London Fashion Week was opened with a wonderful speech from Deputy Mayor Justine Simons and given the year our city has had it couldn’t have been more poignant: “London is the most international city in the world… As the great philosopher Paddington Bear once said, “In London everyone is different and that means anyone can fit in. Creativity is our DNA”.
It’s great to see the fashion flock out again to champion our incredible designers. But when as much attention is given to what is worn by attendees and non attendees* as it is given towards the new collections that are being shown – it can feel pretty overwhelming. Suzy Menkes’ 2013 article was the best way to describe the crazy change that has taken place. But ‘street style’ is now as much of a business as the shows and showrooms are and that’s something that can’t be denied.
Over the years I’ve often been asked by publications to keep a LFW photo diary and I remember rushing around in heels on the cobblestones of Somerset House – surviving on pure adrenaline. One of the most notable things has always been the weather. Dressing for the ‘season’ in London can be chaotic. September is a transitional time – winter coats are not yet an every day staple, as rainy mornings can quickly turn in to warm and sunny afternoons.
So with all that in mind… I JUST LOVE this look. Shiny metallics are an instant way to shimmer and you can’t go wrong teaming it up with big balloon sleeves. This gorgeous top from Paskal is covered in applique flowers and is so comfy, super easy to rush around London in, and super statement too! Add my little Gucci bag and my trainers. Grab a brolly if need be – et voila. LFW made easy.
The last image is my favouriteee.. Very Belle if I do say so myself.
*Non attendees refers to the people who clog up the streets and entrances of every and any show, who dress up just to say they’ve gone to LFW, to try and be featured on blogs, and who usually have nothing to do with the industry, or have an invite. They make it very difficult to get to shows, and to your seat when they’ve crawled over benches and in to your seat and then refuse to move until a PR kicks them out.
Stylist tip: If you’re wearing a big skirt but need to get from place to place without taking a tumble or having to stop because of killer heels – sneakers are perfect and can still look super glam.
Top | Paskal
Skirt | Scotch and Soda
Bag | Gucci
Sneakers | New Balance
LOCATION: LONDON, UK.