Monday, February 24, 2014

Sartorial Statements: Vodafone London Fashion Weekend

 Entrance to Somerset House

Since my day job obviously precluded me from attending anything at London Fashion Week, or hanging around Somerset house hoping to spot a few celebrities, I decided to try out the Vodafone London Fashion Weekend instead. LFWend is held in the same location as LFW and is set up to be a whirlwind fashion-and-shopping experience best enjoyed in a group of girlfriends. In addition to all of the fashion, there were pop-up stations where you could get your hair and makeup styled into several different runway-inspired looks, and stations for manicures and shoulder massages. The prosecco was flowing liberally and people were handing out free samples of yogurt and chocolate bars. The outer rooms of Somerset House were turned into a shopping center where numerous British designers set up pop-up shops. The center tent, which held the catwalk shows for LFW, hosted both a few repeat shows from LFW by up-and-coming British designers and trend shows for the current season, which featured outfits comprised of ready-to-wear pieces which the audience could immediately purchase online. The trend show was quite fun, as it was focused on current Spring 2014 trends. It was also quite useful as it got me thinking about trends for spring, which I had not given much thought to yet because it is still so cold outside. 

The showcased trends for Spring 2014 were: metallics, floral, lace and sportswear. All of these trends can be worn in the office, with a few tweaks to make them work-appropriate.


 The trend show hostess wore a beautiful metallic lavender pencil skirt that, paired with a conservative grey blazer, grey pumps and pearls, would look very classy at the office.

An alternative way to work metallics into an office wardrobe is through a metallic blazer. The runway look showed these blazers with jeans and metallic cropped pants, but they would look incredibly classy with black or grey suit pants or a tailored pencil skirt. Keep the rest of your jewelry and accessories simple, however - you don't want to overdo the flash for the office.


 Florals can be worn on any item of clothing, but for the office, pick one floral piece and keep the rest of your outfit simple. In the picture above, a floral-printed pencil skirt is paired with a classic solid-color sweater. In the picture below, a floral-printed top is paired with plain trousers. Jewelry should also be kept simple and classic, so as to avoid overdoing this look.


The amount of lace one can wear depends on how conservatively-dressed your office is. For less conservative offices, a classic A-line or sheath dress in lace, as shown above, may be completely appropriate. For more conservative offices, the amount of lace worn should be a bit less. Pair a lovely lace top, as shown below, with a traditional pantsuit. The jacket and trousers will keep the look tailored and professional, while the hint of lace underneath the jacket will keep the outfit on trend.


This look is a bit difficult to translate to the workplace, as it can look too casual for most traditional corporate offices. However, the top on this model gives one example of how the look can translate: pair a sportswear-inspired shirt with a classic black or grey pantsuit. The pantsuit keeps the look from becoming too relaxed, while the sportswear-inspired top keeps you comfortable and looking cool.

And for anyone who is interested, this is what I wore to Vodafone Fashion Weekend - definitely not an outfit for work, but fun for the weekend :-)

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