Sunday, 28 February 2010

London Fashion Weekend


As you may or may not know, I somehow managed to win the vouchercodes.co.uk competition for 2 VIP tickets to London Fashion Weekend - so I thought I'd give you the lowdown on my day out! It was an amazing experience – I’ve never seen so many beautiful clothes in one place! By some miracle, we navigated London’s tube network and found Somerset House, arriving exactly on time to pick up our free Chambord cocktails in the VIP lounge.
Soon, we were all called out to take our places on the front row of the London Fashion Weekend catwalk, which was basically a round up of all of the SS10 trends, as well as a show from Betty Jackson. It was really good seeing a catwalk ‘in the flesh’ – you can actually see all the details on the clothes, and the music created an amazing atmosphere.

Unfortunately I had some camera troubles during the show, but I managed to salvage some shots of my favourite ensembles, including this beautiful Frost French denim playsuit (really loving the bloomer style legs).

We had a chat with presenter Louise Roe afterwards (who was sporting an amazing orange jumpsuit – possibly from Jaeger?), which included some interesting views on the role of bloggers in the industry – I think the general conclusion was that it was a great way to have ‘raw’ and mostly impartial views on fashion, as well as blogs being a brilliant tool for anyone of any age to join in with the industry (think: Tavi Gevinson).

On leaving the VIP area we were given show bags containing all sorts of freebies, and then we went off to wander around the cavernous Somerset House to indulge in some discounted designer shopping. Now, this is where I feel like a let down: I didn’t buy a single thing. Haha. The whole aim of London Fashion Weekend is to be a shopping event, but I really really couldn’t afford any of it! For someone like me, £70 is still too much for a dress! It was nice having a thorough browse though, and we came across some beautiful things, such as patent Luella bags, Crocheted Collars from Aei Kei, vegetarian bags from the Rubber Cow Co, and, my favourite, Biba inspired dresses from Elizabeth Lau.

Left: Coat by Elizabeth Lau; Right: Dress by Elizabeth Lau
Clockwise from top left: Collar by Aei Kei; Necklace by Clara Francis; Necklace (handmade!) by Clara Francis, Dress from Berman Black by Sara Berman

Wanting to make the most of our coach tickets, we decided to head off into London in the afternoon, and stopped off in Portobello Road where they had some amazing vintage designer shops. I fell in love with a pair of black suede Chloé heels and then tried on an APC blazer – but they were both a bit out of my price range – still, it’s nice to dream! Ridiculously, we only got to Portobello market as it was closing, so I think we’ll have to make another trip to London to experience it!
Our outfits, hehe.

All in all it was a great day out; we discovered some brilliant new brands and getting the VIP treatment was definitely a highlight!

Sadie xxx

30 comments:

kirstyb said...

looks like you had a fabulous time xoxoxo

OliviaDias said...

ahh, you lucky girl, Im well jealous!
It looks like you had an amazing time and you took some lovely photos.

Zoe said...

wow. awesome!

sarah. said...

it looks like you had a brilliant day, those necklaces are gorgeous!
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Kat said...

you're so lucky lucky lucky!!! god im so jelous... :P
btw this is abit random but you look abit like hannah off hollyoaks! lol you are prettier though

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pkjb said...

Sounds like you had an amazing time - you must come and see Portobello , i spent the whole day there yesterday and say an amazing grey Pringle dress - but alas way out of my price range. Yes, back to dreaming! ck :) x

hannah said...

looks like so much fun! you look very chic as well. i really like that fox necklace!! but like you, i'll be waiting to thrift it or find a knock off... sigh

my bat lightning heart said...

Sounds wonderful!
I am very jealous indeed.

Annabel said...

Really nice, love the necklaces! I'm going to London next Friday, sooo looking forward to it!
x Annabel (Amsterdam)

Sandy said...

I'm so glad you got to do this! you look great. funny they expected bargain fashionistas to be able to pay even discount bargain prices.
But I am sure you could make the elizabeth lau dress yourself. it is quite simple construction.

hope you get some more chances from this one.
Sandy in Bracknell

Crafter-holic said...

Looks like a great day - must be a bit weird to be treated like a VIP, but very awesome lol

aei : kei said...

Hi Sady,
Thank you SO much for mentioning us (and our pretty crochet neck :-)) on your blog.
We are glad that you enjoyed shopping with us, and we are looking forward to seeing you in the store soon. Feel free to join us on FACEBOOK or Twitter so that we can keep you posted.
Also, we are hosting a late night opening on 11th March from 6-8pm in our store in order to celebrate the arrival of our spring / summer collection. We would love to welcome you and your friends! :-)

briannelee said...

Looks like so much fun! That Clara Francis necklace is amazing!!!!

cindi said...

Great post. Thanks so much for sharing your adventure with your readers. It's always nice to get a normal person's opinion of fashions. Adored that crocheted collar.

Georgie said...

Lucky you looks like you had a lot of fun!
xx

amyyyyy. said...

Looks like you had a fun day! Those items look gorgeous, the knitted collar, the deer necklace, the dress with bows. oh wow, how nice would it be to win the lottery with such lovely things to buy! :')

xxxx

Jen said...

Looks like you had an amazing time! Very jealous, but you deserved it - your outfit was my favourite. :)

Cherry Pullinger said...

WOW you are so lucky!

Lucy said...

I can so picture you in that little white dress. So cute! Glad you had fun, mega jeal. x

Wanderlust said...

Sounds super marvelous! Glad you had a nice time.
Now if only I could get this green monster off my back... haha.

Kim said...

Sounds like you had a brilliant time :)

Just wanted to let you know that I've awarded you the Sunshine Award on my blog xox

Ire A. said...

I really wanted to attent LFWend but I couldn't :(
Sounds like a great time though!

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Parapluie said...

Awesome!

sophiemakesthings said...

I spotted you in your wonderful handmade coat! I was working there all of fashion week & weekend :) glad you had a lovely time and enjoyed your freebies. that crochet collar is amazing! I'm currently learning to crochet, maybe I'll make myself one when I have become a little better at it :) xxx

La Fée said...

woah that's amazing! I'm glad you had sunch a great time, and your outfit was lovely as always :D

Vantage Point Vintage said...

Congratulations on winning! It looks like you had an amazing day (even if the bargains were a bit expensive). I can't wait to see what the collections inspire you to create!

Cheers,
VPV

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michelle_ said...

i love the simplicity of your outfit very much dear !
thx much for the comments in my blog .
have a great weekend !
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Amelia said...

You lucky thing! This looks like so much fun. Wow.

Jen said...

What a fantastic trip! I bet it was an experience of a lifetime :) I'd be all about the Chambord cocktails!

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Arabella said...

This is adorable! I was there also, saturday and today :)