Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Sunshine and cocktails


As you read this, I'm sunning myself on a beach on a tiny Greek Island and I'll be away for a little over a week. Instead of doing any scheduled posts, I thought you'd have enough to read with all the fantastic fashion week coverage from London, Milan and Paris, so the blog will be a bit quiet for a while - but I'll be back!

This is my first and only holiday in 2011, and those that know me realise what a challenge it's been to wait this long for a holiday. I'm a holiday junkie and after a mammoth tour of North America last September I've been itching for a chilled out beach holiday. Here are some of my old holiday snaps that I've been reminiscing over while I counted down the days to this holiday (ok, hours!).






Enjoy all the fashion weeks and I'll be back soon!

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Sunday, 18 September 2011

London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2012 - Live Stream


New York Fashion Week has come to a close and that means one thing, it's time for a jump across the pond to London Fashion Week SS12! Today is the first day of London Fashion Week and with that comes a gaggle of fabulously (and sometimes outrageously) dressed fashion folk taking over Somerset House and The Strand.

If your invites are still yet to appear *ahem*, make sure you don't miss a thing and watch the best London Fashion Week shows live right here.

Here's the digital London Fashion Week Live streaming schedule - enjoy!

Friday 16th September

09:00 Paul Costelloe
11:00 Caroline Charles
13:00 Bora Aksu
15:00 Jean-Pierre Braganza
17:00 Felder Felder
19:00 Ann-Sofie Back Atelje / BACK
20:30 PPQ

Saturday 17th September

09:00 Daks
11:00 Ashish
13:00 Jasper Conran
15:00 Jaeger London
17:00 John Rocha
20:00 Issa London

Sunday 18th September

14:00 Holly Fulton
15:00 Topshop Unique
16:00 Marios Schwab

Monday 19th September

09:00 Peter Pilotto
13:00 Michael van der Ham
15:00 Mark Fast
16:00 Burberry Prorsum
17:30 Louise Gray
18:30 Todd Lynn

Tuesday 20th September

09:00 Mary Katrantzou
12:00 Osman
14:00 Meadham Kirchhoff
16:00 David Koma
17:00 Danielle Scutt
18:30 Aminaka Wilmont

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London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2012


My picture diary of London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2012 so far. I didn't get to go to as many shows as I would have liked this season due to work and holiday (!), but I've been keeping up to date with all the on season shows via the London Fashion Week Live Stream on the blog and have really loved some of the shows. A British Seaside, sunflowers and colourful Spring Summer 2012 awaits us! What's been your highlight of LFW so far?






Friday, 16 September 2011

Alchemy: Art At Annoushka


Thursday nights should always be about hanging out in jewellery boutiques on the Kings Road, surrounded by diamonds, precious jewels, champagne and fabulous people! Luckily, that's exactly what my Thursday night this week was all about (well, throw in a beautiful art exhibition, Daisy Lowe, Amber Le Bon, Eliza Doolittle and Tom Hughes!). The Alchemy photographic exhibition by Rosie Emerson and Annoushka Ducas was launched in a star studded bash and will be displayed in store for a month to show jewellery in a new format. Gone are the glass cabinets, and in its place are works of images that show these jewellery works of art at their best.
Amber Le Bon, Daisy Lowe, Ophelia Lovibond and Eliza Doolittle will appear in Alchemy, a photography exhibition by Rosie Emerson. Displayed for a month, from 14 September, at Annoushka Ducas’s 41 Cadogan Gardens flagship boutique, Alchemy continues Art At Annoushka. The aim of this exhibition series is to integrate Annoushka’s fine jewellery into original artworks and project her designs beyond their traditional, rarefied milieu - namely, a glass case in a boutique or the jewellery box. This will highlight the guiding principles of artistry, spontaneity and collaboration which have informed Annoushka since it was established in 2009.
Daisy Lowe, Amber Le Bon and Eliza Doolittle (and Tom Huges) are all amazingly beautiful in real life. If I didn't have a major crush on Daisy beforehand, I do now! Apart from her obvious sex kitten qualities, her voice is exceptionally hot. No one should stand as close to Daisy Lowe as I did last night. It is not good for your self esteem.









All the artwork and featured jewellery is available to view and to buy at Annoushka.

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Wednesday, 14 September 2011

New York Fashion Week Spring 2012 - Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta New York Fashion Week Spring 2012

I've always loved Oscar de la Renta, and always will. I thought that Jason Wu's Spring 2012 collection had a touch of Oscar de la Renta to it, but the man himself has just delivered a fantastic New York Fashion Week collection.

The latest Oscar de la Renta collection is all the best bits of fashion: dramatic, fun, pretty and dreamily over the top. Jewel colours, tangy citruses and pure whites were mixed and matched with simple summer dresses and theatrical styled ball gowns. Mountains of frizzy hair and barely there make-up with the historical inspired gowns had a feeling of Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette. A true treat for any colour and pomp addicts.

