Cardigan – Zara, Crop-tee - American Apparel, Skirt – Hurwendeki, Boots – Office, Sunglasses – Urban Outfitters

Who needs goodiebags and blogger gifts when a few balloons can win the heart? Oh Miele, consider me a lifelong client.

Sorry for stealing your balloons from the showroom btw.

Freemasons’ Hall; Saturday 20th February 19:00

Jasper Garvida

Towering heels, lavish sequin embellishments and geometric cuts – Jasper’s AW10 screamed Art Deco and vintage Hollywood. Contrary to last season’s multicoloured, multi-textured and what I personally thought was a rather confused theme, this season’s golden thread through the collection was more than apparent. The show started with tipped-bowler hats and a flirtatious atmosphere by half-prancing models; gold zippers on forest greens evolved to scales of sequins and a more romantic colour palette. Jasper’s love for sequins was epitomized by the last dress, where champagne-coloured fabric squares were applied like sequins, an excellent finale to the collection.

Watch the video of this catwalk here.

I’m finding myself in a rather unique situation here with Jasper Garvida! For the past 3 seasons I’ve been so kindly invited by Forever Better of Miele for various events around Jasper, some of you may remember the Fashion Weekend collaboration, ON|OFF presentation from 2009. I feel that I’ve unintentionally been given a position where I can closely witness the growth of a designer from the beginning of his career, which I’m truly thankful for. Thank you Miele for the invitation, the wondrous front-row seats, and a great time with new and familiar blogger faces! (Kit of Style Slicker, Winnie of Diamond Canopy, Bianca of Fashion Slant, Felicia of Chic In Town, Cherry of Everything Cherry Chan, and 40 Not Out)

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The Gang: The Stitched, Inspire the Starling, Blog De Tendances, LolaRe, Rachel-Catherine, The Luxe Chronicles, StyleSlicker | 3rd and 5th Photo by Foreverbetter

Seems like this happened such a long time ago, the frustration in trying to move into a studio flat with the contents of a 1-bedroom flat is probably equivalent to attending fashionweek with the left shoe on the right foot and the right shoe on the left foot and not knowing. Similar dosage of wtfatkid. So yes, fashion week. I was invited by Forever Better (Miele), along with 7 other bloggers, to Jasper Garvida (Winner of Project Catwalk Season 3) SS ’10 collection showing last Saturday.

Welcome desk girl’s crazycool jacket

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Vivian from LolaRe. Great claws.

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Inspired by Picasso and Velasquez, Jasper’s collection was like a fireworks festival, colour splashing with every camera flash. There was geometry, complex crochet knits, frills and mirrors; Jasper even stepped out in the end with a mirror-adorned robe, which was a perfect finish to the show with the colour-clad collection reflecting on the designer himself.

Four London bloggers were invited by ForeverBetter (Sponsored by Miele) as VIP guests to the LondonFashionWeekend opening evening on Wednesday. The four were: Alizé (Blog de Tendances) and Katie from The Fashion Society, Kit of Style Slicker and The Fashion Assistant, and myself from hereabouts.

Break Ice We first met in Café Chino for a crash course on how to act like VIP (step one: have servants carry ends of hair) before heading off for the venue. No. We chatted over coffee about ourselves and blogging just to get to know eachother better – happens that Alize and Katie are from my university, and I’ve been following Kit’s streetstyle blog for months. Meh, tiny world.

Swift Never have I seen so many jealous faces when we were admitted without having to queue, both into tent and catwalk. (Smug face x 4)

Catwalk Divided into four different spring style ‘scenes': American Idol, Domestic Goddess, African Queen and Etheral Nude. You might be able to notice gorgeous Zanita in the pictures, what a pleasant surprise to see her on the catwalk!

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Rose Then we headed off to the event hosted by Miele, where we tossed in a real rose each into a Miele washing machine to see what tough water does to roses OoooOoo. After 30 minutes of we come back to find the roses as firm and alive as before we put them in. The honeycomb drum ever so gently washes so that delicate garments like silk or cashmere don’t come out like ragamuffin-wear. Miele washing machines last as long as 20 years which is how long I’ve been living (give or take 2 or 3 years…). So if I bought one now I’d have to endure its company until I had 3 kids and drove a family van.

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Mista Garvida We also had a chance to oogle at two beautiful futuristic dress designs by Jasper Garvida (winner of last year’s Project Catwalk) and later actually talk to him about them. The white sequin-bead dress apparantly took 80 hours to complete, which he claims isn’t that long. Man, 80 hours is 4 days without sleep. Whadduyou mean it’s not long.

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The Gang Katie, Alizé and Kit.

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Best bit? Free food, obviously.

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This and free Bailey’s with chocolate ice cream.

Thank you once again to ForeverBetter and Cherry & Steph for guiding us and organising the meet!

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Jacket Vintage Christian Dior Dress Zara Tights H&M Boots Emma Cook Bag Pollini
Photo courtesy of Style Slicker

(Those tights aren’t done yet, DIY tutorial soon)