Archive | May, 2010

Be back soon…

31 May

Sorry guys, I really need to take a short break from blogging. I’m going through a lot of major crap and upheaval at the moment. I’ve tried to carry on blogging over the past month but recently it’s gotten too much and I need to take a break whilst I get everything together. It’s such a tough decision as I love writing and I love you guys, I feel like I’m letting you down. The timing is terrible, I’ve just passed my two year blogiversary and had so much planned to celebrate.


Thank you for your continued support, each and everyone of you is an absolute superstar. I’ll be back soon.


Reena
xx

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Top four: London Fashion Exhibits

29 May

As much as I wish, hope and pray for good weather, I know that British Bank Holidays are always a wash out. This week looks like a prime example, I’m sitting in bed looking out at grey skies and feeling a cool breeze through the open window. Thoughts of lazing around in the park or having an impromptu BBQ are suddenly out of the window and I’m left wondering what the options are for fun indoor options. Luckily I live a stone’s throw from London, so there are always some great exhibits on. Here are my top four fashion exhibits in London, which are either on or upcoming. Let me know if you’ve been and what you thought!


The Enchanted Palace at Kensington Palace.
On now until Feb 28 2011

 Kensington Palace has been totally transformed into the Enchanted Palace in a quest to tell the secrets and stories of the seven princesses who once called the Palace home. Their lives have been bought to life by installations which share their secrets, including those of a princess who ran away from an arranged marriage for true love. Visitors must use their eyes and ears to work out clues to the princess’ identities and are helped along the way with their own enchanted map and palace guardians. There are also fashion installations from the likes of Vivienne Westwood, William Tempest, Stephen Jones and Aminaka Wilmont.


Grace Kelly at the V&A
On now until 26 September 2010.

The V&A is one of my favourite museums, they always put on amazing fashion exhibits. I’ve heard such great things about the Grace Kelly exhibit. Arguably one of he most popular actresses of the 1950s, the exhibit examines her amazing wardrobe and her lasting legacy as a fashion icon. The exhibit features dresses from her movies as well as the gown she wore to accept her Oscar in 1955. With a wardrobe which features haute couture gowns by Dior, Balenciaga, Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent, this exhibit is a must see.


Maison Martin Margiela ’20’ at Somerset House
3 June until 5 September 2010

Somerset House is hosting an exhibition to celebrate 20 years of one of the most enigmatic designers of recent years, Martin Margiela. Although 20 years makes Maison Martin Margiela a relative newcomer to the industry, the design house has had a radical impact due to it’s groundbreaking aesthetic and vision. The multi layered exhibition features garments, installations, photography and film to explore it’s history and innovation.
Browns: 40 years of fashion innovation at Regent Penthouses and Lofts

2010 marks the 40th birthday of a very special store in London. Browns has built up a reputation for supporting new talent from the beginning. It was the first store to import international collections by the likes of Ralph Lauren and Comme Des Garcons back in the 70s and 80s, as well as showcasing graduate collections by Galliano, McQueen and Chalayan. The exhibition highlights designers who have been supported by Browns as well as highlights of it’s fashion history. The exhibition features 40 portraits of designers, models, actors and artists photographed by Paolo Roversi in one of the specially selected 40th anniversary looks as well as archive pieces and 3D catwalk films.

Top Five: High-street Summertime Treats

27 May

The brief but beautiful sunshine and soaring temperatures were long overdue and thoroughly enjoyed. I made some hasty last minute plans and flung open my wardrobe doors eagerly, only to be confused. Was anyone else really caught off-guard?! I felt like every single item of clothing I laid my eyes upon was too thick, too dark or just generally unsuitable for such warm weather. I even had difficulty deciding which shoes to wear! 


New Look ruffle top maxi dress – £25


I absolutely love bright colours in Summer and maxi dresses are a cool, breezy way to deal with the heat.

Topshop elastic tie back tee – £25


Light colours and good quality, silky cotton are your friend when trying to keep cool. This tee has an open back which looks gorgeous on.



ASOS Freddy leather knot front sandal – £22


I’m afraid to say, I’m one of those girls who pretty much abandons the heels once the temperature gets over 30C. Nothing could be easier than slipping on these zip back gladiators. They don’t have a toe post so no potential blisters or sores when wearing them in either. 

Miss Selfridge spot floral dress – £32


Florals are a no-brainer during Summer and for lazy buggers like myself, throwing a pretty dress on is such an easy option.


Warehouse utility pocketed shorts – £35


These gorgeous shorts will be a godsend over Summer, as they are both versatile and practical. I do love denim shorts but sometimes it’s just too hot for even the thinnest denim. 

