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Introducing Kyle Hopkins

6 Oct

Regular
readers of this little blog will know that I appreciate a nice piece of
jewellery, especially big, statement pieces with a bit of an edge. My Joomi Lim
spike bracelet is practically super glued onto my arm and I have a number of
knuckleduster rings which always draw admiring glances. It’s fairly difficult
to describe the sort of aesthetic I like in pieces, I don’t think there’s one
overarching theme or word to describe the style but think Pamela Love,  Anton Heunis, TomTom, Dominic Jones and
Eastern Mystic. Finding a new designer to add to my niche list is pretty hard
work but I think I’ve discovered my latest jewellery lust label – Kyle Hopkins.

During
a quick whistle-stop tour of the exhibitions at London Fashion Week, my inner fashion
magpie spotted some interesting jewels glinting in yonder distance. Mesmerised,
I walked straight past several stands to investigate. Kyle’s collection was
made up of 5-6 mini collections which are breathtaking statement pieces but
begin as a concept rather than the design. Heavily inspired by the books Kyle
is reading, the collections have various influences but are equally eyecatching.
His bones collection is an exploration into fashion tribes, urban dystopia and
cultural diffusion, the botanical collection is inspired by Derrida and the
concept of idealised beauty and even the Fibonacci sequence is referenced. Proving
that style and substance can go hand in hand, his collections provoke thought
and pose questions whilst making a design statement.

You can purchase limited pieces from his collection on Bengt

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The mammouth ‘what I wore to fashion week’ post

4 Oct

I know this post is slightly delayed but I always think that writing up the shows and being a responsible blogger comes above ‘what I wore’ posts. This year, I wasn’t overly excited about dressing up for London Fashion Week, it’s my fifth season so the novelty and excitement has worn off slightly but it is kind of essential to make an effort. Lots of people do dress up and walking around the courtyard can be so inspiring, but personally, my main MO has been comfort and championing my beloved high street. For me, London’s differentiator is the quality and range of our high street so I always make a point of repping my favourite stores.

The lovely guys at Motel Rocks were kind enough to gift me the black lace Cilla dress which I wore for day one. The lace trend has been around for a while but this sheer, delicate tattoo lace is really striking; especially over the nude slip. It’s a classic skater shape with long sheer sleeves and a low back for some added interest. I continued the nude trend with my semi-sheer tights from New Look. I always rely on New Look for quirky tights and this pair is one of my favourites. The wedged brogues are from Bertie and they are super comfy, the wedge and the platform make them kind to my feet. The perfect shoes for rushing around on the cobbles with. 

Is wearing all black a bit of a fashion cliché? The oversize tshirt cape from 18 & East was actually perfect for LFW, the voluminous shape worked double time to keep me cool during the day but warm when it got chillier in the evening. Personally, I’m a little over dip-dyed hair but the black/grey dip-dye fringing added a little bit of an edge to the cape, not to mention it looked amazing when I walked! I balanced out the volume on top with super skinny jeans from J.Brand and my favourite black wedges from Carvela. The crucifix necklace is one of my favourite pieces of jewellery, I found the actual crucifix in a market in Barcelona and asked super talented jewellery designer and stylist Frankie Murray of Swell Vintage to put it on a chain for me. 

Do not adjust your monitor, your eyes are not deceiving you…I am indeed wearing flats. This is the most casual I’ve been at LFW, I needed a really low key way. The fabulous ankle boots are from Sarenza, my feet deserved a one day haitus from the heels. I love these boots and pretty much lived in them for a week after LFW was over. The jumper is such a lovely colour and an absolute bargain from Boohoo. I hadn’t shopped there before but I was really impressed by the pieces they had on the site. I do love the colour but also the ladder detail at the waist and back. Being a super casual day, I wore the jumper with some Levis cut offs but dressed up the outfit with this stunning necklace, courtesy of Eastern Mystic. Known for their statement pieces and tribal influences, the brand is regularly featured in the likes of Grazia, Cosmopolitan, The Telegraph fashion and Cosmopolitan Bride. 

Push PR Autumn/Winter 2011 press day

21 Jun

Push PR are one of my favourite PR firms, not least because they represent some very cool and quirky little brands. At the Autumn/Winter 2011 press day, I caught up with some of my favourite brands and also discovered some new ones, namely gorgeous goods at Gigi Vintage and Jasper Garvida’s luscious bridal collection. 

Vintage Dior and YSL sunglasses at Gigi Vintage

Jasper Garvida‘s bridal collection. Stunning from afar but absolutely beautiful close up, the amount of work that has gone into each piece is staggering. 

EC One have got some beautiful, elegant and very simple jewellery for next season. 

Eastern Mystic have some beautiful spike jewellery. Obviously, I loved these. The bracelets are made out of pretty stones but the sharp spikes really toughen them up/ 

Regal Rose are newly represented by Push PR and I instantly fell in love. The pieces are very distinctive and have a slightly Gothic edge, they would pretty much feel at home in my jewellery box. I spent a lot of time playing with the knuckle duster rings, but ultimately the full finger ring was my favourite piece, just. The price points are relatively low too which is great because you won’t want to stop at just one or two pieces. Want. It. All.