Another quick fashion week sidebar coming up… This has been a pretty great month for digital devotees like myself. First off, we had Vogue launching their new and improved website. Next comes Snap Fashion, an app designed to eliminate wardrobe dilemmas. Ok, so it won’t make us immune to the possibility of making future fashion faux pas (I wish) but it will make finding the sartorial gems we covet that bit easier. How many times have you spied a pap shot of a celeb wearing something so lovely you want it for yourself? Often, fash mags will ientify said garment, providing us with designer, price and stockist details but, equally often, the astronomical cost of said sartorial gem puts it ever-so-slightly out of your reach. And what about the model in a random ad who’s so-chic-it-hurts sweater you’d do anything to own? Nowhere on that Virgin Atlantic poster you spotted in the tube station does it tell you where you can find said item. This, my friends, is where Snap Fashion comes is.
Snap Fashion is a sartorial search engine that uses images to search for matches, saving time, money, and eliminating the frustration of having to trawl for hours, days, even, shopping online. The process is a simple one: take out phone, launch the free Snap Fashion application, select the product type that you want to search, and then snap it. The item is then searched for on Snap Fashion’s extensive list of affiliates via cut, colour, and style, and the results are delivered straight back to you in tabs, and within seconds. Users can browse all, save favourites to buy later, or click through directly to the retailer’s website to buy it that very second!
While I’ve been wrapped up in all things NYC, I almost forgot that my fellow fashion fanatics back home in Blighty are gearing up for London Fashion Week! No doubt stress levels are soaring and obscene amounts of coffee are being consumed in design studios and PR offices all over the city so I thought I’d take a little time out from the New York mayhem to share an announcement from home with you. Lingerie uber brand, Triumph has been announced as the OFFICIAL undie provider for LFW. Why is this exciting? Firstly because they make really, really nice pants. Secondly because pretty much any fashion week related news gets my pulse racing. Finally, and I feel most, importantly, because they are the first lingerie brand ever to do so since the event first took place back in 1984.
Day 2 got off to a rather more relaxed start than the first day of New York Fashion Week. This was due in part to the fact that my first show was at a leisurely 10am and within walking distance of where I’m staying (so no chance of subway confusion) but more because I had restrained from going to town on the free champagne doled out left, right and centre in celebration of Vogue’s Fashion Night Out and so felt fresh, rested and more than a little bit smug. After a slightly sweaty stroll across town (it is so bloody hot here!!) I arrived, Starbucks iced latte in hand, at the Kate Spade NY presentation.
Blouse & Shorts: Whistles
Necklace: Anne Bowes Jewellery
Sandals: Kurt Geiger
Bag: Anya Hindmarch
Image by Sophia Tragash
There are almost no words to describe quite how much I loved this collection but I’ll try and rustle up a few anyway. Kate Spade’s playful, preppy style is always a winner with me and this season Creative Director Deborah Lloyd well and truly outdid herself offering up an array of ensembles so picture perfect prep-tastic they made my heart sing with joy.
So after months and months of wishing, waiting, and outfit planning I finally headed to the Big Apple on Tuesday for New York Fashion Week! Last September’s trip with GANT gave me a taste for the action and this time around, I’m here for the whole shebang. Having foolishly decide to move house just 2 days earlier, by the time me and my extremely overweight baggage arrived I was pretty exhausted but after a days exploring (read: ransacking J.Crew, getting extremely lost and drinking my own bodyweight’s worth of Starbucks iced lattes) I was ready and raring to hit the shows.
Skirt & Shoes: Topshop
Bag: Anya Hindmarch
Necklace: Anne Bowes Jewellery
New York Fashion Week day 1 got off to a fairly frantic start after a cocktail bar incident the previous night, evidently jet lag and Cosmopolitans don’t mix but frankly, I couldn’t resist. Unable to find a cab I braved the subway, arriving at Lincoln Centre sweaty, stressed and extremely late. Of course my panic was entirely unecessary it’s widely accepted fashion shows never, EVER start less than half an hour after their scheduled time so I took my seat in good time to see the latest creations from Nicholas K.
At not-so-long last, FASHION WEEK is upon us! I’m writing this post from New York where I’ll admit, I’m feeling an unattractive combination of smug and sweaty. But of course, while my little world has temporarily moved stateside, there are still an awful lot of exciting things happening back in Blighty. One of said happy occurences is the fact that cooler-than-cool London label, Sister by Sibling have decided to release a limited edition tee.