Dreaming In Dior

Where has the time gone? Two years has flown by and I am back! I felt inspired by the fantasy world of haute couture and felt compelled to express an array of words that delve deep into the fairy-tale realm.

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Dior is one of those timeless brands that captures so much history. I feel fortunate to have been transported to a different dimension from the Victoria & Albert’s wonderful Designer Of Dreams exhibition. They have explored so many silhouettes through years, from the New Look 1940’s shape that captured wartime to present day hearts. Now shapes and structures differ but still explore a flattering form, from silk maxis to collared shirt midi dresses.

The couturier recently released their new Autumn Winter 2020-2021 collection, a 15-minute adventure into the earthy lands of trees, gorgeous green foliage, filtering fragments of light and flowing water. The clip is the collection by Maria Grazia Chiuri, directed by Matteo Garrone.

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I am a lover of a narrative to evoke a feeling, this content is like reading an immersive chapter of your best book. The exclusive film begins where the crafty hands of the house’s atelier use their passion and craftmanship to create mini versions of the ball gowns, similar to apprentice pieces. These 40cm tall mannequins may be small, but are packed with dedication and detail. Where fantasy meets nature and fashion meets art, the combination of vision leads to the dolls house trunk presenting fantastical ensembles to various ethereal characters. From aquatic mermaids, to a collection of Pre-Raphaelite influenced women, snail creature, stone like statue and partners immersed in tree bark. There is a sense of romance and mystery surrounding the clothing, the scenes divert to the workmanship creating their magic, this time to the human form. The transformation is parallel to clothes impact, the ability to change your world, each fitting to character and personality.

In 1933 Dior was the first to organise an exhibition to a surrealist audience, a source for imagining the collection. The dresses showcase drama and attention-to-detail. A standout piece has got to be the tulle cape like gown, with godets and pleating creating that raised and three-dimensional effect.

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The mythological influence was the Dior dream that you couldn’t quite believe was a reality.

The Wonderful World Of Dolce & Gabbana

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Dolce & Gabbana, the super-brand that creates an art of rococo clothes. The Fall/Winter 2018/19 Men’s Fashion ‘King’s Angels’ Show was truly out of this era. The show commenced with a montage of models to musicians to social influencers, familiar faces that would walk the catwalk. The guys really rocked each look, from Cameron Dallas’ smart jacquard number to Tinie Tempah’s double denim.

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The exciting show was a beautiful set-up with a King’s regal crown the centre piece. And not forgetting opulent and extra-ordinary chandeliers sparkling the stage.

The baroque beauty of a show showcased suit jackets with gold embroidery, velvet materials damask patterns. Perfect patterns that adorned garments included gorgeous cherubs, classic crowns and elegant roses (even on incredible loafers). And of course, true to Dolce style the looks were completed with details with drama – think oversized bowties, brilliant brooches and lapel pins. Some clothes had a modern touch with badging and brighter colour schemes.

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I love Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce’s creative one-of-a-kind vision to create truly astonishing pieces, the direction of store layout to organising a memorable Milan show. Established in 1985, the international brand still creates luxury clothing items that are original, distinctive and hold complete class.

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The show was finished with Maluma’s high energy vocals, then joining the models and talent on stage. The collection surely is fit for a King.

 

Joshua Kane – A world of Fantasy

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Joshua Kane’s designs are bold, quintessentially British (woven and manufactured) and cutting edge…literally. Known for his classic wide brimmed hats with long hair, jet black eyeliner and incredible moustache poised to perfection, his image is striking and memorable. Oh and he has the coolest tattoos, inspired by his passion for tailoring. I love his ethos ‘Blood, sweat and shears’ – talented and tremendously gifted when it comes to fashion.

He brings the edge and creative flair to the table. His journey from studying bespoke tailoring at Kingston university to working at Burberry Prorsum designing wonderful catwalk collections to being senior menswear designer at Paul Smith, involved in packaging, accessories to fabrics.

His ability to create menswear and also womenswear with a sharp precision and exquisite taste is admirable. I am all about women wearing smart dressing, sometimes instead of reaching for a black dress it’s just as great to opt for a co-ordinating suit piece.

