Fashion Shows

New Square #BrollyFashion

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Gooood evening all, or good morning to you wherever you are! Last weekend I linked up with New Square West Bromwich once again to film their Autumn #BrollyFashion show, and it was a mighty showcase of SO many trends. The models all wore outfits from the stores at the centre including Outfit, River Island and Primark, and it was a sea of pinafores, metallics, ruffles, and more. As I was filming I was making mental notes to dash around the shops and pick up loads of items, plus I kept peeking in store doorways to the new ranges on show and bookmarking what I wanted to take a closer look at! 

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There's something about autumn that makes so much fashion sense and I'm on the hunt for a new coat, boots, backpack - basically everything! Plus the male models gave me a hug goodbye on the day so I definitely had a great time haha. Enjoy the show! 


New Season, New Square

Hey all! Last year I had a fabulous time at New Square Shopping Centre in West Bromwich, which you saw in my vlog below. It was awesome to hang out with style guru Emily-Jayne and rush around the shops in a fashion frenzy to choose an entire outfit under £150, and it was featured in the local paper; so many people at work randomly saw my face in there!

 
It was around that time that I really got my fashion mojo back and started to dive into trends again - something which I'd paired back as minimal, chic dressing had it's flash in the pan. 

And now it's all change again! There are SO MANY trends up my street this season, especially chokers, off shoulder cuts, a-line skirts, applique denim - the list goes on! Put 11th June in your diary as New Square are hosting a Pop up Fashion Show with this season's trends being modelled and plenty of prizes to share out - oh yes! I'll be stopping by with my vlogging camera to see the stylists and check out the showcase myself too.

Luckily I have a prize right now of a massive £100 gift voucher to give away to a lucky gal or guy to spend at ANY store! That's Topshop, River Island, Primark... the list goes on. Simply enter below for a chance to win before 12:00AM 11/06/16 .

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See you at the show!

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London Fashion Week AW13

It has been a week since fashion week and it was probably my most favourite yet! I went down with the fab Motel girls as always and the sun was most definitely shining, making for a really cheerful atmosphere! I love spotting the celebs and saw so many reality stars; my favourite moment being metres away from Mollie King of The Saturdays at a show! I love The Sats so I felt like a super fangirl!

I wasn't too sure what to wear so I fitted in with what the other Motel girls wore by not choosing the same, and settled on my new Serena skirt. It doesn't seem to photograph so well unless you smooth it out, but it's a really cute little bodycon skirt with an almighty, ruffled peplum! This sparked a new peplum obsession so watch this space. I wore it with a new cropped sweater that isn't out yet but there are a few items in the print online, and I think I'll wear the Jolene dress to see Girls Aloud this week! I also wore my small Zara heels, shunning the traditional mega heels. Most bloggers always wear sunglasses like Ray Bans too which might make it easier to pose! It is very hard to do that natural street style pose so I was just smiling for every photo as it was genuinely such a fun fashion week! 


TOWIB, MORE!, LONDON FASHION WEEK AND SAMPLE SELLING!

Hi everyone! I currently have very straight hair as I finally used a Groupon voucher today for a keratin treatment on my day off! I was toying between just having the afternoon off but I've been so busy recently that I really need a break!! Hopefully there will be a 2012 holiday for my friends and I!

Last Saturday I spoke at The Only Way Is Blogging on the PR panel! My job is not strictly PR as in-house marketing really differs in the way that I have to be more sales focused than brand focused, and I'm the blogger lady at Motel. If you are considering a marketing career, it's an interesting thought to really home in your applications as, if you like figures, analytics and strategy then I'd look towards marketing but if you're more brand value/image/ethics related then I'd look towards PR.

I had no idea what to expect and was really worried I'd say something silly but answering all the questions was really fun! I hope people don't feel blogging is scary as really your blog is yours so you should do whatever you fancy! My favourite blogs are about people, not retail/products/brands/sponsors, but that's just what's on my reader. I love reading new blogs and the more down to earth and personal, the better in my eyes!

I was in London again for Social Media Week, which had mostly free talks and seminars held by Google, Nokia, and all sorts of companies in the industry. Students were welcome too so if you're career savvy right now, you should look out for events like these! I ideally would have gone to many but as I live in Bristol, I could only really pop over for one day. I met loads of people and put forward lots of comments which is something I would never have done in lectures in the past. As I'm with Motel for longer, I'm really growing in confidence with representing myself and feeling the fear but doing it anyway! Talking in front of 100 or so bloggers at TOWIB was nothing but rewarding!

