Fashion week for fashion mummies?

For the dedicated follower of fashion September is all about London, New York, Melbourne… and I’m seeing through the Twitter grapevine, New Zealand.

They are alive with the sound of journalists, photographers and bloggers getting their fill of designer fixes and the most desirable goodie bag items on earth.

From the luxury brands that we all know and love to must-see store windows, product launches, and the emerging designers and ones to watch – fashion news and gossip is filling the social networking airwaves as I type.

If you’re heading to London Fashion Week you’ll be choosing your outfit, accessories, shoes and hair very very carefully. But what about the fashionable mummy to be? What will she be wearing? Well for this mummy to be, I’m on the fashion hunt for key pieces that will make me look and feel fabulous for LFW – and at a whopping 36 weeks preggers, I’ve set myself a challenge.

Speaking with gorgeous designers Emily Evans of 9 London and Vanessa Knox of VK online, both agree to keep it chic and simple. You are reading the blog of ChicFantastique, so chic and simple won’t be a problem, but what shall I choose? It has to be fantastique!

Firstly, let’s get aquainted with the Bella skirt designed by Vanessa Knox in classic Black, fresh Heather Grey, soft Sage and vibrant Peony. It’s bang on trend with this Autumn. Long length and pleats. She has designed it so that it is has a graduated hem, so that the front is slightly shorter than the back. Show off those heels as much as possible girls.  It’s a versatile piece that can transform from day to night, warm days to cooler days with the help of a chunky knit.

I asked Vanessa if the skirt would suit this little 5’1’’ pocket-sized mummy to be, and of course she said ‘yes’, and she meant it. The length of the skirt falls around the legs and allows you to glide as you walk because it is semi-sheer jersey. The soft band at the top of the skirt sits around your bump and is a comfortable addition to your wardrobe post baby.

I’m loving this VK one-shoulder Grecian style top. Am thinking wedding guest outfit which is needed soon.

Designer Emily Evans of 9 London who has a store in London’s Sloan Square and Harrods Knightsbridge equally has a stunning collection of key pieces – in particular Emily has designed beautifully fitting and very flattering skinny and boot cut jeans in traditional denim, black and white.

Knitwear, coats, bold colours, prints, fitted dresses, ‘vintage’ stoles – very on trend. Emily has re-invented her stoles with the addition of a silk Liberty of London print. Emily has also designed a very limited edition gold maxi dress – three only. This dress is all about red-carpet style. With a price tag of £1,500, this dress WILL impress.

Emily’s advice is to make even more of an effort when pregnant. Invest in a gorgeous top and team it with jeans or a great skirt. Read more from ‘My Fash Diary’ blogger Tala Elle Samman who’s captured Emily’s expert maternity style tips.

Okay, so I am feeling like I am getting somewhere.

This year at LFW I will be showing all my support for ethical based designer Emesha Nagy London. Stay tuned for more blogging about this ‘one to watch’ from the event itself. With the environment in mind, Emesha designs for the ‘woman-meets-man’ world with razor sharp tailoring and like Masato Label, who I featured earlier this week, Emesha is strongly conscious about fabric quality and manufacturing techniques. As I will be supporting Emesha I will be wearing one of her fabulous designs, and will opt for a blouse or jacket and team it with skinnies and fab heels for day, and skirt and fab heels for night.

Pictures and blog from the event with Emesha to follow.

So, with the right advice and direction, what could be a disaster has been turned around by designers who are realising that at one stage or another, the highly fashion conscious will want to embark on the world or pregnancy. Their body may change, but their need for feeling confident and beautiful will be ever more present.


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