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#LFW Outfits at Somerset House

Revisiting the photographs we took during London Fashion Week has been so satisfying. Putting together these retrospective blog posts has been pretty heart warming too.tumblr_o4m1h2zvve1qcam0lo4_1280On my last day in London for Fashion Week (I had to return to York later that day, but #LFW would continue for a further two days) we headed over to Somerset House.

I was informed that in previous years #LFW had been hosted in the beautiful Stuart architecture of Somerset House – which is definitely a Fashion Bloggers aesthetic dream! Of course, a majority of my experience of Fashion Week had been situated in London’s Soho area, so it was nice to have an excuse to visit the historic 17th Century building.tumblr_o4m1h2zvve1qcam0lo5_1280We had come to Somerset House to visit the famed International Fashion Showcase, that this year was themed ‘Fashion Utopias’.

A rather extraordinary exhibition that had a very different take on fashion and its presentation to the catwalks and presentations we had seen elsewhere. Sadly the exhibition only lasted as long as Fashion Week itself.tumblr_o4m1h2zvve1qcam0lo10_1280If you’re interested in a little more information, you can check out a small summary and a few details I wrote up for The 405, here!tumblr_o4m1h2zvve1qcam0lo9_1280After strolling around the International Fashion Showcase, we decided to take a pause and snap a few pictures of our last-day-of-London-Fashion-Week-together outfits.

Cause that’s what besties do, right?tumblr_o4m35txben1qcam0lo3_1280From hair braids to silver skirts, we had decided to go all out on our last day as Fashion Week press! They say ‘the devil is in the details’, and this applied pretty heavily to both of our ensembles.

One of us had donned black, shiny, pointed, patent leather booties. While the other was in cheetah print, hairy, heeled booties.

One was sporting a long, black skinny scarf. And the other wore a neatly tied, navy bandana neckerchief.tumblr_o4m35txben1qcam0lo6_1280On Sophia:

Shirt – New Look

Fur coat – Noisy May

Jeans – H&M

Boots – Hobbs

Bag – Zara

Sunglasses – Ebay

Skinny scarf – repurposed Calvin Klein

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Shirt – Asos

Skirt – Asos

Jacket – H&M Trend

Neckerchief – Asos

Bag – Zara

Boots – Asos

tumblr_o4m3zeqfsu1qcam0lo6_1280We encompassed an array of trends that swirled together and somehow still worked! Our outfits complimented and coordinated in terms of colour palettes and style – and when walking around like a power couple – that’s all that matters!tumblr_o4m3zeqfsu1qcam0lo1_1280And that’s the conclusion of the Fashion Week diaries!

We’re out!

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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!

Curator’s Coffee

I love trips to London. And my most recent trip was made even more special by being able to spend it with a close friend! tumblr_o39tc8x9pw1qcam0lo1_1280On her recommendation, we spent our first morning in the city at a delicious joint called Curators Coffee!tumblr_o39tc8x9pw1qcam0lo10_1280tumblr_o39tc8x9pw1qcam0lo9_1280With huge windows, lots of light, and beautiful geometric, monochromatic details – how could I not love the place?tumblr_o39tc8x9pw1qcam0lo4_1280tumblr_o39tc8x9pw1qcam0lo6_1280We spent (far too much) time umm-ing and ah-ing over what to chose from the mouthwatering selection of freshly made bakes for our breakfast.tumblr_o39tc8x9pw1qcam0lo5_1280After making the most difficult decision of the day, we perched on comfy stools at the wooden window bar.tumblr_o39uakq58v1qcam0lo1_1280As always, my first priority was coffee (and I’ll tell you now, that their coffee is really good!) but Kasimiira decided to go for a morning cuppa.

The rest of us were practically mesmerised by the many different instruments that she had been presented with, in order to successfully brew and enjoy her cup of tea!

The most notable was, of course, the rather aesthetically pleasing hourglass timer.tumblr_o39tc8x9pw1qcam0lo7_1280But regardless of different tastes in beverage – we all have (if I do say so myself) exquisite taste in pastries! And none of us were shy in digging into our first meal of the day.tumblr_o39tc8x9pw1qcam0lo8_1280From the exclusive weekend Brunch menu’s Crosstown Doughnuts to a moist Orange and Lemon Cake, we barely left a crumb on the plate. We acknowledge that we have hardly made a dent in the delicious desserts on sale.

So I guess we’ll just have to revisit on our next trip to London!

We drained our drinks, collected our things, and headed off to collect our all important press passes from the Soho area.

Stay tuned for the next blogpost to coverage dedicated to exploring London Fashion Week!

Pizza East, Brunch in London

tumblr_nzs3jfva5n1qcam0lo4_1280From Deli to dining – welcome to the next spot you have to eat at for brunch!tumblr_nzs3jfva5n1qcam0lo3_1280Pizza East is situated in a former tea warehouse, in Shoreditch in the always bustling city of London. As well as the delightful sit-in eatery, Pizza East also sells fresh Italian meats and cheeses to purchase from their in-house Deli!tumblr_nzs3jfva5n1qcam0lo1_1280The wonderful joint – famed for its wood oven pizzas – is large and spacious (as you’d expect from an ex-warehouse) with an industrial interior vibe.tumblr_nzs2vjeiss1qcam0lo1_1280 So, even on a Saturday, you’re more than likely to snag seat!

And snagged a comfy seat we did! We nestled in leather booth seats and wasted no time in scanning the mouth-watering menu for brunch options!tumblr_nzs2vjeiss1qcam0lo2_1280But drinks first! We scored ourselves a morning bellini each…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI couldn’t resist trying a signature ‘East Side’ cocktail.  And this is the delicious ‘New Fashioned’ that I highly recommend if you’re a fan of whisky!tumblr_nzs2vjeiss1qcam0lo3_1280It would be wrong to visit an eatery that boasted the name ‘Pizza’ in the name and not order one of their rounds to try!

We covered our pizza of choice in olives and basil, and hefty helping of cheese.

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Who needs the green stuff with a serving up like this?tumblr_nzs2vjeiss1qcam0lo7_1280The prices for cocktails are pretty a standard amount for London. While the food is practically a steal, in terms of London rates! tumblr_nzs3q1yt0z1qcam0lo4_1280Tummies full, and feeling very happy, we headed out to explore the rest of the area.tumblr_nzs3q1yt0z1qcam0lo2_1280 Pizza East is sat on the street corner just across the road from BoxPark. If you haven’t checked out the rather unique retail unit – built entirely out of storage containers – you better make it a priority.

These eclectically filled spaces sport some big brands you know, but also feature independent occupants that change weekly! There is always someone new to find and discover!tumblr_o28lahwpis1qcam0lo1_1280With good prices, good food, and good location; you’ve got no excuse to not have this delectable place on your list of eateries next time you’re in London!

YSL Exhibition #OOTD

If you haven’t seen the previous blogpost featuring the extended exhibtion of Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal – check it out here!What better ensemble to throw together than dark colours and denim for a day out at an art gallery?

Belt – Thrifted

Jeans – H&M

Boots – H&M

Cropped turtleneck – Zara

Denim jacket – H&M

Bag – Nica

Watch – Baby G

Cropped sweaters and high waisted jeans are a match made in heaven, and an eye catching belt buckle will peep through perfectly between the two garments!

These are a key Autumnal staple for cosy chic that still lets you highlight your all important waist.To keep with the darkly vampy colour palette – I decided to apply a slick coat of rich berry lipstick!

Lipstick – Sleek

A completely comfortable outfit for a day wandering through beautiful English villages and the famed halls of the French Chateau of The Bowes Museum.

Behind the scene/blooper/prep shots:

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!