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.

Share your favorite LFW and personal style looks with us using the tag #StyleItBeIt we’d love to see!

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Fashion Pearls of Wisdom hearts TK Maxx for London Fashion Week

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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

Fashion Pearls of Wisdom + TK Maxx for LFW

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LFW AW13: Day 5

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Finally time to take you on a tour of the accessory exhibitions at London Fashion Week. For many of the accessory designers it can be difficult to display their designs. Even if their hats or shoes are used in a runway show the can be overlooked or hidden beneath long dresses or trousers.  The exhibitions are the best way for buyers and press to see the new collections and pick up on new trends for the next season.

My friend Mich Dulce designs beautifully intricate millinery using woven and sculpted techniques to create sleek designs with a touch of whimsey. Bows and triangles which often give the appearance of little kitten ears and a personal favourite. I snapped Anna Dello Russo wearing one of Mich’s designs last LFW. For this collection the designer introduced intricate bead work in bright colours, for a modern take on tribal. The beading delicately cascaded down from the hats to the shoulders. Here you can see me with Mich, we met through our Vivienne Westwood connections and love of extra high heels. You can also see Lawrence too flipping through the lookbook in his statement Louise Gray cardigan.

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One big trend which has been bubbling for sometime, but will hit AW13 with a bang is velvet. French Sole shoes had some gorgeous styles from paisley velvet smoking slippers to lush forest green and plum velvet ballerina’s. The ribbon tie jazz-shoes and pointed Mary-Janes indicated that the jumping 1920’s and swing 1960’s will be sticking around too.

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In the New-Gen room we were welcomed with the chance to admire Simone Rocha and Sister by Sibling designs up close, both designers have a real eye for detail.

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We were also treated to the chance to play around with gum-ball machines filled with designer pin badges and sweets, so fun!

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I’ve been harboring a deep desire for Sophia Webster, her shoes are like pieces of art and candy combined. She is one of the most creative shoe designers around and I am happy to see her wares appearing up North now too in Harvey Nichols. On a purely selfish note it is my goal to snag a pair of her shoes or one of her amazing clutch bags for myself this year.

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I have to read you a piece from the Aurora Ozma millinery ‘Backseam Bullet’ AW13 collection press release “the haute ritualistic, avant-surrealist headwear collection. Reflect upon a deathly serene scene fo meticulously magical headwear of bitter-sweet majesty. Backseam bullet reflects upon influence such as the Belle-Epoque, tattered American-tan stockings, girdles and a fascination of the fixation of repulsion…All executed with cut-throat balletic grace and hand witch-crafted precision in London, England.” You love her already right! From twisting turbans, flowing veils, boaters and berets Ozma took her ‘poisoned’ hand crafted blackberries and deliciously covered her hats with them, on naked kid leather and pools of black glitter they shine bright. A sumptuously devilish collection.

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I had a lengthy chat with Liam Fahy about the shoe industry and how shoes are displayed (more on that soon), but what struck me first were the rows upon rows of┬á perfect shiny, silver eyelets. This kind of thing pleases me immensely. My attention was then draw to the collections show piece, the flashing disco boots, covered in tiny flashing LED’s. Creating a show piece give the designer the opportunity to push boundaries and run wild with design when the retail collection has to adhere to sale and manufacturing constraints. But boy do I know so many of you who would love to have a stomp around in these!

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Emma Yeo headwear designs told us some really interesting fact about the construction of her AW13 collection ‘Innate Reaction’. Inspired by the delicate moth the fragility of the insect was translated though the designers trademark laser cut wood pieces. The designs might look fragile however they are in face very tough, having to be sanded and treated they withstand a lot. They are also very light, not at all heavy as you might expect. Each hat comes in it’s own wooden hat-box too, a detail I appreciated.

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Fashion Pearls of Wisdom + TK Maxx for LFW

Street Style: Ahhhh-nna

The ever beautiful Anna Dello Russo, from her draped dress and little hat ‘ears’, looks just as divine from any angle. Taken at London Fashion Week. Her accessories collection with H&M launches on Thursday, I’m interested to see what it is like. It’s tacky don’t get me wrong, blingy, gilded and OTT for sure but in a good way or a bad way can only be decided by seeing it in the flesh.