I was on Twitter on the train that morning and spotted a tweet about the more! Media Network event from Lauren of The Cosmetics Kitten who had a spare ticket. The event sold out really quickly and Lauren kindly gave it me so I attended that in the evening, thank you Lauren!! About 30 girls (funny how there were no boys) 'speed dated' every member of the more! magazine team, from the editor to the intern, chatting for two minutes about absolutely anything, although of course a lot was career related. It was great to meet other people within the fashion industry and they seemed like the tightest knit team! I asked about how they all balanced their creative inputs and it seems they all know the more! voice so it flows perfectly. There were also jobs in sectors you wouldn't necessarily know of that are worth exploring such as advertising and sales, which I know there are lots of graduate jobs for in publishing. From chatting to the girls around me it seemed everyone thought the event was so valuable and we all got a really fantastic goody bag too. No random perfume samples here! The nu: notebook was a lovely touch as the event was aimed towards journalism.

 

Then there was fashion week! Oh wait no, first there was the Motel Sample Sale! Often as Motel is such a small team, we all chip into adhoc events and I helped at the sample sale in our London showroom on the Thursday. If you're thinking 'What sample sale?!?! Why wasn't I there!' then you are not following Motel on Facebook or Twitter, which are both run by me! I am the one sitting there writing all the blurb and running the competitions and Fiver Friday. Yes, on a Friday we make a few items only £5! They typically sell out in about 15 minutes so keep your eyes peeled.

Ok enough about Facebook, but the sample sale had hundreds of things from £3, including things online right now for £50+, so it's totally worth the visit next time! If you're wondering what a sample sale exactly is, although you may know this, a few months before each collection launches (we have eight a year at Motel) we get to see the first 'draft' of every item (usually around 50). Then the buyers choose what's in, what's out, what needs to be changed, or what needs to be added in a different print/colour (usually prints at Motel!) and then they go into full production. We then have time to plan how we are going to show them to Motel fans! As samples aren't always the final finished garment, we cannot sell them along with all the stock, so we hold a sample sale! That's why there are unique, exclusive items that never went into production. 

I don't mind mucking in and was flyering on Oxford Street at one point and basically saw everyone I've ever met in my whole life!!! How embarrassing haha! Some dude even offered me a job flyering for his club and I was like 'I have a job!!' Still, the next day chic points had to be high as we hit fashion week! I had lots of help from my babelicious interns and a few of Motel's student ambassadors, who flaunted Motel like a dream team all across Somerset House! These lovely girlies have blogs too so from left to right is Laura, Melita, Sarah and Katie, and shout out to unpictured Taz who had ah-mazing American flag Litas!

We went to a few shows (Felder Felder above - yay for earthy rust colours, they definitely suit my hair!!) and had lots of celeb spots, the best being Pixie Lott who said she loved Motel! I was a total lurker and asked for a picture too, mostly to show my brother who has one of her more leggy snaps as his iPod background. She is gorge!

And this is what I wore, photographed by Motel's photographer and web team-er Lora and above student ambassador Melita! The dress is Motel but it's er, not actually online yet! The print is of a clouded poppy field with a scuba neckline, so cool, with the Freya Fur Coat (<< that's Motel's outlet shop). I also wore my Miu Miu tea cup shoes of course! I was going to go for creepers but when else am I going to wear these shoes?!

 


The Show: Redefinition, Bullring

Last weekend I was in Birmingham for the Bullring fashion show! A collection of events across the city made up Style Birmingham and Bullring hosted The Show: Redefinition to showcase the high street AW11 collections. I'd just been the The Look Show the weekend before so I was already geared up for the new season, but The Show managed to feature a load more trends and items I want to invest in!

 

I went to the show last season and this year had a huge black catwalk with a backdrop projection so each model looked like they were posing as a magazine cover before strutting out. I loved the long, waved hair as I'm all about hairstyles at the moment, and I'm seriously considering some knee high boots. Not to wear in a '60s costume way but looking hot and sturdy with pencil skirts and capes. The boots above are from New Look and I  just bought some ankle boots from there today; love their shoes. I also loved the softly waved hair, something you could try with ghd straighteners.

Here are a few of my favourite trends: one being piled on knitwear, especially pom poms! I'm going to get some cute gloves and a loooong scarf soon to wear with a knitted headband and wool cape! I got some knee high wool socks today with big bows on from New Look again so I'm looking forward to some chilly weather (currently sweltering in the heatwave here!). I also love the idea of a chic suit, or at least a sharply cut blazer and slim trousers, but I know the quest for the perfect fit of both of those items would be a very long one. I'm also hunting a bright pencil skirt to wear with a fur scarf or coat and a bright blouse, but the ones I've tried on didn't quite fit perfectly. Topshop have some for only £25 in amazing colours but the fabrics were a bit too cheap. I also love all the white blazers around! Fritha and I were discussing them at the Look show so I can't wait to see how she wears hers.

