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What was meant to be only a short hiatus from blogging during exam period unfortunately turned into a four month break from writing! This was unintentional, after getting out of the swing of things and after an extremely draining and stressful exam period I found it incredibly hard to bring myself to blog again. After hours and hours of revising I just couldn’t bring myself to sit down in front of my laptop and start writing pieces again. However, I’ve fully recovered now from that exhausting period and I am now a Law Graduate from the University of Durham with an Upper Second Class (2:1) Degree (eek! I can now put those letters at the end of my name).

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So, a lot has happened since I last posted in my own world, within the fashion world and the world as a whole during my break from blogging. I have now officially moved back to the North West of England after leaving Durham for the foreseeable future and I am currently in the process of figuring out what I want to do with the rest of my life – other than watching Love Island that is. Since being home I have volunteered at Flare International Festival of New Theatre in Manchester, which was exciting. I have also carried out a weeks work experience at an amazing marketing firm in Liverpool, Agent Marketing, which was an invaluable experience as I discovered that I would now like to pursue a career in that field. As I yearn for the city-life and after experiencing what it is like to work in the two great cities of the North West, I no longer necessarily wish to pursue a career in London as I feel Manchester and Liverpool can offer me everything that London can but on a much smaller and much more intimate scale, which is what I like – I mean I did go to uni in Durham, which is surely the smallest city in England!

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A great deal has also happened in the fashion world since I’ve been MIA. British Vogue has got a new Editor-in-Chief, Edward Enninful. I can’t wait to see what he brings to the publication, and I am eagerly awaiting his first issue – the September issue, nonetheless! We were given a taste of the coming trends at the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week autumn/winter 2017. I must admit I am a bit behind when it comes to the fashion world at the minute, but I plan to catch up and to keep up with it now that I’m getting back into the swing of things.

I am sure to post on my trip to New York next month so look out for that, and I will definitely post on any other jaunts I go on and any news/events that catch my eye!

THE BEST OF PARIS AND MILAN AW17

Whilst I was drowning in my dissertation work, the grand finale of fashion month was well underway. Paris and Milan are always the creme de la creme of every fashion month. Each established European fashion house attempts to dazzle those lucky enough to be invited to their shows. In Paris, we saw the second collection by Dior’s first female Creative Director,  motifs of astronomy and superstitions made a reappearance and are likely to be a lasting theme under Maria Chiuri Grazia’s reign. Whilst in Milan, Alessandro Michele joined forces with artist Coco Capitán further forging the urban art movement with the fashion world. The trends of the year ahead are shaped in a mere month at the start of Spring. These shows having a rippling effect across the whole industry and the styles presented in them trickle down into high street retail. It will be interesting to see which trends the consumers will take on board.

Dior AW17 Ready-To-Wear – Paris

Maria Chiuri Grazia’s starry second collection continues the legacy of her debut collection. Homage was once again paid to the fashion house’s founder, however this time Chiuri used the colour palette to do so. Chiuri dived into the archives and found that Mr Christian Dior often utilised the colour blue and felt that a navy dress was just as good, if not even better, than a black dress. Is blue the new black? Maria Chiuri Grazia and Mr Dior himself would seem to suggest so.

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Gucci AW17 Ready-To-Wear – Milan

Alessandro Michele invited lucky show-goers to loose themselves in his enchanting Gucci wonderland. Michele literally created a fashion ‘urban myth’ with the help of artist Coco Captáin, merging urban streetwear with the formal wear of the aristocracy creating a beautifully mesmerising hybrid of the two. Michele’s signature 70’s style and oriental prints made their way back onto the runway. There is no doubt that Michele has succeeded in reimagining the way in which the Italian fashion house is perceived and his unique approach and style continues to draw in and enchant the masses.

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 Vivetta AW17 Ready-To-Wear – Milan

Vivetta offered a fiery but equally feminine AW17 collection with delicately embroidered dresses coupled with bold red PVC jumpsuits and leopard fur. Inspiration can also be found in the circus movement of the previous century. On closer inspection dainty circus performers come out to play within the embroidery. Vivetta AW17 provided us with a fun, playful and fiercely feminine collection; traits that can also be found in the best female performers.

