Sunday, 26 September 2010

Fashion!

Vix & Jem do London Fashion Weekend, head to toe in vintage finds

As you may know I was lucky enough to win tickets to London Fashion Weekend and yesterday I tootled down to the Big Smoke to meet the fabulous Calamity Jem and to overdose on the best of British fashion.
Loved these lampshades

Jem was every bit as stunningly gorgeous, stylish and fabulous as she is on her blog, in fact she's even lovelier and we never stopped chattering and giggling the whole day. 


London Fashion Weekend takes place in the beautiful Somerset House just off The Strand. The place was packed with stalls, demonstrations and promotions. Jem and I rummaged through the racks gasping at the prices, being perplexed by the concept of a rail marked "ONLY £95 "and wondering what ever happened to the once-outrageous Vivienne Westwood after perusing the rather uninspiring skirt suits and trousers on offer.

As we are somewhat spoilt by car boot sale and charity shop prices it'll come as no surprise for you to learn that we didn't make any purchases although we were rather taken by Philip Treacy's hats and some fabulous statement jewellery made from crystal chandelier droplets.

The catwalk show was a treat and we were somewhat enamoured by the perspex see-through skirts and textured shoulder capes which Jem thought may go down a storm in Tesco. The "Kramer Vs Kramer" collection sounded like our kind of thing but appeared to be a profusion of beige microfleece and a rather limp tea dress that I couldn't recall seeing Dustin Hoffman wearing in the movie. There were some rather spectacular maxi dresses which I loved.

After we had our fashion fix and a fair few compliments on our outfits we made our way to Covent Garden generating a flurry of interest from the tourists who started snapping us instead of the living statues and landmarks. We popped into Rokit and spent a while in vintage heaven oohing and arring at the racks of vibrantly printed dresses, leather trench coats and sequinned capes then made our way back to Jem and her lovely hubby Mark's, groovy home where I was treated to a private viewing of Jem's immense and fabulous clothing collection.


Laiden down with my free goodie bag, a beautiful hair fascinator hand-made by Jem and a bottle of Polish vodka for Jon, we bid our goodbyes at Euston station knowing we'd be meeting again very soon.

57 comments:

  1. wow congrats!!!

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  2. What a lovely post. I had a look at Calamity Jem´s blog , and it looks so very interesting.
    Like you both I find difficult to pay such a high prices for clothing items.
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  3. Ooh I've been thinking about you today, wondering how you enjoyed it! But I knew you'd have a great time.xx.

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  4. I love the fact that the two of you went to LFW and look far better than any models or 'hipsters' there. :)
    Both gorgeous girls, glad you had a good time.

    xxx

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  5. Looks like you had a fantastic time - next time you hit the Big Smoke please let me know, be great to meet up for a cuppa!

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  6. Pleased that you had a good time; you both look fab and very happy! xx

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  7. Great post! Loved your commentary and looks like you had great fun! You both have fantastic dresses - no wonder people wanted photos of you. And I would love to meet you too when you are ever in London again!

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  8. Awww, you both look so happy, goes to show the doubters that you can make true friends through the interweb. A lovely thing.

    I am all about the perspex skirt this season dahhhling. Pass me the tea tree oil...

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  9. It looks fantastic, what a treat to be able to go. You both look gorgeous and you need to tell us what was in the goodie bag?!!

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  10. Yayyyy!! So happy you had a fabulous time!! I was thinking of you when I was at my fashion show yesterday....you both look fantastic....:)

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  11. Dear Vix, you two look like you had a brilliant day. It's lovely to make new friends through blogging. You both you fantastic. And I'm so with you on the prices! xx

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  12. Gorgeous lovely ladies you are! x

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  13. You look fabulous beyond fabulous! Sounds like a truly splendid day, glad you had such a wonderful time xx

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  14. how fun! great to meet up w folks of the same interest and do things you both love.

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  15. What a happy report! I'm glad you had a good time and met a great friend -- and got to go through her closet, which is something we bloggers all wish we could do to each other. ;-) What was in your goodie bag?

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  16. You both look amazing and it looks like you have know each other for years! Your frock is amazing the pattern is beautiful!
    Kandi x

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  17. Wow, sounds like a brilliant time was had! Glad you had such a lovely time, Vix x

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  18. Oooh, this sounds like it was so much fun, Vix! I am so envious, I'd have loved to go :-)
    xxx

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  19. Oh you both look absolutely wonderful. I'm still so sad I couldn't go! I'd have been right there with you both tut tutting about the prices of things - can anything that's nearly £100 be described as ONLY? Well unless it's a car or a house or something...

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  20. :envy: :)

    PS. Both of you look fantastic.

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  21. oh, you both look stunning! I'm very envious, it looks like you had a fabulous time :)
    I love the red maxi dress in the 2nd to last pic but I can imagine the price being rather ridiculous! x

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  22. Oh how sweet - I love the photos of you two together. Glad you had such a great time x

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  23. Hi there-wow, you both look so gorgeous and so pleased you both had such a wonderful time too!!x

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  24. This sounds like a fantastic day out - you both look fantastic. xx
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  25. Super jealous you're getting to parade around fashion week looking fab as ever.

