London Fashion Week Final Day Highights

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We’re gutted that London Fashion Week is over for another season; SS15 was a pretty strong showing with the likes of Burberry, House of Holland and Mary Katrantzou all presenting stunning collections.

As the fash pack head to Milan for another week of spectacular shows, here’s our take on the final day of the catwalk offering here in London.

Anya Hindmarch: Last season she gave us bags emblazoned with Tony the Tiger and DAZ washing powder logos, which became cult classics for AW14, so what would be in store for us this season? Well another fun ride in effect! Quite literally as it turned out; models sat in giant neon teacups pushed along by skeletons, whilst others strutted down the runway complete with a trail of helium balloons. The overwhelming message was FUN, with a nice nod of back to school as the collection came complete with customisable stickers. Our fave? The ‘Bags Have Feelings Too’ sticker was super cute!

Who made the FROW?  Susie Bubble, Poppy Delevingne and er,  Richard E Grant!

Ashish: Sequins, sequins and er, more sequins! We’ve come to expect this signature from Ashish and once again he did not disappoint for SS15. Rainbow hues were used throughout, whether that was on ripped baggy jeans, on a cute checkerboard mini dress or a good old fashion snakeskin co-ord. Fabulous fun as usual, with the disco vibe being firmly set by Ashish for Spring.

Who made the FROW? Ella Eyre and Rapper Eve.

H by Hakaan Yildirim: Founded in 2011, with a name change and new aesthetic to boast this season, H by Hakaan Yildirim gave us a collection focusing on the relationship with humans and nature. Giant bee motifs adorned jumpers, stunning hexagonal pleated pieces and sheer panelled dresses stormed the runway; it was a departure from previous collections with this season promoting a ‘less is more’ approach.

Who made the FROW? Olivia Cox and Tanya Burr

LFW Countdown: Shows We Can’t Wait To See!

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The LFW Countdown Has Begun! All Photo Credits: Catwalking.com via LondonFashionWeek.com

The countdown is officially on! And no, we don’t just mean to our AMAZING #shopcadelfw pop-up event and party, we mean to actual London Fashion Week!

New York Fashion Week is drawing to a close after an amazing few days of shows, with stand outs from Alexander Wang, Tommy Hilfiger (hello Kendall Jenner!) and J. Crew.

We’ve followed it closely, from all the top shows to the hottest street styles hitting the tent; we even caught Rihanna heading into Alexander Wang on Saturday!

So as the spotlight shifts to London, here’s our pick of the shows we just can’t wait to see this season!

 

1. House of Holland

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Photo Credit: Catwalking.com via LondonFashionWeek.com

Who? The King of Slogans

Why? The celeb packed FROW for one reason! Expect to see the Primrose Hill set out in full force, plus the two Lily’s (Allen and Collins) have been papped in rarely anything else for the past few months, so they are pretty much a shoo in for this season. Henry Holland’s AW14 collection was my favourite to date; an amazing collection of vibrant jewel colours, bold solgans and plenty of sequins to liven up the dull winter. Can he top this for SS15? Oh I’m sure he’ll give it his best!

Where? Saturday 13th September, 6.30pm

 

2. Topshop Unique

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Photo Credit: Catwalking.com via LondonFashionWeek.com

Who? Er, the most popular high street chain has a high end line… AS IF you didn’t know!

Why? Well if the ‘who’ section of this little preview doesn’t convince you, then last season’s wondrous oversized furs, stunning tailoring and downright gorgeous sixties mini dresses sure will! Topshop pretty much have the teen to early twenties market sewn up and this is just another string to their ever expanding bow. Always a celeb magnet, the FROW is bound to be bursting and we have a sneaky feeling a certain Kendall Jenner may well be walking this season too. Watch this space.

Where? Sunday 14th September, 3pm

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Sneak Peek: SS14 Fashion Trends

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Photo Credits: Kinky Curly Fashionista | Andoni & Arantxa | Acne

Psst. Want to know a secret? We know what everyone is going to be wearing next season and what’s more, we’re going to let you in on it. Welcome to the Shopcade Style Insiders guide to SS14…

blog.image-ss14.1-101213-ukCool As Candy: Pastels made a surprise appearance this autumn (sold out M&S pink coat anyone?!) so if you have invested this season, nicely done, as this will carry you into spring in style! The hot new colours to invest in are cool mint, baby blue and mellow yellow. Burberry Prorsum owned this look on the runway- alongside their hot monochrome and spots came pastel perfection teamed with delicate lace. LOVE.