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Valentino AW17 Ready-To-Wear – Paris

Piccioli provided enough gowns for the whole year, never mind Autumn/Winter! Valentino’s AW17 collection was gowns galore, each unique and different from the last. We saw a combination of eras, with Victoria full-length skirts, quirky 70s patterns and vibrant 80s colour palettes, to name a few. Piccioli offers a romantic feminine collection that is bound to brighten anyones winter wardrobe.

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THE BEST RED-CARPET LOOKS AT THE OSCARS 2017

Following the disaster that was the D&G’s AW17 show, in which the Italian fashion-house appeared to have morphed into Forever 21, I was in desperate need of some reassurance that the fashion world hadn’t completely lost its touch. And thankfully, I found such reassurance on the dazzling Oscars red-carpet. The stars graced the vibrant red carpet and swept viewers and lucky attendees away in a daze of old-Hollywood glamour. The winner of Best Actress, Emma Stone, looked like a real life Oscar in a shimmering, golden Givenchy couture gown covered in intricate beadwork. Taraji P. Henson stunned in a floor-length velvet Alberta Ferretti gown, along with the masses of dazzling stars who graced the red-carpet. Overall, the Oscars was full of fashion winners who managed to restore my faith in the industry.

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Taraji P. Henson in Alberta Ferretti

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Felicity Jones in Dior

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Ruth Negga in Valentino

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Dakota Johnson in Gucci

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Sofia Boutella in Chanel Haute Couture

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Hailee Steinfeld at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Ralph & Russo

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Favourite Beauty Looks

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Halle Berry

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THE BEST OF LFW AW17

Pre-Doris, stylish Brits lined the streets of London hopping from one show to the next in what can only be described as a fashion frenzy. The designers of LFW reflected the high-standards and political activism of NYFW. We saw anti-Trump slogans projected in glitter at the Ashish AW17 show and Mary Katrantzou pay homage to Walt Disney’s third feature length animation, Fantasia, in sequin embroidery and velvet. LFW was a true celebration of British talent and all it has to offer, setting the standards ever higher for Milan.

Ashish AW17 Ready-to-Wear

This Indian-born designer is not afraid to make political statements on the runway. Following the Brexit vote that divided Britain, Ashish dedicated his SS17 collection to the immigrant community in Britain. The source for this seasons inspiration can be found in the protests following the inauguration of America’s controversial new President. With a rainbow palette, sequins and catchy slogans of resistance, Ashish pays respect to those marginalised by the oppressive Trump administration. Ashish is not afraid to use his platform as a designer to inspire and unify the masses, an approach more designers should follow.

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Mary Katrantzou AW17 Ready-to-Wear

Mary Katrantzou’s latest velveteen collection was like something you’d find in a fairytale, paying tribute to the master of animation’s third feature length film, Walt Disney’s Fantasia. Disney’s magical creatures are woven in to the sequin embroidered dresses, jacquard knee-length coats and soft velvet pantsuits. These exquisite pieces are every Disney-fanatics dream and are likely to ingnite the child at heart in everyone.

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Ashley Williams AW17 Ready-to-Wear

There appeared to be a hidden message behind Ashely William’s latest collection, on a not so hidden agenda. With Stetson cowboy hats fit for the wild West and preppy varsity style jackets branded with the words ‘misery’, I couldn’t help but interpret such as a political commentary of Trump’s America. It appears that the up-and-coming fashion brands, like Ashish, have no fear when it comes to standing up for whats right, whilst the established fashion-houses hide behind their prestigious names.

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House of Holland AW17 Ready-to-Wear

I was drawn to Henry Holland’s eye catching 60’s inspired collection as soon as I saw a flash of pale candy-floss pink, my all-time favourite colour (0f the moment). Like others, inspiration can be found in American culture, with funky non-conventional cowboy boots littered with cherries and vibrants colours, accompanied by checkered dresses with pointed collars, a homage to the British ’60s pop-scene. This exciting collection is bound to add a pop of colour to your bland monochrome winter wardrobe.

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THE BEST OF NYFW FW17

As I sit in the stuffy concrete slab that is the university library, stylish men and women from across the globe scurry like mice from show to show whilst fighting the icy winds of a very snowy NYC. Determined not to let the freezing climate compromise their style, show-goers immerse themselves in the fashion frenzy that is NYFW. It all began with the return of one of my favourite fashion duos, Raf Simons and Pieter Mulier, at their debut Calvin Klein Collection show and it all ended with Marc Jacob’s old-school hip-hop inspired finale.

