the LOOK show part 2

Here's my round up of the actual looks showcased at the LOOK magazine show! I didn't take the pictures, Mine all came out a little blurry so they are the ones taken off the LOOK show mini site. You can actually view all the collections in full on their website, as well as shop all of the looks, and to make it easier I have posted direct links to each underneath the photos! Sorry that this whole post is so long, trying to piece up all my hand scribbled notes and my memories was proving a little difficult, but hey I've tried!

Dorothy Perkins

shop look: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
The maxi trend is obviously still running in the A/W at Dorothy Perkins, I think its slowly creeping from day-wear into the more luxe fabrics for evening wear. The glammed up gold maxi was on my list one of the key peices for evening wear in the show. I loved the fringed necklace being paired with the rusty browny-red billowing sleeves top and the really glamorous cropped trousers. I think its a perfect autumy look for both day and night! I've been considering layering up a sparkly print dress/skirt with a nice cosy jumper for a long time now, and I'm definitely going to try it after seeing look 2!

French Connection

shop look: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
At French Connection this A/W they seem to be going for a vintage glamour look with all the fur trimmed peices and the longer lined coats. The blue shirt, printed shorts and the fur cardigan just look beautfiful. Id have never have thought of putting something like that together but it really works. Evening wear looks very "white is the new black" with a lovely white maxi. The cut at the front is just gorgeous too. My favourite look has to be the androgynous shirt and tapered trousers with the black hat! It had a really lovely mesnwear inspired feel to it and a little nod to the 80's!

H&M

shop the show: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
H&M's collection caputured what I already felt H&M was going to do for Autumn/Winter. They have the leopard print, the netural basics, the polka dots and the 20's look. It stayed very true to the style of H&M, it was really fun at times, yet had a really refined edge to it. I adore the socks with the knee pads on! The big chunky wartime inspired coats teamed with the pearly necklace brought be back seeing pictures of my Great Grandmother in the war! Overall I think this was a really strong and true to the brand collection. My favourite peice was the leather trousers, Leather this A/W comes in a very interesting and different colour pallete compared to the black we were seeing last year.

Marks and Spencers

shop the show: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Marks and Spencer collection was the one that suprised me the most. My favourite piece was the brown dress, looked like it was made out of really expensive deep brown silk with leather cuffs and shoulder pads. The shape would look awesome on curvy girls! M&S really got some of the key A/W trends with the camel coat, fur gilets, the aviator jacket and the navajo/heritage knits as well as the leather detailling. I've decided I now need a bow tie too after seeing the second look rocking one! The second look was keeping with the mesnwear inspired trend as well as keeping it girly with that dusty pink colour!

Mango

shop the show: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Interesting pallete of warm colours used in the Mango show. The mix of the beiges, browns, camels, rusty reds and then contrasted with the pop's of bright red made the show flow well. The leather shirt and trousers are very key in A/W. The mix of the patterned shirt and the tan trousers looked like a really interesting twist on work wear! From this collection my favourite look had to be the leather trousers teamed with the beige silky shirt. It looked so simple and chic. Although you can see them in the picture I adored the shoes in look number 5, They were lovely heeled loafers, I need them!

Monsoon

shop the look: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
I was pleseantly suprised by the Monsoon show, I think they had some lovely key peices, the fur jacket was my favourite one from the whole show! I felt the colours they have picked came out a little dark and deep, it would have been nice to see some of the warmer colours that are big for A/W. But you cant really go wrong with black can you! The embellishment on the dresses was really beautiful and highly detailed though. And of course the accessories were spot on!

New Look

shop the look: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
The New Look collection was another of my favourites from the show. I felt it really showcased the best of what New Look has for Autumn/Winter. Seeing as I work at New Look I do get to see alot of the things that are coming up, But alot of the things were styled really creatively and put together in a very different way to the New Look Lookbooks. Funnily enough, I was actually going to wear the blazer and shirt in the 6th look that came down the runway! All the shoes in this collection were really strong too, and I think most of them are actually in stock at the moment! I'm going to be keeping an eye out for the green military coat incase it comes in store soon!

Next

shop the look: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Although the new Next commercials are really strong, I felt there A/W offerings in this show didnt really show the best of what they had. I thought the jumper/hat combination in the third look looked a little too Freddy Kruger for my liking! The faux fur jacket and leather trousers looked super sexy on the last model, Prooving you don't need to be teeny tiny to wear leather! I liked the aviator jacket, blue top and hertiage print style skirt though, I thought that was a really lovely and wearble look!

