London Fashion Week is over for another year and what a great week it was! SS18 is looking to be a fabulous season with some really amazing trends. Watching the shows, meeting with the designers behind these exquisite collections, working backstage with some of my favourite brands, it has been crazy busy but so worth it!

In today’s post I want to share with you some of my highlights and favourite things I wore, as I know that LFW loads on the pressure when it comes to dressing because as much as we like observing the trends, we all like to dress up for the part too and look fabulous. But we have to deal with the rain, public transport, and making it to every show on our schedule… it’s pretty impossible if you ask me!

This season I wanted to keep it all simple, classic and neutral, although I did wear a couple of statement pieces as I wanted to incorporate some colour into my outfits.

I always get asked what are my favourite trends for Autumn, well this season I’m absolutely loving the tartan/check trend and also reds, a pair or red boots, clutch or a leather jacket can really make your outfit come to life.

I’m loving the skinny leather/PU pants if you want to make your look a bit more edgy and glam. Worn with a graphic tee, oversized denim jacket or blazer and a pair of ankle boots will be my go to outfit this Autumn.

I absolutely fell in love with these gorgeous Kendal and Kylie Velvet lace-up boots in navy from Very Exclusive, to add a bit of glam to my pretty casual outfit I wore on Day 1 – Jenna Skinny Jeans, Grey Check Blazer and Maison De La Mode Slogan Pearl Embelished t-shirt (New Look for Asos)

Another piece I’m completely obsessed with is this dusty pink frilly dress by C/Meo Collective (Very Exclusive) which is so pretty and girly and so me! I paired it up with these gorgeous Grey Suede over the knee boots (Kendal and Kylie collection)

Another favourite piece was the Versus Versace all over print midi dress (Very Exclusive) which was super comfy but yet very bold and statement making.

I enjoyed putting pieces together to create outfits that were practical but still quite smart, without compromising my personal style. I enjoyed mixing designer and high street as well, the trick is to find a few key high end pieces to build your outfit on, as you only need one designer piece to provide the illusion of a high end wardrobe. It is important to invest in timeless pieces as well, which can last more than one season.

A couple of my show highlights included –

–  Sadie Williams

Sadie Williams’ signature graphic shapes made an appearance in her latest SS18 collection inspired by a world of outdoor adventure and free spirits. I loved the beautiful bold block colours and patterns especially the sequinned co-ords beneath an oversized khaki printed jackets. She incorporated the functionality and details of outdoor clothing but gave them a new glimmering girly twist, just gorgeous!

–  Rocky Star

This season Rocky Star went heavy on the sparkle and embellishment which I absolutely loved! Beautiful sequins and animal prints, butterfly wings and reptile scales – absolute perfection! The jewellery gave another nod to his Indian heritage as the models’ headpieces dressed their foreheads in sparkles, the makeup was also beautiful – blue, turquoise, gold and brown tones complementing the bold style. So many forms of embellishment and embroidery made up of sequins and beads complied into floor-length gowns and sexy shorter dresses. Definitely one of my favourite collections this season.

Another highlight of LFW was attending a breakfast with Maybelline to meet some amazing US guests and influencers and a sneak peak to some fab new launches including Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipsticks, Tattoo Brow and more, which I’m so exited to share with you very soon.

A lot of you requested to see a makeup tutorial using some of the new products so that’s what I’m gonna do, perhaps I will create an Autumn/Halloween look as that’s quite seasonal 🙂

Although it’s only my third London fashion week, I’ve still learned so much! I loved all the questions you guys were asking me on Instagram story, it was such a great way to interact with you, perhaps I will do more Live stories in the future.

So that’s a wrap! What was your favourite look? Do you have any other fashion week questions for me?

 

Thanks so much for reading,

Victoria xo

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Day 2 of London Fashion Week; Saturday morning I was invited backstage at Edeline Lee’s show to observe makeup and hairstyles for the designer’s excellent new Spring/Summer 17 collection.

Makeup artist Neil Young demonstrated creating a beautiful, natural makeup look achieved with; A pop of blue/teal graphic eyeliner (Master Drama) all the way over the top of the eye, a dash of Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama mascara and Maybelline’s Master Strobbing Sticks. He applied the gold shade (strobbing stick) to illuminate the eyelids and then the pink shade on the inner corner of the eye, finishing off with a natural shade of Colour Drama on the lips and cheeks.

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Senior creative director Damien Peers and team created the hairstyles using Sassoon products. The look, a simple yet elegant bun/top knot to complement the rest of the look.

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I was very excited to see the designer’s latest collection. Each look had an individual feel, but the collection as a whole included prints, pleats and pastel stripes, which I loved. A nice balance of feminine, elegant dresses as well as slightly more quirky pieces, brought together with baseball socks and platform sandals.

I thought the studio set was cool with industrial images projected behind such playful pieces. The unique silhouettes were paired with colourful stripes and small embellishments, contouring the lines of the tailoring. Very contemporary collection, which worked really well with the studio setting.

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I love how the models stood separately, like individual pieces of art, posing in front of the projected image backgrounds, which gave photographers a chance to appreciate the individuality of each outfit and take some great images.

In summary, it was a fresh youthful and very contemporary collection so if you’re searching for something original or statement, you will love it!

Victoria xo

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Day 1 of London Fashion Week started in the best possible way; by attending one of my favourite designers show – Bora Aksu. I was very kindly invited backstage by Maybelline New York, to check out the beauty trends for Spring/Summer 2017 before they hit the catwalk.

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Lead makeup artist Sharon Dowset demonstrated how to create a really fresh, natural look using some of Maybelline’s new products including: Fit Me Matte & Poreless foundation, The Falsies Push Up Drama mascara, Rock Nudes eyeshadow palette, Baby Lips and Colour Drama Lip Kohl pencil. She perfected the skin by applying a little foundation and blending it seamlessly, using a tiny bit of Baby Lips to apply to the apples of the cheeks for a natural flushed look, a coat of mascara and the taupe and ivory shadows from the Rock Nudes palette to keep eyes looking very natural. Sharon finished off with Colour Drama Lip Kohl for that just bitten lip effect. I really enjoyed watching the techniques to create this makeup look and I did film a part of it which I’m going to include in my London Fashion Week video vlog (it will be up on my YouTube channel this week)

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Now onto the hair; lead stylist James Pecis and his team created some beautiful braids with a lot of fluffy texture around the face, again very feminine and innocent look which I loved. The inspiration for the collection came from a story of Bora’s grandmother during times of poverty and a beautiful sentiment of giving her what she never had. So James wanted the hair to really reflect that era. All the products he used were by KMS California including KMS Addvolume Root & Body Lift, Airplay Makeover spray, Airplay Playable Texture and Hairstay Medium Hold spray.

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The show began with a series of intricately worked pieces in a muted palette of blush, black and white. Crafted from delicately worked lace and silks, they floated around the body so beautifully! I loved the sunset tones – orange, fuchsia, pink, and yellow, also the pastel shades. Another big trend that I’m very exited for was the beautiful flower crowns some of the models were wearing, which really complimented their hairstyles. Such a romantic collection with a very vintage feel to it, which I just adored!

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It really was such a beautiful show, the actual venue was transformed into a heavenly Ivy Garden with some really pretty ivy foliage hanging off the walls, balcony and grand staircase, perfection!

Thank you for reading, Victoria xo

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