Let's talk shoes.

28 February 2010

Thank you for everyones lovely comments about Burberry, I was so lucky. I still keep pinching myself and wondering if it was all a dream! Unfortunately, I've returned to a harsh thud back to reality with university deadlines approaching imminently!

Since the last few posts have been very LFW focused, it's about time for an outfit post no?

My day started with a cup of tea and some yummy slices of hot cross bun loaf and toast smeared with Kaya (Coconut Jam).
Coat (UO) Tote (Mulberry for LFW)
I'm all layered up and everytime I wear these socks, I think of the days of primary school. I used to own the same socks but in white and they were a staple of my summer uniform. I wonder what my 10yr old self would think of these?
Cardi (Oasis) Grey Tee, worn underneath Blouse (UO) Sheer Blouse (Topshop) Skirt (H&M) Belt (New Look) Knee Socks (Topshop) Oxfords (H&M)
Surprisingly, nail-polish free today!
Ring (Alexander McQueen)
It's still a bit too chilly to go without tights...so I am wearing some skin coloured tights under the knee socks! My mother stared at my legs and poked them a few times to make sure I was layered up ha.
I went with my mother and little sister for some shopping. I amazingly resisted everything but a few things did catch my eye! I went into BHS which is a low cost department store in the UK. One I rarely ever venture into but I was oddly taken with these patent shoes. I can't decide whether they are ugly or pretty. Somewhere in between but they were super comfy. It also goes to show that you can find some nice things in places you would never have considered before.
However, they remained on the shelf but then I found these beauties at River Island.
I don't know whether to cave and buy them seeing as they're only £25. What do you think? You can never have too many brogues right? I know that KB from I Want You To Know would agree...especially this post!


Burberry Prorsum AW10

24 February 2010

I am now back in the Midlands and away from the fashion capital that is London. I'm a little sad to see the end of my time at LFW but it's been a good un'.

Early Tuesday morning, I checked my emails to discover an email from Burberry asking me to pick up my ticket at HQ! After staring at the screen wondering if it was all a big hoax, I gathered up my things and hot footed it out of my friends flat in North London and navigated my way the Burberry HQ. After feeling pretty proud that I didn't get lost finding the building, I was greeted with a humungus image of Emma Watson and then presented with a visitors pass. I had no idea they were taking a photo of me...so excuse the funny face and my specs! Ha.
A very gorgeous Jamie from the marketing dept handed me my invite which was a bit posh! Inside was a little metal card which was my invite. It is actually amazing and I couldn't believe this invite was in my hands. Madness.
Even crazier is the fact it was a seated ticket!
I walked past the Burberry tent which was still being set up. I also happened to walk past Christopher Bailey on my way...no I didn't stop to chat, I couldn't think of what to say!
After hopping on the tube I met up with Fiona from SOS Save Our Shoes again and we made it to Topshop and had a good old chat with Disney Roller Girl and Oh Elle who are absolutely lovely. Coco's Tea Party was also there but unfortunately I didn't get to say hi. The event was really for people who were interested in starting blogs so we didn't have many questions to ask. It was just nice to meet them in person and discuss the hot topic of the bad press that bloggers are getting. It's a subject that I am a little fed up with at the moment. I'm sure things will blow over soon.

Soon it was time for me to hit the Burberry Tent. It was the wierdest experience ever. Upon arrival, there were a line of guys with Burberry umbrellas, there to escort the guests inside the tent. I didn't know whether to make chit chat but I ended up pretending he wasn't there. Aha.
Once inside, I was seated next to Oh Elle who had made it over from the blogging workshop and also Liberty London Girl. It was so nice to meet her in real life, she is very lovely and actually knew who I was! If you read my tweets leading up to the show (before my phone died) then you would have read that rain was projected onto the walls and sounds of thunder and lightning was all around. So atmospheric!

Yes, it was a star studded event which made me feel a little strange to be at the show. We spotted Philip Green making chit chat with Anna Wintour. Hmmm what about I wonder?
MK, Kate Hudson, Kristen Stewart and Claire Danes (madness right?)
Now on to the most important part. The collection itself. Christopher Bailey sent some stunning coats and jackets down the runway. I am in love with the big woolly collars.

I loved the cut of this yellow cropped jacket which has a boxy geometric look in the way it hangs off the body.
It wouldn't be Burberry without a bit of killer tailoring.
Cropped jackets are usually chilly affairs but this one looked as if it would keep you warm! The lace detail is gorgeous and was one of many textures that were seen coming down the runway.

