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London-fashion-week-2016-ticket-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Last Sunday, I attended fashion designer to the A-list, David Koma’s Autumn/Winter 2016 catwalk show.

I was kindly invited to cover this London fashion week event by LG UK.

How cool was that? To get to see the new collection of one of fashion industry’s current darling.

Koma’s A-list clients include Gwyneth Paltrow, Lupita Nyong, Gigi Hadid, Megan Fox, Miranda Kerr, Kim Kardashian, Beyonce and more.

I thought it would be fun to compile what I think the Top 10 London fashion week 2016 trends will be from the show. In particular, those trends I think will infiltrate the high street retail scene.

London-Fashion-week-2016-BFC-show-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The catwalk took place at the British Fashion Council’s show space in Soho. It was at the Brewer Street Car Park, an iconic art deco building that dates back to 1929.

This new central venue since September 2015, has been strategically chosen for its location amongst London’s diverse and vibrant creative community.
London-fashion-week-Hydrangeas-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell LG electronics (LG) has for the tenth consecutive season been the official garment care supplier to London Fashion week. They have a dedicated ‘Steam team’ helping backstage.

LG also provides fashion students a once in a lifetime chance to work with their expert garment team. Perfect way to gain insight into the fashion industry’s behind the scenes don’t you think?

I certainly wouldn’t mind having my own personal Steam Team to keep my wardrobe in tip top, crease free, condition. One can dream right?
London-Fashion-week-2016 It was so fun to spot the fashion crowd. My eyes were instantly drawn to fashion blogger Maya Williams of Fashion Lollipop blog’s pink coat. I should have asked her where she bought it from, when I chatted to her briefly after the show. David-Koma-AW-2016-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell David Koma has a background education in fine art. In a recent interview, he talked about his interest in the female form whilst studying art. In 2013, he was appointed as Creative director of french house Mugler.

His current collection has been inspired by the work of artist Frank Cota. There was a strong emphasis on the silhouette with an industrial edge.

He used a lot of textures from Napa leather, perforated wool, pony skin, silk to cashmere felt. The tailoring was certainly sleek, sculptural and feminine.

Now, on to the trends that caught my eye.

Trend number one is the ” Thigh high slit” look, as  recently seen sported by stars such as Taylor Swift.

The only caveat being the need for long and toned legs. I guess Taylor Swift needn’t worry about that. London-fashion-week-0f-2016-David-Koma-AW-2016-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Trend number two is the “Cold shoulder” look.

Forget the nape of the neck, the cleavage or the small of the back. This season’s new sexy is all about exposing your shoulders.

Trend number three is “the polo neck Halter”. The Halter neck always makes a cyclical appearance. This time round it’s not the spaghetti straps halter but high polo necks. David-Koma-1-London-Fashion-week-2016-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell In fact, polo necks seem to be making a huge resurgence and that is Trend number four.

Trend number five consist of shiny metal embellishments to outfits, best contrasted against black, giving that rock chick vibe. David-Koma-London-Fashion-week-2016-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Trend number six, I call “the perforated look”. You can see above for yourself what I mean.

Not sure if I would adopt this trend. I think one needs to be super slim. London-Fashion-week-2016-David-Koma-Little-Big-Bell Trend number seven is a bright pop of colour. Electric blue to be precise.

Trend number eight is the asymmetrical “one shoulder strap” look. David-Koma-2016-at-London-Fashion-week-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell-blog Trend number nine calls for “Scarlet or oxblood red”.

Trend number ten features “crystal gems”, Koma decorated his outfits in none other than Swarovski crystals.

That concludes my top 10 trends spotting at the David Koma show. What do you think? Do you have a favourite?

Danielle-Romeril-New-Gen-London-Fashion-week-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell After the show, I was able to check out the NewGen collections. NewGen is an internationally recognised talent identification scheme created by the British Fashion Council, and sponsored by Top Shop.

Since its inception, NewGen has identified talents such as Alexander McQueen, Matthew Williamson, Christopher Kane, Erdem and more.

Out of all the NewGen designers, the work of Danielle Romeril (above) caught my eye. Love that palm print in green against pink, so in line with current interiors trends too. Her outfits look effortlessly chic and comfortable. I would love to have that green coat on the far left.
Lena-Perminova-London-Fashion-week-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell London Fashion week is not fashion week, if you don’t do a bit of celebrity model spotting.

