LFW – Apu Jan AW18

LFW – Apu Jan AW18

 

Hey Fashionistas!! Its been a minute, how are you all doing?? My first blog post of 2018!!! I know I know forgive me.

So this time last week I looked at my 3 invites, and was trying to decided where I could squeeze in a show or two. I’ve been very busy lately however I was determined not to miss Fashion Week, I was going to see some shows no matter what.

Well I was late to 2 but managed to see 1 and it just happened to be one of my favourites. 1 out of 3 isn’t bad!!

London Fashion Week for me is all about the creativity, the undiscovered, the young bloods who are hungry for the spotlight the ‘Off Schedule’ shows. Please read my piece on why I love the ‘Off Schedule’ shows.  

Home of 'Off Schedule' Fashion

Vintage Coat - Portobello Market | Green Jumper - Uniqlo | Trousers - Primark | Shoes - ASOS |

Apu Jan is one of my favourite labels and every season feels like a continuation of the one before. Unlike other young labels Apu Jan’s brand identity is very strong. They know who they are and are consistent every season. Their colour palette never really change from season to season, they’re very consistent and creative in the textures they use, the shape, and scale they create. They’re playful with their materials and always use juxtapose fabrics and textures to create elegance, and timeless pieces. There’s always an element of the Far East cleverly woven through the collection.

Here are a few that caught my eye tell me what you think below.   Rx

Mixing of unusual fabrics

Traditional Eastern Asia shapes

 

 

London Fashion Week – SS18

London Fashion Week – SS18

 

The London Fashion Week ship has long sailed away, onto #MFW and I’m still here trying to sum it all up. #betterlatethannever

This season, London Fashion Week featured more than 100 designers from different parts of the world. It drew in more high-profile brands than ever before. Labels such as Emporio Armani, which hasn’t had a show in London for about 10 years. Tommy Hilfiger which moved from his usual slot in NFWK and first-time shows such as the elegant Couturissimo whom I had the pleasure of attending and also the knitwear womenswear label Sabinna.  It’s definitely great to see London challenging rival cities on the global style scene: it’s proof that our city is an international cultural and creative hub. With 100 designers being featured this season, the need for a place to unwind in between shows was crucial. My in-between shows hub was at the Felicities PR Lounge, where I used to update my instastories, charge my phone and catching up with fellow fashionistas.

 

 

Couturissimo

Couturissimo is a fashion platform that delivers support and provides sustainability for the couture industry while broadening the reach of couture designers through a collaborative approach to limited edition collections. The SS18 collection was shown at The Orangery at Kensington Palace, it was created with the spirit of couture at its heart by a collective of couture designers. With accessible price points and global access to unique collections through their website, this new direction hopes to attract a new generation of couture fans.

 

 

The couture industry, forever in constant transformation has found itself at a crossroads between the traditional and the contemporary with Couturissimo providing a sustainable bridge that links the past and the future. Much like the English founder of Haute Couture, Charles Frederick Worth, London based Couturrismo is pioneering a new era of fashion innovation. The brand’s goal is to provide greater access to beautifully crafted, quality collections that capture the spirit of couture at a price that is within reach of the modern woman.

The artistic geniuses behind Parisian brand OnAura Tout Vu, Livia Stoianova and Yassen Samouilov, have overseen a team of couture designers to deliver the beautifully imagined SS18 collection. Dubai-based designer Michael Cinco, who has created masterpieces worn by the likes of Beyonce, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga, has worked closely alongside Sebastien Gunawan, the pioneer of ‘fashion-culture’ in Indonesia, as part of the international team contributing to this season’s collection. The SS18 Couturissimo collection conveyed the principal codes of luxury and couture via high fashion designs, ultra-feminine cuts, a demanding level of fabrication, motifs embroidery and original prints but at a more democratic price point than traditional couture gowns.

Sabinna

 

Sabinna - SS18 / Catwalk + Presentation

Lovely catching up with @AdrienneLdn

Fashionistas!!

