THE NOUGHTIES CALLED

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When I think of the noughties, I think of the Britney Spears I'm a slave for you performance at the VMAs with the snake and that famous tropical sarong dress J Lo wore to the Grammy's with Puff Daddy. You know which one, we all wish we could pull that look off! Well, it seems the designers at NYFW wanted to take us down memory lane back to the noughties this season. Being inspired by that era the designers are bringing back thin oblong sunglasses, 'as seen on' Gigi and Bella. This was one trend I wasn't sure of the first time around and as much as I love these sisters, even they find it hard to pull it off in my opinion.

But another shock was the comeback of the low-slung waist jeans with a flared cuff. Honestly, I'm up for new trends and embrace them in my own way but maybe this time it's a step too far. I'm not young enough or have a flat enough stomach to embrace this one yet. All I can think about right now is embracing my warmer clothing and eating my body weight in comfort food. But like most, once I've seen the trend pop up on the high street I'm sure I'll buy into next season. After the Christmas weight will have been lost!

But for now I am embracing a denim trend I've seen for a while. The wide leg, raw edge skater boy jeans! I wasn't a skater as such when I was younger but I do love the fashion and fully intend to invest in more skater boy jeans. What's so great about these style of jeans is that they look even better with heels, adding an edge to your look. Here I have teamed them with this long sleeve embroidered ruffle top and this lovely oversized cardigan.

This is the first purchase of my winter warmers, already on the look it for a couple more.

With so much nod to the noughties how are you going to embrace it?

Joey x

TOP - TOPSHOP

JEANS - TOPSHOP

BOOTS - EGO SHOES

CARDIGAN - NEXT

LFW DAY #3

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I've had such a fun couple of days at London Fashion Week. I think I definitely made the most of living in the city for visiting all the shows. I made the decision to attend the Fashion Scout shows to see the emerging talent that has graduated this year. There were some really cool collections from the likes of Swedish School of Textiles, House of Mia and from the 'ones to watch' list. It feels so much more exciting to see an emerging designers first collection and then following them and watching them grow each season. It's always exciting to see what experimental collections the designers come up with.

It might not be for everyone but for me it's where you see the raw talent before the clothing and styling becomes more focused down a certain pathway. The way these fresh designers use colour and fabric is like nothing else, they have no boundaries and create pieces that are more like art than clothing. These shows are worth seeing if you interested in fashion design or styling, to see from the bottom up and help support new designers. It's also worth noting a lot of these shows are free to attend and it just takes sending a polite email requesting tickets!

I would recommend going to see some of these shows as well as the full fashion week stuff. I have included at the bottom some images of the key designers you should look out for.

Fashion week is full on and you get out of it what you put in. Its still funny how excited I get when I see a look that inspires me, but as much as I love fashion there is nothing better than coming home, putting my feet up and snuggling with my frenchie Bernard.

I would love to know your thoughts on fashion week and how you approach London Fashion Week.

Joey x

GREY RUFFLE TOP - SOMERSET BY ALICE TEMPERLEY*

JEANS - AND/OR*

BOOTS - EGO SHOES*

JACKET - NEW LOOK

Anything marked * has been gifted

LFW DAY #2

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Day two of London Fashion Week was way more chilled for me, I was feeling a little hungover from drinks on Friday night. My hangovers keep getting worse as I get older, I'm just getting too old to drink! On Saturday I spent the morning with Joe wandering around Soho taking photos and went for a hearty hungover brunch at Dirty Bones. This sorted me right out and ready for the second day of shows but this time I had more suitable shoes on for running around town.

For my second day at LFW, I teamed up with Monsoon to bring to you a velvet look. I've always been a massive fan of this plush fabric, whether it's crinkled, pleated or crushed. When Monsoon asked me to get involved with their new season velvet collection, I jumped at the chance. This collection ticked all the right boxes, from the velvet suits to the velvet chunky sandals. You know you're onto a winning collection. The key items that I fell in love with are the cami top for the subtle pleats which you can only see when up close and the beautiful lace trim at the neckline. I felt like you didn't need a necklace as the lace detail was enough. I also was instantly drawn to the colour and elegant strap detail of the green chunky sandals. And not to mention the jacket that has a stunning dark paisley pattern which shows up perfectly when the light hits the velvet. This is such a luxe jacket that feels incredible on!

Being inspired by the jewel colours I put together a quad velvet look and mixed it up with a little denim to break up the luxe fabrics. The black pleated top sits perfectly against the light washed jeans. To give me a little height I've added these beautiful jewel green chunky sandals. These are so comfy and I already know how much wear I will get out of these! For a cover-up, I have this dark pattern velvet blazer and to finish the whole look off is this stunning dark burgundy red bag, that made think of the Gucci style handbags. When added all together it gives a fun winter look, the denim balances out all the jewel colours perfectly

Joey x

P.s. The raw hem is a nice touch against the plush velvet sandals

VELVET CAMI TOP - MONSOON*

VELVET BLAZER - MONSOON*

VELVET CHUNKY SANDALS - MONSOON*

VELVET HANDBAG - MONSOON*

WIDE LEG JEANS - TOPSHOP

My inspiration for this post . . .

LFW DAY #1

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Day one of London Fashion Week is done and boy do I feel it! This is my first official fashion week that I am properly attending. Crazy I know as I have been a Fashion Designer for over 6 years now, but I have never once attended the shows for work purposes. In a way, I am glad to be doing fashion week on my own terms seeing shows that inspire me and not for work.

I've read so many blog posts about fashion week advice and how to make the most of this mad week. But from the get-go, I totally ignored one key factor and that was to wear comfortable shoes, instead opting for these shiny silver boots. Such a schoolboy error on my part but just look at these boots. What made me know I'd made the right decision was the compliments and having my feet papped, made the pain worth it. I just love the high shine on these boots and how they add a glossy high-end feel against the Gucci inspired floral midi dress. Even though I did unzip my boots when I got the pub at the end of the day, I don't regret wearing them! This pair will happily become my party boot for the winter months, as they pretty much go with everything I've tried them on with.

Apart from my shoe error, my first day was so much fun running from one show to next and catching a glimpse of what trends will come through for spring summer 18. I chose to see shows by designers that are new to the scene or not big names as I find them so much more experimental and fun. Not having the pressure to make the perfect show, these designers instead use their platforms to create clothing that has no boundaries. From what I've seen so far, it makes me excited to see what the other designers have in store for us!

Have you done London Fashion Week or any fashion week?

Joey x

DRESS - H&M (currently sold out online)

CARDIGAN - NEXT

BOOTS - EGO SHOES (20% of with BOOTAY)

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