London Fashion Week 2018 - Basic & Eccentric
A whirlwind of fashion and beauty related things are happening at the moment and as promised I've brought back the lifestyle side to my blog. Not on a daily basis but as and when I feel something is blog worthy. I will take as many pictures as I can to tell you a story of a particular day. So with that said today's blog post is all about dressing up, feeling fabulous and sharing some basic and eccentric items at London Fashion Week 2018. Seeing as I've covered LFW for 6 years now I thought it was fitting to once again share some of the lifestyle aspects of my day in London. Not working behind the scenes this time, but enjoying a day with some of my most fabulous friends and getting to wear a fun frivolous outfit.
My own dressing up style is basically a good balance between basic and eccentric pieces. I see my style as more of someone dressing up and playing a character. One day I might like to dress a little Parisian and the next I might feel like a 60's Rock chic. It mainly has something to do with my makeup and what look I want to adopt for that day, also at LFW anything goes! The Carrie Bradshaw skirt just had to come out!
Basic and eccentric pieces are like a story to me. I visualise a total look and I see it flash before my eyes. I also do this for all my photography clients and it's all part of an organic styling process. It's not something I overly think about as it comes so naturally to me. It's like a chef putting ingredients together and creating a harmonious meal.
From an early age I looked at the world differently and I was hooked on the history of art, fashion and makeup. During my early teens I became mesmerised with the 1950's and 60's. To this day I have many style icons like Audrey Hepburn, Jane Birkin and Grace Kelly. They are all classic but what do you notice about them? Their style and makeup makes the final statment to any look. They all had a very unique something about them and that's what I love to emulate within my own dress sense and photography work. I always like to add one item of meaning to a look or a photoshoot. It's a little like adding my signature to a painting! The item in this shoot is the vintage sunglasses I bought when my mother was alive. She chose them for me and said they would be eternal and always classic. When I wear these it reminds me of her.
I don't necessarily follow trends and high street styles and I love seeing others that are similar. I’m currently totally obsessed with Linda Rodin. I love her quirkiness, eccentric and ageless persona. She's who I want to be in 20 years time, still wearing a shocking red lip and feeling utterly amazing in a big tule skirt, or rocking the most eccentric sunglasses, just not all at once!
The key to looking good is to know when to go overboard with makeup, today was not that day. A statement and eclectic fashion item like this fluffy skirt. The makeup must had to be very clean, soft and not too dramatic. Not a red lip moment, but more of a fresh and perfect completion day with pale lips and rosy cheeks! The best foundation I've come across recently is Nars Natural Radiant Long wear Foundation. Perfect for a long day in London.
Those choices say so much about us and getting the balance is key. Messy hair, messy makeup and a disheveled outfit won't do you any favours!
The perfect balance for me is a mix of basic and eccentric pieces within the clothes and the makeup I choose for that day! London fashion week is when we all can go a little crazy as that's the beauty about London.....Anything goes!
In my most eccentric skirt we had a quick and impromptu test shoot featuring some delicious Twilly scarfs form Kate Whyley as I have the main photoshoot next weekend. Being infront of the camera is also very good practice as I can gain a feeling for how an outfit is seen through a lens. A big tip if your new to photography, get used to having your picture taken and modelling yourself. This helps me to relate back to my clients with what I'd like to see. My creative direction thrives on knowing good angles. I can show my models how to pose to get the best out of a session, the best poses and expressions!
With the test shoot done we plumped for All Bar One near Holborn to grab some food and chat about styling, photoshoots and makeup. The perfect afternoon before attending Fashions Finest main event of the weekend, Britains Next Top Designer.
We settled ourselves down with some great food, a few drinks, lots of excited chit, chat, mountains of scarfs and plans for next weeks work schedule. We got mentally and visually creative while we ate and enjoyed a relaxing afternoon in london. I have to say It's not like work at all. My job is the best in the world and helping others bring their brands to life is so thrilling.
I dived into a vegan wrap with sweet potato fires all washed down with a glass of fizz. We had a long evening ahead so it was great to nip into All Bar One and have a tasty filling meal to see us through the evening. They might just be a gastro pub but they really know how to look after their clients.
I also got to step on the other side of the camera and snap some of these images of my beautiful model and friend Nat. She's so easy to work with and has become such a great pal. I love her dearly.
Kate's accessories are stunning to shoot and we loved this quick test shoot....A girl and her camera can't be separated for too long!
Then it was time to head inside for the fashion shows and support Fashions Finest for LFW2018.
One of my favourite looks was from a Brazilian fashion designer based in London called Caroline Perino. The pattern cutting was mesmerising. Fashions Finest really do have the best new talent hitting the fashion scene. I'm very proud to be part of their little family.
And the winner was VASEGHIA a British Fashion Designer and haute couture label based in London. Alisa Vaseghi has been developing innovative collections over the past two years and showed for the first time at Fashions Finest. Mind blowing creations made form melted glue.
I was so inspired and it made me feel so proud that I have a fashion and beauty background. The hair, makeup and nails for the shows really worked for each designer. I particularly loved the rustic style hair and blusher for all the girls. So fresh and neutral.