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Fashion Re:Boot Brighton

I’m delighted to be the co-host to the popular preloved and ethical fashion event Fashion Re:Boot.   I’m brining it to Brighton on Thursday 26th July.

Brighton’s lovely blogging community and high-end bargain hunters will descend on the iconic The Grand Hotel to buy direct from bloggers, journalists, stylists and brands.

I’m delighted to announce not only fashion but for the first time homewares make their debut and will be available to buy alongside fashion gems.

You wont believe the amazing people we have selling.  Beautiful bloggers,Hannah Crosskey, Atosa Nikkah (My Bubba & Me) and Maxine Brady (We Love Home Blog).

Also local brands Age of Reason Studios, UK collective and me, this Honest Woman will have a personally curated range of bags and jewellery.

Fashion Re:Boot is the brainchild of fashion editor Erica Davies and magazine editor Ciara Elliott. Set up as a way of finding a use for the excess high‐end fashion Erica and Ciara were receiving, it’s taken the imagination of women around the country.

Erica Davies, who has notched up over 100K Instagram followers says: “Fashion Re:Boot is an ethical and sustainable fashion and interiors marketplace run by bloggers for bloggers, and anyone who wants to grab a bargain. It’s a pre-loved sale, a way of decluttering your wardrobe, refreshing your look, boosting your confidence and making the most of your money all at the same time. What’s not to love?!”

So if you love clothes, homewares, car boot sales and ebay, or just fancy the idea of meeting the people you follow on Instagram, this is the event for you.

Whether buying or selling, or simply getting together for a fun evening out, entry is £5. The first 100 through the door will receive a free drink from the event sponsors, Adnams. The Grand Brighton are also offering 2 for 1 cocktails on the night.

See the Fashion Re:Boot Instagram and Facebook for more information. Follow me here Deborah Simpson Boston for more details.

Pitches for fashion or homeware brands/stores are £20. with discounted stalls for Brighton bloggers.

Book a stall or buy a ticket here:

Fashion Re:Boot Brighton, Thursday 26 July 5.30-10pm at The Grand Brighton, 97-99 Kings Rd, Brighton.

See you there

Love DSB x

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Designer Dressing for less in Chelsea

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to take part in a special designer event at the British Red Cross in Chelsea.

I was joined by fellow blogger La Femme London and stylist Savannah otherwise known as Fashion Clocking. Designer Neisha Gharat was on hand from House of Gharat to help style our looks with her new and our preloved scarves.

The day brought together regular shoppers and drew in new crowds. Popular brands included Chanel, Dior, Jimmy Choo, Laboutin and Saint Laurent.

Sales on the day topped £18,000 and by the end of the week the event made £28,000 to help people in crisis.

Next time your thinking to shop designer check out British Red Cross Chelsea. The Power of Kindness.

Love Deborah Simpson Boston x

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Spring Summer 2018 Fashion – Catwalk Collections at Charity Shop Prices

At long last the sun is here, and it finally feels like Spring.  Excellent news!  I think I speak for the whole Nation when I say we were all beyond happy to feel the sun on our faces.  Then you look in your wardrobe to pull together a Spring outfit but all you see is jumper, jumper, jeans, boots, jumper.  Sound familiar?

Fear not.  Believe it or not it is possible to achieve catwalk looks at charity shop prices.  I’ve attended the Spring Summer 2018 catwalk shows and noted the trends, but catwalk prices are not for everyone, so I’ve been to The British Red Cross Shop in Shoreham By Sea to translate these trends into affordable looks.


So many of the big-name designers Victoria Beckham, Michael Kors and Erdem Returned to the 1980’s obsession with pastel.  Remember that yellow pastel jumpsuit of your youth or the peach rara skirt?  The British Red Cross holds a number of vintage items and trust me 1980’s is going to be a popular choice for the Spring.

If you don’t want to return to the Eighties, then I found some beautiful simple dresses in pastel tones that have been donated by high street stores.  We call these items Encore and the donated high end designer store items we call Scarlet (Yes with one t!).  Ask in your local BRC store.


