wiw: light and airy

Hello  ladies and gents! Apologies for the lack of new posts, London has spouted some beautiful weather and I can't help but bask in whatever sun is available - you never know how long it's going to last.

Thought I'd show you guys what I wore today, as a celebration of spring finally gracing us with it's presence:

(Why does my skin looks so grey?!)

Although it is indeed a hell of a lot warmer than before, the breeze can still hit you pretty hard, so I opted for some medium thick grey tights to match my bag (which is literally falling apart but I can't help dragging it everywhere; Mary Poppins would be jealous). A statement top with a plain pleated navy skirt worked really nicely together, and my denim jacket (which I've had since I was 12 and has been heavily recycled) came in handy when it got a bit chilly.

Also, GOLD NAILS. Got mega excited when I went shopping the other day and bought the Barry M Nail Effect Foil Effect polish. I actually can't get enough of it!


metal madness

Hello lovlies! Hope you are having a wonderful sunny Saturday, unlike yours truly who is stuck in bed reading about Judith Butler (that woman needs to revise her books into actual English).


I am writing this blog post for two main reasons:

1) I am a magpie. I.e, anything that is remotely sparkly attracts me like a kid to candy.
2) My housemate told me that if I bought a pair of metallic jeans, he would (direct quote) "do an Oedipus and gouge my own eyes out". Charming.

So to spite him (and because I absolutely love them anyway), I am going to buy myself a pair of metallic jeans. And he's going to have to endure me strutting around the flat in silver bottoms singing "Space Man". Take that, loser :)

A few favourites that I have scoured the shops for:

~ MOTO Pink Metallic Leigh Jeans - £40 - Topshop

~ Multi-tonal Metallic Dress - £19.99 - H&M

~ Gold Foil Vest - £19.50 - Dorothy Perkins

~ Metallic Snake Skin Skinny Jeans - £20 - River Island

~ Silver-Toed Shoes - £62 - Topshop

~ Gold Shell Clutch - £38 - Monsoon

~ Pleated Foil Skirt - £40 - River Island

~ Brown Twinkle Knit Jumper - £40 - French Connection

~ Gold Metallic Satchel - £120 - ASOS

~ Silver Ankle Boots - £70 - River Island



Fashion's Finest Show

I'm hoping that there are many of you, like me, who are not one of those marvellously successful bloggers that get backstage passes to shows and have a personal photographer to document each and every outfit (how DO they do it? Teach me your ways, oh fashionable ones).  So, during London Fashion Week you were most probably found glued to your laptop watching live catwalk shows, stroking the screen as each Cavalli dress swept by and weeping into your cashmere/Primark scarf.

Just me? Well, okay then.

But seriously, when prestigious fashion events such as Fashion Weeks come about in our calendars, it becomes pretty hard for the average Joe/Jane to actually get a look in on all the action. So, when I was given a free (yes, FREE) ticket to Fashion's Finest, a fantastic show for emerging designers to show off their talent, I thanked my little fashion fairies (and had a mental breakdown about what to wear in the process).

The fashion show took place at the very swanky Westbury Hotel, just off Oxford Circus. I had never stepped foot into a building as upper-class as this - I mean, there was a doorman for christ sake, top hat and all (I felt very SJP). I was directed into an elongated room on the second floor, with a group of photographers clustered around the end of the catwalk, and a beautiful chandelier that resembled branches of an iced fir tree.

And the collections? Superb.

The show started off with a wonderful collection of high quality hats by LinMilR Millinery; as each model appeared in the doorway, a number of 'wow's escaped the audience's mouths as the models took to the catwalk. Using a combination of materials including mesh, feather, pearl, and even golden pieces of corn, each piece was unique and delicately crafted to capture the essence of the brand. I saw a number of inspirations, one being nature;  floral pieces decorated with thin veils, rich azure with pale lemon & lime detail - one of the hats was even shaped like the petals of a rose. I'd never seen a hat catwalk show, so it was really intriguing to discover an innovative designer for my primary experience.

My favourite designer of the night was Motohiro Tanji; no stranger to the fashion scene, Motohiro's designs are unique and completely out of this world - literally. Inspired by futurism and the gothic, the outfits were a whirlwind of tangled knits, chunky detailing and rather strange-looking headpieces. This A/W 12 collection was inspired by shrubbery such as twists of vines and climbing ivy; simple jumpers were embellished with loops of wool, and oversized knits with elongated twisted knots. One particular dress was teamed with a matching scarf, the ends made of horse hair which added movement to the outfit. At the end of the show, Motohiro emerged from the wings, shyly bowed his head as the audience clapped his achievement. I was surprised by his modesty - he is a truly talented designer, and definately one to watch.

Models line up for the press:

(Note: I am aware my photographs aren't of the best quality...I forgot to take my Canon with me and the old iPhone doesn't like moving content :( if you want to see more HUMAN pictures of the collection, click here and here.)

A few more favourites:

Stunning multi-tonal feather neck decoration by Heart 365 Emporium

Loose shoulders vs cinched waist at Guzovaart

All in all, a successful and well organised event. As for me, I ended up in Hamleys being taught card tricks. Ahh...I love London.

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