Monday, 28 September 2015

His Name Is #RIxChristopherShannon

Top - Topman
Trousers - Borderline Apparel
Boots - Topman

Working alongside the British Fashion Council, River Island commission carefully selected designers each season to create limited edition collections. Titled the 'Design Forum', the collection aims to provide a platform for exciting design talent by bringing exclusive, limited edition pieces which push the boundaries of fashion on the high street. Since its launch in 2012, some of my absolute favorite designers have taken part in the initiative, including Tom Lipop, Katie Eary, Joseph Turvey, and  James Long. This season the privilege has been awarded to Christopher Shannon, and the lovely people at River Island have been kind enough to gift me a few pieces from the collection, my favorite of which I am wearing on the outfit above! Christopher Shannon designed the collection with the modern city guy in mind (which is what I guess I am these days!), with a good dose of 90's style thrown in. He described the collection as 'Post-party and slightly tough'. The great thing about this collection is that not only the quality of design, but also of the garments themselves. The sweatshirt is made from the softest cotton jersey, and is so comfy it's like wearing a hug. Inspired by the styling of the accompanying fashion film, which was unveiled at the LC:M BFC Fashion Film screening event, I layered a white roll neck under the sweatshirt. I love the sports-luxe vibe of the collection, but wanted the look to stay true to my own personal style, so I paired the top half with my man-skirt-come-leggings from Borderline, and white boots. I completed the sporty vibe with a backpack. I wore this outfit to go shopping with my friend Charlotte yesterday. We had planned to go to the Moschino sample sale, but like complete idiots we somehow managed to get the day wrong. I'm sure my bank account thanks me for that! Anyway, check out the Christopher Shannon Design Forum collection here, and watch the fashion film below.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

His Name Is #LFW Day 3

Blazer - Joseph
Roll Neck - H&M
Socks - H&M
Shoes - Dr Martens

Day 3 of Fashion Week for me was technically Day 4, as I didn't do anything fashion week related on the Sunday. This was the day of the Joseph fashion show, so even though I had tickets to a few other shows, I couldn't go because I had to be in work. Of course, working at the Joseph fashion show meant that I just had to wear something Joseph. Luckily I managed to get myself some uniform on the Friday before, so I had a selection of things to choose from to wear. Even though the felt blazer I blogged about a few weeks ago was never put into production, there is still a great selection of felt pieces in the Joseph Autumn/Winter collection. I chose two such pieces, one of which I decided to wear at the show. This blazer has such a great shape and I love the chunky zip detailing. Inspired by the Joseph Autumn/Winter collection I paired the blazer with these amazing military wool trousers I found on Asos by Reclaimed Vintage. You know I can't ever wear too much colour haha, so everything else I wore was of course black. A simple black roll neck and black Dr Martens shoes complete the look.

So I think this was one of the longest days I have ever worked. Starting at 8 am, and not finishing until midnight, I had to be around just in case I was needed to assist with the fashion show in any way. In the end, there wasn't actually much I could assist with. I helped fold press releases and stuff them into envelopes, and help with the transportation of the collection to and from the venue. The show itself, however, was not a let down. The venue was amazing. Located in the Hayward gallery, the small space was transformed into a beautiful venue with mirrored walls and a solid oak catwalk with raw edges. Two triangular benches situated in the center of the room divided the space. The collection itself was a beautiful selection of deconstructed garments, completely owning tying in all forms. My favorite pieces including a maxi striped shirt dress and some fantastic belted pieces featuring d ring straps, taking the collection full circle. After the show I had to pack up the backstage area and get the collection back to the showroom, where I had to get the collection merchandised ready for the Wholesale campaign. So that's fashion week over for me for another season. Can't honestly say I enjoyed fashion week this season, but I can only hope next season will be a much more enjoyable experience.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

His Name Is #LFW Day 2

Harness - Elastigear
Boots - Dr Martens

A beautiful sunny Saturday morning and Day 2 of London Fashion Week. Today I decided to channel one of my favorite brands (that I totally can't afford) - Givenchy. I bought the elastic harness a few weeks ago as a payday treat to myself from new brand Elastigear. Self described as 'fashionably restrained', Elastigear stocks a range of elasticated harnesses and accessories in really unusual designs, and all very reasonably priced. Although there were a few different designs I wanted, I eventually chose the Gauntlet harness in Black. Although the harness is designed to fit up to a 36" waist, I did find it a bit tight, and I am by no means a big guy. I found it to be much more comfortable when I wore it backwards, and actually I preferred the shapes it created on my body when the cross was at the back. I layered the harness over a white longline shirt, which I then paired with basic black jeans. My accessories provided another nod to my muse Givenchy (or I guess specifically Riccardo Tisci), using white laces in my Dr Martens boots, and a clean zip detail clutch bag. After getting my housemate to get a few quick snaps of me, I headed off to my first (and only) show of the day - Julien Macdonald.

So clearly I left it far too late applying for fashion show tickets this season as I haven't had many, but I was super lucky that one of the few tickets I did get was a big name. Maybe it was the Welsh connection that gave me the edge, who knows, but I'm so glad I went, as this collection gave me a newfound respect for the designer from my homeland. I've never been a huge fan of his work, and I was expecting the usual riot of colour and tight, low cut sparkly cocktail dresses, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the Spring/Summer 16 collection. The womenswear brought to mind the glory days of Balmain - when it had that cool rocker edge a few years ago, before the Kardashians threw up all over it (or is that vice versa?). One thing is for sure, the man knows how to make women look sexy, but this season they had a much cooler edge, with slicked back hair and sultry eyes. The show culminating in the most beautiful jumpsuit come bridal dress with stunning embroidery and the perfect train. But the major surprise was the triumphant selection of menswear. I. Am. In. Love. I seriously want it all. Those all black knits, the sandals, and even the embellished pieces are exactly what I want from a menswear collection right now. I loved the sheer knit leggings layers under shorts, and the silhouettes of some of the silk pieces were excellent. After the show I headed to the Brewer street car park to see what the situation is now that fashion week is no longer at Somerset House. Luckily I wasn't the only one baffled by the move, with many people I spoke to not really knowing where to hang out now that there is no courtyard. After about 10 minutes of fighting through the crowds of people congregated in the street outside the carpark, I decided enough was enough and headed home. I have a few tickets for Monday and Tuesday, but unfortunately can't go due to work, so tomorrows blog post will be purely about the Joseph fashion show, and that will be it from me for this fashion week.