This is Lena Perminova in David Koma resort collection 2016. I guess she was one of his front row guests. London-Fashion-week-2016-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Now for some fashion blogger spotting. There was quite an interesting scene outside the show venue.

There were numerous paparazzi  outside, desperate to shoot anyone they thought looked stylish.

Okay, so I ended up joining the paparazzi with my camera. After all, fashion bloggers are trend setters right?

I’m loving this whole outfit by blogger Juliet Angus, with her chunky knit coat and frayed end denim jeans. Emerald-green-at-London-Fashion-week-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I had to chase this Emerald green dress and oxblood red heels. Love the colour combination. Pink-1-at-London-Fashion-week-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I had to slip this photo in because I adore the colour of that coat and handbag. Pink is the all season colour for Little Big Bell. London-fashion-week-2016-swag-bag-2016-Henry-Holland-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Last but not least, got to show you this year’s London Fashion week swag bag which has been designed by Henry Holland. London-fashion-week-2016-top-ten-fashion-trends-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Hope you have enjoyed this London Fashion week 2016 trends post. Here’s my Top 10 fashion trends list again. Which trend will you be sporting this season?

Have a lovely day all.

( All photos are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This post is a sponsored collaboration with LG Electronics (LG) in UK. All views and opinions are my own.)

 

Benefit-breakfast-with-a-twist-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell How cool is this breakfast invite from Benefit Cosmetics, for the launch of its new Porefessional skin priming collection? All in my favourite Tiffany blue hue.
Benefit-Cosmetics-UK_Rise-and-prime-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I’m loving all the attention to detail. Look what greeted me as I arrived at the cafe for the breakfast event.
Benefit-porefessional-matt-rescue-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I couldn’t wait to find out about the new Porefessional range.

I was certainly impressed with this life sized version of the Porefessional Matt Rescue at the door. Rise-and-Prime-breakfast-1-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The breakfast was all kinds of wonderful and definitely ‘greasy-less’ as stated on the sign at arrival.

I had a Skinny Buttermilk Pancake served with natural yogurt, blueberries and honey. All washed down with a lovely cup of filtered coffee.

I absolutely adore that blue and white plaid table cloth. Benefit-cosmetics-Rise-and-prime-breakfast-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I loved the event so much, that I decided to reproduce the look at home for my product shoot. Benefit-cosmetics-Porefessional-1-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Here you have the new Benefit cosmetics Porefessional range – The Instant Wipeout mask and the Matt rescue gel.
Benefit-cosmetics-2016-photo-by-Geraldine-of-Little-Big-Bell I couldn’t resist adding this bright pink sprinkled donut into the mix. A little harmless change to the healthy skinny pancakes and yogurt above right?

So, let me tell you about The Porefessional Matt rescue gel. I have had an opportunity to try it a few times now.

If you want to smooth over pores, get rid of excess shine or if you have slightly oilier skin, then this lightweight, water-based gel is ideal for you. Apply over your freshly cleansed face and that thin layer of application literally absorbs the excess surface oil. Pores and fine lines become visibly less.

Now for that top secret ingredient. Can you believe it contains Diamond powder?
Benefit-porefessional-instant-wipeout-mask-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell How about Benefit’s instant wipeout mask? It’s great for clearing out the pores. It’s so fun to use too. You have to press on the blue button to automatically release the cleansing fluid onto the wipes.

Place the wipes over pores around the nose, forehead or chin area to draw out those pore clogging impurities. On the other side of the wipe, is a textured fabric which you can use to help you exfoliate and remove the impurities.

The secret ingredient here is a special extract of mushroom. Benefit-Porefessional-Matt-rescue-Little-Big-Bell After treating my pores with the Porefessional range, I’ve noticed that my skin is visibly smoother and make up application, especially after using the matt rescue gel seem to glide on much more easily.

