Sleeveless Duster Jacket: Missguided / Top* (similar): Quiz / Culottes*: In The Style / Trainers: Nike via ASOS / Bag (similar): Fiorelli / Sunglasses*: Bailey Nelson / Earrings*: Engelsrufer / Necklace* (similar): Astrid & Miyu / Cuff (similar): & Other Stories / Rings: Oliver Bonas, Links of London
So as London Fashion Week comes to an end (although the closing parties I’ve been invited to – and am not attending – haven’t even started yet), I thought I’d get a few Fashion Week-related posts on the blog.
Fashion Week ended yesterday for me, as I wearily made my way home with a suitcase and 2 large bags trying my best not to fall asleep on the train. It’s a tiring ordeal you know. Although from the outside it often looks all high heels, front-row seats and flashing cameras, the reality is slightly different. I can confidently say the last few days have been a blur of overcrowded tube journeys, flat hair and very London-esque downpours of rain … all in the name of a fashion event held in a car park. And perhaps one too many Wheely cars (use my code 8AVG5 to get £10 off your first ride), although I could happily be ferried around in a sleek Mercedes-Benz every day if I’m really honest …
But about that car park. I miss Somerset House and I don’t know anyone that doesn’t. Fashion Week just isn’t the same when you’re standing on a rainy pavement curb next to a car park. It’s a lot less sociable (it’s not really convenient to stand and chat to people), it’s a lot less glamorous (I was taken away from the venue just so that street style photographers could shoot me) and it’s just a bit .. deflating perhaps? It makes me pine to be a part of New York Fashion Week even more. And Paris. And Milan.
But like any experience, it’s what you make of it that really counts. And I had a lovely few days staying at the Marriott in Regents Park with Cat, where we enjoyed the perks of executive lounge access (free food and drink all day) and nattering in our king-size bed until early hours of the morning. Over the course of a few days, I visited the Model Village at the W Hotel (one of my favourite hotels in London), attended the Showroom Shoreditch LFW launch party, sat front row at the Gyunel SS16 show (a seasonal tradition) and ended up back at the W for back-breakingly (but mainly worth-it) expensive cocktails. In between, I caught up with some of my favourite bloggers, had a few PR meetings and shot a few different looks for the blog. It was actually far less stressful than I anticipated in comparison to previous seasons and I had a lot more time to just enjoy being away for a few days and to absorb myself in this crazy industry in which I quietly nestle.
This was what I wore on my first day. A stripey ensemble paired with ‘sneakers’ (which sounds far cooler than ‘trainers’), in attempt to provide solace to my already-blistered feet. I bought this striped maxi duster a few months ago and when I recently received these gorgeous culottes from In The Style, just knew I had to pair them together. Opposites attract right? Wearing a beautiful crochet top with the most amazing bell sleeves and the Fiorelli tote that I’m rarely seen without, I kept the look monochrome in classic black and white. Bailey Nelson sunglasses and delicate silver jewellery were the perfect accessories, while my mini topknot kept the pesky baby hairs at bay.
Oh and the fun of shooting with a friend? You can run, leap and jump in an attempt to get an action shot – and then have a giggle or two when you come out on camera as one big blur.
Love, Beth xo.
Disclaimer: all items marked with an asterisk have been gifted to me for promotional purposes.