StyleNest http://www.stylenest.co.uk The Fashion & Lifestyle Destination for the Modern Woman Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:30:00 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Ibiza43http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/drinks-recipes/ibiza43/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/drinks-recipes/ibiza43/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:30:00 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=86092 With this cocktail you’ll feel as if the summer never ended. Totally tropical and bursting with flavour, this drink makes for a great pairing with chicken skewers or fish recipes. The perfect drink to enjoy whilst he sun is still shining (or to cheer up a winter’s day), this fruity rum punch is ideal for […]

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Ibizia43With this cocktail you’ll feel as if the summer never ended. Totally tropical and bursting with flavour, this drink makes for a great pairing with chicken skewers or fish recipes.

The perfect drink to enjoy whilst he sun is still shining (or to cheer up a winter’s day), this fruity rum punch is ideal for parties and BBQ’s.

What You’ll Need:

  • 30ml Licor 43
  • 12.5ml rum
  • 90ml pineapple juice

Serve in a highball glass over ice and garnish with fresh pineapple

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Win £250 To Spend At Petit Bateau For Two Winnershttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/competitions/win-250-to-spend-at-petit-bateau/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/competitions/win-250-to-spend-at-petit-bateau/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:58:07 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=86560 We’ve teamed up with iconic French fashion brand Petit Bateau to offer you the chance to win one of two vouchers worth £250 to spend at petit-bateau.co.uk. The house has been making high quality, stylish clothing for the whole family for 121 years, starting with classic white cotton underwear and today is renowned for its chic, […]

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We’ve teamed up with iconic French fashion brand Petit Bateau to offer you the chance to win one of two vouchers worth £250 to spend at petit-bateau.co.uk.

Petit Bateau

The house has been making high quality, stylish clothing for the whole family for 121 years, starting with classic white cotton underwear and today is renowned for its chic, laid-back aesthetic. Petit Bateau, season after season, offers the finest quality cottons and timeless staples from the famous yellow raincoat and soft knitwear to chic breton stripes. In recent years they have upped the style stakes with more trend-led pieces and designer collaborations with Carven and Christian Lacroix, and will be partnering with cool Belgian designer Cédric Charlier this Christmas.

Since 2013, Petit Bateau has been working with French music and fashion label, Kitsuné. Gildas Loaec and Masaya Kuroki are overseeing the adult collections, combining the modernity of Kitsuné and the savoir-faire of an established heritage brand.  The new creative directors are re-inventing and combining the Petit Bateau favourites with an unexpected twist, with prints from the archives and fresh new styles.

The Autumn/ Winter womenswear collection offers simple, elegant classics featuring sailor stripes, warm knitted jersey tops, boat printed sweatshirts, bomber jackets, dresses and peacoats…  Plus of course the t-shirt – the brand’s flagship item – is available in an ever-growing range of styles, prints and colours.

Whether you’re a Breton addict (like us at StyleNest) or are looking to update your wardrobe with high quality every day items, make Petit Bateau your go-to store for a seriously chic autumn.

For your chance to be one of two Petit Bateau winners, simply enter your details below.

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Boys Winter Bootshttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/kids/best-of-childrenswear/boys-winter-boots/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/kids/best-of-childrenswear/boys-winter-boots/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:47:39 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=86553 As the chilly autumnal days start to set in we’ve rounded up some of our favourite boys winter boots. From camo trend desert styles to waterproof, warm and hardwearing- there is a boot for everyone.

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As the chilly autumnal days start to set in we’ve rounded up some of our favourite boys winter boots.

From camo trend desert styles to waterproof, warm and hardwearing- there is a boot for everyone.