 

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OKAPI x MAXHOSA

OKAPI X MAXHOSA

 

In recent years the continent of Africa has been churning out some amazing luxury brands. From Atelier Loza Maleombho, Orange Culture, Maki Oh, and my very favourite Maxhosa by Laduma whom I had the pleasure of meeting at the Okapi store. You can find most of these brands online, however just like most Fashionistas when it comes to luxury goods I prefer to shop the traditional way.  I want to see and touch the items it’s a whole shopping experience. What if I told you there’s a shop that does exactly that, showcasing only African luxury brands here in London.

Let me introduce you to Okapi, Okapi was first launched in Capetown in 2011 by South African Painter Hanneli Rupert. It’s the home of luxury artisan handbags and accessories made entirely in Africa. The very opposite of fast fashion, the ethos behind Okapi is to craft carefully selected locally sourced materials into unique pieces that can be customised and added to over time. By keeping production local, the brand is able to create job opportunities on the continent and develop its employees. Wouldn’t it be amazing if all brands had the same attitude?

The Okapi ethos of carefully selected craftsmanship has been adopted into a pop-up store this summer in London, showcasing the SS17 collection of South African based luxury brand Maxhosa by Laduma. The collection will be there until August 31st, it’s a well-crafted, beautiful and versatile collection, but don’t take my word for it go and check it out.

OKAPI, 40 Eaton Terrace, SW1W 8TS, London

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Kisses,

Rx

 

SS17 - MAXHOSA

SS17 - MAXHOSA

OKAPI - Luxury Handbags

SS17 - MAXHOSA

London Fashion Week – AW17

London Fashion Week – AW17

 

Hey, Fashionistas, so I really didn’t think I would have time to see any of the shows this season due to how busy I’ve been. February started off with a bang and what a wonderful prosperous month it’s been. (more please more.) Lots of commissioned work, the most recent has been designing and making a one-off piece for a dancer on a music video which I intend on blogging as soon as I get the all clear. Nevertheless, I managed to squeeze in some time and caught a morning show by Toga at the Guildhall Art Gallery and a presentation by Natasha Zinko at the Somerset House. Both collections were very innovative, playful and quirky. Natasha Zinko played around with the 80s style theme so lots of shoulder pads, the ultimate power dressing accompanied with pastel coloured fur coats and polka dot dresses. Toga’s collection was also very playful and creative. The collection was a blend of tailored pieces and embellishment in the form of brooches. Toga put brooches to excellent use, flashing splashes of beads and sparkle on bags, decorated in the hair and on the collage cut and paste pieces. Out of the two shows, Toga was definitely my favourite.

 

Toga

Toga is a Japanese label headed by Yasuo Furuta and before Fashion Week I was not aware of this incredible label. It’s definitely one to see next season. Toga and Natasha Zinko had a similar theme, both had tweed, brooches, pins and fur accessories. However, Toga brought a Paris kind of cool edge to the ‘heritage tweed look’ and created pieces that followed a beat of their own. A rich colour palette of autumn reds and golds mix harmoniously with faded greens and noble greys. A Cut-and-paste to collage effect with ornamental decoration and dramatic cuts, unexpected holes and slits, Toga’s collection kept me on my toes lol. The sparkly brooch explosions brought a sassy and feminine touch ‘softening’ the structured tailored forms.  There was also a heavy emphasis on arms and sleeves gloves or something pretending to be. Lol. This collection really made you rethink exactly what and how a garment works. There were also elevated daywear, this had texture and depth and plenty of nighttime shine. Toga is my new favourite can’t wait for next season. In the meantime, I’m going over to their Instagram account to like all their images and patiently wait for SS18.

Teheheeeeeeeehee 😀

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Natasha Zinko AW17

Ode to the 80's - Ultimate power dressing

Natasha Zinko AW17

Black PVC trousers with a fur cube hand bag

Natasha Zinko AW17

Polka dots and pins

Natasha Zinko AW17

Gorgeous mix of tweed

Toga - @ Guildhall Art Gallery

Yellow Jumpsuit - Asos | Leather Jacket - Zara | Ankle Boots - Zara |

Toga AW17

Embellishment galore!!

Trend Alert - Pastel shade suits

Leather, tweed and scrumptious sparkly bits.

Pastel boxy hand bags with gorgeous brooches.

