Edita wears | My LFW Street Style Look

Edita at LFW SS 2017 in Boohoo, Dior, Cavalli, Adidas 10

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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!

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Edita wears | Fascinate Me

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Fascinator, Blazer (similar here): c/o Biba (via House of Fraser), Bag: Chanel, Jeans & Sequin Top: ASOS, Fluffy Sandals: Boohoo
Images by Ahmed Fayed
Fascinators are pretty things.  I can’t imagine an activity more fun than trying on a bunch of headpieces. But are these beautiful masterpieces doomed to come out of our wardrobes only once a year, or worse, once in a lifetime? Are the skeletons in your closet wearing your fascinators more than you? Is there actually a thing called wearing a fascinator casually without looking like a Carrie Bradshaw wannabe? All legitimate questions that needed to be answered.

Biba has informed me about their latest collaboration with Vivien Sheriff, a British millinery legend. I got extremely excited because here was my chance to delve deeper into the enigma that was the casual fascinator. Without further ado, I wore it, I experienced it and here is what I found:

1. You don’t have to be at the races to wear one. This Biba fascinator is pretty classic. It wouldn’t look out of place at a wedding, evening party, christening – any formal gathering. But to me, this wasn’t enough. I wanted to go out to dinner wearing it without looking weird. There was no force on Earth that was going to stop me. So I did. I matched it with a pair of boyfriend jeans, a leather golden blazer and a sequin top. This is the secret recipe: Mixing low key with a touch of evening wear. If you balance it right, the fascinator will add individuality to your look.

2. You don’t have to limit yourself to dresses only when planning on wearing a fascinator. You can if you want to – but don’t feel that this is where the fun ends. No, no. We’ve just started. Think outside the box. After all, you’ll need that box once you’re done with the headgear for the day. Jumpsuits can be accompanied by headpieces, as can beautifully-tailored suits, or in my case – denim. To be blunt, if after the party or soirée you are remembered as the “one with the hat”, you didn’t quite nail it. If you are remembered as the “one with impeccable style”, you’ve reached legendary fascinator-wearer status.

3. You do have to feel comfortable and confident when wearing a headpiece. Hats can be delicate as they can be overpowering. You can hide that feeling you get when your high heeled shoes start to hurt or unbutton those jeans after a heavy meal (yes, ladylike), but if you feel even a tad disheartened by your headpiece, there’s no way of hiding that. Thankfully, there’s a remedy to prevent this from happening in the first place. This is fashion: chill, smell the flowers and have fun with your fascinator. There are already too many moments in our lives when we need to be dead serious, this is not one of them. Drink that extra glass of vino, laugh that extra decibel louder – you are in a fabulous headpiece, you CAN. If this doesn’t make you someone else’s #goals, nothing does.

Final thoughts: Inspired to try on a headpiece but are afraid to look ridiculous in it? Then let’s go back to my point about that extra glass of wine. I’m kidding. My genuine advice would be popping down to the nearest millinery or vintage shop and trying on as many headpieces as you can, the kookier, the better. We’re building up your immunity here. If you found one that complements your facial features, we’re in business. If not, simply continue by trying on smaller, more modest pieces. The fascinator that you’ll gravitate towards will almost always be an interpretation of your own personality. Are you an exotic bird of paradise or a classic geometric minimalist? You’ll be surprised how much you find out about yourself from the headpieces you’re naturally drawn to.

Do you wear headpieces casually? Let me know in the comments below.

Edita wears | The Trench Dress

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Trench (Worn As Dress): H&M, Heels: Boohoo, Bag: Chanel
Images by Ming Chan
To describe my personal style, I’d like to put a picture in your head. Have you watched a cartoon called Dexter’s Laboratory as a kid? Remember that episode called Lab of the Lost where Dee Dee and Dexter venture out to the “old part of the lab“?

In that particular episode, you may recall seeing some of Dexter’s first ever inventions, those that were flawed and forgotten. These were the ones that forced the boy genius to improve and achieve more. I see my personal style and this blog just like Dexter’s secret laboratory; most recent posts being “my greatest creations“, while the first outfits merely a synonym to the “old part of the lab”, where I rarely venture to – I think I may need a Dee Dee myself to help me go there. Yikes!

