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OUR LONDON FASHION WEEK DIARY

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London Fashion Week was just a big fat roller coaster of never ending impressions. Here’s what we came for, saw and conquered!

OUR LONDON FASHION WEEK DIARY

CAMO PRINT

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Honestly, I have always felt like camo print was a bit tricky. To pull off, but also in general. As a kid, I once dressed up as a soldier in a head to toe blue camouflage suit for Dutch carnaval. After that, I decided to never wear this print ever again (and also never to celebrate Dutch carnaval again, ugh). I thought it just didn’t feel right.

CAMO PRINT

INSTANT CHIC

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Some colors just have this instant chic to them. I shot this woman in her maroon tinted coat in London and I love how that color gives her ensemble this instant chic. I have to admit the ladylike bag, the huge gold ring and the neatly polished nails help, but if we would remove all that, I think she would still look fancy. It is funny how I feel like it is mostly gemstone colors like emerald, sapphire, champagne, ruby red… Rich stones, rich/fancy colors? They seem to all work pretty well together, but especially with grey and denim. Two of my very best friends when it comes to color coordinating. Even though it is Spring and supposedly the season for more happy – brighter – colors (yeah, we all know that is not going to happen in my wardrobe anytime soon), time to for some gemstone color loving? Ok, I am off enjoying Antwerp/furniture shopping for the weekend.

INSTANT CHIC

NAVY BLUE

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Ahhh, navy blue. There is something about it that is so damn attractive. I mean, yes it is a pretty color, but there are more pretty colors in the world and this one – to me – is just one of the best. Let me explain. Whenever I go shopping (which is not too often, might I add?) and an item that appeals to me is available in black and any random other hue, I go for the black. When the other color is navy blue, I tend to leave the black alone. Take this full look from the Whistles presentation in London. Would this have worked in heather grey or burgundy? Yes, definitely. But I want (need!) it in navy blue, because it would feel a bit forced/matchy matchy wearing this look in heather grey or burgundy. Wouldn’t it? Those and a lot of other colors need different hues to be able to work in a head to toe monochromatic look. In navy blue, it feels fresh.

NAVY BLUE

TOPSHOP UNIQUE

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After saving a friend from getting run over by the 100+ photographers walking backwards trying their best shot at Kendall Jenner (seriously, I was so happy to not be wearing heels!) I quickly got in the Topshop Unique venue, grabbed a bite (they always serve food, yuhummm) and sat down right before Beyoncé’s Who Run The World started to play. Girls! Though thick anthracite puffer jackets on below the knee length skirts and oversized cozy plushy coats worn over see-through barely nothing is not something we haven’t seen before, Topshop Unique knows exactly what women (or should I say girls) want nów and catered to those needs with a stunning mix of textures at their runway show. According to the high street brand, I can certainly keep the turtlenecks on top of my cupboard for the moment – as I seem to be exactly on trend – throw a million layers in different materials (though preferably in the same tone) on top and then buckle it all up with a leather belt at the waist. Ok, so I/we want it now, but if we’re still going to want all of this next Fall/Winter? I am not 100% sure… What do you think?

TOPSHOP UNIQUE

10 COMMANDMENTS OF FASHION WEEK

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Fashion Week is fun et all, but it is hard work too. Though the catwalk photographers are the true working horses of the whole happening, some of my days, too include 15+ hours of running from show to show and an occasional meeting in between. To easily survive this month of fun and terror, trial and error and – especially this season – finding the right balance between attending shows and presentations, going backstage and shooting streetstyle, I came up with a list of personal rules. My 10 commandments of Fashion Week, winter style. 1. Don’t go bare legged – or bare midriff’d for that matter – unless you are a polar bear and therefor used to the cold ór you want to have a snotty nose for the rest of the marathon. 2. Don’t wear heels. That is unless you have a driver or are immune to pain. 3. Break in your new shoes at home. Brand new leather is stiff and can pop up at least 5 blisters in 15 minutes. I am speaking from experience. 4. Listen to your mom and eat loads of fruit, before you set foot in Paris and all you will want to eat is their bread. And their pain du chocolat. 5. Pre-plan everything you will wear from day to night. It sounds ridiculous but this way you won’t overpack ánd you’ll get an extra 10-20 minutes of sleep in the morning instead of trying to figure out what to wear. 6. Make wherever you are staying feel like home. Whether it is a scented candle, your favorite tea or a daily Skype conversation with someone back at home, it keeps potential homesickness down to a minimum. 7. Carry around as less stuff as possible during the day. Heavy bags are a nightmare. 8. Cut down on the coffee. After a quick and short up, it will only bring you down. Carbs do the exact same. 9. Don’t bring anything that will crease very easily. Trust me, ironing is not going to happen. 10. Treat yourself when it is over. Get at least an hour long deep tissue massage (not really a treat, since it kind of hurts like hell) to get the shoulders back on track. PS: I took this photo of Pernille‘s messenger bag on the second day of London Fashion Week. Blazer, Acne Studios; Leather Top, Designers Remix; Bag, Balenciaga; Pants, Marni.

10 COMMANDMENTS OF FASHION WEEK

AT CHARLIE MAY

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AT CHARLIE MAY

MY FAVORITES AT EUDON CHOI

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Aaand the eagle has landed! After some meetings in the morning and a much needed errand to the pharmacy (the one thing I forgot to pack were plasters and I managed to welcome my first blister after only 20 minutes of walking and hopping in and out of the underground) I officially kicked off my show schedule with Eudon Choi. This season, the Korean born designer named his collection Hysteria, based on the continuous frenzy of fans towards popular sixties rock bands. Eudon Choi always seeks the fine line between women’s and menswear (they say great minds think alike) and mixed feminine asymmetrical pieces with an oversized tailored silhouette. The cotton fluted collars peeking out underneath structured coats and flirty dresses were my absolute favorite detail of what came down the runway, though the way the blue printed scarf was styled – maybe a bit unpractical – was a brilliant way to add some modernness to a Mod inspired theme.

MY FAVORITES AT EUDON CHOI

A PASTEL PALETTE

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The Burberry Prorsum English Rose collection for spring/summer 2014 was so SOFT! Literally and figuratively. From the cardigans to the shoulders, to the bags, to the pastel palette and the everything else. (I almost wanted to run down the catwalk and hug the models (or the bags), but that would have declared me an instant weirdo.) Even though a full-on pastel palette with beautiful sounding colors like soft pink, lavender, mauve, pistachio, pale lemon is nothing like my wardrobe at home – in case you missed I like all black everything – I can very much appreciate it on the runway and on others. On the contrary, the peachy eye shadow the models were wearing actually ís something I am dying to try, though in a highly shiny version. More on that later…(when I find the perfect one).

A PASTEL PALETTE