The collection Feathers and Fur was my favourite as I am obsessed with finding the perfect fur coat. I own loads that I've bought in sales or on eBay but none are exactly what I'm looking for. The furs above are from Zara, Lipsy and River Island so the next time I go shopping, I'll look in allll shops to spot something great.

It's been fashion show crazy recently! I can't wait to start off autumn and I'll make a post with my shopping list soon. Here's a little snap of the male models at the show too haha, the girls next to me did not stop swooning! Thank you Bullring!


The Look Show Westfield Stratford 2011!

Afternoon all! I started writing this from my Birmingham home town as I was up here for yet another fashion show on the weekend! But last weekend I was the luckiest girl alive as Look Magazine blogging competition winner Fritha of The Fish Tank invited me as her plus one to The Look Show at the new Westfield! I haven't been to any Westfields before so I was extatic to be attending the show and seeing the brand new shopping mall.

I headed to London on Saturday morning and was not prepared for the HEAVING shopping centre; it look me about half an hour to get from the tube and across the mall to meet Fritha! I'd love to go back there on maybe a Tuesday morning as it is an absolute shopping heaven. Every shop is a brand spanking new flagship store with things like Twitter mirrors and staff iPads! I met Fritha at the Look Lounge which was a pop up shop with handy computers, and we went off to leave our things at the hotel! Yes as part of Fritha's prize, we had a hotel stay at the Premiere Inn inside Westfield; it was lush! Westfield was still manic though so we stopped off for a sandwich, had to convince a security guy that we did actually have show seats, and then hit the catwalk!

 

We had the most amazing seats on the front row! I'm not sure how it was a few rows back but being so close to actually see the makeup and the details made a huge difference and it was just like shopping - it was so inspiring! I have tried to best share my favourite looks with you which has resulted in a huuuge AW11 shopping list for me but sorry if the photos are a mish mash, I don't have the best camera! They seem to get better as they go along but I'll link to the proper Look catwalk show image for each outfit too, where you can buy the items featured and see them a bit better...

So the first exciting thing that I found out the day before the show was that Sarah Harding of Girls Aloud was walking in it! Fritha and I were oohing and ahhing as Sarah strutted out looking super tall and fierceee. Her walk matched all the other models and she was wearing a gorgeous dress - for the latest Occasion Dresses visit Kaleidoscope!

Each shop featured in the show had a section and some we had to guess if we didn't notice the teaser video on the catwalk screen. My first lusting was after this boxy Warehouse coat as it's so not my style but it just looks great with ankle boots and bare legs. I find Urban Outfitters hideously over priced and not great quality but I love the chunky scarf with this red shirt and midi skirt. Also love the fluffy scarf, and the one over the dress from Dorothy Perkins.

The entire show made me absolutely crave brights as the colours looked so fresh! Love this bright red coat from Oasis even though again it's not my style, but the cute orange skirt is! I'm after a really cute little shift skirt this season. Also all the long tops under dresses caught my eye as a great way to wear dresses in autumn, but thinking about it, I don't have many dresses now! I'm planning on sorting out my wardrobe tomorrow to unearth some forgotten treasures hopefully. I had a delve through my wardrobe this weekend and spotted a faux fur gillet, which was worn over a leather dress at Mango.

Now we're onto the fun things! Holey moley just look at these brights! The acid yellow colour with the pink was from New Look, which is definitely a random pairing to have in your wardrobe, but somehow it works! Again I love the cute shirts worn under dresses, and definitely want a bright blouse like this yellow Forever 21 one. Top of my shopping list is a shirt like this one from Next to pair with cute skirts and ankle boots - I must have a shirt somewhere in my wardrobe! I really want to pair one with a cute black bow, my hair bow cravings are returning guys...!!!

There were a couple of absolute stand out looks for me at the show, the first being this Forever 21 wonder outfit of a colour pop blouse, furry sweater (which Fritha and I both bought a version of!), faux leather skirt and nude mary janes. I want all of these things in my wardrobe right now!!

Also half way through the show I saw Alesha Dixon was in the front row opposite! I'm not an Alesha fan but I am a celebrity spot fan! Lolll at the lady filming with her iPad, that just looked weird! 

