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ashleyrobertsIt’s fair to say I can never keep up with the pace of London Fashion Week. Twice a year, the fashionably challenged descend upon the capital, some queuing up to see what the designers have in store for the next season and some simply crawling out of the woodworks in the most attention seeking get-ups. Or their arse cheeks hanging out.

I, on the other hand, popped in after work to catch two shows so the best I could muster up was a neon coloured neck piece and a hot pink lipstick. I also went from sleek, poker straight hair to a frazzled,bird nest of a barnet from the rain storm that greeted me at the exit of Leicester Square tube station. And still nobody asked to take my photo.

For the sixth consecutive year running, The Body Shop were proudly sponsoring Fashion Scout and I was fortunate to have an impressive view of Pam Hogg‘s and ‘FROW’ (darling) for Ping He‘s autumn/winter 2014 shows with the jaw-dropping beautiful Daisy Lowe opposite and a few more familiar faces either side of her.

With the schedule running late, I wasn’t able to go backstage to see the make-up artists in action which is where the fun really is with London Fashion Week.

First up was Pam Hogg but before things kicked off, I was entertained with spotting Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie mosey on over to his seat in the front row. And DJ and record producer Mark Moore. I’m also sure I spotted Alec Baldwin dressed up as Dennis Dupree from Rock of Ages.

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I decided to record some footage of the shows for my YouTube channel. Sadly my Pam Hogg coverage was marred by one or two dozy twonks standing up in the second row like a meerkat every 30 seconds. Pam’s stuff is bonkers and by the sound of the elated crowd this collection was proper batshit crazy. It was apparent why some of her audience were from the music scene. Not quite Pete Tong, more like Ziggy Stardust on acid.

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Ping He, in contrast, had a very wearable collection (though maybe I would not wear the clear PVC affair). Between the two, it was the show I loved the most. I think Leanne sums up Ping He beautifully in her post with a beeline for the eye-catching footwear. Here are some pictures from the show with the video at the end.

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I’m eagerly awaiting what the next season will bring for Spring/Summer 2015. I should also make an effort with my outfit next time as well.

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Hi, everyone! What a week it has been. Firstly I changed internet service providers and a swish and swift fibre optic broadband was installed seven days ago only for it to pack up two days later. Cue lots of angry calls to SKY before a knight in shining armour called Paul with a Scottish accent saved the day and packed off an engineer to re-do the job the first engineer failed to complete!

Having no internet for almost five days has set me back considerably and delayed a number of posts from going live. *sigh* One of them is this one when at the weekend I popped down to Somerset House where London Fashion Week has been camping for Spring/Summer 2014.

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Even if you don’t have a ticket for a show, London Fashion Week is pure gold for people watching. The grounds of Somerset House are awash with hardcore fashionistas, photographers and models as was the case when I was there on Saturday afternoon though I did spy one familiar figure, model/presenter Jameela Jamil (I had to jot down her name for an excitable Japanese tourist who would Google her later).

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Any way I dropped into Toni & Guy’s Blow Out Bar, a regular fixture at LFW – and much needed after the downpour in London. April from Toni & Guy’s Westfield London branch gave my tresses a trim and I felt like a new person. Why can’t I get glossy hair at home, huh? It’s not fair!

Well, here’s the finished look (and I’ve not had my hair coloured since June!):

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I’d like to thank Toni & Guy for inviting me to their Blowout Bar and for making this fashion misfit’s hair look fabulous and glamorous (unfortunately the same could not be said about the attire I sported at Somerset House).

London Fashion Week drew to a close tonight but fear not, it will be back in the new year for Autumn/Winter 2014.

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Yesterday was the final day of #LFW for autumn/winter ’13 and just as things were wrapping up for another season, I managed to go behind the scenes for Fashion Scout’s FAD and Tahir Sultan shows at the beautiful Freemason’s Hall in Covent Garden, and for the fourth year running  The Body Shop were proud to sponsor Fashion Scout.

I was very curious to see how the Body Shop would work in partnership with these designers. Yes, the fashionable clothes is what the scores of people queuing outside were looking forward to seeing but for me, the make-up plays a crucial part too. After all, I *am* a beauty blogger.

The Body Shop’s head make-up artist (the phenomenal) Lan Nguyen-Grealis was in charge of leading her team to create a futuristic look on the models for FAD (I wish there had been enough time to see this show), while Lan’s key make-up artist Jo Sugar took a completely opposite approach for Tahir Sultan’s collection.

Going with the brief of travelling the continent of India in the 1940s, and Tahir’s personal love of strong glamorous feminine women, Jo opted for strong eyes using the Body Shop’s Kohl Liner to represent the Indian theme, and dark red lips to illustrate the presence of the 1940s. The finished look was simple yet captivating.

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Ever wondered what goes on backstage at fashion shows? It’s like organised chaos and yet it always comes together amazingly. The atmosphere for the final shows of London Fashion Week felt calmer than the previous days so it was nice to catch the tail-end.

It was also fantastic to bump into Hello Polly who was working her socks off with helping the models get ready.

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Polly – would you just look at that concentration!

Later I took up a front row pew to watch Tahir Sultan’s show. I have to say his collection is full of elegant, tailored pieces which are totally wearable and easy to fall in love with.

So while I dream of a having a skinny waist, here are a few pictures of the show. Until next season…

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Designer Tahir Sultan

Designer Tahir Sultan

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