Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Supremebeing Jumper

Autumn has well and truly arrived. Since it's arrival a couple of weeks ago, I've become obsessed by finding warm and comfortable clothing. Perhaps it's because I have an aversion to winter and so therefore I seem to subconsciously avoid buying any warm winter clothing. This has been the situation now for several years and so I tend to spend the winter's cold, and craving the sun.
I saw this men's jumper from Supremebeing recently and fell in love with it. It's perfect for dress-down Sunday mornings, to be worn with skinny jeans and ballet flats; or those nights when you come in and want to get changed into something warm and curl up with a book (or Midsomer Murder's). I just hope that I can convince my boyfriend to buy it so I can 'borrow' it.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Open House

(Ex-Daily Express building, Fleet Street)

Last weekend I attended several Open House events. For those that haven’t been to Open House before, it’s a London-based event which allows you to visit many buildings that are normally off-limit. It’s a great opportunity to take a look around some of London’s best kept secrets.

(Ex-Daily Express building, Fleet Street)
(Ceiling light, ex-Daily Express building, Fleet Street)

First on our list was the ex-Daily Express Art Deco-style building located on Fleet Street. Unfortunately, only the lobby that was open to the public (as it is now in the hands of Goldman Sachs), however it was incredible to get a glimpse of the ornate silver and gilt plaster wall reliefs, the silver pendent lamp, oval staircase and snake hand rails.

(Silver and gilt plaster relief, ex-Daily Express building, Fleet Street)
(View of the stairwell, ex-Daily Express building, Fleet Street)
(Snake hand rail, ex-Daily Express building, Fleet Street)
(Chest of drawers containing prints, St Bride Institute, Fleet Street)

First on our list was the ex-Daily Express Art Deco-style building located on Fleet Street. Unfortunately, only the lobby that was open to the public (as it is now in the hands of Goldman Sachs), however it was incredible to get a glimpse of the ornate silver and gilt plaster wall reliefs, the silver pendent lamp, oval staircase and snake hand rails.

(Main entrance, St Bride Institute, Fleet Street)
(St Bride Church, Fleet Street)

The St Bride church in the background is also the inspiration for the modern day tiered wedding cake due to its architecture of the same shape.

(Little Britain)
(Art Deco clock, Fleet Street)
(Lifts, 1 Finsbury Circus)

1 Finsbury Circus was a beautiful example of teaming old and new design seamlessly. The building, once home to BP, is a Lutyens Grade II listed building and has been redeveloped with a contemporary interior and striking roof which allows masses of sunlight through.

(Atrium ceiling, 1 Finsbury Circus)
(View of offices, 1 Finsbury Circus)

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Fashion and the Digital Revolution

Digital technology and fashion is a relationship that is going from strength-to-strength in recent seasons. There’s no doubting that the digital revolution is in full swing. As a social media advisor in my professional life and a fashion blogger inmy personal, it is a collaboration that I wholeheartedly support and actively follow.
Burberry, being the digital innovators of the international fashion world, have revolutionised the field. Burberry have continued to impress in just about every digital channel; from acquiring approximately 8.5 million fans on Facebook to the live streaming of last year’s London Fashion Week spring/summer 2011 catwalk show on to Piccadilly Circus.
However, the campaign that captured the world’s attention was the psychedelic catwalk show featuring hologram models, to celebrate the launch of its Beijing flagship store. The show featured six hologram models, including Edie Campbell, walking through one another, bursting into snowflakes and multiplying along the catwalk. It was a visual masterpiece!
The trend has also filtered on to the high street with the Bullring showcasing ‘The Show: redefinition’ as part of Style Birmingham Live from Friday 23 – Sunday 25 September. The Bullring will set the stage for yet another digital technology and fashion collaboration. This will involve real-life models walking the catwalk against a holographic backdrop.
The Show: Redefinition; has taken inspiration from the autumn/winter 2011 key trends, including gothic and 40s Hollywood. What makes this fashion show even more accessible is that you can buy all of the affordable looks from the shops within the Bullring. It is great to see a catwalk show that is available to the general public. Let the revolution continue!