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Wahanda Launches New Beauty Booking Apphttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/beauty/the-beauty-spot/wahanda-launches-new-beauty-booking-app/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/beauty/the-beauty-spot/wahanda-launches-new-beauty-booking-app/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:42:02 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=86389 Wahanda Launches New Beauty Booking App Recently launching their new brand new beauty booking app, Wahanda.com is already the ultimate on-the-go guide for accessing appointments at thousands of salons in London and nationwide. Now available via free download on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, the Wahanda app takes this online beauty solution up a notch. […]

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WahandaWahanda Launches New Beauty Booking App

Recently launching their new brand new beauty booking app, Wahanda.com is already the ultimate on-the-go guide for accessing appointments at thousands of salons in London and nationwide. Now available via free download on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, the Wahanda app takes this online beauty solution up a notch. A slick and efficient way to book beauty appointments, Wahanda’s development of their user-friendly app speeds up proceedings even more.

Lopo Champalimaud, Wahanda CEO, says, “We are thrilled with this next step in our evolution. The way we live our lives is constantly changing and right now, we’re living in an age where many of us are using iPhones and iPads 24/7. Our app has been designed to reflect this and make booking beauty treatments faster and more convenient than ever.”

Enabling you to view reviews, book appointments and process payment, Wahanda simplifies treatments into nine options. You can even search by brand, with famous beauty names working with Wahanda including Essie, OPI, Kerastase, Dermalogica and L’Oreal. The ability to book your next haircut, wax or beauty treatment at the click of a button is genius, especially as you can grab last minute and off peak sessions too. Each salon and spa has their own unique venue page, showing treatment lists and special offers. Users can access their chosen venue on a map, see address details and find opening times. The ‘My venues’ feature also remembers previous appointments, enabling you to book any follow-up appointments.

Completely foolproof to use, StyleNest recently sampled the app, unearthing a fantastic Northumberland spa. Enjoying an ESPA facial, I visited The Secret Spa at Village Farm in Shilbottle. Already paid up from using the Wahanda app and with a map to my venue, all fuss was removed. A brilliant beauty short cut, simplifying the stress of booking time so you can focus on relaxation.

Wahanda’s app is now available for free from the App Store on iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch at www.AppStore.com/Wahanda.

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Teriyaki Salmon with Sweet Potato Curryhttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/healthy-recipes/teriyaki-salmon-with-sweet-potato-curry/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/healthy-recipes/teriyaki-salmon-with-sweet-potato-curry/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:30:05 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=86599 The perfect dinner party dish, this decadent salmon dish is bursting with flavour and full of aromatic spices. Serves: 4 What You’ll Need: For the sweet potato curry 1 tsp coriander seeds ½ tsp mustard seeds 4 whole cardamom pods 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 large shallot, finely diced 1 tsp mild curry powder 800g […]

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Donald Russell Food,Autumnal: Teriyaki Salmon and riceThe perfect dinner party dish, this decadent salmon dish is bursting with flavour and full of aromatic spices.

Serves: 4

What You’ll Need:

For the sweet potato curry

  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 4 whole cardamom pods
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 large shallot, finely diced
  • 1 tsp mild curry powder
  • 800g sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 100ml chicken stock
  • 400ml coconut milk
  • 1 bay leaf

For the salmon

  • 4 tbsp teriyaki sauce
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 large red chili, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 4-6 sprigs coriander leaves
  • 4 Donald Russell Salmon Fillets
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

What To Do:

  • Start by preparing the sweet potato curry. Crush the coriander, mustard and cardamom finely in a mortar and pestle. Preheat a heavy bottomed pan, add the crushed spices and roast until they release their aroma. Then add the oil and shallots and sauté until softened and golden. Add the curry powder, stirring for a further minute. Add all the remaining ingredients and simmer gently for 20-25 minutes, until the sweet potatoes are soft.
  • Whilst the curry is simmering, combine the teriyaki, lime, chili and coriander in a shallow dish. Add the salmon and marinade for 10-15 minutes.
  • Just before you are ready to eat, preheat a frying pan to high. Remove the salmon from its marinade, patting dry with kitchen paper. Add the oil to the pan and sear the salmon, skin side down, for 3 minutes. Carefully turn the fillets over and sear for a further minute.
  • Serve with the sweet potato curry, sticky jasmine rice and seared, salted chili and garlic edamame beans.

