How to do Fashion Week with a Baby

London Fashion Week with a Baby

With my 9 weeks old daughter, Ayame, strapped on me with a sling, Fashion Week this season was very special and a completely new experience.  As Ayame’s first Fashion Week, we only attend a few exclusive events and presentations instead of going to shows which can be very hectic at times.  I was also slightly worried about being constantly on the move with her, but luckily, she seemed to enjoy being around the buzz and basically slept through most events (it was the best background noise for her nap times)!

The highlight of our Fashion Week has to be the Aspinal presentation which had transformed their flagship store into an English garden.  With walls of flowers greeting us from the entrance, Ayame was mesmerised by the vivid colours of their new collection handbags and loved meeting new people.  As a die hard Strictly lover, I also turned into a total fan girl when I saw Bruno Tonioli there!  This Fashion Week has definitely been a memorable experience and I can’t wait to take Ayame to the next one in September! xxx

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Aquascutum SS17 Presentation

Salon 1851

Aquascutum SS17 Presentation

A major highlight of this season’s London Fashion Week was the Aquascutum SS17 presentation entitled ‘Salon 1851’.  My story began a few days before the anticipated presentation at Aquascutum’s head quarters for my fittings and a sneak peak of the presentation to come.  After trying on a few different looks, I was completely hooked on this jumpsuit with fringed details set on a bold navy and white striped fabric.

Set in One Blegravia, one of London’s coveted townhouses next to Buckingham palace, Salon 1851 was an elegant scene which took me back to the romantic days gone past.  The Helmut Newton inspired scene was the perfect setting to showcase the feminine designs by new Brit designer, Kasha Crampton.  With a mix of elegant silhouettes and bold textures and fabrics, the collection encapsulated the identity of Aquascutum completed.

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Read all about the Aquascutum Salon 1851 presentation here.

Jumpsuit | Aquascutum

Bag | Alexander Wang, Sunglasses | Chloe, Necklaces | Gemporia

Photographed by Form 42

Black Lace

Three Floor SS16 Presentation

From smashing its first ever presentation during London Fashion Week to creating a stellar SS16 collection, Three Floor is going from strength to strength.  So it was such an honour to be able to take over Three Floor’s Instagram account during their LFW presentation with the play-by-play of the show.  Being able to see the dream team prepping their models back stage and seeing the collection before anyone else were simply incredible.  I cannot wait to see what Three Floor has to offer next and for this all black ensemble that I am wearing from their SS16 collection to drop!

There is also an exclusive interview on Three Floor’s blog now where I am revealing my top picks from Three Floor’s AW15 collection!  Check out my autumn/winter looks now!

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Pleated blazer, scallop lace top and peplum dim hem skirt | Three Floor SS16 Collection.

Triviata handbag | Launer. Contrast tip cat eye sunglasses | Fendi available at Very Exclusive.

Photographed at London Fashion Week Three Floor SS16 presentation.

Modern Retro

Red Valentino Edit

Fall In Love With the Romantic Italian Label | www.veryexclusive.com

During London Fashion Week, I had the opportunity to wear my favourite Red Valentino pieces around London.  The transparent trench coat layered with a sheer line of spotted lace seemed like a fitting choice to keep my warm and completely weather proofed against London’s temperamental downpours.  Under my protective armoury, I wore Red Valentino’s 60’s inspired polka dot dress which I fell in love with the moment I saw it.  With scalloped pockets and a round neckline, the dress is romantic beyond expectations and is such a playful addition to my wardrobe.

For more selections of Red Valentino’s autumnal offerings, head on over to the Red Valentino Edit on Very Exclusive now!

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Transparent trench coat| Red Valentino. Polka dot dress | Red Valentino.

Photographed at Regent Street during London Fashion Week SS16.

Photography | Form 42.  Photo editing | Mariko Kuo.  Art direction + layout | Mariko Kuo.

Parisian Weekend

Paris Fashion Week SS16

A spontaneous decision to hop on the Eurostar lead to a whimsical Parisian weekend. With just a day’s notice, we booked our tickets, hotel, packed our bags and bid farewell to our beloved Mr. Pugington. There was a slight delay trying to cross the Channel Tunnel, but as we stepped out at Gare du Nord, Ron and I knew that our trip was going to be magical.

With Paris Fashion Week going on, we just about managed to squeeze everything in our schedule and we ended our days feeling accomplished and with a full belly of French cuisine. But the most amazing part of all was being greeted by the beauty of Paris which had been amplified by the gentle autumnal sunshine. Oh Paris in Autumn we will see you soon again.

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Striped bralette| Style Stalker. Cian wide leg trousers | AQ/AQ. Handbag | Amelie Pichard.

Photographed at Jardin des Tuileries during Paris Fashion Week SS16.

Photography | Mariko Kuo.  Art direction + layout | Mariko Kuo.

Piccadilly Circus

London Fashion Week SS16

Lights, camera, action!  London Fashion Week is one of my most anticipated weeks in September when the glittery fashion pack ascend upon the streets of London.  This year, BFC decided to change the main stage venue from the pristine white backdrop of Somerset House to the gritty and raw Brewer Street Car Park.  If I am honest, I preferred the former to the latter, but the change of scene definitely brought some further excitement to LFW.  With photographers and bystanders spilling onto the streets of Soho, it seemed many brands decided to stage their shows and presentations not at the car park, but at their carefully picked locations.  With venues scattered throughout London, logistically, this posed an added element of strategic planning, but all in all, it allowed brands to be more creative in presenting their collections and the WOW factor definitely returned to many catwalk shows and presentations.

A LFW round up story will follow (stay tuned!) but I wanted to share my initial thoughts on this season’s London Fashion Week.  These images were taken as I frantically tried to pin point my Uber driver at Piccadilly Circus to whisk me away to the next show.

Mariko Kuo at LFW SS16 in Launder London, Fendi, Daniel Footwear and Ginger&Smart Mariko Kuo at LFW SS16 in Launder London, Fendi, Daniel Footwear and Ginger&Smart Mariko Kuo at LFW SS16 in Launder London, Fendi, Daniel Footwear and Ginger&Smart Mariko Kuo at LFW SS16 in Launder London, Fendi, Daniel Footwear and Ginger&Smart

Tracery dress with sleeves | Ginger and Smart. Triviata handbag in dove grey | Launer. Contrast tip cat eye sunglasses | Fendi available at Very Exclusive. Positive nude suede fringed stiletto ankle boots | Daniel Footwear. Angular jewellery | Miansai.

Photographed at Piccadilly Circus during London Fashion Week SS16.

Photography | Form 42.  Photo editing | Mariko Kuo.  Art direction + layout | Mariko Kuo.