Calvin Klein Collection FW17

Raf Simons and his right-hand man Pieter Mulier kicked off their domination of the all-American brand, Calvin Klein, in true American style, literally. This colourful collection was a celebration of America’s past, present and future littered with motifs and symbols of its diverse history. Stiff denim shirts, oversized leather jackets and wrap shirts fashioned out of the American flag hit a home run when paying homage to the nations rich culture. Raf provided the brand with the exact regeneration that it needed. This collection offered a true insight into the brands future under new leadership.

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Marc Jacobs FW17

Marc Jacobs’ diverse array of models hit the streets of New York, utilising the concrete sidewalk as his very own catwalk to parade his ‘70s hip-hop inspired collection. It appears Jacobs took on board the backlash that came with the dreadlock controversy of his SS17 collection. Jacobs ensured his army of models comprised of those representing diverse cultures and origins. The neutral palette collection made up of oversized corduroy jackets, bellowing bell-bottom trousers, oversized ‘70s inspired bling accompanied by large Stephen Jones hats. Jacobs ended fashion week with a bang and set the standards high for London.

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 Coach 1941 FW17

Those attending Stuart Vevers’ FW17 show found themselves immersed in a post-apocalyptic derelict world were the all-American brand appeared to be the surviving attire. As always there was a star-studded front row with the likes of it-girls Emma Roberts and Selena Gomez making an appearance. Vevers signature floral patchwork dresses and oversized outerwear, made up of bombers, leather-clad jackets and varsity jackets, graced the runway once again. The British creative director has certainly found his voice at Coach, securing the brands new distinct style and establishing the brands prestige among the stars.

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Anniesa Hasibuan FW17

Anniesa Hasibuan has made history once again with her new FW17 collection. Hasibuan made the headlines following her first diverse collection, which was the first collection to be presented with hijabs at NYFW. This season the Indonesian designer made the conscious decision to only employ immigrants and second-generation immigrants to walk in her show following the controversial Muslim immigration ban put in place by the Trump administration. Enabling a sense of inclusion, acceptance and unity to be found following the implementation of the immigration ban. Hasibuan conveyed the true beauty of Islam with her exquisite collection and her bold casting criteria.

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Yeezy FW17

I must admit I have never understood the Yeezy attraction. The rapper’s ability to plagiarise and merely merge the signature looks of hottest brands of the moment has resulted in the production of bland collections which lack any real uniqueness. However, in Trump’s new America where bans and walls are put in place to keep diversity at a minimum I could not help but admire the rapper’s choice to use a female Muslim model who chooses to wear the hijab. A clear message that diversity and love will triumph in Trump’s America.

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THE BEST OF PARIS SS17 HAUTE COUTURE

All in a weeks work…

Last week was an eventful one, globally and in fashion. We saw America begrudgingly welcome its 45th President, Donald Trump, we saw women across the globe partake in the inspirational Women’s Marches, Alexandra Shulman Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue for 25 years announced she was to step down and the ever elegant Paris SS17 Couture week presented an array of stunning and vibrant shows which captivated show-goers and fashion lovers. We were welcomed by Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first Couture show which took on the facade of a glamorous garden masked ball, and was later followed by such. The week ended on a high with Valentino’s graceful Greek goddess inspired collection. Below are some of my personal favourites which I have cherry picked out of all the elegance the French capital had to offer last week.

Dior SS17 Haute Couture – Monday 23rd January

Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first Couture show saw the interior of Paris’s Rodin Museum transformed into a lush green garden. The floral oasis and pastured runway ensured the monochrome pieces which opened the show were bolder than if the runway had been a typical dull, white slab. It was the second half of this mystical collection which really caught my eye, with delicate tule and embroidery lining balletic ballgowns. It is clear that Chiuri fully appreciates and admires the beauty and intricacy that goes into the craft.

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Chanel SS17 Haute Couture – Tuesday 24th January

Paris’s Grand Palais was transformed into what I imagine the interior of a mirror ball must look like for Chanel’s show. Karl’s glistening stage ensured every sequin shined brighter, every feather floated further and every ruffle rolled on. Each pop of pastel pink was given an extra pop by this reflective runway. And a Chanel show would not be complete without the brand and founders signature tweed accompanied by a pearl anklet or two. The grand finale saw Chanel’s new it-girl, Lily-Rose Depp, in a cotton candy bridal dress arm-in-arm with Chanel’s creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, providing a very grand and elegant finale indeed.

