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.

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.

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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.

Somerset House | London Fashion Week

Orla Kiely, Urbancode, Dune London, Davidoff, Silk and Suits, Mariko Kuo
Orla Kiely, Urbancode, Dune London, Davidoff, Silk and Suits, Mariko Kuo
Orla Kiely, Urbancode, Dune London, Davidoff, Silk and Suits, Mariko Kuo
Orla Kiely, Urbancode, Dune London, Davidoff, Silk and Suits, Mariko Kuo
IMG_6653Orla Kiely, Urbancode, Dune London, Davidoff, Silk and Suits, Mariko Kuo

I always think fashion week is not long enough.  As with all other fashion weeks past, this London fashion week was full of excitement but felt like it was all over just as it started.  It is simply too short with too many shows and events jam packed in four short days!  Where to start! My day started with Orla Kiely’s “all quiet in the library” presentation followed by a very delightful bloggers brunch at Hoxton hotel.  I absolutely love catching up and meeting other bloggers and fashion week is the best time of the year to make new friends.

These photographs were taken at Somerset House just before the Pavane show.  Both Anisa and I had 10 minutes (literary) so check out the main show space.

Jacket and trousers: Orla Kiely

Faux fur coat: Urbancode

Handbag: Davidoff

Photographed by Cristiana Malcica.

Midnight Daydream with OverMyBody.com

Mariko Kuo, Silk and Suits, Keepsake, Overmybody, Urban Code
Mariko Kuo, Silk and Suits, Keepsake, Overmybody, Urban Code
Mariko Kuo, Silk and Suits, Keepsake, Overmybody, Urban Code
Mariko Kuo, Silk and Suits, Keepsake, Overmybody, Urban Code

Fashion week has taught me one very good lesson: there is a first time for everything. I have been dying to do a night shoot since starting Silk and Suits, but have never been able to make my wish a reality. People have told me that shooting with flash is never ideal so I have reluctantly stayed away from shooting at night. This however, changed very abruptly in the midst of fashion week. Perhaps I have the busyness of fashion week to thank as with shows and events during the day, the only viable time to shoot was after hours. Although it was a first for both of us and I was heavily reliant on Cristiana’s expertise to smooth out the technical hurdles, this turned out to be one of the most enjoyable shoots to date (and look at the results!). The midnight experiment was definitely a success and a great daydream which I hope to repeat soon again.

Speaking of first times, I am super excited for being able to introduce OverMyBody.com to you. For the first time ever, OverMyBody.com gives us shoppers in the UK the ability to purchase pieces from the hottest international labels without having to pay sky high shipping and custom fees. With a solid list of brands including up and coming Australian labels such as Keepsake, Finders Keepers and Cameo, to LA based favourites such as For Love and Lemons, Minkpink and Cali Dreaming, this is definitely a go to UK Based e-commerce site for anyone looking for a way to buy the lust worthy items from our favourite labels for an affordable fee. Check out OverMyBody.com here!

Keepsake top and skirt available at OverMyBody.com.

Faux fur coat: Urbancode

Sandal: Dune London Chantilly lace up sandal

Photographed during London Fashion Week by Cristiana Malcica.