What I wore… Zara leather skirt, vintage blue blouse, H&M oversized pink jumper, H&M necklace, Ash wedge trainers
What I did… Huishan Zhang presentation, Jasper Conran show, lunchtime in the sunshine, Spijkers & Spijkers, visiting the exhibition, coffee at Somerset House and Issa to finish it off
Highlights of the Day… Kelly Brook and her boyf walking straight passed me, Huishan Zhang’s backless dresses and the whole of the Issa show.
What I learnt… wedge trainers are a great all day footwear choice, my H&M necklace is a huge hit and can apparently pass as designer, Cafe Nero’s iced drinks are just the ticket on a hot day, wearing pink makes me happy…
I spent my morning today making a nifty gif of my outfit and its many layers, which was rather fun. I dug out this old leather skirt and teamed it with a vintage blue silk blouse and oversized neon jumper. I added my new H&M jewelled necklace (which got a record amount of compliments!) and this navy blazer I picked up for only £10. My Ash wedge trainers and leather rucksack added a sporty touch. I didn’t end up wearing the jacket all day as it was so warm but I did see an abundance of black leather skirts and shorts at Somerset House so I guess I got something right!
After a morning of playing with outfit gifs I headed out into the sunshine and back to Somerset House to see the Huishan Zhang salon show.
A little more intimate than the main shows, these type of events are often my favourite as you can really see the clothes up close and get a chance to marvel over the designs for more than a fleeting second on the catwalk. I wasn’t familiar with the designer before this season however it came recommended from Stylist’s fashion director so I figured it was worth a look. I wasn’t disappointed either, it was a lovely range of oriental style kimono jackets and tapered trousers in gorgeous printed and embellished fabrics. This sat alongside silk dresses and some more glamourous evening attire with sophisticated cut out details to the back. It was all extremely wearable and I am totally coveting the aqua printed trousers.
From here I darted straight from the Portico Rooms and onto the BFC tent for the Jasper Conran show. I haven’t had a ticket for this show in the past and although I’m not a huge fan of the collections, I’d heard it was usually a good bit of theatre. It was extremely busy and I was crammed on edge of the stairs trying to manoevre myself into a position where I could maintain my balance and still get some good photos. The catwalk was adorned with astro turf and the scene was that of sixties flower power. The clothes themselves were a mixture of western cowgirl (denim hotpants and matching jackets) with spangly flapper (red glittery minis) and downtown newyorker (chic trouser suits). It wasn’t exactly a showstopper but over all enjoyable…
I had some free time before my next show so I took to the exhibition and got snap happy in the west wing with the likes of Felder Felder, Paper London, (who had an absolutely amazing collection – I officially want every piece) and Willow, a new designer who’s dreamy pastel shades had me cooing. I also got a chance to meet the lovely Georgia Hardinge ahead of her presentation tomorrow morning and got a little sneak peak at her new collection. If I had been in any way unsure whether I wanted to start the day so early on a Sunday, I certainly am not now and I’m definitely going to be there with bells on at 9.30am!
I took some pics in the sun at Somerset house before heading up to the Vauxhall Fashion Scout venue for a much needed pitstop and some relaxation in the gorgeous sunshine.
Next up it was Spijker and Spijker where I bumped into the lovely Danielle from Fashionista Barbie and met Sherin from Hi Fashion for the first time. I had heard good things about this show in previous seasons so wanted to make an effort to see it for myself this time. A real art deco 1920’s feast of geometric panelling and lace cut outs awaited me and it was rather delightful.
Afterwards I headed back to Somerset House to attempt the rest of the exhibition before the Issa show later on. After just seeing it on the catwalk the first stand I made it to was the ready to wear collection from Spijker & Spijker which was stunning. Cute prints, soft hues and billowy shapes.
Topshop are also offering a pop up poster shop where you can take your pick between over 10 different A2 sized poster prints from some of London’s best up and coming designers. It was tough choice between the bright graphic design from Charlotte Webster and the cute animal print from Christopher Raeburn but in the end it was a simple photo of Simone Rocha’s last collection which won me over… a great piece of photography never dates and I was drawn to its simplicity. I’m going to get it framed.
I had just enought time for a quick meander in Topshop on the Strand (which has had a complete makeover FYI and is much better) and picked up one final bikini for hols before heading back for the Issa show.
As always it was heaving with people and there was a long wait and a lot of disruption before even getting in due to too many impatient people without tickets kicking up a fuss but I made it and managed to get a good standing spot on the back row. Kelly Book and her boyf also walked straight passed me in the queue but all I have to prove it is this blurry photo (It was her I promise) I really need to have faster reflex’s. She really is incredibly pretty in real life and along with Thom Evans they do make a very good looking couple.
Theoretically I shouldnt really like Issa, its such a world away from the type of fashion I’m usually into… yet its always one of my favourite shows! Its kind of my fashion oxymoron I guess… I’m never going to be an Issa girl but I so want to be an Issa girl.
The show was fun, playful, full of print and colour and and just screamed of an exotic Thai beach, with the models all weaing flowers in their hair. It was the perfect way to end the day and had me dreaming of my own holiday outfits for next week… where the hell can I get a hold of a silk wide legged jumpsuit at this late hour?
See you all tomorrow for another fashion packed day!