Day 3: LFW AW14 – Do Your Thing, Street Style

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As I mentioned in my first post this LFW I have been working with TK Maxx, FBloggers UK and Laura from That’s so Yesterday blog. We created the hash tag #StyleItBeIt as we felt it reflected everything we look for in personal style. Anyone can wear something in fashion but its about how you take that trend and make it into something unique to you. Those of you who read my blog regularly will know the key place I shop and they kind of clothes I wear. Even when head-to-toe Viv I add something to personalise the look, styling it in my own way. TK Maxx is a unique kind of store, with a surprisingly different business model. They pride themselves on offering designers and brands at low prices but its much more than that. Its exciting, as you never know what you will find. Whilst they do stock lots of current trends they also aim towards classic pieces which will never date. So you can find the perfect black blazer and skinny jeans but also a luxury designer handbag or crazy runway coat. I really don’t know any other store you could shop at and create such a one-off look unless it was a vintage boutique. Tip: If you don’t have time for a huge rummage and just want to see things quick and easy then check out the TK Maxx online store. If it’s the high end and runway designer gear you are after head straight to the Gold Label collection both online and in store).

Don’t forget to tweet your favorite LFW and personal style looks with us using the tag #StyleItBeIt we’d love to see!┬á

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Pastel and rainbow coloured hair has been a huge trend from the last few seasons and yet it is one that can really be made unique, adding other candy coloured accessories creates a sweet as pie look, whilst contrasting with monochrome and a popping fuchsia lip is super edgy.

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Another trend I adore are the leaps and bounds glasses have come lately, no longer something to hide behind now they form a firm part of many peoples looks. You have to wear glasses? Then own it, embrace them and make them part of your look. A retro cat-eye frame gets me every time, Betty does it A class. Perfecting the perfect bitch face a la Bee Waits is totally optional ;)

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One thing to always remember is that your hair is a big accessory, dying mine recently has made me realise this all the more. No matter if you are an up-do queen, have long bouncy waves or prefer to let your headscarf do the talking ┬áits a very personal part of your image – but one you can still have lots of fun with!

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Subtle accessories can also become style signatures, simple tricks like swapping a necklace for a bow-tie something that always makes me think of Jodie now or clashing rings can add instant personalisation (especially if stolen off your friend like Bo here).

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It’s a twin thing – twinning or wearing something to compliment your friends outfit is a trend that most of us can track back to junior school, who didn’t want to wear the exact same thing as their best friend? Twinning your look can be so much fun and what better accessory than your bestie, right!

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These girls mix up different layers and prints but keep to a black and white base for twin perfection.

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Whilst all the guys backstage at Vivienne Westwood chose to wear one of her amazing tartan suits, don’t be afraid to clash up suit patterns either.

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If you really want to make a statement try twinning up contrasting colours of the same piece like designers 8Dix with their incredible dollar sign ‘Yee haa’ hats

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Don’t be left out in the rain wearing main stream trends the same as everyone else, be unique. Style it, be it.

- Or at least make them stand ten paces behind you ;)

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Day 2: LFW AW 14 – For Realz

Close up with Mich Dulce

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┬áDepending on what part of the world you are from you might know Mich for a variety of reasons, artist, musician, actress, milliner. I know Mich as we share a love for Vivienne Westwood clothing and a ton of mutual friends, we first met over shoe admiration and have been buddies ever since. There are a lot of things I like about Mich, one is her combination of technical skill and creativity in her millinery designs, the other is that her fashion house is sustainable. All her hats are made from a banana fiber called T’nalak which is a traditional Filipino fibre which is hand woven by women who are part of a poverty alleviation community. The women receive training so they can learn skills and help support themselves. If you ever needed an excuse to invest in a new hat, I can see no better reason. I adore Mich’s designs from caps with kitten ears, huge bows and draped veils there is something from the most traditional of tastes to the more avant guarde. www.MichDulce.com

Style it, Be it

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    This is what Somerset House was basically reduced to over most of Friday and Saturday, not the best weather to be stood out in a queue nor snapping street style. Everyone trooped on though and made the most of it. Extra thanks to the lovelies who braved a brolly free minute for me to shoot them. Things I picked up on were accent pops of colour, be it a fab manicure, statement clutch or ring these little highlights can brighten up any outfit. A great way to introduce colour to a conservative working wardrobe too. These personal little styling touches are what really make an outfit your own and move it away from just a trend. DSC_1274DSC_1292DSC_1294

If  huge dollops of colour are more your thing then why not take some tips from these guys, matching hats and scarves, clashing pinks and reds, a smatter of leopard print and white with cobalt blue, all utterly lush.

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As for me you saw this outfit yesterday as I sulked in the rain! I have to say I’ve not dared look at how the satin leopard courts held up :(

I have to say I utterly adore this coat from TK Maxx though, bonkers but brilliant. The huge bag is from there too, both part of the new season Gold Label collection. If you haven’t heard of the Gold Label collection it is a carefully edited range of high end designer clothes and accessories which included runway pieces – but at high street prices!! I dare you to go check it out (lists of stores with the collection are available on their website) and not be amazed.

