Monday, 26 June 2017

A/W 17 Trend Report - Folklore

All the folk feels were present on the runway this season. From off-the-shoulder lace dresses, to rich velvet co-ords and embroidered floral coats - the folkloric theme was clearly present in many different guises. Naeem Khan hit the trend head on with an unashamedly bold folk themed collection. The colours, print, and embroidery - this was traditional folk in all its glory. Over at Temperley, Jonathan Simkhai and Tadashi Shoji, the look was a little softer and more romantic. Lace dresses, some with Victoriana high collars, graced the runway with delicate lace insert panels. Altuzarra and Zuhair Murad opted for rich velvet frocks in electrifying hues of midnight blue and mustard, both colours working exceptionally well on a glossy fabric. Metallic embroidery added to the high fashion finish of the theme. Folklore is your go to evening trend for A/W 17.
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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Shop Now - Tiger Motifs

It was a trend that started a few years back when Kenzo unleashed their 'Tiger' motif t-shirts and sweatshirts on the world...with countless copies finding their way onto the highstreet. Fast-forward a few seasons and Gucci delivered tiger motif after tiger motif on everything from daywear to eveningwear, accessories to shoes. As you can imagine, with Gucci being one of the most influential luxury brands this is one look which has seriously caught on and fashion lovers just can't get enough of it. But let's face it, we are not all on a Gucci budget, and that's where the humble highstreet steps in. It is impossible to enter any highstreet store without encountering some kind of tiger motif. Whether that be an oriental inspired pattern, a standalone conversational print or even an embroidered version. This trend adds a fun and playful pop of colour into your wardrobe and will transition well into the Fall, if bought in dark shades of blue and black. I have rounded up some of the best 'Tiger' motif garments and accessories currently available...
1. Boohoo £15 / 2. H&M £39.99 / 3. Giamba £515
4. Topshop £34 / 5. Gucci £795 / 6. Gucci £795
7. Marcelo Burlon £163 / 8. River Island £18 / 9. New Look £17.99

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Brand To Know - ALEXACHUNG

She's been a firm favourite on the front row of countless runway shows, starred in ad campaigns for major luxury fashion houses and collaborated with a number of well known brands...but now Alexa Chung is taking on the fashion world on her own terms. Launching her eponymous label earlier this month, ALEXACHUNG is already stocked by: Colette, Net-a-Porter and Mytheresa. Drawing inspiration from icons from the world of music and art, the aim of the brand is to create collections that people actually want to wear whilst incorporating a British sense of humour. The brand will produce four seasonal collections each year, with many of the pieces being perfect for layering and mixing with existing items in your wardrobe. From everyday denim to mini patent dresses, as well as shoes and accessories, the brand strikes a great balance between being pretty but with a rock 'n' roll edge. Price Range: £75 - £1195
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Monday, 19 June 2017

A/W 17 Trend Report - Cape Fear

Most likely to be Madonna's least favourite trend of the season (Brit Awards ref incase you were wondering), the cape is back in a big way for A/W 17. Making a strong sartorial statement on the runway, and with historical throwbacks, capes are the outerwear option of choice for Fall. A tailored cape can elevate your look and make even the most minimalist of outfit look polished. Coming with plenty of dramatic effect, capes came in a number of high-fashion luxe fabrics. Alberta Ferretti opted for floor sweeping velvet, Gucci for theatrical embroidered satin and Balmain mid-length frayed tweed. Valentino flirted with fuchsia, whilst Bottega Veneta teased with colour blocked autumnal colours. For me though, the standout look of this trend came from Balenciaga who fashioned a cape swept-to-one shoulder - reinventing this classic style with a modern tailoring twist. 
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Saturday, 17 June 2017