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Friday 19 Septemberhttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/fashion/new-in-this-week/friday-19-september/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/fashion/new-in-this-week/friday-19-september/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:30:46 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=86649 StyleNest roundups the latest NITW pieces, including pieces from the Altuzarra collaboration with Target…

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StyleNest roundups the latest NITW pieces, including pieces from the Altuzarra collaboration with Target…

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London Fashion Week SS15 Catwalk Report: Day Fivehttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/fashion/label-watch/london-fashion-week-ss15-catwalk-report-day-five/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/fashion/label-watch/london-fashion-week-ss15-catwalk-report-day-five/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:30:36 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=86686 StyleNest reports from day five of the Spring/Summer ’15 catwalk shows at London Fashion Week… After a week of back-to-back shows, presentations, parties and celeb-spotting, it was onto the fifth and final day of London Fashion Week. Known and much-loved for the quirky, raw and new designers as well as its obscure themes, sets and […]

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Simone Rocha London Fashion Week SS15

Simone Rocha London Fashion Week SS15

StyleNest reports from day five of the Spring/Summer ’15 catwalk shows at London Fashion Week…

After a week of back-to-back shows, presentations, parties and celeb-spotting, it was onto the fifth and final day of London Fashion Week. Known and much-loved for the quirky, raw and new designers as well as its obscure themes, sets and surprising collections, we knew we were in for a visual treat.

Find out everything you need to know about the fifth and final day of the Spring/Summer ’15 collections at London Fashion Week…

Osman

Kicking off the day with a beautifully eclectic, tactile collection was the eternally elegant Osman show. With watercolour prints, fringing, patchwork and embellishment all in the mix, it was a gorgeous foray into the traveller trend for the feminine designer. Highlights were without doubt the hand-beaded suits and dresses teamed with knee-high mirror-glinted boots, as well as the patchwork multi-colour dresses which ended the show. Peek-a-boo cut-outs and folded drapes framed the body in a pretty feminine way, while ponchos and wrap-around skirts added a new element to Osman’s signature dress offerings.

Marques'Almeida London Fashion Week SS15

Marques’Almeida London Fashion Week SS15

Anya Hindmarch

Next on the schedule was Anya Hindmarch. Having carved out a reputation for delivering a LFW spectacle, what Anya does so brilliantly is to present a handbag collection in the most visually arresting way possible. In the past there’s been a set design including 50,000 dominoes, but this time she pulled an even bigger surprise out of the bag (pardon the pun). Today’s presentation kicked off normally enough with models parading down the polka dot runway, each carrying covetable bags and showing off Anya’s Spring/Summer ’15 theme of schoolgirl-style customisation. Decorated in what turned out to be a new collaboration of stickers, the bags (and their stickers) enable customers to personalise their bags in the most fun and kitsch way possible – something that Burberry is also tapping for next season too.

But then, just as we were cooing over these sticker album bags, the runway started rotating, the lights went off, and then skeleton dancers came out as tea cups started spinning down a neon-lit runway, each toting the new bags. Genius. Oh how we do love an Anya Hindmarch show.

Simone Rocha

We then found ourselves in St Andrew Holborn church with a soundtrack of organ music conjuring up connotations of both death and marriage. Not surprising then that the theme for Simone Rocha’s Spring/Summer ‘15 collection is love.

From all-black everything to transparent nude sheers to vibrant red florals, Rocha explored the ways love can make you vulnerable and see-through, as well impatient and dark- it was just so clever. Rocha also explored her first ever use of print- a gaudy red floral print dress that came to life with exquisite floral appliques. While the collection mainly consisted of dresses, gorgeous bodices and bustle skirts on prom-worthy dresses, there were also separates and macs and Rocha also developed her signature styles by exploring rich textures including mesh and even marabou.

