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LFW Spring Summer 2017 Illustrations | Bora Aksu & Teatum Jones

By September 17, 2016 London Fashion Blog Week

For this season of LFW, I thought I would try something a little different in my coverage of the collections. I usually review the collections using images from elsewhere seeing as I, unfortunately, am unable to attend due to travelling, but I liked the idea of making it more personal to my blog, so for the next few days and for the duration of LFW Spring Summer 2017 (what a mouthful!), I’m going to be posting a few illustrations of some of my favourite stand out pieces from all sorts of designers. To kick things off, I have two sketches based upon Bora Aksu and Teatum Jones…

LFW Spring Summer 2017 Bora Aksu Illustrations


~ BORA AKSU SS17 ~


I don’t think I’ve actually focused on Bora Aksu in any of my recent fashion week reviews, mainly because I like to mix things up and focus on a variety of different styles, and often with designers which focus on traditional processes and fabric, things can become a little stagnant and uninteresting, but for this summer, it seems like they’re reigning me back in!

I’ve explained this before, but some collections truly are like pieces of art. One of my first thoughts was honestly just, ‘beautiful’. The textures and shapes used are so intricate, and I think that’s a huge selling point for me and designers these days. The idea that a piece can be so thoroughly thought out is actually quite inspiring because it pushes me to think more deeply about my own designs. With woodland and fairy-like themes throughout, it’s no wonder that each dress and garment feels like a fairy tale in its own right, and this yellow number is no exception.

LFW Spring Summer 2017 Teatum Jones Illustrations


~ TEATUM JONES SS17 ~


I’m so drawn into shows and presentations which have a deeper meaning to them, so I couldn’t not focus on Teatum Jones this season. The show started with a short film about diversity and sexuality; embracing who you are and not letting anyone stand in the way of who you define yourself as and who you love. It was genuinely interesting to listen to, especially as it was coming from real people (all from Glasgow, in a tribute to Scotland). It was interesting to see how it worked its way into the collection itself… in fact, it wasn’t until closer inspection that I saw words like ‘intersexual’ across the backs of jackets.

The collection was a mix of botanical and watercolour inspired floral prints (which I haven’t done much justice in my sketchy illustrative style), alongside primary colours and paint splatters which I can only presume was a nod to ‘painting your own canvas’ and making what you want out of what you have. The textures were beautiful, with silk and merino wool being the main focus. An interesting clash of ideas, but the message behind it all made it fit perfectly together. It’s awesome to see Teatum Jones back in the menswear realm, too!

What are you excited about for LFW spring summer 2017 so far? Let me know in the comments!

Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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London Fashion Week AW16 Review

By February 25, 2016 Fashion

So now that London Fashion Week AW16 is over, and it’s about time we get to the reviewing and reflecting! I might be doing a Milan Fashion Week review too, seeing as I’m currently in Italy (it seems rather fitting). AW16 seems like it’s going to be a good one, especially in the footwear department. So let’s check out what happened at Brewer Street Car Park… (All images via Vogue.co.uk)


Alexander McQueen // Anya Hindmarch // ASHISH // Burberry // Holly Fulton // House of Holland // Mary Katrantzou // Molly Goddard // Mulberry // Richard Malone // Topshop UNIQUE // Vivienne Westwood


Alexander McQueen AW16 London Fashion Week Review

~ ALEXANDER McQUEEN – RATING: 8/10 ~

Another thing you should know by now from my past reviews, is that I love intricate detailing that takes clothing and fashion to a new level of an art form. I love precision and beading and embellishments and all of the small details that come together to create something transformative… and all of that is within the Alexander McQueen AW16 collection.

It’s very feminine in terms of shapes and styles, with lace bras and sheer fabrics being a key focus, but it still has that toughness running through which I think designers have started to do more and more over the years. It’s yet another collection that hints to space and all things dreamlike, with symbolic moons and stars dotted throughout.

It’s regal and every piece has a sense of presence, and I think that’s most definitely true to McQueen. A big congratulations to Sarah Burton on a wonderful collection, especially since she is heavily pregnant… incredible!


Anya Hindmarch AW16 London Fashion Week Review

~ ANYA HINDMARCH – RATING: 9/10 ~

After becoming slightly uninterested in the whole ‘novelty’ fashion theme, Anya Hindmarch has won me back again with a very tech based, Tetris and Pacman inspired collection that makes for a good inbetween with novelty and good old, high fashion.

First of all, I’ll talk about how incredible the show was (on live stream)… the set had moving Tetris pieces that created and an incredible backdrop to the cast of models, which were walking down the catwalk to a beat that turned into a computer generated voice before they lined up for the final presentation.

It was really quite interesting and I love the question of “Do computers dream when they sleep?” that went along with it. In terms of the actual collection, I also loved it. Like I said, it was a great balance of novelty and true designs all of course with a classic Hindmarch twist.

