Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Travel Chic from Prada

In need of some chic travel accessories and carriers this summer? Look no further than Prada's Saffiano Righe collection. A multi coloured dream of striped saffiano leather (one of Prada's iconic materials) goods.


Suit cases, brief cases, travel bags and totes amongst other products - A huge range of travel accessories available to purchase now, and in many different colours. The modern sports lettering is bold and attractive, especially for the younger Prada audience.

Let the summer begin and the colour come out!
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Floral Fashion on Film

Has anyone else noticed the number of short fashion films popping up at the moment is consistently rising? This is something I heart and welcome - Tempest, Miu Miu and now Mulberry. This new short film that streams for a minute and 20 captures the spirit of the Mulberry Spring/Summer 2011 collection with an abundance of hydrangeas (my favourite flower) that bloom and pop right before your eyes.



The romantic and beautiful film takes six campaign shots from the Mulberry collection photographed by Tim Walker, and modeled by Lindsey Wixson and Nimue Smit - and using visual effects and animation it brings the images to life. Models blink and a cute little pig moves in and out of the shots.

A montage of magical moments - Be encapsulated by the film above!
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Maintaining Your Muff


So naturally when something new and beauty related lands on my desk I have an uncontrollable desire to test it and there was no exception when an intriguing “I Love My Muff” Kit lands on my desk, instantly catching my attention.

I have to admit the idea is kind of genius, bold and statement making, a brand new range of products designed solely to keep your “muff” in tip top condition. The cool and quirky product kits are available in two colours - the blue kit which aims to elevate your mood with its invigorating blend of lavender, clary sage and patchouli. And the green kit which is designed to give you that boost you need with its irresistible fusion of vanilla, grapefruit and ylang ylang. Each maintenance kit contains 2oz bottles of the 100% Natural Wash, spray and lotion, along with 10 flushable wipes.


Its easy to use in just three simple steps: Clean - before you step out of the shower wash with the natural wash for the thorough clean. Pure - use the natural purifying mist following your shower for the ultimate confidence boost. Soft - use the moisturizing lotion for smoothness and hydration. As an addition to the three steps comes my favourite part of the package, the I Love My Muff wipes, perfect for the working girl on the move. I expect many a girl will invest for the upcoming festivals this summer.

The products are all paraben and cruelty free, and do not contain any synthetic colours or fragrances to avoid any skin reactions. Each kit is £29.99 available from Beauty Works West online and at the Beauty Works West Spa in West London.

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NME Awards 2011

To mark the end of London Fashion Week there was only one place to be, and for me that was the NME awards. The location was Brixton Academy and it was full to the brim of rock royalty. As a Foo Fighters fanatic the 90 minute set performed to close the awards show was the highlight of the evening, but several other artists made the cut including Hurts and Suede.


Kicking off the awards show My Chemical Romance took to the stage with one of their new tracks ‘Na Na Na’ which later picked up an award for best video. Laura Marling picked up Best Solo Artist and Muse picked up Best British Band – completely understandable. Arcade Fire won Best Album with the undeniably fantastic ‘The Suburbs’, although lost out on Best International Band which was sweeped up by My Chemical Romance. Biffy Clyro won the award for Best Live Band, Hurts won Best New Band and Best Track went to Foals with Spanish Sahara, another understandable win in my opinion following a moving performance of the song last year at a gig I went too. The Best Festival gong was awarded to Glasto, Best TV Show to Skins, Best Dance Floor Filler to Professor Green and Outstanding Contribution to music went to PJ Harvey. The NME awards are always enjoyable, especially when you are graced with fashion icon Kate Moss whizzing through the tables and the likes of Alison Mosshart and Alexa Chung. Loved it.

On to the finale Dave Grohl picked up the Godlike Genius Award which he humbly dedicated to the late Kurt Cobain, a moving moment of the evening which followed an unbelievably electric performance from The Foos. Head banging, playing guitar on the tables amongst the eager VIP crowd was the highlight. Ecstatic about being inches from Dave as we could feel the sweat fall from his head. Amazing.
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Thursday, 10 March 2011

Recreate the MAC looks from London Fashion Week A/W 11

I love MAC's adventure with colour and technique. The following looks from London Fashion Week A/W 11 are so creative, and so beautiful that I make my plan to recreate the looks to share with you from the MAC A/W make-up collection. Most girls already have their preferred base so I highlight the eye, lip and cheek work.


