tata naka ss13
If there was absolutely anything that could cure the effects of a Mad Men detox, Tata Naka‘s Spring/Summer 2013 collection would be it.

As always, the designers opted for a presentation as opposed to a fashion ‘show’ – this season set up like a 1950s pool party. For a few hours a handful of bombshell-styled models (including the wonderful Hanna Hultberg) reclined around a makeshift pool and hand-painted deckchairs wearing classic retro silhouettes…with a twist. Instead of a pencil skirt, Tata Naka introduced us to the pencil skirt with embellished sheer panelling. Instead of a playsuit, Tata Naka introduced us to a cut-out sleeve playsuit with a separated collar.

With clashing shows I wasn’t able to photograph every look, so I urge you to check Tata Naka’s Facebook for the full collection. Apologies to your wallet in advance.

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fashion backstage
One of many freelance contracts over London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 included my role as a Backstage correspondent for Vauxhall Fashion Scout. This means I was very fortunate to have an all-access pass to the beauty and beauties before every show and get a little snap happy in between words.

Because a lot of photos were taken I have split all backstage photos for Fashion Scout into two parts. This is Part Two (Part One is here), featuring Leutton Postle, Myrza de Muynuck, and Sabina Bryntesson with all hair done by the Toni and Guyteam and make-up done by The Body Shop ladies. Enjoy!

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fashion week outfit
As fun as it would be to get all Anna Dello Russo on the street style photographers of Fashion Month, covering shows for three different outlets and styling in between means all of my London Fashion Week ensembles had to err on the side of practical. Louboutins out, comfy heels and platform sneakers in. Regardless, I seem to have found a little way to sparkle each day. See the full roundup, below!
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louise gray ss13
For Spring/Summer 2013, Louise Gray turned out an extraordinary collection that put me on a high for days. Under the slogan ‘NOW WHAT‘, Gray delivered her synonymous level of unabashed fun in a manner that was brilliantly advanced from Autumn/Winter 2012. With quilted devore, newsprint, doodles, and a well-executed juxtaposition of geometric and text-based prints, there was a lot to see and a lot to love.

There is no question about it, Louise Gray has a method to her madness; a mad hatter-esque madness that chose to mix images of cheeseburgers with bold-printed images reading “GOOD TIMES” and then surprise us all with chiffon-on-chiffon embroidery and jigsaws of lace. Each piece was eye-catching in its own way – Gray said “if you buy just one thing, it’ll feel like you’re getting something special” – and often had the feel of an optical illusion.

From Tatty Devine jewellery (exclamation mark earrings!) to sponsorship by Barbie (a 21st Century version of Barbie’s first ever dress!), ‘NOW WHAT’ is the perfect solution for your inner East London street princess. Charmed, I’m sure.

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