Stars, sleeves and copious amounts of colour at London Fashion Week AW17

First of all Happy Friday everyone. Only a few more hours until you can break free from the shackles of the office and let loose for two whole days. If, like me, you find yourself a little distracted on a Friday afternoon, perhaps I can interest you in a little melange of fashion to carry you through until home time.

If you caught my post on Wednesday you will know that this season I am actually planning three blogs about London Fashion Week. I have already covered all the selfies with my last ‘What I wore’ piece. Today I will show you what I saw on the AW17 catwalks and tell you a little about the labels that I loved this season.


Ones to Watch is always a great way to start Fashion Week as it highlights some of the newest talents breaking through. By far my favourite of the quartet of designers showing was the gorgeous Krasimira Stoyneva, whose fringed statement jackets and star motif prints were a colourful crowd pleaser. Her signature use of synthetic hair is supported by her hashtag: #WearHairNotFur. Do not be scared this is not real hair or real fur!




The Canadian knitwear designer Mark Fast showed a bold and beautiful collection featuring a colourful clash of purple, fuchsia and orange fringed dresses, balanced by delicate, pastel feathered and beaded frocks. Renowned for his use of plus size models at previous fashion weeks, it was interesting to see the designer revert to the industry norm, allowing the clothes to be the talking point this season.




Held at the prestigious Waldorf Hotel, the delightful Paul Costelloe show featured all his signature show stoppers – exquisite cashmere coats, metallic silk jacquard baby-doll dresses and a stunning sheer-print leather finale gown. A nod to the Tudor period came in the form of exaggerated bell sleeves and multi-layered ruffled collars and hems. Beautiful!






Eschewing the traditional catwalk and opting instead for a presentation, Edeline Lee showed her AW17 collection against a backdrop of raw brick walls and abstract hand-painted panels at the Oxo Tower Barge House. Inspired by the collage artist of the Dada movement Hannah Hoch, Lee’s strong play on proportion, cheeky feminist references and exquisite use of colour (think saffron yellow, muted aqua and brick red) made this one of my favourite shows of LFW.







Always one of my favourites on the LFW Fashion Scout schedule, Ashley Isham didn’t fail to disappoint with a jaw-dropping medley of prints, statement ruffles, hand-beaded embellishment and oversized looping headpieces (is it a hairband or is it an earring?). I was particularly in love with all the bold clashing prints and the fab gold star jumpsuit.







By the time Malan Breton showed his gorgeous collection, my phone battery had died and my back-up rechargeable battery had also run dry. Fashion fail! However, the eye-catching metallic brocade suits, leather frilled dresses, velvet tux jackets and clever play on sharp masculine tailoring for women was definitely worth a mention.



A strong presentation of all the styles that we have come to expect and adore from Aspinal of London. Next season’s new additions include a kooky Breakfast at Tiffany illustrative print and, channelling fashion’s obsession with customising and monogramming, their fabulous Mini Trunk can now be emblazoned with your favourite phrase or initials. Magic!





A favourite of Kylie Jenner, Lady Gaga and Lena Dunham, the presentation by 24 year old South London based Clio Peppiatt was a far cry from the usual catwalk parade. Here models perched, chatted and danced around a cavernous space beneath The Strand in a youthful clash of faux fur, sheer embellished dresses, cheeky prints and Converse high tops. Kitsch, sassy and above all fun, this is definitely one for the cool kids. Oh and it featured my current colour combo obsession – bubblegum pink and red!





Portugese designer Alexandra Moura showed her collection at the glorious Banking Hall in the heart of the City. The grand location provided a fine backdrop for her oversized romantic ruffles and deconstructed tailoring. Half-worn, half shoulder-robed jackets featured underlying cross-body straps, which doubled up as rucksacks. These were juxtaposed by gorgeous gold lame jacquard prints, inspired by traditional Indonesian fabrics. The earthy brown, mustard, russet and cornflower blue colourway was stunning as were the gorgeous exaggerated sleeves (I smell an AW17 trend coming). A well-executed, beautifully romantic collection balanced by strong, masculine tailoring. I truly loved this show!





