Wednesday, 20 March 2013

LFW: My Snaps

It was a long month to say the least.

If I wasn't running and dressing at fashion shows, working on collaborative projects, networking or styling clients I've been run ragged working at my retail job and building a portfolio for submission - pretty hectic. But in between all of this I have found the necessary time to relax and get some sleep, hence the negligence.

Also known as "Fashion Month", February's are stacked with an endless number of fashion shows and events. And whilst I've been embarrassingly left behind with all of the latest collections, I made sure to at least put my stamp on Somerset House with my lovely model and cousin, Kay, who got shown some love from the blogging paparazzi - so keep a look out for her!

For Day 1, Kay wanted to keep it minimal and clean so I opted for a pair of grey structured dungarees from Topshop with a crisp white shirt, black blazer (H&M) and a colour block clutch (also from Topshop) to inject a burst of colour and a touch of sports luxe. To give the look a further dose of attitude, studded black leather gloves were added. Keeping the look in form, a pair of black wedges were teamed with a pair of light grey socks helped to fend off the bitter cold winds. Hair was swept into a neat low pony to keep the look sleek.

I took to the print clashing trend for Day 3's look but kept it monochrome for striking effect. A typography print shirt dress was chosen as the outfit base (again, from Topshop) and to keep things interesting, by utilizing a pair of monochrome stripe leggings from ASOS,  Kay's elongated legs made a statement of their own. For a touch of luxury (and for added warmth) Kay's black leather fur biker jacket was thrown on. Accessories were re-used for this outfit to break up the black and balance out the sportswear influence.

Whilst being surrounded by a vast stylish crowd of different creative professions, originating from various parts of the globe, one cannot help but feel inspired. Taking full advantage of the setting and primarily focusing on street style, I captured some of those looks that caught my eye.

Printed Tailoring - The roll neck or crisp white shirt proved a popular accompaniment to the printed pieces whilst footwear choices varied for different but well put together looks. The Dent de Man suit was protocol for those in the know including model/stylist Joel Jay P.

Statement Tie & Shoes - Teaming footwear in interesting hues and an up-to-date tie is an easy way to keep the outfit interesting from head to toe.

Modern Dandy - Harping back from the 1800's and still equally as effective today in the style stakes. Add contrasting socks for a nod towards current trends.

The Long Overcoat - The long line coat was spotted all around, and offering such a stylish way to keep warm one can see why.

Neutral Palette - In contrast to the mass of colour were simple, understated outfits that allowed details such as fur trims and piped mandarin collars to do most of the talking.

Blue Denim - Whether it's vintage, distressed or bleached denim goes with just about anything, proving to be the ultimate urban staple.

Amongst some of the inspiring and up-coming creatives I met at LFW, Danny Crook (a stylist from Southampton) had one of the most particular styles seen; achieved by mixing his sporty dancer influences with vintage and customised accessories. Find his blog here.

Global-inspired - True creatives seek inspiration a little further afield. Dope Chef and To-orist founder Macharia Brian pictured with others inspired by the motherland.


Bold Hues - A sure-fire way to get snapped, regardless of who you are, was to embrace full on colour. Whether it was citrus hues, bright pinks, neon and metallics were played up for strong effect.

Scroll for more selections of street style at and around Somerset House.

All photos taken by me.

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