Twice every year, London’s grandest neoclassical structure Somerset House, gears up to welcome a maelstrom of fashion designers and models dressed in their finest frocks. The fashion frenzy might be over but editors, bloggers and street stylists are diligently sharing notes on what would keep us stylishly ahead this autumn winter. Here are my top picks that I cannot wait to try and personalise in the coming months.

The 70s continued to rock the runway. Topshop, Burberry and Matthew Williamson were some of the names who took us back to the era. But it was not just the 70s, fashion bigwigs continued to take inspiration from nostalgic yesteryears as you will see below.

 Childhood games:

Image via: Vogue UK

Image via: Vogue UK

Who would have thought that childhood games like snakes & ladders and candy land could transition into designer fashion? But that’s exactly what designer Peter Pilotto’s AW2015 showcased. The imaginative and playful collection comprising dresses, skirts and outerwear (to name a few) put popular games from 1980s in the fashion map. This collection is the perfect reason to celebrate the kid in you.

Different materials:

Image via: Vogue UK

Image via: Vogue UK

Each season certain materials become the darling thing in style circles. This season designers have put materials like PVC, shearling and velvet on the fashion radar. The sedate PVC was turned into jaw-dropping skirts, trousers and even coats by the likes of Topshop and JW Anderson while shearling was turned into candy coloured teddy bear ensembles by Burberry and Roksanda Illincic. Designer Emilio de la Morena gave an inventive spin to velvet.

Fringe:

Image via: Glamour

Image via: Glamour

A throwback to Western movies perhaps, fringe reigned supremely everywhere. From names like Julien Macdonald to Burberry, it was clear that fringe is a trend that will continue to benefit us all. The high street has already adapted this trend so there is no denial that this look will rule the roost this year.

Rib knit:

Image via: Mirror.com

Image via: Mirror.com

New York Fashion week cemented the humble polo neck’s reputation as the “it” knit of the season but London added a gamut of ribbed-knit styles in bright and neutral shades that will keep us stylishly cosy during winter.

Clash:

Image via: Fashionista.com

Image via: Fashionista.com

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Starting tomorrow some of the most beautiful people from around the world will be swarming in London as the London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2014 would start at Somerset House. While the big-wigs of fashion industry and bloggers would be a definite fix in the LFW shows; the rest of us need not feel so left out—it is London after all and there is plenty to do this week that will keep the fashionistas happy whilst fueling curiosity among non-fashionistas. Remember—fashion is not just in dresses. Fashion has to do with ideas. Here are some of the things that I hope to go to in the coming weeks.

Fashion is Fake Art Show:

Credit: Indra and Samia Blog

Credit: Indra and Samia Blog

The project is started by artist and women’s wear designer Samia Malik. The project started out as an activism related to ethical trade in the fashion industry; which later on branched out into questioning general aesthetics of the fashion industry. Since 2011, Fashion is Fake project has developed into artwork, street art, performances in public areas, and art show performances. The thought-provoking art show opens tomorrow and will go till May at the Indra and Samia Gallery (E1 1NB).

The story of textiles:

Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Jack Mitchell

Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Jack Mitchell

Fashion and style for me above all is a form of art. Artist Textiles Picasso to Warhol at the Fashion and Textile Museum (SE1 3XF) traces the history of 20th century art in textiles. It will explore the works of some prominent artists like Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Sonia Delaunay, Ben Nicholson and Andy Warhol. The exhibition will feature examples of key European and American art movements like Fauvism, Cubism, Constructivism, Abstraction, Surrealism and Pop Art. The show will also explore how ordinary people were once able to connect with modern art in a personal and intimate way through their clothing and home furnishings. Intriguing isn’t it? Open till 17th May.

London Fashion Weekend:

Credit: London Fashion Weekend

Credit: London Fashion Weekend

After the fashionable frenzy of LFW has died down explore the heady mix of fashion and style up, close and personal at the London Fashion Weekend. This event allows people to get a taste of London Fashion Week with catwalk shows, discount designer shopping and my favourite– trend spotting. The event runs from February 20 to 23 and tickets start from £20.

People-watching:

Credits: Wikimedia Commons/ Danny Robinson

Credits: Wikimedia Commons/ Danny Robinson

Fashion or not, nothing is more interesting or inspiring than people watching (yes, there is a great way to do it but that’s a post for another day). Head towards King’s Road in Chelsea to see some of the most affluent people going about their everyday life in style (because apparently that’s the only way to live here). You might go green with envy but you will have a better perspective of human nature, I guarantee that. Check in one of the cafes or if you are lucky head towards any of the intimate, leafy gardens and see life in action.

Pic by http://www.acupofstyle.com/ for https://www.facebook.com/fashiolista

Pic by http://www.acupofstyle.com/ for https://www.facebook.com/fashiolista

Elegance as they say is an attitude. So, for my maiden venture covering the London Fashion Week (LFW), I decided to take the elegant route with this simple yet sophisticated dress in wine red.

LFW-What I Wore

LFW-What I wore

Sure, being eccentric would’ve earned me some brownie points but it would have seemed all too deliberate and in any case I don’t let fashion own me it is the other way round.

LFW-What I wore

LFW-What I wore

What to wear to Fashion Weeks

Dress: Debenhams, Necklace: H&M, Earrings and Bangles: Claire’s Watch: Hubby’s, Bag: Next, Lips: Mac (Up the Amp), Umbrella: Zara, Heels: Clarks

I’ve used a statement necklace and dull gold bangles and earrings to accessorize the look. Whilst I really wanted to carry a statement bag, I chose the roomiest tote I had to carry my camera, tablet, notebook, phone and a pair of flats.

“Elegance is Refusal,” Coco Chanel said and I am definitely good at refusing fashion rules made by others.

(P.S: A special thanks to A Cup Of Style for liking my style and capturing me for Fashiolista :D)

One of my favourite icons of all time Coco Chanel once famously stated, “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” After my maiden venture covering the first day, I am more than convinced.

London Fashion Week taught me:-

1) Rain or Shine, London loves fashion.

Even the Coffee Corner buzzes with style

Even the Coffee Corner buzzes with style

people strutting in style

people strutting in style

The fashionable people waiting patiently

The fashionable people gearing up

 

This is fashion dedication

This is fashion dedication

 

Headonism & Hedonism unlimited

Headonism & Hedonism unlimited

 

2) They might be the least talked about people and probably under appreciated. But the staff and workers ensures that there is a method to madness plus in their black attire they were stylish. Period.

The Staff

The Staff

 

 

Ensuring things go smoothly

Ensuring things go smoothly

 

Facing chaos for the greater cause of Fashion

Facing chaos for the greater cause of Fashion

Calmness Personified

Calmness Personified

3) The Real Runway is Outside

Colours to break the greyness

Colours to break the greyness

 

Originality never goes out of Style

Originality never goes out of Style

 

Once again Colour Riot

Once again Colour Riot

Imagination is the best accessory

Imagination is the best accessory

Boys from http://www.singhstreetstyle.com/

Boys from http://www.singhstreetstyle.com/

 

 

So, yes there is more to fashion than clothes. There is art, culture, ideas, attitude and originality. Don’t you agree?

PS: You can check out my interview with opening designer Bora Aksu here whose show was sponsored by the Turkish Tourism Ministry.