Trend Alert - Tweed and pastel shades

Cut outs and inserts with thigh high black boots

LFW SS17 – My Off-Schedule experience.

LFW SS17 – My Off-Schedule experience.

 

As your reading this I’m recovering from my weekend of Style, Catwalk, Fashion and more Fashion and what a season it’s been. I had the pleasure of being invited to a few of the shows during the weekend of London Fashion Week and by the final day, I needed naps in-between the shows. to recover lol. I thoroughly enjoyed whizzing around London going from one show to another trying to make it on time, and being ‘fashionably late’.

This is undeniably an exciting time of the year for any fashion lover whether you have access to the shows or simply watching coverage online or reading the newspapers on the different designers showing. It’s a time of year where international editors, buyers, and bloggers land in London for the shows. There’s undoubtedly much excitement to see some of the British design greats and what they’ve decided we’ll be wearing for spring/summer 17. Paul Smith,  Burberry, Vivienne Westwood and many more.

However given London is the most creative, dynamic, energetic of the fashion cities – and undeniably the place for fresh young design talent- why not dedicate a couple of hours to check out some of the off-schedule shows? You’ll discover some of the industry’s newest, most exciting talent and possibly spot the next big thing taking flight.

Here are some major reasons to consider off-schedule shows next season at London Fashion Week.

 

Rocky Star - SS17

1. It gives you a good perspective of the new talent out there, as many of the new designers come from the Middle East, China, Asia, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, as well as the UK. The off-schedule scene is an international one and has a constant stream of inspirational and creativity from start to finish. This year i saw the collection of Rocky Star from India, FeiFei Cicada from China, Ashley Isham from Singapore, Apu Jan from Taiwan and Han Wen from Parsons School of Design in New York.

Apu Jan - SS17

2. Fashion Scout is known for hosting and nurturing the most exciting designers from around the globe. Recent big names from its shows have been Peter Pilotto, Felder Felder, David Koma, Eudon Choi and Agi & Sam to pick just a few, which means its more than likely you’ll see the early the making of a huge design star.

Han Wen - Merit Award winner 2016

3. Ones to Watch is my favourite as its one of the most exciting shows on the off-schedule line up along with the Merit award, which Han Wen won this year. It provides new designers with a fantastic opportunity to get their business off the ground via financial and expert business support every season. For me, Ones to Watch has always been one of the best off-schedule shows, and the collections themselves are full of unique ideas. It’s also nice to support new design talent.

Ashley Isham - SS17

4. If you’re looking for something avant-garde and fun - and certainly less commercial then the off-schedule is where it’s at. In the times I’ve been attending, I’ve seen some truly memorable shows. Pam Hogg is a favourite of mine, she embodies the punk spirit in her designs and in her shows, always very exciting and creative.

Fei Fei Cicada - SS17 at the V&A

5. The vibe is generally a little more relaxed. Whether you’re a blogger, editor, stylist, or even recent fashion graduate, if you’ve managed to get a ticket it’s pretty likely you’ll get in, unlike the on-schedule shows where the standing queue doesn’t get a look in. It is a little more crowded and hot, but it’s also a great taster for London Fashion Week if you haven’t been able to get some of the bigger show tickets.

Catwalk Show

Backstage at the V&A

After the catwalk show - models pose next to the statues in the V&A

 

 

Thank you for stopping by I hope you’ve enjoyed my tips on the off-schedule shows, let me know what you think and comment below.

 

Rx

 

Adele Dejak at the Sulger-Buel Lovell Gallery

Adele Dejak at the Sulger-Buel Lovell Gallery

I had the pleasure of being invited to view the work of African Luxury Jewellery designer Adele Dejak at the Sulger Buel Lovell Gallery. The gallery specialises in contemporary African art and has played host to a number of contemporary artists. Looking at Adele Dejak’s jewellery it wasn’t a surprise that she would choose a space such as this one to showcase her work.

Bold, beautiful, statement pieces, each design is like a sculpture in itself, a work of art not to be compared with another. African luxury at its best, this designer is a true artisan exploring the rich, elegant, bold heritage of Africa with no Ankara print in sight.

