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It’s that time again. SS18 press days have begun and I’m excited to get up close and personal with some of the collections that graced the catwalks and presentation spaces as part of London Fashion Week last month. My first stop was to see the lovely team at HPR in east London. HPR never fail to impress with their eclectic & stylish roster of fashion clients. Always made to feel welcome with a lovely smile on arrival & accompanying nibbles to choose from while you take your time to look over the array of designers collections.
Here are some of my favourite pieces for next season from their showroom:
Elissa Poppy Latex Lingerie
Ong Oaj Pairam
Paul & Joe
Love Hearts & Teacups
Spring Summer 18 promises us a variety of trends from pastels & pleats, florals & fringe, beading & pearls, satin & silk, to leather, lace & latex! A little something for everyone 😉
My best friend is in town from overseas and today was our day, just the two of us. I have a few special things planned for the limited time that’s she’s over here in London and so the day started off with a visit to the Tate Modern , Bankside. We were so excited to see the highly anticipated and recommended Soul of a Nation – The Art of Black Power. The exhibition has been running since the 12th of July and did not disappoint. “Celebrating the work of Black artists” from the turbulent times of the civil rights era through to 2 decades later, the artists expressed their points of view and emotions regarding the political and cultural mood at the time through various mediums of art.
Barkley Hendrick’s 1969 Icon for My Superman (Superman Never Saved any Black People – Bobby Seale
Soul of a Nation explores the juxtaposition between African-American artists speaking directly to a “Black audience” &/or a “Universal one”. Depicting a strong sense of pride and identity within the African-American community, you can feel the emotive tone and tensions of the time through the eyes of photographers, painters, sculptors, poets and political activists to name a few. The many artworks display what it meant to be a Black artist at the racially charged era of the 1960s & onwards. Beginning at the height of the civil rights movement, we were treated to archived footage of poignant moments in Black history specifically paying homage to Dr Martin Luther with his 1963 “I have a dream” speech in Washington D.C, Writer & social critic James Baldwin, the prominent Stokely Carmichael, the eloquent human rights activist Malcom X and an interview with academic, author & political activist Angela Davis.
We entered the main room and were inspired, humbled and filled with cultural pride to see photos, literature and sculptures that may at first seem a long time gone by but in reality it really isn’t. My friend and I glided from one room to the other taking it all in; the images bringing us to each particularly documented point in time with every spoken word, click of the camera, stroke of a paint brush. From inspirational iconic video footage, intimate interviews and historical speeches from prominent Black icons from the civil rights era to powerful art work from LA to Chicago to Harlem, “era-defining artworks that changed the face of art in America.
David Hammons’ Injustice Case 1970 – this picture refers to the trial of Black Panther co-founder Bobby Seale for conspiracy to incite violence
1978 Acrylic paint and screenprint of Muhammad Ali by Andy Warhol
Dana C Chandler‘s 1975 recreation of Black Panther Fred Hampton’s bullet-ridden door after he was shot in his bed by the LAPD.
David Hammon’s Untitled 1976 double body print collage
After exiting the exhibition, we had lunch in the 9th floor restaurant with views overlooking St. Paul’s. Our Cajun inspired 2 course meal and great conversation over glass of wine (for me, vodka & tonic for her), an hour or so later we left the tranquility of the Tate Modern heading to the shops to treat ourselves to dessert & cocktails.
The exhibition runs until 22nd October. I definitely recommend a visit (take advantage of the exhibition & lunch offer that they have running at the moment). I have always believed that one should look back now and then to learn from your past experiences in order to move forward in your future.
“If one wants to know the future, they must study the past” – Confucius.
So incredibly proud to see my latest work published on the Vogue Italia website as part of their PhotoVogue! The best Christmas present ever this year (professionally speaking)! This was a passionate collaboration between myself, photographer Stella Morais, MUA Coco Hirani and model Julie Dumont. Definitely a career high to end the year and begin a new one.
Thank you Vogue Italia! Xx
When my friend fashion designer Kathryn Rene asked me to style her SS16 look book I was so touched I think she was shocked at the speed at which I said yes! I hadn’t seen any of the upcoming collection prior to her asking me but I knew it would be good. Suffice to say (both to Kathryn’s joy and equal amusement), I have already put in a request in advance for several of her pieces! There’s an amazing cropped leather jacket with my name on it 😉 The day was a success working with fellow creatives such as Photographer Silvija Drazdziulyte, fellow Stylist Angelique Davis, MUA Lyndsey Samuels & Hairstylist Davinia B. I say this without bias (not just because she is my friend), Kathryn Rene is definitely one to watch.
Proud of you my friend X
This has been the year for showcasing the art of the fashion exhibition. From the showstopping legendary McQueen exhibition at the V&A Museum on to the Louis Vuitton Series 3 exhibition ‘The Science of Savoir-Faire’ on The Strand. What struck me the most apart from the huge number of people attending the exhibition was the science and technology behind the brand. There was so much to take in from seeing the artisans skillfully putting together the iconic bags to the template to construction process ingeniously displayed by the 3D laser demonstrations. Visually, there was something for everyone from the life-like screenings of the recent SS16 runway show to the huge glass walk-in wardrobe but my favourite was the sculpture mannequins modelling LV accessories. They were works of art within themselves. On leaving the exhibition space, I gratefully accepted my free poster to take home, frame and display in my office. I can honestly say that Louis Vuitton put their unique stamp on the exhibition format and successfully delivered.
Always great to find another new leather and luxury goods brand and thanks to a visit to the designer showrooms at The Brewer Street Car park as part of LFW SS16, Loxley England is now firmly on my list. They cover it all; luxury, sophistication, sumptuously soft leather and even have a clothing line too! Suffice to say, I fell in love with this bag…
So many looks, not enough storage space on my camera! This is always the case with me when it comes to LFW. As was the case at the KTZ runway show as part of London Fashion Week SS16. I loved thoroughly enjoyed it though. Huge thank you to Kelly Cutrone and her team at People’s Revolution for arranging a ticket to the show for me.
This is one of my favourite presentation’s of London Fashion Week SS16 for visual, creative and design reasons. One of the main reasons I like attending presentations is that you can be just as creative with the visual concept as with runway shows; sometimes even more. Steven Tai at The Elms Lesters Painting rooms did not disappoint. The old school classroom environment with vintage style old wooden desks, coloured chalk on the blackboard, balloons and multi-coloured paperchains provided a sweet reminiscent backdrop for showcasing Steven Tai’s SS16 collection. This collection is for those days when you want to look preppy, girly, cute, feminine or all of the above. Frills, bows, prints and pastels topped off with geek-chic accessories such as round rimmed glasses, cute ankle socks and girly hair slides combined with the models cutting, pasting and colouring in, made me want to join the class too! Plus the fact that they had retro sweets hidden in their desks…things have changed since I went to school 😉