This post is sponsored by the Victoria Quarter
Yesterday I had the opportunity to work with one of my all time favourite shopping destinations; The Victoria Quarter in Leeds. Anyone from Leeds will know the charm of this incredible place. Consisting of two main arcades, not only is the Victoria Quarter seriously beautiful, it has the best shopping in Leeds. From a huge Harvey Nichols, to lots of your favourite premium high street brands (including Sandro, All Saints, Whistles and The White Company), the Victoria Quarter has always been my top shopping spot in Leeds. So, in order to share with you guys what they have to offer, I spent yesterday browsing the shops and selecting four outfits to create.
These weren't just any old outfits though. We watched three shows from London Fashion Week; Roksanda, Erdem and Eudon Choi, and then headed out to the shops to recreate these looks. It was definitely a challenge - recreating looks from a Spring/Summer catwalk with the Autumn/Winter pieces in the shop, but it was so much fun!! Not only did it make me really think about how to make the trends we saw wearable for now, but it also pushed me out of my comfort zone a little bit too - which is never a bad thing!
First up was Erdem, a show we all loved so much we ended up getting carried away and creating two looks for. Erdem was seriously opulent, with countless full length gowns adorned with lace and ribbons. It was a very ruffled affair too, with ruffles on skirts, sleeves, necklines... pretty much anywhere a ruffle could go. Now, as beautiful as it is, I am sure I speak for us all when I say I don't find myself in too many situations where a floor length empire line gown is appropriate to wear. So, we headed out to find something a little more wearable.. but still with ruffles!
First was this incredible white dress from Self Portrait in Harvey Nichols. With it's Victoriana neckline and detailed floral texture, it was giving off some serious Erdem vibes. It has a loose fit which I love, and I think it would look just as great over jeans as it does with bare legs. I am thinking teamed with a black longline blazer and you have a killer look for a party or night out. Of course, we needed some incredible heels, so every say a big fat HELLOO AND WE LOVE YOU to these Saint Laurent heels, which I also picked up in Harvey Nichols. The slightly punk edge to them balances so well with the dress, just like we saw on the Erdem catwalk too!
For the second Erdem inspired look we headed straight to Sandro, who have some incredible lace pieces. Sandro is always so 'me', and they often incorporate trends into their collections that I find really wearable. This first item we spotted is this waistcoat/dress/jacket/all kinds of things going on. Basically, it's just super versatile, and it's lace hem was just the right amount of Erdem. I am thinking I need this piece now, how perfect would it look layered under a coat too?? Anyway, I digress! I also picked out this white shirt with ruffled sleeves which is incredible. I love how it's such a classic piece with a really subtle update. It is still a really wearable piece, but way more exciting than the 10292830291 other shirts I have in my wardrobe. Finally, we needed the shoes, and Kurt Geiger is of course the best stop for an endless choice in shoes. These caged heels look incredible with bare legs, and have an intricacy to them which was very inline with the Erdem collection.
Next up we looked towards Roksanda. I loved this collection, but it was definitely the hardest to recreate. Full of pink and rust tones, with lots of flowing silk textures, it really focused on simple and beautifully cut pieces in interesting textures and colours. We were stumped for finding a similar colour, perhaps it isn't a shock to hear that dusty pink trousers are hard to come by for Autumn/Winter! So we decided to focus on this look from the collection. I loved the head to toe colour and workwear vibes, nothing beats a pair of wide legged trousers for a work appropriate look. This gorgeous wool pair are from Jigsaw, and opting for wool makes it so wearable for now while nodding to the upcoming trends one season ahead. As I am quite tall I went with some pointed flats underneath, but if you are shorter this would also look gorgeous with pointed courts. We wanted to add some texture with the top, so found this incredible blouse from Whistles which I love! The waist tie makes it super flattering too, and the lace adds just the right amount of detailing to this minimal look.
P.S these photos are shot in the Jigsaw store in Leeds, which is wonderful and an absolute must visit for one incredible shopping experience!
AND FINALLYYY, we have Eudon Choi. I was lucky enough to see the Eudon Choi show on Friday and it was amazing!! Think minimal pieces, architectural sillouhettes, lots of head to toe colour - basically, lots of things I like a lot! For this one we headed to Whistles, who I can always trust to deliver on minimal pieces with a modern twist. I mean, just look at this incredible shirt, which is actually a dress so ticks all those versatility boxes too. But you guys know how much I love to layer longer items over trousers, so these skinny navy suit trousers were the perfect piece for that. And then sticking with the navy colour palette, I picked out these gorgeous Whistles flatforms. Eudon Choi had the models stomping down the catwalk in some amazing clompy sandals, so these shoes ticked all the boxes!
Let me know which look was your favourite! And I hope you guys enjoyed this post, it was incredible to be able to collaborate with somewhere I have shopped at for so many years - and also worked in while I was at Uni. Lots of memories!
We also worked on an Instagram takeover yesterday, so make sure to check that out here!