Pam Hogg Autumn/Winter 15 Diamond Dogs and Demons

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Just for going under the Diamond Dogs and Demons title, I knew I was going to like this Pam Hogg show.

After a long wait – the show was running more than an hour late – the dimmed lights and the wolf howl announced the beginning of a dark, twisted fairytale.

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Pure London show: what I liked

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I am not quite sure how I feel about getting excited about Autumn/Winter 14, when 13 is not even over and I am so looking forward to Summer – in my head, I just have all shades of pink, canary yellow and chartreuse and longing for extended daylight.

However, I just loved the chance to be surrounded by trends and so many exciting clothes, footwear and accessories at Pure London Fashion trade show. And now I feel mentally prepared (and with a list to what look out for!) for at least 2 seasons!

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Retrospective fashion show – from the past to the next season

Gold lamé – yes, please!

Bourne and Hollingsworth, the creators of Retrospective: The history behind next season, kindly sent me an invitation to attend the event. The fashion show idea is rather simple, but ingenious – to showcase coming trends using vintage pieces. As a big fan of vintage I was very excited to attend – especially was there was a party afterwards!

The show started with a display of fashion and silver screen icons and consisted of showing trends that we are currently wearing via garments from the past, from various eras.

The trends explored were Gothic (so hot right now!), monochrome, wild, lingerie/night gowns and the finale was a showcase of known designer pieces in mixed styles.

It is everywhere. Black, lace, crosses… and it was here too. From the gothic trend I really liked a Gil Y Jacques lurex dress with a feather choker and a 90’s Oscar de la Renta forest green silk shirt.

I love monochromes, to me, black and white together never go out of fashion… so that was a tough call… it will have to be the Biba black acetate and rayon jumpsuit and sequin jacket from the 70’s and a tulle and cotton white dress worn with patent snakeskin gloves.

Needless to say, I am a massive fan of animal prints, and in my books, a bit of leopard is always welcome, so wild is just up my street. Faves were an 80’s Adele Simpson snakeskin print silk dress and an amazing 60’s raccoon fur coat.

For the nighties, I didn’t fancy that enough to pick a piece, it’s ok, but not my favourite… but from their showcase finale, I have to say I enjoyed most of it… the Givenchy black viscose and lace jumpsuit (80’s) was fabulous, the 20’s silk and faux-fur dress coat so feminine, the glam Loriz Azzaro gold lame dress from the 50’s was possibly my favourite piece of all.

I really enjoyed the concept, it shows that not only the recyclable nature of trends, but also the clothes themselves they are still edgy and most still wearable.

As for the party, there were, as expected, music from different eras; and dance performances… it was a lot of fun. There were thematic cocktails (I had Gatsbys). Not fun was to wait ages for drinks, though…

Still, I enjoyed myself. Hats off to the stylist Violet Naylor-Leyland, who picked through pieces from various past times to present them neatly and excitingly – I am full of ideas. Inspiration, for me, is the main point of fashion.

Viviela London steps into London Fashion Week

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I was delighted to receive an invitation to attend a show on which the gorgeous Viviela shoes were making an appearance – any excuse to see them in action!

After launching their first collection back in July, they bagged a London Fashion Week collaboration with MIMI.C. The demi-couture brand, which was founded in Lithuania and is currently based in London, chose three different models of their shoes (Piccadilly, City and Bromley) to strut their new collection down the catwalk at the Rose Club in Mayfair, London. It was great fun to sit with the partners at Viviela and find more about the brand and their lovely selves!

I do, once again, wish Vivi and Ela, the hearts and brains behind the heels, the best of luck with the shoes, and I hear they are working round the clock on their next collection – and I cannot wait to see what is coming up!

Read about the launch party in July and my views on the collection

See Viviela’s current collection