Tuesday, 22 February 2011

A coterie of coats (London Fashion Week)

Via the Telegraph (Bridget Fleming)

On my last morning at Somerset House, the lovely Lucy of Snippets of Shiny Thoughts asked me to sum up London Fashion Week in a few words. Well, Lucy, here is your answer - LFW is exhilarating, theatrical and an experience akin to jumping into a plungepool of effervescent visual moments, styles and people.

Above are three photos taken from different sites, all of the outfit I wore on my first day (Saturday) at London Fashion Week. (Take a look at Style East for another fabulous version too). It's been an exciting few days, and now that I'm back home the fun continues with seeing shots of my outfits on websites and blogs that I respect and admire.
 The weather was frightfully foul peppered with energetic drizzling (is that an oxymoron?), but this didn't stop it being a wonderful day to be inducted into the whole process of LFW. From seeing my first ever show (Louise Amstrup, but more on that later) to meeting a whole host of wonderful bloggers and experiencing street style photographers who were in the majority unfailingly courteous and creative.

I got very used to repeating the description of what I was wearing, so here for the record, this outfit is made up of: a vintage leather coat from a market stall (Christmas present from my mum), a suede miniskirt (topshop) from ebay, men's Marks & Spencers brogues from a charity shop and a bag bought at a charity shop stall at the Big Chill festival. The polo neck is thrifted, the gloves are vintage  (grandma's) and the cross pendant belonged to my great grandma.

(Portrait taken by me - lovely to turn the camera on Jill for once!)

I'd like to send out special thanks to the ever-incredible Jill (pictured above).  LFW would have been a very different place and experience if it hadn't been for her - from advising with press passes, to a pivotal role in involving my mum and me in being invited to a private viewing of the current SS2011 Jaeger collection.

Along with the Jaeger experience (which deserves a post of its own - coming shortly), other highlights included attending the Mulberry after-party, courtesy of a really kind friend, plus briefly meeting Erin O'Connor the next day. She is truly the epitome of British charm and grace. In the flesh, her poise is just breathtaking. If there's anyone who knows Erin, please tell her that even in a fleeting encounter, her generous spirit is obvious! I also really enjoyed attending the Osman (thank you Tanya!), Louisa Amstrup, Masha Ma and Todd Lynn (thank you Nao!) shows. I'd like to write a better analysis of the clothes I saw once I have sorted out all my photos, but I can safely say that it looks like structural garments will be very popular come autumn. There was a real sense of quality with these garments, with obvious craftsmanship and attention to detail. 

Thanks Style East for the photo!

Finally, I really enjoyed meeting Style East (link above), Bip, Dvora, Lucy, Carrie, Frances, David, Daniela, and sadly although I didn't see Carly, she apparently saw me and my mum! Also, special thanks to the lovely Ling family for their unfailing kindness. Finally, to the young woman in the gold jacket after the Louise Amstrup show, who came up to say she really liked my blog - big thanks to you, as well as the others who took the time to say hello too.

If anyone comes across a street style shot of me somewhere on the web, I would really appreciate it if you could just leave me a comment to let me know! I am currently trying to collate the various images...


E is for Eleanor said...

Oh, I saw these photos of you on the various websites and my heart fluttered a bit. You look so fantastic, and both you and jill and so beautiful.

And meeting Erin O'Connor? What an experience!

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

See, you look undeniably chic in foul weather, very few girls master that as well as you do.
Indeed, I am all taken in by your coat and bag, but most of all I must confess that the overall picture is exquisite in a painterly stylish way. xx

Freya@WearItWithFlair said...

Wow, you did a lot didn't you, glad you had fun!
No wonder your outfit is popping up everywhere, it's beyond lovely!
From the leopard print gloves to the effortlessly cool brogues, your outfit sums up vintage cool!
Your coat is stunning, and that bag was just THE perfect companion for it!
Great post! I enjoyed reading it! :)



Sofie Marie said...

This may sound stupid,but how did you actually get in to the shows/after parties.I thought they were not open to the public?
did you stay in london for the whole week?
Sorry if I sound terribly naive...
If you have any spare time,I'd love for you to answer.

Anonymous said...

Wow Roz, how fantastic that you were snapped by so many admirable bloggers! You deserve it though as your outfits are so wonderful. So jealous of your Jaeger preview! Glad you enjoyed it so much and looking forward to seeing your Jaeger post!

