Sunday, 21 February 2016

London Edge 2016 and the spring/summer beauties to come...

So, those of you that have stuck with me for the past year or longer will know that last February I pushed myself right out of my comfort zone and went to my first blogger event, which just happened to be at the London Edge alternative fashion show (read all about it here). It was a scary thing to do, as I'm by nature a pretty classic introvert, but it was such a good day that when I was thinking of my 'experience' (yep, still going on about those) for this month, this was the obvious choice for me.

What I loved about last year was getting to see all the new repro ranges for spring and summer - my favourite seasons hands down - in some cases before the brands had even released their lookbooks. The other thing that was great about last year was the company, but unfortunately Porcelina couldn't make it again, but luckily for me my lovely friend could. So, I had a photographer (get me) and the moral support needed to be brave and put myself out there again - and off we went.

Again, I absolutely loved being able to see the new ranges up close and I hope you enjoy my take on what to watch out for, which I've split it into fashion and accessories...

Fashion

The Collectif stand at London Edge 2016
On the Collectif stand

You all know I'm going to start with my first repro love, Collectif. Their stand was again humongous and absolutely packed full of not only SS16 pieces, but also AW16. It took me a while - and speaking to their lovely marketing lady - to realise AW was there too, which was a first for them. I already knew you could expect absolutely oodles more of what they do best for the warmer months as I'd seen their product preview shots already, but it was amazing seeing all the bright and pastel coloured clothes together. 

Live models at Collectif stand, London Edge
Collectif

The Collectif stand at London Edge 2016
Collectif

Flamingo bag on the Collectif stand at London Edge 2016
Collectif

Lulu Hun shoes on the Collectif stand at London Edge 2016
Lulu Hun

The staff on the stand were all wearing a gorgeous mint green cardigan with strawberry embroidery on that I already had my eye on - mint green and strawberries? Oh Collectif, how did you know? And you heard it hear first, ladies... the strawberry wicker bag is going to return! It will be joined by the adorable flamingo bag you can see in the photo. The Bright & Beautiful range is also going to explode with new goodies over the coming months; I'm really impressed with how rapidly this range is expanding - and such unique pieces too.

Oh and if you want to see my full outfit, here I am standing right next to the Collectif / Bright & Beautiful stand, in a Collectif skirt - what else?).

CiCi Marie at London Edge 2016

Another summer range I can't wait to launch is Voodoo Vixen's. I actually didn't spend a lot of time on this stand, but did look it over to try to hunt down the pieces I'd seen in their previews. 

Pineapple dress and lemon bag on the Voodoo Vixen stand at London Edge 2016
Voodoo Vixen

Seahorses on the Voodoo Vixen stand at London Edge 2016
Voodoo Vixen

Disappointingly, the ones I particularly had my eye on I didn't see - I might have just missed them, mind you. But, you've got to love that pineapple print and adorable lemon bag! I love seahorses too, so I was a big fan of their new cardigan. If you haven't seen the previews yet, do check out Facebook - it will be worth your time.

Dancing Days by Banned at London Edge 2016
Banned Dancing Days

It's at this point that I should mention that I didn't visit every single stand, as my friend and I wanted to get home at a decent time, it being a Sunday an' all and she living a 2+ hour train-ride home. So my coverage is by no means extensive! However, I can tell you that you should watch out for Banned's Dancing Days range, which I caught some glimpses of on the catwalk. 

Dancing Days by Banned at London Edge 2016
Banned Dancing Days

Dancing Days by Banned at London Edge 2016
Banned Dancing Days

I wouldn't say anything they're producing is groundbreaking, but I would say they have some lovely shapes and patterns and you know with Banned that you're going to get decent quality for a good price. And they make shoes too, which is always a bonus, because matching is good. And bags, which I'll come to...

I have to say, I'm not sure if I can resist capris that have a print this cute on them...

Dancing Days by Banned at London Edge 2016
Banned

Another one of my favourites that we spent a lot of time browsing was Victory Parade. I loved their amazing range of prints last year and this year they had many of the same PLUS loads more unique designs. You really can't beat this brand for patterns; they have virtually anything you can dream of. I learned while on this stand that their products are made to order in Manchester, which explains why they're quite pricey compared to other repro. 

