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#LFW Ryan Lo Show

tumblr_o3qfkchhyf1qcam0lo7_1280Following a successful morning at London Fashion Week’s Edeline Lee Presentation (view the previous post and plenty of pictures, here) we returned to the city Hub to attend the Ryan Lo catwalk show!tumblr_o3qkarneod1qcam0lo1_1280In the same building as the Designer Showrooms, we entered the large space with seating either side and the catwalk down the middle.tumblr_o3qfkchhyf1qcam0lo8_1280The catwalk was lined with large pink, kitsch ‘Chinese New Year-esque’ arches to frame the models as they strutted down the runway. Even with the minimal style of only three arches, the designs still captured the aesthetics of Chinatowns across the globe.tumblr_o3qfkchhyf1qcam0lo10_1280The scene was set for the attendees with the musical accompaniment of the likes of Disney’s Mulan for the ultimate presentation of the Western perception of Asian culture.

And all too quickly the show began with Lo’s signature style of more-is-more. Check out the critique and review of the show written by Kasimiira, for The 405, here.tumblr_o3qkarneod1qcam0lo2_1280





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tumblr_o3run2f7eh1qcam0lo3_1280With the show completed, some people left to attend another fashion event, others roamed around the space. Those in the space inspected the arches and socialised with other members of the fashion industry.tumblr_o3run2f7eh1qcam0lo8_1280I took just a moment to sit on the Front Row (for probably the only time in my life)!tumblr_o3run2f7eh1qcam0lo7_1280We exchanged emails about other shows we might attend later that day, as well as the details of the Edeline Lee afterparty we would (definitely) spend our evening at!


#LFW Street Style and Edeline Lee Show

tumblr_o3qfkchhyf1qcam0lo3_1280After a morning of coffee and cakes, it was time to get professional! We marched ourselves over to Soho, and checked in at the main Press Desk in the London Fashion Week Hub.

(Click here to read the previous post from Curator’s Coffee Gallery.)

We collected our press passes, schedules and floorplan for the Designer Showrooms and other catwalk shows.

A Resting Bitch Face just happens to be the generic uniform of most attendees… Or so I’m told. And contrary to the look on my face, I was quite thrilled to have the opportunity to be at Fashion Week with The 405! tumblr_o3iji9modp1qcam0lo1_1280On the way to the first show of the day, we couldn’t help but stop and snap a few Street Style photos of this vibrant orange and white ensemble.

tumblr_o3iji9modp1qcam0lo7_1280tumblr_o3iji9modp1qcam0lo5_1280It was a pleasure to meet the fashion blogger Marsha from Style of a London Tall Girl. Find her blog here.tumblr_o3iji9modp1qcam0lo8_1280The line outside of The Vinyl Factory for the Edeline Lee show snaked across the courtyard and spilled out onto the street! This was definitely not a presentation to miss!tumblr_o3iji9modp1qcam0lo9_1280Once the eager attendees (us included) made it inside, the large installation-style space was all hustle and bustle.

The pieces in the AW/16 collection were a minimalist dream of soft fabrics and beautiful lines. For more details on what I thought on the show and the space, check out the small piece on The 405, here.







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Once we agreed we’d looked (longingly) at the clothes in the presentation, we turned to leave…tumblr_o3ip7f2ea41qcam0lo3_1280And just before we did, we saw the infamous fashion blogger Pandemonia! tumblr_o3ip7f2ea41qcam0lo4_1280tumblr_o3ip7f2ea41qcam0lo5_1280(The cartoon character ‘drawn’ to life has slotted into numerous, coveted Front Row seats at fashion week for years. Pandemonia is the creation of an anonymous London-based fine artist.)tumblr_o3ip7f2ea41qcam0lo7_1280If you’re interested in the phenomenon that is Pandemonia, there is a pretty great interview with the character herself, here!tumblr_o3ip7f2ea41qcam0lo6_1280We just took satisfaction in the knowledge that even the artistic creation of Pandemonia loaded up on the goodie bags and enjoyed the Edeline Lee show as us!

The Northern Youth – Fashion Show

With London Fashion Week coming to a close, now seemed like the perfect time to reflect on the phenomenal event of The Northern Youth Fashion Show!

