08/11/2014

PALMER // HARDING SS15

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This was undoubtedly my favourite collection from fashion week SS15, Palmer // Harding presented a beautifully modern, ethereal look consisting of burnt orange metallics, studded wire mesh slippers, & lighter than light draped silhouettes. Unlike some collections whose existence rests purely on the theatrical & the show, here were pieces that I could actually see styled into everyday life! Some of my favourite items included the high-necked sweaters & tees with cut-out embroidered motifs, & the delicately modest skirts with a flash of bronze cut through or a vibrant yellow lining dancing as the models strode into view. The collection was presented over at the wonderfully architectural Lincolns Inn Chapel Undercroft.

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{all photos & edits by me}

18/10/2014

ORLA KIELY SS15 - FLOWER POWER

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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}

11/10/2014

CAMBRIDGE SATCHEL COMPANY - TOWNHOUSE-WARMING PARTY

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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}

27/09/2014

ALL WHITE NOW

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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}

18/09/2014

TOGA ARCHIVES SS15

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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}

15/09/2014

EDELINE LEE SS15

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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}
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