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16 February 2014

You know the drill

ZARA coat (similar) and shirt, H&M trousers (similar), JIL SANDER bag (lent by The Outnet), FOSSIL watch (here or similar) and bracelet (lent by Fossil), ADIDAS trainers (here). CATARZI hat via Asos. Ph/ by Sarah, Natalie and Jennifer.

I headed down to Somerset House on Saturday to pop to a couple shows and meet Natalie who was in town for a few days as well as a variant of other internet friends who you only really get to see twice a year. The weather was (almost) as insane as the streetstyle and I nearly lost my hat about forty billion times, but that's just an estimate. Needless to say, each season I'm left with a slightly different view of what fashion week is; this season's insights were provided by a sweet old couple who happened to be passing through the madness. The old man made the poignant insight of pointing to the streetstyle happening around the BFC tent and asking whether this was the fashion show, I said no and nodded at the showspace, but in reality, part of me wonders whether to an extent what happens outside of those tents is just as much a show as what happens inside.

By show I don't mean a Suzy Menkes skeptical approach to performative personal styling during fashion week, I simply mean that surely streetstyle is the first glimpse we get of the next season. The camel coats, strappy sandals and pink jumpers that permeated Somerset house are a subtle, and brave considering it was nine degrees celcius, nod to what we will be donning come April. It was a repeat of September, but this time instead of storming the catwalks, the items had trickled down into wardrobes and manifested themselves on the streets.

While streetstyle may garner a host of critics, in this way it's hard to deny it's utility to brands and designers. Why? Because stores are beginning to stock up on S/S'14 collections and it's still February. There's a divide: a lag in our ability to even contemplate bare legs when gloves are still absolutely imperative. The adventurous (call them foolish if you want, but only if you can say you dress weather appropriate 24/7) souls who ditch the tights, don the mini dresses and denim jackets a couple months too early bridge that divide. They make it conceivable for the everyday person to invest in a spring dress when they're still cluttered in layers of wool. They show that while currently strap sandals are a bad idea (unless you want frostbite), in a couple months they won't be, and right now I can see how others style them and gather enough inspiration to make that purchase for the coming season. This is where runway to street gains it's credibility, and where the internet-invasion of streetstyle deserves a round of applause.

So yes, in a way, what happens outside the tents is a fashion show; a follow up, shall we call it, of what we saw six months prior and had maybe almost forgotten (just a little).

p.s I was evidently not one of those brave souls because I layered like you wouldn't even understand and still got too cold. My scandi genes failed me once again.

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  1. Gorgeous. So elegant, even in trainers. Lol.

    Courtney from Two Looks, One London | A Beauty & Fashion Blog .x.

  2. I love your coat, and you just look amazing! :)

  3. You look fantastic - your coat and hat are beautiful!
    I had no idea you and Natalie were friends. Very cool x

  4. I was around Somerset house this weekend, wish I'd seen you! That is such a gorgeous coat - and what an amazing idea to wear trainers. My feet are still absolutely killing me! xxx

    Sarah Nunn | UK Style Blog

  5. I totally love Natalie style....enjoy the rest of LFW. ;)

  6. We are going to fashion weekend and we are planning on wearing layers too! Not daring enough to brave the no tights just yet! :D
    You look chic as per! :)
    Love CF x

  7. love this Camilla, it's minimalistic but so sophisticated at the same time <3

  8. This is gorgeous, I hop eyou had a great time! I love the colour palate xo

  9. Really a amazing look! I love the coat, sneakers combo!

    xx Riélle

  10. I love your scarf and hat! I agree, I get so much inspiration from street style at fashion week although I'm definitely not brave enough to wear Spring stuff yet! xxx

  11. You look amazing! I didn't get to see you at LFW. I hope you had an amazing time x

  12. Saw this look on your Instagram & fell in love with it all!! You look gorgeous :) xoxo

  13. Such a great outfit! Love it!

    XX Nora /

  14. Hey,
    sweet pictures and a great outfit!
    I really like the coat :)

  15. Wonderfully said! You look so chic Camilla :)

    Take care,
    Daniella xox

  16. Gorgeous pictures, love the outfit :)

  17. really beautiful photos! & i couldn't agree more of your opinions of fashion week

  18. Perfect outfit! Looking lovely as always!

    Sam x

  19. Nice outfit! I love your coat! I'm following you and hope you'll follow me, too.:)
    Salut, Kera

  20. Major coat envy! You look fab! Amy, X

  21. You look gorgeous, but I wouldn't call this layering :P I put on a huge scarf throughout the whole week and yet, today I almost blew away on my way to Meadham Kirchhoff. Bless these narrow London streets, though. They keep us from getting the worst of it.

    I always enjoy seeing the streetstyle, even if I sometimes wonder why some people do don the miniskirt when it's pouring cats and dogs. I still admire their gumption and braveness.

    Joana x When You Dream

  22. omg this is so so amazing! love that coat.


  23. gorgeous look ! i love your style
    please let me know if you want to follow each other >

  24. SO in love with this look <3

  25. nonszalancja wymieszana z luzactwem - podobami się badzo. Lubię takie niekonwencjonalne połączenia!


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