Alexandra Thérèse xx


olivia said...

Love that first coat! I wish I could have gone to the Fashion Week in NYC but I was too late.

Penny Dreadful said...

I'm glad you had such a great time for your first one, I've still never been but am hoping I will get to the next one (I was working this time round but am leaving my job in a few weeks to do vintage full time, so will hopefully be more able to go to the SS collections). That photo of you and Erin is lovely, and I'm not surprised you were photographed so much with such a chic ensemble. Looking forward to seeing all your shots of the shows x

sacramento said...

I am so glad that you are getting all the attention you deserve my dear Roz. There were hard times in your life, so now, it is the moment to enjoy the sweetness of the good ones.
Much love and besos.

Venus in Furs said...

You are beautiful no matter what you put on. Congratulations! :)

Izzy said...

What an AMAZING experience. No words can describe my jealousy, sounds like a dream. You look stunning in every photo. Hope you visit back :)

Catherine said...

I saw that first photo yesterday (I think?) and was so excited today to discover that you had a blog! Your coat is fabulous, and you are so beautiful! Great sense of style~

PinkBow said...

fantastic! i saw the pic too and thought you looked absolutely amazing!

Dodo said...

That coat is really fabulous! Those pictures are so stunning!

Ivania said...

gorgeous outfit! what an amazing coat!
no wonder you got snapped three times!

Gorgeous Clara said...

great to hear you had such a great time! lucky you!

and you luck amazing! I looooove your coat!

Kristyn said...

You look absolutely stunning in all of the shots. It's so nice to hear about a nice, down to earth girl is going to fashion week. Your style is extremely recognizable because you mix old fashion with contemporary clothing very well. Glad to hear you had a good time!


styleeast said...

This is a wonderful summing up of a fantastic weekend! I adore the Stockholm shot of you, though they're all gorgeous! And the portrait of Jill, and my photo of you and Erin...lovely lovely things! I'm so glad to have met you. You and your mum are utterly fabulous and it was such a pleasure to spend time in your company xx

Raquel said...

You look gorgeous on both outfits I saw of you, but the denim dress and yellow tights was my favourite look. You were featured twice at Vogue Portugal blog here: http://comunidade.xl.pt/Vogue/blogs/vogue/archive/2011/02/22/lfw-blue-amp-yellow.aspx and here: http://comunidade.xl.pt/Vogue/blogs/vogue/archive/2011/02/21/lfw-tan-leather.aspx
Congrats!! :)

My Heart Blogged said...

The coat is wonderful.
My Heart Blogged

Dylana Suarez said...

You look STUNNING! One of the most gorgeous young ladies to grace this earth with her presence and talent!



Raez said...

GAH! I loved seeing you popping up on my fave streetstyle blogs. you go girl! love your camel leather coat and matching bag. glad you had fun at LFW, the rainy streets/building in the background of the first photo really sets the mood--beautiful!

xx raez

Monroe Steele said...

Great photos. Looks like you are having so much fun.

xoxo Monroe

Fashion Steele NYC

Autumn said...

wow! You look great. The outfit is just so stylish! I LOVE it!!!!!
~ Autumn.

Joyce said...

I am obsessed with that outfit. Men's shoes! Brilliant! Do they fit? I can't imagine finding a pair that would fit my feet. They look phenomenal, as does the rest of the outfit.

adrielleroyale said...

That has to be one of the best pictures of Jill I have ever seen! Sounds like you had tons of fun and I am happy for you :))

Natalie Suarez said...

you look SO BEAUTIFUL on stockholme street style! oo u little supermodel u! love this outfit :)


Miki's scrapbook said...

Awe, Roz! It's so cool to see you out there in the streets of London posing so happy! :D And, wow, that picture of Jill is just awesome!

Keep working your magic! ;)


Anja said...

Awwwww, you look so great in this coat! I'm impressed! :)

the nyanzi report said...

you've got a great collection of shots here.

Jessica said...

I love this post! I always look forward to your new posts, your pictures are so inspireing!


Pearl Westwood said...

Glad you had such a wonderful time, it is so interesting seeing all the different shots and ways people shoot! The portrait of Jill is beautiful x

Zhcsyra hp said...

well.u looks so stunning and fabulous ..


