LFW Belstaff Presentation A/W ’14

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belstaff-press190214Belstaff AW14 Presentation | Photo Credit: @FashionFabs

The Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Hyde Park was the serine yet quintessentially British setting for the Belstaff Presentation.

The idea behind it was a “tribute to the spirit of the rebel; the woman who rides with an irreverent attitude. With this authentic and effortless rider in mind, the youth culture from Manchester to London in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s is a central source of inspiration”.

So warmth, strength and hard, heavy textures would symbolise the gritty powerful attitude of the woman they had in mind. Quilting, thick leather, canvas, warmest wools and fur collars.

The effortless make-up and windswept hair also reflected the theme behind the collection.

A masculine silhouette was mixed with long feminine skirts (the pleated leather was to die for!) and patterned jumpers; signifying the ‘mod look’ they had in mind.

Layering was key to their collection. Heavy mittens strapped up over tough parka jackets teamed with chunky leather boots. Next up came minimal, long-sleeved leathers with matching leather biker gloves together with roll-out-fringe shoes (a fave of ours) and thick-knit socks over tights.

It was a gracious soiree, brilliant lighting and visuals to accompany a tough yet elegant A/W ’14 look.

 





Michael Van Der Ham A/W ’14 Catwalk Show for LFW

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Michael Van Der Ham AW14 Catwalk | Photo Credit: Style.com

The Topshop Show Space this year was the Turbine Tunnel at the Tate Modern – a perfect match for the modern and uber-fashionable London, and the Topshop Show space was the setting for Michael Van der Ham’s A/W Catwalk show.

Like many designer’s this season, though A/W could be seen as the times for muted tones, MVDH chose to keep the collection bright yet elegant. Who said grown up elegance can’t be fun?

Wearable sequins sparkled on serene navy, whilst a shot of orange could be seen merged with pink, and duck egg blue. Burnt orange then merged with copper on silk dupion, oriental-style cut dresses.

Black lace contrasted with shades of blue or over bright yellows, lace skirts with a uniquely dropped side hem matched tops with the same detail.

The show was one of contrasts – black merged with lemon yellow, silks over chiffon appliqué, prints and embroidery; definitely a refreshing change to the A/W colour palette.

 





LFW Day 5: Catwalk Round Up

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Well that’s it for another season, LFW is officially over, but before the spotlight shifts to Milan, let’s take a sneaky peek at the highlights from the fifth and final day.

After the power players (Burberry, Christopher Kane) stomped all over ‘Mad Monday’, this was most definitely ‘Terrific Tuesday’ (see what I did there?!).

Fashion East, Meadham Kirchhoff, Simone Rocha and Anya Hindmarch to name just a few that closed LFW for another season to much aclaim.

Here’s my view on the top shows of the day…

Giles: Cara has been pretty selective this fashion week, walking in only a handful of shows, which included this one. Surprisingly though, she wasn’t the name on everyone’s lips today; rumoured Harry Styles’ squeeze, Kendall Jenner was the one who took centre stage. Looking gorgeous in a monochrome asymmetric dress, complete with poker straight punk locks and topped off with electric blue eye make-up, she looked every inch the celeb model. Other highlights included the cute buckled shoes and loafers each model sported, giving the runway a low key, approachable feel. Or maybe Giles just saw the Sibling models going flying earlier this week and decided to play it safe in flats?!

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Shopcade Pre-LFW Blogger Brunch

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Shopcade Pre-LFW Blogger Brunch

What’s better than brunch on a beautiful, sunny Saturday morning? Shopcade hosted the first blogger event just off the reknowned Portabello Road, London, where we had a chance to cosy up to our favourite style bloggers over good food at the lovely Bumpkin, Notting Hill.

We chose the Queen’s Private Dining Room tucked away from the main restaurant upstairs, so we could really hear what the blogger’s had to say about our new app!

On the menu were a few brunch classics – full english, eggs benedict and eggs royale as well as some delicious super-food healthy options – from green kale and spinach soup to organic quinoa salad; I went for the classic eggs benedict and a strawberry smoothie.Yum!

Who has dessert with brunch? We do apparently! Not one to turn down the option of more delicious food, the bloggers and I proceeded to choose from sticky toffee pudding, triple chocolate truffle cake and ice cream.

Myself and bloggers Amy & Analise were undecided on what to go for so when in doubt, we decided to share all three. Sharing is caring and of course, guilt-free!

More to the point, with our fave 90s tunes playing in the background, the atmosphere was an ideal time to be relaxed and get their opinions heard. Each blogger filled in a questionnaire to test out our new blogger-friendly app, which we’re so hyped up about and we reckon they were too!

We couldn’t leave with out mentioning our Bus Party Event we’re hosting at London Fashion Week! With live DJ sets, special celebrity guests and giveaways its bound to get the party started during LFW!

More on that to come so stay tuned… #ShopcadeLFW