Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Event | London Fashion Weekend

Since starting blogging last year my passion for all things fashion & beauty had really come alive and for the majority of last year I've known that one of my main aims for 2015 was to travel down to London & attend London Fashion Weekend.
A few weeks ago I purchased myself a pair of Silver tickets, which entitled me entry into LFWend at Somerset House, industry talks, a luxury tote goodie bag and seats at a designer catwalk show. 


I decided to wear something simple for my first LFWend experience by teaming a basic Primark black tee with my new favourite & super girlie pastel pink high waisted skirt from H&M. I love the look of these two together as I really think the skirt tramsforms an otherwise quite boring top. The black duster thrown over the top is from Boohoo & the wedges and belt are very very very old River Island. In fact I re-found them whilst visiting my mums last week & thought they were just too pretty to throw away! The black bag is also another new/old discovery. I received it as a present years ago, but it's been perfect for LFWend, there's so many different compartments to it, it's amazing! A complete wardrobe staple!






We tottled down to the venue for Day 1 of LFWend, which was set in the very picturesque neo-classical Somerset House. We've been to London quite a few times over the years, but strangely enough have never noticed the building before, I really don't know how, because it's a massive building -We're such bad tourists!
As this years event was sponsered by Vodaphone, Somerset House was lit up with beautiful red lights with the companys' logo parading the exterior walls. This was present throughout the day, but it was only as it got darker that you could really get a feel for how impressive it all looked. As a lover of all things architecture/interior design related, it was seriously stunning. 





The first part of the afternoon consisted of browsing rails upon rails of designer clothing with a glass of Prosecco to hand... It's such a hard life! This took up a good couple of hours as there were countless amounts of brands at the venue, the vast majority of them I hadn't heard of but I really enjoyed them & had a brilliant time discovering new designers. I've been lusting after a 3.1 Philip Lim bag now for a little while so getting to have a nosey at them was probably my favourite bit of the shopping experience. Unfortunately I didn't end up buying one because they're just so darn expensive, but a girl can dream right? 




We were then invited to an industry talk introduced by fashion journalist Antonia O'Brien & hosted by Toni & Guy's Label M ambassador Philipp Haugg. The talk explained the Label M range & incorporated two key hair trends from Toni & Guys' last 10 years at London Fashion WeekThe first more 'out there' hair trend featured on the Giles AW10 catwalk, Philipp explained exactly how this look was created using the Label M hairspray and a shed load of back combing.... Would you believe there's a ponytail under that beehive keeping everything afloat! The second was a much more wearable look, from the Jean-Pierre Braganza SS15 catwalk. Loose waves were created for an almost undone finish, the type that let the clothes do the talking! Both looks were incredible, the first being more showstopper and the second for much more everyday wear. Philipp then finished the talk explaining his love for hair creativity & how he's worked his way up through the Toni & Guy ranks. It was a really inspirational & enthusiastic talk from a gentleman who clearly enjoys his job.





Then comes the show! We had seats at the Amanda Wakeley show. The collection was very all-white-everything based, minus the addition of black barely there heels & an injection of colour in the handbags. It was a beautiful collection of floaty femenine silhouettes. I could see the clothing working equally as well on the high street which is lovely because it gives me some really good ideas for Spring/Summer this year.

I've not experienced London Fashion Weekend before, but I had a brilliant time! I'd definitely try and go again & maybe even head for London Fashion Week next time!

Have you been to both London Fashion Week & Fashion Weekend? I'd love to hear your comparison thoughts?

Lots of love | Claireabella.x

Top - Primark (£8.00)
Skirt - H&M (£24.99)
Duster - Boohoo (£25.00)
Wedges - River Island
Belt - River Island
Necklace - Primark (£4.00)

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14 comments

  1. I won tickets to this but I couldn't make it. It looks like a great day! I might have to get tickets next time.

    Jenn

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    1. Oh wow! That's so cool. You'd have loved it - It was such a good day for me. I'd definitely go again :-) X

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  2. Your photos are ace Claire! I love the interior shots of the building.

    I've heard such great things about LFWEnd this year. Think I might have to pick up tickets for it next season! xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Oh it was brilliant! If you get the chance to go you definitely should - It was a wicked experience! And tickets were relatively cheap too :-) X

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  3. Looks like a fabulous time! Must have been a great first experience.

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    1. It was brilliant! I'd definitely go again 100% X

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    1. Oooo thanks Em, I felt very fashionista. Ha. It was insanely good :-) X

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  5. Looks like you had an amazing time. How incredible is that green skirt on the mannequin?? Please tell me you stroked it! I feel like it would be one of those really satisfying to touch things! x

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    1. Isn't it stunning!! Oh yeah ha, I'm terrible for stuff like that, there were loads of faux fur designers there too which i couldn't help but get in amongst it all :-) X

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  6. Looks like you had a brilliant time! Love your outfit :)
    Thanks for sharing your link in the #bbloggers chat tonight!
    Maeve // Thrift O'Clock

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    1. Thanks Maeve. It really was brilliant :-) No worries, it was a fab chat tonight wasn't it. X

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  7. Aww I love the buzz of fashion weeks! There is nothing like it, looks like you had a fab time! Love your outfit - I've been lusting after that skirt for a little while now!! Lucy, www.aspectatorsport.com xx

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    1. I had a fabulous time thank you! Aw you should definitely get it, it took me weeks to buy it too, and I'm sooo glad I did! I wear it with so many different tops/jackets :-) X

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