London Lab

London Lab

Oh so many "Come to our HQ and dress up in our clothes and take lots of pics!" events have beenand gone over the years.  Ever since Topshop broke ground with their realisation that fashion bloggers apparently like to rabidly dress up, take pictures and consume sugar-y treats, the onslaught of similar events at other brands and retailers has been relentless.  And I've purposely given a lot of them a miss.  Part of it has much to do with the enforced fun factor – couldn't I just buy/borrow pieces and play around with them on my own terms without having to systematically get 10-15 good quality shots out of them.  Then there's the group girlie mentality that makes me cringe a little as we reduce ourselves to champagne quaffing and cupcake-cooing harpies, whose default response to everything is "That is so awesome!".  Finally another reason is that there are a great deal of personal style bloggers out there, who are far more profesh and adept at these events than I am.  Some bring their videographer boyfriends to artfully document proceedings.  Others have swish-y lenses and Instagram things with skills that render pictures looking like pre-conceived still life masterpieces.  After a while I kind of feel a bit sheepish and redundant at these events.  

My Wardrobe's get together for bloggers to celebrate their London Lab launch had an interesting angle though.  In one of the most prominent moves in the fashion publishing to retailing migration that is going on in the UK, Carmen Borgonovo, former senior fashion editor of Harper's Bazaar, was snapped up as My Wardrobe's fashion director, in charge of the site's buying direction.  Subsequently, it was also announced that the founder of My Wardrobe Sarah Curran, would be stepping down.  This was the shake-up that made me perk up.    

Borgonovo has come in, cleared out some existing brands, with the aim to streamline My Wardrobe and give it a better edit.  For the new season, she has introduced a raft of London designers, dubbed "London Lab", which represents a shift in My Wardrobe's aesthetic and brand positioning.  My Wardrobe in my mind was always the more affordable out of the e-commerce biggies and when it came to price vs. selection, sometimes the latter lost out in favour of the former.  However by introducing labels such as Palmer // Harding, Meadham Kirchhoff and Lucas Nascimento, Borgonovo addresses that with a leftfield flourish.  The likes of J.W. Anderson, Preen and Richard Nicoll are also part of the mix as the widely-stocked and established offerings but it's the support for the likes of fledgling labels like Palmer // Harding and Lucas Nascimento that really caught my eye.  In addition, the "contemporary" level gets a timely update with the addition of AntidpodiumOstwald Helgason and Mother of Pearl, reflecting fashion's enduring love-in with brands that dish up tasty design without the sky high prices.    

So it is then that last month, we, the bloggers (Elenore Carisi, Wendy Nguyen, Jessie Bush and Marie Hindkaer Wolthers) were fuelled with dinner and drinks at St Martins Lane Hotel before heading over to My Wardrobe HQ in Camden the next day to do our blogger thang, armed with DSLR's and beady eyes.  I zoomed straight towards a beautiful Meadham Kirchhoff slip dress from their triumphant A/W 13-4 collection, which just happened to be a piece that I had already placed a personal order for.  Mother of Pearl's embellished Vans-esque slip ons were a natural pairing considering my penchant for the brand and I also got to grips with Preen's leotan/tarpard print.  We then took off to nearby Primrose Hill to go ogle at millionaire pastel houses and take some pics along the way.  Back at the office, I had a pattern cutting epiphany where I discovered the clever construction of Lucas Nascimento's off the shoulder fleece jersey dress, which slipped on without zippers and felt like a sleek column of a piece.  I also had a play with Palmer // Harding's French knot adorned shirt for the new season.  Naturally, the day ended with cupcakes.  Personalised and fashionised cupcakes at that.  Cue five indentical Instagram photos going up and an unwillingness to actually eat them.  

Borgonova's editorial eye can clearly be felt in the new season's buy at My Wardrobe.  It's that eye, which means I can now get my mitts on pieces such as J.W. Anderson ruffled bonded wool shorts, the very same ones which caused some hilarious Daily Mail ire his A/W 13-4 menswear show debuted.  With everyone upping their game in an increasingly crowded space, London Lab is definitely a step up for the etailer.

IMG_8325Wendy, Eleonora, Jessie, Marie and myself

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IMG_7231Carmen Borgonovo and I at the My Wardrobe dinner at St Martins Lane hotel

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IMG_8519J.W. Anderson grid jumper // Palmer//Harding shirt

IMG_8532J.W. Anderson comic print tee

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Anya Hindmarch clutch

IMG_8535Mother of Pearl knit top

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IMG_8555Lucas Nascimento dress, Mother of Pearl slip-ons

IMG_8522Antipodium dress

IMG_8523Ostwald Helgason shirt

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IMG_8510Sophie Hulme bags

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IMG_8580Palmer//Harding shirt, Lucas Nascimento skirt, Mother of Pearl slip-ons

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IMG_7488Preen polo neck, Meadham Kirchhoff slip dress, Mother of Pearl slip-ons

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  1. Style StreetStalker

    2013-08-27 at 10:19 PM

    Tres tres cool!!
    SSSx
    http://www.stylestreetstalker.com

  2. Leslie

    2013-08-27 at 10:31 PM

    This sounds like a lot of fun actually! Super jealous!
    <3
    http://www.downtownhautefashion.blogspot.com

  3. Elisa Taviti

    2013-08-27 at 10:33 PM

    Stunning!
    xx Elisa
    My Fantabulous World

  4. Sophie

    2013-08-27 at 10:39 PM

    The Sophie Hulme floral clutch bag is amazing! The mother of pearl slip ons are also super cute. Sounds like some fun times!
    http://creamandachinacat.blogspot.co.uk/

  5. Ana

    2013-08-27 at 10:54 PM

    I thought the girl on the site looked like you 😀 !