Oasis

shop the look: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Alot of key trends for A/W were ticked in this show, I felt that there really wasnt enough colour, which was a shame really. The long sleeved maxi looked really sexy and sultry, like I said earlier it was nice to see maxi's going from casual wear to back to evening wear! The red dress really caught my eye too, I think the cut and style of the dress was very classic but then having it in a pop of red made it a bit special. I felt it really lacked a unique and key piece though! I did like the over sized menswear inspired camel jacket though, but its been a bit over done, and I wouldn't say it was very unique!

River Island

shop the look: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
What stood out to me the most out of the River Island show was the shoes. All the pairs were totally lust worthy! I dont know if they were all from River Island, But they were seriously enviable! The mustard jumper dress teamed with chunk boots, thick socks and the scarf/hat (it was one of those classic panda/bear ear ones!) looked amazing, I think it was the best look River Island had! I need a pair of Argle socks too now, Golfer Chic? I wasn't too sure about the riding hat teamed with the gold dress, apart they would look lovely, but together not so much!

Warehouse

shop the look: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
I loved the inky patterned asymmetrical midi dress, I think the pattern was really classy and I think looked really interesting. Loved the heritage cape and camel leather shorts, I think the whole look came off really warm and cosy, perfect for the winter! I think all the looks in the Warehouse collection were really glamorous without being too over the top, The evening looks were very classic with a touch of dazzle and the day looks had a very luxurious yet casual feel to them! Alot of the pieces were very 70's, Studio 54 inspired, Which I really loved!

In response to a little criticism (ie hater comment!) I had on yesterdays blog post saying "oh i didnt know you were a plus sized model" and "hope you enjoyed the primark show". Which got me thinking about two points about the whole show. Plus sized girls and the point I think they were trying to make about it not being "proper" fashion show.

First off on the subject of plus sized girls. I wasn't offended at being called plus sized, I'm no way plus sized by any standards, I don't hate girls who are bigger, I think some of the plus sized bloggers are fab! I think fashion is about confidence and how you put something together, not the size of the body the clothes hang on. To me someone who is plus sized is someone who doesn't fit into clothes that you can buy in regular shops, In the UK the standard sizes are probably 8-18 (Although I know some of them only go up to 16 and down a 6). Thats a fair description right? Its totally skewed on the catwalk though, with size 12 being too big. I'm a size 10, and it makes me feel weird thinking that if I put a few lbs on by fashion standards I'm plus sized. Crystal Renn was on the Catwalk, as well as another plus sized model and to be honest, when watching it I didn't even notice that she was bigger than the others, Not one bit. I thought she fitted right in there and it gave the whole show a "fashion fits all sizes" vibe. I've been a massive fan of Crystal since she did that editorial for V Magazine, Which really show everyone you don't need to be a waif to be high fashion.

And onto subject number 2. I just wanted to throw my two cents into a few thoughts I personally have been having regarding London Fashion Week. I do understand that highstreet fashion comes from the catwalks, whats being shown now is more than likely going to inspire and be copied for highstreet over the next season. As much as I want to go to Fashion Week, and I know I will probably go next season. Im struggling to understand the appeal. Maybe its because I'm very highstreet and I don't check out collections of those who exhibit at Fashion Weeks, Id never buy or probably even look at some of the designers clothes ever. I occasionally go on style.com to check out runway pictures, But I would never be able to look at some clothes and be like "Oh that's so [insert designers name here]". Maybe that doesn't make me a proper fashion blogger, or it gives me no right to go to Fashion Week. If anyone has any thoughts on this subject or see where I'm coming from leave me a comment? In some ways I'm maybe just not understanding the whole concept as I'm not there or because I don't really feel like I belong in that kind of sect.

What I liked most about the Look Show was the fact that I could go out and buy those things that were on show, It wasn't like I was just being inspired for the season to come. I thought the Look Show was a really great way to showcase how good the British Highstreet really is by coming up with really great prices. You can look great without having to spend a fortune on designer pieces. I felt all the collections were wearable and relatable. I now have a list of items, along with one that says I NEED THIS NOW, that I will be able to purchase and emulate in due time. I just want to say Thank you so much to LOOK Magazine. It was a really great experience and one that will not be forgotten easily, I had so much fun and it was great to sit front row!

If anyone has any thoughts they want to add, or if they want to let me know what items from the shows, you like/want/need! let me know in the comments!

PS. The Sunday Portrait will be done tomorrow hopefully!