As a designer and lecturer myself, I had been growing tired of seeing the rise of African design and influence being reduced to just prints. Although prints specifically Ankara prints are a big part of our aesthetic it’s not the only thing that defines the continent, just ask Picasso, Matthew Williamson, Malene Birger and many contemporary artists and designers who continue to draw inspiration from the beautiful continent.

The Nigerian-born designer sources her materials from all over Africa, from brass to leather to Ankole cow horn. The Ankole cow is a by-product of the beef industry in Uganda. It is found exclusively in Uganda and its highly versatile and comes in a range of natural colours, varying from ivory to brown. The brand is at the forefront of ethical and sustainable design. The brand is built on Adele’s commitment to rebrand Africa as she continues to design beautiful, high-end jewellery and interior bespoke home products that define authentic luxury.

I have become a huge fan of her work and need some of her pieces in my wardrobe asap. It is a definite must buy for the Autumn/Winter season. Check out the shop on her website and get your fix. (Adele Dejak)

 

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Rx

 

Photography by Mister Benson

An Evening of Beauty with Farfetch at the London Make up School

An Evening of Beauty with Farfetch at the London Make up School

Farfetch has already secured itself as an established high end fashion and accessories online boutique, so it wasn’t a surprise when earlier this year they launched a beauty section on their site introducing luxury brands such as Chantecaille, Eve Lom, and By Terry from SpaceNK. I was very pleased to be invited to an evening of make up, food and mingling with other beauty bloggers. For their years of experience in high end fashion Farfetch were more than equipped to talk us through the connection between catwalk trends and make up. In comparison also recognised for its progressive, cutting edge training methods the London MakeUp School is the place to learn and gain understanding of latest trends and techniques.

 

Best Beauty Looks for SS16

There are four key looks that have emerged from the catwalks this season: Bold Blush, Au Naturale and Loud Lips. These looks were all recreated by one of the tutors from The London MakeUp School on two different models. My favourite in the four were the Au Naturale or in other words ‘ I woke up like this’,  this look was dewy, fresh ‘glowing’ skin. In all four looks the emphasis on preparing the skin was highlighted. Cleansing and moisturising the skin was key as that determined how well the finished look would be achieved. As you know trends come and go but great skin never goes out of style.

 

Here are the examples Farfetch put together as the key beauty looks for SS16

How to get the look - Au Naturale

Reaching for the highlighting concealers, brightening primers and soft blushers to pull off a similarly immaculate look. Eve Lom Flawless Primer  with SPF 30 will illuminate your complexion while By Terry's  concealer will give natural radiance to your skin's contours.

Au Naturale ( 'I woke up like this' ) This look was a 'no make up' make up look taken from Chloe, which to create used a number of different products. - Eve Lom Flawless Primer  | By Terry's 

How to get the look - Eccentric Eye Art

Escape to faraway climes with similar styles by painting on peachy powders from By Terry  | choose earthy tones from Becca  to capture an organic and rustic look that imitates Papua New Guinean jungle tribes.

Eccentric Eye Art - This eye look is taken from the Chanel catwalk, the actual look was almost connected over the nose but the make up artist made it more wearable. 'we're not going for the mono brow look' Lol By Terry  | Becca 

Chanel beauty look SS16 - Eccentric Eye Art

How to get the look - Bold Blush

Select Becca  brilliant Beach Tint in succulent Guava shades to add a delectable definition to your cheekbones that will work perfectly for the beach beach beauty look, or pick up Kevyn Auction's Tropical Nights Bronzer for a sublimely sun-drenched glow.

How to get the look - Loud Lips

For a similarly star- studded style, reach for The Metals range of lipsticks at Space NK, or head for luscious coral and sweet papaya hues from The Lipstick Queen Jungle if you prefer Mui Mui's more sub-tropic flavour

Polka dots and stripes fabulous x

Giggles with @mamastylista. Look at my expression, top left. 'I wasn't readyyyyyyyyyy' Tehehehehheheeeeee x

I had a wonderful time at the event I loved how Farfetch creatively linked their knowledge and love of high fashion with their new found place in the luxury beauty world I cannot wait for their next event. In the meantime follow the links on the products shown and check out the site.

