Fashion Guest posts | February 17th 2017

London Fashion Week: What’s in you handbag?

As London Fashion Week gets under way, we caught up with blogger Lizzy Hadfield to find out what she’ll be taking along to the shows. Read on for full VIP access to its contents…

Lizzy Hadfield: After a few seasons at LFW I have perfected packing my handbag with everything I need, while keeping it light enough to carry around for a long day on your feet. A mid sized bag is key: too big and I will fill it for the sake of it, and too small I will have to sacrifice something I actually need. My Fendi 2Jours bag is the perfect size, with two main compartments for the bulkier items and a central zip pocket for the pieces that need to be kept safe.


Get the London Fashion Week Look: Handbags

I always look of handbags that I can wear both cross body, and by holding the top handle. It makes them so much more versatile. Here’s a selection of some of the best LFW-friendly bags available to buy at the moment:

This simple, saddle-style bag from John Lewis gets the look and the level of practicality needed for a day at the shows just right. Buy it here >>


London Fashion Week: tech

Phone: iPhone 6s Plus – I am converted to the large screen size since having this phone. It’s great if you are an Insta-addict like me, and also if you manage a lot of your emails from your phone.

Portable charger – the downside of being surgically attached to your phone is the waning battery life. Mine tends to keep me going until late afternoon, but this is rapidly decreased when we consider my reliance on City Mapper when in London. My portable charger and cable comes with me everywhere, John Lewis have a great selection, and I recommend the ones that hold a few charges – take your pick here.

Canon g7x – I vlog weekly so this is always in my handbag. It sadly has been dropped a few times (I once managed to drop kick it across a carpark, and it miraculously survived) so it looks a little rough around the edges. It’s a fantastic camera for video, I love it. Find it at John Lewis.

Olympus Mju II – this is my film camera, which always makes me look like I have stepped back into the 90s. I document my weeks on 35mm film, so this is always with me too. And yes, it has sellotape on holding it together in parts – it still works perfectly!

London Fashion Week: Beauty

London Fashion Week bag

I keep the beauty products to a minimum as I rarely reapply my make up throughout the day, but three items are an essential:

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream – this is my holy grail! I often get very dry lips, and nothing works as well as this. It is available as a lip balm but the original cream is the best formula I have tried.

MAC Lipstick in ‘Persistence’ – this is my current favourite MAC lipstick. It’s a beautiful dark nude, and Mac lipsticks are one of the few that I can wear all day without drying my lips out too much.

Urban Decay Naked Concealer – I have repurchased this many times as it’s the best concealer I have found yet. I wear it under my eyes, and top it up on any blemishes throughout the day. It doesn’t feel cakey or crease under the eyes at all! An essential for the long days at LFW where you often go from day events straight to an evening one with no time to freshen up.

Compeed – this stuff is amazing! Pop it on your heels before a long day and it will stop any uncomfortable shoes. Possibly my ultimate fashion week essential!

London Fashion Week purse

Of course I need my purse, also ram packed with receipts in my failing attempts at organisation. This one is from Smythson, and was a Christmas present. I have to have a long wallet to fit in all the rubbish I collect in there, a little one would just not do the job! In the contactless world of transport in London I could probably get away with just a card holder really!

My pen is a bit of an odd one, but I always have it on me and it has come in handy so many times. From jotting down someones email, or making a note on the go about whatever springs to mind. I always print out my show schedule too and cross things off so I go to keep on track of timings.

Everything tends to run late during fashion week, so having a good idea of your schedule and how much you hope to fit in is essential.

The final item is a slightly optimistic one – sunglasses. Far from an essential in London in February, but you never know and it’s great to be prepared. I always love my looks so much more when some sunnies are involved, so I never like to miss an opportunity to wear mine. These ones are from Ray-Ban, who also have reasonably sized cases.

February 17th 2017 - by @CollectPlus