The shop experience is a great one, entering the sophisticated store you are drawn to the leather jackets, the Jimmy Q skateboards and of course the printed suits. He has truly nailed his craft whether in ground-breaking garments or accessories (pocket squares, high crown hats, ties). He definitely reflects his character through his pieces.

One of Kane’s greatest inspirations is George ‘Beau’ Brummell, an influencer in men’s fashion in Regency England. A true believer in fitted and tailored garments with immaculate style, the dandy look resonates.

As soon as I heard about the ‘Fantasy’ fashion show I felt compelled to be in the audience. What I adore about Joshua is how he has made fashion accessible to the public, the opportunity to see his welcoming collection first hand and be a part of the experience.

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As I sat in the London Palladium I witnessed the made to measure magic. It was the perfect fitting setting, with the theatrical and eye-catching nature of the clothes. The momentum of the evening was amazing- beginning with watching the video content featuring actor Asa Butterfield told the story, leading to the runway. The craftmanship, construction and creations were out of this world.

The show was not only a visual spectacular experience but also audio-wise. The music featured powerful cinematic songs that could literally feature in a film.

Beyond the curtain, the collection unveiled smart two and three-piece suits, signature fedoras and even new seasonal skateboards. My favourite menswear piece was sheer class of a velvet tuxedo and in womenswear a black cape. The eye for detail, the trim, lining, buttons and of course the gold hand-stitched embroidery and butterfly patterns shone.

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The sartorial legend, Joshua Kane’s work is truly an art form and his tailoring is traditional with an element of surprise. He is determined for incredible results and dedicates hours of pure hard work and his designs reflect this. Once again, Joshua, I applaud your work * standing ovation*.

Step Into Summer Fashion

Okay…How is it June next month?! With summer a few steps away, there’s still time to get your wardrobe ready for the season. There’s some key trends to get on board with to stay seriously stylish.

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  1. Check mate

Picnic patterned and adorable beyond words. What a way to scream British summertime by wearing a gingham dress. As a tartan addict, a reason why I adore the pattern is because it’s the spring/summer-ready version of checks. I can leave tartan resting in my wardrobe ready for colder months. Gingham adds a quintessential flavour to any outfit. Heading to the park or walking to get some fresh summery air? Keep the look innocent and fresh by wearing a pair of white trainers or backless shoes.

  1. New season = new shapes

I love playing with proportions and experimenting with garments shapes. Get inspired by high street structures, looking out for shoulder cut outs tops, inventive bardot tops and deconstructed shirts. Restyled, revamped and reinvented. I am a massive supporter of frills and ruffles- if you are looking to add ladylike femininity then go for it. My ultimate favourite fashion form is wrap tops. Exposing décolletage in a V neck shape, with statement puff sleeves and fitting the waist. I recently purchased a wrap top which has adjustable flowing fabric to adapt to the fit.  Tie a bow for extra cuteness.

  1. Seaside stripes

Breton. Sailor. Nautical. Stripes will always be in fashion which is great news for summer. Add Riviera style to your look. I’m loving striped shirts in comfortable cottons. Inject seaside style to wardrobe in dark or light hues. Go subtle or graphic in pattern, horizontal or vertical, it’s up to you. The looks are limitless, boundless and endless.

  1. Add structure to your life

The latest trend is corsets- rather than wearing them as an undergarment, it’s best worn over a t-shirt or as a feature on a sweatshirt. Layering is the key area, adding the corset over a classic white Tee. The waist-cinchers add a dose of cool, with ribbon lace up designs.

  1. All about the flats

Oh flat shoes, I love you. Comfy and cool, think mules, loafers, slider and sandals. Remember the details… the details make a difference. From wrap bow designs to faux fur fluff cuteness. You can walk to your destination without the blisters.

Get ready for a summer of style, build your wardrobe with seasonal staples and don’t forget to accessorize!

Fairy-Topia Dior

Some clothes have the ability to astonish, amaze and astound, Dior did all three. The enchanted forest scenery was a landscape for dreamy prints and beautiful garments. The surroundings were as captivating as the clothes on showcase, the winding tree held a variety of lights. Light remained a symbol throughout the collection, with muted hues and soft tones. The spring summer 17 catwalk began with Red Riding Hood-like capes. The bold colour of black began the show. I adored the vintage inspired shapes with peplum, blazer-like collars and heavy use of ruffles. The eye was drawn to the cinched-in waist and complimentary structures.

