July 19th 2014,
The first annual London Fashion Festival was a huge success, featuring unique designs and a quaint underground setting.
Elle Rose described the event as “bridging the gap” between starting up and getting to London Fashion Week. The idea is to focus on new designers and artists, and shine the light on their success.
Topshop was also present, supporting the hard work and showcasing the Chella line.

We stopped over at some of the stands while we waited for the show to start.
Bamboo Revolution UK is a brand dedicated to making watch-faces made of bamboo!
The sustainable and more ethical alternative is also used to support South African enterprises and Greenpop – tree planting projects and everything ‘green’!
The feel is extremely comfortable, with a range of colours to choose from!
We got to have a chat with Omar Mansoor, and he featured some of his samples on the stand and also on the catwalk. He describes his couture designs for women who want to stay “forever 21”, but explains his collections appeal to a 30+ female audience. We had a look at his online store and was really looking forward to seeing some of the stuff there previewed on the catwalk, but we saw more casual pieces. We’re hoping to bump into his work again soon – hopefully see those amazing evening gowns!
Omar Mansoor
The entertainment was fun, street dancers!
Now, here are some of our favourites from the catwalk collection:
Graced London,
Fabulous statement body pieces,
Graced London
Uma Kanghai,
We loved everything about this pink couture collection with a fantasy twist!
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Chethan Bharatha Prahalad,
Exciting wedding gowns with an Asian twist!
This collection is all about designer western wedding gowns with Indian traditional embroidery on it which can be converted into a cocktail/party wear later
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[/wc_column][wc_column size=”one-third”] Chethan Bharatha Prahalad
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[/wc_column][/wc_row] [wc_row][wc_column size=”one-half” position=”first”] Anthoula Giannopoulou
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Anthoula Giannopoulou,
This collection takes inspiration from the gypsies and glamourizes them!
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[/wc_column][/wc_row] Сурва [Sur-va] by Slavina Kalendzhieva
Using traditional techniques of weaving, knitting and hand stitching Slavina Kalendzhieva transformed the colourful and unique Bulgarian traditions into a contemporary ready-to-wear collection.
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Looking forward to next year’s 3-day event!

Photography: Farwa H. Qazalbash


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