As the show went on, my lust factor hit the roof! I could imagine wearing this abstract pencil skirt from Monsoon to work with maybe a cropped jumper. I really do need some autumn colours in my wardrobe like the coral and mustard look here from H&M because it's full of pink and nude summery things! I'm lusting after anything in this mauve blue and green, they're lovely together! Also we were discussing our dislike for polo necks but I can feel a few more midi skirt investments coming along for autumn after my summer maxi dress craze!

Dionne Bromfield stole the show with her singing performance in the middle of the show; she was wearing such high heels and singing!

This H&M swing coat looked amazing on the catwalk and I actually own that floppy hat! It was interesting to see the Limited M&S collection as they're trying that big push towards younger people- this bodycon dress is definitely hot stuff. I love this turquoise skirt too from Miss Selfridge, one of my favourite shops!

Funny how my second favourite look of all is also made up of a leather skirt and colourful top! Love the clashing heels too from Miss Selfridge. Wearing clashing clothes/pattern mixing is something I'm trying to master at the moment! Also try womens clothes by ellos.

Finally, I also loved this zesty Miss Selfridge skirt paired with a textured lace crop top, and the navy skirt paired with pink. Now that my hair is darker and redder, I LOVE blue! The bright pink cardigan over the blinged up dress looked amazing (and we have a sparkly sequin dress coming into Motel for Christmas that has my name alllll over it!). I haven't worn trousers for months but this M&S look with the hat has made me think I should look into trousers again.

 

Here's a little snap of Fritha and I, although she has much better versions on her blog! Isn't she hot stuff! We met up with Lily of LLYMLRS and Gem of Gem Fatale who said they were looking out for red hair haha! Finally meeting Gem was like seeing a friend I haven't seen for ages, even though we've never met, she's so sweet! We HAVE to meet again! Fritha and I were also joined by Emma of Milkteef and Hannah of Away with the Fairies for some cheeky cocktails! Then later all the Look winners and their plus ones had dinner at Bumpkin in Westfield and we all happened to order the £40 bottles of wine hehehe! Here's a video of my outfit and some show clips!

So a huuuuge thank you to Fritha for inviting me to the show and congratulations to the other winners, it was so, so lovely to meet you Sarah, Sarah, Jade and Cassie!


a tribe of women with no men

Guys I got to 10,000 comments!!!! Thank you so much for reading and contributing to my blog, it really turns it from being just me, face to face with my computer screen, to learning about and hearing from all you eloquent, thoughtful people. If there's anything you especially like to see here, do tell and I'll make sure I won't skip past those ideas. Everything on here is a topic I would have considered even if I didn't blog and I'm not sure what is most valued so any feedback on why you return to this page is very useful. I've started emailing back some comments containing questions or interesting points as on YouTube you can reply back and have a conversation with commenters, but not so much on blogs. Someone commented some time ago asking if I'd thought about Autumn clothes and I'm going through all the FW10 runway shows right now after combing the September issues, and while I'm on holiday I'll schedule some posts outlining what trends I'll be buying into. After my wardrobe clearout, I even found some things that will be great for Autumn so I'll share those too!

Right now I'm up to 'J' in the shows on style.com and this John Galliano video is SO CUTE, you have to watch it!!!!! The rest of the video is insanely dramatic but I'm a huge model fan and Coco Rocha and Chanel Iman at the beginning is the BEST MODEL CLIP EVER!!! No joke, please watch the first 20 seconds and you'll see! It was so unexpected :) (click through if you can't see this on google reader!)

Also how funny that it was Winnie of Diamond Canopy who got the 10,000th comment! She is too fab! xx


Miu Miu streaming

Check out the live Miu Miu streaming at 6pm (GMT)  live on AnOther. I'm excited! I honestly haven't watched any show live streaming this month as the timings have always been wrong for me, but I'm just finishing a report after a focused morning and will be tuning in at 7pm (Sweden time!). In some ways it would be best if the show was horrifying and revolting and I could do with a few more shows being like that please! I'm currently plotting the acquisition of some Miu Miu ss10shoes so don't need any other distractions. Not an acquisition destined for completion ANY time soon... I'm a bit hesitant as it feels like all designer gear ends up in a sale in the end, be it online or at a sample sale or an outlet. But I feel like I would actually fork out over £300 for the beauties if the opportunity arose, I haven't found them online yet so haven't had the nail biting moment where your mouse hovers over the 'add to basket' icon. Not that I have £300 to throw at shoes I won't wear for a year, Sweden is bleeding me dry! It's my 21st in August so both parents and grand parents and birthday money might meet the dream! But then you must think of the multiple things you could buy for £300, such as a whole new autumn wardrobe. What to choose? I'm a big fan of collecting items and these would remain in your wardrobe forever, but I'd only wear them on VERY special occasions. Still, you don't buy them to wear, just to own. A little green envy over Alexa Chung who has hers sitting pretty in her closet. Could you ever forget this collection or these shoes? Also props to the 15 year old Lindsay Wixon modeling the SS10 campaign above who insisted on covering herself under a sheer blouse, go girl power! Oops I was on a role, back to the report!

p.s. This picture is from the blog Oh Elle which I just found, it's a goodie!


