London Fashion Weekend (Sunday 20th September)

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Vertical-fashion-weekend-Sept-2014-CMYKFeaturing the very best of Autumn/Winter fashion, a spectacular catwalk show, shopping and industry talks, on the north bank of the River Thames, Somerset House has been seamlessly set out for London Fashion Weekend with shopping of high fashion designer brands including accessories from Lulu Guinness, French Sole and Tatty Devine. The West Wing housed the Contemporary names including Cashmere by Tania, House of Harlow and Never Fully Dressed. For the more casual looks and outwear, the East Wing was filled with beautiful shopping courtesy of Baukjen, Gushlow & Cole and American Vintage. Style picks selected by Suzie Bubble were a great way to shop the season best fashion pieces without having to work too hard.

Anchor events of the day included the catwalk shows collated by The Outnet.com (repeated throughout the event). Showcasing key themes for AW14 including “One and Only” a cornucopia of colour, Candy Crush with sweet-shop shades, Jungle Fever – animal print and natural colour and the Fairy Tale Ending of lace, sheer and luxe fabric.

The Events Lounge – the place to be for fashion industry talks. The first featured Jenna Rossi-Camus giving an insight into the “Women Fashion Power” exhibition taking place at the Design Museum, London from 29th October 2014. A collection of outfits from 25 influential women, designed by architect, Zaha Hadid features clothes worn by a variety of influential women worldwide – from Naomi Campbell to Kirsty Wark, Vivienne Westwood to Skin (of Skunk Anansie) and how they have used clothes to make themselves look and feel confident, assertive and powerful.

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Next up, The Telegraph’s Fashion Director Hilary Alexander in conversation with British couturier Nicholos Oakwell, whose designs have graced the great and the good from Helen Mirren to Paloma Faith. Nicolas described his journey from a student in the 80’s being told that haute couture was a dying trade to his experiences in millinery and working with high-end designer department store, Harvey Nicholls to finally realising his dream in haute couture and having designs from his first collection on display in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

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Finally, stylist Rebekah Roy took to the stage talking Personal Style and how she works with clients and on editorial jobs, to create unique looks. Her experiences have taught her:

  • to take opportunities when they are offered
  • in styling yourself, you will always be waiting for something to happen – nothing will, so think about making changes yourself
  • as well as being organised and creative, primarily a stylist has to be kind – dressing someone else is personal!
  • if you are stuck in a rut, spend time when you are choosing clothes – whether a garment has cost £10 or £500, if you have not spent time to discover if you really like it and it works for you, then the cost will make no difference

London Fashion Weekend immediately follows London Fashion Week in February and September. http://www.londonfashionweekend.co.uk/

Women Fashion Power” is at the Design Museum from 29th October 14 – 26th April 2015. http://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/future-exhibitions/women-fashion-power

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