Monday, 19 September 2011

LFW Launch: Toni & Guy Catwalk Show

London Fashion Week launched the spring/summer 2012 campaign with a Toni & Guy ‘Hair Meets Wardrobe’ catwalk show at Somerset House on Thursday night.
The catwalk show was introduced by Naomi Campbell (I still can’t believe she’s 41!) and featured four signature looks: casual, glamour, creative and classic. Each signature look was personified with striking hair, make-up and outfits worn by the models.
I had no idea what to expect of this catwalk show. What would the theme be? What would the format be? Would fashion play a role? However, Toni & Guy seemed to really understand the correlation and importance between hair and fashion (despite a couple of debateable outfit choices on the catwalk, namely a pink-swimsuit with one-legged fringe trousers). It even inspired me to go and try a few of the looks at home.
The fash-pack party then continued at the Royal Hospital Club in Covent Garden, which involved expresso martinis, mini ice-creams and a whole lot of dancing. Let London Fashion Week commence!
Front row: Olivia Palermo and Matthew Williamson
Front row: Naomi Campbell

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Mulberry S/S 12

Mulberry S/S 12 was a fantastic show today. The collection was inspired by the Great British Summer, camping and festivals, and was incredibly uplifting.

Mulberry's collection featured a sensation of candy colours and summer brights, and it incorporated all of the British summer staples. From maxi dresses and platform sandals for the momentary summer rays, and waterproof jackets and skirts for the summer showers all teamed with beautiful Brigitte Bardot-esque hair.

This London Fashion Week collection marks yet another success for Mulberry’s Creative Director Emma Hill. Hill has has really turned Mulberry in to a fashion tour de force, and I can’t wait to see what next LFW has to offer!

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Dominic Jones Cross Earrings

Dominic Jones has done it again! We thought nothing could top the much sought-over rose thorn jewellery of last season, but he has.
Jones has created another must-have piece of edgy jewellery for editors, journalists and the rest of us to go wild over. The 'Dangling Cross' earrings are perfect for lifting an outfit and adding a touch of rebellion to your look. Tres chic!

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Calling David White?

I was walking down the Kingsland Road earlier with my friend Lindsay (in search of some delicious Turkish food) and we came across this sign which made us laugh out loud! If you know poor David White please contact him...

Thursday, 8 September 2011

When Hentsch Man Met With Geek Chic

This week saw the launch of Hentsch Man's debut book on style entitled 'The Chic Geek's Fashion, Grooming and Style Guide for Men'.
The party was held at its store on Newburgh Street which had an impressive turnout. As I turned up, people were spilling out on to the cobbled streets drinking bottles of Peroni. There was a great atmosphere.
Understandably, the party was full of stylish men (and a handful of women) including my friend Bobby (left) and Darren (artist/photographer/designer). We couldn't help but notice Darren's briefcase as we walked in which is so classically beautiful! Apparently, a businessman gave it to him after Darren did some temporary work with him. Note to self: must remember to compliment people carrying beautiful handbags more often...
(Ps Please excuse the poor quality iPhone photos)

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Mulberry Polly Push Lock

Move over the Alexa, there's a new girl in town, the Polly Push Lock.
The Polly is storming to the top of every girl's wish list this autumn!
The Polly is the latest bag to be launched from the Mulberry family and is available in the beautiful autumnal tones: midnight blue and the colour-of-the-moment burgundy.
It's size and shape cover all utilitarian needs while also maintaining that cool back-to-school look.
It's to be expected that it's out of my price range, at £850, however I can't help but gaze longingly at it...

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Thursday is the New Friday

Seeing as Thursday is the new Friday and we should all be out partying, I have compiled a playlist to help start your dance-a-thon!
1. Yeasayer, O.N.E.
2. Madonna, Get Into the Groove
3. Rolling Stones, Start Me Up
4. The O'Jays, Love Train
5. Lady Gaga, Hair
6. Notorious B.I.G., Mo Money Mo Problems
7. Santigold, Say Aha
8. Belle and Sebastian, I'm a Cuckoo
9. Toots and the Maytals, Pressure Drop
10. Robin S, Show Me Love
Just don't blame me for tomorrow's hangovers...



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