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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!


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.

tumblr_nzs2vjeiss1qcam0lo5_1280tumblr_nzs2vjeiss1qcam0lo6_1280I was in a more serious breakfast kind of mood and ordered from their Saturday brunch menu.tumblr_nzs2vjeiss1qcam0lo9_1280And ended up tucking almost before the plate was on the table! My dish was stacked with poached eggs, sweet-potato cakes and streaky bacon – yum!

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!

Penthouse Life in London

Less than a fortnight ago I headed to London for a weekend away before saying goodbye to Britain for the Christmas Season.tumblr_nzs1h57mrp1qcam0lo1_1280And because this was my last time in the U.K. before the New Year, I thought I’d spend the weekend in style!

Thanks to Airbnb, and a snap decision, we ended up booking ourselves into a beautiful 29th floor Penthouse apartment for the weekend!tumblr_nzs1h57mrp1qcam0lo6_1280tumblr_nzs1h57mrp1qcam0lo5_1280The views really speak for themselves…tumblr_nzs20nuqb11qcam0lo1_1280tumblr_nzs20nuqb11qcam0lo2_1280Built on the edge of the River Thames, and just across from Canary Wharf, we were (almost) on top of the world! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe arrived on the Friday evening, and were given a hotel/show room style tour of the place. And the balcony was definitely our favourite, most awe inspiring spot!tumblr_nztjayjvbx1qcam0lo1_1280Of course, the balcony was just as beautiful in the day time.tumblr_nzs20nuqb11qcam0lo5_1280And from inside, the swanky pad was furnished with plush modern furniture creating a luxurious vibe that could even make James Bond envious!tumblr_nzs20nuqb11qcam0lo9_1280tumblr_nzs20nuqb11qcam0lo8_1280The furniture was an eclectic mix of modern and French antique, because the space is often rented out for photography sessions! Each of the pieces can be rented for different shoots.tumblr_nzs20nuqb11qcam0lo7_1280And who wouldn’t want to shoot here? tumblr_nzs20nuqb11qcam0lo6_1280The whole apartment was adorned with large coffee table books on photography and art; to be browsed through at one’s leisure!tumblr_nztjayjvbx1qcam0lo3_1280tumblr_nztjayjvbx1qcam0lo2_1280The space was clean, and bright, and impeccably minimal. We had free range to lounge about the Penthouse and use the little kitchen for basic needs – which mostly included coffee.tumblr_nztjayjvbx1qcam0lo4_1280And you can imagine that our bedroom was as luxurious as the rest of the Penthouse! Including our own private door that opened onto the balcony too!

Check out the Airbnb Penthouse page if you want to rent yourself, here!tumblr_nzs20nuqb11qcam0lo10_1280Of course, we didn’t spend all of our time inside the apartment – we simply had too much to do elsewhere in the city! But relaxing in the evenings, pretending we might live somewhere as beautiful one day, wasn’t bad either!

Note: Interior photographs courtesy of the Penthouse Airbnb and page.


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!

The Boozy Cow (The Modern Medieval Diet of Kings)

After visiting this eatery, it might be the first time that being called a ‘Boozy Cow’ could be construed as a compliment! Just off of Prince’s Street in Edinburgh, set below street level sits the tempting food joint known as the Boozy Cow – and that is not a misnomer! This place is famous for its burgers and its boozy milkshakes, so I had to check it out!Take note that I love an eatery, like, 50x more when they openly sport puns about food on their wall!? (So, we will definitely be meating again…)

Walking in, I was greeted by a grungy, graffiti industrial interior that you could tell would be amazing to frequent in the evening when this place turns into a flatout bar!Obviously busy on a Saturday, we nested in an available table in a tight corner next to the windows with a street view.A moment was silence was taken to both appreciate the glorious choices of food, and also to make the crucial decision of what we would each order.Two of us ordered their chocolate oreo milkshakes – that are definitely worth a try!

Served in jars with indentations for your fingers, a striped straw, extra long spoon and a personal oreo cookie – we were very happy!Restraining ourselves from drinking the whole frosty glass of goodness didn’t last too long (phew!) and soon our tables were graced with trays of food. (That’s right – trays – not plates. The Boozy Cow’s policy is that your food is served on a tray to share with the person sitting opposite you. You also won’t get any cutlery unless you specifically ask for it! So, the more messy, the better – and I took this as a challenge.)Our trays were filled with cheeseburgers, fries to share and a hot dog that boasted baconnaise!?I thought I’d take a snap of the details that were listed on their handy coasters!Happy, and full – as I always seem to leave the different eateries I frequent – we stepped out into the surprisingly sunny Scottish weather to wander around the city. This joint is the ultimate medieval diet of meat and alcohol – and who doesn’t love a cheeky boozy lunch at somewhere with delicious, messy food?

