Saturday, 20 February 2016

London Fashion Week AW16: Day 1

Coat: £227.50 in the sale, Gant. Cashmere jumper: Gap (old). Sunglasses: £151, Kenzo at Monnier Freres. Jeans: £44 in the sale, Asos White. Belt: £30, Asos. Shoes: £69, Topshop. Bag: £125, The Cambridge Satchel Company. Photographs: Christopher O'Donnell
So it has started. The beginning of the London Fashion Week posts. And I must admit, I had one of my favourite days ever. I missed last season's shows as I was working but this season I'm feeling ready. It's actually, excitingly, one of the first Fashion Weeks I have been able to get tickets in my own right (as in for the blog, rather than for a magazine). I decided to dress relaxed as I was pretty on the go from 9am-9pm - but with a flash of metallic in the shoes - these Topshop shoes are a love or hate kind of thing but I'm in.


 The jeans are from Asos White and just like a a pair from Edit I shot for Conde Nast Traveller a few months ago, but a far cheaper alternative. They're a girlfriend style and an awkward length, perfect for this season.

Eva Chen in Edit jeans
I can't really mention Day 1 without the pre Fashion Week party on Wednesday evening: Archive by Alexa Chung for Marks & Spencer. A collection of 31 pieces selected by Alexa and the M&S design team - in store 13th April (but you can register your interest here). 


Day 1 was mixed, with shows from Daks, Eudon Choi and then presentations and press days in between, and we finished up at a few parties - I mainly spent the day with fab Bonnie from The Style Traveller - it's always good to have a Fashion Week buddy or it can be a rather lonely experience! 

Eudon Choi
I loved the Eudon Choi show, so fresh and the navy coats and layering were perfect.

We ran into my instagram crush Kelly Harrington (a designer from H&M) between shows, looking fab all in blue:


John Smedley's presentation was a surprise hit for me, loved the wool layering (might be bringing out my wool flares from H&M last winter). 


John Smedley AW
And then I might need to mention my piercing....Maria Tash, the cult NYC piercer is in town for 1 week only at Liberty London - until 23rd February (seriously, I know people who have flown to NYC to have her pierce their ears). Her jewellery is so beautiful and cool and she can pierce with hoops. Piercings start from £15 and jewellery from £80. It was a lovely treat to myself between the shows - and if you want something done, I'd book in now as the crowd around the counter was growing (call here).



They are pricey but the jewellery is gold and diamonds, plus the staff are so professional and give advice on where to pierce so it flatters your face etc (piercings are the new facelifts, don't you know). After all, a piercing isn't just for Fashion Week!

Coat: £227.50 in the sale, Gant. Cashmere jumper: Gap (old). Sunglasses: £151, Kenzo at Monnier Freres. Jeans: £44 in the sale, Asos White. Belt: £30, Asos. Shoes: £69, Topshop. Bag: £125, The Cambridge Satchel Company.
See you tomorrow for Day 2's update (but you can follow me on Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram thefrugality for more frequent updates throughout the day).

Plus, keep your diary free on Sunday from 1:30pm as I will be live streaming the Topshop Unique AW16 show on the blog!

13 comments :

  1. I adore the combination of darker grey sweater and lighter grey coat. The jeans - they look great, but I must get used to the idea.

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    1. Thank you! yes, fashion week is always about trying new trends - sometimes they work! xx

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  2. http://www.shopstylebrand.com
    Lovely post! Wishing you a lovely day.

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  3. How much was the Maria Tash jewellery Alex? x

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    1. It starts at £80, so a real treat. But it also means you can actually pierce your ear with the earring you want, even a cool spiked hoop etc, and not have to wait 8 weeks until you have something cool in your ear ;) xx

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  4. Thank you so much for the link to the M&S/Chung collaboration. All registered.
    Looking forward to the live stream tomorrow. Keep up the good work xx

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    1. Anything Alexa does is worth signing up for! xx

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  5. I'd love to see a close up of your piercing Alex! I'm trying to get an appointment during the 1hr I have free in London next week, I love that they give advice on the most flattering place to pierce - just what I've been looking for.

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    1. Hi Jayne - you can see on twitter maybe? @thefrugality - the close-up pic was a bit red and dodgy to put on the blog! xx

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  6. I love your shoes! They look amazing! xx

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    1. Thank you! I must admit I initially went out in flats but once I got out to the shows, I felt I needed to up my footwear game! x

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