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London Fashion Week: packing the essentials


Whittling your makeup bag down to the essentials and planning a killer capsule wardrobe is difficult enough for any holiday. It requires military-like discipline and weeks of in-depth analysis with your most stylish friends.

120916shop-window-240586_960_720When you’re preparing to jet off to London Fashion Week and perhaps face the piercing gaze of Anna Wintour, the pressure reaches critical point.

What you really need is a computerised wardrobe like Cher Horowitz’s to identify your most fashion-forward and scene stealing looks. Sadly, it’s a technological revolution we’re still waiting for. Until that beautiful day arrives we have to rely on our initiative.

The trick for fashion week is to have fun. This is a chance to embrace your originality and rock those thigh high boots you’d never dare to wear to the local pub. Surrounded by the most eccentric stars of the fashion world, you’ll never find a crowd more accepting of style experiments.

So that you can focus on getting creative with your outfit planning, we’ve put together a guide to some of the vital things you’ll need to remember to pack. Take a look.

The ultimate party look

Whilst you’ll probably be aiming for a casual daytime look that belies the hours of preparation behind it, evening parties are an opportunity to go as extreme as you dare with the cocktail dress of your dreams.

Slap on a confident poker face to give Lady Gaga a run for her money and don’t be afraid of standing out. Floor length or mini, metallic or minimalist colour blocking, anything goes this season as long as it’s bold.

Practical accessories

If there’s one thing we’ve learnt from Kanye’s latest Yeezy show it’s that dressing appropriately for the weather is crucial. Leaving his models sweltering in 30 odd degrees on an outdoor runway wearing fur and skyscraper heels ended with collapses, tumbles and a disappointing reaction to his new collection.

Luckily there are plenty of styling tricks for surviving London’s changeable autumn climate. Layers are key so always keep a scarf in your handbag. Umbrellas are a pain to carry around so instead opt for a hat to protect yourself from any showers.

Some home comforts

You’re in for a busy week running from venue to venue, making the most of late nights and free champagne. You don’t want to look burnt out after the first day so remember to pack your favourite beauty saviours.

You might be tempted to take your entire bathroom cupboard, but with suitcase space at a premium streamlining is essential. One miracle product you can’t afford to cut is the vitamin E eye cube from The Body Shop – it’ll instantly reduce signs of fatigue.

120916fashion-1063100_960_720Are you a Fashion Week veteran? If you’ve got any top tips for struggling newbies you can share them by leaving us a comment.

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