lfw outfit day 1
London Fashion Week Day One was, in true balls-to-the-wall spirit, the busiest day of the week for me. With virtually enough time to get dressed before hitting Somerset House, I ended up snapping my ‘Outfit of The Day’ after rolling home in the darkness. This top by Malene Oddershede Bach has to be one of the best things I have ever worn; functional, super luxe, and printed to perfection.

What I Wore:
Top, Malene Oddershede Bach (see stockists). Black skinny jeans, Firetrap. Necklace, Stella & Dot (similar here). Boots, Boohoo.
lfw outfit day 1

Wella Illumina
A few days before London Fashion Week the lovely folk at Wella invited me to visit their studios and trial their biggest colour innovation in twenty years, the ILLUMINA COLOR Glossing Service.

Illumina Colour – in contrast to ‘regular’ colour – is a range of sheer, natural-looking colours which give your hair that incredible luminosity you see above. We’re talking 70% more light reflection. Though it is a sheer formulation (like a topcoat for your hair), Illumina is still able to offer great coverage for grey hair if you decide to do the full-on colour (lasting 6-8 weeks) versus only using the glossing service (lasting 2 weeks).

Because I have a super-blended version of ombre hair I didn’t want a colour, per se, but did want to get rid of a little bit of brassiness left from months of neglected tresses. Within 10 minutes of being applied, the aforementioned brassiness disappeared and left me with practically perfect hair. As far as professional opinion is considered, I was actually complimented on how beautiful the colour of my hair was by a group of hairdressers later in the week (disclaimer: this never happens). 10 thumbs up.

If you are interested, Illumina Color is available from Wella Professionals nationwide and will be released in six further shades from April 2013.

lavazza giveaway
WIN tickets to Vodafone London Fashion Weekend and a designer tote filled with Lavazza goodies, courtesy of Lavazza!

It’s February, which means only one thing in the fashion calendar: London Fashion Week is upon us and once again the style elite will be fuelled by Lavazza – the official coffee of the event – and you could be joining them!

Lavazza is giving 3 x lucky Lela London readers (that’s you!) the chance to win some exclusive London Fashion Week prizes including a designer tote and a pair of tickets to Vodafone London Fashion Weekend to shop designer brands. If that’s not enough, you will also receive a selection of Lavazza goodies including a limited-edition designer Tierra coffee tin which has been designed exclusively for Lavazza by iconic Italian designers making it the perfect collectable keepsake. From Roberto Cavalli’s wild graffiti-splashed leopard and orchid design to Missoni’s classic zig-zag knit, each tin epitomises the classic heritage of each fashion house and is filled with Lavazza’s rich Rain Forest Alliance certified 100% Arabica coffee.

During London Fashion Weekend, don’t forget to take time to refuel amidst the shopping at the Lavazza Winter Garden in the courtyard – you can’t miss Lavazza’s shiny silver airstream where their expert Baristas will be serving up authentic Italian coffees to the fashionistas en masse. You can enjoy a classic espresso, skinny latte, cappuccino or treat yourself to Lavazza Coco Macchiato. In the Showspace tent you’ll also be able to take advantage of exclusive offers on Lavazza A Modo Mio coffee machines at fantastic prices (at the Lavazza A Modo Mio stand) which includes the brand new and on-trend Watermelon Red Favola Cappuccino.

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Competition ends Tuesday the 19th of February, 2013.

jena theo ss13
We have finally made it to my final show of London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013! Let’s say farewell with a bang, shall we?

Jena.Theo rocked out with their collection – ‘Hell’s Angel’ – on the final day of fash madness to tell the story of a woman and her relationship to the environment. In particular, the duo wished to allude to Arthopoda (a large phylum of invertebrae animals that include insects, spiders, and crustacean). Thankfully, they left the multi-legged creatures and claws at home and replaced them with an earthy and alluring collection of wearable prints; favourites including light outlines of skulls, snakes, and hand-rendered tattoos.

By the time the glass beading rolled out, we had already been enamoured with buttery leathers, the ebb and flow of delicate organzas, spun silks, and a phenomenal ombre dress made of premium Japanese denim. I know very few women who wouldn’t pine for a piece of this collection.

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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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