I know I’ve just talked about the popularity of pastels and now I’m contradicting myself by saying go bright, you will have to trust me on this one.  A bright shock of Red, Coral, Orange, Purple or Green is just the thing to wow for a spring wedding, go bold with sun dress and accessories.  On the catwalks it was either head to toe one mono colour or clashing bold colours, think red trousers pink shirt.  Be brave.


Oh, you may say, I’ve been wearing jeans for years.  This seasons denim is constructed into beautifully crafted jackets, trouser suits and dresses.  Charity shops are full of huge quantities of denim I found an unusual dress and skirt from the Scarlet collection here.  The beauty of a charity shop is that you can buy some items for very little and experiment.

The strappy Dress

Think back to the 1990’s Kate Moss is in her early days of modelling and pictured at a party in a sheer dress.  The dress, which was cut on the bias with shoe lace straps, was loved by the press and called a nightie by the tabloids.  And so, the strappy dress was born.  This year its back wear it on its own, with ruffles or with a T-Shirt underneath, I found so many possibilities in store.

If I had to summarise the looks for Spring Summer I’d say they were joyful and fun.  The catwalks also told a story of sustainability in fashion, choosing were you shop is also set to be a trend, you can’t really get shop more ethically than The British Red Cross.

The British Red Cross Shop in Kensington and Chelsea are holding their Spring Event on Thursday 24th May 12-8pm.

A press breakfast to preview the collection is open to press and bloggers on 24th May from 10 am-12 noon.

Get in touch for more details.


Deborah x

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Fashion Revolution – Who Made this?

For several years, I’ve been aware of what used to be called Eco Fashion or Green Fashion, for me it meant consumerism and over consuming on our fashion needs.  Working in various aspects of Fashion; PR, writing, and retail, I was all to aware of the huge amount of waste fashion creates and equally concerned about the way garments were made.

Back in 2015 I was invited to the launch of a new ethically produced collection of clothes from Zandra Rhodes and People Tree, I wrote about it here.  Dame Zandra Rhodes, People Tree CEO Safia Minney and Ethical Fashion Journalist Lucy Siegle had been on a trip to Bangladesh checking the production was indeed ethical on these great designs.  The evening was a huge success with Safia launching a book called Slow Fashion, a manual on fair trade production of clothes as an alternative to the fast fashion of the high street.  I bought the book, it made for a very interesting read.

Around this time, I started volunteering at my local British Red Cross Charity Shop, I loved the fact that I was volunteering for a charity whose whole shop concept was based on recycling clothing for funds to support people in crisis all over the world.  What could be more sustainable than charity shop shopping?  I now manage the shop and I’m involved in supporting BRC shops by promoting them through writing, events and PR.  Practically everything I wear is a charity shop find.

Observing the market, I’ve never seen so many people shopping in Charity Shops, people who don’t usually thrift shop are now lured by great prices, unique finds and sustainable fashion.

This year I was lucky enough to attend London Fashion Week in February, their slogan this season was Positive Fashion, meaning fashion that is ethically produced and sustainable.  Big designers are extremely keen to deliver what the public wants, and the public Wants to Know!

This brings me to the Fashion Revolution.  Fashion Revolution is a global movement calling for a fairer, safer, cleaner, more transparent fashion industry.  This week is fashion Revolution Week, you may have seen people waving messages on social media asking, ‘Who Made My Clothes?’ The idea is to challenge the high street on production.  75 Million people worldwide make clothes, 80% of those are Women, some of those live in poverty, some are exploited, some work in unsafe factories and some live on very little pay.  This week brings awareness to who makes your clothes and asks you to sign the Manifesto.  It makes for very interesting reading.  If you have five minutes check it out here.

On another not unrelated topic I’ve recently started sewing, so far I’ve made four cushions (two with zips, I know!) I don’t think I’m that far off making something to wear, dare I say I’m quite excited by the prospect?  My teacher is my wonderful friend Rhonda who makes ALL her own clothes.  Imagine that?  She only makes what she needs and wants specifically for her needs.  Check out her blog So Go Sew.

In summary I don’t really see how you can work in the fashion industry without taking part in the movement to provide ethical clothing.  Brands, designers and buyers must be clever and cautious in their choices.  As a consumer it’s up to you.  Buy sustainable, borrow, buy charity shop, make and mend.  I’m calling it Honest Fashion, the future of fashion is up to you.

