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London Fashion Week: Day Three
By Grace Carroll Feeling slightly better than the day before I decide it’s time to get myself out of bed, into those heels and back out to hit the shows of Day Three at London Fashion Week. With my new vintage leather skirt in mind, I leap to my closet excitedly to begin putting my outfit together. It’s black, A-line, to the knee and an autumn/winter 10 essential – score! I pair it with a silk leopard print blouse from Zara, Banana Republic merino wool cardigan, my trusty nude patent leather Marc By Marc Jacobs bag and a pair of staggeringly high hiking boot-inspired heels by Bamboo. Within half an hour I’m ready and out the door, racing to reach the tube. Hopping out at Holborn station I head over to Vauxhall Fashion Scout where I meet up with my friend Charlene to check out the new collections as a duo. Minutes after meeting up we are approached by the fashionable pair behind the website
Style By Queens, who ask to take a video diary of our outfits. Equally impressed with their outfit choices, we both ask if we can snap them for our LFW blog entries.The four of us are all sporting a mix of designer and high-street gear; proving that you don’t have to spend a fortune on every piece of clothing in order to look stylish — it’s all about how you put it together!
Half way through our day, Charlene and I decide to take a much needed break and head across the road to an Irish pub. There a funny mix of chaps enjoying the football match on screen, and fashion girls looking for some fuel and a place to rest their tired, stiletto-clad feet. As I sip on an icy cold beverage and slyly remove my shoes under the table, I bury my head into my iPhone and get re-connected with what’s happening back at Somerset House and the rest of LFW. For me, the day’s top three collections include: Mary Katrantzou, Richard Nicholl and Julien Macdonald. Katrantzou’s collection is a work of wearable art. Inspired by the interiors of Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin’s highly stylized seventies photographs, she produced digitally-printed dresses, each featuring a different interior setting. Nicholl and Macdonald are two of my favourite London-based designers and it was nice to take a break from prints and enjoy their light colour palettes and sexy, yet wearable separates. By the time I lift my head up and re-connect with the real world I realize that friends have discovered our hiding spot and joined us round the table. Considering it’s a Sunday, I don’t feel too bad playing hooky for a little while longer…