Urban Outfitters Press Day

As the temperature dropped over an icy cold London, the Prosecco and canap├ęs were flowing in a small showroom on Charing Cross Road. After being let down by my iPhone maps, I finally found the place where the Urban Outfitters S/S 13 press day was and huddled in to warm up my numb fingers.

Moving to London over a year ago and being introduced to Urban Outfitters accidently by walking the opposite way on Oxford Street, I loved their approach to clothes and the close links between culture and fashion. This was no different at the sneak preview of next seasons collections with quirky  books and fashion films being projected on the wall. 

The Accessories
Each season, Urban Outfitters don't do their bags or shoes by half and next season is no different. Leather bags with spike accents and studs to make it them stand out as cool. Gold chains were detailed on the Iro bags (the meaning of cool was certainly being defined by UO) whilst sunglasses were treated to flower add ons onto the frames. 

The hi tops also made a reappearance  which is currently storming the high street thanks to Ash and Isabel Marant who debuted them on the catwalks earlier this year. Sandals were given a more sophisticated treatment with brown leather and a cute leopard print for the more daring trendsetter.

The Collection
As a fan of building up an essentials capsule wardrobe I fell in love with these boyfriend jeans. I've desperately been looking for a pair which fit me as Zara took the term boyfriend too literally with their sizing. I also loved the hipster Obey sweater which is sure to fly off the shelves when it drops next Februrary/March. They also go great together as a lazy Sunday outfit.

For evening wear, Urban Outfitters concessions have provided the perfect pieces to dress any outfit up for cocktails in Brick Lane to the Meatpacking District or dining out in Manchester. April May was one of the designers that had intricate embellishment on the tees such as the one below with peacocks stitched onto the chest with a silver fish scale style sleeve.

 I also loved the pearl detail on the grey tee which was my favourite item from the whole collection which would look great with leather skinnys and a white blazer.

 The floral swimwear gave the collection a romantic feel especially when placed next to the floral sunglasses and printed heels which i loved. There was very much a sense of eclectic fashion and looking back on the past to create new trends such as the paisley print blouse with polka dot dungarees which I feel has been influenced my a certain Miss Chung.

Overall I really enjoyed the press day and a huge thanks to the PR team at Urban Outfitters for putting up with my icy cold handshake and shivering and for a alternative press day. The collection will drop early next year so keep your eyes peeled.
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Reiss S/S 13 Press Day

I feel pretty amazed i've made it to my 100th post and what a fitting way to to post about a press day.
Walking down a chilly Oxford Street with the Christmas lights glistening above and shop windows displaying their sequin numbers, the last place you'd expect me to visit would be a Spring collection.
That was however exactly what I did.
Reiss opened their showroom up to bloggers, writers and a range of press to preview the Spring/Summer collection.
From pastels to whites to auburn oranges, it was a sea of colour and detail with tassels  raffia and leather protruding from the rails.

This season is the strongest I have seen of Reiss so far. Whether it has to do with a certain Duchess boosting their sales or a design team that took inspiration from the west coast in the 1971 range, it is catering for a wider demographic.

The most popular pieces at the press day were the silhouette dress which come in white (below) mint and black. The textured leather jacket in both ranges were oohed and ahhed over which will no doubt fly off the shelves.

My personal favourite is the fisherman knit jumper which was thick and chunky, perfect for those April shower days worn with a trench and jeans. 

Overall it was a great press day and the collection flowed seamlessly from bags matching the dresses to the suede panelling on the trousers matching the shoes. I look forward for the drop next season if if i'm wrapping up in dozens of layers for the next few months.

A massive thanks to the Reiss team for putting on a great press day. Some of the collection will drop in the next few weeks whilst the rest will drop in February. For a detailed look at the 1971 lookbook visit it here or go visit www.reiss.com

What do you make of the collection?


Rimmel Bloggers Suite #LFW

 Taking a chilled approach to this seasons London Fashion Week, i headed out to the One Aldwych Hotel opposite Somerset House to meet the Glam Media UK team and relax.

It has been running for several seasons now and offers press attending the stressful bi annual event on the fashion calendar, a chance to let the blisters from new shoes heal and to grab food to re energise for the long weekend.

As i decided last minute not to attend any of the shows i still went along to take it all in and meet the tired but happy Glam UK team who still had a smile on by the end of a hectic day 2.
Inside the suite were nibbles and champagne which was flowing from 2pm. (In fashion week that can be considered late)
Glam uk champagne

The girls from Rimmel were on hand to revitalise skin that had suffered from the heat of sitting in front of flashing lights and summer sun all day as well as nails to make those streetstyle pictures look even more perfect.

It was the first time i had ever attended anything like this before and seeing bloggers dash in and out then back in after a show gave the suite a real buzz and a chance to put blogs to faces.

Chatting to the bloggers and press that were there also opened some interesting debates on how blogs have become so popular and influential to the shows that everyone was most looking forward to. But it couldn't have been without everyone in agreement over the pain of travelling from show to show and dodging protestors, photographers, buses, slow walkers and models.

Bringing the blogging community together was a great for me to interact with people that have a common ground and to discover new blogs which are becoming popular by the post.

Massive thanks to Fiona (hope you feel better) and the rest of the Glam UK team as well as Rimmel for all the amazing goodies and pampering i was treated to.

You can follow the last two days of fashion week from the Glam team here and by following them on twitter @GlamUK

Invitation Only Becca London Event

With suitcases, laundry bags and staring into the soul of East London, my blog posts have taken a back seat as i lodge with friends before my move to the West. 
So apologies for the delay in the post.
Missing the previous event in June, i made sure i attended Invitation Only's September pop up event last week at Becca London in South Kensington. 
The Victorian architecture mixed with the museums exhibiting pivotal moments in history,  makes South Kensington one of my favourite places to visit in London.
After arriving on a street filled with luxurious boutiques and designers such as Chanel, I was shown an entrance tucked away in the back of Becca to the pop up boutique.

Inside was an array of dainty porcelain china, nibbles and tea all laid out and waiting for the greedy pig in me.

After gorging on macaroons and Earl Grey tea, i took a look at the brands stocked in the boutique. 
The pieces were very modern and reminiscent of Giles Deacon, Mark Fast and Celine. Knits were neatly tailored, yet billowing at the sleeves whilst accessories were sharp and detailed with studs.

I'm a total sucker for silk scarves and some were even designed in the style of scrabble which i loved and hope to get my hands on soon. 
These brands aren't stocked in your typical town centre or shopping mall, especially as these crazy talented designers have recently graduated from the likes of Central St Martins and the Royal College of Art.

Taking notes from the runway shoes from February, pieces like the Fox ring were very fitting with the animal theme which is dominating the winter trends. Already seen on Rihanna, this collection is sure to be popular with the Anna Dello Russo types. 

A massive thanks to everyone at Invitation Only for having me round and can't wait for the next one. For more info on the designers and stockists contact  info@invitationonlylondon.com
You can also follow the Invitation Only team here

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