Saturday, 28 February 2015

Highstreet Edit

It's PayyyyDayyyyyy! (Or, at least it was yesterday). I feel like it has been so long since I have been shopping and so now it is at last time for a little Pay Day treat. It's also my birthday at the end of March ;)  So, with this in mind, here are a few of my favourite things on the highstreet right now.

H&M: Long Sweatshirt Cardigan, Coated Jeans, Longline Flannel Shirt, Foil Print Sweat, Biker Bomber, Thin Coat, Suede Biker
H&M is always one of those places where you have to really search, but you can find some amazing fashion forward pieces at very reasonable prices. My favorite piece from this list in the black thin coat. I really love the silhouette, and it would be a great layering piece. It's made from a polyester/viscose mix which makes it really lightweight and drapey, so it can be worn indoors and outdoors - so versatile! I'm also loving the grey suede biker jacket - a beautiful update on a classic. The foil print sweatshirt has a kinda Richard Nicoll vibe that I really like, and would look awesome paired with the longline flannel shirt.

River Island: Hooded Blazer, Rubberized Backpack, Longline Biker Coat, White Smart Chunky Sole Shoes, Grey Zip Blazer, Messenger Bag, Navy Zip Mac
Zips are clearly the big thing at River Island right now and I love it. I wish I had seen the messenger bag before fashion week - it would have been the perfect thing to carry around my camera and bits and pieces. My white Topman boots are all scratched up now, and I think the white chunky sole shoes would be the perfect replacement. The grey blazer also has the greatest silhouette and is fantastically clean.

Topman: Wool Bomber, Tartan Ultra Skinny Trousers, Street Tailor Collarless Blazer, Stripe Hooded Mac, Premium Black Shirt, Grey Cocoon Coat, Oversized Wool Biker
Topman will always be one of my favourite menswear brands on the highstreet. I suppose because I worked there for so long, it's part of my blood now! Topman has a fantastic selection of coats and jackets right now, the Oversized wool biker being one of my absolute favorites. The stripe hooded mac is so not my usual style, but theres something about it I really like. It's kinda J.W.Anderson-esque, and could look really cool with a clean white shirt and smart tailored trousers.

Zara: Diagonal Hem Tee, Seersucker Trousers, Asymmetrical Leather Shoes, Coated Cape, Skirt Trousers, Leather Backpack, Asymmetrical Jacket
Zara are so great for giving you designer inspired pieces. I love the sole on the Asymmetrical leather shoes - kinda reminds me of the Rick Owens trainers. Also, they have a man-skirt! At last a high-street store is selling a skirt for men! Long live the revolution!! I really hope this is a the start of things to come. Also, Navy and Black is my favourite colour combination right now, and the leather backpack ticks all the boxes in terms of colour, shape and fabrication. Love Love Love.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

London Fashion Week Day 4 #LFW

Jacket - Joseph, Shirt - River Island, Jumper - c/o Boohoo, Trousers - Topman, Socks - American Apparel, Shoes - Topman, Bag - Zara

Damn this cold weather! Standing outside has not done my health any favors and I have a stinking cold. Even so, I'm still trooping on. So Day 4 of LFW, and today I am working the Joseph fashion show. It didn't start until 7:30, so I didn't start work until later in the day. This gave me the opportunity to go to Somerset House first thing to try and get a few last streetstyle photos taken. Unfortunately Somerset House was super dead, hardly anybody around. I now know for future that early on the Monday of LFW, is not the time to be at Somerset House! However, I did manage to watch a few fashion films in the BFC show space, as this was opened up to the public for a few hours. First I saw the House of Holland film - A japanese manga wet dream featuring Henry Holland in a street fighter style arcade game, fighting a 'Super Ninja Cat', and models like Sam Rollinson advertising seafood flavored coffee and disposable cameras. All kinds of crazy. Next was Jean-Pierre Braganza (Still so annoyed at myself for prioritizing a Fashion Scout show over this one, but never mind). Jean-Pierre Braganza's film was a futuristic film featuring robotic hummingbirds. When I first saw it I actually thought it was Giles, because it reminded me of the Giles hummingbird print from last season. The last film, and my favourite film, was by Gareth Pugh. A really impactful short that  summed up the dark, rule Britannia vibe of the AW15 Collection. Check out a few photos below

