JONATHAN SIMKHAI S/S15 #NYFW

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Finally! A collection I can get my teeth into. Jonathan Simkhai. Inspired by broken glass, infusing geometric-patchwork-netting (that’s a thing) with my favourite hues of black and white make for a highlight (so far) of NYFW.

Images courtesy of Style.com

RUNWAY RAPTURE: SPRING/SUMMER WHITE

White is the colour of Spring and Summer and probably always will be. There’s something so chic, charming, cold, warm, and eternal about white that is so classic and will never date. White for Spring/Summer was prominent on the catwalks back in September; with KTZ‘s layers, A.F. Vandevorst‘s grubby chic, girlish lace at Elie Saab, and otherworldly dimensions at Gareth Pugh.

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#BLFW BLOGGER’S LOVE FASHION WEEK

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Back in February I was invited to attend Blogger’s Fashion Week as a VIB (Very Important Blogger!), hosted by Blogger’s Love… and I had a ball, I even had a drink (alcoholic!!!) which, anyone who knows me will know, I don’t drink. So anyway, there were tons of brands showcased at the event which was held at The Penthouse in Leicester Square, which by the way has incredible views over the whole of London!

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Brands showcased included: BassBuds, Vita Liberata, Umberto Giannini, Sleep-In Rollers, Bravura, Hi Brow, Nadia Minkoff, Maro, My Tights, UUnique, The City Rack, Dukes, Rachel Black, Boomf and tons more.

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This is my friend Hayley getting eyebrow extensions (???!!!) who knew?!

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These were the personalised marshmallows created by Boomf. If you haven’t heard of them you should definitely check them out, you connect the site to your Instagram account and create marshmallows out of them! Such a perfect birthday gift!

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First drink of the year so far…. steady.

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Fun in the photobooth! Thank you to Blogger’s Love… for inviting me, I’ll be updating my blog with more posts on some of the brands that were featured and that I really liked over the next few days so stay tuned!

MY INSTAWEEK

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Top row: [left] The Eiffel Tower, one of my most favourite photos ever! [middle] Saw this quote, made me laugh. Basically the story of my life. [right] My Dad’s birthday cake with sparklers, woo!
Middle row: [left] Doing uni work on the train home [middle] Saw Beyonce at The O2 Arena last week! She was unbelievably good [right] Because what’s a week on Instagram without a selfie?
Bottom row: [left] Saw this Chow Chow, it’s cute, I want it [middle] My pass for Blogger’s Fashion Week! [right] Spring has sprung in the UK!

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BLOGGERS FASHION WEEK

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I received my exclusive Bloggers Fashion Week ‘VIB’ pass in the post today and it has to be said that I’m rather looking forward to the shenanigans on the 26th March in Londontown! Bloggers Fashion Week is organised by Blogger’s Love and are running a Fashion Week-type schedule from Monday 24th March to Wednesday 26th March with a myriad of activities, blogging and shopping events, tea parties and loads more.

I’ll be blogging LIVE from the event with posts on here as well as lots of tweets so keep posted by following me @_HANNAHSTOCKING also check out my Instagram for updates and follow me on there also!

TEX SAVERIO A/W14 PARIS FASHION WEEK

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I attended the Tex Saverio show in Paris on Tuesday after what felt like a million hours of travelling, but boy what a day it turned out to be. After waking up at 5am to catch a train, tube and finally the Eurostar, we arrived in Paris. First stop, the nearest café to the Gare du Nord we could find to eat as many crépes au sucre we could manage.

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After much discussion in poor broken French with a taxi driver, we finally established where we wanted to be, the show’s venue the Automobile Club de France on the Place de la Concorde, just a short walk from the Champs Elysées. The show started at 2pm local time and was just as enchanting as was expected from a Tex Saverio collection. The only difference for me was being able to see it up close and be able to capture, first hand, the intricate detailing and shimmering fabrics Saverio is known for.

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With a palette strictly of black and gold, the collection consisted of the use of rich decadent fabrics detailed with intricate bedding a laser-cut detailing. The ornate head pieces glittered under the spotlights, an aspect which cannot be transcribed through photos, as with the glittering gowns.

 

Hair and makeup was kept simple and pared back, letting the clothing speak for themselves. The 7-inch platform shoes with backwards-curved heels added another other-wordly quality, much reminiscent of McQueen. This being Saverio’s second ready-to-wear collection, I think it definitely seals his place on the official Paris Fashion Week calendar, proof of what a success he is as an up-and-coming designer and a true sign of his accomplishments to come.

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Below are some professional shots from the collection.
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OSCAR DE LA RENTA A/W14

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There was a surprisingly edgy twist to Oscar de la Renta’s Fall show yesterday at New York Fashion Week. His use of leather, mesh and lace were in full swing creating a fresh take on dlR’s elegant cuts and shapes. I particularly loved the layered leather dress with long sleeves paired with the red T-bar pointed courts, such modern elegance. The short hair and simplistic makeup also gave a good contrast to the fresh modern take on the ever-present ball gowns. 

THOM BROWNE A/W14

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Now this is the kind of theatrics that I miss from fashion week. Overexaggerated everything, fabrics to die for and hair and makeup fit for a queen (Elizabeth I would be proud). With the church as inspiration, the intricacies of the cuts showing pure craftsmanship, Brown has taken his detailing to religious new heights, both in literal and physical senses.

RACHEL ROY A/W14

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First of all I’d just like to say that royal/electric blue is my favourite colour at the moment. This therefore means that you must be warned that I will love anything in those hues. Having said that, I don’t think my judgement is clouded when it comes to Rachel Roy’s latest collection for Fall. Yes, she has used my favourite colour (can we just spare a moment to fawn over those gloves?!!) but I am absolutely loving the lace inserts and paneling in this collection. Roy has somehow managed to make tweed and lace edgy by pairing them with metallic leathers and unfinished trims.

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