I’ve been making the most of the surprisingly sunny British summer but had a moment to experience some proper heat on a weekend trip to Barcelona celebrating a wedding and generally getting out and about. Barcelona is one of my favourite cities due to amazing architecture, beautiful pristine clean streets and a rich artistic heritage. Barcelona also has some half decent beaches in the centre, making it a dreamy location, plus some more impressive ones on the outskirts, Castelldefels and Sitges. The wedding took me to a quaint suburb, Sarria where I was hosted in a stunning farmhouse and ate the best Spanish and European food til I couldn’t move! I had an action packed weekend and came back needing another holiday but it was all worth it!
Selfie from the amazing balcony at Hotel Zenit
Selfies in Sitges
Sitges town and the Church of Sant Bartomeu & Santa Tecla, & Castelldefels
Ended my day in Sitges admiring a chilled out cat and eating Octopus with Fried Spinach balls
Park Guell and Gaudi’s House
Stunning church in Sarria and wedding of the year!
Wedding outfit and new Rosa Pietsch jewellery coming soon to Realm of Treasure
African print pre wedding party and vintage day on the beach outfits
Despite being a girly girl most of the time I’m always pleasantly surprised by the London menswear scene, especially during London Collections Men. This season, LCM SS16, I was struck by the variety of style from colourful prints to all black and everything I saw was wearable- I was even imagining some pieces in my wardrobe. There is always a buzz in the air during LCM as it gets more established each year and gets closer to the status of London Fashion Week, although many people prefer LCM. The usual faces such as Tinie Temper, Labrynth and David Gandy were around supporting some of the UK’s best emerging menswear designers & heritage brands. On a random note I was luckily given late entry, after initial refusal, to a show after the doors closed as some celebs arrived who security allowed to be late (5 mins to be fair) at Maharishi- if any one knows who they were (black guy with dreads and a small crew) send them my thanks- would have been gutted if I missed it!
The lovely Ada Zanditon at the Ada + Nik presentation & me wearing jewellery from my boutique Realm of Treasure.
Caption this – Ada with Nik Thakkar and models
My first time trying black Water- by BLK
The Maharishi Finale
The bar at the Belstaff presentation where I binge drank Moroccan mint tea to the extent I didn’t even spot David Gandy!
Only 3 shades of grey but loved Grey – Scale’s use of my favourite non colour at The Hospital Club exhibition
The final part of my Graduate Fashion Week experience involved the exhibition – where I could literally have spent all day admiring the innovative, colourful and quirky creations. It was great to find out about the talent coning from Fashion Schools that I was not previously familiar with, especially Nottingham Trent and Northumbria University. I also attended the International showcase bringing together the worlds best emerging design talent. Graduate experience is always the highlight of my fashion year and am already counting down to the next one!
Grace Weller of Bath Spa University was selected as the George Gold Award winner last year and this years winner was Hannah Wallace’s.
A favourite from last years award show
Amanda Roughley was shortlisted for an award in association with the Ethical Fashion Forum
These one pieces by Sally Jane Atkinson Lyon had me dreaming of being back in the Caribbean
Even though the fashion calendar has swiftly moved on and I’ve currently been enjoying London Collections Men, LCM SS16, I still want to share the amazingness of my Graduate Fashion Week experience. My second show was the Ouverture / Centro school of Fashion in Mexico. Due to the vibrancy of Mexican culture I expected a colourful, and energetic show which is exactly what I got. There was a range of luxurious fabrics from floaty chiffons to cosy tweeds plus sculptural shapes and prints to suit all tastes. The only thing missing was a beach and Tequila!
The final part of my trip involved a boat trip to the stunning islands of Frioul. The most famous one is If, which is the where the Count of Monte Cristo was imprisoned ( I don’t know much about the story but found out its fictional) but I was only able to go to Pomegues and Rattoneau- more than enough! The boat ride in its self was an amazing experience- I love being near, on or in water so will never pass the opportunity for a boat trip but this one was really special. The views of Marseille were some of the best I’ve seen and even rivalled those from the top of the hill at Notre Dame de La Garde cathedral. The actual Islands were one of the most serene places I’ve ever visited but due to my spontaneous decision to go quite late I seemed to be the only person there which was a bit creepy at times, especially for a Londoner! I was still able to make the most of the serenity and stand in awe of mother nature and the beauty of my surroundings.