  6. kiti

    2013-08-27 at 10:55 PM

    what happened to your face?

  7. zaena

    2013-08-27 at 11:38 PM

    Love My-Warbrobe. This must have been a great day 🙂
    http://thelaststraggler.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/east-london-vintage-treasures/

  8. kayron8

    2013-08-28 at 12:26 AM

    Not that this is an original observation, but you have such a way with layers! I love that shirt under the slip dress–how did you keep it from being all bunchy and weird and ruining the dress’s lines???

  9. milex

    2013-08-28 at 12:45 AM

    So refreshing!

  10. Kirbybee

    2013-08-28 at 1:27 AM

    When big tailers of the r and e variety support new designers it really warms my heart. For a couple of reasons but mainly because it can be difficult sometimes to find these designers unless you hit the right stores or actually work in the industry as opposed to lurking at the edges, like I do. Consequently I’ll be heading over to My Wardrobe promptly to check out the London Lab.

  11. Dana ‚åá Discreet Charms

    2013-08-28 at 5:03 AM

    grrrrl how GORGEOUS are you! wowzie. also, I just found that I’m listed on your links page. EEP. I did a happy dance. however you came across my blog, however it ended up in that links list, THANK YOU. constant inspiration. completely ecstatic. woop!

  12. Carelia

    2013-08-28 at 5:56 AM

    I am happy for you gals!! Looks like you had tons of fun.
    Mysmallwardrobe.com

  13. 2moiselles-happy-lookeuses

    2013-08-28 at 6:29 AM

    Il love all your fashion look!!

  14. The Fashion Fraction

    2013-08-28 at 7:34 AM
  15. Denisa

    2013-08-28 at 8:19 AM

    I see it was a great time. Many perefct bloggers.
    http://www.fashiondenis.com/

  16. susie_bubble

    2013-08-28 at 9:44 AM

    Make-up, lots of it and err…judging by the last pic, a flash camera in daylight… !

  17. Broken Cookies

    2013-08-28 at 10:33 AM

    The Sophie Hulme bags are fantastic!
    xx, Sabinna and David
    Broken Cookies

  18. MasonBentley

    2013-08-28 at 10:52 AM

    Mother of Pearl is standing out for me..the witty editions to the jumper and those tres chic slip ons..drool worthy xxx

  19. Amy

    2013-08-28 at 11:24 AM
  20. Aahna Singh

    2013-08-28 at 11:38 AM

    nice printed colorful dress in so looking very good. this collection is very colorful according to summer vacation.

  21. Lauren

    2013-08-28 at 12:35 PM

    I know its a popular choice but the Sophie Hulme bags have inspired me! Love your blog!

  22. Lisa

    2013-08-28 at 1:13 PM

    Pretty Pictures and your style ! ‚ô• http://thedangerousworldoffashion.blogspot.com

  23. Beautiful Things

    2013-08-28 at 1:40 PM

    You are so right about those ‘dress up’ events. You can always tell the bloggers who’ve sold their souls for free champagne & cupcakes – there’s an undiscerning, uncritical approach to everything. It’s all ‘super cool’ and ‘amazing’ then the next post on their blog is yet another free dress-up party which is also ‘super cool’.

  24. Trendstop.com

    2013-08-28 at 2:20 PM

    Great selection of garments! We love the Lucas Nascimento dress, the cut is beautiful.
    The Trendstop Team
    http://www.trendstop.com

  25. ChamaFashion

    2013-08-28 at 3:16 PM

    Nice!
    XO CHAMAFASHION
    http://www.chamafashion.com/

  26. Cassandra Too

    2013-08-28 at 4:27 PM

    The outfits and clothes are B E A U T I F U L!
    Google + / Twitter / Bloglovin
    cassandra xxhttp://backtofive.blogspot.com

  27. Emma

    2013-08-28 at 5:41 PM

    Looks fun, love the cupcakes!
    Emma
    http://www.thesestreets.net
    <3 xx

  28. Like__Enchanted

    2013-08-28 at 5:51 PM

    Nice outfit and post !
    Love, unicorns and glitter on you. <3
    Florian,
    http://www.like-enchanted.com

  29. Ashley

    2013-08-28 at 6:04 PM

    Love the outfits, cute pieces
    Xx
    Stylegodis.com

  30. Niamh

    2013-08-28 at 8:03 PM

    Stunning collection of clothes and accessories. I love your mixed match look. Nx
    http://www.niamhkelly.wordpress.com

  31. Violet Vixen

    2013-08-28 at 8:12 PM

    Super cute outfits!

  32. McKenzie

    2013-08-29 at 3:02 AM

    I would love to go to one of these events one day! Seems like such a fun and exciting opportunity! I love what you chose!
    http://currentlylovingblog.blogspot.com/

  33. Ashton

    2013-08-30 at 2:45 PM

    Seems very good

  34. Mary

    2013-08-31 at 12:11 AM

    Very, very cool. Love ALL these shots. Just great.

  35. Iris

    2013-08-31 at 10:39 PM

    This looks like so much fun! Love all the items you decided to showcase 🙂
    xoxo Iris
    A DASH OF FASH

  36. yp

    2013-09-01 at 9:27 PM

    Love the items you put together and dark lippy looks great on you!
    Greetings from NYC

  37. Torn

    2015-01-12 at 8:48 AM

    Until I found this I thohugt I’d have to spend the day inside.

  38. niallo

    2015-01-30 at 12:56 AM

    Cue five indentical Instagram photos going up and an unwillingness to actually eat them. http://www.casquettesbonnets.com

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