London Fashion Week- Day One and Only! Final Part Three...

Hi guys, I'm back in Sweden! The next time I go home I'll be all packed up and leaving for good! That will be my thirteenth flight?! Ah I'm a bit superstitions about that now and also quite guilty of my carbon footprint! I got back to a broken sink and anonymous tightie whities in the shower so it isn't looking up!

I must wrap up London as I have to get onto the other fashion weeks and then go back to September to see what we want to wear this season, so confusing! I warn you, this is loooong, maybe one for weekend reading! I left off when Aminaka Wilmont had just finished, one half of the design duo an alumni of my Uni in Borås! I was walking out in the slow but pushy crowd and ended up standing next to the lady I'd spoke to outside with the cool hat. I feel a bit stupid actually talking about fashion shows because I only ever read or write about them, so when it comes to a discussion it feels quite strange and clique to point out the direction or pick out details. Just showing that fashion people are very nice and it helps to be friendly back, the lady, whose name was Hazel I believe, said she had a show clash later in the day with Bora Aksu and offered me a ticket to an On|Off show! How kind! More on that later. By now it was nearing 2pm as the show had started late, and I walked out onto the fashion packed street towards Freemasons' Hall. As I was crossing the street, I noticed the girl next to me and she recognised me from here! I knew I recognised the swish of long, dark hair and behind super cool Alex Wang style glasses was Natalie of Canned Fashion. I knew her too despite just starting to read the newish blog (among the other daily 300) as it's really great! You know some blog that are just the kind you like to read and reinforce that there's always fresh inspiration out there; check out her amazing collection of colourful coats and even a hair scrunchie or two, woah! We had a quick chat and she introduced me to her gorgeous friend Georgia who I think is a model but I had to dash off, argh what a shame! Next time I'm reserving ten hours of free time!

This might have been time to change into flats but as you're walking through fashion week, that's when you need to wear your heels! If I was seated at shows it would have been OK but standing for hours on end was taking it's toll. I could feel my knees wobbling as I navigated the uneven London pavements, but Freemasons' Hall was quite close thanks to Natalie and Georgia's helpful directions- right at Starbucks FYI! It's quite a shame that I can recall information like that from two weeks ago but nothing of the lecture I had earlier!

There was already a big crowd outside, expanding then crushing up as lorries tried to squeeze down the narrow side street. I waited for about fifteen minutes before edging close enough to see people with invites were allowed to push inside. Luckily I had one, although they spelt my name wrong!

If you're an X Factor viewer then hiii, I totally watched even from Sweden. But to the point, remember when Cheryl wore that black dress with the two huge embellished circular curves protruding at the front? Beyonce wore one too at the MTV awards where she fabulously said 'I just want to thank Jay... for putting a ring on it' upon winning an award for single ladies. Well that's David Koma! Refresh your memory here. Celebrities wearing designs made it much more prominent in my mind than if I'd previously just looked at catwalk images, as they bring the clothes from art to reality, and Cheryl and Beyonce are both curvaceous women so his designs are very cool and also clever. A Central St Martins graduate too, David Koma had a lot of people at his show, and by my eavesdropping they seemed important! I was so thankful to be let straight into the show but then you were faced with just another wait in a hall. I have no idea what happened to people through all the rain later in the fashion week, were they let in earlier? My feet were really, reeeally starting to ache now. The pressure on my knees was painful too and the shoes are really high so it's hard to balance your weight. I'd just been pavement stomping and now standing still with a heavy bag on my arm made the pain jump up a level to 'uncomfortable with hints of tiny daggers.'

As exciting as the first time, I spotted Susie Bubble in front through the crowd! She was in a group so I couldn't really barge through the queue and throw myself into the circle but it was very cool. The ladies next to me were jabbing away at Blackberries and one mentioned Avril Mair, who is a fashion editor at Elle, so maybe they were Elle members too! Would you be excited too? I know it wouldn't really wow people if I said I stood next to some of the Elle team but these are the women sending out a magazine to thousands and thousands of people and forming fashion culture, so quite important really!

