Think you know London Fashion Week? Think again. Thanks to über-blogger Soraya Bakhtiar, we've got a serious inside scoop on what LFW is like for a fashion star. From making pit stops at Chanel to ensure she's fully dressed and appropriate for the upcoming shows to sipping cocktails in one of London's most exclusive hotels, there's little fashion ground Bakhtiar doesn't cover.
She also gives us the rundown on her daily attire, her verdict on the shows she loved, plus her pick of the items she'll definitely be going back to purchase come the summer. Get ready for some amazing pictures and fashion inspiration from the UK capital. Click through the gallery for Soraya Bakhtiar's London Fashion Week diary.
"Fashion week is like going back to school; it’s always nice to bump into friends on the first day. Catching up with Maja Malnar."
"Obsessed with the colours and details of Bora Aksu’s S/S 17 collection. Can I fast-forward to the next season, please?
"Magazines and perfumes, two things that I love to collect. In between two shows, I escaped to Liberty and added the latest from Byredo to my collection, but I still haven’t figured out what I'm going to call it. If you have any ideas, I’m listening…"
"I made a quick stop at the Chanel HQ in London and got my hands on some great pieces to wear during London and Paris Fashion week. It's a place I wish I could call home (in my wildest dreams)."
"It’s never too early for a watermelon cocktail at The Hari hotel."
"My wardrobe lately is full of crushed velvet pieces. I can’t get enough of it. Made a great bargain of this Zara dress and jacket—two pieces I can easily dress up or down that will transition throughout autumn."
"On Saturday, I checked-in at The Hari in Belgravia where they kindly welcomed me on a little staycation. This bathroom was everything (#bathroomgoals)."
"Fashion week can be quite overwhelming sometimes with the amount of colours and information thrown at you. Luckily, Barbara Casasola’s show is always very enjoyable because of its simple and feminine silhouettes."
"On Saturday night, I attended the opening of the new Red Valentino store on Sloane street. Not only is the store simply magnificent, but the current autumn/winter collection is absolutely incredible. I loved the embroidered pieces and the studded accessories that some of you may have seen on Snapchat (sorayabakhtiar). I will definitely go back and treat myself after fashion week."
"Pre-Topshop, I fueled up with some award-winning porridge and some gluten-free coconut and blueberry pancakes. When in doubt over your breakfast choices, get both."
"I'm never without my Nathalie Trad clutch this season and always riding in Uber. (Make sure you enter the promo code SORAYA to get a special discount on your first ride). This was me off to the Topshop Unique show at the Old Spitafield Market."
"Topshop Unique's S/S 17 show was full of '80s New Wave inspiration."
"A little bit of New York in London…"
"Serious Girl Squad. Strolling down the street with Marta, Maja and Xenia. Find the intruder. "
"I wasn’t lying when I told you I was obsessed with velvet this season. "
"Can’t think of a better way to end the day. You will find me in the tub, probably watching Sex and the City. "
"Fyodor Golan’s S/S 17 collection was fun and colourful, as always."
"The Burberry show is always one of my favourites. Here’s a glimpse of a mood board displayed on the walls of their venue called the Makers House. It will be open to visitors from September 21–27 with a various activities and installations showcasing some of Britain’s finest craft makers along with the runway collection."
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