If you have any unwanted clothes and would like to donate them to the British Red Cross Shops you can fins your local shop by clicking this link

Love DSB x


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Wish List

I had planned to write a lovely seasonal gift guide and include some of the samples that I have been gifted this year. However since my recent trip to Milan (which was to promote British Luxury Design, which is truly amazing.) I have been somewhat obsessed by Italian design.

Now my our bank balance doesn’t really allow for any of these extravagant gifts so it’s really more of a wish List than a gift guide. Forgive me while I indulge.

Sergio Rossi Shoes

I have a pair of Sergio’s. They have been good friends to me over the years attending many a fashion party or PR luncheon. They must be at least ten years old. So it’s high time I had some more. These beauties tick all the boxes. Sky High, red and crystal encrusted. Yes please.

Valentino Gown

Every girl should have one. I seriously felling in love with Valentino when they did a collaboration with Zandra Rhodes. I think this dress is exquisite. Of course I have no where to wear it but I will find a party. I’m calling her Scarlett and she is coming with me!

Just your average pair of Trainers

If I designed trainers this is how they would look. The softest white leather, studs and red fur. (Forgive me fur police but this is Milan, every other person is wearing a dead animal of choice on their person.)

They are as impractical as they are daring. If Santa delivered these babies to my door I would promise to never moan about pinched toed, sore balls ever again!

Italian lighting

God said ‘Let there be light, and there was light.’ Because he went to Milan and ordered a great big floating orb and called it the sun. Seriously no one does lighting like the Italians. Just take a gander at this sexy little shop. I can’t decide if I like the shining red foil wrapped interior or the lights themselves more. I’ll take two of each please.

Valentino Boots

I’m not obsessed with Valentino or anything but when in Milan sweetie, one can play footsie! Much Like the strappy stud shoes from Ss16 and ss17, these boots of joy consist of a leather studded strap on the outer and a red sock as the inner. Love the concept, love the bootSi! Cinderella would be pleased with these hoofers.

Doggie Style

I’d definitely buy Blue one of these super toasty goose down jackets. She would get total street cred in this doggie style down.

His brush

For the man who has everything a Gold plated tooth brush.

…and for the home

Gold plated loo brush and matching bathroom condiments. I don’t know if I’m obsessed with the luxury of this or if I think it’s obscene! Yup. I could definitely clean the loo with gold!

I shopped


Sergio Rossi

La Rinacentre

For this piece.

Love DSB x

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Time To Party

The clocks have gone back which means the days become shorter and the nights grow longer.  How to spend the long nights?  Wrapped up reading a book by an open fire or embracing the party season with a full diary of events.  The answer can only be, PARTY!

The high street is full of sequined, laced, velvet luxury at this time of the year.  Stunning frocks with some jaw dropping high end prices to match.  Do you blow all your budget on one show stopping outfit or pull last years glittery if slightly crumpled number from the bottom of the wardrobe?

Let me share a secret with you, this week sees the launch of the Christmas Campaign at British Red Cross Retail, with Red Cross Charity shops up and down the country starting with a week of Eveningwear as the focus.

British Red Cross Charity shops have been saving eveningwear all year for this week, storing, steaming and pricing the best of glitzy, glamorous, get ups including designer labels, brand new items and vintage finds.

All 350 British Red Cross Shops across the country will be taking part with a focus on EVENINGWEAR and accessories this whole week.  Subsequent weeks will reveal Christmas Decorations, Toys, and Table Decorations.

If like me you have more than one special event in your diary get down to your nearest British Red Cross Shop to find your whole party wardrobe for less.

Did I mention all profits go to the charity, to be used to help people in crisis, whoever they may be?  Charity shop fashion gives so much back, everyone wins with slow fashion that is recycled, sustainable, and ecofriendly.

All dresses and jumpsuits in this piece are from British Red Cross Shoreham By Sea.

Love DSB X

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What to buy in the sales now | M&S

I don’t really like sales shopping and will avoid busy places such as Brighton and Oxford Street during sales periods. Fortunately we have an out of town mall not far from us with a huge Marks&Spencer. 

I took my mum on a weekday afternoon so not quite as busy, which worked well. 

The key for me when sales shopping is to not go for things you wouldn’t ordinarily buy and are now tempted just for the price.