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The soft application of lace and embedded floral embroidery showed intricacy and intimacy. Motifs included trees, connecting to the earthy influence. Thick and thin materials flow downwards like waterfalls.

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The headpieces were as gorgeous as the pieces, from sheer black rabbit ears to  white feathers to butterfly. I admired the touch of nature, the beauty of simplicity and just simply the beauty.

The princess dresses featured sweetheart necklines, straight across cuts, V neck shapes. Strapless, spaghetti straps, little bow straps. One of my favourite dresses featured an exaggerated bishop sleeve and scoop neck, all a crisp white. I have an obsession with dress trains, the flowing falling fabric.

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Some features of the collection had a romantic gothic spin with black garments displaying texture.

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Fantasy worlds are closer than we think. Through fashion you can escape to another world, filling your mind with imaginations that are known and realities.

Autumnal Colour Palettes

There’s a twist of autumn which lingers in the air. With the season progressing, the fashion colour palette has also transitioned with darker colours on display. As we wave farewell to pastels and give a warm welcome to the secondary colours. Say hello to…

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A deeper hue of orange will looks seriously autumn. I know halloween’s over,  but you can still embrace the pumpkin colour. With a  hint of red it adds warmth to any outfit. It looks very fall, especially with turtle neck tops and oversized cosy jumpers.

Christmas tree green

Oh how I love dark green. There’s something ultimately Christmasy about the hue. The festive tone looks great all the time. Don’t think brussel sprouts. Whether you’re into military or forest greens, there’s an earthy shade for everyone. Greenery in fashion just looks effortless.

Aubergine

As I type each word, I write with aubergine tinted nails. Love or hate the food, the shade is love-able. I read a Stylist article on the colour, they are so right when they say the colour is bang on trend. A dark berry/plum hue looks sleek on accessories (think beanie hats, scarfs, chokers) to clothing. I love that it’s a subtle nod to purple, low-key and gothic-ly beautiful.

Mulled wine red

Red. Burgundy. Maroon. So many shades that can be represented this autumn/winter. An absolute favourite of mine is mulled wine red. Like a stained lipstick on a wine glass, it’s classy. With a darker undertone, it looks ah-ma-zing on dresses.

Blackest of night

If in doubt, opt for black is what I say. Black is a colour that will never let you down. Reliable. Timeless. Perfect. As the deepest of shades, you can rock it head to toe in colder months for everyday luxe. As darkness descends in lighting, you can wear it all year round. You can always go noir.

Pick your fave colour and embrace it this season. Remember to add your personal stamp.

A Touch Of Autumn

 

Hey all! I gazed at the calendar this morning in amazement. Can someone explain how the month has transitioned into October? Get ready for cosy nights in, crunching through autumn leaves, PSL (pumpkin spice lattes). I love everything about autumn, the advantage of colder weather is more layers = more clothes.

As the rain drops cascade outside, it’ll be a month to showcase outerwear, wintery prints and vampy shades. As we move to fall season, I always organise my wardrobe- it’s time to revive those a/w pieces that have been hiding at the back of your closet. It’s no secret I am obsessed with velvet. From regal purple to electric blue to wine tinted red. Oh and you can never wear too much. From co-ords to accessories (backpacks, chokers, you name it). Another favourite of mine is check prints. Unleash tartan, houndstooth, gingham.

I’m looking forward to red lipsticks staining hot beverages. Hot chocolates with a mountain of marshmallows, coffee, Earl Grey tea.

Just a reminder…Autumn/Winter is coming.

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Exploring Fashion and Jazz

Bermondsey… home to The Fashion And Textile Museum. The past weekends I visited the street market and the fashion exhibition. I explored the vintage market gems, student work and jazz pieces.

SE1 brings art and an exciting community. The atmosphere was thriving with retro jewellery, vintage garments and stylish treasures.

I ventured out to the FTM and witnessed a timeline of clothing. The ready to wear fashion expressed a collection of dazzling sequins, finest materials and classic shapes.