House of Holland A/W 11:

“Henry’s inspiration was tweed and grannies, so we decided to keep the makeup more modern, with a luminous, polished mannequin-like skin and a sensual strong cherry red lip” – Lucia Pica. For this look I note the Cremeblend Blush in Ladyblush, as it is beautiful and works perfectly with the Pearl Cream Colourbase that was blended over the eyes. The lips, Cherry Lip Pencil and Ruby Woo lipstick.


Holly Fulton A/W 11:

“It’s inspired by a movie still of a sexy lesbian vampire – A strong beautiful man” – Andrew Gallimore. Lips were striking using Runway Red lipstick and eyes were colourful using Seaside Cream Colour Base to give the eyelids a 3D shine. Moleskin eye shadow is brushed in the socket and around the last line for overall effect. MAC Pro Lash Mascara coated the lashes.


Louise Grey A/W 11:

“It’s inspired by Yayio Kusama, a Japanese artist who only works in polka dots, plus Louise’s collection, which is extremely colourful this season ... Initially it’s a beautiful skin but then I wanted to inject colour onto the face in an untraditional manner” – James O’Riley. Eyes were fairly simple for this make-up look of perfection - a Mid Tone Sepia Cream Colour Base is used over the lids, delicately blended past the crease. Zoomblack Zoomlash mascara coats eye lashes while Lip Conditioner alone is used for the lips. The face is brought to life by colour using MAC Pro Chromography Pencils in Primary Yellow, Basic Red, Pure White, Landscape Green, Genuine Orange and Marine Ultra in uniform sized dots as if they had fallen onto the face. Some dots become clustered to maximise the effect.


Erdem A/W 11:

“The wide of an artist who has just left her husband. She’s dark and mysterious with an ethereal glow. Sexily dishevelled.” – Andrew Gallimore. Erdem had the finest smoky eyes of the week. Using a mix of Waveline and Blacktrack Fluidline it was applied to the lash line it was blended in with a brush just past the crease of the eye. The same mix was used to create a sharp line with a clear edge below the eye. Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipstick was used to finish the look.
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Scent: A/W 11 London Fashion Week's Perfect Partners - Penhaligon's & Meadham Kirchhoff

Following the Meadham Kirchhoff show I draw attention to the unique collaboration made once again this season between the designers and luxury perfumery Penhaligon’s.
Continuing their partnership Penhaligon’s scents the Meadham Kirchhoff A/W 11 collection of clothes, the catwalk, and the models with their fragrance called Blenheim Bouquet.

The gorgeous scent evokes citrus oils, spices and woods and was created in 1902, named after Blenheim Palace. Top notes include lemon, lime and lavender, while base notes are pine, musk and black pepper. It holds a sense of British Heritage and has adapted through time to be as popular now as it has ever been. The Blenheim Bouquet girl is outgoing - the smell reminds me of the beautiful outdoors, and also a spice market I have been to in India.

Get a piece of Meadham Kirchhoff and London Fashion Week yourself with the Blenheim Bouquet Eau de Toilette available online at Penhaligon’s costing £72 for 100 ml or £52 for 50ml.
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Tuesday, 8 March 2011