About an hour passed and I was starting to wonder whether being at fashion week for about four hours was worth it for only ten minutes of relevant show time. It's not a lot when you add it up! Was it worth getting the very first glimpse of the show when it will be online so soon afterwards, and in some cases broadcast live online anyway! I never thought this in Copenhagen as the whole experience of the lavish shows and settings felt like it could never be experienced fully otherwise. But the shows I saw in London had paired down sets and were much smaller. Maybe my purpose would have been better if I could have got some good photos or better footage to offer you. As I was standing, I didn't have any information about the show and couldn't take clear pictures or see the shoes or details. This isn't a complaint as I know the show is hardly dependent on whether little me gets a decent photo of a shoe, but I had to have a bit of a think on how I would document the shows. As you can see I decided on retelling the whole experience at great, long-winded lengths!

I wasn't quite at the front of the crowd when the queue fiiinally got moving, but I walked around the catwalk again to stand at the front corner. This way you can see the models right away so have more time to digest the outfit, so you don't miss a great look. I also like to see the models wait at the sides of the catwalk before they walk out and see their faces, but mostly they came straight out from the back. I put my bag on the floor in front of me and saw that directly opposite on the front row facing me was Susie Bubble! After a seconds doubt I thought yes, this is my chance to meet Susie, and I went to walk around the benches to the right, but just as I said excuse me to get past one of the organisers, another lady beat me to it! She sat next to Susie who had previously sat alone, the perfect meeting time, and Susie put her hands to her face in a cute little gasp, so I guessed the lady was quite important! Therefore I refrained from barging in and vowed to wait until the show finished.

Again the lights went down, the music jumped to a start, and the first model stepped out. Everyone sits up to attention and cranes their necks, it's so cool! You know when you're in a cinema sometimes and you get distracted by the people around you for a minute and totally loose the film because you realise you're in a massive dark room with everyone staring at the same thing, totally absorbed? Well a fashion show is just the same, and as my view wasn't great and I didn't have my glasses or um, binoculars (must put on the list for next time haha), I couldn't really get much from the clothes until seeing the online pictures. It also felt very surreal to be at an actual show with everyone having a look on their face like they're really considering and pondering each look. It's quite funny! I got distracted a lot by looking at the crowd reaction.

A bit stalkerish (again, I apologise!!), but you can see Susie in the photo above! As for the collection, it was all teeth. Thick, muggy nudes cut into sharp zigzags on moulded or bandage dresses came out, with now signature boulder curves at the hips. I'm hankering after a dress with boulder hips now as I've never seen anything structural enough on the high-street. I couldn't put my finger on it but I felt like I'd seen the collection before. Funnily enough when I was in Starbucks a bit later I heard two ladies talking about the show and comparing it directly to another designer, but I don't remember who; any ideas? Even so, creating dresses like this that are protective enough to hide flesh but still enhance curves, and grab the eye but with safe colours, are bound to be picked up by lots of women. 

At the end of the show, which went by in an absolute blur, I made a dash for the front row but Susie was heading backstage, nooo! Ah well, maybe next year! We will meet one day I'm sure. For now, I had other priorities, mostly being my legs which were bidding a sad farewell to my feet. We had reached the 'crippled yet heated' phase, where the burn of pain was reaching all areas. I marched outside and past the main entrance of Freemason's Hall where another show was about to start, and a guy stopped me to ask if he could take a snap of my shoes. Why not! These shoes are my proudest moment. I asked what the photo was for and he said he was a blogger. As I said before, this happened a couple of times, how people would ask you about blogs or say they blogged and you'd be like 'oh, I'm actually a blogger!' But I kind of feel like an OAP of the blogging world and look upon all the new kids like young whipper snappers. It made me realise again how I let this blog sail along on it's merry little journey of fate, whereas this blogger had business cards and everything. Here's me three years down the line and I'm barely scraping the corner of fashion week. I have no time for blog promotion, I only just have time to blog! Hehe I stole the snap, check out the original source and blog The Very Simon G for the post. And shout out to a commenter who spotted the snap too!

