London Fashion Week: Whisky Mist
It might have being raining cats and dogs, but that wasn’t going to stop the fashionable elite descending on London for the start of London Fashion Week. I was lucky to have been invited by Golden Frog PR to their LFW launch party at Whisky Mist in swanky Mayfair, London.
Despite it taking me 3 hours to make an hour-long journey, I made it to my hotel in Cricklewood (I recommend The Windmill for reasonable rates, a secure car park, and a dead straight route in to central London) and jumped on the bus down to Mayfair, already forfeiting my heels for more sensible “wading” shoes (i.e. flats).
The club itself is tucked around the side of the London Hilton on Park Lane, and much smaller than I had first thought. The music was very loud and the room dark, so I spent a little while wandering around orienting myself (and drying off). It wasn’t long before I bumped in to fellow bloggers, Lex of Talonted Lex, Nadja of Show Me Something Beautiful, and Becky (Lipgloss and Lashes) and Kimberley (Kimberley’s Beauty Blog), both of whom I met earlier this year at a Bloggers Meet.
Soon Sarah from Golden Frog collected us up and took us to our very own corner of Whisky Mist, with its free drinks no less (considering my round had cost me over £28 for a G&T and vodka and coke earlier that night, I was mighty relieved)!
But why were we there? We previous few bloggers were given the exclusive chance to mingle with two up-and-coming designers, Kate Fearnley and Juliette Ryley, and check out their new collections…
Kate Fearnley started as an independent designer in 2002, opening her first boutique in Middlesbrough in 2005, and in 2009 won the Cosmopolitan Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year award. Her styles have been seen on celebrities, from the likes of Alexandra Burke and Diana Vickers, to The Saturdays and Zoe Salmon.
Kate’s AW/Christmas collection has been inspired by masculine tailoring, and iconic actresses such as Marlene Dietrich, with emphasis on timeless pieces that can be worn again and again.
For her Autumn/Winter collection, Kate has used a combination of stretch jersey and heavy and fine laces, in a monochrome palette brightened by cobalt blue.
For her Christmas range, she has added sequin and velvet to her jersey-and-lace creations, creating textured styles in figure-flattering shapes, and adding a festive bright green to the colour scheme. The bold textures and strong shoulders make for a real statement.
There were a few models wearing some of the collection, and it really is figure-flattering! Her use of length (textured skirts drop a few extra inches at the back) and additions of bows and collars adds a touch of individuality to each piece.
Juben is the brainchild of Juliette Ryley, who first started making the bags in 2012. Now 2013 sees the launch of the statement bags – created from leather and anodised aluminium.
Juben’s ethos is firmly planted in bringing fashion manufacturing back to Britain – using Northamptonshire leather and locally sourced fitments. The bags are available in six colourways, in matte or patent, with more to be added later in the year.
I was really taken with these bags. Lightweight and supple, they are perfect totes, with a unique look. I adore the fact that they’re all made from locally sourced material.
Sadly I had to disappear earlier than I had hoped because I was getting up so early the next day, but it was great to meet bloggers, designers and especially Sarah from Golden Frog, and have a good old dance in the most fashionable club in town… even if I did look like a drowned rat!