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
Me in a Textiles Federation dress at the Royal College of Art
The last few weeks have been the most exciting time in the fashion calendar with Graduate Fashion Week. Its a time of great innovation and the birthing of the future’s fashion greats! With over 20 shows in total and lots going on in my life atm I sadly missed a lot of it but what I managed to catch was mesmerising. My first show; UCA Rochester, courtesy of Lewis and Leigh PR, set the bar high and I clearly had an enhanced view 😉 !
A press day is always a welcome end to my less than thrilling day job so I eagerly counted down the hours and then headed to Graphic Bar in Soho where Lewis and Leigh
PR held their AW15 press day. There was a chilled out party vibe as House of Alt provided a background of classic R & B tunes- if it wasn’t so early and a school night it would have been hard to get me out of there as some of my old time faves were churned out- and it made me feel good that the younger kids were aware of the soundtrack of my youth! On top of a great ambiance each corner of the bar had an exciting visual treat ranging from cool graphic prints, extravagant hats and bath bombs that made me hungry ( well hungrier than usual ).
Stvdio 5 cosmetics- still wishing these were edible!
My Press days were continued with Lewis and Leigh PR who showcased a wonderfully colourful and quirky collection of labels. It was held in the fashionista’s favourite Sanderson Hotel in Soho. There were so many striking pieces- including the London Fashion Week AW14 collection of Sadie Clayton which can be seen on a previous post in its full spendour; https://thelaststraggler.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/lfw-aw14-the-bold-and-beautiful/ . Other brands showed the fine line than can exist between art and fashion but the ingenious designers still managed to create something wearable.
Since the launch of my boutique www.realmoftreasure.com I have been completely obsessed with handmade jewellery and was mesmerized by this enchanting collection by Lucky Little Blighters which could just have easily been seen in a sculpture gallery!
The pop art mixed with rock and roll style of Shara Hayz collection put a smile on my face.. This designer of most definitely one to watch. She featured on Rihanna’s fashion competition TV series Styled to Rock and her creations have been worn by Ana Matronic (Scissor Sisters), AME and Lara Stone.
I had a lovely conversation with one half of Beau Homme about the intriguing and unlikely inspiration behind this collection. The beautiful illustrations reveal a hidden message about the way we communicate in the social media era. Each piece is full of symbolism so wearing one of these great easy to wear pieces would make you fashionable and philisophical, without having to make a FEMEN style statement.
I love the simple but striking design of this typical effortlessly cool Scandinavian brand Orphan Bird . I’ll always love bold colours and crazy prints but brands like these make me toy with the idea f giving my wardrobe a minimalist makeunder. For now I’ll just admire!