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22 May 2017

Au revoir the Loire Valley, hello British Summer Time

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Superdry

Superdry for the Supercool kids, and the Loire Valley for the grown ups….

If anyone has never visited the beautiful Loire Valley in France yet, I can highly recommend it. Just having returned from a whistlestop three nighter, I wish it had been longer, and don’t get me started on the one extra night I tagged on in Paris. Too much to do, too little time!!! Full travel feature coming soon.

In the meantime, it’s high time we had some sunshine, and I love this campaign for Superdry #thenightisyoung .. I’m not as young as I used to be (who is?!) but I am still young at heart, and this makes me all reminiscent for my heady days which turned into nights which turned into days. 

Read more here 

And shop the collection here

01 Mar 2017

Balenciaga :Shaping Fashion at London’s V&A

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This summer’s blockbuster exhibition at the V & A museum will be a well timed 100 years retrospective, which was founded by of Spanish fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga, whose groundbreaking designs changed fashion forever. 

Showcasing pieces that you might recognise, but not realise were Balenciaga, such as the tulip skirt, shift dress, raglan sleeve and and boxy shoulders, he was noted by his contemporaries as being a genius, and setting the rules for 20th century high fashion.

Christian Dior called him “conductor to the haute couture’s orchestra”, and the ‘Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion’ show is a homage to much of his seen and unseen work. Allowing visitors to closely explore the complicated craftsmanship and attention to detail that went into his creations, and radically, the V & A have x-rayed one of his gowns to expose the underlying workmanship that keeps it in shape.

Balenciaga shaped fashion in the mid 20th century, like no other, and his influence has filtered through to designs today- with JW Andersen, Simone Rocha and Erdem as noticeable devotees. Interestingly, now Balenciaga is under the art direction of experimental nous of Demna Gvasalia, (from Vetements) and the house is gaining a new cult following for it’s creative and forward thinking designs. 

The exhibition will showcase over 100 designs and drawings, alongside photographs of the some of the world’s most famous women who he dressed and is a must see for anyone who has a love of fashion. 

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion will be on show at the V&A, London May 27th 2017–February 18th 2018

More details here

22 Feb 2017

London Fashion Week AW17

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LFW : My Fashion Editor’s Picks

London is a stylish city, there is no doubt about it, and it is always a pleasure to be one of the lucky ones to get to see the collections on the catwalks and earmark the trends for press. 

There is never one trend to come out of the shows, there is always something for everyone, and if I had to pick my faves, they would include 

Tartan

Embrace your prim and proper side, as seen at Mulberry and Preen, you don’t need to be a librarian, to enjoy this trend. In fact, let that hair down and embrace what else you can get up to in an office! 

Cowgirls

Double denim has always been a credible choice for the fashpack, and AW will see embellished denim, fringed shirts and oversized leather. And if you shop at House of Holland, all you need is a mule!

 

Cartoons for girls

Boys have been enjoying the cartoon character embellishments for the past few seasons, but with SpongeBob Squarepants celebrating his 15th birthday, Nickelodeon snapped up some of the hottest designers for a collaboration- check out Peter Jensen and Bobby Abley for their take. With Mary Katrantzou utilising Disney’s Fantasia, an House of Holland working Woody the Woodpecker on to the back of some rather fetching denim jackets.

The hills are alive with the sound of peasants

If you are over the bell sleeve, fear not, the new sleeve is all about the peasant! And why you’re at it, why not add some serious lacing and a pair of very impractical shoes, and you can channel your inner milkmaid. 

It’ll be all bright on the night

Fyodor Golan opened Fashion Week with a selection of ice l0lly hued catsuits, apparently inspired by the Powerpuff Girls and the humble Post It note! And if you are a glass half full kind of woman, you will probably already be in the queue for the in yer face colour blocking at Roksanda and Ryan Lo. You might want to tone the make up down. Or perhaps you might not! 

 

 

30 Jan 2017

Self Styled: The Book That Says It All

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If you ever wanted to be a stylist, this book is worth a look.

It’s been a while coming, but when I get a picture book, I like to enjoy the pictures! So when the beautiful hard back “Self.Styled Dare to be Different” arrived in my Christmas stocking, I was keen to savour the images. 

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A 250 page turner by photographer Anthony Lycett showcases his pick of the most stylish urbanites. The not so shy and retiring subjects who (in most cases are non models) were asked to bring and pose in their choice of daywear, and evening wear. With no magazine stylist involved, the unique personal outfit choices are mesmerising.

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With double page shoots for each model, colour, body shape and taste are explored to the max, and if you like to consume street style as I do, you become mesmerised by the masterpieces.

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Working with a diverse range of eccentric personalities including David Carter (hotelier and purveyor of whimsical magical experiences), Anett-Patrice Van York, Art Director and Photographer (who settled for a skeleton outfit) through to Brighton’s own Atters Attree, who is mostly known for his penny farthing bicycle antics, the sartorial choices are far from meek, and Anthony is keen to show how they represent themselves to the public.

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Providing a cultural reference point for the twenty-teen century, it shows that fashion is a personal choice, and how being individual is the only way to survive; With personal anecdotes to accompany the images, there is no doubt that it pays off if you dare to be different. 

