Llio Angharad

Welsh Fashion Student

“Its hard to wait around for something you know might never happen; but its harder to give up when you know its everything you want.”

I do not know what I want to go with my life what so ever. No idea. And, to be honest, I’m freaking out. Do I continue to pursue my dream in Fashion, do I give up because its a silly little dream that will never come true or do I sit down and stuff a good ton of chocolate.

I’m in limbo, not knowing what to do. And when I don’t know what to do I feel lazy, then feel horrible for being lazy and not doing anything, then start doing housework and there’s only so much cleaning a house can take before every surface starts squeaking when you touch them.

So I did what I always do when I’m stuck for an answer. I Googled “what to do when you don’t know what to do with your life”, hoped for the best and I think I did get the best I could hope for.

I came across tinybuddah.com, a blog that describes itself as a “leading resource for peace and happiness” and from one post alone, I agree with them.

Admittedly, I did have a giggle at the title: “6 Powerful Questions That Will Change Your Life”. No way would a few words change my life. But, actually, it might have put me back on the right path and I just had to share it.

The article, written by James McWhinney, poses 6 easy questions for you to ask yourself:

  1. What do I absolutely love in life?

  2. What are my greatest accomplishments in life so far?

  3. What would I stand for if I knew no one would judge me?

  4. If my life had absolutely no limits and I could have it all and do whatever I wanted, what would I choose to have and what would I choose to do?

  5. What would I do if I had one billion dollars?

  6. Who do I admire most in the world?

These seem like pretty simple questions, and they are. But they made me think, and it’s going to take a while to think everything through.

I guess only time will tell if these questions will actually change my life and I’m still super confused. But for now, I’m craving some chocolate…

Motel Rocks actually… rocks

Hardly ever I come across a site and think I WANT IT ALL but Motel Rocks… I love it!

After months of dwindling over the thought of indulging myself in Motel’s unique gorgeousness, I might have squealed when I saw that Topshop in Oxford Street in London actually stock Motel Rocks. One thing that was stopping me from buying online was the sizes, so here was my chance to try them on, finally!

But, being on a spending strike, I peeled myself away from my new best friends… And then went online and bought a Motel dress anyway…

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 And wore it out straight away (had to show it off, didn’t I?)

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My next Motel purchase is fast approaching. I’ve been eyeing up and saving for a certain bag for a while…

So, when will you give in to the temptation of Motel Rocks??

Vogue Festival

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For me, a year’s highlights include my birthday and pancake day. That is, until last year when I discovered the star-filled world of Vogue Festival.

I’d never heard of it before, as it was only the second year the event was held. So, on the first day and after envying everyone tweeting about it, I booked a train ticket and a ticket to Alber Elbaz: The Dream and Reality of Fashoin, dug out my favourite ever-so-slightly-too-small Allsaints dress and set off at 6 in the morning the next day.

Alone in the capital city with no phone (and ever-so-slightly hungover), I kept the ‘bricking it’ feeling to myself. I didn’t dare show it in front of glamorous fashion bloggers, designers, journalists all tottering around in amazing outfits put together days ago which took hours to assemble.

Being the little village Welsh girl, I had no idea who Alber Elbaz was or what Lanvin was, so I’d built up an image of an arrogant designer diva in my head and expected just that. But I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Elbaz transformed the cold theatre into a welcoming lounge just by his presence, and captivated a whole crowd of young fashion hopefuls.

He has a strange sense of humour, one that I’ve tried and failed to describe. But, it’s a sense of humour that I will never forget. It was an experience that I will never forget. I have no idea what made me pack a handbag and go on that adventure. but I’m really glad I did.

This year’s Vogue Festival will be held on 29-30 March.

Temperly London

Alice Temperly, originally from Somerset, founded her label in 2000 after studying at Central Saint Matrins and gaining a Masters at the Royal College of Art.

Withing the Temperly family there are three lines; Temperly London, ALICE by Temperly (set up in 2010) and Temperly Bridal (set up in 2006).

As stated on the Temperly website, the fashion label is a 'feminine, timeless designer collection with an individual ethereal signiture of effortless luxury'.

With 5 standalone stores worldwide, Temperly London is guaranteed to display an amazing collection of unique pieces on Sunday in London Fashion Week.

Holly Fulton

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Scottish womenswear designer Holly Fulton studied at Edinburgh before moving to study at the Royal College of Art. Her label was later established in 2009.

