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14 Jan 2018

IT’S TIME TO START THINKING ABOUT FESTIVALS

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LOVE INTERNATIONAL IS RIGHT ON MY RADAR!

The summer is actually only six months away, and it’s time to start daydreaming of where you want to be. I’m a big fan of the overseas festival, and was a Garden Party lover (RIP). Read all about it’s replacement in the tiny and delightful town of Tisno, Croatia which I did for 55Factory here: 

http://www.55factory.net/55platforms/the-summer-of-love

 

13 Dec 2017

55PAGES ISSUE 13 IS HERE

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WORDS FROM 55PAGES EDITOR

55Pages is a magazine that I founded with Christopher Sims nearly seven years ago. We didn’t plan on it lasting this long (some relationships don’t even make it!!) and to be honest it is a labour of love.. but love it we do. It’s a showcase for our talents- mine in styling, writing and editing, and Chris in photography, creative direction and design. Together we bicker and banter, but generally come up with a compatible new baby every six months! 

If you haven’t checked it out before, please peruse the archives, and join the mailing list on the site. 

We publish the hard copy every Summer and Winter, but you can see it online too. 

If you have a spare half hour and want to check out some fashion, art, comment and culture, please enjoy the mag here 

 And enjoy a couple of articles I wrote here: 

SD xx

13 Dec 2017

TRAVEL, FASHION AND A MAGAZINE LATER…

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CANADA, DUBAI AND THAILAND AND ISSUE 13 OF 55PAGES

November flew by in a whirl! I have spent the last five weeks pulling together all the copy and shooting fashion for 55Pages, as well as styling the campaign imagery for luxe jewellery brand Dower & Hall and dressing the Welsh footie team in their new kit for Adidas.. my feet haven’t touched the ground!

Oh and I also managed to squeeze in a couple of press trips to the Whistler Film Festival in Canada, and the star studded Renaissance Downtown Hotel opening party (with Gwen Stefani natch!) in Dubai, and a three night whirlwind visit to the latest hotel in the stable- RenPatt in Thailand. 

Not that I am complaining! Variety is the spice, and I have come back with a corking winter tan! 

Thirteen different countries this year.. I wonder what 2018 has in store!

 

Check out my shoot for 55Pages with my fabulous fashion hubbie Christopher Sims here:

 

31 Oct 2017

MY NAME IS PRINCE

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If you need a fix of the infamous purple one, you will be spoilt for choice this winter with two very different exhibitions showcasing in London. 

I was blown away by the actual size of Mr Nelson’s stage costumes which are presented in all their glory at the #MyNameIsPrince exhibition at the 02…. He managed big guitars, big hair and big heels, but boy his waist was tiny! 

Check out my review for 55Factory here: 

 

 

30 Oct 2017

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS THE AMSTERDAM WAY!

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The annual Amsterdam Light Festival is taking place from 30 November – 16 January and it is the perfect excuse to sup a mulled wine, whilst cruising down the canals admiring the neon artwork, which this year, includes statement pieces by world-renowned artist and activist Ai Weiwei.

Read my feature for 55 here

 

27 Oct 2017

PRINCE LIVES ON AT THE PICTURING PRINCE EXHIBITION

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THE LEGEND THAT IS PRINCE DIED ON 21ST APRIL 2016

However he will remembered forever. A recent photography book by Steve Parke is a personal insight of his time spent working with Prince, as his official photographer, friend and art director. 

The release also coincides with an exhibition of these intimate images at the new Proud Gallery in central London.

Having collaborated with Prince for 13 years during the 80s and 90s, Parke has an enviable collection of rare images which are a collaboration of two creative minds, and are a sneaky peek into the man behind the purple mac.

Showing unseen shots of Prince at home in Paisley Park, the enigmatic popstrel has been snapped in his personal environment in both posed and unposed situations.

Known as a flamboyant showman, the juxtaposition of his shy and vulnerable off-duty persona shines through, alongside his overtly sexy, flamboyant and playful side. There is no doubt these images will give you goosebumps whether you were fan or not. 

Showing from 9th November – 3rd December 2017

Proud Central
32 John Adam Street
WC2N 6BP

 

‘Picturing Prince: Photographs by Steve Parke’ is available on Octopus Books. Buy it here

 

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.

20 Sep 2017

Surfers. In Switzerland??

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Read what I got up to when I went to Switzerland for Flush magazine here:

Travel: Swiss chocolate, surfers and sunbathing in central Switzerland