London Fashion Weekend

Monday, 16 September 2013
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Outfit: Rick Owens leather jacket (similar), Uniqlo silk shirt, James Jeans Twiggy, Marni heels, Christys fedora, Hermes Collier de Chien bracelet and Hermes Kelly 28.

It's been a fabulous weekend. Exhausting and exhilarating. The thing about London Fashion Week is that you need to look totally bonkers in order to be considered cool, unique, edgy - all those overused words in the fashion world. Like the latex comic character statuesque lady/man along with her puffed up plastic puppy in the front row (check out my Instagram feed to see the pic). Everyone else looked appropriately nonchalant and suitably unaffected. Except me.

I got lost on my way to Somerset House and then troops after troops of uniquely (there's that word again) garbed individuals came trudging down the street. 3 plaits, blue lipstick, sort of harem pants, skirt that didn't look like a skirt but it wasn't culottes either, undefinable outfits etc. But totally cool. Rebel-esque, individual-esque. I may scratch my head in an attempt to understand some of the weirder outfits but I love that one's not restrained in expressing themselves in the London fashion scene.

How does a 40 year old woman on the chubby side (thanks to the infinite number of patisserie that passed through my lips in France recently) try to look somewhat "fashionable" when it's cold and wet outside? Wear a hat if I couldn't stuff my umbrella into my bag, a silk shirt because it keeps me warm (I'm convinced that the silk shirts from Uniqlo are just as good as Equipment, if not better. Don't be fooled by the low price), a leather jacket because it's waterproof and black to desperately appear slimmer. Speaking of weight issues, I was rendered speechless by some of the models who were so underweight and gaunt that bones were jutting out from every part of their body. On the flip side, I applaud some of the designers who stuck to their guns and used normal sized models who have hips and boobs.

After more than a year of trying to catch up, Annie of Insideology and I finally did. I felt like I was talking to an old friend. Later that day, Daniella of LellaVictoria and I stumbled into the nearest Starbucks and we speed talked. We had 1 hour before heading off in different directions. We promised each other to meet up more often rather than on Fashion Weeks. The next morning, I woke up craving for dim sum. All 3 of us hopped on the train to head off to Chinatown in London for some proper Cantonese grub. After some last minute tweeting/texting/emailing, Carin of Paris In Four Months and I got to see each other face to face for the first time. We were Hermes obsessed so many years ago on the the Purse Forum during our pre-blog days (and scarily enough, still handbag mad). How time flies.

What a privilege it has been to have met so many women (both readers and bloggers) from all over the world, thanks to blogging. We've shared stories and tips, cheered, encouraged and inspired one another.







26 comments:

  1. You look fabulous! It's so hard to look stylish in the rain and you definitely pull it off. How cool that you get to meet up with so many people from all around the world!

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    1. That's the best thing about blogging. It's the interesting and inspiring individuals that I get to meet :)

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  2. You have makeup on! I can tell! The lippy looks good - really impressed. I tried wearing some over the weekend - but only a little and obviously not enough for even the Grumps to notice.

    And your outfit is perfect. Dressed up enough without losing your real self.

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    1. Boy, do you have eagle eyes! I'd given my lips a slick of my brightest lippy.

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  3. How do I find your Instagram feed? Thanks! Love this look.

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    1. Thank you! I'm cookiesncandies there or you can click on the Instagram icon on the top right corner of the website. Hope this helps.

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  4. This is such a great mix Marlene! Really love how you styled everything and you look so good! :)

    xTheresa

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  5. Wow, what a fun time - and you look amazing. wish I could wear a hat as well as you do - and those shoes are to do for!!! You look very Bascall-esque. How fun to meet up with other bloggy people. Can't wait to read more about your seeing the shows - did you feel squished, it always looks like people are elbow to elbow closely packed even if its Anna Wintour

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    1. It wasn't too bad, at least not the show I went to. Thank goodness for these shoes are they're pretty comfy.

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  6. sounds like a fun and interesting week! you look effortless stylish yet casual enough to still be you. that hat really suits you! i am a huge uniqlo fan and really for the price their stuff is really quality! and they do so many good designer collabs as well. just wish they were in australia!

    steph / absolutely-fuzzy.com

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    1. My brother has been using a freight forwarder to have his Uniqlo packages shipped to a US address. Clothes in Oz and NZ are just overpriced.

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  7. You look absolutely gorgeous in these photos. The outfits I like most from FW are always the ones which aren't trying too hard, that are perhaps a little dressier than someone might normally wear, if not on the same level.

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    1. Jamie-Lee, I adore YOUR outfits but thank you all the same.

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  8. You look amazing! I love your hat.

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    1. Thank you! That's my favorite hat too which makes the perfec umbrella.

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  9. Looking tres chic marlene <3 What shows did you get to catch? Totally living vicariously through you! Busy catching up on all of your posts and travels and of course all of your amazing photos. Still due for a catch up in person so give me a shout if you're back in town xox

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    1. Just one show actually. Thought of you the other day but will definitely give you a ring a few days before nipping down to London again.

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  10. Love your signature look Marlene, always cool without being OTT, to me that's better than lookin too try hard! X

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    1. You're so sweet! I wouldn't mind being more experimental at times but I wish I have a fashion editor's wardrobe.

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