The colours on the runway were rich, jewelled colours which are always a favourite with AW. The gorgeous crushed velvet number below was stunning as it come down the runway, especially as the light hit the fabric.
This was my favourite jacket. I've included the Style photo for a more detailed photo. It's such a tough looking jacket which was especially beautiful with the blue velvet skirt. I liked how the shades of blue velvet brought out the grey tones in the black jacket.
These are other looks that I loved which I didn't manage to get clear images of. Thank goodness for Style! I love the soft layering on the left and the woolly, shearling (aka sheepskin) detail on the lower half of the coat on the right. Bailey's theme of uniform and cadet girls quite eminent in these looks. Check out those Python boots!

Lots more shearling was seen on the runway in soft colours of Chocolate, soft grey, charcoal, cranberry and cream. Hmm Cranberries and Cream? Now I'm hungry.
I adore this beauitful shade and check out that collar. Snuggly.
It was an incredible show and I can't believe I was there!
I couldn't see the shoes from where I was sitting (apart from shots on the screens on either side of the runway which was a clever idea) These were my favourite shoes which graced the runway that afternoon. Buckles and shearling lined make a great combo.

All detail shots from Style.com
I bumped very briefly into Susie as I was leaving who always looks fabulous in real life and on her blog. Aindrea from Fashionista Du Jour made excellent company on the way home too. We couldn't stop grinning in disbelief that we were actually at the show. I had such a great time at my first ever fashion week. I didn't go to many shows unlike some bloggers but what a show to end it on.

Thank you Burberry for inviting me and making my year!



London on a Sunday

23 February 2010

I don't know how bloggers have the time to blog straight after shows and I am already a day behind. I have so much to tell! Firstly Aussie were awesome and helped me out in obtaining a ticket for one of the shows from the main schedule. I was in complete awe that I got to attend a show in the BFC tent in Somerset House. So it was an early morning call for the Betty Jackson show but it was well worth it. The house was packed and there were plenty of bloggers about- none of which I recognised...but saw that the girl standing in line next to me was reading her twitter and followed my lovely friends Fi and LJ over at SOS Save Our Shoes.

The show was pretty good and actually standing tickets were great. Especially as I am so short, I wouldn't have seen a thing sitting down. As you can see from my photos, it was classic Betty with some muted Autumn colours such as gold, greens and rusty oranges.
Sorry my photos are so blurry, unfortunately I can't afford a Dslr...one day! Blurryness aside, I really loved this little number with the detailed cardigan and the dusky pink blouse and Hareem-like trousers.
More gold/bronze looks.
The underwear as outerwear was in full force and it goes to show how something that was seen as radical last year has made it into the collection of such a classic designer.
I thoroughly enjoyed the show and felt so priviledged just to be there!
After the show, Somerset house seemed almost deserted. The heavens opened and the rain just kept on coming.
I retreated into the nearest Starbucks for a Mocha, pain au chocolat and a tweet until the rain subsided enough for me to head over to the tube.
I waited at Green Park for my friend and played with my camera. These were the shoes that I bought on Saturday because heels and cobbles at Somerset house do not go. Some people are so dedicated but no more heels for me.
As a treat from Aussie, they booked a table for two in the posh Automat in Mayfair for brunch! Rachael and I feasted on posh food and looked on in envy as priviledged 6yr olds had a birthday party in there. As Rach handed over my copy of the FW Daily paper, I spilt my orange juice and I'm pretty sure I splashed the lady next to me. Oops. See, there is a reason why I don't spend time in these places. I am such a clutz.
I was sad to see that DSM was shut on a Sunday but I will return one day and take a closer look at the beautiful but unafforable clothing.
We headed back to Covent garden and went back to the lovely Primrose Bakery that Selina, KB and I went to the last time we were in London. We had some more pretty cupcakes courtesy of Aussie. Yum.
We stopped in Urban Outfitters and took photos of ourselves in the silly geek glasses. I actually need glasses...but wish I had some cool fifties style ones!
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The last thing of the day was the Emma Cook film presentation. It was only a very short film and there were not very many friendly bloggers there. A smile or two would have been nice! I attempted small talk but was not successful. Emma's film presented lots of furry hats, boots and pretty prints.
Definitely TopShop worthy. I do love a good black and white print and this horse one is perfect.
As I was heading out of the venue, I crosssed paths with Hilary Alexander on the way out...kind of wish I had stayed and attempted to crash the show that she was going to. Though we all know the backlash that bloggers have been getting over the last few days concerning LFW. I hate to see all bloggers stereotyped as freebie loving, arrogant, attention seeking wannabes who feel that they have a right to be at shows. We're not all like that around here!

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