t’s fashion week in London! Rebel flew in from Hamburg, especially for the occasion, which meant lots of “girly nonsense” time, as Mr Romantique disparagingly refers to our chatter.
Twice a year, this festival of style takes place at Somerset House – one of London’s major cultural venues in the heart of the city. You don’t need show tickets to enjoy the London Fashion Week atmosphere. The courtyard of Somerset house is open to the public. British fashion is known for its classic heritage brands as well as edgy eccentric South East London style reflected by the many fashionistas flocking to LFW. Stay tuned for a full run-down of our favourite’s LFW outfits.
What to wear at London Fashion Week:
London is known for it’s gaudy, eclectic style, where everyone wants to stand out as unique. Rather than trying to keep up or even outdo the fashionistas, we dressed true to our own styles, picking wearable pieces that we might don in the office, whilst still looking slick. For us, every day may as well be a fashion show! Rebel and I had lots of fun immersing ourselves in the eclectic London style mix, which we found to be a great source of inspiration.
Rebel is wearing:
- Long pear necklace from Gabriele Frantzen
- Skinny Jeans by Topshop
- Blue sandals by Zara
- Blue blazer with gold buttons by Tommy Hilfiger
- red sunglasses by Paul Smith
- Red lipstick: Ruby Woo by MAC
Romantique is wearing:
- Bordeaux coloured dress and white Peter Pan colour by Max & Co
- Leopard print pointy flats by BCBG
- Macaron bracelet by N2 Les Nereides
- Brown cross body bag by Moschino
- Sunglasses wayfarer by Ray Ban
- Red lipstick: Ruby Woo and Viva Glam by MAC
The French photographer loved my little French school uniform outfit!
I love dramatic statement earrings, especially now that I cut my hair short and can boldly show them off. I’m not a fan of delicate, tiny heart studs or other delicate pieces- my jewellery needs to be seen from afar! Think huge Chandelier earrings that can take any outfit up a notch, whether it’s an LBD or a jeans / T-shirt combo.
How to wear statement earrings:
- When wearing big earrings and necklaces, I like to keep the outfit simple and the pattern monochrome.
- If you have long hair, put it up in a bun to provide a centre stage for the dangling pieces.
- Statement baubles come in all sorts of shapes and colours. Whether you like bling-bling or pastel coloured gem stones like me, there’s a style for everyone.
- Statement earrings don’t need to cost an arm and a leg, you can pick up great looking pieces from Zara or Bijou Brigitte.
- Personally, I’d avoid wearing a statement necklace AND earrings to avoid the Christmas tree look. Then again, on some it works so you need to try it all out!
Above: I am wearing yellow and turqoise blue earrings from Bijou Brigitte. The pastel colours liven up any style. Sunglasses from Celine.
The darker, turqoise blue earrings from Bijou Brigitte remind me of the Mediterranean Sea, the perfect, feel-good chandeliers. Sunglasses from Blumarine.
Our stylish Parisian friend Berengere from Versailles sure knows good style. These bright coloured turquoise danglers complement her skin tone and outfit rather nicely. Sunglasses from Stella McCartney.
Advanced Style: Statement earrings are not just for the young. Our Mummy Romantique & Rebel rocks a great pair of brightening, cream drop earrings from Bijou Brigitte.
More style inspiration from the French: Charlotte Casiraghi, daugher of Princess Caroline of Monaco, is wearing glamorous, crystal-encrusted drop earrings.
This stylish street styler, layers on the statement jewellery and it works!
Italy is a country in which police uniforms are designed by Giorgio Armani and “La Bella Figura” is a way of life. Looking good and having an eye for aesthetics is a national obsession in Italy. Walking down the street of Rome during our honeymoon, I enjoyed the elegant, expressive and sensual way Italians dress. In my opinion, the most stylish people of Europe! The German way of dressing is too practical, the English too eccentric and try-hard and the French can be too made-up at times. Italian style is the perfect balance between casual nonchalance and elegance.
Above picture: “Discretion is the opposite of vulgarity” – Giorgio Armani. This stylish Roman lady does effortless chic in simple grey trousers, black shirt, jewelled ballet flats and a timeless Kelly Tote bag, cycling near Corso d’Italia.
Whilst in Rome, I mostly looked dishevelled and exhausted from heat. Not so this trendy Roman: She oozes relaxed elegance in a nude coloured Maxi skirt and casual, off-the-shoulder Breton shirt while chilling near Piazza Navona. Viva Italia!
Monochrome, block stripes were a big hit this summer at Dolce & Gabbana. This lady nailed the look with her horizontally striped top combined with a vertically striped puffy skirt and sandal wedges. Bellisima!
The young fashion pack triumphs in red coloured skinny jeans, Cool Britannia helmet and sporty Nikes.
Rome Street Style in Trastevere
The lady in the green could be a flower child from the 70s with her turqoise rings, headband and long artisan earrings and necklace.
This Italian lady on the London overground casually mixes Rebel and Romantique style:
- Rayban wayfarer sunglasses
- Kate Moss middle finger T-shirt (can you get those T-shirts in Notting Hill, Portobello Road or on eBay, just google “Kate Moss middle finger T-shirt”)
- Basket-weave peeptoe wedges
- Pearl bracelet with black fabric flower
Diese stylische Italienerin mixt hier ganz laessig Rebel und Romatique Style:
- Rayban wayfarer Sonnenbrille
- Kate Moss Mittelfinger T-shirt (sind ueberall auf ebay zu haben, google einfach “Kate Moss middle finger T-Shirt”)
- Peeptoe Keilabsatz Sandalen aus geflochtener Jute
- Perlenarmband mit schwarzer Stoffblume