A colossal effort was put into the university fashion show – with the aim to raise £30,000 for several refugee charities, and exhibit works from over 6 young designers from across the North.tumblr_o2i5gbvv3c1qcam0lo5_1280tumblr_o2i5gbvv3c1qcam0lo1_1280It wasn’t until arriving at the event, that the sheer size of the event really sunk in. The line of hundreds of people snaked across the centre of the University campus.tumblr_o2i5gbvv3c1qcam0lo2_1280And after waiting for our turn in the queue, we were stamped with the Northern Youth logo, and we were ready to enter!tumblr_o2i5gbvv3c1qcam0lo3_1280The lighting beamed from every direction, and started to set the mood for the night ahead.

The floor space was layered with a carpet-like fabric with the appearance of loft insulation, and different sized cubes and cuboids forms. tumblr_o2i5gbvv3c1qcam0lo8_1280The internal space of the Central Hall was packed with an impressive number of people. With only a few empty spaces still available, we settled halfway up the seating on stage-left.tumblr_o2i5gbvv3c1qcam0lo7_1280tumblr_o2i5gbvv3c1qcam0lo10_1280The plans for the show snowballed quickly from a small event into one of mammoth proportions; resulting in the visiting speakers of the Vogue U.S. Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour, and first female Editor-in-Chief of the Guardian, Katharine Viner!tumblr_o2i5gbvv3c1qcam0lo9_1280Anna Wintour began her encouraging, and inspiring, speech referring to her connections with the University of York – which were more than you’d expect! She continued by thanking her niece for the invitation to attend the event, before turning her focus to the concepts of creative startups!

“Build what you can’t find, what you’re looking for…”tumblr_o2i74aphva1qcam0lo3_1280Wintour went on to emphasise that a young persons focus shouldn’t be too strongly on one specialty – one shouldn’t have a narrow way of thinking!

Her speech included many pearls of wisdom:

In an age of social media, we “shouldn’t let social media be a substitute for living.” 

“Work with the best, learn from the best. Make mistakes, and discoveries to make a future. Seek to be relevant, agile and able.”

“Don’t strive for fame. Because anyone can be famous without substance…”

Most importantly, whatever stage of life you’re at “get outside of yourself” – try and become “open to the problems and plights of others…” Whatever you do, give back.

Wintour concluded with a strong positive statement: “seize all the fantastic opportunities that lie ahead of you”!tumblr_o2i74aphva1qcam0lo5_1280Following the speech, was a Q&A open to the audience! This included Anna Wintour answering questions about the beauty of Yorkshire, politics and economics of the fashion industry; these included many a sassy comment, punctuated by poignant and well calculated opinions.tumblr_o2i74aphva1qcam0lo4_1280 Fashion has the power to change the world. “It has done fantastic work” in the world – to donate and raise money. It has the power to be “consistently philanthropic”, in truly an “awe inspiring” way! But fashion can also be “frivolous in a good way” – never forget that!

Wintour’s quick witted statement about finding your own personal style was one of the most memorable point in the evening, when she answered “Look in the mirror” once and awhile.tumblr_o2mzg182mt1qcam0lo7_12801And all too quickly, Wintour and Viner concluded their time on stage and took their seats in the front row.tumblr_o2i74aphva1qcam0lo6_1280The show was “produced by BAFTA award-winning director Adam Curtis and the line up of performers included Friendly Fires and Yorkshire talent Billie Marten who was recently tipped for success by the BBC Music Sound of 2016 team.”tumblr_o2i74aphva1qcam0lo8_1280And with the twangs of guitar strings, Billie Marten began to play, and the catwalk show began…tumblr_o2i9gtf1bu1qcam0lo1_1280tumblr_o2i9gtf1bu1qcam0lo2_1280tumblr_o2i9gtf1bu1qcam0lo3_1280tumblr_o2i9gtf1bu1qcam0lo4_1280



tumblr_o2ififcpyx1qcam0lo1_1280A short interlude ensued. This allowed for a change of performers, and a change of vibe; from Billie Marten to the DJ set. tumblr_o2mzg182mt1qcam0lo2_1280tumblr_o2ififcpyx1qcam0lo5_1280tumblr_o2ififcpyx1qcam0lo2_1280tumblr_o2ififcpyx1qcam0lo4_1280tumblr_o2ififcpyx1qcam0lo9_1280tumblr_o2ififcpyx1qcam0lo10_1280



This was a mere snippet of all the glorious looks that were strutted through the hall! I’ll let you make up your own opinions of the various styles and different designs featured!tumblr_o2mzg182mt1qcam0lo3_1280And that concludes the finale of the captivating, and inspiring event! The show channeled urban youth of the North, and helped draw attention to the talent of designers and creatives from all over!

