In case you missed my incessant ramblings, here and on twitter, last weekend I spent a few days running around Somerset House and central London, attending London Fashion Week. And generally having a rather fabulous time. In the spirit of my fellow bloggers, including one of my fabulous companions for my LFW experience, Amanda (aka The Online Stylist), here is my LFW photo diary:
The boyf was more than a little disgruntled when I took over our bedroom and bed three days in a row, in an attempt to hone my Fashion Week wardrobe and fit it all into my teeny tiny suitcase!
By Thursday evening, time was up and with everything (but the kitchen sink!) packed, the boyf made sure I was safely stowed on the train and I sank back into my seat and set about making my nails LFW-ready. Sparkles anyone?
When I eventually arrived in London, late on Thursday night, I headed straight to My Old Dutch in Kensington to feast on pancakes and catch up with old friends.
LFW Day 1:
My first offiial London Fashion Week show on Friday morning at 10am was Corrie Nielsen at the Old Sorting House, off of New Oxford Street. A fabulous location and beautifully lit with
thousands hundreds many single light bulbs hanging from the ceiling.
After Corrie Nielsen, I hot-footed it back to Somerset House for an appointment at Toni & Guy:
My new hair. Plus a rather fabulous fur and stud headband from Charlie May’s debut SS12 collection. En route to the Independent Fashion Blogger’s event at Swarvoski.
Somehow I managed not to take any photos at the IFB event (so this one comes c/o The ‘It’ Guide – thanks!) but it was wonderful to meet – albeit very briedly – Jennine, who works so hard for IFB and to hear the other bloggers discuss The Business of Blogging.
My afternoon on Friday was a little less manic, as I spent some time chilling out at Somerset House and making friends. And visiting the Orla Kiely SS12 presentation:
Friday evening was spent eating well and making more new friends at Automat where I dined with Amanda (The Online Stylist), Helen (The It Guide), Olivia (My New Favourite Thing), Briony (A Girl, A Style), Lucy (Helen’s partner in crime!), Lucy (The Luxe Life) and my super stylish sis! Great crowd and great food.
Sis and I headed home after dinner and fell into bed, happy and excited for the next day.
LFW Day 2:
London Fashion Week make-up was mainly Boots 17’s eyeshadow trio in Vengeance and Chanel’s nail polsih in Blue Boy.
After a lovely lazy morning spent mainly lying in bed and watching old episodes of Outnumbered on iPlayer, super stylish sis and I decided to drag ourselves out of the house just in time for
brunch lunch at the lovely Blanche Eatery on the corner of her street:
When we got to Somerset House, Jasper Conran’s SS12 show was about to start and we managed to sneak in at the back to capture the gorgeous collection.
Later in the afternoon we met up with Amanda to attend the Jaeger London SS12 show. As rain began to fall over central London we sheltered under cover in the queue for the BFC space. Others weren’t so luck:
Whilst queuing Amanda kept getting tweets and texts that her style icon, Olivia Palermo, was on her way to the Jaeger show and as we went in, we could spot straight away where she was on the front row by the mass of paps surrounding her. As we left we decided to do a little style stalking. This was the best my pap skills managed though:
For further information on Olivia’s outfit, head over the The Online Stylist for her expert regular What Olivia Wore column!
After a little blogging on my Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1 (very kindly lent to me by Samsung for Fashion Week) in the Somerset House lobby, we headed home for dinner:
LFW Day 3:
A wander through Mayfair and the obligatory stop at Marc by Marc Jacobs on South Audley Street was the perfect antidote to the madness and whirlwind of Fashion Week and Somerset House, on Sunday morning.
I’ll show you what I purchased very soon!
At 12.30, stylish sis and I joined Helen, Amanda and Lucy at Selfridges on Oxford Street, for a conversation between Rachel Zoe and Marie Claire on How to get into fashion:
Whilst enjoying a bottle of bubbly:
And listening to the lady herself:
After a wonderful and exciting weekend, on Sunday afternoon I bade farewell to my fashion companions and boarded my train, headed home to Cardiff. Happy and just a little tired.