My personal style is always evolving, it’s much braver and more daring than it used to be when I just started archiving my outfits. It’s a daily experiment. In fact, it scares me to think that this article in two or three years’ time too will end up along with the “old inventions“.

But we’ve got plenty of time still, so let’s talk about it. This is my attempt to nail the minimalist trend. Can you think of an outfit more minimal than just some shoes and a trench coat? This silky H&M piece made me feel that it would be genuinely rude to add anything else. And goodness me, I wouldn’t want to be rude!

The final question is: Can this look be recreated for a person who is less keen on being described by a 2003 Britney Spears lyric to the song Outrageous: “Trench coat and my underwear / Let’s go with this freak show“?

The answer is, yes it can. Take Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine’s recent look for example here (she is wearing clothes underneath as a reasonable human being should), Chiara Ferragni’s of The Blonde Salad pink Sonia Rykiel coat or indeed Mira Duma’s fabulous Valentino coat-dress outfit (I will leave it to your imaginations to establish if they Britney’ed it or not).

Whatever trench-as-dress style you end up going for, it seems that you are in epic fashion company. Plus, you’ve always got me and I come with cookies. Or kookiness… And a box set of Cartoon Network series.

Edita wears | East x West

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White Shirt: Boohoo, Pumps: BCBG, Trousers: Lipsy, Bag: Chanel, Cuffs and Earrings: H&M, Vest/Cape: Vintage, Ring: Lulu Frost
Images by Maheen
I love mixing and clashing, juxtapositioning and surprising. This outfit may seem complicated at first, but when you deconstruct this look, you come to the shocking conclusion – it’s a white shirt, skinny trousers and a throw on top. It could have been a leather jacket, it could have been a trench, a parka or a coat, but instead it’s something much more theatrical, traditional and unexpected. This look doesn’t change the rules, it abides by them completely.

This is how I see East x West outfits: Glamorous, functional and unapologetic. I am often told that I need to be brave to wear the styles I wear, but really I disagree. What is so controversial in wearing clothes that are not like everyone else’s? Why do I even need to explain myself to those who “don’t get it” and insist that I need courage and confidence to pull those off? I have never realised that having fun required bravery. I am happy to be the swan in a flock of pigeons. I know that this will always mean that I am looked at, but as long as I know that I am also looked up to by a mere few, it is all worth it.

So to all fellow bloggers who have been whistled at from passing cars, made to feel uncomfortable or given unnecessary attention for wearing what you genuinely love, just remember who’s the pigeon and who’s the swan.

Edita wears | LFW Fall 2016 Second Day Look

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Lace dress: c/o Ever Pretty, Turtleneck: Boohoo, Jacket: Vero Milano, Headband: c/o Irresistible Me, Boots: Clarks, Backpack: Moschino
Images: Rebecca Cofie & Stuart McLaughlan
I had a bit of a back-to-back schedule this LFW, so I needed to make sure I didn’t swan dive into the asphalt, which could have happened had I rolled up in stilettos. With the event now taking place at the Brewer Street Car Park for the second season, a whole host of designers chose to show around it and not in it, so running from place to place was in the cards. The same thing used to happen in Somerset House, but I found it to be more welcoming, partly because I didn’t have to save every photographer’s life due to incoming traffic. A snap of me, nor even any celebrity for that matter, is important enough to pay for it with your leg under a car. Yikes!

Coming back to my look, I decided to wear black top to bottom with a hint of daintiness brought by this awesome headband from Irresistible Me – you may remember I boasted about the brand in my Biba Blue post.

This outfit, believe it or not, also includes my admiration for Mariah Carey. Remember when she was riding trains in ball gowns? The lace skirt is actually a wonderful evening dress by Ever Pretty – a lovely collection of evening gowns at super accessible prices. I have my eye on a few other numbers from the site too, one of the frocks may morph into a very Khaleesi outfit in due time. Check them out, I am sure you will fall in love with an Ever Pretty dress or two.

But the show had to go on, on the runway and on the pavement. This LFW I was interviewed for Sky (airing soon!), snapped by a bunch of lovely people and just wholeheartedly enjoyed the shows. Until September.