The entrance captured The Great Gatsby, displaying the Prada pieces that shone in the film. The exhibition portrayed the significance of the incredible author, F. Scott Fitzgerald. The chandelier dress was a standout piece, each droplet held radiance and utter opulence.

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The first room showed a monochrome movie, showing the importance of cinema- highlighting the flapper girl and Art Deco style. Dresses includes beads, tassels, decorative layers of sequins. Fabrics involved silk, chiffon, muslin.

Walking into the next room, showcased different collections of dresses. From turban accessories, ornamental jewellery to feathers- there was so much to see. The elegance was prevalent, with day wear being feminine and ultimately graceful and eveningwear being classy and expressive.

The decade saw dance, music and fashion take flight. Clothing was designed for movement from fringing to beaded hems. Ready for The Charleston!

The rooms were surrounded by inspiration whether in fascinating writing, James Abbe’s photography or the 1920’s clothing pieces.

3 Things I Will Miss About Summer

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Hey! As we are entering autumn/winter, I thought I would do a blog post wishing summer farewell. Here are somethings I will miss…

1.Summer Music Festivals

Live music accompanied by a sea of sequins, flower crowns and flash tattoos. There’s something about the freedom of summer air, being one in a million in the crowd and listening to the biggest tunes full volume, full fun. Summer, I went to Wireless and We Are FSTVL. I will miss the glitter tent, every fragment of shine.

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Festival food, festival fashion, festival vibes.

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Although there will not be festival in the warm months, there will still be live gigs and concerts. Make the most out of music by checking out your favourite artists and bands and seeing them perform live.

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2. Summer Fashion

I’m a bit ambivalent about this one. On the one hand, I am totally looking forward to autumnal fashion. I can’t wait to wear oversized outerwear pieces: boyfriend coats, faux fur trimmed parkas, printed capes. A/W means you can dress head to toe in one of my absolute favourite colours…black. The shadiest shade is perfect for the colder months.Bring on tartan, layers of comfy clothing and more wearable clothes. But what about all those cute summery dresses? What about skirts and shorts without tights? We will soon be swapping Birkenstocks for heavy black boots.

3. Summer tans

Oh summer, I will miss tanning/trying to catch some rays. If you’ve been on a warm holiday, you’ll, like me, come back and do everything you possibly can to top up that tan. Or slathering layers of after sun to maintain the colour. When winter comes, I will be in my natural vampire shade.

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As we wave goodbye to summer, remember all those wonderful summer memories!

Three Summery Trends

Oh summer, you beauty. What I love most about summer apart from the shining sun rays is the summer trends. Walking down the street, peeping through cat eye sunnies, it’s always wonderful to observe what everyone’s wearing. Not only can you admire outfits, but you can gain fashion-inspiration. And inspiration is everywhere, wherever you go, you don’t have to look deep to find amazingness.

Cut-Off denim

I know it’s summer, but jeans can still be worn. For those cooler days or evenings, denim can be a great option. This season it’s about ripped, raw edge and cut-offs, like these Topshop MOTO Bleach Mom Jeans. Whether you DIY them or purchase the style, it adds a touch of customisation. Frayed material can ensure the denim fit appears cropped. Great for showing off your summery choice of shoes from Birkenstocks to mules. You can opt for a straight leg or a flare if you’re taking a walk from the past. You can choose stylish twists such as patching or badging to dress up those jeans or shorts. Emphasize those hems gal!

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Crisp cotton garments 

Cotton that looks fresh and pristine. Think bardot tops showcasing sun kissed shoulders, striped shirts and cool dresses. Zara have a vast collection, showing flattering pieces which are undeniably chic. I like the gingham checked dress with the cut out element. The navy and white combo is perfect for summer picnics. I’m also loving the kimono sleeves and striped midi dress  with the bow.
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Mirror mirror glasses

Reflective sun glasses are an absolute must. You can stare into them, working as a functional mirror when you either have a) food stuck in your teeth b) lipstick marked on a tooth or c) you are checking you still look fab. With aviators or circular shapes, you can really reflect on your choices. Style features include connecting brow bars or gold metal details. There are so many colours which you can gaze your eyes through. Can we just take a sec to appreciate these pink Dior matte violet shades?!

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The fashion forecast will be summery with a touch of personalization. Add your personal twist to the style trends.