This year’s Fashion International showcase left a positive impression on me. I finally saw something that LFW is all about: experimental fashion. Juan Palomino’s looks caught my attention. The young Peruvian designer showcased his dark and avant garde collection which was met with shock, sometimes laughter but foremost admiration. It felt refreshing, it felt London. It was what I came to see.
The other collection that stood out for me was by Michaela Frankova. I am convinced with every fibre in my being that one day I will wear a piece by this fabulous designer – especially this jumpsuit. Lovely, feminine and oh-so glamorous.
I also want to give a special mention to a navy, lace and ruffled dress by Omar Mansoor – it has fantastic styling potential. Picture that dress with a classic leather jacket, lace red heels and a red Chanel Le Boy bag. It’s what fashion dreams are made of.
Lenie Boya did it again – brave, dramatic and unmistakably her own aesthetic. Bernhard Dyne came back with more extreme and elegant minimalism. Rai, Sasmitha Dellawa, Fernanda Melo also produced some showstoppers.
To summarise, if last year I was relatively unmoved, this year’s Fashion International left me smiling.
After wearing an ocean of vibrant colours, it was time to go for a calm, pastel shade. I wanted to don something cute, heart-warming and still spring-like to LFW. After all, we were celebrating Spring/Summer 2017 and waving goodbye to the sunnier days that just passed.
The atmosphere at The Brewer Street Car Park was different. There wasn’t a whole lot of parroting. In fact, we were met with a tsunami of fantastic street style of a much better calibre than some previous years.
Some would describe this year’s proceedings as a little bit macabre. From one side you had funky house music playing with a bunch of really good-looking people randomly dancing – but take just two steps forward and you’ll be met with 10 people standing in a row with iPads showing videos of animals being tortured and killed. With loud speakers on high volume, no less. There are many fashion lovers out there who enjoy fashion but are against animal torture. This scarring experience was not fair to them. If this was your first ever LFW, you’d probably want it to be your last, and not any Londoner would blame you.
However, there were many light and lovely moments too – one of my favourites was definitely the Meitu LFW Social House. As LFW veterans we were fed, taken care of and pampered. It definitely was my happy place.
Until February 2017!
Body: Versace, Harness: Ultimo, Trousers: Lipsy, Kimono: c/o Zaful, Heels: Boohoo
Images: Ahmed Fayed
Where there is white
, there will inevitably be black. Like ying and yang, good and evil, dreams and nightmares. But why has the colour black earned such a deviant reputation?
To begin with, black is not a colour – it’s the absence of it. In scientific terms, colours are how our eyes perceive light, making white a colour and black – a void, an emptiness. Think about it, when the lights go out, it all turns to black.
So why black is so alluring to wear? I was reading a number of studies on why some people chose to wear exclusively black. If you opened their wardrobes, you’d find a few classic white shirts gobbled up entirely by a black hole. That’s not a portal to another dimension, but a path to a different state of mind. Let me elaborate. To a lot of people wearing black means focusing on themselves rather than the clothing. They see themselves beyond trends or fashion. Driven, hardworking and astute – going for coal coloured clothing is a sign of sophistication and complete confidence.
Come to think of it, there have been days when I was keen on skipping the small talk and focusing purely on the matter. I definitely wore black. Putting my own experience against the findings of these psychological studies does highlight one thing – black certainly put the b in business.
7 Reasons to Wear Black This Autumn
- It’s a sudden confidence boost. You’re not standing out because you are wearing a loud colour. You are standing out because of your intelligence, vocabulary or just general awesomeness.
- It’s the perfect canvas for jewellery. If you want your statement jewellery to take centre stage, wear black.
- Wearing black is everyone’s favourite weight loss trick as it visually slims you down. Besides, everyone knows diet is die with a t.
- If you have an important meeting or conference, wearing black will help you command attention and demand authority without doing anything.
- Keen on a day to night look? An LBD for day, an LBD with extra eyeliner for night. Done.
- Confusing dress code? Wearing black will mask your confusion and emphasise the fact that you’ve completely nailed your outfit for the occasion.
- People start thinking that you are boring and conventional? Apply a black lipstick Kylie Jenner style and see who’s talking now. Hint: Your lips.
Last time I was wearing all mint.
Dress: JD Williams, Sandals: New Look, Earrings: H&M
Images by Ahmed Fayed
There was no plan to take these images that day. There wasn’t even a plan to go to Hever Castle. Stuck in traffic, hungry for history and some beautiful sights, we decided to turn at the first sign pointing to a landmark. Hever Castle it was.
In the wonderful countryside of Kent, this spectacular place is attributed to Anne Boleyn as her childhood home. Anne, the second wife of King Henry VIII, had a huge influence on the King, and is often referred to as the main reason of the birth of the Church of England. After all, Henry completely reworked catholicism just annul his previous marriage to Catherine of Aragon and to then marry Anne. She gave the King a daughter, who was to became Queen Elizabeth I, also known as the Virgin Queen. Henry parted with Anne by making her part with her head, accusing her of high treason. It seemed to be a popular offence in those days.
Tudor history aside, the grounds of Hever Castle were extended to have an Italian Garden, beautifully landscaped grounds and even an artificial lake.
Although this was supposed to be my switch off day and I was not wearing much makeup at all, this JD Williams maxi dress somehow made me look at one with these grande grounds. The purple pleated dress I am wearing in the images is wide and light, which is perfect for when the weather is hot. It’s definitely going into my suitcase next time I am travelling somewhere warm. With Autumn on our doorstep, could that day please come soon?
Dress: SammyDress, Pumps: New Look, Clutch: Mimi C
Images by Ahmed Fayed
What could be more refreshing than a Mojito (virgin ones totally count too!) in the heat? Inspired by this famous cocktail, I decided it was time for a minty fresh look with an added lemony zest, and by that I mean the yellow pumps in the photos above.
The lady-like elegance of the frock I was wearing from SammyDress was a bit overpowering, it made me feel a bit like Miss Goodie Two Shoes. To add an edge to this look, mint-coloured hair was a must – consider this an equivalent of a sneaky double-shot of rum in your concoction.
How to Make a Mojito
Possibly the freshest tasting cocktail of them all, the classic Mojito always ends up being my cocktail of choice. Though generally bars have cocktail menus the size of War and Peace, there’s something comforting and reassuring about the humble Mojito – even more so than an Old-Fashioned or a Bellini. It’s fail-safe when ordering at the bar, and it’s equally fail-safe when making it at home. YAS! Here’s what we’ll need:
- 1 and a half of limes, cut into wedges
- 20 fresh mint leaves
- 2 and a half table spoons of brown sugar
- A handful of ice
- 65ml of white rum
- A splash tonic – the less the harder, the more the softer
- A fresh mint sprig for the garnish
Three Steps to a Perfect Mojito:
- Put the limes, mint and sugar into a high glass and mash them up. Doing so will get those lime and mint juices flowing.
- Drop the ice and pour the rum to taste.
- Add soda water to taste and stir well. Garnish with a mint sprig and start sipping!
This cocktail is best enjoyed with friends or loved ones while watching the sun go down. Mint coloured hair is optional, but I’m always up for some company if you’d like to join me.
What’s your favourite cocktail?
In case you missed it, last time I painted myself white.