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London Fashion Week Roundup

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

 

AW14 Fashion week is over so, we’re taking  the opportunity to look back at what we’ve seen and been up to over the last week since it started.

To start with, when choosing a LFW outfit it’s important to look eye catching and absolutely fabulous – you never know where and who might ‘pap’ you after all! Here at HQ we gave you our top choices of footwear for the week that would get you noticed and keep you bang on trend. Otherwise known as our LFW Faves! Consisting of flatsbootsheels and brogues there’s something for everyone no matter your itinerary for the week. Brogues for rushing from show to show, boots for when the weather turned bad and the all important heel for the after show parties.

 

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Some of our very own from HQ went down to Somerset House to do a spot of street style, style hunting. We were on the look out for show attendees in a pair of OFFICE shoes as well as celebs who happened to pass by. Pastels were a big theme and favourite along with the brogue in both heel and flat styles. Ultimately, everyone looked great! Some were a bit more alternative than others and some went for classic fashionista chic. The mix of people was amazing, which only added to the buzzing atmosphere.

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Nina Nesbitt also gave us the opportunity to see LFW from the front row. Taking instagram snaps of her day at the shows, she later shared them with us so we could see what she got up to. Looking glamorous and beautiful as always  and dressed head to toe in ‘Joseph’ we saw her outfit that she wore to the show. We also got a couple sneak peeks of her at the shows on the front row, back home getting ready to go and a cheeky snap with designer Julian Macdonald. Thanks Nina! Looks like you had an amazing time, we are well and truly jealous!

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February 2014 saw designers from all over flood to London for a week of glam clothes, starry celebs and raucous after parties. Now having drawn to a close we can be sure that AW14 is looking set to be anything other than dark and dreary. Going by the shows we’ve seen, we’ll be looking forward to rocking some faux fur, bright colours and bold all over prints when Autumn hits down.

 

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London Fashion Week 2014 – Day 1

Friday, February 14th, 2014

 

Roses (noses) are red; violets (lips) are blue, matching the pastel pouts and rosy cheeks of the fashion elite on a blustery Valentines morning – it was clear that pastels and pinks were a rip-roaring success to kick of the 2014 London Fashion Week. Whilst we couldn’t have predicted sunnier skies, Office appears to have nailed the fashion forecast promising bright things for the upcoming range (we’re already excited!). As the heavens opened and the fashionistas battled with their brolleys, we were transported to a balmy summer’s day as the crowds braved the bitter weather.

Whether it was cotton candy or fondant fancy, pastel power reigned supreme and accessories looked good enough to eat from head to toe. Even the fashion foodies were whipping up sweet treats wearing psychedelic prints that could have easily been plucked of the catwalks at SS14.

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Our faves from AW13 have been re-crafted in crayon colours for high summer, whilst paying attention to cult cut-out styles. Jazz up our ‘On Top’s with destroyed denim and a plain white tee to blag that blogger look, or covet cool Scandi style in our edgy new season ankle boots.

As the paps were snapping, you only had to look up to see chunky soles keeping the leggy London ladies towering above the rest. In buttery leather, buckled and heeled to perfection, OFFICE certainly isn’t giving this style the boot for high summer 14.

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For those who chose comfort over couture, our Kilter slip ons were the go-to for those on the go! Paired with denim shorts and a retro rucksack, these fashion favourites are set to sprint into summer without a second thought.

 

So whether you’re kicking it in slip ons, styling it up in pointed courts or keeping it playful in tasty pastels, Office has high summer sorted. Watch this space.

 

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BIOGRAPHY Nina Nesbitt

Monday, February 10th, 2014

 

When Nina Nesbitt releases her debut album, Peroxide, in February, she will be just 19. That the half Scottish, half Swedish singer/songwriter has already spent two years putting out EPs, touring the country and steadily building her fan base – her video views stand at more than 20 million and over 130,000 follow her on Twitter – makes her early start all the more remarkable.

 

Nina’s age is important. It is as central to her songs as the lessons she’s learnt since she first picked up a guitar aged 15. Nina may be an experienced songwriter, a festival veteran and a regular on Radio 1, but she still writes, brilliantly, from the point of view of a typical teenager.

