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Orla Kiely SS15 was a throwback to the designer's roots (pun unintended): flower power, pattern, femininity & colour. Orla never fails to be creative with her presentation sets, & this season she displayed the collection over at the Vinyl Factory,  complete with working "gardener" painters in the background (real life Californian artist Alia Penner). The nostalgic wildflower motif was updated into the modern woman's wardrobe via patterned backpacks, neon waterproofs & relaxed silk pants. She continues her collaboration with Clarks, with loafers and mary jane t-bar sandals completing each look.

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{all photos & edits by me}



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jacket - zara
sweater & skirt - new look
trainers - primark
sunglasses - topshop

Sophie & I popped by the Cambridge Satchel Company townhouse for the launch of their new store in Covent Garden this week. Spread over 3 floors (!), the store has been organised into collections, from their Vivienne Westwood collab, to Mens (incidentally the latter has some amazing matt leather, portrait shape rucksacks). Following indulging in one too many cake pops and biscuits and a bit of an intense sugar overload, we felt it necessary to visit Five Guys on the way home. It's all about balance, right?

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{portraits by Sophie, edits & other photos by me}



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skirt - asos
blouse - h&m
trainers - gola x liberty
sunglasses - dior
tote - lfw ong-oaj pairam
watch - michael kors
ring - accessorize

I love the concept of an all-white outfit, especially out of the summer season, it gives a clean, high-end look (although of course it's pretty hard to maintain - cut to friday afternoon during fashion week where i'm in the loos at Somerset House with some Vanish, scrubbing to remove some red lipstick!) I fell in love with this skirt when I first saw it on Juley over at her blog, & so with a hop, click & a jump, had it delivered just in time for fashion week this season. I'm hoping to transition it into the cooler months with some funky ankle boots, either keeping the white theme going, or maybe with some cut-out black chunky heels.. watch this space. 

{photos by Sophie, edits by me}




Toga Archives SS15 produced a wonderful collection of strong pieces,  showcased within the gorgeously grand-cum-industrial background of the Renaissance Hotel at St Pancras. The first half of the collection glowed with neutrals, golden yellows & intimidating whites, bookmarked with black pants or swinging maxi overcoats (NB, apparently there were two halves, Sophie at La Fashion Folie ended up capturing the second half, so between us we covered full ground!) Silhouettes were bold and beautiful, empowering with glimpses of unabashed femininity such as the angled, pleated hem, or the pointed bralette. Accessorising was key, as ears were emblazoned with oversized cuffs or geometric shapes trailing over the neckline, and reflective silver hair ties captured the sleek ponytail of the Toga woman, keeping the whole look neat & on track. Brushes of pink or yellow colour were boldly washed over the eyes whilst lips were kept nude, the colour rediscovering itself again on a gauzy yellow pocket here, a pink & black sandal there. The subtle intricacies of a hand-stitched, crocheted sleeve, or a ruffled, gathered neckline continued to emphasise the idea that this collection was the product of a particularly detailed and thought out aesthetic, epitomising what the designers mused to be "fragments, reflection, floating."

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{all photos & edits by me}




Stepping into Edeline Lee's world for SS15 was like stepping into a paintbox, albeit a very grown-up one, with a delicately pretty concoction of colours. Every season, Edeline comes up with something completely different & refreshingly original, & this season was no disappointment. Inspired by the process of restoring her own Victorian house in East London, the designer brought together the 3-pronged relationship between art, interiors & fashion, & assimilated her colour palette, architectural structure, & the cut of the dress into a collection of very feminine, empowering pieces. Each look worked around a basic tone, adding a triangle of white here, a stripe there. The set was beautiful, with models captured in their own boxes, their own worlds, the viewer voyeuristically peering into a living room, or a kitchen. Within each room played a digital loop of the collection's video campaign on a small television set, essentially a replica of the presentation itself, as models smaller & smaller explored sets teenier and tinier. The touches of magical realism extended to a ceiling suffocating with pink roses, a prettiness bursting to escape. The colourful intensity & childlike containment reminded me of Alice having fallen down the rabbit hole, a world within a world within a world, enticing, bewitching & naively intoxicating.

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{all photos & edits by me}



Wore this skirt for the first time yesterday; it was only when I got home that I realised the tag was still attached! *d'oh!*

The full shape & structure of the skirt reminded me of the big skirts at Dior this season, & I really wanted to clash the pretty pastel colours with a 1970s orange knit. I've pretty much found my (literal) comfort zone in flats & pumps recently, these grey pumps from Primark fitting the bill on so many days. I'm also tempted to take my first foray into the Allstar market, maybe a pair of red or neutral cream ones to wear with dresses into the Autumn...

We tried out the Providores & Tapa Room for brunch beforehand: Turkish eggs with yoghurt & chilli served with soda bread, & eggs on chorizo were recommended, as was the bloody mary...

Happy Bank Holiday Weekend!

sweater & skirt - topshop
top (just seen) - h&m
pumps - primark
bag - zara
sunglasses - dior
watch - michael kors

{all portraits by Sophie, edits by me}
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