Thursday, February 20, 2014

London Fashion Week Wrap-Up

"London Fashion Week is so different from any of the others. Compared to the strictness in New York, London seems freer from commercial constraints. Truer to the process, to street style, to a sense of humour." - Alexa Chung

Finally, London Fashion Week - where all the fun begins. New York Fashion Week is beyond amazing, don’t get us wrong, but the second fashion leaves American soil it really does take on a new persona. In London, street style is everything. Londoners are not afraid to express themselves and we couldn’t love it more. What makes this all even more amazing is that the runways directly reflect the free expressions seen on the streets making for some incredibly amazing and elaborate shows.

Samantha's Pick

I love everything about the spirit of London Fashion Week. Designers aren't afraid to go against the grain and you experience less of the whole repetitive trend dilemma. While it was hard to pick just one from all of the fun, whimsical, and dramatic shows I've seen in the past week, I decided on Paul Smith.

Paul Smith's show was so relaxed, so effortless, and so "pajama-chic". He specifically channeled the '70s with this collection - a time when women were forced to focus on none other than their Personal Style. Naturally, it was predictable for me to gravitate to such an appropriate source of inspiration  The patterns and relaxed shapes were out of this world. Here are a few of my favorite looks:


Flowy shapes, jewel tones, paisley... how could you go wrong? Of course there's always the added bonus that Smith's muses include famous artists like Stevie Nicks and Jim Morrison. It's kind of hard not to fall in love with him!

Bri's Pick

For those of you wondering what my dream closet would look like, the SB47 Fall 2014 Collection basically has it covered. I am not lying to you when I say that I would wear every single piece in the collection. My mouth is actually watering as I type this out just thinking of its perfection.

The collection was mostly black and white with hints of grey and red, so obviously my minimalist self was instantly attracted to it. With bikers and motorcycles being the inspiration, you bet there was some leather on leather action going on. Love it. 

Fun fact: not all designers produce an actual runway show. More often than you would expect, they produce a look book for the collection and publish that during Fashion Week. This is exactly what SB47 did, and I actually think I enjoyed it more than if the models would have been walking. In most of the images the models have been paired giving the looks more of a story, and their poses and expressions perfectly match the ensembles. What can I say, the entire package is perfect and I cannot get enough!

Once again, we invite you to take the ever-so-fabulous looks from London Fashion Week and translate them into your own style. It's funny how shows can give you a whole new perspective on how to style what you already own! These shows definitely did for us. Take a look! 

         Paul Smith:                                         Samantha:

          SB47:                                                     Bri:


Truly Yours,

P.S. "Create your own style. Let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others." -Anna Wintour

Get Samantha's Look
Black Tank - Nordstrom
Similar Suit Vest - Forever 21
Fur Vest - Aldo Shoes
Similar Silk Pant - Zara
Similar Shoes - Urban Outfitters

Get Bri's Look
Similar Houndstooth Shawl - Ruche
Leather Panel Leggings - Zara
Similar Black Shirt - Nordstrom
Booties - Sam Edelman

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