Sunday, 17 February 2013

What to do at LFW if you don't have a pass.

One of my life long dreams has been to go to London Fashion Week. As I've had a love affair with London which started years before my permanent move here, I see London fashion as easily the most exciting and fashion forward of the lot. Yet despite living in London for nearly a year and a half now, I've shied away from Fashion Week, assuming it was entirely exclusive, and weedy Primark types such as myself would not be welcome. Plus, I wasn't about to get press accreditation any time soon. But this coming season's exhibits inspired me to finally walk the cobbles, alongside my entirely more confident and exuberant friend Sean, press ticket or no press ticket. And I am glad to report that Fashion week can still be a wonderful experience even if you haven't been formally invited, as long as you like gawping at other people's fashion choices and spotting celebrities, which I definitely do. Also, Somerset House is so good for outfit posts that it was as if it had been lit up by everyone's Instagrams (yes, I'm a poet.) photo 159_zpsf3514406.jpg
After deciding on a whim that I would be attending Fashion week this season, dahling, I had a massive panic over my outfit of choice. Standard stuff I know. It was literally a case of 'I have so many clothes but nothing to wear!' Not being an outlandish dresser by heart, I decided to go for something that I truly felt comfortable in (apart from those damn wedges) which mixed my usual bargain choices with my absolute favourite British designer, Luella Bartley.
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Headband - Topshop
Dress (worn as Top) - Primark
Skirt - Luella
Shoes - Charity Shop
Bag - Charity Shop (originally Lulu Guinness.)

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Rings - Jordan Catalano ring from Flamingo Cupcake, Space Alien ring as part of a set from Topman.

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Atmosphere wise, I was pleasantly surprised to find that people weren't shouting 'FAKER' at me from across the cobbles, which my anxiety ridden mind had forced me to believe they would. Somerset House is open to all, and is full of the most stylish people, casually posing BUT DEFINITELY NOT POSING for the barrage of street style photographers sniffing around. It's probably the only place in London where it's actually acceptable to take a photograph of someone without asking. And everyone adores it. I actually got some positive comments on my look, whilst Sean and I were seen in some ways as a Gothic twin pairing (I think it might have been the matching lippie).
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Sean wore
Hat - H&M (lent from me)
Coat - Topshop
Bag - Etsy, (Lent from me)
Trousers - Charity Shop (again, mine.)
Shoes - Doc Martens

Sean's outfit came from his modest desire to dress as ridiculously as possible. Whilst I agonised for hours over whether to go for conventional black or equally-conventional-by-fashion-week-terms Pastel hues, Sean rifled through my wardrobe spotting the best fashion week potentials that he could borrow from me.
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Sean's makeup inspiration came to him after watching Bjork's video for 'Venus as a Boy' and he's been getting some very strange looks after wearing it to his lectures ever since.The Lipstick, carefully applied as a last minute street style spotting aid, is Black Cherry by Revlon.

Other details and outfits I spotted:
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The world's most adorable street style pairing.
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The trusty (and frankly awesome) Cambridge Satchel.

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The most well dressed man I have ever seen in my life.



Overall, what I learned from my taste of Fashion Week was that it was more like a playground for the insanely stylish rather than an exclusive event founded on fashion snobbery. Or maybe it's both, I'm not sure. Either way, there are some people out there that put my own clothing efforts to shame. I had better up my game.

Thanks for reading! Belphoebe x
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  2. Great post! I wish I was confident enough to go for a wander around Somerset House during Fashion Week, purely to see everyones amazing outfits!

    You look lovely, really like your coat and the Jordan Catalano ring!

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