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Day 2: LFW AW14- ish

DSC_1285Wearing: Coat, bag, brolly from TK Maxx, Skirt and Jumper Vivienne Westwood, Shoes Guess

This photo makes me laugh as it pretty much sums up the mood of today. Wet, wet and more wet with a gale force wind or two, we wondered if the roof of the Show tent would stay on at one point! On the plus side I’m wearing this awesome gold coat trimmed with tassels – like couches in the 80s! I promise some more coherent content tomorrow but I’m cold, wet, tired and have a million photo’s to edit still, who was it that said fashion week was glam?

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Day 1: LFW AW14 – Style It, Be It

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Happy Valentines day and Happy first day of London Fashion Week!

Once again I will be teaming up with TK Maxx to report on all the gossip from LFW. This season Law from That’s So Yesterday blog will be reporting with me so you can get double the action! You can follow us for live updates on Twitter @PearlWestwood @Law1sFab @TKMaxx_UK @FBloggersUK and join in the fun with our unique hash tag #StyleItBeIt which we think sums up the perfect style ethos, style it how you want and wear it how you want! I will only be doing the weekend of LFW this time so lets cram a whole lot in!

Close up with Christopher Raeburn

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What could you desire most in this utterly vile, stormy weather? Why a Christopher Raeburn poncho of course! Sadly I did not happen to have such a glorious poncho to hand and spent the first day of London Fashion Week AW14 getting wet and wind swept. Mr Raeburn however had the right idea sending models out fit to tackle the hardiest of climates in Arctic prints, faux fur and polar patten woolly jumpers, who ever said fashion couldn’t be both practical and fabulous?
This season I have chosen to highlight designers who practice sustainability as it is a subject I have been working closely with in the past month. More about that after LFW but do have a read of the About page of Christopher Raeburn and his RE-Made ethos.

On the Street

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The rain poured but there was plenty of sunshine in the outfits of show-goers, not even the bad weather can stop a look that needs to be rocked. Eye catching pastels and pretty sorbet colours to brighten up any day. Striking head-wear was spotted too, those bunny ears showing no signs of going of favour and Piers Atkinson‘s fluffy puppy put a smile on everyone’s face.

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What on earth am I wearing? I’ve really no idea, I give up. I can’t tell you if wearing trainers is now cool or if everyone just got so fed up with the weather than switching into heels has become too much effort. I confess it’s a case of the latter for me, see that huge bag? Yes I had heels in there, nope I had zero desire to put them on whilst battling gale force winds. Do I like the trainers? Yes, With this outfit? I’m undecided! What I do love is this rainbow umbrella keeping me dry and fighting off the rain clouds. I am also wearing this fabulous printed scarf, it has a shoe print! I must do a close up. The suit and coat are Vivienne Westwood as you have seen before and the scarf and bags are from TK Maxx, yes I have two bags, no that wasn’t necessary, but aren’t they fabulous! Luckily I Instagramed a selfie before stepping out in the rain before I got drenched and my new hair do still looked sleek. Apparently we might get snow tomorrow, fashion I give up!

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LFW SS14: Kilian Kerner Red Carpet & 99 Red Balloons

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‘God Save the Queen’

Kilian Kerner Red Carpet Collection SS14

“I want your t-shirt – will you give it to me?” Were the immortal words spoke to the young Kilian by his icon pop-star Nena. After spotting him wearing a customised t-shirt not once but twice at her concerts she finally convinced him to design some clothes for her. That was where it all started and now in his 16th collection the designer is going from strength to strength. The grand Adelphi suite at the Waldorf was the perfect setting for the SS14 Red Carpet collection. Standing beneath the ornate clock, a dress worth of any Cinderella. In wisps of white clouds and glints of gold; vibrant orange, purple and blue stripes; mauve sequins spilling around the floor the collection was presented. Wonderful, dramatic dresses as expected but also very wearable pieces such as the cropped biker jacket, pencil skirt and peplum top. A truly beautiful collection to make any woman feel a million dollars.

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LFW SS14: Footwear & Millinery Exhibitions

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Deliciously dark and edgy footwear from Liam Fahy

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Quirky, fun and a little bit cheeky, footwear by Sophia Webster

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Alien-like headpieces by Maiko Takeda, would you believe they are soft to touch

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Exquisitely crafted hats and headpieces by Mich Dulce

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LFW SS14: Sister by Sibling – Stepford & Sequins

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Sister by Sibling SS14

Stepford wives getting their groove on to The Shangri-Las BOOM BOOM. Chanel tweeds, prim twin sets smashed together with Barbie, boudoirs and a little bit of beachwear. The result, a fabulous riot of colour, texture and fun. From slogan emblazoned sweaters ‘Happy’ and ‘Lead Sister’ to floral sequin embellished bomber jackets, almost indecent denim hot-pants to pastel gingham pencil skirts, prom dresses to bedroom mules this collection had it all, and put it all together in a rather scrumptious way. The look was all about huge, great big backcombed, wild hair with extra thick black eyeliner, sexy rather than proper. Stand out pieces were the aqua green sequin rosette bomber jacket, trademark neon leopard print tees and pastel pencil skirts in over-sized gingham.