30 comments

  1. Lily you're an inspiration to all. Fashion is art, and art does haven't to come with a sky-high price tag. You've reignited my passion for the British Highstreet and I agree with you that the Look Show showcases all of this as well. Don't listen to comments that suggest you shouldn't be part of the fashion community...your fans on here, twitter and formspring are a testimony to how fabulously fashionable you are

    T x

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  2. This post is one of my favourites =) Im so excited for this seasons clothes now...so thank you for posting this. As for the plus sized comment I recently linked you to my blog on twitter about plus size etc and I totally agree with you. I think size is only a label once those clothes go on you have no idea what size they are =)
    Keep up with your awesome blog and let the haters hate, you are a totally inspiration =) So thank you for doing your blog =)

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  3. This blogging hierarchy is such a shower of sh*t. Don't think for a second lack credibility because you're not a 13 year old sitting in an some oversized smelly vintage rag regurgitating the vocabulary of EVERY other blogger out there. There are other ways to articulate fashion....and I definitely prefer your way!
    Your blog is different because its not full of all that contrived fashion talk. I think your blog is great because you engage the reader on a level which is accessible and unpretentious. If you ever, and I mean EVER start dressing head to toe in Acne and talking about how 'fabulous' Alexander Wang basics are I will cry! You TOTES deserved to be at that show, and please don’t think otherwise!

    keep it up
    snogs
    Morven

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  4. Loved these posts Lily.
    The trends look amazing, I love a/w fashion so much more, the layers, textures and warmth, beautiful! xxx

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  5. Brilliant post Lily. Loved how you showcased each brand. The UK high street has been unbelievably good this year; so much so that I no longer yearn for designer pieces in the way that I have done in the past.

    The particularly hateful comments you've received show an enormous amount of ignorance over what is actually happening in the fashion industry today. It really is just a case of trying to find any which way to tear you down, even though they have no basis to their 'argument' and make utterly ridiculous statements.

    As always you've dealt with it in a dignified manner.

    You are one of those rare people who has an innate sense of style, whether or not your clothes are designer or high street and whether or not you're a size 6 or 16.

    BTW I love the black H&M hat on you and will probably buy it...so thanks!

    Sofia x

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  6. Morvens comment above made me smile so much because it is SOOO true! She couldnt have nailed it in the head any better. Theres a lot of pretentiousness and bullshit floating around the blogosphere, and it does feel intimidating at times but your blog totally makes me comfortable understanding and appreciating fashion for what it is. I can relate to you more than any other fashion blog out there so please dont ever stop doing what youre doing :) you are fab! xx

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  7. i totally get what you mean about london fashion week. as you know i'm not that interested in designer clothes as i buy the majority of my clothes secondhand, but i just wanted to go for the experience. i probably will go again, but more for the social side of meeting other bloggers. i'd reccommend you go, though, even if just once. though i have to say, i do think the event is over hyped, i was neither excited or nervous the day before, i suppose because i am interested more in personal style, not high fashion. i hope i'm making sense? great coverage of the look show! :) xxx

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  8. Lots of us girls and guys lust after the designer pieces straight off the catwalk, but it's not realistic (well, not on a student budget) so it's really refreshing to see Look magazine put on a catwalk show we can watch and note down pieces to ACTUALLY BUY! Love Mango's pieces, especially the pops of reds with neutral colours. And Monsoon's fur coat is gorgeous.

    Oh and the 'plus size' comment is ridiculous. The average size for UK women is a size 16, so it's stupid to be calling someone who's a size 10 'plus size'. You've got to insecure in your own skin to be bitching about another girl's very normal and healthy body.

    Hope you had fun anyways, Lily! I loved the photobooth pictures you had taken.

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  9. It is a positive refreshment to read & be inspired by blogs that are more about high street than unattainable, unaffordable fashion. It is all about how you wear things, not about what Mulberry bag you can afford next, and it's nice to have shows like the Look show, showing us that even us girls on a next-to-minimum wage can go out there & do our fashion thing. I would have loved to have gone to the Look show & will definitely look into going next year when the time comes but really wouldn't have been interested in the rest of the LFW shows. So I totally get what you're putting across &, as I said, it's a revelation to finally be reading blogs with this message.

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  10. Loving your posts on the Look show. Just thought i'd point out that the "plus size model" in Marks & Spencer and Next is Hayley Morley, not Crystal Renn.
    x

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  11. such a great post - thank you so much for your great descriptions and observations. i think the look show is such a fantastic idea, and you make your case for "plus" size models and high street fashion brilliantly.

    xo

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  12. Lily, everyone has said it already but you rock! Morven put it best. I am not a massive fan of designer fashion from a consumer point of view but in the way I would view and appreciate a painting.

    And I feel ok with that. I am fed up of leeches in this blogging world, I'm sure we all know who they are but that is not why people like us write our blogs :D Well said lily xx

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  13. Nice post! I love the River Island one! Btw you have a new follower :)

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  14. this is a brilliant post.. regarding what youve said about highstreet shopping i am completely on the same page. sometimes i just find it hard to muster an interest in high fashion, i commend people that follow designers religiously and put in the hours to know what theyre talking about, but im much more at home looking at brands like the ones youve blogged about here- looks which really appeal to me and clothes that i can actually buy!! in no way does it mean you cant be a fashion blogger, your blogs popularity only goes to prove that! thanks for the great post xx

    http://shutterbug-z.blogspot.com

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  15. Really enjoyed this post Lily :) Some of the links to the outfits sent me to the wrong outfits on Look's website though. Don't let the haters get you down, you & your blog are amazing!

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  16. Completely agree with your points about catwalk fashion. I don't see the point in it when most of us can't afford ANY of the clothes. & don't even get me stated on the ridiculousness of couture!

    Great post, I'm way jealous :)xo

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  17. This looks like it would have been an amazing show to attend, you are very lucky!
    It sucks that we don't have the majority of these brands here in Australia. I know I am going to buy up big when I hit Europe at the end of the year!

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  18. Yo lily, I just gave you a sunshine award on my blog! You're totally one of my fave bloggers. Check it out!

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  19. oh and plus sized? The fact alone that someone feels like they can hurt someone by calling them plus sized is completely ridiculous. You are a gorgeous girl, and beauty comes in all shapes and sized. Cheesy, I know, but dude, who cares in what category you fall. Hot = hot, end of story.

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  20. I love designer catwalks for inspiration and to give me that overwelming feeling of 'wow, someone actually designed that?' kind of thing but this kind of catwalk show if a totally different thing. I look at this looking for things i'd actually wear and items i'll actaully go buy!

    If i was you i'd never turn down an oppourtunity to go to fashion week but this is way more your thing, even I can tell as a reader, it fits perfectly with your niche of affordable highstreet fashion. Because it's what us fashion-obsessed students can relate to!

    Oh and just ignore the silly haters. its jelousy and low self esteem. :) xx

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  21. thanks for this post :D I enjoyed looking at the pics ^^ I like the french collection and mango the best <3

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  22. I think you and your blog are fantastic and you really inspire me. And i agree with you about what is classed as 'plus sized'. Its ridiculous someone calling you plus sized because you are, after all, smaller than the british average and it shouldnt even be seen as an insult. The haters are sad people with no lives of there own, you have far more fans. x

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  23. EVERYTHING the high street stores do, it's because of the designers.

    Watch 'The September Issue'.

    Even stuff you find in charity shops, real vintage pieces; even those are throw-backs from designers. The reason it is the colour is it, the cut or the tiny details, it's all because of a designer at that time. Just like now, Topshop, New Look, H&M, etc. they all borrow from the designers.

    Without them the high street wouldn't exist. There wouldn't be an affordable version of 'fashion' for the masses without high-end designers to create the 'looks'.

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  24. totally agree on all the plus size and highstreet comments you made, i cant believe someone had the audacity to effectively call you fat, at a size 10. by all means think that but to make the effort to post it as a comment is just so unnecessary: if you dont like lily then just dont bother going on her site. PLUS its all about proportion. big girls are still beautiful and id much rather be bigger than a horrible person.
    and hello we're STUDENTS. distinct lack of disposable income for designer clothing. thats the beauty of primark. thankyou designers for coming up with the clothes designs but thank you highstreet for making them accessible to everyone.
    lily we love you how you are, keep blogging!!
    ps comment if you agree girls!

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  25. I'm so glad you chose to confront that comment in such a dignified way. I completely agree with you about size and fashion - you are absolutely gorgeous, and while I agree that you are HARDLY a plus-size, your size does not at all matter because you are beautiful, talented, successful, and ridiculously stylish.

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  26. Great post and round up of all that was shown at the LOOK show! I think Morven says it all really. You don't need to dropping designer names and fashion spiel ever other word to be a fashion blogger. Neither do you have to be a size 6! I personally prefer to read blogs that I can relate to, not ones that are unattainable! Keep up the good work Lily :)

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  27. H&M and River Island definitely have my favourite looks. i love the fur with bright dress and the long socks, aviator jacket and the fact majority of the shoes were black. completely to my taste :) xx

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  28. Hi there!

    I'm new to your blog, so 1st time reader & commenter! (Found you on Look - congrats btw!)

    It's such a shame that some people feel the need to be rude or plain nasty on your blog.
    You have to read this brilliantly well written post by another blogger on 'the size issue'.
    It shouldn't matter to others what size, colour, status you are, blogs are totally subjective and 'labelling' is so passe.

    http://www.beautifully-invisible.com/2010/08/friend-friday-size-and-dont-call-me.html

    x.o.x.o

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  29. Hi there,
    i really like your blog because you can talk a little bit of everything and combine different styles..compliments <3..this is my blog http://charlieintovogue.blogspot.com/

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  30. thankyou
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