Fulton’s memorable collections have led her to receive many awards, such as Elle New Designer 2010 and Elle Talent Launch Pad 2010.

The attention to detail and complex graphic embellishments are consistent throughout her collections, 

No doubt I’ll be watching the live stream on Saturday 11am!

Click here to view the live stream.

LFW - J. JS Lee

Today, Korean designer Jackie Lee kicked off London Fashion Week with her AW14 collection. I watched online envying everyone in that room… 

No doubt that this collection took ages to put together and perfect, starting with the purest white before moving on to the classic Autumn/Winter darker shades.

My favourite pieces would have to be the cream chequered garments, cutely paired with dainty white shoes tied with little bows, with chunky contrasting knitwear my second favourite. 

Setting the standards as high as the collars and polo necks, I look forward to seeing what more London Fashion Week has to offer.

Check out Vogue’s website to view J. JS Lee’s runway pictures.

Emilio de la Morena

I would consider Emilio de la Morena an inspiration for young designers, as there is a wide variety between his collections. For SS13, he graced us with a sexy take on tailoring by combining a striking red with black and white, while in AW13 much duller colours were used to create loosely fit tailored garments with complex patterns based on geometric designs.

Emilio de la Morena was born in Spain and moved to London to study at Central Saint Martins and the London College of Fashion. He then worked for such designers as Rafael Lopez and Jonathan Saunders.

He explores new ways of putting clothes together, and it shows in his work.

On Saturday, 10am, his collection will be shown at London Fashion Week.

Click here to view the live stream.

Christopher Raeburn

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British designer Christopher Raeburn, recently made Artistic Director of Victorinox Fashion, will be revealing his AW14 collection at London Fashion Week this Friday. His unique concept has captures the eye of many fashion-goers.

Raeburn graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2006 with an MA in Womenswear, before freelancing as a pattern cutter and launching his label in 2008.

With his creative designs and reinterpretations of military fabrics, his name grew within the Fashion industry. Using de-commissioned parachutes, he designed and created outerwear.

Christopher Raeburn now has over 60 stockists worldwide, including Harrods and Harvey Nichols.

The talented designer has won many awards, such as a British Fashion Award for  Emerging Talent in Menswear and Rising Star Award from UK Fashion and Textiles.

Raeburn’s much anticipated collection will be shown at London Fashion Week this Friday at 5pm, and streamed live.

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Bora Aksu

As if the first day’s line up of London Fashion Week couldn’t get any better, Bora Aksu is due to showcase an AW14 collection. Previously opening LFW, Bora Aksu’s collection is sure to please.

Aksu, originally from Turkey, set up his label after graduating from Central Saint Martins in 2002.

His first London Fashion Week appearance was in 2003, stated ‘one of the top 5 shows’ by The Guardian and led him to achieve the New Generation Award, and award he received 4 times consecutively.

Since, he has collaborated with many brands, such as Topshop, Nike and Converse to name a few.

Bora Aksu now releases 4 collections a year since introducing ‘pre’ collections 2 years ago.

According to Vouge, the ‘buzz around Bora Aksu is ever-growing; it’s easy to see why.’

The doll-like SS14 collection oozed the summery feeling that we all krave. With it’s bright colours, this collection impressed many. I loved it, apart from one tiny snag… the daffodil frilly dress. Every little girl’s dream of perfect pretty dresses was soured into a nightmare with frilly edges. However, the idea of prettiness was overpowering enough to leave us with the ideal bright feeling of summer.

Bora Aksu’s AW14 collection will be streamed live at 12pm, 14th February at London Fashion Week.

Click here to view the live stream.

Jean-Pierre Braganza

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One of the most memorable SS14 collections for me was Jean-Pierre Braganza’s strong collection of edgily feminine garments.

Raised in Canada, he then moved to London to study at Central Saint Martins before working with French designer Roland Mouret. He then set up his own label and in 2004 the label debuted at London Fashion Week.

Braganza has been a finalist for many awards, such as the British Fashion Council’s Fashion Forward award.

His collections include a mixture of simple designs and complex, eye-pleasing prints in contrasting colours. Rarely do I remember collections from 2 seasons ago, but Braganza’s AW13 is still undoubtedly one of my favourite collections 

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Jean-Pierre Braganza’s AW14 collection at London Fashion Week will be streamed live online  at 11am this Friday.

Click here to view the live stream.