He is more and more becoming my favourite designer of London’s fashion week. Christopher Kane has just some wonderfully modern vision of today’s women But I really love his approach too, quite on the playful side with a very elegant attitude. Love those fringes! so fun and this transparent pocket, so interesting and almost a bit too fashion, but are very much so collectible items, I would say…
Jonathan Saunders isn’t the most known designer in London, what I mean is that he has been around for years now and is not always so talked about. However his work is wonderful especially with his prints. Each look of the girls is so beautifully done and the print mix up so well together. For me is an English version of a Dries Van Noten. This collection is no different, beautiful colour palette and flawless girls parading in those gorgeous clothes. LOVE all the way!
I am seeing a lot more autumnal colours for the spring summer collection that you are more used to see in colder months. It’s so interesting indeed! And Erdem had one of those darker mood with a little Victoriana romantic with it. So that means long ans sheer flowing dresses with darker colour way and a very autumnal feel to the collection. A total love for me definitely.
So today it’s a double whammy a video and photos of my favourite looks from Peter Pilotto new collection. Sorry for the non Brazilian speaker here (as the video is from Vogue Brazil.. but you see the images non?), but as I am gearing up for Brazil I am into full Brazil mode and watching lots of things on Brazil or Brazil related… As most Brazilian think I am completely bonkers to go now as the country is having major problems economically and politically but hey there is sense in the madness…
Anyway today is about Pilotto and it’s very pastel colours palette with very feminine delicate pieces even based from men’s staple item that is the shirt. A much more softer version of what we can wear for spring and summer.
Photos from Vogue Runway
Again a darker mood at Giles and an even more Elizabethan affair!
From the Vogue runway review of the show (by Maya Singer) it says that:“The show was held in the Elizabethan-era Banqueting Room in Whitehall, a place to which the designer would often retire as a student to get away from hustle and bustle and take in the Rubens murals on the ceiling. He’d booked the space for this season a year in advance, and a deep dive into the history of the place led him back to Elizabeth, and provided him the inspiration for his new clothes.”
So this makes it clear as from where the whole collection came about, and I LOVE IT!!!
Such a rich extravagant collection and again very into this new autumnal mood that London is showing. And also lots of very famous models posing… into what looks sometime more like stage pieces than wearable clothes but that what London is for magical shows like this that makes you dream…
Is it just me or the spring summer is looking a lot more autumn like? Rich berry lips, porcelain skin, lace, sheer or even black? Yes this in a Spring collection.
To be honest this makes me happy, as some of you know already I am moving to Brazil and I am having a mix of bags of emotions. I am obviously super excited but weird about leaving winter behind..(but super happy at the same time!) But I am most sad to leave behind is things that you can wear in autumn like the colour like bordeaux burgundies, and lacy sheer black thing I do love to wear but now Burberry says it’s cool so I can! I can wear them in 40’s degree and it’s fine because burberry said so. (well I wouldn’t do it just because they said so.. but you know what I mean..)
J W Anderson is the darling of the fashion crowd. Some of his collections are more successful to my liking and others I like less. This ones was the later unfortunately, I found maybe the influences less to what attracts me perhaps. He looked at 90’s 80’s and did a match up of colours, styles and references that I found a bit too confusing and I felt lost it’s strength. However I am talking about him and showing some of I felt were beautiful and stronger (and more to my liking..).
I love London Fashion week, it’s my favourite week to be honest. It’s exciting you never know what the designer will come up with, it’s colourful and full of prints, and bursting with creativity. Everything is possible and still wearable to an extend. Simone Rocha is getting better and better each season, her girly dresses are so strong and feminine with a playfulness that I love.
Ok I have a problem with Vogue, I collect too many, those were living in boxes, away in my storage unit in Slough. Last week I had to face the reality of my stuff and my life as I am leaving London behind…
I had to sort through SO much stuff it was crazy and stressful. I decided to let go of those magazines and as a goodbye gesture (or more a letting go..) I took photos of it all. However no one could expect what was to come, the next day I lost my phone on a London bus, and found it again miraculously (Thank you to the incredible bus driver on number 8!! and I almost lost those images..) and the night before departing to Paris, I took all those issues to be recycled and yes they went to Fashion heavens like my friend’s flat mate said. Someone put fire to the recycle bin and burn the entire content of the bin and the magazines as well. Crazy right? Glad to be leaving London behind and set off lighter into my new journey of my life…
Yesterday I saw this documentary and I urge you to watch it, it’s very hard to even watch it fully as you realise we are all part of it on some way. It’s heart breaking but at the same time we are part of the problem, we can also flip the coin and take the decision to make conscious choice of our power as a consumer.
This documentary opened my eyes, and I hope it will do the same for you. I am not as bad as some people or friends I know, I don’t really shop that often you know at Topshop, H&M, Zara all those places but I occasionally do. I don’t really like this fast fashion because it’s impersonal, everybody dresses the same.
While I lived in London, I discovered vintage shopping. I inherently already knew about vintage as my wardrobe was already full of my mother’s dresses or pieces she pass down to me. I always have loved fashion, but more than fashion itself I love clothes, beautiful clothes. This love was cultivated with mother she taught me this. She keeps items in her wardrobe for years and years, she mends them she care for each piece of clothing she owns. I try to do that too.
After watching this film I felt sick, and went to my wardrobe and started to look at the labels of clothing that I have. Obviously Bangladesh came up, Turkey, China, all the usual places you would suspect from t-shirts I bought from H&M, Topshop, Zara, Gap, Forever 21… I felt awful, I still feel awful and guilty. Like Ali Hewson’s says, “We carry the story of the people who make our clothes around with us.”
A few years back Vintage shopping was a revelation for me. Vintage pieces exude a beautiful quality, they tell a story, a happy story, (unlike the fast fashion pieces…) they connect you to a time, to a person, to a place where they were made. They make you feel special. Each vintage piece I buy it is because I absolutely love them, they are unique (on top of it!) and they become like my treasures that I can enjoy and look after for the rest of my life. I want and will pass them down like my mother did to my children. I cherish those pieces. And on top of this all they fit me wonderfully! (most of them did fit me like a glove but sometime I had them fitted my local dry cleaner). I remember when I was at school H&M had just opened, buying clothes there most of the time left me a bit disappointed as most items never really fitted me or never gave the feeling that vintages pieces always do. Most of those purchases I did discard, although I have a few pieces that I still have today and have kept for many years. Anyway I don’t want to be part of this and I want to change my habits from now on and buy better.
Quoting from the best ladies on this point Livia Firth says: “Buy less and get more ‘fashion mileage’ out of each piece. Buy heritage pieces that will last. Become an active citizen through your wardrobe. Lucy said “if we can all commit to wearing something a minimum of 30 times, then we can buy it. We need to buy clothes that we love. Clothes that will sustain our wardrobe for years to come. This is why I love fashion. It can truly empower you!”
Livia quotes the amazing journalist called Lucy Siegle, she wrote two books on this very complex subject, To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing out the World, and We are what we wear. They are on my reading list definitely.
If like me you want to take more an active approach as a consumer, have a look at the documentary’s website, www.truecostmovie.com they have lots of info on how to be more an informed consumer and brand they recommends too.