With so many amazing pieces we’re hard pressed to pick a favourite, but the scalloped edge wallpaper brocade dress and old Hong Kong oil cloth floral brogues are certainly up there with the pieces we’ll be coveting come spring. It was inspired by love and romance and certainly made our hearts skip a beat.

Fashion East Helen Lawrence London Fashion Week SS15

Fashion East Helen Lawrence London Fashion Week SS15

Marques’Almeida

Over at Marques’Almeida, the summer black theme continued, and once again we saw an evolution of a great British design team. Distressed and frayed denim which has proved such a hit in stores and among the fashion and street style pack was of course evident in the collection but this time it came in much more refined shapes and wearable cuts. Black denim was key while the big turn-up is what you need to know for Spring/Summer ’15.

The Saint Martins-trained pair has evolved from the nineties, and made their cool aesthetic a little more refined and darker. For S/S15 they’ve branched out into colourful silks dresses and also experimented with new fabrics, with the colour-block leather jackets and skirts set to be a sure-fire hit on the streets. While the sheer tops may be a little difficult to wear in public, their delicate jewel embellishment was divine.

Raw, young, effortless; everything we love and more from this exciting new label.

Fashion East

From one great new designer to three. For Spring/Summer ’15, Fashion East offered up three raw talents in the form of Helen Lawrence, Louise Alsop and Ed Marler. Knitwear ace Helen Lawrence was up first, offering a delicious array of pastel pinks and yellow graphic separates. Sweaters with latex panels paired with washed out denim were StyleNest’s favourites as were the pleated dusty skirts. Up next was Louise Alsop and her back to the ‘90s collection. Oversize shapes, scribble printed tunics, frayed edges and bodycon minidresses with sheer panels and spaghetti straps aplenty. Ed Marler’s Vivienne Westwood meets John Paul Gaultier genius was to end the show in spectacular fashion. Marler’s attitude-filled vampire-inspired gang in fishnets, embroidered corsets and tapestry jackets will certainly ensure his name is on the fashion map.

Ashish London Fashion Week SS15

Ashish London Fashion Week SS15

Ashish

Next up was master of sequins Ashish. For Spring/Summer 15′ Ashish has continued to apply his most-loved decoration to everyday luxe basics. His signature sequins as dayweay is proving increasingly popular, and this collection is sure to make his stockists and loyal customers glee with delight.

Confirming London’s growing trend for all things 70s, Ashish offered up sequins in rainbow gradients on everything from slouchy boy shorts to slinky spaghetti T-shirt dresses while fringing also played a role and models sported Ziggy Stardust-esque glitter dreads. For day, denim dungarees, jeans and mannish denim jackets with sequins badges are the order of the day. It was sporty, urban and slouchy- and all covered in a rainbow of sequins.

While the colours and embellishments were designed as daywear options, of course party pieces were also in the mix and all of which were teamed with uber-high bejewelled feather platforms- the result of a Topshop collaboration coming to a store near you in the not-so-distant future.

Meadham Kirchhoff  London Fashion Week SS15

Meadham Kirchhoff London Fashion Week SS15

Meadham Kirchhoff

And so it was onto our next and final stop of London Fashion Week. And what a way to end it. After a week of commercial collections and designers redefining their craft, Meadham Kirchhoff went all out to ensure they were the exact opposite, rebelling against any preconceptions and commerciality.

Models they’d cast from the street of all shapes, sizes and genders stormed through prayer trees which on closer inspection were in fact decorated with tampons. A mismatch of textures and fabrics from latex to bungee cords made their way through this anarchic collection. It was sheer brilliance- mad, but brilliant. On first appearance there was a lot going on here, but take a look a little closer and you’ll see that each piece is in its own completely unique, special and dare we say it, wearable.