Victory Parade at London Edge 2016
Victory Parade

They're also a pretty small operation, which probably likewise explains why you don't see them working with bloggers all that much. I learned - with total dismay - that the chocolate pattern I've set my heart on (see pic in last year's post) is about to run out. I couldn't bear to miss it... So if you follow my Instagram or Facebook page, you'll know how that story ended (hint: not with me being rich). Anyway, my friend fell head over heels for this adorable bunny and mushroom print.

Victory Parade at London Edge 2016
Victory Parade

Special mention as well for Dolly & Dotty, whose stand was small, but so packed with goodies it was hard to see everything. So many prints!

Dolly & Dotty at London Edge 2016
Dolly & Dotty

Accessories

So the first thing to say, before I go any further, is I met the bag love of my life on the Hell Bunny stand. That's right, Hell Bunny are about to release their FIRST bag range. At first glance I didn't really care for them - they're mostly on the kitschy side and not too dissimilar from what other brands are producing. And then I looked again... and I saw this:

Hell Bunny mint green bag at London Edge 2016
Hell Bunny bag

This sparkly (not showing at all well in the photo as sparkles never do), mint green frame bag of my dreams was staring right back at me. With every last inch of my resolve, I didn't steal it (even though it matched my skirt SO well it was practically asking for it), but vowed that we would meet again. Don't know where, don't know when... 

Banned heart bag at London Edge 2016
Banned bags

I also fell for the majority of Banned's bag range too, but particularly this charming heart-shaped wicker bag. Which some of you might think looks am awful lot like Voodoo Vixen's recent design  and I think that's true, but I always prefer white accents to black for wicker (and summer generally), so Banned won the battle of the heart-shaped wicker bags, for me.

CiCi meets Cam at Bow and Crossbones stand at London Edge 2016
CiCi with Cam, Bow and Crossbones

Moving on from bags, we come to jewellery and a lovely chat was had on the Bow and Crossbones stand with (frankly gorgeous) owner, Cam. I learned that her company has now been going for ten years and is just her and her husband, which is seriously impressive to me as BOY does she have a huge range! So much sparkly fakelite... So many colours and shapes... and, also, seahorses! How did everyone know I love seahorses? I hope to up my jewellery game even more this year and I think Bow and Crossbones are going to be one of my top choices for range and affordability.

Bow and Crossbones stand at London Edge 2016
Bow and Crossbones

Bow and Crossbones stand at London Edge 2016
Bow and Crossbones

And finally, although as I say by no means extensively, we have Erstwilder's stand. So many brooches it was impossible to even work out how many different styles were there. A lot, is all I know. And don't they look so impressive when put together like this?

Erstwilder stand at London Edge 2016
Erstwilder

The Pinup Picnic brooch
CiCi with a new SS16 Erstwilder Pinup Picnic brooch

The stall owner (who I knew to be a distributor, not Erstwilder themselves), looked a bit confused about the brooch I was sporting that day being, as it is, from a batch that hasn't released in the UK yet. She's so cute though, and she matched my skirt, so I felt it only fair to introduce her to her brooch sisters and brothers. I could happily wear pretty much all of them... But if I have to pick favourites of the designs that are releasing in the near future, it is by miles the brand new Pin-up Picnic range, which my brooch is from (and in fact shares the same name). If you love Erstwilder and you love food, you are not going to be disappointed.

The Pinup Picnic brooch
Erstwilder's Pinup Picnic brooch

CiCi on the Erstwilder stand at London Edge 2016
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So there we go, these are the highlights from my day. Anything here take your fancy...? And if you went, what did I miss?!


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25 comments:

  1. Thank you for the roundup!! I am interested in those Lulu Hun shoes, and some accessories have caught my eye. Victory Parade seems to have a new dress style too. I am really hoping for some new '30s styles to come through, as that's the weakest decade in my wardrobe, did you see much? Have a super Sunday xx

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    1. Yes Victory Parade had new styles - I'm not sure how many but at least one! Hmm... I definitely saw what looked like 30s beach pyjama type bottoms - I think on Voodoo Vixen's stand. But to be honest I don't really look for 30s so chances are there were lots of things there and I just didn't notice! But I would say most ranges seem to be sticking more with the usual 50s aesthetic, with a healthy dose of 40s thrown in xx

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  2. Oh how fun! I want that flamingo bag from Collectif! So many eye catching prints! :)

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  3. Must have been a fun day out! Liking the look of some of the bags and that seahorse cardigan is marvellous!

