I hadn’t been on a swing for years; it felt a bit weird. There is a picture taken from the front in which i’m smiling like a lunatic, but these were far prettier. i’ll definitely be going back to the park again soon, because even though adults frown at you, it’s great fun just swinging and forgetting about the internet, and boring arguments about bloggers at London Fashion Week.
So, the clothes. Remember when I told you about Family Affairs some time ago? Well, i’ve made a few purchases from them since then, as the prices are extremely reasonable (especially when there is a sale on!). The pictures above are me in my “sweet surrender” blouse and “dear prudence” velvet shorts, both bought in the sale. Despite the shorts being a tad tight on my junk food belly and my “back fat” showing when I wear the sheer blouse, we’re very very happy together.
After posting about my beautiful Alexa, I received the loveliest thank you email from Mulberry for featuring it on the blog, they also asked me if i’d like to come along to their show at London Fashion Week – this was an offer I couldn’t refuse! Mulberry are a brand close to my heart, I feel a certain affinity with them and their ‘Englishness’. Their factory is so close to where I used to go to school, that my textiles work would be made with offcuts of Mulberry linings that they had donated to us, so i’ve been aware of their work for some time now.
I was really excited about the pastel colours and beautiful bags in the Spring Summer collection, so being invited to view their Autumn Winter offerings was really something special. Anyway…
I arrived at Kensington Palace a little too early, dressed in my finest Mulberry attire, and found myself waiting around to be let in, instead I made friends with some squirrels…ahem..
After being seated (IN ARMS LENGTH OF THE CATWALK oh my) and gawping at the huge glittery big cats that set the scene, music from Disney’s “The Jungle Book” began to play, and messy-haired models took to the catwalk.
The colour palette was far more subdued this time, and the clothes extremely wearable (and very covetable!). A selection of beautiful party dresses were a highlight (just look at the pinky nude dress above!!), but we all know that i’m not one for “going out” clothes, so the fabulous knits and coats are the items on my wishlist. Not to mention the t-bar flats in the picture below – I think I need them in my life!
The cardigan and scarf were items I could see myself in, and would have been extremely grateful for in the cold London weather – I think i’ll wait to see how much they’ll set me back because a WishWishWish girl can never have too many cardigans! haha!
I spent far too long panicking about my camera rather than paying 100% of my attention on what was actually going on – such a rookie mistake – but I really wanted to be able to share the experience with you. I had never had such an amazing seat at a show before, and whilst it was fabulous to be so close, it meant that it was difficult to take pictures of what Mulberry is famous for..the bags!
Now I distinctly remember some updated Alexas, that i’m sure you’ll be able to find far better pictures of online, so i’ve not even bothered to upload my blurry snaps. Of course, the bags didn’t disappoint – but there weren’t any that I feel i’d replace my trusty Oak Alexa with. What do you think?
My favourite item of clothing from the show has to be the structured oatmeal coloured coat in a picture above, and my favourite “accessory” had to be THE DOG! It had everybody “awwing” as it went past in it’s teeny Mulberry jumpers.
With my invite to the show, I got an invite to the after party the same evening. I’m not a big fan of parties and planned to spend the evening behind my camera. Luckily I met some fantastic bloggers who also had tickets to the party (hello Rena & Ozzy!) so I wasn’t alone. After avoiding some (not so lovely) cocktails, and battling my way around the very crowded venue, I decided to call it a night as the only photos I was getting were of peoples backs (very fashionable backs, mind you).
And guess who I found? Yes, Miss Alexa Chung. I’m unashamedly a huge stalker, so I had to ask her for a photograph – infact, I was feeling a little shy (read: fangirly) so the lovely Rena asked for me. Isn’t her outfit beautiful? After the twin-sets at Orla Kiely and Alexa’s outfit, i’m converted and on the hunt for a matching skirt/blazer combo.
And without further ado, my little Mulberry AW10 video! In all the excitement I stupidly filmed most of my clips the wrong way round (..duh!) which is why they appear next to each other. Please ignore my dodgy camera work – taking photos and enough footage for a video was an awkward task! It isn’t the full collection, as that’s available to see in far better quality on their website, but just a taster of what it was like to be at the show (and party!) – a view through my lens – the whole reason that bloggers were invited to LFW shows in the first place..but more on that later…xx
Oh my, I had such a difficult time choosing the winner for this competition that I did it at random by picking a name out of a hat! Luckily, Katie had submitted some beautiful pictures – they definitely captured the spirit of “The Best Things in Life are Free”, so Katie, you’ll be joining me on Saturday at London Fashion Weekend where we’ll be tweeting all day thanks to 3MobileBuzz! Hooray!
Everybody who entered sent over a lovely picture – they all made me smile, so i’ll be getting in touch with you all anyway and hopefully i’ll be able to find a pretty little thing to send you too. xx