London Fashion Week – The best of the Front Row

London Fashion Week is currently in full swing, and, once again, I’m a bit obsessed with what the ladies are wearing in the front row, as much as I love looking at the collections on the catwalk.

All the usual suspects are there, from Olivia Palermo, Alexa Chung, Millie Mackintosh and Cheryl…not actually sure what she’s called at the moment…were all looking suitably glamorous and stylish on the front rows, in a wide range of looks. Fashion Week brings real diversity in the styles you see on the front row, ranging from looks that are almost red carpet ready – think Millie Mackintosh, to casual jeans like those sported by Olivia and Alexa, who is surely the queen of dressing down in a way that is effortless, gorgeous and makes every other woman in the room look totally over-dressed.

So, who’s style have I been coverting this London Fashion week? My style crush Harley Viera Newton once again totally kills it, with a whole series of elegant, ladylike looks. I love the prim print she chose for the Burberry show which is covered up and looks just stunning. Another look I love is Suki Waterhouse chanelling the 1940s in pale pink floral. I also think Suki has the look of a 60s dolly bird so this is a beautiful departure for her and I adore it.

As someone who would literally live in dresses 24/7, there have been some rich pickings on display so far. I love the unusual printed dress worn by Bond Actress Naomi Harris, which, with its long sleeves, is just a great transitional piece. Another wow was Girls Aloud’s Nicola Roberts who chose a green shift style that contrasted beautifully with her hair and pale skin.

I have featured some of my favourite looks so far below. Whose style has caught your eye so far?

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Harley Viera Newton

 

 

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Millie Mackintosh

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Ella Eyre

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Cheryl Cole

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Suki Waterhouse

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Olga Kurylenko

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Donna Air

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Alexa Chung

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Olivia Palermo

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Nicola Roberts and Charlie XCX

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Olivia Palermo

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Naomi Harris

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The 70s are back at M&S

It gives me so much pleasure to type these words, Spring/Summer 2015 is the season when the 70s return. And, as a fan of all things Bowie, Kate Bush, Life on Mars and glam rock, these are words that just make me happy. To be fair though, the fashion that I’ve been lusting over is less about the flared jeans and Afghan coats, and more about the sumptuous prints, 70s style takes on tea and shirt dresses, and the gorgeous tea cloth, crochet and lace that makes this season one that is worth indulging in.

M&S are taking their cues from the catwalk and the celebrities by creating a very stylish and wearable collection of 70s style apparel. Forget Olive from On the Buses and the group ‘Sweet’, and think instead more of Cybil Shepherd in Taxi driver, Angelica Huston and Lauren Hutton,  the cast of Shampoo and that ever classic, The Eyes of Laura Mars’. There are dresses and skirts that you will be able to wear now, and pieces that will be just perfect when you start to pack for your summer holiday.

Once derided as the decade that style forgot, the 70s creativity, as exemplified by Bill Gibb and Zandra Rhodes, is now getting the plaudits it so rightfully deserves.

70s style inspiration

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Cybil Shepherd 1970s

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Angelica Huston with Halston

 

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The tan boots and midi skirt – textbook 70s

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Olivia Palermo

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Fearne in 70s does 40s tea dress

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This maxi could be 70s era Biba

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Another 70s style print dress

My mom had wallpaper like this print, which is probably why I love it.

My mom had wallpaper like this print, which is probably why I love it.

Paloma's look is just soooo 70s.

Paloma’s look is just soooo 70s.

Matthew Williamson A/W 2015

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TM Lewin present the perfect white shirt

The perfect white shirt is the holy grail of shirts. Finding a shirt with the right cut, the right fit, the perfect buttons, the crispest whitest of whites is not an easy task, and when you add into that the fact that of a rather large bust that needs to be flattered rather than flattened, you make the task virtually impossible. So thank goodness for the legendary English tailoring of TM Lewin.

TM Lewin has been a must visit London destination for the discerning gentleman since 1898, when Thomas Mayes Lewin first opened his Jermyn Street store. These days the company has just under a 100 stores in the UK, catering to the shirt orientated needs of both men and women.  Recently there has been a surge in interest in women’s shirts, as androgynous styling and boyish trends have been adopted by stylish stars like Rihanna and Alexa Chung. Adding another lustre of cool to the brand was the recent use of this masculine tailoring as an accompaniment to the millinery of Philip Treacy during London Fashion Week.

So when you are looking for the perfect white shirt, it is hard to look anywhere else but TM Lewin.  I found my perfect shirt in the Fitted White Poplin Shirt. This was a gorgeous white cotton shirt that addressed a lot of my needs in a shirt. It had a cutaway detail on the neckline, which I felt was more flattering than a buttoned up design. I also loved the cut of this shirt with its contoured side detail and seams, again adding shape to the general design. I loved that this shirt was slightly longer in the body meaning it could be worn tucked in as well as hanging loosely. All in all, this was a shirt that seemed made for a curvier body, designed to flatter and enhance those curves.

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This is a versatile piece that every wardrobe needs – it can simply be styled so many ways. I concentrated on styling two classic ways. The first was based on a Olivia Palermo look. Olivia Palermo styles her white shirt in a luxe boho style with a maxi skirt. I love this look and wanted to see if I could do something similar. Here was the result.

 The second look is the absolute classic, indigo blue denim and crisp white shirt and flats, a la Kate Moss, Marilyn Monroe, and a whole host of other icons of style.

This shirt would also look great under a suit for a perfect, smart workwear look, worn open over a coloured cami for a casual look and even teamed with city shorts for a cool summer look.  Everyone needs a crisp white shirt in their wardrobe, and this one has the cut, the tailoring and the crispness that makes it a wonderful, versatile buy.

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