London Fashion Week SS15: part 2 of my Oxford Street Fashion Showcase blog

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The second part of my London Fashion Week SS15 trend round-up for the Oxford Street Fashion Showcase is now live at Oxford Street is London’s major shopping destination, embracing today’s high-low way of shopping with the best high street brands in the world alongside luxury fashion, accessories and beauty from our iconic department stores.

I’ve edited down next season’s collections to those trends that are accessible now. Meaning you can identify and adapt the key emerging looks, head to Oxford Street and buy them straight away. Why wait?


Trend report: Levi’s 501s reinvented

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This summer, I noticed a trend emerging that I couldn’t wait to hit the high street. All the skater boys were wearing too-short jeans, an inch or so above their battered Vans and it’s a look I’ve always loved.

The skinny jeans obsession has peaked so we’re after something new. and as it coincides with Normcore, I’m just going to say it – welcome back Levi’s 501, I’ve missed you.

How I’d like to wear too-short 501s? Exactly like this. If your 501s aren’t this length when you buy them, you can get them altered at the Levi’s store, fast and free (I think mine were done in a day). And the walkable heels showing just a bit of skin are a refreshing change from Tribute-style ankle-breakers (RIP).

LK Bennett sells slingbacks like this and Kurt Geiger’s courts and D’Orsays are a brand staple. Or if you have cash to splash, head to Saint Laurent, Charlotte Olympia, Dior or Gianvito Rossi

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London Fashion Week: blogging for the Oxford Street Fashion Showcase

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I’ve been working with as part of the Oxford Street Fashion Showcase this season, reporting on SS15 trends from London Fashion Week. My first post has gone live, highlighting some of next season’s emerging looks (that you can buy into now if you follow my advice). Click here to read.

Britain is famous for having the best high street brands in the world and Oxford Street is where they all sit, alongside our excellent department stores which support our established and emerging designers. Don’t miss the activity that’s going on on Oxford Street – from talks, to styling workshops. Everything you need to know is on Look out for part two of my report this week.


London Fashion Week SS15 highlights: Day 4

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The answer to the question “why do we still need fashion shows?” was answered succinctly on Monday with Thomas Tait’s powerpacked, techno-soundtracked stomper of a show. Fashion shows need emotion, energy and feeling in order to express something these days, the clothes are only part of the story. And so Tait created tension and anticipation in his concrete box of a location, with walls painted in collaboration with artist Georges Rousse setting an intriguing scene.

When the models came out, depending on where you sat, they appeared to be marching out of the painted walls, their graphic, strategically-slashed dresses matching the artwork. I was sat directly in front of a speaker, so the whole experience was amplified to the power of ten. It transported me back to those early London McQueen shows – raw, powerful and heart-pounding. It definitely made the show feel much more of an experience and was the most exciting show of the week for me. (A special shout out goes to the shoes, equally aggressive with their upturned spike heels.)


Erdem‘s show was another evocative production, a dark, tropical setting with a sinister hint of Lord of The Flies. I loved the styling of ornate gowns paired with flat black brogues. After the show I was interviewed by Daisy Lowe for her segment of the BBC Iplayer fashion week documentary which airs tomorrow. I grabbed a couple of shots of her interviewing Vogue’s Alexandra Shulman outside the venue, then directing the street-style paps, telling them where to stand to get her best angle!

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Burberry’s gone kawaii!  I sensed something was up by the new-style invitation (colourful graphics rather than tasteful cream card) and the printed plastic roof. There was a definite nod to the new youth consumer at Burberry Prorsum, with Vivienne Westwood-ish hourglass denim, cropped furry jackets and trainers on the runway. It was a world away from luxe, heritage Burberry, right down to the sky blue nail polish (which as usual, you can buy now for a limited time. Click HERE). Although I found a few of the pieces a little overdone, the finale of printed trenches was colourful and playful. Burberry also partnered with Youtube this season to give online show viewers additional content. Click on the icon in the top left corner of the video below to customise your view.


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Pitstop at The Delaunay… a good (and rather beautiful) hideaway between shows

Over at Somerset House I managed to steal a half hour to look at the NEWGEN designers on the stands, sponsored by Topshop. It’s always great to see Claire Barrow’s hand illustrated pieces up close. I love her uncompromising vision and how she manages to make her work both personal yet commercial.  I also got a closer look at Ashley Williams’ teen-centric collection, having seen her show the day before. She’s collaborating with Coca-Cola for SS15 with some amazing jewellery and this knit top (which says Coke in Chinese)…


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I took the evening off from show-going and blogging to indulge in a two-hours-plus film screening of Malcolm McLaren: The Anarchist Generation. It’s long but it’s full of gems, especially McLaren himself telling stories of his life (how true they are, who knows…) plus some amazing old footage of early Westwood shows. I think we’re ready to see shows like this and this again…

London Fashion Week SS15 highlights: Day 3

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Yesterday was my favourite LFW day in terms of the designers I love. Preen, Toga, Topshop and Margaret Howell all rank high on my radar.