Quite often if you follow your own style rules you will come away with some fab pieces and may not need to try on, thus avoiding long hot queues. 

I kept my colour palate simple as I was shopping for versatile pieces for my holidays.

Autograph white T Shirt and Cream Full Midi Skirt……….

The T Shirt is very Cos like and quite structured for a T with a simple pocket and a bonded hem. 

The skirt is beautiful it has so much material heavy cotton, with pockets and reduced from £50 to £25 such a bargain. 

Stripy strappy Blouse and Striped 3/4 Wide legged pant……..

Love this top. The stripes keep it simple though you can play around with the bows for different looks. 

The pants are the perfect holiday pants,  off white with a stripe so you are far enough away from white jeans. Also practically shorter than palazzo pants so you can wear from the Mediterranean to the City. 

Shop the M&S sale here

M&S Sale 
Hope you liked the post.  Have a great week, Love DSB X 

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Packing for a Summer Wedding 

Packing for a Summer Wedding can be tricky, especially because of the uncertainty of the Great British Summer.

If any part of the event is to be held outdoors at all think carefully about your choice of what you take and what you leave behind.

I’m going to a Summer Wedding in a Country House later in July.  Although its the height of summer I’ll be packing for all weather.

I’ve decided on a patterned maxi dress, with espadrille heels for the ceremony with either a small pill box hat or a flower in my hair and my multitasking clutch bag.

I’ll be packing flats for dancing and a belt to hitch up my maxi dress for a more laid back dropped waist look.

Maxi dresses are usually better rolled rather than folded in a case.  My case is the new Kipling Super Hybrid S in Grey, it’s lightweight and has four wheels so you can push in all directions.  Also, its cabin size so wherever your wedding you can pack light without the stresses of check-ins.

Not to forget a dinner jacket for the evening or inclement weather spells.  I’ll also pack my go to overnight travel kit all from Marks & Spencer which includes some of my current favorite beauty buys, like this Nuxe Cleansing Oil and Filorga Creme Universelle.

All easily packed and ready to go, now where’s the confetti?

Cabin Case|Kipling

Beauty Products|M&S

Dress|Modern Love


Clutch Bag|Boston&Boston

Love DSB x

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Palm Print Sunday

Don’t you think some words go better together than others?  I love the two words Summer Afternoons, a match made in heaven.  I also like Pink Lemonade, who doesn’t?

How about Palm Print?  Me I love it! Can’t get enough of it.  Makes me think of Victorian Conservatories with giant palms, and holidays and sipping tea on Summer afternoons, there’s a theme here right, clearly, I was born in the wrong era….

Now, I have green palm cushions and a chintzy palm lamp but I’m thinking of wallpaper, full on palm on palm taking over the dining room.  Mr B is going to be in Florence for a week with work so perhaps I could plan a makeover? Hmmm.

For this weekend at least I’ve contented myself with this rather lovely palm print bikini and matching sarong from H&M.  It’s really all you need for lounging in the garden on a summer afternoon sipping pink lemonade.

Enjoy the weekend, I’m off to find those other two words that go together so well.  Gin and Tonic!

Love DSB x

Bikini & Sarong – H&M

Sunglasses – Karl Largerfeld

Ring and Bangles – Sam Ubhi Jewellery

Slides – H&M

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Sunday Supplement #41 |Garden Life 

I think I speak for the whole country when I say thank the Lord for the sun this week.  After a devastating start to the week with events in Manchester, I think everyone spent the beginning of the week feeling sad and slightly down.  I suffer from anxiety and any sort of sad news can work as a trigger.

I relax by watching gardening programs (I know!) I have a particular soft spot for Monty Don, unfortunately, I didn’t make it to the Royal Chelsea Flower Show this year but I did watch it on catch up and its given me some great ideas for a little garden redesign.


Talking of which my roses are in full bloom at the moment, and the peonies will be making a show anytime in this next week….Watch this space.

I spent some time in London at press days this week mostly looking ahead to Autumn Winter launches.  As a sneak peak of what’s to come for Autumn check this beautiful burgundy clutch from Jigsaw and silk scarf from Marks and Spencer.

I also love the gold personalized passport holder and these danglers from River Island, all available in shops from September.