On the final day of London Fashion Week, I had the privilege of sitting FROW at the beautiful J. JS Lee show (another personal favourite of mine). Held at the main LFW venue – with it’s super-sized catwalk – the show was inspired by the childhood urge to dress up in adult clothing. This play on scale took the form of oversized tailoring, dropped shoulder lines, elongated lapels and cute knot detailing. All in a delicate colour palette of charcoal, pistachio, camel, rose and white. A delightful collection from a wonderful designer.






And that concludes today’s post about London Fashion Week. Please do let me know your thoughts and comments. And keep an eye out for this weekend’s post where I will give you the low down on the designer stands, with close up details of all the fabulous accessories. Enjoy your weekend!

With special thanks to Pop PR, Dust PR, Trace and Wolves London for my LFW tickets.

What I wore to London Fashion Week AW17

So today I FINALLY settled down to write my post on London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2017. While the fashion editors are now happily ensconced in Paris, the capital of couture (via a stylish week in Milano), I have been stuck in front of my computer trawling through and editing a ridiculously large number of images. So you’ll have to forgive me for the week long delay. In fact there are so many pics I would love to share, that I have decided to write not one but three blogs over the next few days. Lucky you 😉

Today’s will be a synopsis of my outfits for LFW, so get ready for some serious selfies people. Details of the shows I attended and all the gorgeous clothing I saw will follow later in the week, but for now let’s talk OOTD aka ‘outfit of the day’…

DAY 1 – FRIDAY – Channelling my inner Lagerfeld

On day one I decided to opt for a Chanel inspired look combining herringbone, a pussy-bow blouse and a bold faux-pearl necklace.




Pink coat, Dorothy Perkins; Faux-fur collar,; White pussy-bow blouse, Uniqlo; Herringbone dress, Zara; Sunnies, Jeepers Peepers; Necklace, car-boot sale; Bag, Oasis.


My gorgeous friend Davina and I enjoying cake at the Fashion Scout Ones to Watch show. Yes that is actual cake at Fashion Week. Hard to believe I know!


Dashing photographer Paul Allen and I posing in our matching herringbone monochrome outfits at The Waldorf Hotel prior to Paul Costelloe.

DAY 2 – SATURDAY – Savage Youth

On day two I had a number of shows to attend and also was planning to party in the evening, so I opted for multiple layers of floral embroidery, customised denim and my fave pink coat.



Pink coat and collar, as before; Denim jacket, New Look – beautifully customised by Pistache Artists; Floral embroidered dress, Primark; Ankle boots, River Island (available here):–boots/boots/black-leather-wide-fit-buckle-boots-698635.


A selfie with my lovely little sis Zosia who accompanied me to shows on Saturday. Twinning in our faux-fur collars 🙂

DAY 4 – MONDAY – Checks and tassels

After giving myself Sunday off (naughty I know) my ensemble on day four was a riot of colour – grass green checks, baby pink outerwear and a canary yellow bag.


Jacket and collar, as before; Checked dress, charity shop; Yellow leather bag, Hobbs; Over-the-knee tasselled boots, River Island.


Engraved 18ct gold plated pendant, by Hurley Burley from (similar available now); Star studs, Forever 21.

NB. If your ears react badly to non-precious metal then the gorgeous jeweller Laura Gravestock has 18ct gold plated star earrings here:



Necklace, gift; Sunglasses, KG by Kurt Geiger.

DAY 5 – TUESDAY – Leather snake-print skirt and pumps

The final day called for flats and this tonal outfit was just the answer. I balanced a leather snake-print pencil skirt with an oversized Aran sweater and simple trainers. All topped off with a masculine 3/4 length khaki coat, which I found for £5 in a charity shop in Jan #winning


Vintage wool khaki coat, charity shop; Sweater, Mango; Leather snake-print skirt, charity shop; Trainers, Lacoste.


Yellow leather bag, Hobbs; Berry heart key ring, Aspinal of London (available here):


Necklace, gift from my sister-in-law (from Accessorize); Earrings, Topshop.

I was also lucky enough to get my hair cut by the lovely Toni & Guy team at London Fashion Week headquarters. They did a fantastic job. Thanks again guys!





All in all I had the most fabulous Fashion Week ever. Please let me know your thoughts on all my outfits. Do you have a favourite? Are there any you don’t think work? And also watch out for my posts later in the week with all my images from the shows and a thorough synopsis of all the gorgeous designer stands.

