Graduate Fashion Week [2015]

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Graduate Fashion Week [2015]
Old Truman Brewery
Shoreditch [LDN]
Last week I attended #GFW2015 in The Old Truman Brewery- LDN. My first fashion week… wow, I was blown away. Blown away by the quality, professionalism and slickness of the show but more importantly the imagination, the diverse shapes and colours and the vision of the designers. Just incredible.
Writing for #AllergictoAverage I had unprecedented access to the media lounge, all catwalk shows and the acclaimed #FROW // a real privilege.
With every designer as unique and distinct as the next (mirroring the #AllergictoAverage mantra) it was difficult to choose my favourites, but after much deliberation, I’ve drilled it down to 4; using the catwalk designs for ready-to-wear corporate inspo.
[1. Laila Maristani | UCA Rochester]
The fluid nature of the 3 piece jacket paired with the masculinity of the buttoned collar and full sleeve makes for a striking combination. A timeless piece with flair, confidence and femininity; #GIRLBOSS.
And the [colours] – what a perfect combination, not only because red & cream usually means red velvet cake but because what else means business more than a strong red trouser!?
I’ve put together the below which embodies the above; elegant yet striking, powerful yet feminine.
Slightly unusual to pair cream on cream. But Laila’s made it work.
[2. Jihae An | UCA Rochester]
As soon as Jihae’s first piece came on the catwalk I sat forward in my seat. Pinstripe? The perfect corporate pattern.
Inspired by her experience of living in-between two cultures, Jihae’s collection [In Conjunction] talks of continuity yet clashes, of different fabrics and patterns, based on a largely monochrome palette.
Clean cut shapes with a concentration on traditional tailoring, this is the perfect inspiration for the modern day city-living woman.
 GFW Inspo. Jihae An
[3. Jessica Violet Challis | UCLAN]
Perfect Layering, beautiful pastels and high necks with a reserved length. [It must be the pencil dress.]
GFW1 1
 A must have [easy-to-wear] piece for the corporate wardrobe. Jessica VC nailed it.
GFW Jessica Violet Challis Inspo
Ranging from £9-£670; the above take inspiration from Jessica’s seamless blend of colour and fine embroidery; a true [Urban Myth]
All Dress Details Can Be Found On Polyvore
4.[Fern Rebekah-Bywater | Liverpool John Moores]
One piece and one piece only stole this show for me:
The Sleeveless Trench.
Modern Day Masculinity; powerful, confident, and authoritative.
[No other description needed.]
Embrace the Masculinity | Rule with Femininity
Be #AllergictoAverage 

#LFW. Palmer//Harding Inspiration

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LFW; delightful. A showcase of often the most minimal to most outrageous, a sea of colours, textures, patterns, fabrics.

The calm amongst the storm for me for with regards to inspiration on corporate wardrobe excellence was Palmer//Harding’s stunning looks, which aim to ‘develop definitions of feminine strength’.

Palmer Harding Palmer Harding 2

Having been described as ‘the world’s most perfect shirt’ with an ambition to be the ‘go-to brand’ for modern shirting.

The designer’s desire to explore contradiction in their clothing shines through; with a base monochrome tone through the collection presenting a clean cut yet feminine look. No stuffy, shapeless shirts or ill fitting suits here,

#Get the Look for Less

Palmer Harding Monochrome Inspo - Corporate Wear

Pair a high necked white shirt with a modern black waistcoat; bringing in that sense of contradiction. A striped A-Line skirt will let you feel comfortable as you go about your day, neither swamping you nor clinging to you.

Top off with a pussybow style neck piece; play around with this. The one in the above collection is a pretty pricey YSL number but can easily be replicated by any slinky black scarf. Simply tie in a knot at the neck and let it hang gracefully.

Finally, finish the look with a chunky black peep toe with medium sized heel. This will take away from the formality of the shirt and skirt combo, the chunkiness will see you being surer on your feet, especially when you’re running for your train after hitting snooze one too many times….

Waistcoat: Linea | House of Fraser
Shirt: 1970 |
Skirt: River Island
Shoes: ALDO
Necktie: YSL |

March to the beat of your own drum, contradict the norm.

Be #AllergictoAverage

Your Base Collection

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Every woman has that one staple, base outfit in their wardrobe; this is mine.

A crisp, clean white shirt with a strong collar does wonders. Professional, yet when purchased with the correct fit… wonderfully feminine.

Just don’t spill your vanilla latte.

Team with black or navy cigarette style trousers to streamline your look. Finished with a pair of ankle strapped, pointy courts. I love a nude colour, as they go with everything and elongate the leg when worn with a skirt.

Finish off with a good quality, large, jet-set style bucket bag with easy access to possessions. My favourite is a BRIGHT BLUE Michael Kors. Pricier than the high street of course, but you can be sure the strap won’t split leaving you scrabbling for your things in the middle of the street.

[Although] that does eliminate the chance of a handsome gentleman stopping to help you gather said things spread everywhere; followed by some intense eye contact and the offer of a date that evening….. but that’s the chance you gotta take.


Shirt: Oui | House of Fraser
Trouser: Jigsaw | John Lewis
Heels: Style For Less
Bag: Michael Kors Jet Set