Friday was a scorcher of a day in Brighton, I spent the morning meeting with fellow Brighton influencers Style Memos, Hunt Continues, and Natalie Courtois we ate brunch in Mange Tout which was so lip-smackingly good I’m surprised I was able to hold a conversation.

I also walked by the sea and popped into The Grand Brighton to check out its event rooms.  Have you been to the newly refurbished Victoria Terrace recently?  It’s a beautiful Victorian conservatory overlooking the sea, such a beautiful place, I think I will be back very soon.

Love DSB X

PS If you would like to donate to the Manchester Emergency Fund with the British Red Cross you can do so by clicking the link.

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Packing for a Spring Break

The first glimpse of spring for me is my neighbour’s Magnolia Tree, the most majestic of bold pink petals growing high into the sky.  The second is the sudden burst of cherry blossom in our garden.  Hundreds of tiny buds open to display an astonishing show of pink.  The Magnolia and The Blossom have two things in common, for me they both signal the start of spring and also both beautiful displays last only for a short time.

I’m writing this post from Brussels where I’ve just spent the day walking Streets and Boulevards carpeted in sweet-smelling petals.

Whilst its been hot in the sun the past few days it is surprisingly cold in the shade.  Packing for a Spring break or Easter holiday takes a bit more thought than usual.

Go for transitional clothes that can shoulder the change from Winter to Spring.  Take trousers.  culottes, ankle grazers, cut off jeans and 3/4 trousers. I’ve packed four pairs of these for my week-long trip.  One olive-green everyday will go with anything and on a sunny day can wear with flip-flops.  One posh heavy navy blue for more sophisticated days, a pair of  cut off jeans and finally black culottes that can transcend just about any occasion as and when needed.

Keep it simple for the top half.  I’m going to hook onto Blue as my major colour for this pack as I have jeans and trousers in blue and a navy embroidered bomber andlinen structured jacket.

For this reason I’ll be keeping all tops, shirts and jumpers in shades of blue and white.  I’ve of course thrown in a stripe and a black blouse for an unexpected posh dinner.  But otherwise its a white shirt or T-shirt option (I need only 2 but packing 6 for safety).

Finally white plimsoles, multicoloured trainers, every day boots, a midi heel in pink and a high-heeled black mule.  Shoes dont count as extra if your travelling by car, finding their own way in the footwells..

That’s it! Capsule wardrobe complete x

Love DSB X



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London Fashion Week – Five Rules 

Hey hello

A couple of weeks back I caught some shows at London Fashion Week.

This sounds like such an easy, cool thing to do.  Cool it is but easy it is not!  Going for three days out of five I knew I would need to pack carefully to see the week through!  It starts on a Friday and is technically a weekend rather than a week with shows and presentations back to back.  Press and buyers who attend the catwalk shows know that getting from one show to another can sometimes be tricky.  To see out three full days is one part pure excitement, a couple of parts hard work and one part pure resilience….I will get to the show, and if I can’t find a cab I will walk! Even if I have broken my shoe (Natalie I’m thinking of you!).

This year I knew I needed some comforts to make me feel super smart, sexy and comfortable in equal measures.  So I played safe.


Rule Number One

Take the best coat you can find.  Coats can make the best accessories.  I wore a black coat by Kenzo x HM in black with an oversized collar and big gold buttons.  I wore it over my shoulder on day One, checked it in to cloakroom with goody bags on day two.  On day three I wore it almost as a dress.  I pulled up my collar and observed shows from behind a forbearing lapel.

Rule Two

Take shoes that look good but that you can walk in.  I love the idea of being papped but I love the idea of being comfortable and seeing the shows more.  Trust me you don’t want to look like an extra from Ab Fab.  

Rule Three

You dont need to make every show.  If you miss a show its not the end of the world.  This year especially I relaxed and if I missed a show I caught friends and lunched somewhere lovely.  This is just as important as the catwalk.

Rule Four

Say Yes, take opportunities as you find them.  Say yes to the networking the aftershow and the show.  Although be careful not to overdo it so you can come back tomorrow.