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Rx

Halfpenny at the Ritz

Halfpenny at the Ritz

 

The sound of champagne flutes clicking, canopes,  an uproar of laughter followed by ‘sweetie darling’ all on a tuesday night. Held at Ritz London it was a glamorous affair hosted by Brides magazine. With make up by Laura Mercier,  Jimmy Choo heels, divine headpieces from Tilly Thomas Lux and flowers by the incredible Paul Thomas team this was a dream and the main event hadn’t even started.

The main event was held in a separate room with the most stunning staircase draped in beautiful flowers as a back drop, the models flowed and cascaded down wearing the british made signature designs of Kate Halfpenny.

Kate creates breath taking vintage inspired gowns her designs are so incredibly versatile and varied, few designers can truly offer something for every bride: from a traditional tule ball gown to modern silk sheath to fanciful feathers, Kate does it all I loved each and every dress more than the last. Impeccable styling Kate weaves ‘Brit cool’ with vintage inspiration to create truly stunning modern wedding dresses and bridal wear. She brings creativity, and versatility to her collection, knowing that carefully crafted and interchangeable elements will work for every woman.

Take a look for yourself and as always I love hearing from you tell me what you think.

Love always

Rx

Blogosphere Tea Party @ Aubaine

Blogosphere Tea Party

What better way to spend a sunday afternoon than eating scrumptious cakes, delicious macaroons, tea and champagne in the mix whilst in conversation with like minded people. My only complaint was the time flew by very quickly. This was the fabulous tea party hosted by Blogosphere magazine at the Aubaine.

I came across Blogosphere magazine on twitter, I’m very new to the blogging life so I’m constantly on the look out for events, chats, anything that can answer some of the questions that i have and Blogosphere magazine caters for exactly that.

Its a magazine written by bloggers for the blogging and social media community. The magazine is split into six main sections beauty, fashion, travel, lifestyle and photography. Each section is edited by an influential blogger, and apart from the staple sections, it also contains exclusive features, reviews, and interviews from a range of bloggers. In fact nearly all the bloggers I spoke to said how much of a difference it would’ve made if Blogosphere magazine was around when they each started to blog.

I was able to speak briefly with the editor in chief Alice Audley about how the ‘social’ aspect of blogging can easily be abandoned. I also expressed how intimidating it can be for a new kid on the block and why I’m so thrilled that a magazine like this exists. I was also able to put down a few suggestions on how the magazine can be improved, which were all welcomed.

I had such a great time at the event I absolutely love the concept of the magazine and I can see myself  ditching some of the major publications that I normally read. It was wonderful to meet the team looking forward to issue 9.

*Look out for it at major WhSmith stores*

*tOodles*

Rx

 

Blogosphere Tea Party

Earrings - H&M | Photo - Isabella T Robb |
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Madmoiselle Privé

Mademoiselle Privé

Chanel the iconic French Fashion house, made a temporary home for itself in London this autumn. Karl Lagerfeld and CHANEL presented a captivated journey through the House’s creativity. The Mademoiselle Prive exhibition opened the doors to Chanel’s lavish history, from Coco Chanel’s exquisite bedroom and Atelier rooms to current director Karl Lagerfeld’s famous dresses and imagination.

Installed on all three floors of the Gallery, the enticing adventure brought to mind the House’s essential elements: audacity, freedom, and innovation whether it is the history of Gabrielle Chanel’s inspirations or Karl Lagerfeld’s inimitable take on CHANEL’s codes, symbols, and icons.

The free exhibition showcased the first and only jewellery collection designed by Coco Chanel dating back to 1932. Worth 1 million pounds the diamond encrusted jewellery was the showcase to open up the world of Haute Couture in the exhibition.

Inside the gallery, the life story begins from the original hat shop where Chanel’s career first began in a factory which portrays the conception of Chanel No5, to the totem room which celebrates Chanel’s signature pieces.

Although it was only opened for three weeks, Chanel’s Mademoiselle Prive made a lasting imprint in the hearts of all Chanel lovers. It provided an in-depth insight into the brand and affirmed the reasons why it still rivals the fashion industry 106 years on.

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