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The Juice — Milan Fashion Week AW17

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It’s been a week since I got back from Milan Fashion Week, I feel like I’m almost fully recovered from exhaustion – you would think I did all 5 days in Milan with back to back shows, but that wasn’t the case. But, I felt royally drained when I got back to London and threw myself straight back to work the next day. Surely, those who do all more than 1 city during Fashion Week are super humans. I mean, some even roll out blog posts during fashion week. HOW?

If I don’t do this post on time, I know the enthusiasm will poof and disappear, the story will be outdated and no one would be bothered to read–am I right–, after all, many people would have caught up on all the instant action via social media.

Why Milan?

A lot of other UK influencers flock to Paris after London Fashion Week and take a chill during MFW, but that wasn’t me this season. I conserved the little energy I had to do one city, and MILAN it was. I’ve done London for many seasons and Paris I couldn’t decide on, read my Paris post to get the gist.

So, why Milan? Apart from the fact that Milan is home to some of the fashion Gods – I’m talking Prada, Gucci, Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana to mention a few, I’ve always been inspired by Milan street style. Like, I came back thinking my entire wardrobe needs a revamp and I need to sort my s**t out with my blogging life! – You know when you get that kick in the backside after being in the same room with some of the fashion heavyweights and other influencers (that moment when Deena Aljuhani Abdulazizand of Vogue Arabiya, one of my ultimate style icons royally walked past me at Stella Jean).

Also, Milan is the place for ‘over the top’ fashion, but done with a lot of class, which resonate with me. Colourful bold prints clashing — insert Etro, Emilio Pucci,Vivetta, Missoni, Fausto Puglisi –, but done so tastefully you can’t help but fall in love.

If you are one for classic sleek silhouettes, make room for Salvatore Ferragamo and Max Mara, add some androgyny from Aquilano.Rimondi, one of the shows I had the opportunity to see during MFW.

Milan Fashion Week AW17

Aquilano.Rimondi Autumn/Winter 17 Milan Fashion Week

What I got Up To

Milan Fashion Week started on Wednesday, so I missed out on a few shows and presentations that I got invited to including Annakiki, Wunderkind, Vivetta, Les Copains, Genny, Anteprima, Tods, Grinko, Christiano Burani, Atsushi Nakashima…–I’ll stop here–. I arrived on Friday and went for a late event, John Richmond.

Saturday was a full day of presentations and shows. Started the day at Jimmy Choo AW17 presentation and ended at Aquilano.Rimondi.

Sunday was a lot chilled out, started at noon with Stella Jean and decided to give everything else a miss to enjoy a bit of Milan before my late flight. First time in Milan, I had to. So I headed to the luxury shopping district, via Montenapoleone walked to Duomo, stopped at Marella and treated myself a little.

A lot of what I got up to was shared on Instagram stories, here’s a cue to go follow me if you aren’t for fresh juice next season @astylediary_ .

What I wore

What to wear for fashion week is a big part of the preparation. I had little or no time to plan or visit showrooms to loan samples — downside to working full time —

BUT, I managed to get my hands on this vintage leather x Fux coat c/o Lennina @ 21st Millesime.

: Paired with

Statement tee and mules – Asos

Ray-Ban 3025 Aviator Sunglasses c/o – Sunglasses Shop

Bag – Chloe

Earrings – H&M

Items linked in SHOP

Dress: Pretty Little Thing

Blazer, Earrings, Brooch: H&M

Belt: Gucci

Sunglasses: Celine

Items linked in SHOP

Who I hung out with

Caroline @ CarolineStyling

Siobhan @ Just A Uniform

Where I stayed

Not too far from the city. Closest metro to me was Porta Romana about 20 mins to most show locations.

I thoroughly had the most amazing time in Milan. It’s the first of many trips. I love the food the people and the city. I honestly can’t wait to go back as a tourist.

 

Day 2 | London Fashion Week | AW16

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…on to Day 2 of London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 16, here’s what I wore. If you haven’t caught up with my summary of day 1, please go have a quick read now.

This post is so delayed, but lets say a lot of real life stuff has been going on. I had the post fashion week exhaustion and I was ill for a couple of days with no energy or drive to do anything…that’s all cleared up now and the entire LFW is all becoming a big blur which is why I had to roll this post out as quickly as possible. Everyone has moved on to Milan Fashion Week and then on to Paris Fashion Week, after this, the work fashion week will be unbearable and tired and no one would want to hear of it any more…well, until September.