 

Peroxide is an album that talks to every teen, and transports all adults back to that age, but few could sum up how it feels to grow up as eloquently. It’s packed with songs about making mistakes and finding yourself and is full of smart, witty observations on everyday life and the opposite sex – from the sixth formers with Stones t-shirts in fabulous former single Stay Out – “They think they’re from the 60s/But they were born in 1991″ – to the spoilt, rich kid who chats Nina up at a bar in addictive disco-soul stomper Mr. C – “I’ve come to the conclusion you’re quite fit/But I’m under no illusion you’re a dick”. There are also the touching, heartfelt songs that anyone of any age that has ever loved and lost can relate to, like Hold You (which features recent breakthrough act Kodaline) and The Hardest Part, which, regardless of the fact that it’s not a single, went straight into the Top 40 on iTunes when Nina unlocked it for pre-order customers in the new year.

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Some may lazily label Nina as a mainstream pop artist but her career approach has a lot more in common with the DIY ethic of punk. Not afraid to experiment with genre, she is a songwriter who has built her career by gigging relentlessly and even makes her own tour T-shirts. “I look at the big pop stars and you can tell that their image hasn’t come from them,” she says. “I go back to someone like Debbie Harry for inspiration. Her music was good, she looked cool and she was attractive to men, but she didn’t need to take her clothes off to prove it. And I would rather have a successful album with music I love than a No.1 with something that isn’t true to me. Pop is a shallow place. The most important thing is to do it on your own terms.”

 

Peroxide is plainly set in the present, where as much of life happens online as it does while working and playing. New single Selfies is a modern day breakup song and typical of Nina’s razor-sharp take on a trend. To an insistent piano riff, swaggering guitars and percussion, she sings of being dumped by a boy who calls her vain, then posting happy selfies to pretend he hasn’t hurt her.

 

“I wrote Selfies with my bassist when we were discussing how when people feel a bit low about themselves, they often take pictures of them looking happy or out doing cool things,” says Nina. “Then they post them online to either cheer themselves up or to try and make the person that’s let them down know what they’re missing. I’ll put my hands up and say I’ve done it myself. Some people would call it attention seeking, others would say there’s no harm in trying to feel good about yourself.

 

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“Social networks have made it easy for us to express ourselves, but also to live our lives through a kind of ‘fake reality’. We only put online what we want to show everyone, meaning people don’t see the not so great parts of our lives too. So even though some people’s lives seem amazing on the internet, nobody’s life is perfect.”

 

Since being discovered by Ed Sheeran at the age of 16 – she played him a song on her acoustic guitar, he loved it so much he took her on tour in Europe – self-releasing her debut EP, The Apple Tree, (which found a fan in Fearne Cotton), signing to Island Records and being named ‘Singer/Songwriter New Artist of the Year’ by iTunes at the tail-end of 2012, Nina’s natural knack for songwriting has been honed by months spent in the studio with producer Jake Gosling (Paloma Faith, Ed Sheeran, One Direction) and working with Iain Archer (Jake Bugg).

 

In 2013, Nina had two hits from her first two EPs on Island (Stay Out and Way In The World), headlined two UK tours, played her first sellout show in the States and Asia, and spent the summer at festivals. In July, she was named Vevo’s LIFT artist and in the autumn she soundtracked a John Lewis commercial with a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s Don’t Stop. She sang the national anthem at a Scottish national football game to 50,000 people, was crowned Most Stylish Musician at the Scottish Style Awards and has just been named Best Emerging Artist at the Scottish Music Awards (following in the footsteps of Emeli Sandé and Amy Macdonald).

 

Soon to come is Nina’s biggest UK tour to date, including a show at Shepherds Bush Empire, by which time her dedicated fans will have picked their favourites from Peroxide and be ready to howl back some of the smartest lyrics you’ll hear all year.

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OFFICE at LFW 2013: Spotted!

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Despite the rain, the OFFICE team hit day one of London Fashion Week to catch the fashion buzz at Somerset House! Who said a brolly couldn’t be trendy…

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Think: socks and sandals, pops of bright colours and chunky sandals. Get the look here; with quirky street style inspiration and your essential OFFICE shoe fix.

OFFICE INSPIRATION

Here we take a look at what the fashionistas were wearing to London Fashion week and show you how to re create their looks with a helping hand from an OFFICE shoe or two!

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Experiment with materials this season. Contrast girly shapes and shades with biker leather materials. Try an oversized clutch and a leather shine skirt with our Silver ‘On Top’ courts for a current look.

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Masculine tailored suits, teamed with feminine ankle strap heels. Try a Cobalt Blue suit with a leopard print bag and Red ‘Obey Me’ sandals to stand out this winter.

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Team an over the shoulder leather jacket, with feathers and tutus to bring a biker feel to the perfect girly look. Our ‘Onestep’ style with studs is ideal for this look.

