Thursday, 26 February 2015

LONDON FASHION WEEK AW15 - DAY 2




Day 2 of LFW saw me try something a little different for my outfit. I'd had this blouse and trousers (one of the only pairs own) in my wardrobe for a while but only recently realised they'd go quite well together. With my second day slicked-back hair out of the way, this is the closest I'm going to get to slightly more androgynous dressing and even though I'll inevitably revert back to my girly roots, it was so much fun and I absolutely loved this look.

I stopped by the Me London Hotel to check out Vielma London's AW15 collection, Dark Tales. Inspired by grim old English stories such as Jack the Ripper, the pieces have a gothic feel that is right up my alley. I'm particularly digging the suit and bow ensemble, very Saint Laurent. Just as I was about to leave for the day I saw Victoria from In The Frow. I've been following her blog and youtube for ages so it was really nice to meet her. She looked so chic and stunning, and said she loved my outfit too which was really sweet of her.


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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

LONDON FASHION WEEK AW15 - DAY 1





Vintage dress via Beyond Retro / Chloe boots / Mulberry bag / Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick in Persimmon

So marks the start of my second LFW season. On the first day I decided to wear something comfy and very distinctively 'me' in the form of this vintage dress, with colours that I thought were perfectly autumnal and very fitting for this showcased season. I'm not the type who can navigate the cobblestones of Somerset House in heels or platforms so slipped on my trusty dusty Chloe Susannas to take me around the entire day. After spending some time around the square snapping photos and taking in all the awesome and inspiring street style (I even ran into the fabulous Zoe London, now with even dreamier hair than ever), I headed to my first show of the day, Mariana Jungmann.




Mariana Jungmann will always hold a special place in my heart as her SS15 show was the first ever catwalk I attended last season and I still remember the excitement I felt at the experience of taking my seat along the runway. Jungmann's Autumn/Winter 2015 collection is called Hypnagogia which is 'the state of paralysis between sleep and wakefulness that can be filled with vivid patterns and imagery'. This transitional state was the inspiration behind the entire collection. I've always loved contrasting textures so I was immediately drawn to the lace and leather combinations, the pieces boasting intricate laser cut outs and sharp embossments. Most of the collection was loose and fluid in silhouette as Jungmann wanted to neutralise any traditional gender styles. The colour palette was very natural with grey, camel, and teal mixed in with black and white, which also reflects her use of biodegradable materials such as cashmere, silk, lambskin and wool. The ensembles were completed with clean, slicked back, ombre hair on the models by Toni & Guy. I was seriously in love with this whole collection, I'm coveting that black leather skirt and fold-over clutch so badly.

Afterwards I made my way to Bloomsbury Place, where the Gyunel AW15 show was being held. It was dim in the venue, already setting the tone for her Post Apocalyptic Survivor collection. The show is opened by singer Ella Eyre, with a stripped down, acoustic version of her hit song Gravity. As the haunting melody neared its end, the first model appeared from the depths of the dark. For this, Gyunel wanted to tell the story of a 'post apocalyptic survivor deparately clinging onto memries of her past. Holding these memories strong and as the main theme of the collection, we travel through Gyunel's childhood in and out of famous novels and her vivid youthful imagination. We soar in and around statement buildings of Baku on a flying carpet, dodging, weaving, near missing running witches, chicken houses and aliens invading the city.' Baku (capital city of Azerbaijan) is where Gyunel was born and it's apparent in the structured shapes of the clothing as well as the prints, that she drew inspiration from the city's skyline. This collection was edgy and exuded a carefree attitude. Sporty neoprene was mixed with more rustic woven fabrics almost creating a seamless blend between future and past. It was a very interesting collection, a little out there for my taste but it certainly packs a punch and demands attention. I walked out of the show into a series of blinding camera flashes, turns out I had exited alongside Millie Mackintosh. I'm probably the only person in the UK who has never watched a single episode of Made in Chelsea hey?

What did you think of my day 1 outfit and which collection was your favourite?

All photographs were taken by me.