    And yay to having vintage dress up buddies. You both look ace. xx

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  26. Wow Vix you look fab! Sounds like you had a good time.
    Dx

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  27. Dear Vix,
    I can't wait until we meet again, I had such a marvellous time & I loved every minute of your company!
    All but two of my catwalk photos were completely overexposed and in true Jem fashion I'll blame it on the camera ;)
    You caught a beauty with all the models walking down the catwalk, well done!
    I think whenever I see Dustin Hoffman now I'll have a wee giggle to myself, imagining him in a limp tea dress...hehehe!
    Thank you my lovely friend for treating me to such a fabulous day out & for making me laugh & smile so much that I've actually got aching face muscles...now that's a true testament to how much I enjoyed yesterday!
    Lot’s of love,
    Jem
    xXx

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  28. Ah I'm so jealous! You two looked like youse hada great time <3

    P.S Did you get my email??

    x x x

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  29. Looks like you both had lots of fun and an amazing time together x

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  30. Arrrrrrggggghg!!!You two look divine together!A perfect fit!! I'm so JEALOUS!!!!
    What a fab time you've had together!!
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  31. So glad you both had a wonderful day! xxx

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  32. What a lovely, lovely post! And quite odd in a good way to see you at Jem's =) xx

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  33. The two of you are a show of your OWN! You are on MY runway everyday and it's a treat. For us "common folk" it is inspiring to see what you (and Jen) find at such great prices. I'm sure the ideas flowed & am thrilled you had the opportunity to both see AND strut your stuff :)

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  34. I really enjoying reading your blog, its amazing how you can rock an outfit soo much and look sooooooooo glam.......it would be great if you could do a post one day a week about your love off vintage clothes and why you love them so much......

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  35. I feared that 'cheaper' wouldn't mean cheap, but it looks like you had a wonderful time even without purchases. & I just love the idea of tourists eagerly taking pictures of you! xxx

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  36. how exciting! love that red kaftanish long dress you have posted from the show... and you guys look awesome!!!

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  37. So much fun!!! Both of you look lovely too!

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  38. Looks like y'all had fun! I'm so glad! I want a hat like yours! :)

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  39. What an amazing day out with a new friend:). It sounds like the perfect day out for a couple of independent hot chickies and I'm not surprised you two caused a stir with the tourists. Way to go! I find it hard to shell out big bucks for so-so pieces too - you looked incredible - that hat is definitely a show-stopper on you, you gorgeous gal! Thanks so much for your lovely comment:) xo

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  40. I bet you and your friend were having a blast :)
    You both look great!

    Thank you for your comment and sharing your time at my blog.

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    Berlin

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  41. Awww sounds liek you had a fantastic time. your outfit looks awesome, I especially love the hat. xxx

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  42. What a fab win, you lucky thing! You and Jem look like you had a brilliant time ... :0)

    Shirl x

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  43. What a great win! You seem to have had a really good time. Hope the week ahead is just as bright and sunny. Love what you are wearing.

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  44. looks like you both had a truly top day out...brilliant!!

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  45. Wow! I love reading both blogs and you two look gorgeous! If I had been a tourist at Covent Garden, I'd have taken pictures of you too :)
    It sounded like Fashion Weekend was a lot of fun!
    Have a lovely week ;)

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  46. really interesting post!
    i love both styles here. and fab fashion show too!

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  47. Both of you look great!! Even though the clothes weren't that great, I am sure the whole experience of sitting there and watching models come down the ramp must have been very exciting...whats a hair fascinator?? love the color of ur hat..

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  48. Ohhh I'm so envious you got to meet each other. Glad to see you had a lovely time.

    I went to the last Fashion Weekend and it depressed the hell out of me, prices-wise. I had a total consumerism nervous breakdown.

    I'm usually immune to all that, but I realised I'm mainly immune to it because I don't put myself in those situations in the first place.

    You both look fabulous!

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  49. yes, yes and yes! you are beaming! i can tell you had a fashiontastic time! i am sure you will have lots of inspiration mileage from that trip!

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  50. ok one more thing. i love how both your shoes match your hair color. it grounds the whole look.

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  51. "...being perplexed by the concept of a rail marked ONLY £95..."

    I know!!! I guffaw :) when I see things like that!

    I love fashion parades, I do miss that part of modeling, they were lots of fun and you couldn't beat it for drama! Of course 'back in my day', we were allowed to have personalities!! And meat on our bones.
    ...I am not in to designers and designer wear... unless I find them op-shopping, so I don't really care about the collections, I juts like the theatrics of it all!

    That maxi dress is stunning!!!

    As are you two!!! Far more interesting than what's being shown on the catwalk!!! It's funny about the tourists... I completely understand why they went nuts!! You two epitomise what made London so interesting to the rest of sthe style concious world!

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  52. You two look amazing, I bet fashion week loved you!! That red maxi dress is gorgeous!

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