Burgundy blazer and chunky belt_day 2 LFW

LFW AW16 Day 2 OutfitStarting with my outfit, I call this look ‘meet me half way – I want to go glam, but not quite’… Let me make you get me. This look was actually inspired by looks from NYFW AW16, both Saint Laurent and Escada had the blazer x chunky belt look in their catwalk shows. I shared a picture of this on my instagram, it’s nothing new, but it’s one of the trends I was quite fond of in mid 00’s. I already had the glam-sports look brewing in my head so on the morning of day 2, everything came together. I paired my old blazer from Topshop (similar here) with oldish trousers from Lavish Alice along with the white snake-skin Adidas superstar trainers the lovely guys at Schuh sent me. I glammed it up with a customized statement necklace from Taro Collection which completed the look and the image I had in my head perfectly. Unfortunately, the weather was awful and I had to skip a few activities and went home with wet and muddy hemmed trousers 🙁Outfit durin LFW AW16Wearing: Blazer – Topshop, Trousers – Lavish Alice, Shoes – Adidas c/o Schuh, Sunglasses – Quay Australia, Necklace – Taro Collection, Bag – Chanel c/o Designer Exchange, Belt – AsosSporty stripe trousers on day 2 of LFW AW16Quay Australia Sunglasses and Taro Collection Necklace for Day 2 of LFW AW16The day started off with We Are Kin’s presentation at The Apartment, on to a couple of other presentations which I’ll talk about in another post. As I also enjoy the fun part of fashion week, I stopped at the Barrus x Rolls Royce LFW party with my friends, to end the eventful time I had this season. I leave you with this picture taken by Jevgenija at the party.

Barrus x Rolls Royce LFW party

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DAY 1 | London Fashion Week | Outfit

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Here’s a recap of Day 1 of London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 16. This season, I was only able to do two of the five days as I had other plans for the rest of the weekend.

My accreditation came through about a week before fashion week started. I like going round the designer showrooms and getting to see the new collections and meeting some of the designers that also attend which is the major benefit of being accredited. It doesn’t get you to the shows as many people would think. Anyway, I did a bit little tour around the showrooms on the first day but some designer stalls were still empty, so I decided to do my round on Saturday (day 2). I had most of my activities cramped on Friday (day 1) anyway.

Let’s start with my outfit and then a little recap of my activities and some show reviews. As I’m not much of a planner, I couldn’t decide on what to wear and I didn’t have the time to visit any showrooms, borrow samples or consider accepting gifts – with the exception of the Chanel handbag which I wore all through fashion week, took me from day to night.Most of the pieces from my outfit are oldies except my Prada shoes. The shirt I bought last season for fashion week but it didn’t make the cut and both the scarf and jeans have previously been featured on the blog. I opted for layers and luckily the weather wasn’t horrendous.

outfit from day 1 during LFW AW16Wearing: Shirt – Twist x Turn at Topshop, Jeans – Zara, Shoe – Prada, Bag (Chanel) c/o – Designer Exchange

Day 1. LFW AW16. OutfitOutfit. Day 1 LFW. AW16Oufit from Day 1. London Fashion Week AW16

 

Now, on to the rest of the day…The morning stated off at Brewer Street Car Park with J. Js Lee who popped some unexpected details in her new collection. She led the collection with a strong shade of red which was attention grabbing and about 4 to 5 colour palettes in the full collection. For me, firstly, it was the rope with tassels which was used as a belt on some of the tailoring that got my attention. It was also used as a hair accessory, used to hold up the models pony tails.  This detail was also fully featured on a couple of dresses. Also, Lee layered dresses and skirts over trousers which I think is very street chic. Finally, I also liked the fabric co-ord and colour co-ords with the shoes.

So, here’s the best summary I can give…After Lee, I had a couple of hours to spare, I grabbed my official LFW bag and met of for coffee and pictures with the writer behind Fashion Worked. After this was Eudon Choi, then off to On|Off for Edeline Lee & Little Shilpa. I decided to give a few other shows a miss to do other backstage activities I quickly dashed off after the presentation to Fashion Scout for the backstage for all the shows with Tony & Guy. I was able to catch Barrus, Merit Award Winner David Ferreira, gave Pam Hogg a miss and went to Paul Costello at Le Meridian in Piccadilly Circus for more back stage(I will do my post up on this some other time). Having a casual chat with Paul Costello was one of the highlight of my day. I did quite a lot of walking – not sure why I didn’t just get a cab…I met up with blogger babe Dani for an event at Showroom Shoreditch and ended the day at Edeline Lee’s after party. I leave you with some pictures. Those of you following me on snapchat had all of these first hand, so be sure to find me at ‘astylediary_’.

 

My first close encounter with Edeline Lee and I wasn’t disappointed. I particularly like the contacting piping, it gave a lot of character to the simple pieces. Also, was drawn to the pops of metallics and the skirt over trousers made an appearance in her show as well.

Trend Watch: Frills/Ruffles For Day Time

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It’s no news, ruffles have been lurking around for as long as I can remember, many designers have paid attention to this Victorian inspired detail by featuring a few frilly designs on their runway shows every season. But, is romance back in fashion? Flamenco frills and ruffled silhouette made prominent appearance in the SS16 runway shows. When we think frills, mind goes dressy, red carpet, evening or flamboyant looks, yes there was that, but also, a number of designers including Jason Wu, Alexander McQueen, Lanvin and Tome readdressed the frill situation, making them more appealing for day time.

From frills on knits at Mother of Pearl to full on details at Tibi spring/summer 16 shows, surely, this feminine detail is indeed making a come back this year. Frills are a great way to add impact to simple summer staples, but will you go for full-on romantic ruffles, or simply flirt with the frills?signature