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This season, girly meets grunge. Contrast your brightest colours with a dark palette for an effortless look. Fashion has gone back to comfort with messy buns and shift dresses. Steal your boyfriend’s blazer for that desired oversized look and team it with that love/hate socks & sandals trick, with bright colours and OFFICE’s chunky, buckled ‘Ruffio’.

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There were a few faces we recognised hanging out at LFW as well who also happened to be wearing a pair of our OFFICE shoes. True to form we couldn’t resist taking a snap or two!

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Jade Mazzard straight from the Bora Asku catwalk, wearing our sold out ‘Undoing’. Bring attention to your boots with a simple outfit and dark tones.

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Team a classic leather jacket with our lovely buckle up ‘Domino Strap’ boot for ultimate simplicity. Bring a touch of colour to your grunge look with a bright coral or red lippy.

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Brighten up our ‘Rule It’ chunky, cut out platforms and experiment with bright pops of colour and a statement necklace. Less is more, with simple shapes and dark leather shorts.

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Try our patent ‘Opal’ for an up to date fashion forward look. Team with a camel coat and chiffon materials. A perfect Burgundy coloured ‘Opal’ will be your best friend this winter.

 

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The day in a life of LFW Hairstylist: Caterina Maiolini

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

We followed Hair Stylist Caterina Maiolini as she assisted backstage at London Fashion Week. Assisting on Eudon Choi, Matthew Williamson, Marcus Lupfer and Burberry she had one of the best seats in the house! Who better to ask for some backstage gossip? In this blog she talks us through who she saw, where she was and what she got up to.

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“We arrive back stage early to set up our tools and stations and go through to the hair briefing with the stylist about the products we’ll use to achieve each of the catwalk looks. Then the demo model sits and we go through the style. This way everybody knows what to do to achieve the same look on each girl. I love doing the tests because you always know the look in advance which means you get to understand the inspiration. We also get to see a sneak peek of the collection!

I love working back stage with the talented teams and watching everything come together – the clothes, shoes, hair and makeup – it’s amazing! It also means I can work with a team of new people where we all learn from each other. All the hair stylists are different, the models are all different and we have to work well together to make all the models look the same. I love that!

After the hair brief and demo we start to grab models and work on them. There’s always a bit of a friendly “fight” between hair and makeup about who gets the models first. To start it’s all is very easy but then about an hour before show time it can get a bit wild! We all start stealing the models and hiding them away! Occasionally models arrive from other shows, which mean they’re a bit late, so we all have to work together. Sometimes there can be up to 5 or 6 people working on one model; that’s hair, makeup, nails hands and feet! It does get a bit stressful but it’s such an amazing buzz! :)

 

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The atmosphere backstage changes from show to show and from team to team. Some shows have a really nice and chilled atmosphere and then others are a bit more stressful. But when you work with a good team and a great hair stylist it’s all good fun anyway – Music, laughs and hair.

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THE SHOWS

Eudon Choi: The inspiration was a Korean princess on a holiday in Japan. I liked this show it was fun, a great team and beautiful clothes. I loved the little white socks with the sandals top mark! To create this look we used a lot of mousse and we dried it with a diffuser to give a wet-dry effect which worked perfect with the headpieces. For this we used thickening mousse from Bumble and Bumble.

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Marcus Lupfer: The inspiration was soft, natural and teenagers. The set where the girls were to walk was so pretty, everything was a bit magical. To achieve this look we used some prep products and thickening spray. Blow dry the hair as smooth as you can, then twist it into 2 at the back, let it set and release. Finish it with Brilliantine and hairspray, finally use some hair clips to hold. Prep thickening and hairspray from Bumble and Bumble.

Matthew Williams: the inspiration was 70’s jet setter, so a little glamorous. To achieve this look we used a prep mousse and blow dried the hair into a nice smooth look, then used tongs on the ends to give that 70s look. We also used some prep-detangler, volumiser and hairspray. All the products were from Toni and Guy ‘hair meet wardrobe’ collection.

Burberry: the inspiration was a naturally classy and elegant woman; classy but natural. To achieve this we used some frizz control, hydrating cream or mousse (depending on the girl’s hair) and then blow dried it. A natural centre parting was decided and also added some extensions. All finished with some hairspray for a bit of texture. All the products were from Moroccan Oil.”

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I feel very blessed to be able to do what I love and I think that the best results are achieved when you’re having fun at the same time. I love joking with models because for them, fashion weeks are very stressful. I’m known for being a bit loud (I’m Italian, so it’s in my genes!), for my dry humour and the fact that I laugh and dance a lot. I wish we had more smiling models on the catwalk to be honest. I like fun and smiles :) Having said that, what we see backstage is pretty amazing and sometimes people really let the creativity go.

