LFW SS14: Day 3 Backstage at Vivienne Westwood

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A hundred people in a tiny, sauna-like room, make up, false hair, backcombing, hairspray, palettes of face paint, glittering jewellery, huge taffeta bows, beautiful models, talented dressers, fast as lighting MUA’s all the things that go into producing a show. Items to note, snail necklaces, spiked manicures, squiggle satchels and multi coloured ripped up pixie boots.Vivienne arrived sporting a funky cropped new hair style, she created herself. Lily Cole glides in with a mane of red hair to perform a dance piece – that I didn’t see as I was steaming her outfit but that’s a story for another day. Enjoy the photos, show pic’s to come tomorrow.

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Backstage at Vivienne Westwood Red Label SS14 London Fashion Week

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LW AW13: Day 2

The Shows

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The most incredible colours and textures, next season it will be velvet boots with everything!

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The prints, the prints always the most incredible prints! This season was no different with a serpent feel.

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Orla Kiely

I joined the Bobbi Brown team backstage again, huge thanks to Irene, today at Orla Kiely. The look was a chic but laid back Bardot, smokey eye and subtle shimmer lip.

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The show it’s self had a sexy-secretary cheeky nudge to it, one thing Kiely never fails to offer is a beautifully thought out show set. She put the girls to work 9-5, although in the most stylishly dressed office I have ever seen!

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Bolzoni & Walsh

Tough biker girls, smouldering insouciantly in velvet and leathers, luxury basics at their best.

Street Style

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A beautiful array of pretty prints and bold colours, enjoy!

What Pearl Wore

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Keeping with the knitwear theme I wore Vivienne Westwood again, I also had these beautiful vintage sunglasses from TK Maxx for when the sun decided to put in an appearance! I was wearing my Comic Relief t-shirt although it was a bit to chilly to show it off.

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LFW AW13: Day 1

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Street style trend of the day was snug knitwear and cosy hats – shame the sun came out and everyone was boiling!

Celeb Spotting

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The beautiful Kate Nash took her place on the front row at many shows today, she is always ready with a lovely smile. Strutting around the court yard were Made in Chelsea’s Lucy Watson, Mark-Frances Vandelli Orlov-Romanovsky and Victoria Baker-Harber.

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Due to insane weather confusion – S/S in the shops, snowing in Manchester and sunny in London packing for LFW was a bit of a fail! I ended up leaving behind all the gorgeous light and breezy clothes I originally had marked for LFW and stuffing heavy coats and knits into my cases (yes plural). Then spent the entire day being far to hot and wishing for snow, never can win! Luckily I had packed these amazing sunglasses from TK Maxx, they remind me of beetle wings. The rest of my outfit was Vivienne Westwood and my gorgeous Rianna Phillips clutch.

My make up is all Bobbi Brown, who I had the pleasure of joining back stage too…

The Shows

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Saving the best for last here are my two personal favourite shows of the day, up first was Bora Aksu (first two images). A Gothic-romance of 1920’s skull cap style head wear and floaty dresses, cinched in with intricate corsets. The chiffon capes were otherworldly, I look forward to writing the full review. Next Jena.Theo, a more personal presentation where I got to go backstage with the Bobbi Brown team. The make up look was fresh and dewy with a pop of reddy-pink lipstick to match the footwear of course! The nails were an amazing contrast of black leather-effect polish and bright orange and pink neon. This all made sense when the collection was revealed, a bright and cheerful array of smiley face emblazoned over-sized jumper dresses and striking broken graphic prints in black, orange, yellow and pink. You can also see Irene’s nails from the Bobbi Brown team, she has a version of the mani I showed on my blog last post but shaped the tips into more of a heart shape for Valentines day, cute right!

More tomorrow and don’t forget to pick up The Sunday Telegraph for the Stella magazine this Sunday 😉

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London Fashion Week SS13: Day3

On the Street

The Street Style for London Fashion Week Day 3 was a beautiful medley of┬á Crayola coloured prints and wondrous patterns. One trend still reigned supreme – Sportswear, baseball caps, bomber jackets, trainers from bright Nike’s to Marant style wedges all dressed up of course not like you are off down the gym! Wooly jumpers were also a key item in acid colours or clashing prints, with Kenzo being the most sighted brand around.

On Me

I fit right in with the trends I had been spotting all day, I guess it was a constant fashion mind set! I wore a vintage 80’s Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren ‘Savages’ jumper, vintage Vivienne Westwood shoes, random vintage necklace eBay, tights and skirt TK Maxx

On the Runway & Backstage

I joined the super-fabulous Sharon (@Sharon1nails), Pebbles and Zaida backstage at Nicole Farhi to see them work their magic. Nails were kept short and clean with a polished sheen to compliment the fresh, nude tones and autumnal prints used in the collection. The designer herself stopped by to get a quick manicure before the show too. You would not believe how chic this lady is, she pulled up to the show driving her drop-top vintage Porche, wearing wooden wedges and wide leg grey trousers, so elegant. Make-up was a dewy glow with sculpted cheekbones and hair a sleek half-pony tail. with a small bouffant on the crown. The details in the collection were awe inspiring, from tiny rivets to hold pleats to rectangular sequins forming a stripe down crisp white trousers.

Today also saw Margaret Howell, Marios Schwab, Matthew Williamson, Paul Smith, Mary Katrantzou and Vivienne Westwood Red Label. Trends so far are wide and varied but one thing which does seem to be constant is a softer, romantic vision for summer.

Vivienne ended her show with her poignant message ‘Climate Revolution’, wearing the dress she first reveled at the Paralympics closing ceremony. Yesterday Vivienne explain how the slogan was kept a secret and was carefully constructed and designed. The dress tied at the neck like a cape and had a 7ft train. Pockets were integrated either side so that her son and husband could place their spears into it and haul it up as a huge banner when Vivienne slipped it off, revealing her slogan to the world. The had asked Vivienne to embody the character Boudica for the ceremony, the warrior queen, that is one thing they certainly got right!

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