International DJ and Storm-signed presenter Zara Martin has quite the fashion CV, including bookings to spin the decks for the likes of Tom Ford, Chanel, and Fendi. No less, her chichi headphone collaboration with Skinny Dip is in its third season, merging her professional worlds of fashion and music. With a hectic schedule of shows, launches, lunches, and designer interviews, the front row regular shares her London Fashion Week diary with Vogue.me. From costume changes in-between soirées to survival tips to get through a long-haul day on style’s front line, read through the London It girl experience here.
Morning! Excited, I found myself awake waiting for my alarm to go off before I rolled out of bed. Then I jumped in the shower, had a cup of coffee, and prepared a makeshift breakfast to eat in the car. I had organized my outfit the night before – my favorite burnt red, ribbed Warehouse floor length, long sleeved dress that matches my lipstick perfectly. I paired it with my pointed all black Havva Mustafa boot as I knew it was going to be cold outside.
I got a phone call that my car had arrived, a G Wagon from Mercedes-Benz that matched my all black look (of course!).
I arrived at DeBeers to pick up a few amazing pieces I’d be able to wear throughout LFW. DeBeers is one of my favorite jewelry brands and as I’m getting married in October it was a great opportunity to check out their rings.
I jumped back into my car and headed home to have an early lunch, as I knew I wouldn’t have time later. A quick bowl of pasta always does the job.
I dressed in a floor length, ribbed, black Eudon Choi dress with a casual statement AllSaints leather jacket (because it’s no longer summer) along with pointed all black Havva Mustafa boots and my black Charles & Keith bag. Before I knew it I was back in my car and on the way to the BFC Show space, where the Bora Aksu show was taking place. One of my favorite shows every year.
It was such a beautiful show with the girls looking like they were out of Alice and Wonderland with the sheer delicate colored materials, with what could be rabbit ears as head pieces. Known for his romantic style but with a dark twist, it’s always an exiting show. I headed backstage to chat to Bora Aksu about his collection and to praise him for his hard work. Models were smiling and thanking him, and everyone backstage was on a high.
I was dressed in Millie Mackintosh (I love the brand and her) a frilly white shirt and skirt, along with my LK Bennett knee-high boots, Charlotte Simone hat, and of course an Aspinal of London bag. I made the final touch ups to my make up in the car. Related: Read Vogue Arabia’s interview with designer Charlotte Simone
Walking into the Apsinal of London presentation, it was like a dream. A girl’s dream of hundreds of bags in perfect condition – it was hard not to touch. With a variety of luggage, accessories and stationary, there were so many people at the presentation. Accompanied by my publicist, we fantasized over the different bags we would love to have while taking pictures and sending them to our other halves.
I changed into my final outfit for the Julien MacDonald show. It’s one of the most eagerly anticipated shows and I knew it would be a celebrity-packed fashion extravaganza. Wearing a Julien MacDonald dress (of course) you instantly feel glamorous, with high knee grey Loriblu boots and my Fendi bag to match. I rushed into the car to do my final touch ups to my make up, using my Tom Ford lipstick.
I arrived just in time to be seated (phew, as I thought we were going to be late). Everyone’s phone lights were flashing, making the jewels on every model sparkle. It was like a movie – no wonder Julien is named the ‘king of glamour’. After the show I went backstage to meet the man himself; he’s over the moon with the show and can’t stop smiling.
I was finally time to relax. I headed home and couldn’t wait to get into bed. I put the kettle on to make a cup of tea while watching TV, waiting for my fiancé to get home to see what we were having for dinner.