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You can follow Caterina on twitter @fubbetta

www.caterinamaiolini.com

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ALEX from HQ @ London Fashion Week

Friday, September 20th, 2013

As promised our very own Alex from HQ popped down to the first day of London Fashion Week. Here she tells us all about how it was what went on and who she saw from her front row seats. She also managed to take a few sneaky pictures for us along the way.

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The Questions

Hey Alex!

So a couple of questions on how your day at fashion week went. Let’s start with what trends you saw?

“I saw a lot of pastel colours and watercolour prints, quite boxy silhouettes and some light oversized tailoring.”

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From the collection that you saw what would you say you’re looking forward to wearing next Spring/Summer 2014?

“I love boyish looks that are quite oversized but I also love girlish pleated skirts and of course some perfect heels or sandals.”

So, while you were sitting on the front row did you manage to spot any celebs?

“I saw Dionne Bromfield, Rosie and Proudlock from Made in Chelsea, Lady Victoria Hervey and stylist Nicola Formichetti.”

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What kind of trends were the people that attended the show wearing?

“I saw a lot of pointed stilettos, power heels, fedora hats and cigarette pants.”

 

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How about the After Party?  Can you tell us anything about that?

“The after party was at the exclusive Mayfair club Le Baron, with DJ set by Phil Bush and some super tasty Grey Goose cocktails.”

Did you get a goody bag?

“Yes, as I was lucky enough to get front row it was on my seat.”

What was in it?

“Clutch bag by Jean-Pierre Braganza X Label M Collaboration, Label M powder pink spray and a Toni and Guy Magazine.”

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THE COUNT DOWN IS OVER – LFW IS HERE

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

 

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With London Fashion Week starting tomorrow, we’re excited to see what trends will grace us with their presence in Spring/Summer 2014.

Around 80 designers will show off their latest and greatest predictions of the next big styles at Somerset House between 13th-17th September. This is an event on every fashion lover’s calendar – even the shoe obsessed like us!

Most of us won’t get the chance to attend LFW in our life time, so we wanted to give you a little taste of what goes on at the show and behind the scenes. We’ll be following one of our lovely HQ girls Alexandra Oliver as she attends the Jean Pierre Braganza show and takes a few snaps for you along the way.

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Before she head’s off to the show tomorrow, we got a few questions in:

What are you most looking forward to at LFW?

I love the buzz around Fashion Week, it’s great to see what the designers are doing and also really good for street style to see different personalities scattered around Somerset House. Also a goodie bag is always a fun treat to get.

Obviously there is a lot of pressure to look great at LFW – what will you be wearing?

I’m terrible at picking my outfit until the last minute, so right now I’m not sure. I really like classic, quite boyish trends at the moment so probably an oversized tee, slim trousers and chunky heels and of course my trusty Alexander Wang bag as it is a great day to night bag and fits in all the essentials.

Describe some of the trends you think you may see front row?

I expect to see some light tailoring, mixing suiting with light feminine shapes, a 1920s picnic in the Hamptons style. For prints I think possibly some very girly, fantasy, mermaid like colours but possibly contrasted with some edgy fabrics and silhouettes.

LFW is always a great start spotting event! Who would you love to see?

It’s hard to say because you often see people you wouldn’t expect at shows. It would be good to see some American celebrities as they always seem to make more of an impact at shows, so maybe Lady Gaga or Lana Del Rey would be good to see.

What shoes will you wear to the show?

I will definitely wear a pair of chunky heels, probably a wedge to take me through until night. Probably a pair of statement Jeffrey Campbells but I will take pair of Nike’s to change into between the show and party.

As a shoe lover – what do you think will be the next shoe obsession?

I think it is very much all about the barely there heel, girlish power heels and delicate pumps, we all love chunky 90s looks but I feel we are moving away from that and into subtle colour palettes and stilettos.

Check in next week for an update on the show, who Alex saw, what they wore and hopefully some backstage goss!

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LFW Feb 2013; Round Up

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

As London Fashion Week draws to a close we’re reminiscing here at HQ about what a brilliant week it’s been. We started out the week on a style hunting mission and came across a number of our very own styles being worn by the crème de la crème of the fashion World. We even made a facebook gallery of all the hot fashionistas we bumped into wearing them. Check it out here.

As the weekend approached we had our HQ girls down at Somerset House checking out some shows of their own. See our buyers blog on their day at London Fashion Week here. The lovely Jodie Nellist, fashion editor at Marie Claire also gave us  her diary of what she got up to over LFW. An insight to the glamorous life of a magazine editor is exactly what we hoped it would be! You can see Jodie’s diary here.

