Now, you don’t have to be able to spot a Gucci dress a mile off or own 10 pairs of Louboutins to be into fashion – this is a misconception. Most of us struggle to get on the right tube in the morning before a caffeine dose, let alone dress ourselves in a coordinated outfit that turns heads throughout the day!
I love fashion! I’m no beauty blogger, I’m afraid to say I happily go out with no make up on almost every day and my heel collection is minuscule (though big heels just don’t make sense day-to-day in London). But, I paw over fashion mags, I’m addicted to fur and I’d like to think I own lots of the important elements to make my outfits a bit jazzy and unique.
So, I decided I wanted to go to the London Fashion Weekend this September – a great collection of clothes, shoes, jewellery and accessory pop-ups, clothes from the week’s shows, with talks from industry professionals and catwalks from designers and of trends. After the week of London Fashion Week in Soho with all the well-known designers showcasing their Spring/Summer 2016 collections, the weekend shows were a treat for fashion lovers of the general public to be involved in the action.
We turned up at the Saatchi Gallery, on the King’s Road, Chelsea, at the weekend, excited for our afternoon at the show. The area and venue were perfect, as we could grab a prosecco and pop into some of the shops beforehand! I didn’t know what to expect from the show itself, but the venue was large, light and well laid out, so it wasn’t too cluttered.
We grabbed our free goodie bag (which was a pretty stylish tote!) and started to wander the pop-ups. With rails of designers collections, mirrors and changing rooms, the atmosphere was great fun and you didn’t feel shy picking stuff up and riffling through the rails – like you sometimes do when you’re in a posh store! The next few floors had pop-ups dedicated to accessories – there were some gorgeous jewellery stands and I was happy to see the ‘Cambridge Satchel Company’ too! Another room offered clothes from the catwalk collection and, I’m ashamed to say, I caved first here and bought myself a black, leather Christopher Raeburn handbag in the shape of a tortoise (I love him!).
After all the excitement, we settled at the prosecco bar for a while and people watched, which is great fun at an event like this! There was a bigger bar upstairs but, if you plan to go in the future, you have to purchase a ‘Luxe’ ticket for this. We popped into a talk by industry expert, Avigail Collins, who is the stylist for Rhianna and other stars, which was really interesting if you’re after a career in this sort of industry, but wasn’t so relevant for us. There was other talks which were better suited though, such as Alex Stedman’s chat on becoming a blogger, a chat with Henry Holland and a talk by the curators of the V&A’s ‘Pleasure and Pain’ exhibition.
The highlight of our visit was, of course, the catwalk! We had a trend catwalk which looked at several upcoming styles for 2016, such as animal print, punk and 70s – all of which looks fantastic! There was a host to talk us through the collections and the catwalks were designed so that wherever you were, you had a fantastic view.
I wanted to experience one of the Fashion Weekend shows and I went with no expectations but a worry I may be out of my comfort zone. I’m pleased to say, though, I had a great day out, I got some great ideas and tips for outfits and I left feeling very floaty, feminine and creative! So, if that sounds like your cup of tea, why not give it a go next year!