What I wore to London Fashion Week Feb 2012

Categories:In My Wardrobe

This post is a sad indication of how rarely I’ve updated of late – as I post this you can still see my post from last Fashion Week in the sidebar to your left! But that fashion week coincided with moving to my new (old) job back at the helm of Catwalk Queen, which has taken up most of my time of late, and I don’t believe in posting here for the sake of it. I’m hoping now I’m well and truly settled there that I’ll have more time to dedicate to Big Girls Browse and can ramp up the post count a bit for March…so if there’s anything you’d love to see me talk about, now’s the time to speak up.

In the meantime, as fashion week draws to a close and I get my life back, I thought I’d share here the outfits I wore for the five days of the event here. These were originally published in a series of CQ posts but I thought I’d put them here in one place as well. This time around I was filming video as well as attending shows, so it was a really busy week with lots of running around – hence the lack of heels on most days. I don’t think I let the side down too much, though!

Day 1 – Friday: I wore my leather and jersey Supertrash jacket (generously gifted by the brand when they took me to Amsterdam Fashion Week) over a Uniqlo heat-tech long sleeved top (best thing ever), Forever 21 printed tube skirt, black tights, ASOS boots, my Linea Pelle Dylan bag and a very old triple layer necklace from River Island.

Day 2 – Saturday: It was freezing cold and pouring with rain, so I had no choice but to pull out the big guns. My Versace for H&M leather trench is the most expensive item of clothing I’ve ever bought, but I love it. It’s the only thing I’ve ever worn that got the street style snappers excited. They love a bit of detail or studding. I wore it with black tights, an animal print and lace dress from Primark, leopard print shoes from Very (gifted) and a leather Doctor’s bag from River Island.

Day 3 – Sunday: Not the greatest photo but it was a busy day and we had to find a place to snap it quickly! I wore a Pearl Lowe for Peacocks lace dress, but ditched its usual slip and wore it over a black slip and long-sleeved top (Uniqlo again) instead. I added black tights, studded jazz shoes from New Look, a hairband from Dorothy Perkins, that Supertrash jacket again, and a Betsey Johnson bag.

Day 4 – Monday: Canny folks will recognise this Dorothy Perkins dress from my sale buys post back in January. This was actually the first time I wore it, as it has a bit of tendency to stick to my tights (I had to spray a lot of hairspray up my skirt)! I teamed it with my Linea Pelle bag again, my ever-present black tights and sequinned shoes from ASOS. The tote bag was from the amazing Peter Pilotto show earlier that day.

Day 5 – Tuesday: For the final day, I wore a graphic flower print dress from Wallis (yes, Wallis!) with my very old and much-loved Stella McCartney for H&M jacket, Butterfly by Matthew Williamson necklace, ASOS buckled heels, and a studded bag from Beth Ditto’s collection for Evans (gifted). This bag is very much on its last legs having travelled to Australia and back with me, but I still love it.

Oh, and here’s my favourite video from the week, which you may enjoy if up to this point you’ve been lucky enough not to hear my terrible TV presenter voice…

  • http://islayallzombies.wordpress.com/ Becky

    I thought I’d be able to choose a favourite outfit but I think I’m in love with all of them! That Versace trench is stunning and makes me very sad I didn’t get anything from the collection! Bloody love the Forever 21 skirt too. Cannot believe I’m a F21 virgin…

  • http://www.gemmacartwright.com Gemma

    Thank you! I had buyers remorse for weeks after buying it, but months on I still get comments when I wear it (99% positive…not sure if the random bloke on the street who shouted “I like your COAT” was being sarcastic or not).

    F21 is hit and miss to the extreme, but worth taking a look for little jersey things like stretch tops and dresses and stuff. It also saved my life on a trip to the US when my suitcase got lost!

  • Kat

    It’s tough picking a favourite outfit, yes! Things I adore though include:day one’s F21 skirt; day two’s leopard shoes; the WHOLE of day three (you look so sweet!); day four’s whole outfit (I still haven’t worn that dress…and you look so gorgeous in it, that I now don’t think I could!), and I LOVE your hair and shoes especially on day five!

  • http://www.gemmacartwright.com Gemma

     I think the dress will be better in Summer when it can be worn without tights – it really does stick and get all static-y. Glad the F21 skirt is a hit – it was about £6!