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A Slice Of London Fashion Life

A Slice Of London Fashion Life

Susan Henderson

My desire to attend a notable European fashion show is akin to other people's desire to see their favorite rock band in action. Like a great rock concert, watching clips of the show online, after the fact, is no replacement for the live version with all the colorful cast of characters, spectators, performers, energy and excitement.

We landed in London during Fashion Week. Despite my pursuit of a ticket to a London fashion show, I came up empty handed. Who was I to let a little ticket get in the way of my fashion reporting fun? So with no tickets to be found (‘why can’t we purchase fashion show tickets?’ is another blog...don’t get me started), we walked the city to get the “skinny” on trends.

Unlike here at home, jewelry of all kinds was in most store-front windows and prices were double of what you see in North America. From clutches and colored handbags to heels and arm candy, Londoners love to accessorize in a much larger way than we do at home.

The skinny legging silhouette was everywhere: jeans with ankle boots and a chunky “dad” sweater or floppy loose blouse or embellished jacket. The stick leg look is still around but it is simply paired with longer and looser tops. It is all about balancing skinniness down below with something baggy on top. For those who hate the feel and look of really tight clothes (yes, those of us with saddlebags and muffin tops can rejoice), this season offers more comfortable and loose clothing.

Skirts are full and flirty or short and tight but always with an oversized fluffy knit or bomber or biker jacket. Colored fur (like red, blue, pink or jewel tones), animal prints and menswear fabrics were everywhere. Think leopard print, tweed or houndstooth to take you from computer to cocktail party.

From Notting Hill and Covent Gardens Market to Harrods, Oxford Street and Soho, we witnessed that these London women love fashion and, boy, do they know how to work it.

After being inspired by the women in London, I’d like to echo what talented Calgary ‘style preacher’, Kim Flanagan says, “we need to kick the ass in the world, we have the power, we just need to be reminded.”

As she continually reminds us, “Dress like you give a damn!” I say, "Amen" to that.

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