Edita reports | London Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2015 Lovebullets

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Never in a million years have I thought that I would be writing the words “beautiful” and “bullets” in the same sentence, moreover with the two relating to each other. So, I’d like to introduce you to LoveBullets, jewellery that sees beauty in man made destructive forces. The use of minerals, semiprecious and precious stones in the jewellery is just mesmerising.

I was lucky enough to be invited to see the LoveBullets presentation at Somerset House during London Fashion Week and witness this jewellery in all of its glory. A particularly spectacular centrepiece was the missile on vinyl installation which carried a powerful message: drop beats, not bombs.

My favourites remain the classic LoveBullets pendants. They are one of those pieces that you put on and just never end up taking off. True non-intrusive statements.

Thank you LoveBullets for having me over!

Edita reads | Paris Street Style: Shoes by Isabelle Thomas and Frederique Veysset

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There was that one time when I was a bit feverish and I told my boyfriend: “Could you please find a zero brain work movie for us to watch? I need some mind numbness.” He then found a really bad Steven Seagal movie. It was epic, it was just what the doctor ordered: an ageing Seagal fighting zombies with some mind blowing special effects including sounds like ha-tschhhhh and d-schhhhh as punches.

Of course, had I been in the mood for some serious cinema I would probably be moaning to you right now about how I wish I could get that one hour of my life back.

That’s how I feel about this book, Paris Street Style: Shoes by Isabelle Thomas and Frederique Veysset. It’s harmless, entertaining and will inspire you to buy a pair of shoes. I was pleasantly surprised to see a few pairs that I already own photographed and serenaded to; including creepers by Underground, Louboutins, Nikes and Walter Steiger heels.

Shoe fans will not put this book down until they read it cover to cover. At least three times. It’s a compelling nonchalant read – that’s how French it is.

The authors don’t shy away from crude phrases and some will make you cringe. The translation from French to English doesn’t always work. I am multilingual, so I could feel the awkward grammar crawl in here and there which I found wildly entertaining.

But enlightenment and education are not the primary reasons one picks this book up. You pick it up because it’s on your coffee table as a bookssessory. Because it is a true relief hearing chic French people voice their disgust at nylon knee high socks that cut into your knees, about feet in dire need of a pedicure and marvel at the fact that the word hooker is used in a fashion book.

I can’t find any faults with this read because I take it for what it is: a subject of envy when seen on my coffee table and a book that solidifies my status as a “fashionista” in front of everyone. It’s a piece of fantastic entertainment. Enjoy the cringes, enjoy the bluntness and enjoy the fashion.

Just like you wouldn’t look for Cubrick’s directorial brilliance in a Seagal movie, don’t look for academic conceptualistic fashion in this book. You will however learn to speak French using shoes only. And that’s a skill worth having.

Thank you to Abrams & Chronicle Books for sending me a copy.

Edita reports | LFW Ccuoco Autumn Winter 2015

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Oh Ccuoco. I have no idea how to pronounce the brand name but I am a keen learner.

When the lights dimmed and I heard the Arabic chill out inspired music, you got my attention.

When I saw the first look in all of its accessorised glory I was hooked on your aesthetic, Ccuoco. I thought to myself – this collection is so me: the goth of the Middle East.

The butter soft leather, the sexy make up, the seriously floaty silks – everything looked perfectly dark and devious.

There was only one thing I regretted in this show; that it ended so quickly. It was just a flicker of light, one of the brightest ones this London Fashion Week.

Ccuoco, your fanbase widens.

Edita reports | LFW Felder Felder Autumn Winter 2015

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In this case the images above scream much louder than the words I am about to type up. Felder Felder Autumn Winter 2015/2016 was a spectacular display of chill chic.

The styles are so relaxing that I am not even sure if the faux fur is for lounging in or venturing out, because it seems to be perfect for both activities. The red faux fur coat, in this extremely flammable red hue, has definitely been the show stopper in my eyes.

Beautiful silks and clever leather cuts, it’s all signature Felder Felder. This collection delivers style, comfort and that very personal touch of luxury with meticulously executed detailing.

I’d like to thank the team at Silhouette, who Felder Felder currently has a collaboration with, for asking me to join in!

Edita reports | Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

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A point in your life comes that you come to terms that not everyone is keen on museums. My mother once said that she didn’t like them much, and not many of my friends imagine looking at old stuff as a particularly enticing way of spending their free time either.

I do, goddamn it. I love a great exhibition or seeing artefacts. Keeping the past in check allows you to appreciate the present and form educated decisions about the future.

I will give you an example of an educated decision: I simply NEED one of those gold bamboo bangles after visiting the Jewellery Quarter Museum in Birmingham. Let me elaborate.

The weird and the wonderful in the pictures above may not look particularly glamorous or fashionable. But the items produced in this creative chaos is what led Birmingham to become the jewellery capital of Europe. And it still is until this day – if you ever decide to pay B’rum a visit, you will find that the Jewellery Quarter is just like Oxford Circus, only instead of every Zara or H&M, you will see fine jewellery shop upon fine jewellery shop.

Going back to the museum, you will be surprised to find that when this was an open workshop, it was kept elaborately clean, and mysophobia had nothing to do with it. In fact, the owners obsessively cleaned the floors as well as each of employee’s shoes and hands for them not to accidentally walk out covered in gold, quite literally. Similarly, pulled up trousers were not allowed nor was touching your hair excessively, in case you were trying to get away with gold dust in your hair. Talk about making most of the situation.

The company whose ghost we were exploring was originally named Smith and Pepper and they were the ones who pioneered the bamboo bangle – a bracelet that looks like a bamboo – you can see it in one of the images. After Smith and Pepper closed its doors, it was transformed into a museum with every book, every tool, every stamp placed where it was originally left one Friday at 5pm in 1981. The next Monday morning no one came back to continue producing gold jewellery and the doors stayed shut ever since. It was an end of an era.

If you are ever in Birmingham, this is a great place to visit. The museum guide will allow you to envision how it all worked and even show you a few jeweller’s secret tricks of the trade – I caught a picture of him doing so, so no, he is not smoking anything dodgy. It’s actually a sophisticated technique that you will want to see for yourself.

75-79 Vyse Street, Birmingham, West Midlands B18 6HA