Tuesday, 23 September 2014

London Fashion Week - LPEs Highlights

London Fashion Week: 12-16th Septmber 2014 - SS15 Collections

Named as one of the most spectacular and outlandish fashion shows in the world, London Fashion Week has come and gone and left a whirlwind of Spring Summer surprises strewn all over somerset house, it's location in the heart of London. The collections this time around shone an insight into what we will be wearing in Spring Summer 2015. I have chosen a selection of my favourite outfits from the shows across the 5 day event to showcase my opinions on next spring/summers essential wardrobe. 

Tom Ford

 Ford is well known for his use of glamorous, aesthetically pleasing materials and textiles and converting such luxury textiles into a contemporary and modern style. For example, his work shows how you can still keep it extravagant and personal, yet it is still able to be worn for a modern day business woman.

This first piece emulates the 60s rock vibe with the choppy fringe and the smoky cream eyeshadow by Ford, which is still yet to be named. The simplicity of the sheer black shimmer caught the light of the monochrome heavy collection, and catches your eye from every single bejwelling angle. The use of layering also with the top section forming a crop top style piece with a floor length drape, on top of another long sleeved black shimmer piece, teamed with the tight fitting leg which contrasts against the drape of the top creates an effortless flow to the whole piece, and also creates length.

There is a fusion with decades here as it screams 60s with a sneaky splash of 90s as the hair and make up create the rocky 60s rebel look, but accompanied with the rigid shoulders and the square shapes created in the second outfit, it shows how Ford can mix and match from different collections (his own of course) to create a modern and up to date series of outfits.

A good example of this is the formal yet luxury outfit here using the silver and black hues to create a stunning monochromatic look. The cut of the jacket from the shoulder across the collarbone creates sharp lines to create the smart chic look, whilst keeping it rock and roll with the hallucinogenic silvers. The plunge dress with the dramatic v-neck on show is also highlighted by the strength of the shape of the jacket with its angles and formality, to further highlight the plunge.

The mirrored cat walk shows the reflection of the top trend of a lot of SS15 shows this week - flatforms. The platform is such a comfortable shoe to walk in  as it elevates the front of the foot so it is just as high as the back, decreasing the incline of the foot and making it easier to walk in. These black and white flatforms look delicious alongside this outfit, and monochrome will DEFINITELY be on everybody this spring/summer.

Tom Ford is one of the most celebrated and individually captivating fashion designers of the 21st century, combining luxury fashion with everyday looks and quirks. His SS15 collection further embraced this concept and showed us that we will be seeing a lot more monochrome and silver hues this spring. 


 Towards the end of London Fashion Week the Topshop Unique Show captured the eyes of the media due to its high street credentials and the famous faces that were seen on the runway.

Cara Delevingne and Jourdan Dunn were the star studded duo who sparkled, showing the new SS15 Topshop collection. The whole idea and outlook of the Topshop show was to extend it out to everyone, even if you weren't at the show. Social media was a big focus of this years event, and Topshop took this concept and ran with it, creating their oxford street window display into a virtual shopping/blogging experience. Passers by were able to tweet alongside the hashtag for London Fashion Week and have their personal experience of the week posted onto the virtualistic window display.

Topshops Oxford Street LFW SS15 Display

Onto the collection, and it shows a complete contrast to what we will be wearing this Autumn/Winter, with SS15 showing a sporty/preppy contrast. Cara is sporting a very "just went of to play tennis and now off for a coffee with the girls" type of look, with the high 90s neck teamed with the frilly above the knee skirt. The detail of the white vest style design on the top creates the illusion that it is a higher and tighter neck, sinching in the top half of her body. The black panel creates the waist and the rest elongates down in sprightly spring frills.

"just went off to play tennis and now off for a coffee with the girls" type of look" 

The sporty vibe continues with this gorgeous pastel bomber jacket. It reminds me of the 90s shell suit look, but completely transforms it into a spring outfit with the use of pastels and deep blues. The effect of using one deep, rich colour amongst pastels is that it accentuates the pastel colours, projecting them out and ensuring everyone HAS to double check you. 

Frills appear to be the new essential addition to skirts for spring, adding a cute school vibe to the collection. Its very organic and wholesome, and is classic spring summer. Although Topshop could be said to not be very daring for the new and innovative London Fashion Week, for a high street chain I would say it is pushing the boundaries in just the right way. 

There is an SS15 Capsule collection straight from the runway HERE 

These fashion  shows needed to be filled up by somebody, and who else better to watch the new collections flutter down the catwalk than the fashion and social elite. Here are a few of my favourite outfits by the ever so glamorous London Fashion Week audience for SS15.




