Let us just take a brief moment of our Friday night to appreciate the wonder of Lilac. This season, we are way past the point of a dab of lilac eyeshadow every now and then. A lilac statement skirt is a must have in your wardrobe, combine with light colours (pinks, whites and blues) and you will literally look like a spring masterpiece.
It’s not even just about clothes though. Lilac hair has been a ~thing~ for like what? Three years now? But if you’re a commitment-phobe and don’t want to plunge your head into the purple hair dye (not to mention the endless bottles of peroxide and deep conditioner that goes with it) then go for the less permanent lilac nail polish. Essie, O.P.I, Nails Inc and YSL all have shades of lilac from subtle, to borderline lairy, and they can transform a dull outfit.
Nails? Hair? Skirts? Whatever, get a bag. Leather of course, (lilac suede has a somewhat tacky feel to it) and chic. Don’t get one that is dripping with diamantes or gems, it’s not classy. Get a simple and effective leather bag, and let the colour speak for itself.
Last week, I was very kindly invited to a press day at the Sanderson Hotel. It was here that I was introduced to the label Pritch London. I was immediately drawn to this collection when I saw it at the press day. The first thing I recognised about the collection was the use of leather (only a minor obsession of mine) but it was used in such an unconventional way that I was instantly enticed.
This brand features three very important aspects that are bang on trend this Spring/Summer: pastel colours, geometric shapes and leather. The statement pieces that are offered in the SS15 collection are major attention grabbers, designed to be a fashion piece rather than your conventional outerwear piece.
Unless you’ve been completely off the fashion radar the past few months, you’ll know that pastel colours are huge at the moment. Valentino have recently brought out a pastel coloured collection of their rockstud range that is to die for. But forget lilac shoes, forget lilac hair, it is all about this amazing lilac leather bomber jacket. Make it look innocent and elegant by wearing it with all white, or add it to a black ensemble and dark lippy to punk it up. Any way you wear it, just wear it. It’s gorg.
Not only are Pritch London on point with their inclusion of pastels, they also have a leather piece with tassles. This has been absolutely done to death this Spring, every brand has a brown suede leather jacket in its collection, but Pritch puts a twist on tassled leather. This amazing leather bolero can be worn over another jacket, over a glam top or just on its own. What is amazing about this piece is it gives you complete freedom to put your own personality into it and work it however you want to!
Okay enough of the mild punk. Go full Taylor-Momsen-rocking-out with these fitted leather trousers. Now, I don’t know about any of you, but every pair of leather trousers I have ever tried have made me want to have a full on break down in the dressing room. They are either way too snug on the hips and baggy on the legs, or absolutely massive around the waist but clinging to your legs for dear life. Either way, its bad for your ego. But these leather trousers are made to fit you perfectly, say goodbye to changing room dramas.
Everyone knows blood diamonds are bad. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last decade, you will have seen Leo Dicaprio sporting a South African accent (swoon) in the 2006 film ‘Blood Diamond,’ which gives you the gist of the problem and that it’s quite severe. Four years later, Naomi Campbell was met with outrage when she admitted that she had been given blood diamonds. It’s clear that the distribution of these diamonds fuel conflict, so why are they still being used by some brands? The jewellery that you buy should be guilt free, do you really want a rock hanging from your ears that has someones blood on it? (metaphorically of course, there isn’t actual real life blood on it)
I recently wrote an article for Eluxe that shares 13 brands that use materials that are ethically sourced, made from recycled materials or made in small communities that are economically struggling. For example, Made Jewellery have their pieces made in a small community in Africa, and they pay a fair wage for the services of the workers. This means that the locals can use their creative skills and get a good wage for doing so, rather than doing hard labour for very little gain. If you think that sustainable jewellery sounds a bit iffy, check out the article and decide for yourself…You’ll be pleasantly surprised, I guarantee!
It’s a little late I know, but here is my post for my last day at London Fashion Week. This was my favourite day by far! This was the only day I went to Somerset House. I was invited to see the LoveBullets display. It was one of the best things I saw all week, they make jewellery out of old bullet casings and it was just such an artistic way of using old artillery. Another of my favourites was Mawi Jewellery, they had a collection called ‘The Bunny Collection.’ The clue is in the name really, it was an entire collection of necklaces, rings and bracelets of bunnies! My ultimate favourite animal ever. I am so excited for this collection to be released in AW15, I will definitely be investing in a bunny ring.
It’s a common misconception that people that work in the fashion industry are bound to be bitchy and superficial. I can safely say, that the people that I met at Somerset House were some of the friendliest people I have ever met! Everyone comes up to you and just starts chatting, e-mail addresses are exchanged, compliments given out left right and centre, and industry professionals giving advice to interns and students. It was an amazing experience and I am so lucky that I had the opportunity to go!
It seems as though the biggest thing to come out of NYFW was the unavoidable strop thrown by North West. This has caused loads of people to come forward and suggest a ban on children at fashion shows. Kim Kardashian and hubby Kanye West have been accused of using their baby to put all the attention on them during the shows that they attended with North. There is absolutely no doubt that this tantrum distracted the attention away from the designers’ work, which is sad because 6 months were spent putting this collection together only for its moment in the spotlight to be rudely snatched away.
Read my article for Eluxe Magazine, which featured 7 good reasons why children should not be allowed at fashion shows…
Today was my second day of London Fashion Week. I was invited to go to the Andipa Gallery in Chelsea to an exhibition on sustainable fashion throughout different cultures and times. The pieces that were in the exhibition were amazing, there were belts from ancient Egypt, head pieces from the 1700’s and fur coats from Tibet. The difference in cultures was amazing, some showed class by using gold or silver thread, some showed the same thing by using bright, extravagant colours.
Overall it was a really good experience, and Chelsea is always amazing to wander around, especially on a Sunday (because it’s quiet.)
Okay so London Fashion Week officially starts tomorrow, but whatever. Today I was invited to Chelsea Old Town Hall to watch a lingerie show, I saw some beautiful pieces! And felt some serious body envy watching the models strut down the runway (oh my God the legs, I would kill for those legs) but here are some of the best brands that I saw:
1) Fred and Ginger
2) LA Figurelle
3) Night Prowl
4) Raine and Bea