Darling, sweetie Tesco Books bloguettes,
It’s London Fashion Week: the biannual fash fest where designers, models, and celebrities fill our capital and enthusiastically snap the latest looks on their camera phone. I’ve had the privilege to attend shows, work backstage and experience the glitz and glamour of the catwalk up close. Want the skinny (pun intended) on Fashion Week? I’m your girl.
Why do fashionistas wear sunglasses on the front row? The catwalk lights are so bright they burn into your morning-after-the-magazine-party-the-night-before eyes. Why do models carry sandpaper in their handbags? They use it to scuff the bottom of the show heels – giving them grip and less chance of falling on the runway. How do you get into a show without an invite? Well, if you’re one fashion student, you crawl through a toilet window and break your wrist falling onto the bathroom floor. You sit through the show anyway: a truly dedicated follower of fashion.
In honour of the Fashion Week circus, let’s talk trends. Spring/Summer 2013 is upon us (yes, I know someone forgot to tell the weather). Want to stay one step ahead of the style setters? Here are my industry insider picks of the latest looks from F&F:
The catwalks were awash with sheers this season: luscious, lightweight fabrics that dance from your body like wisps of wispy things. I’m not one to show my arms and I do like a good sleeve – very Florence and the Machine – so my eye was drawn straight to F&F’s Bow Shoulder Chiffon Tunic. Pop it over some denim cut-offs and wellies and you’re ready to float round a music festival. Shop it here:
Fashion’s having a craft moment: Proenza Schouler featured patchworks and Rodarte had cut-and-paste patterns. It’s all about mixing and matching textures and fabrics. A great way into this trend is this F&F Jumper. Mixed textures? Tick. Layers? Tick. Stylish job done? Tick.
If last season was about spots, this season’s all about stripes. Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton stole the show(s) with this one. Bold, geometric and eye catching. Don’t have an LV budget? Then you’ll l.o.v.e. this F&F Stripe Blazer. Just looking at it makes me think of picnics and sunny afternoons on a boating lake. Eat your heart out, Marc.
The catwalk was blooming with flowers. Patterned, embellished or printed, those petals were everywhere. Sniff out this mini floral purse. So cute. So now. So having that.
“Fashion fades, style is eternal,” as Yves Saint Laurent said. Smart guy that Yves. Designed a pretty nifty suit as well. When it comes to what works, sometimes it’s best to forget all about the trends and go with what feels right. Like F&F grey Lounge Pants, I love the tie detail. They’re a little bit different and comfortable. I like them so much I may not restrict them to home: with a pair of heels and a cropped jacket these babies could travel.
Are you looking for the perfect accessory to go with your Spring/Summer looks? Want to win a Lulu Guinness Black Cherry Studded Lips Clutch? Of course you do! I do too, but they won’t let me enter. Spoil sports.
For your chance to win your very own Lulu Guinness bag share your worst fashion disaster in the comments section below. The best one will be picked and announced in my next Tesco Books blog post. Good luck!
Until next time, stay stylish.
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2. This competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over who is a resident of the UK or the Republic of Ireland, except for employees of Random House UK Ltd (promoter), its subsidiary companies, their families and any other company connected with the competition.
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