats promised for an uninterrupted view of the catwalk, I prepared my camera as the lights dimmed and turned blue. The beat started and out came the first model, confident and striking. The air filled with the sounds of hundreds of shutters closing and light bulbs erupted at the end of the runway. This was the beginning of something extraordinary.

image

image

The first designer was the American Nevada Couture, a great example of chic city girl outfits, perfect for a spontaneous yet ultra modern and sophisticated look. Garments were a simple elegance: soft pink tops with silk white shorts and ankle strap stilettos, ballerina skirts. I loved the detailed beading on the floating dresses which gave them a bohemian feel. Even though the collection was pretty, large bib necklaces really turned these outfits into something more powerful and looks such as the striking white trousers and silk tank top worn by a model with red hair made the collection a strong statement of femininity.

DSC_0802DSC_0799DSC_0805

Up next was the very interesting Anya Liesnik, a designer from Germany. I loved her use of different layers with the sheer fabric garments creating a lovely variation of the Royal Blue colour palette. The striking black shirts, bold black underwear and floral print dresses were broken up by free-flowing skirts and the use of the polka dots was a a great way to play with depth. Her creations were of a natural beauty, like patterns on a butterfly’s wing, light and fragile to the touch but stunning and strong in flight. I would definitely wear ALL of the monochrome charcoal grey collection which was show cased but I loved how Anya, at the end of the show, really set pulses racing with a maxi red nympth dress with a crown of red roses. For me this was the strongest collection of the first half.

DSC_0820imageDSC_0828

Shefali Couture from Dubai oozed strong powerful elegance and femme fatal attitude. With black lace, high neck dresses and vintage chokers, these stunning garments were perfect for a night to remember. One of my favorite was the long floor length fitted slinky dress. It looked so sexy, perfect for a very special occasion, the embellished back was so stunning and shone like tiny black diamonds. I loved how all the outfits were really well complimented by a stunning array of shoes. The showbiz thick heeled ones really caught my eye and I fear that I shall covet them now for ever more.

DSC_0838

What I loved about the next collection was that each dress looked so different whilst always maintaining Fleur Kalinza’s distinctive signature look, an attractive multicolor print. The light dresses were so incredibly well made as they were fitted and hugged the models in all the right places. The buttermilk tops contrasted beautifully with the colorful print on the skirts which floated dramatically around and behind the women they walked down the runway. Ruched sleeves were embellished bows and I loved the use of neck ruffles which helped to bring the top and the bottom half of the final dress together. Stefan Meuwissen’s shoes were the definition of perfection. The thin heels and triangular shape of the shoe really made Fleur Kalinza’s outfits look a million dollars. I loved the crisp cut out edges which revealed a lot of the beautiful ankle and upper foot and this was tied up perfectly with a dainty ankle strap. Both definitely designers to watch out for in the future!

DSC_0857DSC_0848DSC_0847DSC_0858

A wonderful twist in the evening were the textured men’s wear collection by the Indian Designer Azzurra. The use of different materials really made the looks interesting. The originality of the wool blankets which were draped casually over the men’s shoulders was not lost on neither myself or my boyfriend and it was this striking fashion statement which contrasted so well with the smooth metallic ruched trousers. I adored the design of the drop crotch trousers, infused with the harem style. The leather sandals and the beads really gave the whole look a spiritual feel and the wooden staff as well as adding bright splashes of colour, also added to the sense of an ancient leader with inner confidence. For me this wouldn’t be a great London city look but would be a great fashion for anyone who wanted to dress in a very bohemian and alternative style.

The next collection Prieston was one of my favourites. Long trains made out of see through large floral print made each piece so dramatic. So much glamour and and so many extremes, the collection by Naomi Nagy was inspired by Russia. The sensual playfulness of the red and the magenta made these beautiful dresses really stick in my mind. The length of the robes and the gowns really transferred the idea of exaggerated feelings and the crystals of the Swarovski Elements were subtle and brought some fun to these passionate looks. Loved it and hope to one day maybe be able to make a dramatic entrance to a fabulous party in one!

