London Fashion Week has always seemed distant to me - I observe the media coverage quietly and sometimes venture down to Somerset House for the odd glimpse into a world I don't feel I belong to, full of stunning, stylish beautiful people with amazing hair and coveted possessions.
So you can imagine my surprise when a most unexpected email popped into my inbox containing an invitation to the upcoming spring/summer show for Ong-Oaj Pairam, an extremely talented British/Thai designer with a penchant for vivid colour and dreamy prints.
My first reaction was disbelief. I spent a few minutes quelling the instant urge to email the PR and double check they had meant to send the invite to me. Nervously I tapped out a resounding acceptance and hoped they wouldn't reject me due to my eagerness. They didn't, although I was truly expecting to be turned away at the door upon arrival, but by some miraculous twist of fate I found myself sitting second row (as if I would ever be frow!) at the catwalk show on Friday night, staged in the imposing Freemasons Hall in Covent Garden. I had adorned myself in a variety of new A/W Fiorelli jewels from work but still felt a bit like the frumpy fish out of water! I teamed the jewellery with a grey bow shift dress - you can see a snippet of the outfit above but I wasn't quite up to being street styled, I don't think!
Regardless of my insecurity I absolutely adored the whole show from start to finish - a plethora of stunning models (both male and female - I particularly loved the short co-ords for the men!) stalked their way down the catwalk in an array of gorgeous multi-coloured pieces, accompanied by a stomping soundtrack. I think I gaped in wonder for a minute before remembering to take photos, so overwhelmed was I by the swirly skirts, the highly detailed painted boots and belts, and sharply styled slicked-back ponytails.
I loved the colour combinations prevalent throughout the collection of pastel pinks and vivid greens - incidentally my favourite colours especially when side by side! I felt quite on trend with my pastel pink bag, I definitely think this will be a colour combination I'll put together for my own spring outfits. That was one thing that stuck out to me throughout the show - each design seemed perfectly wearable and I felt even I, with my distinctly unfashionable shape, could work with the silhouettes displayed on the catwalk. The beauty blogger in me was suitably impressed by the graphic bright blue eyeliner sported by the models, although I'm not sure it's a trend I'll be attempting this side of Christmas! It looked amazing against their flawless skin and really provided an extra pop of colour to contrast with the pastels.
My personal favourites? The delightfully swishy printed skirts, in fact the skirts in general, just look at how beautifully they fall! I also loved the pale pink tailored shirt dress and especially the breathtakingly lovely rainbow layered gowns - how fun would they be for a wedding dress?!
I am so grateful to Ong-Oaj Pairam and the team at Katch for inviting me and giving me an experience I won't forget! I know I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for the A/W15 collection now!