 

blog.image-ss14.3-101213-ukCheck On It: Miranda Priestly once said ‘Florals in spring… ground breaking’ so maybe the designers took note and decided to give us a new print to rock for SS14. Checks edged ahead in the style stakes in all four cities, banishing florals into second place. House of Holland’s checkerboard of hot pink, white and blue was fun, yet wearable (think small checked trousers, full skirts and checked shirts) whilst Balmain and Sister By Sibling also deserve a mention for their dropped hem and dolly mixture shift dresses respectively.

blog.image-ss14.2-101213-ukDenim Delight: Banish all thoughts of ill-fitting jeans and dodgy patchwork, because denim just went luxe. Bleached, dark, light, you name it the designers showed it! Ashish gave us frayed, relaxed and slouchy denim on his runway, whilst Holly Fulton’s cut out denim t-shirt is going straight on our lust list. Fitted light denim from Christopher Kane’s resort collection was a winner, whilst Chloe’s denim smock dress will look fab teamed with chunky sandals and oversized sunglasses come summer.

 

These are our top picks, but what are yours? Share with us your 2014 trend predictions below!

Images from Balmain | Instagram & Burberry Prorsum | Instagram

Christmas Blogger Special: Amy Valentine shares her style inspiration with Shopcade

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Beauty and style blogger Amy Valentine chats about her love of Pokémon, her top nail tips and why she thinks Britain’s fashion darling Ashish would be a good Christmas tree designer! Welcome to her pink world of fun…

Welcome to our Christmas special! Tell us what’s in your Shopcade wish list?

Lots of sparkles and cosy layers for winter!

What has been the best present you have received? And the one you would rather forget about?

I think the best present I’ve ever received is my Nikon D3200. It’s the camera I use for all my blog stuff and I use it nearly every day! I can’t exactly remember the worst present I’ve received, but it’s the thought that counts!

Do you have an ‘it’ fashion item that you are planning to wear for this year’s holidays?

I do indeed, it has got to be my new Vivienne Westwood handbag I got for my birthday – I love it so much I’ll be using it constantly!

Dolce & Gabbana were the designers behind the famous Claridge’s Christmas tree. Who would you choose to design it and why?

I can’t imagine what the tree would look like if it was designed by Ashish – probably covered with sequins and obscenities, it would be awesome!

Which film puts you in the spirit of Christmas?

Probably Elf – it’s hilarious and always puts me in a festive mood.

What type of Christmas tree would you be?

If I was a Christmas tree I’d definitely be pink, with lots of sparkly decorations please!

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So, let’s move onto your blog! You describe yourself as socially awkward. Why is that?

That’s quite a question – but I guess it’s pretty self-explanatory; I’m not the most confident person in real life, that’s all!

What’s the one trend that you can’t have enough of?

I am loving tartan at the moment and although it was more of a spring/summer trend, monochrome has made its way into winter and I’m a sucker for a good tonal outfit.

You have a special section about nails in your blog. Care to share your best tips and favourite products?

I do indeed! My favourite nail varnish brand is definitely OPI and I’m getting much more into deeper colours now that autumn is upon us. My tip would be to invest in a good top coat, as it helps nail varnish stay for so much longer!

What is the best and the worst part of being a blogger?

The best part is obviously the gifts you get and also I’ve made some lovely blogger friends and attended some great parties – although blogging is extremely time consuming and I spend almost every hour of every day doing something blog related!

What’s the funniest/weirdest email or comment you have received from a fan?

I love receiving messages from my followers, although I’m not much of a fan of creepy foreign guys asking me to webcam with them… no thanks!

Where do you get inspiration from when it comes to style?

From other fashion bloggers or Tumblr photos usually. I find that trends appear earlier there – also there’s always fresh looks to get inspiration from and interpret them into your own personal style.

What kind of combinations make you cringe when you see them?

I can’t really think of anything off the top of my head – maybe things like matching tracksuits and that kind of thing!

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If you could press a button and control everyone’s taste, what would you make people wear?

I think if I had to choose I would not push the button – just because although there are some people with less desirable taste in clothes, it would be far too boring if everyone had the same style!

What’s the one thing that you are waiting patiently from a fashion designer to come up with?

Definitely a high street store to release a budget version of the gorgeous leather and sequin Filles A Papa jacket that’s featured in my Shopcade wish list!

What is it that you like about Pokémon so much?

It was one of the major things I grew up with so it has just stayed with me – I got the new game recently and love it!

And finally…Aliens invade the planet and you need to convince them to spare your blog! What do you say to them?

Hmm, maybe ‘please spare my blog – I’ll let you share my wardrobe…?’

We don’t know about you, but we heart Amy! To find out more about the Pink and Pokemon Queen herself, check out her blog here >> Amy Valentine