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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.)

 

Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Does Fashion inspire the colour trends in interiors or is it vice versa? It’s that egg and chicken argument. Who is the trailblazer?

I have an inkling, although I am not privy to information, that it is a collective movement. The coming together of industry experts to tease out what the new season colours and trends should be. After all, this would make economic sense right?

I was so excited last week when I was invited to the Peter Pilotto catwalk show at London Fashion weekend in the Saatchi gallery by Carpetright.

Carpetright was partnering London Fashion weekend, by supplying the event with a luxury carpet for the Shop the Catwalk lounge and rugs for the VIP Luxe lounge.

I decided to dress up for the event and do that fashion blogger thing of getting my photos taken.

I say this with a blush, as many who know me, are aware of my aversion to the camera. But I always tell myself to step out of my comfort zone.  Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell-in-JCrew I decided to colour block my look in my favourite hues of mint, coral and powder pink. My dress is from J Crew and my handbag is from Kate Spade New York.

My hair was braided in a reverse fishtail with a distressed look by Elements studio and my photo was taken by Karolina Urbaniak . Little-Big-Bell-photo I’m loving how the subtle pastel tones of the walls complement the colours of my dress. Here we have fashion and exteriors going hand in hand. Peter-Pilotto-colourblocking-and-interiors-London-Fashion-week-2015-Little-Big-Bell Carpetright inspired this post because they interviewed me about my thoughts on the influence of fashion trends in interiors.

To be honest, the words didn’t quite flow on camera that day as easily as they should.

Perhaps I could be forgiven, for there was a slightly eccentric lady tiptoeing and gesturing at me as I was being filmed. Nobody I knew, but she seemed interested in me, gesturing for me to stand tall, to tuck that tummy in ( that made me feel self conscious) and to project one’s voice. Perhaps she was an opera teacher?

Anyway, back to the topic of fashion and interiors trends. The advantage of being a FROW for the day, pardon the expression, but I’ve always wanted to say I was front row, was that I could shoot the collection up close.

I have selected the catwalk photos that I took at the show and combined them with the interiors trends that I predict are going to be the most likely.

Peter Pilotto’s collection was inspired by board games from Ludo to Scalextric. See if you can guess what games they are in the outfits I have photographed.

Colour blocking was a predominant feature in the show. Combinations of blues, greens, dusky pinks and golden yellows.

(Image source: Catwalk photos are by Little Big Bell, interiors photos by Remodelista and Mel Yates) Farrow-and-Ball-2015-Little-Big-Bell I was quietly proud to see my colour block predictions come true. The above is the moodboard I did for Farrow and Ball a month ago.I chose Pitch Blue, Arsenic, Green Blue, Pink Ground and gold.

It would be fun to colour block a room in any of these combinations. London-Fashion-weekend-1-2015-Peter-Pilotto-into-interior-design-Little-Big-Bell The same colour palette was set against white in some of his other outfits.

For those not brave enough to paint or combine huge blocks of colours, then setting a similar palette against a neutral backdrop could work well.

(Image source:  Catwalk photos by Little Big Bell, interiors photos by Marij Hessel and Marie Claire Maison). Little_Big_Bell's_home_1_photo_by_Geraldine_Tan My living room is essentially the lighter tones of that palette set against a white background.
Citrus-colours-in-fashion-and-at-home-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I love colour block accessories. Here on my sofa, you can see my navy and yellow handbag and a pair of navy aqua shoes, which I previously purchased from Boden.

The mint, yellow, white and brown colour block handbag is by Rebecca Minkoff. I bought it at the London Fashion Weekend sale event, prior to the Peter Pilotto show.

Dare I say that I bought it within 5 minutes of entering the sale room. Good thing we were quickly ushered upstairs to the show, otherwise I might have done real damage to my bank account. Boden-and-Rebecca-Minkoff-handbag-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The colours of these handbags are totally at home with my sofa and cushions don’t you think?

(Image of bags and front room by Little Big Bell)

The blue-denim-trend-interiors-Little-Big-Bell So, colour blocking in blues, pinks, greens and golds for both fashion and interiors is a trend to contend with. What else do I predict?