There were Pacman handbags, Minecraft inspired faux fur and a nod to previous collections with the fried egg symbols and the sticker covered shoes. It was all around, a wonderful collection and such a great show, that will be sure to be a big hit next season.


ASHISH AW16 London Fashion Week Review

~ ASHISH – RATING: 6.5/10 ~

Gah, I really do love ASHISH but I think this season was lacking in something. I really love the crayon box inspired idea, with each look being top-to-toe one colour, but it just doesn’t feel as dramatic and exciting as usual. I won’t lie, I’d still like to own most of it, but unfortunately (and I am being very subjective here), this isn’t my favourite collection of the season which is rare for me and ASHISH. It’s a bold move though, with everything being so simple, and for that, I applaud Gupta.


Burberry AW16 London Fashion Week Review

~ BURBERRY – RATING: 6.5/10 ~

With the news of Burberry becoming one of the first brands to transition from the usual fashion week schedule of see now, buy later, it’s interesting to see what’s in store next. What I think is interesting, is that every look is quite different. There is of course the overall theme of masculinity mixing with femininity, slouchy seventies etc… but I would say that usually with Burberry, you can spot out pieces in different variations.

Perhaps this is to do with the change… with people needing things that are totally new. One big thing you can spot is texture; there are sequins and heavily embroidered garments. It is different, but it’s still very Burberry and I’m sure it will be a big hit to those people who get to have a chance at pre-ordering their favourites.


Holly Fulton AW16 London Fashion Week Review

~ HOLLY FULTON – RATING: 7.5/10 ~

Another designer who always sticks to her routers, showing a definite signature style throughout is Holly Fulton. Although inspired mainly by David Inshaw’s painting “The Badminton Game”, I can still feel those space age style themes running throughout in a slightly mechanical style… whether that’s just my eyes, I don’t know, but I like it nonetheless.

Intricate, folksy style prints across wide A-line pieces are mixed in with organza creates a lot of drama and activity to a collection that could have been a lot more basic. I love the muted pink tones (I’m a big fan of them right now) so that small addition definitely wins me over.


House of Holland AW16 London Fashion Week Review

~ HOUSE OF HOLLAND – RATING: 8/10 ~

A meet in the middle of seventies and twenties inspired pieces, I think I’m starting to fall back in love with HOH. There’s flapper inspired sequin dresses (you know how I love sequins, but really, does anyone do them better than ASHISH? Actually, maybe they can this season…?!) and laid back fits in the form of loose jumpsuits and oversized robe style jackets.

There’s also a hint to the ‘space’ trend that has already started popping up all over (we saw it with Versace’s men’s collection). I would say it’s a nice nod to the late, great, David Bowie, but that was only a small portion of his career so we should take note of that. I think this collection is one of my favourite HOH collections for a long while now.


Mary Katrantzou AW16 London Fashion Week Review

~ MARY KATRANTZOU – RATING: 8/10 ~

I sort of fell out of love with Katrantzou over the past two seasons but I think this one has won me back, surprisingly. Although there are strong, western cowboy themes throughout, all I can think of when I look at each look is; disco. It’s a party collection at heart and that’s proven by the flashy metallics and bold star prints.

Of course the shirt dresses were a big focus, and they will most definitely be an inspiration for the high street, there’s a lot of other things to be looking out for too… like the faux fur coats which is super interesting to see Mary focusing on, especially in such a bold manner. It really works though and I LOVE it. It’s such a fun collection, that you can still class as beautiful and ethereal, just like last season.


Molly Goddard AW16 London Fashion Week Review

~ MOLLY GODDARD – RATING: 8/10 ~

I love seeing what Molly has to offer because it’s always so genuine and you can tell that so much love and genuine creativity is put into her work. It’s also love to see such a diverse casting of models too… it’s just refreshing. Everything she does is refreshing and I love that.

If I were to personally put a pin into what the collection is to me… it’s a bit like the 2010 version of Alice In Wonderland. It’s dark, mysterious but still playful and girly. There’s bright pastel tones in the form of puffy dresses, but there’s still the full, deep textures and darker shades. It’s a really lovely collection and I’m still totally obsessed with her signature style.


Mulberry AW16 London Fashion Week Review

~ MULBERRY – RATING: 7.5/10 ~

I feel as if this collection will cause some form of controversy regarding the heritage of Mulberry and its previous collections because as you can see, it’s definitely something new… but is that really a problem? In my opinion, no. I think it’s really refreshing to see something new from such a brand, no matter what we’re used to.

It’s still sleek and streamlined and there are still nods to the shapes that we’re used to, but it feels lighter and I love that. I also love the shoes – I think that’s one thing I’ve noticed across the whole of LFW – AW16 is going to be a good season for footwear.