What’s your story?

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17 Jan 2017

London Fashion Week Men

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Check out the reports from my favourite AW17 London Fashion Week Mens shows for @55Factory here:

With photographs by Christopher George.

 

 

 

08 Jan 2017

Happy new year, and happy new fashion!

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London Collections is back with a bang, and is rebranded as London Fashion Week Mens, so it’s no wonder you might have spied lots of #LFWM hashtags over the last few days. 

There’s a new home at 180 The Strand for the BFC, which has shown some very hot off the press shows, and Topman have cornered the Old Selfridges Hotel for their edgy designers. I have some personal faves so far, but watch this space for a review. Day four tomorrow! 

24 Dec 2016

Christmas comes once a year, so it’s time to fashion yourself up!

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Christmas Fashion at The Darling Mansions

The time has come to plan my own Christmas wish list, and although I have been leaving (quite a few) hints, I am hoping that something from the following selection will end up in my stocking. 

This is my dream Christmas day outfit….

Obviously Christmas means eating more roasties than usual, so this Maison Margiela jumpsuit is the perfect all day loungewear- smart enough to snazz up with these amazing new season Aquazzura leopard and zebra heels, which will add a little Christmas pizazz. 

This 80s style leather MISBHV two tone bike jacket with removable sleeves is a perfect statement, and will make my neighbours curtains twitch when I pop out for an afternoon stroll… and this double star ring by Alinka is I need for a subtle statement. 

My new years eve is set to be a glamorous affair. With a dress code of silver and gold, I don’t think I can manage the head to toe Barbarella look! However, I am eyeing up this sexy ruffled Ellie Saab jumpsuit, along with the snakeskin McQueen booties to dance away the night. 

The classic Oscar De La Renta gold leather jacket will break some matchy matchy rules and of course, every respectable princess has a blinging Rolex timepiece so she knows when it’s midnight!

Happy Christmas to you and yours. And happy shopping too! 

13 Nov 2016

FITFLOP WINTER BOOTS ARE A WINNER

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Look no further for the boot that does it all.

A great winter boot needs to comfortable, durable and wearable with lots of looks. FITFLOP Mukluks tick all those boxes.

Now the clocks have gone back and winter is officially here, I have been wearing my shorty FITFLOP Mukluks with EVERYTHING!  Their first outing was in a rather crisp Budapest; even though I wasn’t anticipating quite how cold it was going to be, the boots sprang to action, and their toasty shearling lining kept my toes from feeling the chill, whilst I was marching around the sights (and bars!)

On home ground they are proving just as popular, with many a glance of envy at my shorty UGG style, non UGG boots. Having worn these for years, until they finally wore through- the dark brown FITFLOP are a very welcome replacement.

Looking just as cool with jeans, leather pants or tracksuit bottoms (yup, stylists do have down days!) the technology that hugs your insole and arch contour, which doesn’t restrict anything, or make you look like you are walking like a penguin.,.Check them out on FITFLOP now – I think they might even be in the sale!

26 Oct 2016

The New Garconne for modern girls who like to dress like boys!

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A must read book for 21st century tomboys…

Meaning: A young woman of the 1920s who rebelled against conventional ideas of ladylike behaviour and dress. Otherwise interpreted as girls with attitude and a great sense of personal style.

Thankfully, this type of woman is still around today, and if you’re a slouchy trousers, white shirt and brogues kind of girl, this book will resonate with you.

See my full review for 55Factory here: 55factory.net

13 Oct 2016

HAPPY 50 YEARS TO THE SUMMER OF LOVE IN SAN FRAN!

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I love a travel event, probably because I love to travel, so soaking up titbits of new and exciting destinations always gets me in a fluster!

This week I was delighted to visit a press event hosted by San Fransisco tourism, and along with (possibly one too many) gin cocktail, I got in the summer of love spirit, and embraced my inner hippy at the central London venue “Carousel”.

Along with the delicious cocktails, there walls were decorated with large sized murals, vintage prints from the sixties, and the best psychedelic soundtrack to help the night go with a swing. Even the tacos were authentic! All I can say is roll on 2017- I think I can help the city celebrate it’s 50th in style!

With even more art and some very fancy fashion on my radar, it was a pleasure to rub shoulders with celebs including Tamsin Eccleston and Amber LeBon at the ETRO store, at the launch of ‘My Mother Was A Reeler’ which is a limited edition capsule featuring a selection of scarves and a bespoke clutch bag, by British artist Victoria Morton. There were too many celebs to shake a stick at, and equal measures of champagne! It’s no wonder there were lots of bods on spill watch! But it’s such a gorgeous store- perfect for a party!

I enjoyed a few days by the seaside, cracking on with the first edit of issue 11 of 55Pages- can hardly believe it!!! It’s out a lot later than it usually is, as my partner in crime decided to get married, and pretty much shut down for the month of September!! But we’re back with a bang, and it’s looking hot hot hot!

I’ll have to step away from it this weekend though, as next stop is a press trip to Budapest. CAFe festival here I come….