Asymmetrical shirts with pleat detailing, padded jackets and eyelash fringed dresses were perhaps the most approachable while the peek-a-boo space-inspired knitted bodysuits and slashed vinyl coats are sure to become collectors’ items. Rebellious, anarchic and totally bonkers- it served up the perfect ending to a wonderful London Fashion Week.

And with that our attention turns to Milan…

If you missed the news from day 4, click here to read

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Win A Meal Two At Galvin At Windows With Licor 43http://www.stylenest.co.uk/competitions/win-a-meal-two-at-galvin-at-windows-with-licor-43/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/competitions/win-a-meal-two-at-galvin-at-windows-with-licor-43/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:08:44 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=86344 StyleNest have teamed up with Licor 43 to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a meal for two at Galvin at Windows Restaurant and Bar. We have teamed up with Spain’s best-selling liqueur, Licor 43 to offer one lucky reader the chance to enjoy a three-course set menu dinner at Galvin at Windows, London […]

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StyleNest have teamed up with Licor 43 to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a meal for two at Galvin at Windows Restaurant and Bar.

LICOR 43We have teamed up with Spain’s best-selling liqueur, Licor 43 to offer one lucky reader the chance to enjoy a three-course set menu dinner at Galvin at Windows, London Hilton on Park Lane. The prize includes a pre-dinner aperitif of Licor 43 and one bottle of house red or white wine to accompany the meal.

Licor 43 is launching in the UK this year meaning you can now enjoy a taste of Spanish sunshine at home. With subtle vanilla and caramel flavours, it is already a favourite at many of the UK’s leading bars, including Galvin at Windows where they have created a delicious Licor 43 cocktail, which the lucky winner of our competition will get to try as part of the prize.

The Michelin-starred restaurant is located on the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane, offering panoramic views of London’s Hyde Park, The Shard and Buckingham Palace making it the perfect setting for a sundown cocktail and decadent dinner.

For your chance to win a mouthwatering meal for two at Galvin at Windows Restaurant and Bar worth £225 with Licor 43, simply enter your details below. 

Terms & Conditions

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  • Competition opens 12.09.2014 and closes 12.10.2014
  • Automated entries are not allowed and will be disqualified
  • The winner will be the first entry drawn after the closing date
  • The winner will have 48 hours to respond in full to the email or another winner will be drawn
  • The prize is non-transferable, non-negotiable and no cash alternative will be offered
  • Spammers will be disqualified
  • Entrants may be contacted by Licor 43 once the competition has closed
  • Entrants may be contacted by StyleNest once the competition has closed
  • The voucher will be valid from 6 months from the date of issue
  • The voucher will be valid for Galvin at Windows Restaurant & Bar at London Hilton on Park Lane
  • The prize includes: Three-course set menu dinner at Galvin at Windows, Pre-dinner Licor 43 cocktail, One bottle of house red or white wine, 12.5% service charge

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Best Coffee Tableshttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/home-and-garden/best-of-home-and-garden/best-coffee-tables/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/home-and-garden/best-of-home-and-garden/best-coffee-tables/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:41:09 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=86415 It’s time for a coffee break, so StyleNest roundup the best coffee tables to help you update your interiors in style. From mid-century modern to marble, StyleNest have selected a range of styles to suit to suit your interiors.

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It’s time for a coffee break, so StyleNest roundup the best coffee tables to help you update your interiors in style.

From mid-century modern to marble, StyleNest have selected a range of styles to suit to suit your interiors.

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London Fashion Week SS15 Catwalk Report: Day Fourhttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/fashion/label-watch/london-fashion-week-ss15-catwalk-report-day-four/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/fashion/label-watch/london-fashion-week-ss15-catwalk-report-day-four/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:30:46 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=86581 StyleNest reports from day dour of the Spring/Summer ’15 catwalk shows at London Fashion Week… The fourth day of London Fashion Week is always known as Burberry day. Not only is it the reason why international editors stay in London before jetting to Milan fashion week, it’s also the day when the most in-demand designers […]

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Erdem London Fashion Week SS15

Erdem London Fashion Week SS15

StyleNest reports from day dour of the Spring/Summer ’15 catwalk shows at London Fashion Week…

The fourth day of London Fashion Week is always known as Burberry day. Not only is it the reason why international editors stay in London before jetting to Milan fashion week, it’s also the day when the most in-demand designers fight head-to-head for the most coveted spot.

