StyleOnTheCouch Loves: London Fashion Weekend

Neatly positioned at the rear of London Fashion Week is London Fashion Weekend.  With just a little time to recover from the new and forthcoming collections, London Fashion Weekend is an opportunity to get your fix of well established and emerging British designers by shopping the labels under one roof.  Throw in a little catwalk show of the major trends for spring and it’s the perfect fashion fix!

During my trip home to the UK I met the lovely Anna (pic below) from South Molton Street Style at the event.  Anna’s blog is a great round up of British designers both high street and other and it’s often the place I visit when I’m feeling a bit out of the loop with British fashion.  Anna and I talked about it being a great time to “be British” and I’ve been pondering this ever since.  What do you think? We felt that somewhere in between the Royal wedding and Stella McCartney‘s special London Fashion Week presentation things got kinda cool again for us Brits.

I love the emerging talent that abounds in London fashion design – London Fashion Weekend showcases some of my favourite innovators: Liz Black, Jaegar and By Malene Birger really stand out for me.

I’d recommend heading to London Fashion Weekend if you should find yourself in London for fashion week.

And what is a fashion blogger to do after a spot of shopping? Head to The Savoy down the road from Somerset House (the home of London Fashion Week and Weekend) for tea and biscuits.  Which, Blog Reader, is exactly what we did.

Wearing: blue legging jeans from GAP; Heels from Nine West; Clutch from the Etsy shop of Taylor in Curly In The City; Klara asymmetric button down from Anthropologie; jacket from River Island.  Sunglasses, TopShop.

London Fashion Week: Topshop Unique

I’m sad to be missing London Fashion Week, therefore very happy to have this guest feature for StyleOnTheCouch written by my friend and fellow fashion blogger Anna of South Molton Street Style on the new collection from Topshop:

Topshop Unique

I’m very excited to be writing this post for Sarah, who has been a true support for me as a new blogger this year.  This is my first fashion week as a fully fledged blogster and despite the overwhelming amount of outfits, shows and content to look at – it’s very, very exciting.  One of the most stylish shows so far has to be the clever guys at Topshop, launching their Unique range for SS12

 The show took place at the former Eurostar (London to Paris train) terminal in Waterloo, which was a perfect choice – combining the tradition of the Topshop name with the modern, edgy and bold Unique range. The guests flooded in via an escalator into the venue, Topshop is a big name both sides of the Atlantic.  The F-Row said it all; Naomi Campbell decked out in McQueen, Anna Wintour in Erdem and Olivia Palermo working her ‘frail but feisty’ look as only she can do so well.

Images from InsideOut, Topshop’s blog

Inspiration for this range?  Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra.  Karen Bonser, Creative Director, took the opulence and glamour of the Egyptian Queen and imagined her in urban London. (I also think they presumed she’d be into the hip-hop scene too, judging by the visors and sportsluxe pieces).  The result?  Fabulous.

The brand seemed to lean on three central trends; bondage, sportsluxe and metallics – with hints of romance and Grecian thrown in.  Oversize sweats, visors and sweat pants in vibrant prints ticked the ‘Sportsluxe box,’ – various bodycon pieces and leotards did the same for bondage and pretty much every look, including the make up had something gold and shiny in it. 

Overall, Topshop Unique is retro, powerful and magnetic.  If Cleopatra bred with the Fresh Prince – their offspring’s look would have mirrored some of the outfits worn by the models at the show…  Fantastically brilliant, and even more amazing – its high street.  Prices start from £25.  Hooray!

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