London Fashion Week A/W11 Day Five - Harrods Shoe Salon Launch

Shoecitment hit me on the last night of London Fashion Week as I prepared to put my best foot forward to the world’s leading department store, Harrods for the launch of the Shoe Salon. Suspense was built as we waited at the entrance of the store for the 9pm start. Again I arrive early.
Heading up the escalators we were offered two tokens to immerse ourselves in the games at the party. I am intrigued. Walking further in we were greeted and muted by all the designer shoes you could dream of in the world; Louboutin, Choo, Miu Miu, Geiger, YSL, Gina and Charlotte Olympia (my new favourite) to name a few. Picking up a cocktail I head towards the walls of shoes in awe and consider to myself how many cocktails I would need before I started to swipe my credit card. The first game steals my concentration and I have a rod in my hand trying to snag a floating shoe with a gold star. I have been too many a fashion party and in previous experience photo booths were known as the party ‘x factor’, but now I am showing my appreciation for games since tonight’s event and Mulberry’s earlier that week. I win a gold star and now hold a 20% voucher off my next pair of party pumps purchased in the Shoe Salon. No persuasion needed anymore. I seek some shoes like all the other guests including the stunning Rosamund Pike, Cara Delvigne, Pixie Geldof and George Lamb.
We dine on sushi and shoe cupcakes and I catch a few words with Rosamund Pike wearing some unbelievably cool McQueen shoes. Pike labelled Nicholas Kirkwood, Christian Louboutin and Alexander McQueen in her top three of shoe designers. Superb taste and likewise, I concur even if I did leave the party with Charlotte Olympia in mind. I hunt the other game out to find hoop a shoe. Three hoops, three shoes and the aim to hoop a shoe completely. I miss the cut and am upset for a moment until another shoe cupcake floats my way. The party starts to get a little louder and Florrie and The Voguettes take to the stage to perform what concludes to be a great set. The band ooze cool, Florrie looks gorgeous and their electro-pop style get the crowd excited. I love it. Fashionistas all gather round to enjoy, and the evening slowly comes to a close. I dream of shoes all night and advise all to visit the salon.
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London Fashion Week Day Five - Meadham Kirchhoff A/W 11

My final show for London Fashion Week comes from one of my favourite designers; Meadham Kirchhoff. I say a show but one could have construed it for a piece of theatre. Instead of arriving to a usual runway we arrived to the Old Billingsgate Market Space decorated by chicken wire fences smothered in bunches of flowers. Expecting models to sashay out one-by-one we were surprised to have all models flash mob towards us to form a rectangle grid, shortly before making a short walk around the space. The soundtrack here was Hitchcock’s Psycho theme tune and at this point I am freaked. Yes I found that film scary, and yes I went to the set at Universal Studios and cried as the Psycho “actor” stalked towards our tour car in LA.
There was something deviant and sinister about this collection, models replicated catholic school girls - dressed in ruffled blouses, pinafores, patterned tights or long wool knitted socks, equipped with chunky gold crucifixes around their necks. My favourite piece was a black fitted lace dress. Layering was key, hair was combed into curled bunches and ray bans gave a little something extra.
Before we knew it the show was over and we were showing our appreciation for the dramatic piece to Ben and Edward with a show of hands.
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London Fashion Week Day Four - Burberry A/W 11

Day four of London Fashion Week saw another fantastic show, this time from Burberry Prorsum. For the first time a catwalk was staged in a tent by the Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens. To add to its individuality the show was streamed live on the big screen at Piccadilly Circus where the Coca Cola advertising video would usually play. Smart. This combined with a front row to dream of including Rachel Bilson, Kate Bosworth, Anna Wintour, Alexa Chung, The Kills, Douglas Booth, George Craig and Mario Testino. And a finale of snow - the show stood above many.
The Burberry A/W 11 collection is modern, bold and colourful - statement making. Take the many coats that were paraded up and down the runway, I love the modern take on the trench coat. The colour palette of oranges, teals, reds, olives and honey like tones shines on the catwalk making winter bearable. Inspired by Jean Shrimpton, the 60’s influence was clear with nipped-in waists and flares. Absolutely love the wedged heel boots, the cream jumper with fur sleeves, and the cream coloured cut out dresses. 
A truly mesmerising show and story played out through an emotional soundtrack from the likes of Adele and Dusty Springfield. For the finale walk models re-appeared wearing transparent cropped coats over their outfits as fake snow rained down on all of us. Excellent work Christopher Bailey.
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Saturday, 5 March 2011