Which one will you Rise and Prime with, or both? Benefit-cosmetics-porefessional-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I usually follow the basic skincare routine of cleanse, tone and then apply a base foundation. But I’m now convinced to start my morning routine of priming my pores before make up. It’s so quick and easy. Benefit-cosmetics-hello-flawless-foundation-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell After the pores routine, I’m now using my new Benefit Hello flawless foundation. A sheer and smooth layer that brightens up the face. You can find your perfect skin tone match, just ask at a Benefit counter. Benefit-breakfast-with-a-twist The excess shine may be gone but the glow of healthy pores will come through.

Apologies for more donut photos but that blue sprinkled one is the perfect colour match don’t you think?

Hope you have enjoyed this beauty themed post filled with pretty shades of blue, and that you have found the information on this new product useful. Do let me know how you find it, if you do try it.

The Porefessional range will be widely available nationwide from January 30th, only a mere few days away.

Next week, I will be back with an interiors related post, where I will show you an unseen corner of my home. Can’t wait to show you. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend ahead.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. The Porefessional make up were gifted from Benefit. All opinions are my own.)

Pantone-colour-of-the-year-2016-Rose-Quartz-and-Serenity-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell-blog It is an honour to be asked by Pantone this year to announce their Colours of The Year for 2016 on the blog.

Yes, you heard right. It’s not just one colour but it’s a pairing of colours.

I have kept this secret knowledge for weeks and have been bursting to tell everyone.

Today is the day! I can now shout it loud.

Introducing you to SERENITY (blue) and ROSE QUARTZ (pink).

The swatches above were sent to me by Pantone. They came specially vacuum packed to preserve the true likeness of the colour.

Love! Love! Love! is all I can say. Both my favourite colours.

Direct your eyes to the general template colour of my blog. It looks pretty close to Rose Quartz and Serenity right? No wonder I love these colours so much, they are very Little Big Bell.

Pantone have stated that they have picked this harmonious pairing of shades to embody the mindset of tranquility and inner peace, an antidote to the stress of modern day lives.

They are not wrong there. I’m already feeling an instant calm. Pantone-colour-of-the-year-2016-Pantone-color-of-the-year-Rose-Quartz-and-Serenity-featured-on-Little-Big-Bell-blog I’ve gathered a few objects around my house that match the new Pantone shades to make a little moodboard.

I’m loving my new blue wire mesh board from Block Design that I have used as my display. Hook and clip objects and cards on. It would be a perfect template for pinning your advent calendar pouches on. I’m a bit late for that this year.

The blue of my mesh board is a lighter shade than Serenity. It’s more of a light Turquoise, but I wanted to demonstrate that Serenity is that perfect tone that could mix and match with other shades of blues.

Finding an object in the house that was the exact same colour as Serenity was difficult. It truly is a novel blue. To be honest, I’ve been transfixed by it, trying to figure out the pigment composition of this unique tone.

It has a dusky element to it and also reminds me of a very smooth and light medium tone of denim.

I found two products that have colours closest to Serenity. They are the White Company’s blue Cashmere socks and Arro home’s Whale and ladder tea towels. Pantone-color-of-the-year-2016-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell-blog Rose Quartz Pink has been described by Pantone as likening to a serene sunset. I can see what they mean. It’s that rosy pink you sometimes see amongst the billowy white clouds. That pink that lights up the sky and you need to capture it on your camera phone ( oh well, I do anyway ).

When I examine the swatch closely, I realise that Rose Quartz is not a dusky pink. It has a vibrant note in it, maybe a little tinge of a light coral. It pairs well with the calm of Serenity. I have placed the two shades together for you to see. Pantone-color-of-the-year-2016-styled-by-Geraldine-of-Little-Big-Bell_

Arro home has shown in their tea towels how Serenity can look great with black and even better, with another one of my favourite colours, a bright pop of Canary yellow. Gold will look great too with these two new Pantone colours.

I have placed Serenity and Rose Quartz against different shades and tones of blues and pinks. They seem to be able to mix and blend well.

I am so excited to see these colours being adopted in the world of Fashion, Beauty and Interiors. I can’t see there will be much objection. They are beautiful. These are no longer gender colours as society moves towards equality. I can see crisp male shirts in Rose quartz or even as a Seersucker pink striped tie.

I’m excited for Spring. Despite it being Winter, I think pastels are holding their own. There is no longer the conventional ‘have to’ all moody shades for colder seasons.

What do you think of the new colours?

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