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LFW Preview Blogger Interview: Helen Turnbull

Here at Planet Notion because we are so fresh and so clean, we’ve decided to approach the whole previewing of LFW a bit differently. During the 10 days leading up to fashion week, we’ll be featuring a series of blogger interviews featuring notable and contemporary fashion voices. First up is the lovely Helen from http://areyoudressingupordressingdown.blogspot.co.uk/.

What are your big trend predictions for LFW? What are you hoping to see?
I think sportswear will continue to have a major influence on next summer’s trends, hopefully less tailoring and wedged high top ensembles, more loose shapes and cool kicks. I’m hoping to see the usual quotient of crazy prints Spring/Summer reliably brings with it and generally hope for something never before seen for Spring/Summer. Having said that, I do hope AW12’s leather, statement trews and oversized shapes stick around.

Which collection(s) are you looking forward to most?
So many: Ashish, Chistopher Kane, Topshop Unique and standardly – Meadham Kirchhoff – I think they generate the most-anticipated hype every season. Also, it’ll be interesting to see what Preen and Rag&Bone produce on their comebacks.

Are there any trends you can’t wait to see the back of?
Hell yes! Primarily, the ‘My little Pony pastels’ a la Meadham Kirchhoff (and everyone else!), of SS12. I used to find them sweet but the high street hammered them to such next levels that they’re less sweet, more sickening. But I suppose with the lighter season, a lighter colour palette is inevitable. They can stay if someone does something crazy inventive with them.

What is your favourite part of Fashion Week in London and in how do you think it differs to other hosts?
All of it. I just love the hype that consumes the fash pack of this fair city for two weeks of the year. As sell-out as it may be, I unashamedly love nothing better than a twitter feed inundated with LFW hash-tagged tweets.

I think it differs to other hosts in that it’s sort of a free for all. I imagine you don’t have a hope in hell in blagging entry to any show in NY, Paris or Milan. In that sense, the atmosphere is supes chilled as is attendees’ attitude to dressing – LFW’s street style is a cut above.

I thought Stella McCartney’s Flashmob show in Feb was just phenomenal, do you think this will be the catalyst in the evolution of catwalk shows or do you think the models should keep their feet firmly on the runway?
She did put on quite the show. And I do hope so. Fashion is often perceived as this stupidly serious big deal (a lot of it is) but it’s also huge fun. Seeing models let their hair down is a refreshing sight compared to fashion weeks’ standard associated visuals of stern expressions lining x city’s catwalk. I think the former is a more accurate representation of the industry as a whole and should definitely be encouraged. But I do think it will be some time before a lot of designers give up the classic catwalk format in exchange for theatre craft equivalents.

Helen Turnbull

T: @helenturnblad
B: http://areyoudressingupordressingdown.blogspot.co.uk/

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