20 September 2013

London Fashion Weekend

Caroline                 Lou
I know this will come as somewhat of a shock to you all but much to my disappointment, I failed to receive my invitation to hang out with the likes of Harry Styles and Sienna Miller in the front row of London Fashion Week this year. I'm assuming it got lost in the post somewhere (are the Royal Mail staff striking already?).

As a consolation, Lou and I booked ourselves tickets to the Vodafone London Fashion Weekend. Once the curtain fell on the main celebrity proceedings that we've seen played out in the Daily Mail for the past week, Somerset House opened its doors to everyone else (i.e. the 'normo's' or 'civilians', as I like to call us) wanting to catch a piece of the action.

It's an opportunity to view and buy trend defining items from designer brands at discount prices as well as watch a very glamorous catwalk show.

We'd splashed out on the Luxe tickets which entitled us to a champagne and canape reception in the private Luxe Lounge (which we had access to all day) along with front row seats at the catwalk.

We spent some time relaxing in the lounge and had a couple of glasses of champers as we were given an insightful style talk on the current trends, how to wear them and how to dress to your body shape.

Personally, I think I will be embracing the animal print and pink trends this autumn/winter season!

We went for a mooch around the shops.

There were exclusive offers from over 60 designers, many of them boutique. Although we didn't find much that took our fancy, my aim had been to find myself a nice new hat. And find one I did, courtesy of Her Curious Nature.

I also bought some super-cute fingerless gloves. That's winter sorted!

Having surveyed the shopping opportunities, we headed back to the lounge for another quick glass of champagne (well, you have to get value for money) before heading right to the front row of the catwalk show.

PPQ London were showcasing their autumn winter collection. The show was split into different trends: Pretty In Pink, Back to Nature, Shape Up (large prints) and Victoriana.

It was a gorgeous show with some beautiful clothes and it was fascinating to watch the models strut their moody stuff down the runway.

And just when we thought things couldn't get any trendier, we met this little fashionista!

Work it, work it, work it!

Also included in our Luxe ticket was a two course meal at Tom's Kitchen, part of the Tom Aitken restaurant group. 

From the limited menu, we both went for the hearty Shepherd's Pie with melted cheese as our main course.

And I had an enormous slice of Sticky Toffee Pudding for dessert. Lou chose the Chocolate Mousse Profiteroles.

It was a very nice meal. Nothing too exciting but we'd only had three food options to choose from. Still, something hearty had been just what we needed to soak up the champagne before we picked up our goodie bags and headed home in the rain.

Although the event was a little bit disorganised (most of the staff didn't appear to know where they were or why) we still had a fabulous time, full of fashion, freebies and pretty things.

And I'm very happy with my hat

It's Friday!  Have a great weekend guys!

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  1. You look gorgeous as always!

    Pretty gutted I didn't manage to do anything to do with Fashion Week this year!

    There's always next year!

    Katie <3

    1. Thanks Katie. There's definitely always next year! Perhaps my invitation to LFW will actually arrive! ;)

      I hope you're well! Let's do cocktails soon


  2. that looks like such a good day out - and the hat is so cute! that food looks delicious as well- I'm still to visit his restaurant in Edinburgh! xx

    Katie x



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