Monday, 11 January 2016

SS16 fashion/interiors press shows: Monsoon/Accessorize, Paperchase and Habitat

SS16 fashion/interiors press shows: Monsoon, Accessorize, Paperchase and Habitat

Before Christmas I headed east for a couple of days in London. Much as I love the capital, it's not always practical to go up for one event. But there are times when the stars align and a few events take place over a day or two, meaning it's impossible NOT to go.

Press shows are always so interesting - seeing what the big shops have in store for us a season or two ahead is fascinating although somewhat disorientating, as you end up faced with bikinis and flip flops when bundled up in scarves and gloves.

SS16 fashion/interiors press shows: Monsoon, Accessorize, Paperchase and Habitat

SS16 fashion/interiors press shows: Monsoon, Accessorize, Paperchase and Habitat

SS16 fashion/interiors press shows: Monsoon, Accessorize, Paperchase and Habitat

The first was the Monsoon and Accessorize, whose show featured beachwear but also beautiful occasion wear, jewellery and really cute Japanese-style bags, all of which left me with a hankering for summer.

And there was an on-site piercer! I had a helix piercing - one up near the top outer edge of the ear - which was an unexpected but kinda cool turn of events.

SS16 fashion/interiors press shows: Monsoon, Accessorize, Paperchase and Habitat

SS16 fashion/interiors press shows: Monsoon, Accessorize, Paperchase and Habitat

SS16 fashion/interiors press shows: Monsoon, Accessorize, Paperchase and Habitat

SS16 fashion/interiors press shows: Monsoon, Accessorize, Paperchase and Habitat

SS16 fashion/interiors press shows: Monsoon, Accessorize, Paperchase and Habitat


From here, Lori and I headed to the OXO Tower for afternoon tea with a twist. We met up with Team Pinterest and had the most brilliant selection of cakes and cocktails. And from there we watched the sun set over the Thames.

SS16 fashion/interiors press shows: Monsoon, Accessorize, Paperchase and Habitat


Later, a stop at Paperchase for a Christmas tree styling comp and glimpses at the new ranges. Those paper fans were my absolute favourites, and I love what the Paperchase design team did with the Beatrix Potter characters.

SS16 fashion/interiors press shows: Monsoon, Accessorize, Paperchase and Habitat

SS16 fashion/interiors press shows: Monsoon, Accessorize, Paperchase and Habitat

SS16 fashion/interiors press shows: Monsoon, Accessorize, Paperchase and Habitat

SS16 fashion/interiors press shows: Monsoon, Accessorize, Paperchase and Habitat

The following day I went to the Tefal Cook4Me morning and then headed back across London for the Habitat press day, where I met up with my pal Kat for a cuppa and a look around the new products.

My favourites? These colourful wicker baskets, cushions, rugs and bowls.

SS16 fashion/interiors press shows: Monsoon, Accessorize, Paperchase and Habitat

SS16 fashion/interiors press shows: Monsoon, Accessorize, Paperchase and Habitat

SS16 fashion/interiors press shows: Monsoon, Accessorize, Paperchase and Habitat


Phew! A happy few days that made me look forward to the seasons ahead.

And now that it is 2016, we haven’t got long to wait, have we?

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