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Whispers were created FROW side with Roland Mouret sitting cosy with Natalie Massenet of Net-a-Porter and the original Sugar Babes line up Keisha, Mutya and Siobhan.

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I say “Whazzat?”
And he say… “Sophisticated Boo
m Boom”
It’s been long overdue
Sophisticated Boom Boom
We’ve been needing something new
Sophisticated Boom Boom
Now stand up straight and tall
Like your back’s against the wall
Take two steps forward and shake your hips
Boom Boom

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LFW SS14: Orla Kiely – French Girl Scout Safari

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Think French, think Girl Scouts, think safari, think 60’s and you may just catch a glimpse inside the wonderful world that Orla Kiely created this season.

Orla always puts on the most delightful presentations, everybody gets excited about them because nobody can ever second guess them. Last season was a secretary pool, before that a tea dance. The one thing we can be sure of is that we will be pushed like Alice down the rabbit hole into the magical world only Orla can create. If we are lucky we might emerge the other side wearing one or two pieces from her glorious collections. That’s really what stands out with an Orla Kiely collection, it is very wearable. Everyone wants to wear her pieces no matter their age or style there is something that will truly delight. This season the Girl Scouts climbed out of the tiny hatch and strode off equipped with oversized exploring paraphernalia such as butterfly nets, binoculars, jam jars and magnifying glasses. They darted past rhinos and zebra to the most fashionable campsite you ever did see, Orla Kiely trademark print cushions around the campfire? Yes please. The wonderful 60’s influence was seen on mini dresses and tiny little shorts suits, punctuated with statement pockets and big brass buttons. The prints were a riot of┬á elongated orange giraffes, rhino polka dots and little tiny pink lions. Abstract rhinos adorned the new binocular case ‘Huckleberry’ bags, whilst the same angular technique was used to create tiger and panda face purses. Pink and navy berets topped of shiny, luscious locks and knee socks accentuated the chunky clunky shoes. Oh those shoes? A collaboration with Clarks that will be available from February 2014, more on that nearer the time, but start saving ladies. As if we couldn’t adore Orla any more, the designer provided guests with a steady flow of Um Bongo. Coat check your heart at the door, this lady has taken it for sure.

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Shoes Ora Kiely with Clarks, Beauty Florrie White with Bobbi Brown, Nails Nail Girls

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LFW SS14: Eudon Choi – A Forgotten Princess

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Eudon Choi SS14 – Deokhye

Deokhye was a Korean princess. She was born in 1912 the only daughter of King Gojong during the annexation of Korea by Japan. Sent away to be educated in Japan and later forced into a politcal marrage she lived 38 years of her life in exhile. Her story almost forgotten, Eudon Choi not only celebrates her memory but draws inspiratin from the tragic tale.

The exotic Asia floral prints morph and melt, echoing Deokhye’s pain. The delicate lacework represents gentle femininity. Merged with Choi’s trademark masculine shapes the strength of Deokhye is not forgotten.

The models were given wet-look hair, sweap back, mermaids who had been cast ashore. Their skin shone in dewy highlights. Sculptural headpieces by Piers Atkinson made from wood and perspex, pagoda-like in their grandeur, Rorschach in their symmetry.

With a colour palette of pinks and navy, beautifully clashing prints of stripes and florals and the prettiest Guipure lace this was a collection that will appeal to the most modern of princesses. Life itself can be dramatic, tragic and painful but there will always be a way to see the beauty in it.

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LFW SS14 Micro Trend: 90’s Jewellery Earcuffs & Chokers

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Chokers and earcuffs on the street and runway at Kilian Kerner

With the upsurge of the 90’s Grunge trend it was a no-brainer that other trends of the decade would crop up. Having spend my teenage years stuck wearing Doc Martins and oversized plaid it wasn’t a trend I welcomed. However I seem to have found myself revisiting days of yore, albeit in a more modern way. Earcuffs back in the day were little silver rings, this season they are huge ear covering things, bejewelled and in your face. Chokers are back too, anyone else religiously wear a black velvet ribbon like TV character Blossom? For 2013 leather is the choker of choice with metal facets.

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My own 90’s jewellery foray, earcuffs and rings from Topshop, choker from Charie may, ear & bow hairband Mich Dulce, mohair jumper TK Maxx, Nail varnish Chanel Blue Boy

What do you think about these trends?

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