Styling With Victoria PLUS App

Gracing the runway shows at this year’s London Fashion Week was yet another vast compilation of styles stretching from bright vivacious colours to deep earthy street tones, in what felt like the most diverse fashion week to date. Each designer eloquently conveyed styles and textures, with Claire Tagg being a popular choice with many in her presentation show at The Freemasons Hall in Covent Garden. With so many fashion inspirations to delve into, picking out the season’s trends was certainly a tough ask. A little swipe through the photos on Instagram proved that the trends this season are undoubtedly laced with textures, popping with those beautiful spring tones, and both simplicity and complexity with patterns are noticeably present. There is however a common theme throughout, unique style. With a huge nod to being yourself, loving yourself and exploring through fashion, the key fact remains that whilst fashion may be pervasive in its trends, you can recreate the looks you love, not just on a budget, but with a subjective eye.

Style Seeker helps you find outfits with one click!
How To Recreate

Recently, I have been working closely with Victoria Leeds, the city’s most lucrative and luscious shopping areas, to show exactly where you can recreate the hot trends, your way! Re-invent the looks, your way, with a just a couple of clicks. The Victoria Leeds PLUS app; is a free app, that encapsulates everything you need to know about the centre, from news, to offers and events, but of course the piéce de résistance is the amazing Style Seeker feature. In essence, the Style Seeker is your personal shopper, indicating where you can find the styles you have seen. Take a snap of a piece of clothing you may like, perhaps from the runway at London Fashion Week, perhaps on a friend, anywhere, upload the photo, hit click and wait for a plethora of results to pop up and scroll through. It will show you where similar items can be found in the shopping centre. I chose a few items from some of my favourite looks, and I found similar matches in John Lewis, Reiss, And Other Stories and Anthropologie.

Firstly, I was highly inspired by incredible dress designer Mimi Tran, whose looks last year were utterly mind-blowing in a display of sequin and lace heaven; and this year the lace yet again an inspired move by Mimi. The dress itself, a black lacy sparkly evening dress highlighted for me the importance of a black dress for evening occasions. After imputing it into the Style Seeker, I was guided towards the Karen Millen section in John Lewis, where I found the Lingerie Lace Dress, with the three quarter length sleeves, and the delicate touch of lace that really captured the red carpet look whilst still keeping the authenticity of a classic black dress. This was a dress with a twist and thread of gold throughout, which gives this look a truly glamorous edge. First look complete, and highly successful!

Karen Millen (John Lewis)

Secondly I had been inspired by some of the classic simple looks, that use simple colours, whites, blacks, greys, to create an effortless style that can be dressed up or down. This look, highly inspired by Rohmir, saw blazer jacket, styled with a hat and touch of fur to bring a little decadence to the outfit. This style can be so heavily accessorized, to inject chic style, or it can be a more day-to-day choice, but either way, I felt the need to recreate this look. Although white blazers seem currently out of season for February, the Style Seeker took me to Reiss, where I found a beautiful duplicate, which seemed to be perfect for this time of year, highly impressed by the choices the app threw up for me. Thankfully within store, the accessories seemed to be sat waiting for me, a faux fur scarf, and a little cream bowler hat which complimented each other just as well as the looks I’d seen at Fashion Week. With a little inspiration, it is not difficult to find items that marry elegantly together, whilst still keeping a strong personal identity and definition.

A little faux fur and simple bowler hat to make things chic for winter-spring!

Thirdly, the Claire Tagg presentation had been the most colourful show of the season. The piece merged girly goodness, with womanly sexiness, and it was perfection, with florals and shades of pink I had not seen in many months. The dresses remained classy whilst also highlighting the contours of a woman’s body, with cut outs, waist ties, and strapless dresses. Claire Tagg keeps her integrity throughout the entire collection, and this felt like a spring dream, and although I felt these dresses were going to be too detailed and intricate to find, I managed to find some inspired pieces in Anthropologie, after uploading one of my favourite pieces from the collection into Style Seeker. A little skirt and blouse duo, felt like a perfect combination, to combine fussy prints with the plain simplicity seen at the show. A crisp white shirt, giving structure, and a floating colourful skirt, that highlighted the pink tones so well. Despite the Boho edge in Anthropologie, I was pleasantly surprised by how stylish this came out. Thanks to the Style Seeker, I managed to find one of my favourite skirts of the season so far.

Anthropologie

One trend I noticed at London Fashion Week that was cleverly emphasized by the designer KristelKuslapuu, was large bright coloured jumpers that could be worn with anything; and colourful accessories such as big belts and colourful sunglasses. The Style Seeker app brought up a large quantity of jumpers; however, I was drawn to the brilliant yellow jumper that was found in And Other Stories. With a little bit of street style but keeping it simple, this is a very wearable look, that may be bold, but is brilliant, and add a couple of accessories, and this is highly inspired by the look at London Fashion Week. I picked up a pair of chunky red sunglasses that completed the alternative trend look; which had strong spring vibes, and would look heavenly with a pair of jeans, leggings or colourful skirts. The world is really your oyster when you play with fashion; but even better when they’re inspired by the trends of the season.

And Other Stories - bright colours on trend!

Dress Like A Queen

We all saw the incredible photos of Queen Elizabeth at London Fashion Week and it's no surprise that she dressed impeccably, with a gorgeous grey jacket, with an undertone of muted blue. With the Style Seeker app, you can easily find similar items, that will allow you to dress like a queen every day! 



The Victoria PLUS app, found in the app store, has been a fruitful and pivotal turning point in my shopping routine and ideas. I no longer have to troll through aisles and aisles of clothes, or go into every single shop to try to find an item of interest, I can get click happy with my app, and as easy as that, I am able to find what I want, when I want, and what’s even better is that I can confirm the prices of each item before I choose which duplicate I want to pick up. It lists the brand and retailer, and if you would prefer more choice, then click on refine to change aspects of your search. A perfect shopping companion that you must download, and of course, make sure you head to Victoria Leeds to find a brilliant mix of high street and designer brands, that cater to all needs, male, female and closing the gap between young and mature.

Download the app today here, and be sure to tag Victoria Leeds in any looks you recreate this season!

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*This post was written in collaboration with Victoria Leeds and London Fashion Week. 

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