About a month ago, I got an email from a blogging network offering 20% off tickets for London Fashion Weekend, so I obviously jumped at the chance to go! It is something I have always wanted to go to, and as I want a career in fashion, it was the perfect opportunity for me to learn more about the industry.
I went with my Aunt, who is also a huge fan of fashion and is really into dressmaking. In terms of my outfit, I wore a really sweet vintage 60s dress from Bird on A Wire vintage, which I think is very Jane Birkin-esque. To create a slightly edgier look, I paired it with my Primark boots (which the ticket guy really liked), my leather jacket and Vivienne Westwood x Cambridge Satchel Company bag. I am planning on doing a more in depth post about this dress, so stay tuned!
I woke up at 6am, leaving plenty of time to get ready and get to my train. I checked and double checked that I had my tickets for each show and for the tote bags (obviously essential), and headed out. It was only when I went to the toilet in the station that I realised I HAD forgotten something. My railcard. After frantic calls to my dad, pleading with the woman from Virgin and a lot of almost crying: I ended up having to buy another ticket and wait for my dad to come and drop off my railcard. Thanks dad! My worry worsened when I noticed that I didn’t have a reserved seat on either my original or new tickets. This worry was heightened when I realised that Corbyn could sit on the train floor fine, but I doubt he’d have done it in a white dress and it wasn’t something I fancied doing. Luckily, I managed to get a seat and the journey to London was really smooth. (Despite the lack of decent WiFi for snapchatting)
|J JS Lee|
|J JS Lee|
|J JS Lee|
Once I’d met up with my Aunt, lunch was our number one priority. She is also on a gluten free diet, so had booked us a table at Niche, which is an incredible 100% gluten free cafe. They did THREE VARIATIONS of sausage and mash- living the dream right there. I opted for the Sleeping Beauty sausages, which had lemon balm and lavender in, and they came with amazing herby mash, battered onion rings and gravy. As it was fashion weekend, we obviously had to have a glass of prosecco with our meal, and were both so excited by not being restricted by a menu, that we also got dessert. I chose the millionaires mousse pot, which was also amazing and I honestly struggled to finish it all.
Afterwards, despite needing a nap, we headed to the Saatchi gallery for fashion weekend. First port of call were the tote bags, which were designed by Sophia Webster and filled with goodies from various sponsors of the event. We then headed straight to our first show which was J JS Lee. A lot of Lee’s pieces are inspired by architecture and feature strong, boxy, almost masculine silhouettes and shapes. My favourite pieces from the collection were the tweed and tartan pieces, especially the coats.
After the show, we had a look around the stalls of clothing, jewellery and shoes, which was so interesting to see the variety of fabrics and textures (despite not being able to afford the pieces we wanted!) The Saatchi gallery was a great venue for the event, but was so hot, meaning we had to go and buy some water. After quenching our thirst, we headed to our next show which was trend based and sponsored by Avenue 32. This show was our favourite out of the two. I was very excited to hear that the presenter for this show was Laura Jackson as I have always admired her style since seeing her on the cover of Betty magazine.
The trend based show showcased three of the upcoming A/W trends; lace, velvet and winter florals- all of which I can get on board with 100%. I loved the textures of the different fabrics and trends, and the prints and embroidery of the floral pieces were stunning. This show included pieces by some of my favourite designers including Vivetta and Bella Freud, so was definitely worth seeing!
Overall, I had an amazing time at London Fashion Weekend, although I would definitely go for more days next time and stay over, to avoid the long train journey home!