Just as I went off, I met another blogger!! Cat (or maybe spelled Kat!) of hippyhippychic! I knew her blog from the name but visiting later I'd definitely checked it before. And I'm happy to say it is almost as cute as the owner! I don't want to be patronising but Cat was the youngest person I saw and was so fun to talk to, when I'm writing my posts I always imagine teen girls reading them, I don't know why! We should have got a photo really, bad bloggers! I was acting a bit loony all over fashion week as a) I was super happy and flattered when someone recognised me and I could actually talk to someone after hours of stony silence, and b) the shoe pain was going to my brain! I hobbled off and bought the biggest hot chocolate in Starbucks, where I spotted Saga, the photographer of the blog Never Ending Story and friend of Gala Gonzalez. I do people-watch but only from afar so I didn't check everyone out in Starbucks before or I might have said hello! I only saw her from behind my gigantic mug as she walked out, and even then I was perched on the corner of someone else's table because the little shop was full, and mostly with fashion people! I knew I couldn't take my shoes off because putting them on again would be hell and I was feeling the burn even sitting down, so I started putting a little cocoa butter down the sides to possibly ease the feeling, but that just made me more conscious of every. painful. step. Ah I forgot the best thing! My Mom had made me some egg mayo sandwiches and wrapped them in foil, so all day I was strutting round with a packed lunch from my Mom, haha how uncool! I was wanting to whip them out but it wasn't the time or place, so I got to my feet (ouch) and went off back to Victoria House to crash the free ticket show. Then it  struck me: Boots (the drugstore)! Oh how I love thee.

Indeed! I grabbed some heel cushions and a lady let me sit on a stool behind the counter to put then in, yay! But HORROR of HORRORS struck. My shoes broke again!!! Nooooo! As I lifted my foot up one of the curls knocked against the stool and it snapped. As if they sell £350 shoes with plastic curls? Couldn't they just be metal! Thankfully if they were to snap at any point in the day, I'm glad it was then as I've kept the little piece; it's the smaller curl at the bottom so I'll glue it back on, and even though there'll be a split, hopefully from head height you won't be able to notice! But still, aaargh!!

As I walked out the shop I said I silent thank you to the heavens as the relief was immense! Finally I could walk again! Sure it was still like walking on spiked stilts but it was ten million times better. Everyone else was walking in killer heels so I'd love to see their pain! But really, those are the people who have the cars driving them to each show! I went back to Victoria House and had to walk through the OnOff exhibitions to get to the show. All the designs seemed to blend into one now as they're all structural, moulded, ruffled, and textured. Like was the demise of Luella really a sign that no one wants bows and froufrou anymore? Well I do! And Luella was the example of how you can be girly and fashion forward. We need a new example pronto! Or someone please back Luella!

I technically crashed this show as the invite wasn't mine, but I think if it had gone differently this might have been my favourite show! That was if I hadn't died a shoe related death! The basements of Victoria House was all white washed walls and different turn-offs, so the queue for the Ashley Isham show was just around a corner in a long, white hall with a low ceiling. I joined the third queue for standing tickets against one wall and was about twenty minutes early. BIG mistake! Fifteen minutes went by and my feet were about to fall off. The mixture of them being so high meaning all your pressure is on small parts, and then my knees and legs were so tired too. Half an hour went by and I couldn't find a position to stand that helped my swollen feet. You're probably thinking OK it is a bit stupid to wear high heels and not expect pain, but I did wear them to a Girls Aloud concert and an after club and they were fine! It's because of all the standing, literally hours and hours of standing still and then walking and then standing for another hour and a half and then walking again. Also I didn't want to be a baby and just thought five more minutes and they'll let us in... OK ten more minutes... this show was the worst though! After forty five minutes the queues were so long and thick that it was basically a crowd. This was annoying to the people like me who'd queued orderly and quietly for ages, and people kept pushing through and soon the queues had no meaning. The organisers kept coming back and forth and letting one person round the corner and placing some people in certain queues and soon people were just pushing themselves beside you. After an hour they were letting in a few people but our 'queue' wasn't going anywhere. I didn't even care that much when Jodie Harsh pushed past, although I wouldn't mind some of that pink hair.

The people all around were getting a bit annoyed and there was a couple infront with total PDA issues haha! But then the girl behind me said something and we got chatting. If that hadn't happened I might have left, the show was never going to start!! She was really nice and a Chelsea graduate so we talked about school and other shows, and she was quite interested in blogging. She had great shoes too! I guess it's really hard to get into blogging nowadays but think of all the great blogs that have sprung up recently; as long as you have the passion it will be easy!! Finally, fiiiiiiiinally they started letting people into the shows and it seems there was no queuing system anymore, it was just file people in as orderly and quickly as possible. We literally walked in and stood where we were about a metre in. By this point it was not comfortable show viewing. Yet the show was amazing, from the music to the backdrop to the models, all were something flamboyant and energetic and fun; it wasn't trying hard to be new or cool, it just was!

