LFW AW16 Highlights

I was nervous about LFW location this season as I didn’t have the best experience last year since they moved it to a car park!

It was freezing cold raining and no shelter to hide into, there was no space to stand around the LFW billboard where we normally like to take photographs. Cars were moving non-stop and street style photographers were being beeped at! Ladies in stilettos were falling all over walking down the slope of a car park!! It was just all painful to watch…

However this year I loved it and had such a wonderful experience – I think everyone managed to find a way to work around the chaos. Ladies were in less heels, shelters were found through restaurants near by, street style photographers found a calmer side road to shoot best dressed peeps.

I hope most of you kept up with me on social media when I covered all shows for Nawa3em.com and Gheir.com.

Here are my favourite and most interesting picks from LFW.

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First show of the week was the J.JS.Lee. The collection was very modest with strong tailored pieces adding strong blocks of one-set colours and classic tweed.

The Manuel Facchinio presentation was very rock ‘n roll with sleek back hair and fierce eye-makeup – beautiful collection with lots of leather and different fabric embroideries.

Paul Costelloe was one of the shows I was excited about and looking forward to! Not only am I a huge fan of his designs but also love the brand as it is a family business.

The collection was fierce, powerful inspired by the modern female warrior – in my eyes it was very wearable and I can see it fitting into so many girls with different styles and body shapes.

After the show I ran backstage to share some behind the scenes on Snapchat for #️⃣Nawa3emcom – he was certainly very charming.

David Ferreira would have to be one of the strangest shows I have ever seen. Every now and then I watch the video of the finale on my phone and laugh out loud.

In a crazy way it was a really interesting show – from giant dresses, to unusual platform boots and exaggerated womanly shapes.

I guess that’s what makes London fashion very unique, super crazy and cutting edge.

Julien MacDonald was the most exciting party fevered show – I loved the electric atmosphere, there was fire works in the air during the show. Designs were sexy sexy sexy….

Markus Lupfer presentations are always adventurous in a Wonderland view – from having bunnies around or live singers, to rooms decorated in flowers all over!

This season was dark florals’ apparently the woman that never sleeps in his words’. A collection of beautiful over sized jackets and two pieces suits with glittery eye-makeup showing the glamorous sophisticated woman.

Isa Arfen presentation had a strong 70’s grunge feeling to it, the minute I walked in! Starting with the music, the crazy hair and make-up styles, the designs of metallic skirts and sparkly over sized ruffled tops. It was like being in a club in that era…

I couldn’t help but notice the platform velvet shoes that went well with the grungy theme!! Starring closely and I realise they are by my number one favourite shoe designer (who almost broke my bank account ) Charlotte Olympia.

She was there and I finally met her for the first time.

David Koma would have to be one of my favourite designers – every-time I see his collection I am taken back. The last time I saw a collection of his designs was in Paris for Mugler.

I started off with covering backstage make-up by NARS for Nawa3em.com. The style of applying make-up for shows by artists is always so minimal with a lot of consideration to perfecting the skin and keeping it focused only to one feature. For the David Koma show it was the slick eyeliner.

Mulberry show was brilliant – I was really excited to see the come back!  The collection definitely has a Celine feeling to it since Johnny Coca was the in-house accessories designer for many years.

The sky high platform boots and funky flatform brogues caught my eye – designs were in loose shapes styled with lots of layers and splashes of colors in prints.

Temperley London was one of my favourite shows – the collection was very feminine, lots of ruffles and girly shaped dresses with some structured pieces.

I loved the mixture of different prints and pussy bow shirts with ruffled arms worn underneath sweaters.

Alexander McQueen show was beautifully dark.

Black coats jacquard with butterflies, watches and eyes followed by sheer star embellished cape gowns and models wrapped in satin duvet jackets.

Burberry is basically the London show – it is what everyone awaits for!

The excitement of the paparazzi and street style scenes, celebs at the Frow, security everywhere, bumping into your favourite Instagram personality and it goes on…

The collection for AW16 felt very British – lots of tweed and tailored coats with some edgy biker selections.

Christopher Bailey’s new decision to re-think the way Burberry does fashion week from September, the brand will operate on a season-less, ‘see-now, buy-now’ strategy, allowing us all to buy direct from the catwalk. Burberry always lead the way.

Aspinal of London was a really fun event – lots of mingling eating cookies and enjoying a browse of their beautiful bags. I was happy to spot more designs of my favourite mini trunk bag as my hubby calls it ‘your lunch box’! hehe

There was a selection that was admired by many – a collaboration with a young illustrator Emma J Shipley of the Pegasus.

Tata Naka designs always scream ‘Maya Lollipop’ the minute I walk into their presentations.

This collection was one of my favourites – I could easily picture myself in all pieces. I loved the silk fabrics and cuts of jumpsuits and dresses leaving all the focus to the colourful prints.

Xiaoli is a Chinese designer – her show was the last show of the season.

What struck me at the show was hearing the ‘tick tock’ sound before it starts! Models walked the runway with clock bags and clock accessories. Even in the goodie bag we were given a clock brooch. Garments are broken down, given the illusion of not enough time to finish them.

The collection is about taking the opportunity to look back at her previous work and ask herself the question where has the time gone? Li is questioning the speed of the fashion industry.

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