Recently Kate had the opportunity to attend Karen Millen’s In Focus event hosted at their Covent Garden Store. In Focus AW16 was created by Karen Millen in partnership with Olympus Pen to showcase their newly launched autumn/winter collection as modelled by the stunning Victoria of In The Frow. Run in partnership with Olympus Pen (the blogger camera of choice), attendees had the opportunity to try out the latest model from Olympus’ Pen range – the E-PL8 to celebrate its launch.
The evening kicked off with bubbly and time to wander around and preview Karen Millen’s autumn/winter collection. I had the chance to have a chat with the lovely Victoria of In The Frow who is every-bit as lovely as she comes across in her vlogs, and yes – she is that gorgeous in real life!
The Karen Millen Autumn Winter Collection had some great pieces in it, below are my top choices which I hope to be adding to my winter wardrobe in the near future! As usual mainly black pieces caught my eye, I am just loving the lacy features cropping up in this seasons clothes!
The Pleat Panel Top (£85) caught my eye as it is quite unusual, the pleat panel stopping this from being ‘just another casual jumper’ that gets lost in your wardrobe. The Studded Pocket TShirt (£60) was my favourite piece of the evening, perfect for an evening out or just casual with jeans, I could see this piece getting alot of wear. The Belted Jumpsuit (£199) is an elegant and timeless piece that could easily replace a little black dress. This bold boyfriend style Tie-Neck Coat (£280) is a casual style that you could throw on over anything to brighten up a winters day and would pair beautifully with a pair of chinos and these Oxford Lace-Ups (£140).
After compiling a shopping list, it was time for the lucky first 40 guests to join Victoria and British fashion photographer (and Olympus ambassador) Jay Muclughlen for a workshop sharing their top photography and styling tips. This was a great workshop, with Jay asking Victoria questions about her blogging process from inspiration to hitting the publish button. We had the opportunity to hear about her photography journey from starting out with an iPhone to getting a ‘proper’ camera and there was a great Q&A session at the end in which both Jay and Victoria shared lots of words of wisdom, I came away form this feeling totally inspired and itching for my own camera to play with! You can read some of Victoria’s photography tips here.
Luckily for me and the other guests following the workshop Olympus set out a collection of their new E-PL8‘s for the us to try out and put Jay and Victoria’s tips and tricks to the test. I have been researching cameras for a while now and had the Olympus OMD E-M10 II in my sights so I was really interested to try out a camera from the Pen range also see the amount of guests who already had Olympus Pens.
The camera itself is compact with the ability to change lenses. The standard camera comes with the 14 – 42mm pancake lens – a super slim zoom lens suitable for stills and videos. The auto function on this camera was easy to use with the adjustable touch screen being super versatile – even folding right down for capturing that perfect selfie! For those of us that like to play around with camera settings a bit more to get a bit more creative with images there is an easy access control panel to make adjusting your aperture and shutter speed quicker and easier than ever. The function that really wowed me was the ability to turn your phone into a remote control to take pictures – perfect for fashion photography and you can even play with settings such as zoom from afar.
Olympus have definitely played to their fashion forward audience with the range of accessories available to pair with the Pen. All in all this is a neat little camera, with SLR quality but in a size you can easily fit in your handbag and keep handy at all times.
Thankyou so much to Karen Millen, Victoria and Olympus for putting on such a wonderful evening and a little shout out to all the lovely girls I met on the evening – especially the lovely Jenna who kept me company whilst queuing!
Are any of our lovely readers Olympus Pen converts?!
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(Professional images courtesy of Karen Millen and Olympus)