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*.

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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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Rust

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!