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New Year, New Job

As I explained before, I’m starting a new job. On Tuesday..

This time last year I was flu-y and bored, which led to much pondering on my life. I was resolute that five months after graduation it was time to really start getting known in the industry. [Although that may seem impatient to many, I should elucidate that my first internship was seven years prior to graduation.]

Well, 2011 was all I could have hoped for – and more.

I worked alongside Sasha at LibertyLondonGirl.com for the best part of the year – which has been an honour, a privilege and an education to say the least!
I attended London Fashion Week AW11 for Modabot.de and BLOW PR’s BLOWonline
I blogged for Hudson Jeans for seven months
I started writing for Ligature magazine
I consulted for Beaujais
I had my writing published in 1883 and SHOP magazines
I assisted Anna Trevelyan and Nicola Formichetti, during which time I suggested Obey My Demand lingerie, which Lady Gaga wore throughout her Born This Way video.
I began blogging for the Huffington Post and Dazed Digital
I went to Paris (for the first time!) with The Shirt Company – which was an adventure and a half.
I attended London Fashion Week SS12 with LLG – meeting and working with the fabulous Briony and Katie B.
I started trialling trainers and fitness classes, working predominantly with the fantastic Dean Callis
I started styling (including look books and a main fashion spread in Matchbook magazine) which culminated in some freelance work with the fashion team at Stylist magazine

Oh, and I got engaged! [See my Wedding inspirations here]

I have really worked and worked and worked – so much so that my only New Year’s Resolution this year is to stress less and have more fun! But you know what? It was all worth it, not least because I’m beginning 2012 with a very exciting new job which will no doubt bring more adventures and many a late night: I’ll be working at Fashion East with the fabulous Lulu Kennedy, who has just been awarded an MBE no less! I am so excited about 2012 and so grateful to everyone who made 2011 so fantastic! Happy New Year everyone.

London Fashion Week S/S2012 Highlights

It’s taken me a little while to get round to writing this post. My usual habit after a mammoth working week is to just keep on going but this month has been really challenging so I decided that straight after LFW I would avoid my laptop, shun all work emails and really try to do nothing so that I might enjoy physical and mental rest and recuperation. But now I find myself ready to reflect on Fashion Week and my personal highlights..

Below – some snapshots from LFW S/S12

The lightbulbs at the My Beautiful Fashion venue on New Oxford Street. It was great discovering that someone I used to intern with at Robinson Pfeffer is now working for MBF and catching up with her briefly after a show.

Eudon Choi is my favourite emerging designer right now and his S/S12 collection moved away from his signature utilitarian vibe into something more sportsluxe. And colour! I loved it.

The Felicity Brown presentation at the Royal Opera House complete with violinist in A/W11 FB – exquisite.

The Zoe Jordan show, inspired by Little Edie in Grey Gardens, was an absolute winner for me (and very autumnal for a Spring collection). After the gorgeous show I got to go backstage and chat to Zoe herself.

On Monday 19th I went backstage at Antonio Berardi to see the preparations for the 10am catwalk show. I was delighted to meet manicurist Sophy Robson and get snap happy around the fabulous slicked back hair looks courtesy of John Frieda.

I then hotfotted it front of house with Miss B and her fabulous glitter Miu Mius to catch the show which was characteristically gorgeous.

I got to sit front row at Pringle of Scotland where Abbey Lee opened the show. Alistair Carr‘s debut Pringle show was such a new turn for the heritage brand and I’m really excited to see the next stages of its reincarnation. If S/S12 is anything to go by, Pringle is in safe hands.

Katie B and me (wearing Lucy Jay) waiting for the Todd Lynn show to start..

I’ve attended LFW every season since September 2009 but attending as part of Team LLG aka LibertyLondonGirl.com has been quite a different experience to say the least. LLG really does open doors and I’ve been so privileged to be able to join Sasha and Miss B as well as the lovely LLG assistant Katie B for this season. The pictures I’ve put up here don’t even begin to portray the mad, exhausting, fabulous week. The first day I survived purely on cake, frozen yoghurt and vitamin water; I got to ride in the Mercedes-Benz, sit front row next to my editor idols, witness gorgeous shows and generally be a part of a much-envied tradeshow.

Here’s to S/S12 and London! There’s plenty to celebrate in the capital right now.

Matchbook magazine

If you haven’t already seen it I suggest you all go and check out Matchbook magazine, and not just because I’ve styled the main fashion shoot for the September issue…

The online mag, based in San Francisco, celebrates everything a bit cute, a bit kitsch and a bit twee. It’s totally unpretentious and will make you smile if you’re into life’s little luxuries, simple pleasures and a hearty dose of nostalgia. Their take on life really reminds me of Briony’s blog A Girl, A Style – those two online publications are most definitely kindred spirits..

Well, anyway take a look and let me know what you think of the A/W shoot I did with the lovely Erin Barry!

Reader’s digest

LFW day 1 – Impressions & Highlights

Day 1 at LFW…

Janice Dickinson spotted front row at Paul Costelloe – the girls were in amazing metallic dresses and Sonia Rykiel hair (red, crimped and triangular).

Maria Grachvogel at the Savoy.  Gorgeous room – perfectly appropriate for a gorgeous collection.  Nina Porter opened the show.  The draping was masterful (as per) and the accessories were designed in collaboration with Erickson Beamon.  Divine much?

A closer look at the make-up:

Spotted outside on her way to a lot of castings:

Also spotted outside – Sasha aka LibertyLondonGirl plus her lovely associates Briony and Claire, minus one rather important driver…

I was also lucky enough to meet the lovely Georgina Langford aka Fashion Junior at Large to Melanie Rickey who had just come from the Orla Kiely presentation – check out her write-up on The Fashion Editor at Large blog.

At lunchtime we had quite the crush at Ada Zanditon‘s salon show where an ice sculpture, a video installation and static mannequins were enjoyed and ignored (too busy mingling!) by a rather large crowd of avant-garde fashionistas – not to mention the lovely Amber and Nisha, otherwise known as Broken Hearts DJs.  I had a lovely chat with Ada who divulged a wee secret – she’s probably more into science and architecture than fashion!  Oh well – somehow it works!

In the afternoon I was blown away by the Ones to Watch show including Kirsty Ward, Anja Mlakar, Tze Goh and Sara Bro-Jorgensen and Eudon Choi‘s show.  I’ll be posting a link to my write-ups soon.

Here are some snaps from Eudon Choi:

Masculine meets feminine/romantic utility.

After the show I had my make-up done by an AOFM make-up artist backstage at Jasper Garvida (big thanks to Lucy at Forward PR!) and then dashed to Bora Aksu where I got to chat to Marina from Marina and the Diamonds afterwards – I’m such a fan and am glad I managed to keep it together and act professionally.  (If you’re reading this now Marina, I didn’t get to tell you how much I love you!)

And lastly, thanks to hanging out with Miggy practically all day, I managed to swing a spare ticket to PPQ.  Life saver!

The big names turned out in force: Corinne Bailey Rae, Bip Ling, Kimberly Walsh, Julia Sarr Jamois, Paloma Faith and Clara Paget all sat front row – and those were only the glitterati that were in view…

The collection itself was brilliant.  Just check out twitter to see how many people are raving about the pigtails, cat hats and fabulous LBDs.  And all to a hip hop soundtrack.

What a day.