GEM DISCOVERY: LONDON FASHION WEEK SPRING SUMMER 2016

Perhaps one of the most exciting times of the year in the capital is London Fashion Week in September. Arriving at the new location at the Brewer Street Car Park in Soho, I had to stop myself from parking my car like I usually do when I come here! Now with two whole floors dedicated to the catwalk and the designers’ lounge, this new setting has a completely different look and feel from Somerset House. A bright, open space with lots of windows and natural light, and an industrial, grungy feel, it was perfect for showcasing London’s emerging talent.

With the same electric vibe as usual, the space was full of the familiar faces of photographers, TV personalities, and head-turning street style of past shows. The designers’ lounge, with its bold, youthful colours, brought me back to my childhood when I lived in Japan – so fresh, cute and vibrant.

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Give me an excuse to make a statement and I’ll take you up on it with no hesitation! So this year, straight from the catwalks of New York Fashion Week, I was inspired by Givenchy’s face jewellery and the makeup artistry of Pat McGrath. As a jewellery blogger, I couldn’t resist this look. One day it was pearl face jewellery, the next it was diamond face jewellery.

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To accentuate my strong, feminine side, I’m wearing a bike chain choker with pearls by Ellen Conde – a daring way to be beautiful.

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Iconic and distinctly eclectic, you can’t mistake a Mawi design. The way Mawi fuses glamorous, classical style with cutting-edge fashion pushes the limits of statement jewellery. It’s always a step ahead of the trend. Love it!

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If it’s one thing I know about Sarah Angold from my first encounter with her at Premier Classe, she’s a joy to be around. Her jewellery is a true reflection of her personality, with its kinetic energy, signature geometric patterns and dip-dyed acrylic. So light, fun and wearable. You can’t help but shine when you wear Sarah Angold.

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Swarovski sparkled on the catwalk and in the designers’ lounge too. I was instantly drawn to this captivating and modern statement necklace. Love how the crystals move freely within the structure of the necklace. Sparkle, sparkle!

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Like a cascading waterfall, this beautiful necklace from Rosantica Milano is a treasure to wear. So versatile, you could easily go from the beach to dinner with this necklace. Check out my Rosantica pearl necklace review on GEM Talk.

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It’s always a treat to see how designers display their jewellery. These classic Italian demijohn wine bottles have become something of a signature for Rosantica. It’s a theme carried over from their website, which is a clever use of branding.

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Want to start a conversation? Or perhaps stop a conversation? These cute unisex Valentine Tags from The Alphabet Showroom are just the thing. Funny fashion that you could wear anytime, anywhere. Would look great on the beaches of the South of France or Ibiza.

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There’s me making a statement again with this Middle Finger Lukasism bag. This designer works in collaboration with PAPRIKA Edition and likes to poke fun at pop culture and iconic imagery to make a statement. This would make a great man purse.

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I spotted Susie Lau of Style Bubble wearing this beautiful red coat by Annakiki earlier for street style, and immediately fell in love with it. How did I know my lipstick would be the perfect shade!

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While Vivienne Westwood was busy making a statement on stage and on the streets of London, I was trying on this eye-catching ring from her jewellery collection. Capped with a ball and scepter, this ring is almost regal and a little cheeky with a beautiful pearl caught in the prongs of the fork. Magic!

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Let me just slip out of my Celine Sliders for a minute and try on these Fyodor Golan shoes. Now I’m ready to rock the streets of the east in my upcoming Asian trip.

Thanks for stopping by! What was your favourite LFW moment? Leave me a message in the comments below.

I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery. 

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GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

*Photographed by  Flit Photography. Styling and Art Direction by Liza Urla. All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE.

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