My absolute favourite necklace at the moment which I find goes with almost everything I'm wearing in my winter wardrobe. A combination of spiked grey pearls, black Swarovski crystals and vintage chain links from the sixties. Just how I like my bling - with lots of edge!
I'm hoping to wear it well into Spring/Summer to spruce up my sharp blazer and tee shirt combinations. The only catch is the spikes - I wouldn't wear this on fine knitwear or very delicate fabric that might pull and they are actually a little prickly if I'm wearing it directly on skin or on a thin garment. Oh well, you can't say I am not willing to suffer for my art! It was designed by the talented Merle O'Grady who I managed to interview last London Fashion Week.
Speaking of London Fashion Week this one has completely snuck up on me! I feel totally unprepared and, rather crucially, have no idea what I am going to wear. I will be attending on a couple of days but as a buyer, rather than a blogger. I will nevertheless be scouring the trade shows with my camera for interesting subjects - more of the inanimate kind mind you. I haven't the nerve to ask strangers if I can take their photograph and I can't say I am really interested in elbowing my way through the paparazzi throng who will no doubt be out to snap the stylish over the next few days.
I will be going to just one show - Osman Yousefzada. I may, if I am really motivated, go to Preen too. However it's very early in the morning and I just know I'm going to want to sleep in on a Saturday morning! Of the seven or eight designers who I emailed for an invite Osman and Christopher Kane were the only ones who replied. I do wonder if I had applied as a blogger whether I would have got more response on the back of being "press". In fact from what I have understood some of the shows were for the press only. You know, I understand that designers want the free publicity from blogs but buyers might actually order some merchandise if they like what they see!
Of course Christopher Kane was way oversubscribed but I'm pleased that Osman did send an invite as I really like his designs. An ex-banker, he threw in the towel on making money to pursue fashion. Don't blame him really! His designs are sophisticated, elegant and quite minimalist at heart and he does some wonderful draped dresses. I can attest to the transformational properties of his little draped black dresses as I am the proud owner of one.
I've got an invite to the Osman after party but that really is going to be a case of turning up and not knowing anyone if I go. Anyone else going??
Bombshell Necklace by Merle O'Grady