MY PICKS FROM LONDON FASHION WEEK SS16





Photos taken from vogue.co.uk (Click to enlarge)

Another season done and yet another year spend trawling through my instagram feed filled with catwalk collections and eagerly flitting through vogue.co.uk - this year the FROW jealously was particularly high, but I think this at least - this time next year I shall be living in London and with it, that thought makes the runway envy just that little bit more bearable - I'll be one step closer if anything. 

The standout show for me this season would have to be Jonathan Saunders, his SS16 collection rates highly with me - I just love the collective of patterns and colours, yet there was no mismatching involved - the palette of reds, greens and blues flowed in a fluid, bold swish of fabric. Seemliness are simple yes, but layered collectively - with a little tie-up attire that leaves them looking anything but ordinary. With Saunders citing the 'wonderful' flavour of 'our multi-culture' as an influence for his vibrant spring/summer collection, it's clear to see where this stimulation wandered - and such engendered a striking collection.

Holly Fulton, a show which ensued a welcomed nod to the sixties in terms of vibrancy of prints and colour while embroidered bell bottoms paid tribute to the much revived seventies - a decade pairing which I am certainly in favour of. Structured and punctual silhouettes paved the way for powerful - yet appropriate - stretches of colour all the while allowing frills and flower patterns in abundance to captivate the catwalk in one neat, functional configuration.

Elsewhere frills and swatches of colour cascaded the catwalks at both Toga and Peter Pilotto, being one not able to resist a look consisting of many disparate yet congruent components which, en masse form attire which is seemingly fluid in itself - Toga had me covered.  Practical yet polished with a ruffled flair was the mood set by the Peter Pilotto duo and such was manifested through a cool colour palette consisting of relaxed whites, blues and tones of the citrus kind. With just the right amount of detail shown through a swatch of blue or yellow alike, akin to the almost mathematical pattern schemes running throughout the collection - the Pilotto brothers achieved a display which felt almost grecian in tendency yet, the structured silhouettes formed a more modern, pointed approach.

EMERALD HAPPINESS
























All hail the tights, I for one am revelling in the return of hosiery season - with the opaque saviours set to make a comeback this Autumn/Winter - I have developed a penchant which is propelling me in a desperate search for the perfect iridescent pair, suffice to say that so far the hunt has rendered no treasure, but I remain hopeful as Autumn looms in and I'm counting on Topshop to deliver; but until then, the lurex socks will have to do.

Admittedly, one thing I feel I should incorporate more of into my wardrobe is jewellery - specifically necklaces. Now, while I'm particularly fond of earrings and have thus accumulated quite a collection recently - such is my go-to when endeavouring to dress up attire hence why any thought of purchasing new neck adornments seems unnecessary, and if a necklace is to be seen but any - I tend to stick to my signature two: simple, effortless and functional. So, it was such to my delight when Happiness Boutique contacted me and thrust upon their array of stunning necklaces (and earrings may I add, but I relentlessly pulled myself away from that allure, bravo) and wow was it hard to choose a favourite, but I succeeded - eventually. A certain bejewelled emerald number particularly caught my eye, and so it was set - it's the type of necklace which I can foresee decorating many an outfit, and those it has adorned already has ensued an influx of compliments, something which does not surprise me - it's standout without being TOO standout, or tacky for that matter also. 

Happiness Boutique is an online store which boasts not just stunning jewellery but clothing also, alongside (generously) offering free international shipping - now that's something I can get along with! If that's not enough, they also have a rewards program in which customers can earn points by sharing their purchases, recommendations and style photos - and points also accumulate from purchases - maybe there's such a thing as guilt free spending eh? As the points pile up, you can see yourself bagging some complimentary gifts, how lovely. To top it all off, this lovely company also host a bi-monthly giveaway and you can keep an eye out for that here, I know I certainly will be.

Wearing: Top - Glamorous | Corduroy Dungaree Dress - Primark | Boots - ASOS | Socks - Topshop | Bag - Primark | *Necklace - Happiness Boutique |

FAREWELL SUMMER













Farewell to summer I say, with hope in mind that the days of heat shall cease and the cool will commence - after all what's better than a chill which induces both a copious layering effort in form of attire and plentiful hot chocolate? If that thought doesn't fill you with excitement of rainy days and roll necks to come then I don't know what does - September starts and fallen leaves sparks one thing in my books - coziness and the slow building of festive excitement, you can't hold me back now. So, as I wave a happy farewell to Summer and yes, you've been good, exciting and long drawn out - I share an outfit comprised of a favourite find of mine, a tile patterned (is that I thing? Yes I'm going to say it's a thing) off the shoulder crop - which may I add was a bargainous £7.99 from H&M, a God send if you ask me - a treasure I will be no doubt finding a way to work into my transitional wardrobe, baring shoulders in winter is the way to go, no? Oh and where would I be without my trusty scarf-cum-belt, it barely leaves my waist or neck or basically anywhere it can be fashioned into an outfit without looking downright ridiculous, what's an outfit without a little adornment hey? I do try, but apologies in advance for it's future features, may you be sick of the sight of yellow and brown patchwork tiles? I think so yes.

Wearing: Top - H&M | Shorts - ASOS | Denim Jacket - COW Vintage | Shoes - Primark | Belt - Oxfam | Choker - ASOS |

DARK AND DENIM




















Gloomy skies and this dark toned ensemble emit a nod to the imminent arrival of the much loved season of thick knits, rainy days and oversized outwear. While I paraded an ode to summer with a transitional jumper of the sleeveless kind, alongside fallen leaves were already accumulating and such made it hard not to notice a change in the air - albeit one that I am undoubtedly all for. As the days draw shorter and the dark lingers more ever, I predict this outfit - comprised in almost all of its entirety from ASOS - will make a regular occurrence through the endurance of the colder months, although most certainly with a coat - perhaps a certain Topshop corduroy number that I am lusting after ever so.

Sparked by the sweep of 70s revival throughout the fashion world - a trend set to stay - my dual Oxfam finding has seen scarves boasting vintage prints become a staple of mine of late - see here, golden squares aptly fashioned as a skinny scarf yet such piece is also versatile in use (see tie-up attire). High neck knits and patterned ankle boots - style akin to Chung - are among some of my favoured trends from the hotly anticipated Autumn/Winter; my continuous mental wishlist just cannot get enough of patent leather, ribbed roll-necks and the 70s renascence.

Wearing: Sleeveless Knit - ASOS | Jeans - ASOS | Ankle Boots - ASOS | Bag - Primark | Scarf - ASOS | Casio Watch - ASOS |