Oh and one more thing… I also had the pleasure of meeting the astonishingly beautiful supermodel and photographer Helena Christensen at a Lights of Soho event. Life goal achieved!


Me and my fave 90s super, Helena Christensen


Aspinal of London SS16 campaign shoot

Last December I, along with a fantastic team of talented people, had the privilege of styling the Aspinal of London SS16 campaign & lookbook. For anyone unfamiliar with the brand, Aspinal make beautiful luxury leather and exotic skin handbags in all manner of styles from totes to mini trunks and saddle bags to clutches. They are a celebrity favourite, with style icons such as The Duchess of Cambridge, Fearne Cotton, Donna Air and Laura Whitmore all a fan of their bags.

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The Duchess of Cambridge with the Mini Manhattan and Donna Air with the Mini Trunk Clutch

The quality is fantastic, the colours superb and the range is perfect for anything from work to a glamorous night out. Here are some of the images from the Spring Summer 2016 lookbook (as styled by me). This season they drew inspiration from classic English gardens, featuring pretty florals, vibrant colours and botanical prints. Be prepared for some serious lusting…

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Mini Manhattan Clutches, £295

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Large Marylebone Tech Tote in Vintage Tan Croc, £950

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Mayfair bag in Vintage Tan Croc, £595


Mini Marylebone Totes, £595


Mini Eaton Clutch, £195


Brook Street bag in Black Embossed Flower, £695 and Cleopatra Skinny Cuff in Leopard Skin, £50


Hobo bag in Soft Taupe Pebble, £325

Of course as well as me there was a whole fabulous team on hand to make these bags looks superb. Photographer Clara Copley and I have worked together before on several editorial shoots and she did a superb job of capturing the many looks on this two day shoot.

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Photographer Clara hard at work 

Our delightful model Joanna Stubbs is an Aspinal stalwart having been the face of several of their campaigns. Hair stylist Julie Read is a genius with a set of tongs and ensured that Joanna’s locks were super glam at all times. Make-up artist Salina Thind, a whizz with an eye-shadow brush created pretty, sophisticated looks that every woman dreams of.

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Hair stylist Julie Read and make-up artist Salina Thind doing touch-ups on set

Marco from Aspinal Head Office was Art Directing the shoot, and along with Sara and Ashley made sure all the bags were photographed, as well as assisting Joanna with the unenviable task of making the ‘triple handbag look’ appear natural! And lastly thanks to my wonderful assistant Rebbeca Davies who helped me to steam, hang, pin and clip all the clothes that accompanied the handbags. We shot 9 outfits in total and numerous bag combinations. Here are a few behind the scenes shots…

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Silk blouse by Hobbs and skirt by J.Crew. Lottie bag, £395 by Aspinal of London

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Tuxedo suit by & Other Stories. Lottie bags, £395 by Aspinal of London

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Beaded collar top by Maxmara and skirt by J.Crew. Soho Double Sided Clutch in Leopard Haircalf, £195 by Aspinal of London

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Blouse by & Other Stories and jeans by J.Brand. Slouchy Saddle Bag, £450 by Aspinal of London 

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Lace dress by Karen Millen. Mayfair Bag, £595 by Aspinal of London

One of my favourite outfits was this gorgeous beaded top and skirt combo which had a youthful fresh sporty feel.

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Top by Maxmara and pleated skirt by J.Crew

This stand-out lace dress from Self-Portrait was also another favourite and a great accompaniment to this colourful duffle bag.

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Dress by Self-Portrait. Mini Padlock Bucket bag, £395 by Aspinal of London

If I were to choose one style it would have to be the stunning Mini Trunk Clutch which comes in a range of colours and has superb metal detailing. A cute spin on a traditional English travel trunk.

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Aspinal of London SS16 campaign images:-

Photography: Clara Copley

Styling: Alicja Jasnikowska

Hair: Julie Read

Make-up: Salina Thind 

Model: Joanna Stubbs at Models 1. 

All behind-the-scenes images by Alicja Jasnikowska

For stockist details and to view and purchase the Spring Summer 2016 collection head to: