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London Fashion Week Announces Line-Up


The Designer Runway at London Fashion Week will open with Zandra Rhodes, showing her Zandra Rhodes Archive collection on Thursday. Known for her dramatic, extroverted and glamorous designs the collection is inspired by the most iconic dresses of her career. On Saturday, New York based brand NICOPANDA best known for its playful and edgy approach to ready-to-wear and accessories will show their SS18 collection while Sunday will see lifestyle brand Juicy Couture show its fashion forward ready-to-wear.

Lucy Williams to Curate

Digital influencer and founder of Fashion Me Now, Lucy Williams, will curate part of the shopping galleries this season bringing together a mix of established and emerging designers across womenswear, menswear, accessories and jewellery while Senior Fashion Director of LOVE magazine, Steve Morriss will be the stylist for the Designer Trend shows.

Talk Series

For February the London Fashion Week Festival talk series will see an exciting schedule of talks around fashion, tech and lifestyle. Speakers include fashion icon Daphne Guinness; menswear buyer Darren Skey; The Gal-Dem Collective; Fiorucci CEO Janie Schaffer; designers Markus Lupfer & Orla Kiely; lifestyle entrepreneur Deliciously Ella; digital influencers Jim Chapman; Lucy Williams & Niomi Smart as well as a careers in fashion talk from top fashion executives. The Sheer Luxe series will present fashion expert Trinny Woodall in conversation and a panel discussion of fashion influencers on making trends wearable and additionally River Island will host a series of curated talks.

The limited edition London Fashion Week Festival tote bag will be designed by the British Fashion Council’s NEWGEN award winner Markus Lupfer, most known for his innovative use of print, graphics and embroidery. Keeping the designer’s renowned essence of playfulness, the tote bag will feature the new-season print from the AW18 collection via three limited edition designs.

New to the Schedule

New to the schedule this season, London Fashion Week Festival offers immersive experiences with a partnership with Another_Space hosting yoga sessions on the catwalk on Friday and Saturday, allowing visitors to strengthen and stretch in a classic yoga flow class; while Embellished Talk will hold one hour workshops throughout Saturday giving guests the opportunity to learn the art of embellishment.

London Fashion Week Festival welcomes 14,000 people across four-days offering the ultimate fashion experience to consumers; with curated shopping galleries from over 120 international and British brands, catwalk shows, industry talks and style presentations. The event allows consumers to experience the atmosphere of London Fashion Week in its official venue and gain insight into the fashion industry while giving designer brands the opportunity to meet and build direct relationships with new customers.

Caroline Rush CBE, Chief Executive, British Fashion Council commented:

“We are excited to announce 2018’s new iteration of London Fashion Week Festival which aims to give consumers not only insight and experience of the fashion industry, but an unrivalled weekend of style, innovation, shopping and wellbeing. From iconic Zandra Rhodes on the catwalk, to curated spaces by industry insiders Steve Morriss and Lucy Williams and panel discussions from Daphne Guinness and Deliciously Ella, the weekend celebrates the creative breadth and depth of London.”

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Lidl Northern Ireland Extends Bestselling Merch Range

Following a sell-out launch last Christmas, Lidl Northern Ireland has now revealed a fresh new line of Lidl merchandise, on sale in stores across the region now. The coolest collection to land yet, Lidl Northern Ireland’s fashion forward shoppers can rock the ‘middle aisle style’ for as little as £1.49 – but hurry, they are available for a limited time only!

Boasting retro vintage vibes, each vibrant pieceis infused with the iconic Lidl colours of blue, yellow and red, including the collection centerpiece – the new and quirky Lidl belt bag (£4.99). This convenient and chic fashion accessory is perfect for your staycation adventures or to fuel your festival dreams and is certainly one you don’t want to miss out on. Finish the look with Lidl’s infamous statement trainers (£12.99) and branded sports socks (£1.49) for a truly fierce ensemble.

For a more subtle style, try Lidl Northern Ireland’s new selection of men’s and women’s logo t-shirts (£3.99). Made with 100% cotton for added comfort, these trendy tees both look and feel great. Pair them up with Lidl’s logo leggings (£3.99), available in grey and black, and bring all your Lidl fashion fantasies to life!

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Fashion with Patience: 5 Tips For The Perfect Workwear Look

When it comes to workwear, it can be hard to know exactly what to go for. You don’t want to go overdressed, but not too casual either that you look unprofessional. You still want to remain fashionable and cool whilst dressing respectfully and appropriately. Here’s my top tips for how to dress for work.

Suit Up

In my opinion with workwear, a bold suit is a fail safe option. You really can’t beat it. It’s an easy outfit to throw in in the morning with a pair of heels and blouse, shirt or jumper. The great thing about investing in a good suit too is the pieces work great as separates, you could wear the trousers with a blouse in the summer or style the blazer with different outfits.

Try a Pinafore

If you want to wear a more girly outfit for your office attire, consider wearing a pinafore dress. These dresses can look especially good in Autumn/Winter with tights, boots and a jumper underneath. Consider a pattern such as plaid, to mix up your look.

Stick To a Neutral Colour Palette

When shopping for workwear, it can be tempting to go for bold eye catching prints and colours. However it is often more savvy, to stick to a neutral colour, in order to create a capsule wardrobe. Buying basic neutral pieces that you can style in different ways will allow you to make the most out of your wardrobe and mix and match with different looks. 

Invest in a Good Pair of Shoes

When it comes to workwear a good pair of shoes is key, whether you prefer loafers, flats or heels being comfortable should be everything. So invest in a good pair of shoes that will last and will go with your everyday look.

If in Doubt Wear all Black

A backup outfit is always an all black outfit, cause it requires zero effort and is still so chic. It’s a great one if you are ever running late for work because you can just throw it on and instantly look put together, add a statement coat or sunglasses to dress it up and you are good to go.

Written By: Patience Bradley  

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