OFFICE was also a hot topic at Grazia HQ with a lot of the girls showcasing their outfits and incorporating some of our fab designs into them on their visits to LFW. Head to the Grazia site to check out their gallery and keep an eye out for an OFFICE shoe or two!

Lastly, London Fashion Week wouldn’t be complete without a celebrity or two. We spotted Mollie King in our Side Step high heel, VV Brown wearing the Feelin It white wedge and last but not least Laura Whitmore wearing the ultra chic Uplifted wedge while out and about on her Fashion Week binge!

We had a great time at London Fashion Week , the designers were amazing the models were fantastic and the street style and fashion of those who attended was everything we hoped it would be! So, we say bring on AW13! We can’t wait to see the new trends we spotted this month coming alive on the high street in autumn.

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Get the Look – London Fashion Week Special

Thursday, February 21st, 2013


This week, we headed to Somerset House to see what the fash pack were wearing.
Here’s how to get their looks!

Embrace a minimalist aesthetic by keeping your outfit structured and monochrome. Offset your look by playing with textures, or compliment it with a crisp white shirt and statement clutch.



Get the look with Uncanny £70 and Push It £58

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Ladylike doesn’t have to be boring. Play around with colours and layering for an up to date look.


Get the look with Oxygen £65 (coming soon) and Fine Line £40

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Grunge doesn’t have to mean flannel shirts and unwashed hair;this season it’s gone grown up. Team statement trousers or skinny jeans with your
favourite vintage style sunglasses and chunky flats. Think Francis Bean Cobain not Courtney Love.


Get the look with Prowl £60 and Peekaboo £25

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Take it back to the future, by keeping lines clean and playing with pops of colour, accessories and print instead.

Team flatforms with coloured socks, and wear your coat over your shoulders, for a seriously fashion forward look.


Get the look with Feelin’ It £40 and Ozone (coming soon) £55

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Blogger’s Edit: LFW Special

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

About Anouska

We asked blogger, Anouska Proetta Brandon, to tell us all about a day in the life of a blogger at London Fashion Week. Anouska’s been fashion blogging for two years, during that time she has racked up a serious following and travelled all over the world perusing her love of fashion. Her advice to any budding bloggers? ‘Be original. Express yourself honestly, and most importantly don’t give up because there are very few over-night sensations in the blogging world!’

Check out what Anouska did, saw and wore here.

60 Seconds with Anouska

If I was a shoe, I would be…. A biker boot with a comfortable high heel

If I wasn’t a blogger, I would love to be…  Photographer

My fashion muse is…  Mary Kate Olsen. She always looks great.

My most prized pair of shoes are…. Any of my Office shoes of course!

My favourite blog  is: … This is a hard one, there are many I love but my favourites right now are GaryPepperVintage.com because her photos always blow me away as well as her eclectic style, and Adenorah.com because she has that effortless Parisian style that I just can’t get enough of.

My most embarrassing fashion moment was … Anytime between the age of 12-15! The ”goth” years were not good to me.

My top tips for dressing at LFW are:

1.       Make sure you feel confident in what you are wearing

2.       Don’t over-think it

3.       Have fun!

Anouska’s Day at LFW

London Fashion week is always a magical experience for me after attending for the past two seasons. It’s only after you have spent an entire 12 hours straight at shows, presentations, parties, and other weird and wonderful events that you can breathe and really take it all in.

I have to admit that one of my favourite things about being in London is people-watching. I simply adore the rapidly evolving bohemian London style that’s absolutely everywhere. Wearing a graphic print bodycon dress, blazer, faux leather cap, and a pair of Undoing cut out leather ankle boots from OFFICE, I made my way to centre of LFW; Somerset House. To say that once inside you are transported into an alternative universe populated only by the ultra-fashionable would not be an exaggeration by any means. The sheer outrageousness of it all can be quite intimidating at first, but underneath the exceptionally well-dressed exteriors lie some of the nicest people I’ve met. It really is such a joy catch up with all of my old friends from previous seasons, and of course, meeting new ones.

My highlights from London Fashion Week AW13 so far have ranged from the beautifully structured simplicity of Zoe Jordan, to the sleek futuristic visions I saw walking at David Koma. I can also safely say that the Topshop Unique show blew me away, at least in terms of sheer wear-ability. I must also mention that each day that I have ventured to Somerset House, I have had the greatest of pleasures to meet so many of my readers! Overall, this has been my favourite London Fashion Week so far, and I’m already counting down the days until next season.

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