Blue Denim, I think is a front runner. But many will ask ‘Is denim really a trend?’ and will challenge by saying that denim never really went away, being such a common wardrobe staple. However, I think you know denim has come to its own when those who never consider denim, start wearing them.

I think this has much to do with the continuity of the 70s trend that emerged earlier this year. Think dungarees, pinafore dresses, flares and A-line skirts.

I think this will be a micro trend that will hit the interiors market towards next Spring and Summer. I’ve created a collage of inspiration above.

We may soon start to see recycled denim used more for interiors DIYs.

Image source: 1 + 2 (top)  Frayed Language 3 At Home in Love  4 Lush Home  
Joules-plaid-scarf-throw-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Plaid will also be another micro trend. I’m already seeing it as fashion in shops for this Autumn/Winter.

It’s definitely the perfect cosy and colourful pattern to inject into interiors with the approaching colder months.

The above photo is of the super soft and warm oversized Heyford woven scarf that I was given by Joules. It’s so soft, warm and large that you could use it as a mini throw too. Valentino-handbag-London-Fashion-weekend-2015-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I end by showing you this beautiful colour block Valentino handbag, a photo I snapped at London Fashion weekend. This is definitely on my Christmas wish list.

Hope you have enjoyed my colourful fashion meets interiors post. Wishing you a lovely week ahead.

(Photography by Geraldine Tan of Little Big Bell)

(This post is not a sponsored post. Carpet Right invited me to London Fashion weekend).

Instagram-@stylewithjj-featured-on-Little-Big-Bell When I was asked by ghd to try out their latest hair styler, the ghd platinum styler, I was more than happy to oblige.

Unsurprising, since my daughter and I have very long hair.

The styler is perfect for straightening hair, giving it a glossy look, but we wanted to create something more dramatic.

The above photo is of my daughter at London Fashion week 2014, after having her hair straightened with I believe the older version styler called the ghd Eclipse.

We decided to try out a few looks in anticipation for London Fashion week 2015. ghd-platinum-styler-Little-Big-Bell So, we enlisted the help of Frederico Patelli, one of the senior stylists at Toni and Guy for a fashion fix.

Incidentally, Frederico is also one of the main stylists for the London Fashion week 2015 shows.

He is a busy man, as London Fashion week is nearing. He told me that the Mullet is the new ‘in’ hairdo. It was great to watch and learn from an expert.

After application of the ghd heat protect spray, he set off to work.  He gripped sections of hair with the styler and then wrapped the hair around. After a few seconds, he gently released the pressure on the plates, as the hair slid off into curls.

He then braided a section of hair on the opposite side directed towards the curls. ghd-platinum-styler-hair-makeover-@stylewithjj-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Here’s the end result. Super cute right?

My colourful Minted print has come in handy as a backdrop for the photograph.

The wonderful thing about the ghd platinum is that the plates align with no gaps, this is due to its wishbone hinge. It grips the hair well and doesn’t pull when the styler moves. In fact, the movement is a seamless glide.

It also has an intelligent tri-zone technology with three sensors in each plate, ensuring the temperature delivered to the hair is maintained consistently, so kinder to hair.

I always have a dread of accidentally leaving the styler on. The cool thing about this styler, is that it has an automatic sleep mode.

Quay-Australia-sunglasses-on-@stylewithjj-on-Little-Big-Bell Here she is in her Quay Australia sunglasses with the new hair do.

Actually, both mother and daughter are obsessed with Quay Australia sunglasses at the moment. We are amounting quite a collection. Hair-styling-with-GHD-Platinum-styler-Toni-and-Guy-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Frederico styled a second look. This time an edgy and cool, yet casual look.

He released the previous plaits and curled that side with the platinum styler too.

Then after brushing through the curls on both sides , he backcombed the hair to create volume.

He created a bouffant effect up top by backcombing and securing with hairclips and hairspray. Then using wax, he flattened her hair by both temples.

So the look has a wet-dry texture with a fullness up top, that tapers at the temples, and then fans out like a mane. Her hairstyle certainly goes with her Adidas attire, cool and edgy but casual.
Here’s another angle.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the post. Will be back with more.

Have a wonderful weekend.

( All photos are by Geraldine Tan of Little Big Bell, model is  style with jj. This post was done in collaboration with ghd. The ghd platinum styler was provided for review. All opinions are my own.)

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