DSC_0935DSC_0928DSC_0909DSC_0938

I was so impressed by the British designer Leonora Asomanin’s collection inspired by a Japanese folk story. The collection retells the fisherman’s journey down to the barrier reef. Leonora blew our minds by contrasting yellows with purples and placing blues next to magentas.I loved the how Leonora used the natural beauty of the ocean and transferred the zen spirit of sea anemone and fish to these already majestically soothing garments. Fitted off the shoulder corsets were transformed by beautiful long gold and embellished shoulder drapes, which made the purple of the top richer. With some of the most original and beautiful fabric patterns I have ever seen, I watched in awe as magnificent trains billowed down the catwalk. I absolutely loved this collection and can’t wait to show you more pictures as Leonora will be a designer that I will be featuring on the blog!

DSC_0953DSC_0957DSC_0955DSC_0945DSC_0951

Finally came striking models with dark eye make up done by London Muse and hair by Karine Jackson Salon. The Capital T designs by Tertia Enda were really rich, with red, orange and gold floral patterns cutting a dramatic contrast to the black fabric placed next to it. The silhouettes of the dresses were really slimming and would be perfect to high profile business meetings followed by classy cocktails with the girls. I particularly liked the amber two piece matching set, with floaty crop top and pencil skirt and the way this beautiful rich fabric hung loosely down off a striking collar.

DSC_0963DSC_0972

DSC_0968

  Truly a beautiful amber ending to a spectacular line up of talent. Let me know which one is your favourite? 🙂

Featuring in order of appearance:

Naveda Couture (USA)

Anya Liesnik (Germany)

Shefali Couture (Dubai)

Fleur Kelinza (UK)

Stefan Meuwissen (Belgium)

Azzurra (India)

Prieston (Hungary)

Leonora Asomanin (UK)

Capital T by Tertia Enda (Indonesia)

My Girls On Tour invited to London Fashion Week!

I am so pleased to announce to you all that My Girls On Tour was invited by Synergy Boston to attend London Fashion Week! I can’t wait to share with you all the incredible new designers and trends that we got to see, but first, I would like to thank Synergy and in particular Andy for contacting My Girls On Tour and for extending the invite to Chelsea Fashion and Social Networking Group. It was great to see some of you guys there and I hope next year that even more of you can come too! 🙂

image

So what was it like backstage at one of the world’s most important fashion events? … Well, let me show you 😉

DSC_0957

On the opening night of London Fashion Week we had the pleasure to attend the Emerging Trends runway show, a unique event committed to advancing the fashion industry’s exceptional emerging designers and one of Europe’s most anticipated fashion events of the year.  The Synergy team had just flown in from New York Fashion Week and the pressure was on for them to deliver an equally impressive show and boy, they really did succeed in doing so! The evening surpassed all of my expectations, from the amazing designs and the beautiful models to the after party attended by London’s top fashionistas, the night was incredible and to be there really felt like a dream come true.

DSC_0935

We arrived at the sumptuous Radission Blu Portman Hotel, where the show was taking place. We were directed up to the first floor, passed the large vases filled with beautiful flowers and the intimate groups of fashionistas sipping on pre-show cocktails in the  hotel lobby. With our VIP red wrist bands we were given luxurious gift bags containing organic shampoos and hair care products by the events sponsors Unite, U Luxury and Organic Care Systems, so no excuses for a bad hair day!

imageDSC_1020image

image

Passed security, we entered into a room which could only be described as any woman’s perfect world: trays laden which sparkling champagne flutes, make up artists touching up guests make up and hair stylists offering their skills to brighten up your look before you have your picture taken on the red carpet. I had my lipstick and foundation done but chickened out on the extra blusher offered up! A DJ played lounge house and we stalked the waiters and their trays of stuffed prawns round the room. The sense of excitement filled the air and although none of us could wait to see the show, we were having a pretty good time waiting in this pink bubbly paradise.

image

We were front row and had a great view of the runway. The room filled up and then the lights changed neon blue. The sound systems racked up and the air was filled with an edgy urban vibe.We were at London Fashion Week and I could tell this was going to be amazing!

image

imageimage

To the house beat, models emerged and glided passed us. Each designer’s style was so different and the variety in the collections was great. We were so close, we could see every detail and it was amazing. All the garments were so unique and of really high quality- haute couture at its best. The 8 designers were from all over the world, including the USA, Dubai, India, Indonesia and Europe and I can’t wait to tell you all about them soon as their collections were so spectacular and original.

Here is a video of some of our best backstage moments! Hope you enjoy it 🙂