Yves Saint Laurent Extended Exhibition

‘Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal’. The first ever exhibition – in the UK – of the French designer Yves Saint Laurent’s life, and work, came to a close less than a week ago.

I decided it was an opportunity too good to miss, so before the exhibition closed its doors for good, I took myself over to the French Château-style museum in the North of England to have a look!This is just a small look through the magnificent display put on by The Bowes Museum in collaboration with Fondation Pierre Bergé – so follow me through…Entrance to the museum is free for Art Fund card holders – and still relatively inexpensive for general admission – so what are you waiting for?

The exhibition was scheduled to end mid October, but due to high demand was extended until early November. And so, tickets in hand, we entered the large space exhibition space on the first floor.The Bowes Museum pride themselves on their information booklets. They are printed up and freely available to inform in great detail about different elements of the exhibition.Yves Saint Laurent’s famed work was not squeezed into the textiles room, or into the contemporary white cube gallery space that sits opposite. Style is Eternal spread out to fill both spaces and the room in between!

Rather than move the existing french decor interior pieces that live on permanent display in the center room, large black gauze sheeting draped down from the ceiling to floor.These were printed with information about Yves Saint Laurent brand as well as beautifully lettered quotes from the designer himself.The first room had a wall filled with a huge variation of hat designs. These are a clear demonstration of how important the silhouette are to the central designs of everything produced by Yves Saint Laurent.

Notice that these are all produced in a cream neutral fabric. These are a form of ‘toiles’ which are best described as a three-dimensional drawing. They are a crafted design of the original sketch before committing to specific fabrics and adornments. So these hats on display are crafted purely to experiment and test the dynamics of silhouette – hence the beautiful curves and lines!Other displays included original paper doll cut-outs and designs that Yves Saint Laurent himself created! These were designed in mini collections to fit a doll he would make himself from photographs of famous women in magazines.The first room of the exhibition collaborated with the already existing space of The Bowes Museum Textile Room. Inside glass cabinets were situated historical costume dating back decades at a time. The end of each cabinet then housed an iconic design piece from Yves Saint Laurent that tied in a motif of the cabinet in some way.This is another example of how ‘fashion’ is a temporal creation, constantly looping back through time for inspiration and design techniques.Between the aisles were framed examples of Yves Saint Laurent collection mock-ups. Featuring notes, and fabric swatches for different garb ensembles.After reaching the end of the room, we sat and watched a two part documentary which featured an interview with Yves Saint Laurent himself. The rest covered the methods of the work rooms and the design processes behind creating a collection.The center of The Textiles Room was transformed into a display case of original ‘toiles’.Displayed together, the mannequins allow you to really appreciate the craft and detail put into this form of a ‘draft’ tailoring. The work is perfected over and over again with the neutral fabric to achieve the perfect lines and fall on the model. The jackets even feature mock buttons!After we felt we’d had our fill of the first room, we hurried over to the main exhibition space that held mannequin after mannequin adorned in finished ensembles from a huge number of collections! From Sumptuous Luxury…To Art Pop…To Magic and Mystery. The costumes from Yves Saint Laurent were curated and exhibited by style rather than chronological collection. This really allowed each section of the room to make an enormous impact!Follow on from the mannequin displays and you reach a shocking pink coloured corridor that looped around the back of the room.This featured framed photographs and sketches from other artists that used Yves Saint Laurent as this inspiration and focus.

And after seeing an exhibition like this – why wouldn’t you?So in depth, so carefully curated, such a unique experience! I felt very lucky to wander around the first British exhibition of the famed designers work and life!