Across the world London Fashion Week is seen as being eclectic and futuristic. It pushes the boundaries just to the point of collapse, and still continues to create hundreds of outfits that will influence what we wear in the following season. Fashion Weeks across the globe are so influential on what we will wear, down to the colours of our socks to the statement jackets, designers such as Tom Ford, Henry Holland, Burberry, Ashish and Mother of Pearl to name a few are all adding their stylistic flair to our lives. The fashion world as we know it would not be the same without them.

I'm so sorry this post has been a long time coming but I wanted to do my research and ensure that I made it as good as I possibly can for you all, again thank you for all your views like i've reached over 1,200 which is AMAZING so yeah you're all fabulous!

Thank you bbys, 

leopardprintelephant xoxo

Friday, 5 September 2014

Fashion Look Book - 'Black Is Back'

I recently purchased a pair of ASOS Black skinny jeans and they're one of the best things that I have bought in a long time. To some, the colour (or lack off) causes feelings of darkness and dullness but it is such a great way to smarten up a look and define your shape so you can show off your best assets. I have compiled three ways that I am looking forward to wearing my black jeans this autumn/winter for various occasions for you cherubs.

'that garden party with those fake bitches that you need to look hotter than' look

When I created this outfit i kept thinking "what would i wear if i wanted to turn up to a cute garden party and make an entrance but still keep it summery and floaty so if it's hot i can still breathe????" and this was the result. This top is also one of the best things I bought this summer as it's such a great statement piece and it's so versatile like it looks so good tucked into these black jeans and also looks so good just floating in the breeze. The autumnal colours of the top also make it a great transitional season outfit because it blends you back into autumn/winter, and the jeans also are a great summer/autumn transitional piece because it's just getting cold enough for jeans and black is hot hot HOT. I like the look because the tightness and slimming effect of the black jeans contrasting with the oversized top makes it look elegant and chic whilst the necklace and sunglasses add the extra dazzling icing on top of one very stylish cake.

"i want to look smart but also want to break some hearts" look

As you all know I am a major fan of a blazer, whether it be fitted or oversized, they're great additions to outfits because they just add a smart edge and a feel of Miranda Priestly style dominance. This black, red and blue woolen blazer is great because it has been darted in the middle which sinches it in above the waist to give it a more fitted style and gives your torso and waist some definition and shape. White shirts are always essential wardrobe fillers because like lots of items of clothing that feature on this blog, they're SO versatile and truly are the gift that keeps on giving. The black belt is again making an appearance to split the top from the bottom and just bring in the waist a little more. Here the jeans are a great addition because they act as a smart trouser more than a jean. Black is a very corporate and business bitch colour so a black jean is definitely suitable for a smart ensemble. The best thing about them is that they're so tight on my legs that it really creates a contrast, as we saw in the other two outfits, compared to the top. It tightens in the bottom half which exaggerates the top meaning you're legs will look KILLER. Definitely will be wearing this outfit a lot.

"buy me a skinny decaf soya mocha latte and tell me i'm pretty" look

FUR FUR FUR is my anthem for this season because I can't get enough of it (faux of course). It's so elegant and demands to be clutched and stroked at all times. This outfit makes me feel like a glamorous model who's got a million castings to get to but still needs a cute drink so orders their assistant to go and get their favourite tipple. I teamed the cream/off white faux fur jacket with a crazy abstract purple, black, white and teal shirt and a gold lion statement necklace. Here the jeans add the extra elegance and sophistication from the other outfits, to create a sleek and slimming effect to truly show off the legs. These ASOS jeans are amazing because they're elasticated and stretchy which means they have a slight high waisted feel, meaning they can be pulled up even higher, creating the illusion that your legs are even longer. The belt is also used gain to split the shirt print from the sexy black jean. It's true ok black is slimming and sexy and elegant and honestly is my favourite thing to wear with this fur jacket because who wouldn't want to feel like a world class model???????

To round up this post with a statement of advice, it would be to run now from wherever you are and get yourself some sophisticated black skinny jeans. The versatility from them is exceptional and they're such a great way as I have said to create a sophisticated outfit and make yourself look drop dead GORGEOUS in the street or wherever you find yourself strutting in these next few months. I hope you enjoyed this post because I truly enjoyed taking the pictures and designing these outfits it's thoroughly enjoyable. Love you all to the moon and back you're my angels ily,

leopardprintelephant xoxo