Monday, 22 September 2014

just let me hear some of that rock and roll music

 It really doesn't feel like a week since my last post - fashion week was all a bit of a blur and it's taken some time to adjust back into the calmer, more structured routine of college. I like being back though, I like my subjects and it's quite nice not to have the constant pressure of updating this page / social media that you have when you go to events like last week. Instead I've been attempting to keep on top of my schoolwork, listening to my Beatles Rock 'n' Roll Music record that I adopted from my Aunt's old collection and failing to keep my room neat (I seem to have an ongoing floordrobe issue that does seriously need addressing).
Anywho, this last weekend was actually a really good one - the sort of weekend you wish would come at the end of every long and tiring week. I saw The Riot Club with some friends on Friday evening, and although I really disliked the subject matter and wasn't expecting it to end so soon, I thought it was worth seeing as it's the first film I've ever seen to show the wealthy in such bad light, and possibly unearth a few things regular people have not yet been aware of about the sort of people that currently run our country.
I then went to the Victoria and Albert museum on Saturday for lunch, and to try and get some drawing practice for art. Our current project is on anatomy and I really want to actually learn to draw a little better...we've been doing life drawing in class, but I found drawing from the statues at the museum just as helpful (if not better as they didn't move!) I then met some friends for the evening, and was woken up the next day to find out my cousin had her gorgeous little baby while I had been sleeping. The remainder of my Sunday was spent making fabric bunting for the little one, visiting him and his mum in hospital and then going out for celebratory pizza with the rest of the family. A weekend well spent, in my opinion.

The V&A is probably one of my favourite place to go to in London for several reasons: it's free to get in, meaning you feel better about paying for the exhibitions that are always on, it's bright, airy and has an amazing café/restaurant, and has the best collection of artwork, fashion displays and textiles, photography, pottery and all sorts of artefacts from around the world. I personally see it as an art gallery, but one that displays a range of art forms, and not just simply oil paintings. I've found it to be really helpful over the years with both art and textiles, and like just sitting and drawing in one of the many benches or chairs scattered around. There is also a whole host of patterns in everything, from fabrics to tiles and china, so as you can imagine it's like a sort of heaven for me.

I spent the time getting some art done, trawling through the pieces on show and then getting in to the Horst exhibition for free because of the art pass my parents bought me for my birthday (which is in a few months...the early bird gets the worm, I suppose). There are always amazing exhibitions on, for example my absolute favourite David Bowie one a year or so ago (I nearly cried it was that good). This one was no exception, and is really worth seeing as I never realised just how big a role Horst played in the development of Vogue, fashion photography and style in general. The way he captures light in his photographs is amazing, and of course the clothes are incredible.

I was quite pleased to find my outfit matched the museum's aesthetics fairly well, as I am a bit obsessed with patterns/colours and any sort of matching whatsoever. I wore a shirt from Blitz, tights from H&M, socks and bag from Topshop, shoes from Rokit and my new favourite Francesca dress which was sent to me from the lovely people at Boden. I'd had some Boden clothes when I was little, but wasn't aware of the range of pieces they still do for teenagers and adults. I couldn't resist the schoolgirl vibe of this dress, and loved the smock-like fit and button-up detail. It's definitely going to be an autumn staple for me - it's so comfy I'm going to need to be coaxed out of it. I also wore my fox necklace from Tatty Devine. I'm a huge fan of the brand, and foxes are sort of my spirit animal as we share a hair colour. It's such a sturdy and reliable piece that just seems to go with everything I own...I think that could be said of all of their collections, though, as however bold or creative something is, they always find a way to make it just the right colours, design and size to still be a practical and wearable piece of jewellery. 

 Anyway, I hope you all have a lovely week! I will be back posting a little more normally soon, and hopefully will do a little LFW recap at some point just to round up on all the madness (and day 5 which I didn't manage to post about!)

Monday, 15 September 2014

London Fashion Week Day 4

So, the penultimate day of London Fashion Week! It's all gone by so fast, but today I only had the Mother of Pearl show in the morning so have had the time to sit back and catch my breath a little after how hectic the weekend has been. It was also really weird as after the show finished, I had to walk and bus it home and get changed and go into college for the afternoon, which was definitely a contrast from the glitz of a morning spent under the chandeliers at Claridge's.

I wore a 1970's glittery mini dress from Beyond Retro, with a Beyond Retro skirt worn underneath. The metallic fabric and pointed collar is so clearly 70s, but also ties in nicely with the metallic fabrics making their way onto the a/w14 and s/s15 fashion scene. I accessorised with a pair of £5 cat-eye glasses from Camden market (I do love a bargain) a pair of earrings and a Trifari bracelet from Hirst Antiques.

The Mother of Pearl show started at 9.30am, so it was an early start (and a lot of last minute makeup in the car on the way) but we managed to make it there on time, and after nervously presenting my invite I was shown inside, where I spent a good while gawping at the chandeliers and amazing decor before the door to the ballroom opened, and we were allowed inside. We were pointed towards the front row, as we were the first few in - from standing at the back of Topshop to sitting 'in the frow' in one week will never cease to amaze me.

