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22 Oct 2017

MERCEDES-BENZ FASHION WEEK LJUBLJANA

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Solvenia’s Fashion Week is worth a look 

I was invited to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Ljubljana, to cover the shows for Schon! Magazine which was a first for me, and I was quite excited to visit Slovenia. With up to 3000 guests at the super sleek event which consisted of shows in sets of three, the designers hustled from Slovenia and the surrounding countries. But with FROW seating for the duration, I soaked up every second.

The production, talent and after parties (oh and meeting Simon from The Shapeshifters) definitely made it a fashion week to remember! Just please excuse my pronunciation of the designer’s names… 

Read my report for Schon! here

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Ljubljana | slav intrigue

 

11 Oct 2017

SARA DARLING: BARBOUR INTERNATIONAL GIRL

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Also spotted in Spindle magazine

When I was asked if I was free spirited, I nearly chocked on my prosecco.. Just a tad was my incredulous, and vaguely condescending reply! 

And thus began my relationship with Barbour International. Not only did they want to come and film little ole me, wearing some of the latest and tres cool collection from the brand, I had to talk about me, and write about me too! Sounds like heaven….? To be honest I was a teeny bit nervous as their film crew came to set up at the 55Factory offices and they were all faffing over me and where to put the mic! 

I’m not much one for faffing,  but experts they were and we were well away. Quite conscious of talking too much, I was assured that anything could be edited, so I sat back and quite happily chatted about me 🙂

See the finished cut here: 

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And here:

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11 Oct 2017

FROM NEW YORK TO SLOVENIA TO SPAIN

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THE LAST TWO MONTHS HAVE INVOLVED A LOT OF TRAVELLING

But I love travelling so I can’t complain! I have been lucky enough to jet off to New York with Icelandair and take part in their immersive theatrical experience for the duration of the flight, which quite literally made time fly by!

I even caught some shows at NYFW which demonstrated the differences between here and and there! Even more differences can be seen in the MBFW Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, which hosted a very interesting three days of events. Full report coming soon for Schon! Magazine.

I am currently writing this from a stunning sun-terrace, high up in the Andalusian mountains, where I am on a retreat at the Fountainhead resort. I don’t even get wifi in my room, so all I can hear is the faint sound of cowbells, birds, and the buzz of insects. Quite honestly I am in paradise!  

To finish of my Spanish adventure, I am heading to the other side of Malaga, for an equally challenging experience. As I undertake a seven day bootcamp! Watch this space!!!! 

Meanwhile when I did have a chance to catch up with my fashion family in London, I worked with pop princess and Israel’s X Factor winner for her tour with Little Mix. I popped by the K-Way store launch in Covent Garden, and was pleasantly surprised at how cool the Parisian brand has become. Founded in 1965, it’s heritage is in pac-a-macs, but after lusting after the Marketing Director’s frilly sleeved number for SS18, I can safely eat my words! 

September also saw the long awaited Leading Cultural Destinations Awards Ceremony, and brought together all the cool cats from around the world. I am not sure if I could be on the judging panel- I think they are all winners to me! 

From then, I skipped off to Wales, to style the Welsh National Football team again. One of my clients is JD Sports, and because I’m Welsh, I get to dress the boys every time a new kit is out! Tough life!! 

Until next time. 

Ciao 

 

 

08 Oct 2017

GANOR DOMINIC JOINS PRITCH LONDON AT ARTHOUSE41

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SHOES AND EDGY LEATHER ALWAYS MAKE ME HAPPY!

So when the latest concept store was announced for London’s South Molton Street, I was keen to find out more. Being familiar with the designers from Ganor Dominic and Pritch London, I knew that they would pull out all the stops for something fabulous, and Arthouse41 on 41 South Molton Street doesn’t disappoint. 

 

Read more on 55Factory here

26 Sep 2017

FIVE DAYS OF SS18 FASHION AT LFW

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FASHION CAN BE FUN… REVIEW OF SS18 AT LFW

London Fashion Week was five days of fabulousness. With all the usual heavyweights showcasing their collections, whether it be by catwalk, film or presentation- we even poached Tommy Hilfiger  from New York!

As expected, there were the outrageously impractical cuffs, summer sequins, larger than life ruffles and anoraks on display. Yup, the Great British summer essential is now making waves, or at least puddles on the runway… Even the Queen’s timeless style was immortalised at the Bora Aksu show.

My personal favourites were (as usual), Ashish and his Witch logo top,

 for summer sequins, and Osman for something (everything) pretty.  Matty Bovan who showcased at Fashion East, let loose with a colouring box and created a collection fit for a modern art gallery. Jasper Conran is the label to look to for understated sportswear, and Markus Lupfer not only presented with a gorgeous sausage dog, his patterns, knits and crochet combos are on my lust list. And don’t get me started on his sunglasses! With Christopher Kane tickig all my boxes for oversized monochrome.

Nicola Formichetti’s Nicopanda offered a cutesy selection of pastel pinks, albeit in PVC dungarees, and ruffled shirts. Even conservative stalwart, Paul Costelloe showcased his classic models in clashing red and pink PVC (no less!). The male models complemented this in a range of wedding ready suits- with the pastel rainbow two piece gaining a round of applause!