But today wasn’t all about Burberry’s starry front row and colourful catwalk, there was Tom Ford, Christopher Kane, Erdem, Giles, and the list of big-hitting names goes on.

Here’s everything you need to know about day four of London Fashion Week…

Antonio Berardi

Eveningwear at 9am is just how Antonio Berardi likes it. Renowned for selecting an early slot in an ultra-modern, sunlit venue to fully show off his evening-only collections, he remained true to form for his Spring/Summer ’15 show. Next season is once again a brilliant red carpet-worthy collection with floating embellishment on semi-sheer gowns and cocoon jackets and tops dripping in beads and sequins. Only this time Berardi’s silhouettes have loosened and lightened. While there wasn’t a single piece of fabric which could be classed as a day option, this was progressive for Berardi and a step in a new direction. Watch this space…

Roksanda

With a rebrand of her label to simply Roksanda, there was a noticeable simplicity to Roksanda Ilincic’s Spring/Summer ’15 collection. It was all about stripping everything back, and making her cuts closer to the body and less bold. Skirts were fuller than they have been before, while feminine shapes and silhouettes were enhanced with glinting gold waist belts. Jackets were sharp, tubular collars were added to blouses, and sweaters and jumpsuits were decorated with circle motifs. Colour-blocking was, as ever, the key palette with purple, fuchsia and violet blues all working in harmony while an electric mix of lilac, rose, mint and fire orange added a sporty feel. As always, Roksanda also referenced one of her favourite artists which translated into Perspex and polka dot embellishments which hung like badges from strong and bold silhouettes.

Michael Van Der Ham London Fashion Week SS15

Michael Van Der Ham London Fashion Week SS15

Erdem

From two delightful shows to something altogether mesmerising, otherwise known as Erdem’s Spring/Sumer’15 catwalk show. Having transformed the old Selfridges hotel into a dark, tropical jungle complete with low lighting and densely packed green vines, Erdem wowed us with breath-taking beauty. Floor-length gowns were the order of the day, each richly decorated and embroidered. Taking inspiration from a Victoria botanical artist, high collars were mixed with linear stitching to reflect greenhouse architectures. Clever, elegant and career-defining, it was all about the details- and the way evening gowns were paired with boyish flats. Something StyleNest will be trialling from party season to spring weddings…

Michael van der Ham

Filling the unenviable slot just before the Burberry show, Michael van der Ham had the difficult task of filling his seats before Burberry’s’ notoriously prompt show. Those who decided to swerve his show in favour of arriving at the starry Hyde Park venue early missed a truly delightful collection. Beloved by StyleNest for his tactile and quirky use of print, embellishment and pattern, Michael van der Ham’s signature collage aesthetic has been toned down this season – most probably to make the pieces more approachable to a wider market. But his new audience will be delighted to know that van der Ham’s ethereal feminine aesthetic with an off-beat charm has been applied to a wide range of totally wearable pieces from sparkly tea dresses to off-the-shoulder gowns worthy of a midsummer ball. Next summer’s weddings are officially sorted.

Burberry London Fashion Week SS15

Burberry London Fashion Week SS15

Burberry Prorsum

And so it was time to turn our attention to the most talked about show of the week. The vast glass tent in Kensington Palace Gardens was as usual a paparazzi frenzy with My Burberry’s poster girls Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss arriving arm in arm. With the tent painted brightly with flowers and insect motifs, the stage was set for Christopher Bailey’s first major foray into casual daywear.