I had an amazing spot, and was opposite Leandra Medine from The Man Repeller, which was incredible as she is such an icon for me.
The collection still held on to Mother of pearl's sporty aesthetic, combining sixties styles, shapes and prints with flats and a loose athletic outline. It all had a very retro feel to it, whilst three-dimensional embellishment (also seen at Jean-Pierre Braganza, Holly Fulton and Topshop) and up to date fabrics kept the collection modern and fresh. I loved the way it felt somewhat liberating; the models could walk comfortably, the sheer pieces were not overly revealing, everything flowed and looked ready to be worn and moved about in. To think Coco Chanel was the first to introduce the comfortable, wearable suit for women in the late 1950s, and now we have collections like this one that focus more on accentuating and accommodating the body instead of exploiting it, and manage to maintain a sharp, clean and attractive look whilst also seeming practical, wearable and comfortable.

Tomorrow is the last day of London Fashion Week, so I will be going down to Somerset House for the last time after college until February! I've actually really enjoyed being so involved and reporting properly on it this year, and am looking forward to writing up about it further when it's over. I am going to really miss the abundance of free popcorn and coconut water though...

Sunday, 14 September 2014

London Fashion Week Day 3

I can't quite believe the weekend is over - fashion week goes by so quickly. Today was a nice bit of respite for me after how busy Friday and Saturday were, which was nice as I still have college this week and so need to catch up on my sleep! I only had one show to go to, which was Topshop Unique at 2.30pm, giving me the morning at home to get myself together a bit, cram in some art homework and spend a little longer getting dressed. My outfits so far have been, well, unusual to say the least, but today's was definitely my craziest (and probably one of my favourites). I love clashing patterns, and when I tried this combination on in Beyond Retro I knew it was a winner. I think I've become desensitised to patterns or something - I literally don't see 'clashes' anymore, I just see colours that (in my head) work together, and so end up creating these incredibly whimsical ensembles that are probably quite uncomfortable to look at. At least I'm easy to spot. The fruit pattern on the dress became a bit of a motif, and we had a lot of fun in Hirst Antiques trying to find 'fruity' earrings and brooches to match (which of course we did, as Hirst has pretty much everything you could ever ask for!)

I wore a shirt, dress, belt and bag from Beyond Retro, with shoes from Office and earrings and brooch from Hirst Antiques. I felt very comfortable back in my favourite colour orange, and once again opted for my comfy shoes (I have yet to master wearing normal heels - I can barely walk in these and they're not even high!) The hair was a bit of an accident - as usual, it was all over the place after I washed it this morning, and continued to misbehave even after I tried putting it up in a topknot. 

So, after a nice morning at home I headed down to Kings Cross for the Topshop Unique show. I knew it was one of the most anticipated shows of the weekend, and so hadn't really expected to get tickets - until mine arrived through the post on Friday morning! I couldn't contain my excitement, especially as while we waited outside more and more photographers arrived, then car after car carrying the numerous A-Listers on their way to the front row. We were given free coconut water and dried fruit in the queue, and were soon in. I had a standing ticket, but managed to get a spot so I was standing directly behind the last row, meaning I had an uninterrupted view of the catwalk (which is lucky as I am tiny!). I was just standing there, as you do, when just in front of me a familiar bob caught my eye - the absolutely immaculate and unmistakable haircut of Anna Wintour herself, sitting straight in front of me. I think my heart may have stopped for a moment, as to be in the same room as such an influential woman was absolutely amazing. I then realised she was sitting next to Sir Philip Green, with Alexa Chung not far away and Susie Bubble opposite. I felt very much like a fish out of water but can't thank Topshop and their wonderful PR enough for giving me the opportunity to be there as well!

Cara Delevingne started off the show, which began with a very sporty, block colour vibe that will be perfect in the spring. It made me think of tennis matches and high-school sports teams, with a modern twist and heels to give it that luxe edge. The colour scheme gave it an almost nautical feel, really provoking a sort of international, holiday-like image. It felt young and innocent, like cheerleaders and girls on a netball team, with simple A-line shapes and retro styles that will really be a big thing next year. (catwalk images from

The collection then phased into a very smart, 60's esque section, with different coloured leathers and of course a perfect tan coat, before showcasing a number of beautiful frilled dresses and sheer numbers, embellished with diamonds and sparkles that glittered amazingly under the lights. It definitely seemed that less is going to be more in 2015...I wonder if Rihanna's Swarovski dress had anything to do with that?

Topshop Sports

With inspiration drawn from the British seaside, notable trends seemed to be sporty, block colour, clashing leathers, yellow and red, all with a very slight vintage twist. Everything looked ready to wear straight away, and I'm sure will be dictating a lot of the designs on sale next year.
Tomorrow I have one show in the morning before college, so I will be back with another update then but you can follow my twitter or instagram for updates during the day!