Preen veered off on an ultra-bright tangent compared to the monochrome minimalism of some of the shows we’ve seen so far. I liked the starker, print-free pieces, especially these jackets with the primary-coloured zips…

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was a celebration of young Brits-on-staycation – think seaside stripes and dreamy going-out dresses, no doubt likely to be worn irl with a parka jacket and trainers. The show itself was energy packed with a make-up station, the #topshopwindow Instagram wall and a pop-up cafe laden with sweet, tooth-aching snacks.

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Essential pre-show reading: Topshop mag and Suzy Menkes’ daily free-sheet (is this the start of Suzy Menkes, the brand?)
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I have to say how much easier the presentations are to navigate than actual shows. No waiting around, no seating plan dramas, no camera-phone rage – everyone finds their spot, takes their pics, perhaps enjoys a drink or two and possibly even a chat with the designer. Toga’s shows are great, with girls posing patiently on podiums. The collection was so good, inspired by fragmented mirrors and abstract paintings. The mirror jewellery and string-mesh bags were my standouts…

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Margaret Howell
changed things up slightly this season with a new stylist and a new venue, showing at the Rambert dance company on the South Bank, as part of London Open House Weekend (a public architecture initiative that lets you peek into private buildings). The show gave us Howell’s vision of summer in the city – a uniform of perfect grey knits, loose T-shaped dresses, pleated skirts with socks and sandals plus the odd flirty bustier or two. It didn’t reinvent the wheel but you did sense a different energy. Incidentally Burberry Prorsum also looks to be switching things up with a new style of playful invitation. Will we see a new show format today?

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In amongst the show-going, brands like to shoehorn plenty of extra curricular activity. I didn’t need much persuading to check out Jimmy Choo‘s new three-storey Bond Street townhouse. It’s a slick operation with all sorts of VIP touches including a bespoke customisation service in which you can chose your own leather and have your initials stamped on your undersoles. Well why wouldn’t you?


Mulberry opted for a showroom appointment system instead of a show and I have to say, I preferred this celeb-free zone. The showroom was jam packed with flowers, a tribute to Kew Gardens (if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll remember the invite…). My favourite piece was the Delphie Duo bag, a minimalist transformer bag that unfolds to reveal a swappable outer cover in a different colour.

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Rejina Pyo is a recently discovered name that I like very much (top and below). Her geometric shapes, bright primary colours and slashed knees in her skirts and dresses are very intruging! One to keep an eye on for sure…
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Samsung and Apple go head to head for the fashion pound

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If there was any doubt that phones are now fashion accessories, last week rammed that thought home. With Apple‘s major unveiling during New York Fashion Week with key fashion press in the front row and Natalie Massenet representing (will she be selling the new Apple devices on Net-a-Porter?), the fashionisation of our everyday tech gear is indisputable.

OK the big fuss was all around the smart Watch but the general consensus among the fashion contingent is it ain’t all that (yet). Continue reading

London Fashion Week SS15 highlights: Day 2

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London designers are known for their youthful experimentation but they’ve becoming equally adept at delivering polished wearability. Day two’s highlights included Lucas Nascimento’s sheer, precision-cut layers (above and below), Joseph’s serene sportswear and Whistles’ luxe leather separates.

Even J.W Anderson surprised with extreme commerciality on his catwalk (combined with clever creativity of course), giving us that spring perennial ‘nautical chic’ his way, involving strategic cut-outs and rope details all accessorised with fetishy floppy leather hats. Continue reading

London Fashion Week SS15 highlights: Day 1

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London Fashion Week kicked off with two buzzy new names. Faustine Steinmetz showed as part of New Gen with her first presentation, a clever exploration of couture and branding, set in the suitably arty ICA.

I’m so impressed by this young designer, whose obsession for hands-on labour and figuring things out results in mind boggling textile experiments. On display were denim-look jackets of polyester styled out like Shibori (“It’s not Shibori at all! I actually handpainted it, I just like that look,” Steinmetz told me), and a jeans-n-jacket combo made from unravelled layers of upcycled denim creating a tufty fringe effect. Continue reading

Ask Alison: Digital runways and the evolution of live-streaming at NYFW & LFW

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Here’s the latest ‘Ask Alison’ post from retail expert and DRG contributor, ALISON BISHOP who unpacks her physical-meets-digital findings so far from the SS15 fashion show season…


The fashion show is dead. Long live the interactive, digital brand experience now taking place during New York and London fashion weeks, where consumers, influencers and their collective social media clout are the preferred global audience. Continue reading

Shinola watches arrive at Net-a-Porter

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Shinola klaxon! Yummy new Shinola watches have just landed at Net-a-Porter. The Detroit-based brand is getting a lot of attention at the mo for its leather goods, paper goods, watches and own-brand cola (called Shinola Cola obvs).

I like the classic understatement of these. They’re just masculine enough, without looking overly butch. I like the size too. I have tiny wrists so I can’t get away with those gigantic dinner plate watches that everyone loves. You can buy them HERE.

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