The Mucem is a Fort transformed into a concert venue!
One of the many stunning views of Notre Dame de la Garde
The Island of If with the infamous prison
One of the many hiking trails on the islands I visited- this is the only one I managed thanks to the steps!
The walkway connecting Pomegues and Ratonneau
To make the trip even more memorable the friendly ticket guy invited me into the drivers cabin on the way back and also treated me to a serenade with songs in French plus his native Russian and Italian- He even added a little dance!
Back on land I took in stunning views of the Vieux Port harbour at night
After my mini hike (even if there were steps) I had a well deserved Bouillabaisse (fish stew) for which Marseille is famous. I went all out having mine with lobster. It was a very messy but worthwhile eating experience which involved adding whole not deboned fish- plus the lobster into the stew so there’s were lots of splashes, bones and lobster shell everythere- not the best dish for someone as clumsy as me- but tasty.
On the last day the sun ironically decided to shine- I sadly left in the afternoon but at least got an hour of it and enjoyed a view of Notre Dame de La Garde without the clouds. I wore a bright dress to celebrate the sun’s appearance and took one last photo of a sunny Marseille from the plane before heading back to a cold London- where I will remain until further notice.
Am excited that http://www.realmoftreasure.com/ has now started a regular occupancy at Broadway Markey in London Fields, Hackney, which is in my humble opinion the best market in London’s East End and one of the best in London! Broadway has all of my favourite things in one place; amazing food, cool vintage and quirky handmade jewellery and crafts. Am happy to be contributing to some of the amazing handmade jewellery that can be found there and have been motivated to find some fantastic new suppliers to meet the demands of the discerning and lovely customers. I’m currently in the School Yard which is just round the corner from the main street and opposite the park so if ever in the area coma and say hi!
I attended the Graduate Fashion Week Awards Gala before I went on holiday last week and this amazing sartorial experience as well as GFW as a whole made my holiday shopping experience in the US comparatively dull. Innovation was everywhere and I have the utmost respect for all of the students who were able to create such striking and innovative designs. The Awards which were presented by Hilary Alexander, Philip Treacy, Zoe Hardman and judged by British Fashion Council‘s Sarah Mower; designers Peter Pilotto, Philip Treacy and Louise Gray; Sara Maino of Italian Vogue; and Fiona Lambert, vice-president of George at Asda. I think the students were able to get the right balance between wearable pieces that still wowed on the runway. My highlights are below- if I had space for a hundred more pictures I would have included more or less everything I saw but I managed to bring it down to this;
Anne Tyrrell, Former lecturer at Royal College of Arts was honoured with Hilary Alexender presenting her award.
Grace Weller of Bath Spa University, was presented with the womenswear award by Philip Treacy and also won the Gold Awards
Just when the buzz from London Fashion Week started to fade I remembered that a handmade jewellery and fashion showcase was running at Craft Central in Clerkenwell. Since the launch of my jewellery boutique www.realmoftreasure.com I am more than obsesses with atrisanship so I had to go. I was immediately blown away by the detailed structural pieces, it really was a thin line between art and fashion and contained some of the most innovative pieces I’ve ever seen. I left feeling inspired and motivated to keep on discovering the amazingly talented makers and creators that dwell in my city.
Hetty Rose shoes
Hats / headresses by Ugly Lovely
Martina Bohn hats
Monique Daniels Jewellery
London Fashion Week is the perfect place to spot amazing streetstyle. I wondered around the grounds of Somerset House scouting for some style inspiration and found some amazingly stylish fashionistas. I also loved discovering more refreshing talent.
Liz Black Salvatore Dali inspired collection
Kondranina who I interviewed for Noctis Magazine, and I.
Me in an Ada Zanditon dress with chunky chain necklace from my boutique www.realmoftreasure.com
Me in vintage Colette Dinnigan, and jacket from Oxfam with Melissa Vivienne Westwood shoes. Necklace from www.realmoftreasure.com
Adore these Martina Spetlova Callots
Designer Sadie Clayton wearing her AW14 collection.