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  4. So glad you've done this post, I didn't end up making it myself as I was so ill! Although it's probibilly good for my pocket that I didn't!

    Kariss
    www.shystrangemanic.com

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    1. It's not been remotely good for mine that I did go... I'm daily searching for that Hell Bunny bag and constantly on the New In page on Collectif's website!!

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  5. I love seeing all these new things coming out. It makes me excited but apprehensive for my pocket book! I love the flamingo bag from Collective, I'm happy to see so many wicker bags from Banned, and I adore those cardigans from Voodoo Vixen (I'm hoping the creamed colored cardigan will also be part of their line). I love seeing all those accessories from Bows and Crossbones! Checking out their website now. I can't wait for all those pretty dresses, clothes, and accessories to start hitting the shops! <3 Thanks CiCi for checking all this out for us!

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    1. There seems to be lots of wicker bags around this year - I guess they were so popular for so many brands last year they would have been foolish not to meet demand. I think that cream cardigan is part of Voodoo Vixen's new line, yes :) Glad to bring your attention to Bow and Crossbones - really cute accessories at great prices and they have such lovely things coming out all the time.

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  6. I really like Victory Parade's pieces. Voodoo Vixen don't do the stuff I like from their ranges in my size, though they do have some lovely pieces.

    It looks like you had a brilliant day.

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    1. Oh that's such a shame! And I thought they were quite good at providing for all sizes, so that's an extra shame. Maybe this new season will be better for that...

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  7. I am absolutely in love with the Lulu Hun shoes! It's funny because I find that vintage inspired footwear doesn't seem to last as long as regular shoes and those look like great quality. I'm interested in giving them a try!
    xx Belle

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    1. I've had some real quality problems with vintage inspired footwear too and a certain brand I won't name in particular, so I can see why you might think that! I haven't tried any Lulu Hun shoes myself, but I'm pleased to see another shoe brand to choose from - and one that doesn't cost me a fortune in import taxes... x

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  8. Goodmorning Cici Marie,
    nice highlights! Your outfit is so Stylish !
    the last photo is very lovely...Your eyes are shining such charisma!

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    1. I think they were slightly shining 'what am I doing?!' too ;)

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  9. Girl, you are killing me. I am soooooo curious about the pieces on the Collectif AW16 rack!!! And I already know Voodoo Vixen has many great pieces coming soon - I don't know how you we able to sleep after seeing all of these lol ;)

    Deco Darling

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    1. I know, I'm sorry! I don't think they wanted us to share shots of that stuff though (I guess copying is a problem?), so I was quite careful there. I basically haven't slept since I went, keep thinking about that damn mint green bag.

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  10. Looks like a great day! Lots of pretty things to be looking out for soon. I've not been to London edge before, I wouldn't enjoy it alone, not that I'm shy, but pretty boring without a partner in crime to gush over the new styles with. The lulu Hun shoes are now on my wish list!

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    1. No I wouldn't go alone - it's so much more fun with someone else. If I go again, I'll try to let you know Christina - I am definitely great at gushing over everything ;)

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  11. I really like the Victory Parade line. I just checked out their website, they've got some gorgeous designs. It sounds like there were tons of gorgeous pieces, I would love to attend an event like that.

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    1. They have absolutely stunning patterns - I genuinely believe no other repro brand out-does them for variety and design when it comes to their prints. Their stuff is pricey, but I can confirm you get what you pay for, it's lovely quality. The shipping costs are a bit steep even for the UK though!

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  12. I am so jealousssssssssss, I would love to attend this event!!! I am so excited for Voodoo Vixen's new collection, Collectif and new Bright & Beautiful!!!! x

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    1. I didn't feature Bright & Beautiful much here but some of their AW16 stuff - well, you're going to LOVE it Kayla. There were a particular pair of flared trousers I could just see you in x

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  13. I've been meaning to go to this for the last 2 years, but it always falls on a weekend when I have something else on! Next year for sure!

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    1. The autumn one did for me - but I never seem to have a lot on in February... If you do make it let me know as if I'm going we could say hi!

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  14. I really like that flamingo purse so cute
    Retro rover

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