Anonymous said...

This coat is amazing. And so are your pictures !

Polka Princess said...

Loving the bag......& everything else on you! It's really great to know how much you've enjoyed your time at London Fashion Week........waiting for the reviews & updates!! :)

Lucy said...

Thank you Roz! What a wonderful quote, thats surely the best all week :) will pop it in my next post!
Just to let you know, you were in yesterdays Daily! under the Kooples couples, you and your mum at Mulberry i think and just saw you twice on fashion156. bummed they never used my photo but hey...
Was so good to meet you and obvs i meant all the praise i showered you with hehe
ERIN!? you look amazing with her. I adore her but wouldnt have the balls to chat! lots of love xxxx

Kate said...

Amazing that you've been pictured on so many peoples blogs! Your so lucky! I love Somerset House, it's a pity the weather was so bad, but thats London for you! Wish I could have been at London Fashion Week!

Cloud of Secrets said...

Congratulations on your trip to LFW, and on your street style features! I love the contrast of simple slick minimalism in the long coat and bag, with the burnished skirt, the big jeweled cross, and the animal print gloves.

ChiccaStyle said...

You look great!!!
Lovely photos!

Anonymous said...

I *love* that first outfit, Roz, dear! You are a true model-worthy girl. I'm in Waterloo per se but unfortunately missed LFW.

Vickii, xx

Carly said...

Thanks for the mention Roz, I feel terrible not coming over to say hello but it was so hectic being the morning of the show and the running order was causing me so much stress it was probably a good idea that I didn't introduce myself to anyone. What did you think of the collection?

I'm so glad that you and your mum had a lovely time in London, it's great that you're getting to see all of these collections and meet lots of amazing people. You look absolutely stunning in the photos, I especially love you in the picture with Erin, your blushed cheeks and lipstick are so beautiful.

Fingers crossed next season I will get to meet the super talented Roz.

Chloë said...

Wow, this looks fantastic!! I am SO unbeeelievably jealous!! If you don't mind me asking, how did you get invited to London Fashion Week? Sorry if I sound terribly naive! I've always wanted to go but have never known how as I thought you had to be famous or working in the fashion industry- I have been to the last two London Fashion Weekends though and am going to this season's one on Friday- you get to see a round up of the SS11 trends on the catwalk and you can buy designer clothes at discounted prices (although they're mostly still too pricey for me!)and it costs about £30 to go. I would love to one day get to go to the actual LFW shows though! Great post and cool outfit. I like the coat! :-)

Mei-li said...

aaaa I just put the picture I took of you at the fashion week, on my blog, but you arlready put the others ones !! any way, I was glad to see you in real !!

the Citizen Rosebud said...

Of course you'd be snapped in all the streetstyle blogs- I love it! I feel like I must gallop off and check them all out.

LOVE LOVE LOVE your pic of Polka Dot. I always enjoy seeing her face, and wish she'd post more of herself on her blog, but this one will do!

So glad to hear you loved your first LFW. I eagarly await the following installment.

polka dot said...

Aw, Roz... I don't know what to say. You're away and hope you're all having a lovely time & we'll talk when you're back but thank you - and what a fabulous post. Yes that sums up the fashion week experience exactly: jumping into a plunge pool of.. what was it, effervescence? It's so true. Such a creatively inspiring experience.

Oh! Jennifer (styleeast) did a gorgeous shot of you. It's uncanny, I don't think either of us saw exactly when we were each shooting you (in the coat) so we didn't influence each other, but we both chose to make it a symmetric shot. Did you see it? Hold on...


It's different than mine... the composition reminds me of one of those early Renaissance Italian paintings, where the background is like a little 3D box.. you know what I mean?

I've been saving up my posts of you, and Jaeger.. want to properly pay homage. xox

Sarah said...

I think i spied you at LFW last weekend!

Dear, your pics are everywhere, your outfits were so beautiful. Here a a few i can remember:




Glad to hear you enjoyed fashion week. Sound like you had an incredible experience!!


Fashion Forestry said...

I cant wait to move to London, I will then get to go to fashion week finally! You are so lucky you got to go this year! That coat is soooo pretty, glad you were noticed!

LUU H. said...

with that outfit you totally deserve to be on facehunter and stockholm streetstyle!

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