In these photos I'm holding my camera up high as I was a few rows deep standing, so you had to crane your neck to see anything. Each look was so different that I couldn't follow the show as I had such a bad view.

Sophie Anderson on the front row...

At one point a ripple went through the crowd as a model seemed to loose her footing or her shoes. She was on her way back down the runway and the last girl, so all eyes were on her as she slowed right down and was taking one baby step at a time, as though dragging along a shoe. I couldn't see the malfunction but everyone was willing her down the runway and on the final walk, the designer came out arm in arm with the model and gave her a big hug and cheer!

I said goodbye to the girl I'd met, she was really fab, and finally had chance to change my shoes! I just sat on one of the benches as people were leaving and whipped them off. So good!!!! I still had to tread very slowly and softly at first but it was soooo nice!! By now it was about 6pm and getting dark outside. I was heading to my friend's later and wasn't sure if I'd be back or make it the next day, so I had a break in a coffee shop and ate my egg sandwiches (hahaha) and bought some more plasters from Boots. These were the real deal as I actually put my shoes on again!!! I'm not really crazy or a masochist, just once I used up ten plasters so basically covered my whole foot and had a break, they hurt so much anyway that I could barely feel them anymore! And I was only at fashion week once so I had to wear the shoes in Somerset House.


The area was very quiet now with only a few people still milling around. I actually went back to the press desk because earlier they'd given me a bag but not a pass. Finally I got one with my name on it, so cool! I wore it with pride! I was scanned into an exhibition, which all in all was a bit strange. It's hard to browse designers you have no affiliation with, but I think late in the day is the best time to go as you can talk to the team at each display. It's a very valuable experience for a Textile student like me, but I wasn't out to network!

The first rooms I went in were mainly accessories. This back room with the bags below was totally empty and as I walked in about five people were like 'hiii!'. I guess they don't know who you are at first and are really keen to showcase their brand, so everyone was very friendly, and it was like in a boutique where they leave you to browse for a moment and when you look interested they start selling. I was just browsing and none of it was really my style, but lots of people started talking and telling me about their collections. One lady at the Stephen Jones display was like 'Flying Saucer????? What's that then?' in the way adults talk to children loudly, because it was on my press pass. I wonder what would have happened if I'd got to wear it all day. One man started talking to me (starting with a compliment, most of them do!) and telling me enthusiastically about his stand and making comments about fashion week, and then when I was replying his eyes just glazed over and he wasn't even listening. Sales are a strange thing!

It was really getting late now but I wanted to squeeze the last drops out, so I asked a steward where she recommended and she said to go downstairs in the lift to the designer exhibition. And it turns out this was where all the Scandinavian designers were!!! I was in my element! I wandered round hearing titbits from the designers, and it was a really calm, cool environment because the day was winding down and it was pretty empty. The designers must have been knackered after selling all day!

I met part of the Kron Kron design team, a super cool Icelandic guy. Style Bubble has featured this brand quite a lot if you remember?

Cool Opening Ceremony boots.

I was wandering along and I spotted the Minimarket display!!! I was so excited, I told the girls there that I'd saw the show in Copenhagen the week before and it really blew me away, it was incredible! Sadly the shoes weren't arriving until the next day, worse luck!!! But they had the thigh high yellow suede boots, remember them from my show coverage by any chance? I also had a looong sit down and fab chat with the Wackerhaus people, a show I couldn't fit into my Copenhagen Fashion Week. I wish I could have gone back and really investigated each brand, every one had so much to offer and deserved a lot more time. Sadly it was 7pm and announcements were ringing out saying LFW was closing.

And that was the end of my fashion week! Oh no wait! As I walked out of the exhibitions and was walking around the big tent in the middle of the Somerset House courtyard, I saw Hilary Alexander and friend being directed to the toilets. Claim to fame!! Maybe I should have followed her in... yeah maybe not the best idea!

If you're wondering, yes I was still walking around in my shoes! It was the last leg and I love them so much and never get chance to wear them, so I just battled it out. I nearly fell down all the stairs because my legs physically couldn't bear the strain anymore but I'm a tough cookie. And that night I went out in different heels! Do you watch the amazing programme Snog, Marry, Avoid? My friend's housemate's friend was on the show and we went out with her, she was amazing!! Her friend was there too and they are both strippers so it was a wild and crazy night, and quite an eye opener. I don't condone it but they were absolutely loaded and partied away while their LV and YSL clutches were left on the label across the club!