London Restaurants - New Favourites 2017

It's not very often that I post restuarant reviews on my blog, but so far this year i've dined at some fantastic restuarants which are just too good not to mention...
Som Saa
Located on Commercial Street in Shoreditch, this is my favourite restaurant in this post. This Thai restaurant started life a pop-up but recently opened near Spitalfields. The atmoshere is trendy, but still welcoming with a relaxed but cool vibe. Between myself and my group, we ordered 6 dishes on the recommendation of the waiter and decided to share. Sometimes when you share dishes plates can be small, but we were very surprised with the size of the portions. We went all in with curry, salad, and rice - all proving to be delicious. The 'yum makeua yao' (aubergine salad with prawn floss) and the 'neua parlow' (braised beef cheek) were my two favourite dishes. The ice cream desserts are also incredible. As a group of 4, with drinks, we spent £30 each.
Dishoom
Indian cuisine is one of my favourites, so I'd been meaning to go to Dishoom for a while. With four locations in London and one in Edinburgh, Dishoom is a great social spot. With so many great dishes on the menu, I recommend going in a group and ordering several dishes to try. I visited the Shoreditch location, which is so popular you sometimes have to wait over an hour for a table, (I believe you can't reserve a table if your group is less than 6 people). The atmosphere is great, very sociable, and service is quick. My favourite dishes are the Calamari and the Chicken Ruby, washed down with a Bombay Colada. Price: Mid
Oklava
This modern Turkish restaurant is located on Luke Street in Shoreditch. I have dined in a lot of standard Turkish restaurants, but Oklava takes the cuisine to the next level. The restaurant is only small and has an industrial style interior. Chef Selin Kiazim draws on her Turkish-Cypriot heritage to inspire the menu. I have to say the dishes were superb and presentation was second to non. Price: Mid-High
Andina
I have been to Andina a couple of times now and thoroughly enjoyed it on both occasions. This trendy Peruvian restaurant is located on Redchurch Street in Shoreditch and if you love ceviche this is the place for you. Admittedly I had never sampled ceviche before visiting, but its fair to say i've converted to this cuisine. Dishes are small, but the flavour is incredible. You also can't visit without having a traditional Pisco sour. Price: Mid-High
Sacro Cuore
Undoubtedly one of the best pizzeria's I have found in London. Sacro Cuore has two locations: Kensal Rise and Crouch End. Established in 2012, with the Crouch End location being the second to open, this pizzeria serves traditional pizza made the same way as you would expect to find in Naples. Service is quick and there is a great selection of pizza and desserts to choose from.

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Get The Look - Glastonbury 2017

Glastonbury Festival takes place next week, so you can expect a weekend of world quality live music and so much more. It's been 6 years since I last headed down to Worthy Farm, but regardless of being there or not I love watching the highlights on tv. If you are going to Glasto this month, or any other festival this summer, then this edit should give you some outfit inspo...
Outfit 1
If you want your outfit to be super classic, you can't go wrong teaming denim shorts with an oversized khaki jacket. Its standard festival attire. This option from Topshop has floral motifs on the sleeve, adding an extra element of interest to your outfit. Accessories are practical.
Outfit 2
If you want to opt for something a little more feminine, a boho inspired dress is for you. This beautiful printed dress, with gathered waist, is from one of my current favourite brands 'LoveShackFancy'. Team this dress with a pair of coveted Hunter wellies and cropped leather jacket to toughen up the outfit. Ray Ban rounds complete the outfit and are the ultimate festival sunnies.
Outfit 3
This outfit was styled around a fringed skinny scarf for my favourite scarf brand, Rockins. When it comes to accessories, it doesn't get much more rock 'n' roll than this, therefore perfect for Glastonbury. This pair of embroidered floral shorts from Topshop perfectly match the scarf. Accessories are red and green, keeping with the theme of the full look.
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Monday, 12 June 2017

A/W 17 Trend Report - Rainbow Fur

Ok so fur for fall is nothing new, especially when it comes to luxury fashion, but this season fur comes in the brightest spectrum of colours. Rainbow hues a plenty graced the catwalk on fur coats, which came in a variety of different silhouette's. It is a given that brands such as Versace and Armani will show fur on the runway, but for A/W 17 they delivered dip-dyed coats in bold colours. Taking things up a notch, Leonard, Valentino and Marco de Vincenzo showcased printed versions - proving that print need not be exclusive to just dresses, shirts and skirts. Colour-blocking was also a key subtrend, see Osman, Hermes and Giambattista Valli for reference. So whilst the controversy surrounding using real fur on the runway rages on, it seems A/W 17 is undoubtedly the season to express individuality with fur.
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