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Valentino SS17 Haute Couture – Wednesday 25th January

On Wednesday we saw Valentino’s Greek goddesses take centre-stage gliding down the runway in floaty, delicate, embroidered dresses. The beauty and skill of Pierpaolo Piccioli’s first solo collection left the Gods of Olympus yearning for more. Piccioli, like Lagerfeld, chose a subtle pastel colour palette enabling the intricacy of each unique piece to shine through. It is clear why Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri were such a force in the fashion world since they both have a strong appreciation for the craftsmanship that goes into making such exquisite pieces.

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Viktor & Rolf SS17 Haute Couture – Wednesday 25th January

Viktor & Rolf paid homage to the entertainment scene of the 19th and early 20th century with a vibrant, theatrical collection. Inspiration can be drawn from the traditional circus movement, with blazing ruffled clown-like collars and a palette of bright red and blue like that of a circus master. The bellowing tule ballgowns, with embroidery that takes on that of cracked fine china, pay tribute to the party-scene of the aristocracy during this period. The juxtaposition of the gentle gowns with the edgier pieces created an exciting, energetic and varied show.

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Zuhair Murad SS17 Haute Couture – Wednesday 25th January

Zuhair Murad was a huge hit at this years Golden Globe Awards with Lily Collin’s stealing the show in a pastel pink Zuhair Murad embroidered ballgown. Its success on the red carpet fuelled high expectations for the fashion’s house upcoming Haute Couture SS17 show, and it did not disappoint. Stunning gowns and evening wear which exploded with glitter, sequins and bold colours were a treat for the eyes. Each piece glistened and shined with every swish and step. We can definitely expect to see more Zuhair Murad pieces making an appearance this award season.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK

The city so good that they named it twice…

Well, it’s been named three times actually (Manhattan, New Amsterdam, New York) but let’s not get into technicalities. Never have I laughed so hard and smiled so much than during the four nights and five days I spent in New York city. The fog and mist may have dampened the air but it could not dampen our spirits. It was a trip of a lifetime and one I will never forget. I was in awe of the beauty of the city and its people, which felt so familiar from movies and television despite this being my first time in the Big Apple. My hotel, The Roosevelt, was situated in the heart of Midtown, just off Madison Ave, and was a hop-skip-and-a-jump away from the magnificent Grand Central Station, 5th Ave (every shopaholics dream), the Empire State Building and Times Square. I was able to explore and soak in all the city had to offer on The Big Bus tours and witness some of the cities most iconic pieces of architecture (my personal favourite being the art-deco Chrysler building) and well-known hotspots. I would also highly recommend the Radio City Music Hall tour to anyone heading to Manhattan, as it offer a true back-stage insight into one the world’s most iconic venues and gives you a chance to explore the beautiful interior and décor dating back to the 1930s. However, it was the opportunity to see history in the making which made the trip extra special. As if arriving on inauguration day wasn’t enough, to be in the city for the Women’s March was an inspiring and moving experience. It was humbling to be a part of the 300,000-people walking in New York that day and the 2.9 million people walking across America in the country’s biggest march in its history. The march and its message is definitively close to my heart as a young woman in the 21st century and as an advocate for peace and equality for all. It was incredible to see so many standing up for what is right and it is an experience that will remain with me for the rest of my life. This trip certainly gave me a taste for all Manhattan had to offer and left me hungry for more. I am beyond excited to return to this magical city in 7 months’ time to explore the city further and create more memories that will last a lifetime.

Empire State Building

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The Rockefeller Centre and Top of the Rock

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Radio City Music Hall
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The Chrysler Building

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Grand Central Station

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Trump Tower and the Women’s March

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The Flat Iron Building

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St Patrick’s Cathedral

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Central Park

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New York Public Library

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Shopping

Victoria’s Secret

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Tiffany’s

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Places to Eat

Carmine’s – Italian

Carmine’s has an incredible, buzzing atmosphere and is exactly the type of restaurant you expect to find in the Big Apple; serving hearty Italian cuisine in gigantic sharing platters.

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Junior’s

Junior’s is known in the local area for its famous mouth-watering New York cheesecake, which apparently is a favourite of Oprah Winfrey!img_7512