Oscar de la Renta New York Fashion Week Spring 2012

Oscar de la Renta New York Fashion Week Spring 2012

Oscar de la Renta New York Fashion Week Spring 2012

Oscar de la Renta New York Fashion Week Spring 2012

Oscar de la Renta New York Fashion Week Spring 2012

Oscar de la Renta New York Fashion Week Spring 2012

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Images: Style.com

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

New York Fashion Week Spring 2012 - Preen


Preen New York Fashion Week Spring 2011 - Pixelated

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Images: Style.com, Elmer the Elephant by David McKee and Kirsten Rickert

Head & Shoulders celebrates their 50th Birthday


Head & Shoulders don't look a day over 38, but believe it or not they have just turned 50! A group of Handpicked Media bloggers went to the very lovely St Martins Lane Hotel last week to help them celebrate and get a master-class in the best hair styles from the last 50 years from their very charming creative director Peter Lux.



I was excited about this event, but when we went in and saw what can only be described as rows of Girl's World toys laid out for us I was beside myself! I teamed up with Ree from Really Ree, Lena from Style High Club and Danielle from Fashionitsa Barbie and we watched Peter work on a model and then we repeated each step on Janet (our slightly balding, greying Girl's World-esque head) to create first a Breakfast at Tiffany's Audrey Hepburn up-do, then Miu Miu-esque 1940s victory rolls.




You can learn how to create these classic styles with these great Peter Lux for Head & Shoulders videos. I will definitely be trying out 'The Audrey', such a classic and surprisingly simple.

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A very fun event, and some amazing hair tips from Peter. Thanks to Head & Shoulders I now have a Girl's World on my Christmas list!

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Monday, 12 September 2011

New York Fashion Week Spring 2012 - Jason Wu

Jason Wu New York Fashion Week Spring 2012

The Spring 2012 Fashion Week season has begun (that came around faster than you can say "press accreditation"!), and New York Fashion Week is the first stop on the fashion tour. A selection of shows each season at NYFW tickle my sartorial fancy, for Fall 2011 (AW to us Brits) it was definitely Luca Luca, Donna Karan and The Row.

I've been trying to look through all the Spring 2012 brands that have shown so far, and a few are already standing out. Jason Wu is one of them. With a mix of 50s secretary-on-holiday meets 90s minimal-fashionista, the preppy knits, pussy bows, delicate petal prints, vibrant blues, neon yellows, baby pinks and elegant greys, mean this collection has a classic Oscar de la Renta feel.

Jason Wu New York Fashion Week Spring 2012

Jason Wu New York Fashion Week Spring 2012

Jason Wu New York Fashion Week Spring 2012

Jason Wu New York Fashion Week Spring 2012

Jason Wu New York Fashion Week Spring 2012

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Images: Style.com

Friday, 9 September 2011

Vogue Fashion's Night Out 2011 - London


On Thursday night Vogue took over the highstreet and shopping centres across the world. Their now notorious event, Fashion's Night Out, is a night of shopping, fun and games designed to get the public having fun with brands and shopping (as well as donating to charity). I missed last years event as I was in the US on holiday (how has that been a year?!), so was determined to make the most of it this time.

Armed with my FNO Crew - Danielle from Fashionista Barbie, Alex from Alex Loves and Kate from Fabric of My Life we set off on our ambitious tour of shops all across London. Starting in Covent Garden's gorgeous Seven Dials area, we went to Tatty Devine and Poste Mistress, with both offering exclusive discounts for FNO, cocktails and prizes. Next stop was Agent Provocateur, where gorgeous male models were acting as (topless) paparazzi. Sadly we weren't able to take photos in there, but I did learn that their bras go up to an F cup - who knew!?

Next stop was Liberty, where we got beautiful orchid corsages, bumped into the ever-so-lovely Reena from Fashion Daydreams and then headed up to the Mahiki tiki bar, complete with the official Rob Ryan FNO 2011 tee, Aloha Leis, coconut rum, pineapple cocktails and tiki music (very chilled out). We then headed to Regent Street and went to Tommy Hilfiger which was oodles of fun. We got a beautiful notebook just by checking in at Tommy's on facebook, then we got to play dress up with all the Tommy Hilfiger and sport equipment we could handle and had a little photoshoot with the very lovely Jackie Dixon (can't wait to see how those pics came out - we looked like a crazy family of all American jocks!).

Next stop on the FNO tour was Thomas Lyte, a beautiful luxury goods brand in Burlington Arcade, where we were over the moon to have fashion illustrations done (posing with Thomas Lyte bags, natch!). We were so impressed with all our drawings I think they will be adorning our walls. Big thanks to Sasha Helim, who did my illustration - I love it! We also were taken upstairs for a exclusive peek at The Fold. A chic women's work wear label that had a gorgeous selection of tailored, feminine and elegant work wear. They will even come to your house for a private shopping evening with your friends - love!

FINALLY (while we were still standing) we went for a gentle stroll down Old Bond Street at 10pm. Or so we thought! Old Bond Street was packed - heaving with fashion fans, hipster kids and slightly confused tourists. We headed to the busiest party (which also had a NYC taxi parked outside) - DKNY. Stuffed full of people, cocktails and balloons, DKNY was really fun and I'm dying for the neon 'Cocktails' sign for my kitchen! DAKS had a hilarious 'living' window, with 4 models coming to life (Mannequin stylee!). Except for the male model in the red jumper, I'm pretty sure he actually was a mannequin. Alexander McQueen was so busy we couldn't get in the store, but they were giving away a key to everyone in the store with one lucky person having the key that would unlock a McQueen bag! To finish things off, we walked past Hermes with this horse van called 'Bangle Bowling' outside. No, I have no idea what that is either.












Did you make it out for FNO? What were your highlights?

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