Richard Malone Fashion East AW16 London Fashion Week Review

~ RICHARD MALONE (Fashion East) – RATING: 8/10 ~

Malone is definitely a designer to keep your eyes on. I’ve mentioned many times before but I love streamlined collections that are simple with not too much fuss, yet they still pack a punch, and this is definitely one of them. I absolutely love the use of stripes and shapes. It’s almost nautical, especially with the different shades of blue and the bright yellow breaking things up. I really do love it, and I’ll definitely be looking more into his work.


Topshop UNIQUE AW16 London Fashion Week Review

~ TOPSHOP UNIQUE – RATING: 8/10 ~

With Topshop comes a very similar colour palette to what we saw over with Holly Fulton. Dreamy, woodland colours (and prints) with a strong balance of monochrome at the same time. It’s deep, it’s dark, it’s mysterious and it definitely pulls you in… and dare I say it, a few of those dresses could be classed as sexy. It’s a strong collection and it shows that Topshop are finally finding their UNIQUE feet.


Vivienne Westwood AW16 London Fashion Week Review

~ VIVIENNE WESTWOOD – RATING: 7/10 ~

When I was watching the show, my first thought was “It’s a marmite collection – you either love it, or you hate it”, so when the Style.com review says that too… well, then I guess that’s exactly how to put it. It’s a classic Westwood collection once again, but that’s nothing new. Every Vivienne Westwood show has classic pieces that you can pick out in each line up.

The shows are rare for that because although you can obviously pick out similarities, it always ends up looking so different with such a different feel. There’s the classic neck lines, there’s the outerwear that hasn’t aged a day and there’s the draping… but it’s all new.

Personally I believe there are nods to the cyber world, a bit like Anya Hindmarch, but then I might just be picking up on similar prints and patterns. It all adds up though… every small detail goes towards the next season as a whole, so I’m sure this collection will influence it.


What did you think of London Fashion Week AW16? Are you excited about what’s in store? Let me know in the comments!

Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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LFW Ready Shoe Ideas – Trainers, Heels & Flats*

By September 14, 2014 London Fashion Blog Week

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Howdy! So we’re now 2 days into LFW, and although not a lot of you will be actually attending (if you are, I’m so jealous!), I thought I would put together a few ideas for what shoes you could wear to the shows… it may just give you some footwear inspiration even if you are not hitting up LFW anytime soon!

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NIKE FREE TR FIT 5.0 – JD SPORTS* – SOLD OUT

You have probably seen these babies on my blog before, but if not, let me introduce you… these are my bright neon leopard print Nike trainers. The reason they are included is because of how bold they are. I totally push the idea of wearing what you would usually wear to LFW, but if you do want at least one chance of getting street style snapped, I would totally recommend going for a bold shoe, and these are most definitely that! Surprisingly enough, these are actually quite versatile… yup! I love them for both style and comfort. Walking around all day probably means you want a comfortable shoe, so definitely look out for an awesome pair of trainers!

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METALLIC SILVER ‘JAIDA’ FLATS – NEW LOOK* – £17.99

Moving on from the more casual option of trainers, we have some awesome metallic flats. These have actually only just recently launched in the New Look 915 range (teens), and I love them! I love all the little details from the scalloped edging to the almost two tone sole. I think they definitely look a lot more expensive than they are and would look awesome with most outfits. I would definitely invest in some cute socks for these too, you can read more about the fast food ones here.

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SILVER PLATFORM HEELS – ASOS – SOLD OUT

Now we’re talking… or perhaps not if you really don’t want to move away from comfort… these aren’t necessarily uncomfortable seeing as they have a platform, but you would probably want a pair of flats in your handbag! I love them though because they have that sort of ‘off duty model’ vibe going on. I love to wear them with my spotty dungarees (ASOS, surprise surprise), but I’d like to know what you’d wear them with! Let me know in a comment 🙂

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HOLOGRAPHIC ‘ROCK’ HEELS – NEW LOOK* – OCTOBER 1st RELEASE

Finally, we have the most risky, show-stopper’y’ pair of the lot. Real, heels. As you may know I am a huge fan of anything holographic so these also really caught my eye. This is a super big sneak peek though, so lucky you! I’m sure these would definitely catch the attention of some eager bloggers/photographers. They look so pretty! They will for sure be an A/W staple for me.

  Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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New In: House of Holland x New Era Snapback

By May 31, 2014 My Style

Përshëndetje! That’s hello in Albanian… because I’m obviously fluent in the language, and definitely didn’t use Google translate… Anyway, today’s post is about a beauty of a bargain I recently purchased as a birthday present, and if you haven’t already heard me go on about it on Twitter and Instagram, now’s your chance to find out what I’m talking about…

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Yes… I bought a snapback… or what some people might call, a ‘chav hat’ (sorry snapback lovers). I was browsing ASOS (again…) and when searching ‘sequin’, I found House of Holland… which then led me to this beauty. It was £17.50, so with my birthday code and a voucher from Christmas (I’m the worst voucher spender, ever), it seemed wrong not to pop it immediately in my basket and press that ‘Purchase Now’ button. In total it came to around £5.00 and I’m OBSESSED. I love how it is the same print as the catwalk (see below), and the fact it is part of the same collection (I NOW OWN A PIECE… HOW COOL?!) and and and has the awesome embroidery on the front. It fits well too! Not too tight and not too loose, due to the change-y clip-y thing-y at the back. I’m just so glad I got it!

I think if you style it with the right pieces, and you definitely wear your hair down, it will look great! I’ve been wearing it with quite sporty pieces and nice jackets, but I think in the summer a plain simple dress and wide strapped sandals will make it all tie in. Like I have done in these pictures, I think matching similar prints like tie-dye will also look awesome, and this cheap as chips jumble sale top now has a perfect space in ma’ wardrobe!

What I’d Wear It With: Spotty Dungarees, Elephant Top (worn above), Pink Coat & Nike Free TR Fit Trainers

house of holland x new era snapback asoshouse of holland x new era snapback asosWould you buy this cap? Have you got anything from House of Holland on your wishlist? Leave a comment letting me know! 😀

Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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Rihanna For River Island: The Show

By February 18, 2013 Beauty, Fashion

On Saturday night, quite a few of us bloggers (and millions of other people) went on Facebook, and watched the long awaited Rihanna for River Island show. I knew in the beginning that I would blog about it, but after watching (and waiting) for it, I knew that the blog post would be even more interesting than expected. I hope you enjoy this post, and I am very sorry for all the wordy posts, but I am actually beginning to get in the swing of things! (Images screenshotted by me)

Picture 2The show was scheduled for 9pm UK time (I think), so I was tweeted the link and thought, well I guess I could wait a few minutes for it. The time came, and the videos of Rihanna in the RI design studios were still playing, and the people were still coming in, and anyone would expect it to be starting any minute. A few minutes passed and it was still the same. Someone then tweeted me saying ‘They got the times wrong, it starts at 10‘. By that time it was half 9, so it was already pretty late. Again, I said I could wait, and I did. I went back to the show’s feed, and the same videos were playing over and over, with the most horrible music over the top. I said that if it was on before 9 on the telly, it would have just been ‘Beep Beep Beepidy Beep‘. They apparently said at the beginning that there could be explicit language, but I didn’t know because I missed that part (fortunately, I could handle it). Another 30 minutes passed, and I was seriously getting annoyed. I sent out a tweet saying ‘All in favour of quitting, tweet #rihannaforriverislandQUIT or RT this‘. I had quite a few do it actually. Then just as the RTs came in, I heard a huge ‘Woooooooh! Rihanna! Wooooooh!’. The show started about 11.45 in France. I was hoping that it was going to be good. (Sorry for the bad quality images)
riri2Before the show started, Rihanna quoted that ‘The british kids, they inspire me‘. By this I thought, bright, casual, simple, conservative, and fun. I was all wrong. This is my summary… ”Raunchy, Sexy, Short Skirts & No Bra Boobage‘. I’m sorry, but it was the complete opposite to what ‘kids’ or ‘teens’ means. Yes, if you go to the night clubs with all those kind of people, but not the sort of ‘kids’ and ‘teens’ I hang out with. Here is the proof of this fact:

Picture 1Picture 3The next thing that surprised me was  about how short the show was! I mean, it was like 3 seconds long, and we had waited for like an hour and a half! It was terrible! I don’t want to be waiting for that long to see a few lifeless and limp models strut these pointless designs, from a so say, ‘role model‘. She can’t be a role model if she just got back with her boyfriend, who apparently has abused her, and then do a show which says ‘Go out and wear these designs, you’ll get followed by creepy men!‘. I totally agree with everyone who said that they ARE NOT going to buy any of the collection. I like River Island, but I think this was a big mistake of theirs. Also, the fact that the designs were so bad, and that there was no actual evidence of her designing any thing, shows that she was just there to say ‘Yes, that’s good, just put my name on it please‘. I just don’t get any of it!
My final conclusion is: River Island made the wrong decision to go with Rihanna. ‘Her’ designs, were awful, and in no way did they give a good impression to the young girls of today. I’m not saying that she is a bad person, or I hate her, I am just giving an honest opinion. I do like some of her songs, and I have seen her in one or two things which I wish I could own myself, but I just thought that this whole ‘shin-an-agen’ was a waste of time.

Leave a comment (preferably a nice one) saying what you thought about the Rihanna for RI Show was like, or whether you liked this post!

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Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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