Coveting Sock Garters

25 May

My slight obsession with underwear as outerwear is steadily growing. I’ve gone beyond the obvious slips, lace and bralets and I’m in search of subtle ways of introducing this trend into, well pretty much any outfit! Sock garters by SWANclothing seem to be the perfect remedy. I stumbled upon them while browsing on Fashion Toast and I think it’s safe to say I’ve fallen in lust. 



Traditional sock garters or suspenders were originally worn by men to stop their dressing socks from slipping down and bunching. However, the invention elastic allowed for socks which *shock horror* stay up by themselves meant that sock garters became less commonplace. 



SWANclothing sock garters started as a bit of a whim. I believe the original creations were slightly more traditional mid-calf level garters however, the ones I saw on Fashion Toast were thigh level. They look absolutely perfect for both my underwear as outerwear obsession as well as my hosiery addiction. My OTK socks could use some extra detailing to stop them from looking boring, and I have a ton of brightly coloured tights which I’ve gone off but would look amazing if I lopped off the top and had something to hold them up with. They are handmade and I love the metal swan detail, I am so ordering these by the end of this week. I just need to figure out if I want classic black or pale pink….



* Source The Houndstooth Kid, Fashion Toast, SWANclothing

Pamela Love Autumn/Winter 2009

23 May

With fashion constantly looking forward, you know a collection is special when you continue to covet it a couple of seasons on. I still find myself wanting pieces of Pamela Love’s last jewellery collection. I love the grungy, slightly sinister vibe. The Bird’s Claw cuff in particular is quite dark and macabre, for some reason it makes me think of Tim Burton movies, Sleepy Hollow in particular. Pamela has also created a version of one of her necklaces for one of my favourite shows – True Blood.

Here are some of my favourite pieces from the collection: 

Kangol and Siwy Press Day Autumn Winter 2010

20 May

A while back, I was invited to take a sneak peek at Kangol and Siwy Denim collections for Autumn Winter 2010 by their lovely PR agency.

Kangol

Being an 80s baby, I remember Kangol from my youth. Everyone wore those backwards caps, well the cool kids anyway. Of course, I had one in classic black with a white emblem. What I didn’t know then was the interesting history behind the iconic British label.

Kangol was launched in 1938 and they were a major supplier of berets during World War II. Popularity grew, with designers such as Mary Quant and Pierre Cardin working with the brand/ They became popular in the swinging sixties, even having an exclusive deal with The Beatles who were of course icons of this era.

The brand entered my stream of consciousness during the 80s, thanks to hiphop artists such as LL Cool J and Grand Master Flash, as well as the timelessly stylish Princess Diana. Today, Kangol stands as a British heritage brand, with a rich archive.





The new collection features many of their classic shapes including caps and trilbys in gorgeous fabrics and lovely prints.



Siwy


New York based label Siwy is relatively new, launching just 5 years ago by founder Michelle Siwy. The premium denim label prides itself on it’s quality stretch denim and the finish and detail of their jeans. Described as ‘tough, feminine and authentic’, the brand counts Kate Moss, Selma Blair and Nicole Richie among it’s fans.

Many years ago, I went through a phase of pretty much living in jeans. I amassed an enormous collection and because uber fussy about almost every aspect you might think of when purchasing a pair of jeans including fit, waistband (no gapes please!), pockets (can make or break how good your backside look) and how they look with heels and flats. I know Siwy to have a flattering fit as well as being comfortable. The quilted back pockets were very flattering and the curved hem and the bottom of the jeans avoids that horrible ripped look when you switch to flats. 


The new collection is gorgeous and has lots of little details from zips to embellishment which I adore. There is also an absolutely amazing pair of leather trousers which I drooled over.


Model Spotlight: Lais Ribeiro

18 May

Brazilian (relative) newcomer Lais Ribeiro is touted as the ‘next big thing’ and the ‘new Gisele’ by many in the fashion industry. That’s a hell of a lot of expectations on the pretty 19 year old’s shoulders, especially since she was only signed by her agency, Woman, earlier this year and has only done one season of runway shows. I say only, but Lais walked for Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, Proenza, Versace, Alberta Ferretti. Gucci, Cavalli. Dior, Galliano and Givenchy to name but a few! The is without a doubt one of the prettiest models I’ve seen for a long time. Her face is flawlessly stunning. She also has a very versatile look from the runway images I’ve seen. What do you think of Lais? 


Backstage images

Runway images

* Source The Cut