Bum bags are back at House of Holland along with a ninety ravers vibe, and if you have the figure for it, squeeze into one of Donatella Versace’s Vogue print catsuits…if they are good enough for the original supers…! (shown in Milan, but loved everywhere…) Newbie designer Billie Jacobina hit the spot with skateboarding girls and prints to dazzle in her Fashion Scout presentation.

However, if you are looking something more aherm, refined, the eighties were leading the way at Ashley Williams with tiger print twin sets, and blue hair! The eighties also cropped up at the off-schedule shows including Irene Sj Yu (tiger print, crop tops, ruffles and lacing).

For a touch of Anne of Green Gables, kit yourself out in the best ruffles you can buy, and check out Preen, Fyodor Golan, HAIZHEN WANG  and Marques’ Almeida. Pretty, floaty and flirty, let’s just hope we get some sunshine to show these pretties off!

And when you have something to hide, you might be tempted to try one of the bustle dresses from Erdem, Mary Katrantzou or Simone Rocha who have taken inspiration from Balenciaga; With versions of the iconic bubble dress- which might look extremely pretty, but ain’t gonna be easy to run for a bus in!

More wearable collections, and something who for those who are looking to invest in something practical should definitely take note of Sharon Wauchob- with a collection of (majoritively sleek lines), the trouser suits, oversized macs and boots are a dream!

If you like me, like suits, Eudon Choi is the guy to go to for an oversized pink option, and Daks are channelling a pinstripe (schoolgirl) vibe! If you love a bit of lilac, get thee to Joseph for lilac and checks, and remember you can mix and match! 

Whether you are a glamour puss, or a sport billy, there is no doubt you can find something you fancy in London’s fabulous talent. Enjoy and happy shopping.

22 Sep 2017

A HOTEL FIT FOR A FASHIONISTA

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HOME FROM HOME IN TOWER HILL

New client, new hotel!

Check out my review of the fabulous and very fashion friendly hotel, Motel One in Tower Hill London, which I did for Movie Comps here:

Motel One, London – Home from Home in Tower Hill

13 Sep 2017

Bye Bye NYFW..

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FASHION MONTH

September is the month of fashion weeks, where the four biggies show their SS18 collections. I have just returned from New York, where the fashpack were out in force, along with lots of celebrity spectators, and some of America’s biggest models, so it was great to hang out with the international crowd, and catch up with my fabulous Publisher- Heather Falconer from Spindle magazine, who upped sticks and moved Stateside last year.

My main pick ups were boho (Anna Sui), colourful, fun sequins (Libertine) and satin cowgirls (Calvin Klein), so it’s going to be fun to see what the London crew come up with.

With major players like Calvin Klein, Tom Ford and Alexander Wang showing in some pretty unusual venues across NYC, we have some stiff competition.. although Tommy Hilfiger is coming to London- contrary? Just excitable.

Two more sleeps until LFW- can’t wait!

03 Sep 2017

SOHO SPEAKS: WORTH A LISTEN

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GET DOWN WITH SOHO’S HOTTEST HERO BRANDS AND INDIE FASHION TALENT

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If you need any more excitement after London Fashion Week, you can get involved with Carnaby Street’s favourite fashionistas in a new series of events entitled ‘Soho Speaks’ taking place every Thursday from 21st September until the end of October. 

With plenty of hero stores around Soho, it has always been a hotbed of creativity, so there is no excuse to miss out on a close encounter with the talent behind the brands who have chosen central London as their base. 

Soho Speaks kicks off with WAH Nails founder, Sharmadean Reid, and if you have ever looked at anybody’s mani in envy, this is probably the girl who inspired it! Starting out in East London, WAH Nails is now prettying up the nails of west-end girls, along with a huge celeb following…are you one of the 444K followers on Instagram??Sound like fun? If you’re in town on Thursdays, book in and get inspired!

PROGRAMME

Thursday 21 September – WAH Nails, Sharmadean Reid talking inspirational Soho
Thursday 28 September – BLEACH London founders on make up and hair trends

Thursday 5 October – OTHER/ Shop founders on independent brands and Soho
Thursday 12 October – Mark Powell in Conversation with Holly Roberts from GQ

Thursday 19 October – Footpatrol x ASICS retrospective and BTS with the team 

Get your free tickets here

#SohoSpeaks 

28 Aug 2017

VIOLET AND WREN: BRINGING SEXY BACK TO LOUNGEWEAR

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LUXURY LOUNGEWEAR, LINGERIE AND LACE

Whatever you like to slip into in the comfort of your own home, I can guarantee that the designers behind sumptuous lingerie label Violet and Wren will have you covered. 

For a hint of glamour, or just plain practical, these girls know a thing or two about underwear, pyjamas and everything else that girls want! 

Check out my review for 55Factory here

 

22 Aug 2017

ALTAROMA: ROMAN FASHION

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I was invited to Altaroma “Who is on Next?” fashion week for the first time (!!!!) this season, and I am very glad I went! Seeing new talent, alongside established haute couture designers, in the romantic city of Rome was a very special experience. It is hosted in association with Vogue Italia, so as you can imagine, there was lots of hot talent to soak up.

Read my report for Schon! magazine here:

http://schonmagazine.com/eternal-city-of-style-altaroma/