After hanging around Somerset House a bit longer, it was time to head into work to help prep for the Joseph fashion show. Understandably, I decided to wear Joseph to the fashion show, in the form of my gorgeous fringed leather jacket from last season. As it is such a statement piece, in true Joseph style, I kept the rest of the look clean and simple. I went with simple, smart black trousers, a plain black jumper and a clean white grandad collared shirt. I balanced out the white of the shirt by wearing white socks with my cutout shoes and finished the look with my Zara clutch bag. Working for Joseph is great because I get to help out with the fashion shows and see the collection before the rest of the world gets to. I helped out with various things before the show - from transporting the collection to drying out socks that had been dyed last minute! Eventually it was time for the show. And what a show! I LOVE the Autumn Winter collection! It is so so beautiful. Deconstructed beauty was the theme that ran throughout the entire collection, and it painted a picture of the Joseph woman taking on the harsh of the wild. Blanket detailing formed gorgeous collumnular silhouettes, and raw edges gave that extra cool factor to the looks. The felt and fur pieces were particularly stunning, but, for me, the ultimate showstopper was the hand knitted maxi dress. I loved the open weave and oversized slouchy silhouette. I would wear this myself (and if it goes into production, I might have to consider it for my uniform next season!). You can see my photos from the show below. After the show I headed back to the showroom as I had to merchandise the collection, so that Louise could present it today. As you may have guessed I was working today, so unfortunately you won't be getting a LFW Day 5 post, but nevertheless, I have had a fantastic fashion week, and I have really enjoyed sharing it with you. I only hope you've enjoyed reading about it! Normal blog service will now resume.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

London Fashion Week Day 3 #LFW

Top - Topman, Waistcoat - Berthold, Trousers - Zara, Hat - Comme Des Garcons Comme Des Garcons, Bag - DIY, Shoes - Matthew Miller

Another highly successful day spent at Fashion Week. Today I had to be up realllllly early because I had tickets to the Kiev Fashion Days Autumn/Winter showcase, which started at 10:30am. The showcase featured three designers - Anna K, Pentatonika and Dinara Nurlan. All three designers had a very different aesthetic and attitude towards fashion. Anna K's collection was sickly-sweet, combining brightly colored patches with metallics and girly detailing. Totally not my thing at all, but I guess some people would like it. Pentatonica was a much more exciting collection for me. I loved the subtle lilac-grey colour palette and the beautiful drape of the garments. There were so many pieces I could see bridging the gap between womenswear and menswear, that I would love to wear myself. The collection was inspired by loneliness, specifically the loneliness felt when living in a big city (something I'm sure plenty of Londoners can relate to). There was also a beautiful contrast of textures - soft chiffons were paired with cashmere and cotton. I also liked pieces within the final collection by Dinara Nulan. The second look was a particular favourite - a traditional parka updated with an all-over branch print. This collection also experimented with textures, and there were some beautiful knit pieces. You can see my photos from the show below. After the show I headed back to Somerset House to do the usual blogger thing of networking and getting papped. I met lots of lovely bloggers and photographers today who I hope to stay in touch with. I decided to channel the wide leg trouser trend, and opted for my Zara wide leg leather trousers, which I paired with a plain off-white roll neck and my grey felt Berthold waistcoat. The DIY bag made a re-appearance, and I finished the whole thing off with my Comme Des Garcons Comme Des Garcons fedora and Matthew Miller Shoes. When leaving the house I was cold, but felt ok. By about 12, the weather took a serious turn for the worse and I had to head home shortly after for fear of freezing to death! So to anybody who took my photo today, I apologize if I look blue in any of your photos - Next time I'm wearing more LAYERS!