The PPQ show at London Fashion Week had the tagline: 'It's very black and white'. Despite the limited colour palette, the collection was diverse and explored a variety of textures and silhouettes. Fur? Yes. Stripes? Of course. Velvet? Why not. All topped off with a beehive-esque up do, reminiscent of Cruella Deville. It was a collection with presence and audacity.
Thursday, 23 February 2017
Dressing for fashion week is always a highlight of the season, but definitely something that's easy to overthink. When you know you're going to be surrounded by people whose very speciality is clothing, the pressure is on - you want to look good. But it's also an opportunity to stand out and show off your individuality and personal style.
In recent months, with starting sixth-form and having the privilege of no uniform, I've been able to play around a lot more with my style. There's a 'business' dress code at my school, but as someone who never wears jeans this isn't a struggle, in fact, it's a pleasure. Honestly, I have a lot of fun dressing up for school, and being able to play with different looks. My style has had room to become more sophisticated, so that's what I channelled for this season's fashion week. It is, after all, largely a business event.
Coat - NW3 at Hobbs
Trousers - M&S
Top/leotard - Topshop
Necklace - Costume jewellery shop in Stockholm
Boots - Clarks
Bag - Zara
I get major '80s working woman vibes from this more editorial shoot - a happy accident involving some caution tape, my very creative dad and poor light. I also feel a little like Lauren Bacall, which is all I really want in life.
Sunday, 19 February 2017
To kick of London Fashion Week, I saw the steventai presentation at Durham house street. The models sat inside a dark alcove against a pillow-esque white backdrop, the lighting causing layers of shadows across the room, adding to the languid atmosphere. Tones of beige, cream and white paired with silk and wool created a desirable array of comfort-focused clothes. In geek-chic steventai fashion, the models wore silver framed glasses with long natural hair. There was a young playfulness to the collection, like the sock boots with the slogan 'sleep now work later' across them.
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
I love La La Land. I truly love it. It is worthy of a blog post, and all the other hype. This is my part review, part tribute, and partly me worshipping Damien Chazelle's creation.
The way I describe it is an adult's High School Musical, and I mean that as the finest of compliments. It had all the magic and warmth of a Disney movie, but with depth and grit, beautiful art direction, sophisticated melodies and cinematic precision. Okay, so maybe it's much more than an adult's High School Musical.
The use of bold block colours created a harmonious simplicity amidst elaborate dance sequences and set changes. Many scenes were shot in one take, giving the film a realness and fluidity. In addition to this, the dancing and singing wasn't flawless. It was fantastic, of course, but it also felt real, and accessible. A lot of musicals, understandably, provoke the reaction of 'that would just never happen'. But with La La Land, the audible raspy tones of Ryan Gosling's voice or Emma Stone's laugh in City of Stars made it seem genuine, feasible. The idea of Mia and Sebastian tap dancing on an empty Los Angeles road didn't feel like fiction, nor did their dance among the stars in the planetarium.
There were nods to the old Hollywood films it claims to pay homage to, attention to detail key for noticing the references when watching. Equally, it felt relevant today, due to it's combination of sincerity yet self-awareness.
It ignited a child-like spark of hope inside me. I came out feeling like the world was tough, but it could be magical, and that it was okay to view it like it was magical. I felt inspired and emotionally overwhelmed, and now I want to watch it and go through the journey all over again.
Friday, 6 January 2017
Happy New Year! To start off 2017 I wanted to share some photos from my trip to Sweden in December. These were taken in Skansen (which I've written about before), which was like a winter wonderland. It was icy and the Scandinavian sun sat low in the sky for the whole day, coating everything in golden light.
Coat - Vintage via Armstrong's
Scarf - Bought last year in stockholm
Leggings - Also stockholm
Shoes - Adidas