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Thursday, 19 February 2015

THEATRE - THE RULING CLASS STARRING JAMES MCAVOY


A revival of the original 1968 play by Peter Barnes that went on to be adapted into a feature film of the same name in 1972, The Ruling Class sees James McAvoy step into the lead role as a paranoid schizophrenic named Jack, who believes he is Jesus Christ reborn. When his father, the 13th Earl of Gurney, passes away, it falls to Jack to take his place and become the 14th Earl. His family and friends struggle with his new proclaimed identity and unpredictable behaviour which includes breaking out into song and dance randomly and sleeping upright on a cross at night. He blatantly ignores any responsibility given to him and makes them 'disappear' by placing them in his 'galvanised pressure cooker'. His uncle starts a plan to put Jack in an institution so he can take control.

Once again I take my seat without the slightest clue as to what this play was about (the research always seems to happen afterwards out of curiosity). No problems here though, it was quite easy to understand as the story gets going relatively quickly and sets the pace for the entire performance. We get an introduction into the setting with Jack's father and the family butler and shortly afterwards, he meets his demise and McAvoy takes to the stage to begin this story. At first it seems like a lighter role to what I'm used to seeing McAvoy play, all smiles and dancing, blasting out one-liners and executing slapstick like a pro. It's really not though, as weighty as playing a mentally ill character undoubtedly is, he really embodies all the aspects and as always it comes through as a stand out performance. Although McAvoy is definitely the star here, the supporting cast do not disappoint. Anthony O'Donnell's hilarious turn as the family butler made a memorable impression and I  was pleased to recognise Joshua McGuire who plays Jack's cousin, from his work on The Hour.

The theme of anarchy is present as usual in these types of stories concerning the struggle for power in politics and social classes. It's always interesting to see where it could be headed but again the ending was no real surprise and in fact left me a little dissatisfied. It's one of the funniest plays I've ever had the pleasure of watching though. I'm the sort of person who doesn't get amused very easily but found myself in constant fits of laughter, probably leading to tears at some point and then embarrassingly still laughing out loud when a scene is over and there is a quiet moment. For me, The Ruling Class finds that perfect balance as a play, in which it's complicated enough to keep me interested but not until it's so headache inducing that I won't want to watch it again. In fact, I'd really like to see it again!

The Ruling Class is now playing at Trafalgar Studios until the 11th of April 2015.

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Monday, 16 February 2015

PINK & PROPER


Primark cardigan / Vintage skirt (similar here) / ASOS shoes (available in black here) / Wildfox sunglasses / & Other Stories earrings / Red Bubble tote bag

I was cleaning out my hard drive when I realised I'd never posted these photos from last year. Just a casual weekend outfit (yeah I don't do casual very well do I?) I wore when I was showing my friend around central London and Hyde Park, back when everything was still green and the flowers were in full bloom. Making the most of the sunny day, I decided to bring Fischer along too, he always loves an opportunity to run around in a wide open expanse. Yes I'm wearing the same skirt as in my last post, it's a vintage one I've had for over five years now and I don't think I could ever foresee a time when I'd be willing to part with it. My earrings (and 99% of my jewellery collection for that matter) are from & Other Stories, who in my opinion, always come out with the most interesting and unique designs, I always have to take a detour when I'm in the vicinity of their London store. Wearing pink and florals always gets me in the mood for spring and I'm noticing as I type this, that it's nearly 5pm and the sun is still out, which definitely means spring is well and truly on it's way.

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Thursday, 12 February 2015

KEATS HOUSE


Despite my initial dismay at realising most of the photos I had taken that day had come out blurry, I thought I'd still try and piece together a post on my visit to Keats House. Located in Hampstead, it's where Romantic poet John Keats once lived between 1818 - 1820 and where he met and fell in love with Fanny Brawne, who later became the subject of his famous love sonnet, Bright Star. Ode to a Nightingale was also reportedly written under a plum tree in the garden. Now they have built a museum inside it, housing artifacts such as the engagement ring Keats gave to Brawne and his death mask. The 2009 film Bright Star, based on their tragic relationship, is one of my absolute favourites so it was interesting to get an idea of where everything happened in real life. My friend and I also took a walk around the Heath (an old park spanning 790 acres) as it was our first time visiting this area. It was the coldest day and the grass was slippery with frost but the views were spectacular and we got to watch the sun set from the highest point on the Heath.

More information about Keats House including opening times can be found here.
Are you a fan of Keats' work? The house is definitely worth a visit if you're around London.

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