London Fashion Week Day Three - Mulberry Party A/W 11

Following the late start of the Temperley show at The British Museum it was a race to get to The Claridges for Mulberry’s London Fashion Week after party. Private cars and taxis awaited outside the museum ready to accelerate from 1 to 60 so we (the fash pack) can avoid the notorious queue. I arrived at The Claridges at 9.30pm, and just in time as the queue had already built up. Mulberry had created a cute little nut hut outside the hotel for the guests serving nuts covered in chocolate. Yum. Arrive into a very busy Ball Room to hordes of celebs being interviewed and snapped, including Kirsten Dunst, Clemence Poesy, Gemma Arterton and later, Juliet Lewis arrived to name a few.
The woodland forest theme of rural pastimes and countryside pleasures is as recognisable as it was at the show. Huge toad stalls, trees decorated with birds and tea lights in the sky representing stars of the night on the ceiling of the ballroom gave this party an edge on others this fashion week. Party-goers were able to dance the night away while drinking organic cider and snacking on chicken and mushroom pies amongst other things. To keep the fun factor Mulberry had arranged for a photo set inside the garden shed where guests can choose which Fantastic Mr Fox mask they would like to pose in for their instant print photo. I went with the badger and then went back again for the fox. Highlight of the night had to be Juliet Lewis and Emma Hill taking to the garden shed for some fun photos. A few meters away skittles had been set up to play. Love the fun games theme. Knock down all 10 skittles over three tries and you won either a lovely Mulberry car key ring or a gold charm necklace.
Traditionally Mulberry London Fashion Week parties see a big act take to the stage. Friendly Fires played for S/S 2010 collection party and they were fantastic. This year Kele from Bloc Party took to the stage and got the crowd grooving. Being a huge Bloc Party fanatic, Kele’s voice is incredible and is immediately recognisable. He played a powerful and lively set and the party was golden.
One thing I have become accustomed to is queuing for LFW parties, PPQ was impossible on Friday and the queue for Mulberry was enormous by this point so on that note rather than chance the Temperley after party at The Groucho, I stayed at Claridges until the fun stopped at 2am. Best party by far.
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Thursday, 3 March 2011

London Fashion Week Day Three - Temperley A/W 11

Day three of London Fashion Week shows ended with the Temperley A/W 11 ready-to-wear line, and what a spectacular performance to finish the day. Celebrating Alice Temperley’s 10th anniversary the catwalk was set in the astounding British Museum with a plain and vast back drop – a perfect surrounding for the elegant collection that followed.

Positioned on the front row amongst the fash pack, friends, family and the likes of Jefferson Hack, Mark Ronson, Jacquetta Wheeler and Liberty Ross all sat in anticipation as the suspense for the show was built. We were greeted by the first model that strutted out of a door hole in the middle of two grand staircases, to a dramatic instrumental that flowed into ‘Hands’ by The Ting Tings. This was a contemporary collection worthy of Oscar wear. The colour palette of black, white, pink, champagne and mouth watering raspberry proved perfect for evening wear to the point that I assemble my A/W11 wish list with the majority of looks from Temperley.Silks, satins, laces and chiffons were used to create ultra-chic, sexy and feminine creations like the bright red curve hugging silk dress with one shoulder sleeve that formed a mountain of layered ruffles. A long strapless curve hugging satin gown that is black with a champagne base over a tulle bush is a red carpet dress for sure. Blouses were chiffon and silk with embroidery and intricate embellishment, highlighting Alice Temperley’s fantastic eye for detail. Skirts were beautiful, one was black bleeding into a champagne trim with lace embellishment and it worked perfectly with a simple black jumper. Each look was given an edge with long black leather gloves and bright red lipstick. Absolutely loved the polka dot black tights and the gorgeous Charlotte Olympia shoe collection that was showcased in the show. Warmer wear was showcased sporadically; a particular beige hooded bobble knit is a favourite.
Models paraded forward to walk squares around the room giving us the opportunity to have the best view of the garments before positioning themselves on either staircase for further viewing. As the show came to a close models all walked forward flash-mob style and then turned and made their way back to the door hole between the stair cases. Amazing.
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