Fashion week is kinda gas: there’s the whole top layer of LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME NO REALLY LOOK AT ME IN MY LEGO HAT FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WON’T YOU LOOK AT ME AND TAKE MY PICTURE going on, which is what it’s easy to dismiss it as; a bunch of #selfie-obssessed fashion victims with an agenda quite possibly a lot of them are unsure of. Not quite there to work, but there to be seen, some of ’em will beg to get into a few shows; some of them will be invited, but mostly it’s a case of being there to, well, be there.

Then there’s the real reason for fashion week: it’s so that fashion brands can showcase their product and sell it, so that the wheels of the fashion industry (a big business which employs a lot of people, and that’s not frivolous stuff), can keep turning. The media are in the mix to report, do stories on all the various aspects, and that’s why I go, sometimes. 

I was over at LFW for a couple of days and in between all the things I was doing for worky-reasons, I nipped into the designer showrooms to check out the accessories. Naturally, I got some shots of bags, shoes and jewels I thought were the most fabulous. Wanna see? Then get busy clicking!

Camilla Elphick's AW15 shoe collection is full of wearable whimsy, like these lightning-bolt boots.
And, y'know, check out Camilla Elphick's Pez bunny shoes. Love.
Cleo B is a line of cute shoes and the accessories to go with: think metal clips and pompoms for the fanciest flats ever.
What a smart idea: accessories for your kicks. Attach these Daisy Knights clips to your laces for some runner-based rad.
Dear Frances does a nice line in classic shoes and boots with interesting details on the heels.
Beautiful structured leather from Fleet Ilya: body pieces like waistlets, shown here, as well as bags and a really cute headband with ears.
Helmsley London's a bag brand I've come across before; they're very much known for their angled, cut-off rectangular shape. New woven details and a less rigid feel mark the AW15 collection out.
Dedicated shoe fans will already know Joanne Stoker; here's some of her forthcoming AW15 wares.
More Joanne Stoker; these were beautiful.
Kitsch, but not plastic or throwaway, the jewellery from Maria Francesca Pepe is fun and standout.
More Maria Francesca Pepe.
Mawi's another name that won't be new to you if you love high-end jewellery but it looks like they're making a bit of a move away from the sort of architectural pieces they've been making (which I love but can't afford), into more Dior fine joaillerie-style stuff.
I was interested to see this Mawi bag too; it's a bit of a departure from the bejewelled grabs and clutches the brand is currently known for.
Okay, so it's no surprise that this brand, Mayrafedane, caught my eye - robots! - but everything on display was so appealing in terms of shape and colour.
More Mayrafedane.
And a really cute Lego-style Mayrafedane bag.
Philippe Ferrandis won't be a new name to anyone who likes higher end costume jewellery - I've got a pair of earrings I adore. But this collection is Philippe Ferrandis x Swarovski, and looks really, really good.
Cute, strong but simple jewellery from Thong Thai. This brand also had an awesome colab with designer Ryan Lo, worth checking out.
A good while ago I remember seeing Williams Handmade's bags in the window of Selfridges in a super-striking display. Great quality leathers, interesting but not OTT details and a good finish; one for girls who like a decent handbag that doesn't scream 'label'.