Rule Five

Go in numbers, you might have the outfit, the invite but make sure you meet your friends.  London Fashion Week is soo much better when you share it.  Oooo and don’t take yourself so seriously.  Fashion is fun.  xxx 


Love DSB X



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Topshop Ankle Boots

We are kinda in the middle of the bleak midwinter here in Blighty.  Except its not been that bleak, I mean its very cold but we have had an astonishing amount of sun shine  days. I mean I’ve spent as much time in ballet flats and trainers as full on boots.   To be honest I’ve not worn a knee high boot all season.

Which begs the question is the knee high needed?  I’m not seeing them in the high street at all and they evoke romantic seventies vibes which is not the current edgy street style that’s trending on the catwalk and well, on the street.

Whats hot is the humble ankle boot in almost any carnation.  I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, Topshop do a pretty unbeatable line in ankle booting.

Take note ladies, the weather is changing and winter ain’t over yet. We are due some rain and gloom so lets keep spirits high by investing in a new pair of ankle boots.

Topshop have a mega collection, changing all the time.

At the moment I’m loving…

The Milly Frill.

Frills are the ubiquitous addition to everything right now.  Frills on your shirt on your collar around your wrist, why not on your boot.

Leather pleating, leather frills do something to my brain. Just a little OTT, probably would’nt wear these to Tesco’s but lovely for an occasion or a day in the City.


Klash Snake Boot

What I love about this boot is that it is extravagant yet practical.

Love the snake, love the black and white, love love love the flat heel.

Love it.



Mickey Cone Heel Boot

Ok, this is a bit of a curve ball and a huge nod to the 1980’s.  It’s suede, it’s burgundy and it had a weird heel but I love it. This boot totally on my hot list at least until spring shows itself!


For all of these boots and more

Love DSB X



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How to Dress a Shelf

This year I’m planning on writing a whole lot more about home style and sharing my interior design inspiration with you.

I’m forever dressing my home,  bringing in new finds moving older things around.  There’s nothing I like more than curating a shelf.  My dining room shelves are always changing.  Here are my tips on shelf dressing.

1/ Go dark! I painted my shelves a dark charcoal grey like the rest of my room, often painting shelves a dark colour draws attention to them, especially in a white room.

2/ Books.  Collect books and show them on your shelves, group by colour or theme.  I like old looking books and fashion or arts books.

3/ Candles.  Candles look amazing on book shelves and of course make the room smell amazing. I find white candles in jars work on my shelves or gold or silver pots.

4/ Birds.  I have a thing with birds, china figures of parrots, brass figures of fighting cocks.  Phesants painted on porcelein bowls.  Thats my thing, but you may like butterflies, bold lettering or anatomical moving figures are popular.

5/ Flora. Use flowers to dress your shelves, my shelves are too shallow for long stems so I use dried hydrangeas, pots of hyacinths and tumbling ferns and succulents.

Now that you have arranged your shelves, take a #shelfie and next week when your dusting you can arrange them all over again.

Love DSB X


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Good Look Fashion Show

Few things in life inspire me as much as Charity and Fashion when they combine it makes me very happy.  A couple of weeks ago I was invited to The Good Look Fashion Show.  Organised by The Young Tiffany Circle to benefit and support the British Red Cross.

Held in Brick Lanes Old Truman Brewery, this was a catwalk and fashion festival.  With stalls from leading names, Topshop Unique, Vintage Angels and Nina Baker Fashion, whilst the catwalk took on another London vibe by asking designers from the recent London Fashion Week to show at this event.  Designers included Waven, Nocturne, Sadie Williams, Samuel Dougal and Edeline Lee.

I love Edeline Lees clean lines and ethereal look, I’ve watched the designer label for the past three seasons, and now I was face to face with the designer.

Q Edeline Lee, you hail from Canada, why do you show at LFW?

A  I’ve lived in London for some time now since CSM (Central St Martins) and LFW is so strong, for my audience and followers, I would not show anywhere else.

Q It’s great to see leading designers involved in The Good Look Fashion Show, Why are you involved?

A Just after LFW we had time in the schedule to be involved and I love the idea od supporting the British Red Cross and the important work the organisation undertakes.

Q Whats on the Schedule next?

A We have just introduced Spring Summer 2017 to the London and Paris Catwalks, for my team its about selling the collections and then straight into production.

The Good Look Fashion Show raised more than £10,000 for the British Red Cross.  Get involved here.

Love DSB X