Edita reports | Fashion Parade

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I always feel severely underdressed when I attend events that display Indian or Pakistani fashion. I feel I should give up straight away and hide in my box. The fashion, the hair, the detail is just so mind blowing, I can’t help but feel hypnotised.

This year’s Fashion Parade put forward some phenomenal work by designers: Aashni + Co presents Anamika Khanna, Hira Shah, Areeba Asif, Seher Tareen (Studio S), Syeda Amera, REMA, Rani Emaan, Rose Room Couture (also by Aashni + Co.), Jyoti Chandhok and Ali Xeeshan. The head wear was made exclusively for the show by the ever so talented Lisa Jayne Millinery. To be honest, I feel the florist, Zita Elze, needs a special separate mention as the floral arrangements were on a league of their own.

The fashion show itself seemed like a beautiful midsummer’s dream – the collection by Studio S was rather blunt about its Shakespearean influence. And when you weren’t reciting Hamlet in your head, you were bombarded by spectacular hand-made embroidery, colours and innovative cuts. It’s like my dream of attending Lahore or Lakmé Fashion Week came true and I didn’t even have to board an aircraft. Perhaps someday soon life will present an opportunity to see these fashion weeks in the flesh.

For now, I am grateful for the small glimpse into this world of next level beauty that Fashion Parade provided me with. Thank you for having me over.

Edita wears | 30 Days of Summer with Yumi

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Kimono, Dress, Necklace (Worn as Hairpiece): c/o Yumi, Jewellery: From my Bedouin Jewellery Collection, Sunglasses: Gucci, Pumps: BCBG by Max Azria
Images by Ahmed Fayed

I have been obsessed with this beautiful gate in Richmond Park, because of its beautifully dark and gothic design. It also says “The Way” though it doesn’t actually open, it leads to the view of St Paul’s cathedral if one was to look straight ahead. I find it a charming oxymoron. This look just had to be shot there.

I am an emotive dresser. My outfit is often a reflection of how I feel inside on that particular day. I guess this is the main reason why my personal style is generally inconsistent. It’s pretty unpredictable too.

The lovely people at Yumi asked me to take part in their #30daysofsummer campaign. This sounded very exciting as I thought there I’d be, sporting something super colourful and fun. It didn’t completely go the way I planned. With the sun hiding for quite a few days now, the darkness within started to emerge – anyone else here whose mood is weather dependent?

Instead of frilly frolly frocks, I present to you my Dark Breakfast at Tiffany’s look… Or shall I say Audrey’s midnight snack? While I rebel in head to toe black, I am convinced that there will be a ton of other bloggers who will opt for the bright and happy hues to keep us all colour happy in this campaign.

While the dress and the kimono are pretty self-explanatory, I feel the hairpiece needs its own mention. I said it before and I will say it again: if it’s called necklace, it doesn’t mean you absolutely must wear it on your neck. Sure, there is a hint in the name but jewellery doesn’t come with rules or prescriptions. I love converting costume pieces into accessories to embellish areas that could do with a bit more pizzazz. In this case – the back of my head.

How do I make an outfit become a part of my day? I don’t. It’s becomes a part of who I am and how I feel. Every single time.

Thank you Yumi for this brilliant opportunity to be a part of your campaign.

Edita wears | Armour yourself

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Dress: H&M, Sandals: New Look, Jewellery: From My Bedouin Jewellery Collection
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“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Wearing sandals like these makes me look as if I am a great warrior. Somebody give me a bow and arrow or a sword right now and I shall lead armies to victory. Jokes aside, I feel there is much more to this look other than looking like an extra from The Vikings or Game of Thrones.

To most people a “good look” is not necessarily what looks nice on the outside, it is also how it makes one feel. I can tell you right now, with my hair in a high ponytail, a lose fitting H&M dress, these awesome sandals from New Look and stacks of my Bedouin jewellery I felt like an ass whooping amazon. Based on that connotation, I can state that to me this was a tremendous look.

All I needed now was a pedestal. The stepping stones of Box Hill provided just that.

Anyone else is keen on trying the high gladiator sandal trend this summer? Do leave me links to your posts – I’d love to see how you wore them.

Edita reports | Ishiuchi Miyako – Frida

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“I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling.”Frida Kahlo

To me, Frida Kahlo is a symbol of strength, life and protest rather than death and acceptance of fate.

Known primarily for her metaphoric self-portraits, Frida has never considered herself a surrealist. The truth is that the pain, the occasional awkwardness and the emotions in her work were all very real in Kahlo’s mind: “I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality”, she would say.

While Frida’s childhood was mostly a happy one, a terrible automobile accident was what dictated how the rest of her life would pan out. Her recovery was never complete. Up until her ultimate death, aged 47, she suffered from the aftermath. I can’t remember anyone dying so young yet managing to pack in at least three lifetimes’ worth of emotion, romance and adventure. That’s even taking into account that she was heavily sedated and medicated for a big chunk of her short life.

The pieces that she left behind are just a colourful as they are tragic. Let me give you an example. In these images, shot by the talented Ishiuchi Miyako, you can see a fun, funky and fashionable platform boot. The tragic part is the prosthetic leg that comes with it. Frida had her own one amputated.

Similarly, a selection of corsets don’t reveal a sexy, kinky love for undergarments but a lifelong struggle with back pain which kept her bedridden for months at a time.

In spite of it all, Frida remains a style icon. A woman who decided to own her diseases instead of them owning her. A enigmatic phoenix that keeps on rising every time someone utters her name.

“I hope the leaving is joyful; and I hope never to return.”

But Frida, have you ever left?

Thank you to the Michael Hoppen Gallery (3 Jubilee Place, London, SW3 3TD) for letting me pop in and review this hauntingly beautiful exhibition. A special thank you to Tashauna Swanson who let me know about the gallery, and to whom I dedicate this post.