Birds of a Feather

Only a few weeks ago, as part of my university course, we embarked on a day trip to the Bowes Museum, in Teesdale, near Durham and Darlington. The beautiful Bowes Museum was opened to the public in 1892, and is still filled with the art collection of over 15,000 items accumulated from 1862 to 1874 by the Bowes couple. The three floored, French architecture-style, mansion house stands proudly in it’s grounds and as you approach, easily dwarfs yourself and any modes of transport you use to get here.

We arrived at the Museum and were lucky enough to catch the temporary and exclusive Birds of Paradise: Plumes and Feathers in Fashion textile exhibition in the last few days of its display (click the link to the original page detailing inspiration behind the exhibition)! On the second floor, there is a room filled with original French door frames and wall mouldings that cover any available space – and it is this room that was transformed into the transitional space to the main Birds of Paradise exhibition. (Above) This is the really incredible, eye-catching piece that stood as the first part of the exhibition collection for viewers to see. The rainbow, scale-like body was held to the main body with a corset style lace type up in the back. And the main abdomen is where you can see the broadest hard tile pieces in a golden-yellow, of which blend into the crimson of the main chest decoration and finally into the deep blue-greens across the rest of the creation. One of the most bizarre materials used in the outfit is the presence of black horse hair hanging the sleeves of the dress and cascading down from roughly the knee down and trailing along the floor behind.

The impressive specimen is topped with the feather headdress which mirrors the colour blending of the entire ensemble, fading in a gradient from light to dark. The mannequin adorned with the breath-taking burst of colour has been situated specifically among the objects that already resided in the room – standing proudly, literally framed by the original 19th Century door frame and wall moulding.

Turn to your left and you see feathered examples of more wearable and 1920’s silhouetted textile design in vibrant colours. The layout of the clothing pieces naturally guides the viewer through the relatively permanent exhibtion space through to the textile rooms where the temporary extravaganza is housed. The collection and exclusive exhibition was even released in collaboration with a fully printed book (which I was very weak and ended buying a copy of in the gift shop of the Museum).

“The Textiles and Dress Gallery is a gallery dedicated to the textile and dress collections of the Bowes Museum. The gallery is designed to give a feel for fashions worn and textiles used in the home over the last four centuries.”

The collections of textiles as part of the art collection, also includes examples of European tapestries and embroideries – and this collection that was started by the Bowes couple has been established as one of the earliest examples of collections of fashion pieces! With this in mind, what better place to display an exclusive fashion exhibition that won’t feature anywhere else in Britain!?Like with the central focal point of the the rainbow armour-like dress, the really colourful piece in the middle of the first section of the textile room featured wings of like butterflies made from feathers. This open back dress with wings is one that could be envisioned on the catwalk as a real show stopper where the model approaches the end with the illusion of entirely black dress and on turning presents the burst vibrancy!The large glass cubes (that act as the main infrastructure for the Textile and Dress space) house mannequins stylishly dressed in outfits made entirely of feathers, or at least feather accents. And any details of specific pieces of attire could be found in the painstakingly designed information booklet to walk around with and keep.

The outfits standing behind glass showed a range of dress and style from a variety of time periods. These were able to blend, almost seamlessly, into the permanent pieces of the collection that are always on display!Once you reach the back of the exhibition, there stands a line of original catwalk pieces beneath a projection of footage from fashion shows and the textile designs on the models! The line of dress pieces are set in a demure dark and muted colour pallet, but the feather incorporation makes them still quite an incredible sight!The rest of the pieces on display in the Birds of Paradise exhibition feature exclusive looks at designs from Alexander McQueen (not even featured in the Savage Beauty exhibition in London over the course of this year) and Nina Richie!For an amazing insight in the curatorship and work put in to the presentation and layout of the Birds of Paradise exhibition, click here to be directed to the Bowes Museum wordpress page and the specific blogpost!If you fancy heading to the Bowes Museum, you’ll be lucky enough to catch the Milk Snatcher illustrations and cartoon exhibition by Gerald Searfe until the 7th of June. If you’re sorry you missed out on the Birds of Paradise exhibition, and want to get you’re excluisve fashion fill – the Bowes Museum will be exhibiting Style is Eternal by Yves Saint Laurent over the summer (11th of July to the 25th of October).