While sheer pleated dresses may not scream ‘everyday attire’, when teamed with the new Burberry denim jackets and trainers, they certainly offer a striking new styling proposition. Talking of jackets and trainers, these new offerings come copped and fitted with precision darting and ostrich feather trimmings, while trainers are made of multi-colour leather. This is casual, the Burberry Prorsum way.

While jackets were cropped, sequin pencil skirts and ballerina-worthy pleated and tiered tulle dresses were cut calf-length. To finish, an array of linen trenches screen-printed with the designs of old books lit up the Suki Waterhouse-led runway. The lightness and freedom of spring which many designers shave turned to this season were shown here, were flats teamed with literally everything.

Christopher Kane

Next up it was Christopher Kane. Dedicating his show to his late professor, Louise Wilson OBE, it was the most grown-up, sophisticated, mature and progressive of his collections to date. Inspired by a box of photographs he had found from the MA course where Wilson had taught and mentored him, Kane re-explored an reimagined ideas which had never previously been seen. The rope, cord and coils of his early days reappeared, this time embroidered on embellished tulle dresses and fragile silk jackets. In his school colours of burgundy, white and black, Kane explored the idea of ‘controlled explosion’ whereby tulle broke out from underneath collars and hems to create riotously beautiful dresses. Breath-taking and inspiring, just as Wilson would have wished it to be.

Thomas Tait

Following from a stream of back-to-back big-name designers, it was refreshing to move onto a relatively new name. That said, Thomas Tait recently won the first LVMH Young Designer fashion prize which mean he’s got Karl Lagerfeld, Phoebe Philo and Nicolas Ghesquiere’s seal of approval.

It was refreshing to see such a clever and articulate designer steer away from ‘safe’ and experiment with new ideas. His precision cutting had been replaced with roomy dresses, slashes, half-pleated skirts ad and acid-colour leather and see-trough strangely proportioned tops, dresses and gowns.  Confident, experimental and thrilling, it was exactly what LFW is all about.

Peter Pilotto

The day just kept on giving, as designers Christopher De Vos and Peter Pilotto added yet another stellar show to their undisputed repertoire. Vastly simplifying their shapes and moving on from their much-loved digital prints to surface textures, the collection was all about energy, sporty but decorative pieces, wide-leg trousers we can’t wait to wear with a denim Burberry jacket and tonnes and tonnes of embroidered Perspex made for an exhilarating show. A-line mini dresses echoed their Summer of Love inspiration and cemented the 60s and 70s as a core trend for Spring/Summer ’15. While Peter Pilotto’s trademarks have been left behind, they now carving out a new, delectable name for themselves.

Giles

Continuing with the tropical theme we’d seen earlier at Erdem and previously at Christopher Reaburn and Barbara Casasola, Giles added his club kid sense of humour into the mix with snakes coiled around dresses, leopard prints on couture-like billowing ball gowns, and glittering cat claws peaking over the smoulder of sexy white gowns. There were some day options thrown into the mix for the first time, thus finally making Giles a realistic day option. Expect to see this on the street style stars come February…

Tom Ford London Fashion Week SS15

Tom Ford London Fashion Week SS15

Tom Ford

Come evening it was the turn of the eternally glamorous Tom Ford. Providing individual blue suede seating for editors, the luxurious tone was set from the go. And from the very first look, we knew we were in for a high-octane, sequin-tastic treat.

Flared trousers in shimmering metallics and laden with embellishment were teamed with sheer tops so see-through they were barely noticeable- all for save a smattering of bejewelled crystals over the nipples. Impractical but fantastical, it broke away from the trend of pairing back, wearable clothes and gave us something to dream about.

Ford drew on his Gucci hits and channelled a modish 60s vibe wit uber-mini minis and 10 inch platform heels, all with precise cutting and accurate attention to detail. Despite the amount of skin on show, the collection really wasn’t slutty – just confident and powerful. It had Joan Jett’s attitude in heaps, as well as her hair and smoky eyes. Glam rock chicks, this one’s for you.

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