Hotel Paradiso – A Pleasance to See

No, that’s not a typo in the title – simply a vague attempt at a pun based on one of the loveliest venues the Fringe Festival 2015 has to offer!I headed across the centre of Edinburgh, to the side of town that houses the Pleasance Courtyard only a few days ago to catch a showing of the stunningly rated Hotel Paradiso.The courtyard itself was decked out in eccentric decor that matched the kind of acts performing in their various theatre spaces. In the very middle stood a wacky signpost that (although pretty crazy to look at) was genuinely helpful in navigating the different locations of the ranging venue rooms!No trip would be complete without documenting some scrumptious grub – and the Pulled Pork Hut definitely delivered! Succulent and freshly pulled, these sandwiches are worth getting up early for! The basic sandwich offers plain pulled pork, and from there you have free reign of condiments and additives to sling on top and customise to your taste.Feeling pretty grey-t after chowing down on lunch, and I decided to use the Falafel Hut as an apt backdrop for an outfit-of-the-day. Comfy and casual for sitting in theatres watching shows, but monochromatic and chic with choice elements of the look e.g. the tartan poncho and bright white crocodile print brogues!

Grey high neck tank top – New Look

Grey distressed jeans – H&M

White brogue shoes – River Island

Grey tartan poncho – T K Maxx

Bag – Asos

In the middle of snapping outfits, we were surprised by a meeting with a tall, three footed furry creature campaigning an alternate show hosted in the Pleasance Courtyard. The Chuffalump (as we learned he was called from the other promoters roaming around with the furry fiend) is one of four featuring ‘animals’ in the “ludicrously lyrical and magical tour” of The Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie. A bizarre sounding and looking show – but this family show seems to be a pretty powerful puppet pack with constant five and four star reviews across the board! (With less than a week left of the Fringe Festival, I might just have to pop back over to Pleasance and see what all the fuss is about?)Once we’d had our fill of happy snaps, we trotted through to the Beyond (it sounds much more exotic and mystical than it actually was) and stood in a british fashion (that is the say – queueing) waiting to be allowed into the theatre and grab a good seat.Tickets in hand, and waiting in line early, we were able to get seats in the front row of the theatre! Of the many shows I’ve been lucky enough to catch over the period of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, this was one of the largest theatre seating (not including shows held in spaces like King’s Theatre, for example).(I’m not one for taking pictures during a performance, as I like to be fully immersed in what I’m watching. But I’ll insert a number of examples of scenes from the play itself!)The set seems plain at first glance, but every part of its design is ingenuitive and incorporated to unexpected elements of the Hotel Paradiso storyline.

The storyline of Hotel Paradiso follows the strange things that happen at the quaint hotel of the same name. The family run business is clinging together by frayed threads, and the performance presents the psychological and physical hardships this entails. Featuring events of love, thievery and even death (on more than one level) – this is a captivating play performed by the Familie Floz theatre company!Each of the many varying characters are played by one of the only four cast! The talented pool of theatre makers involved in the Familie Floz company makes this and the quick changes between characters possible through the incorporation of large cartoon-like masks. This was a key feature in the company’s establishment – that of rediscovering the traditional techniques of masks in theatre.

Along with this, now iconic, central feature, the plays like Hotel Paradiso use means of nonverbal, artistic and musical creative process to craft a mesmerizing theatrical play for all to enjoy!It really is something difficult to convey to those that have not seen something like it, or studied ancient Greek and Roman plays that used similar techniques of masks in their performances. But Hotel Paradiso is a form of mimed storytelling at it’s best! As an audience member you can forget that the actors have been removed of the luxury of both speech AND facial expression to portray the different characteristics of the different characters.This type of acting has become a branch off of the genre of physical theatre – and it is a truly unique and magical play to experience.From funny, to sweet, to heartfelt – this is a theatre company to put on your wishlist! I recommend trying to view Hotel Paradiso before the end of the Fringe Festival, or even in the company’s next performing spot somewhere in Europe!(Photographs from previous performances – courtesy of the Familie Floz production company website page and Gabriele Zucca.)