THE BEST OF NYFW SS18

The start of September has most certainly brought with it a winter’s chill and a hint of orange to the trees, but to all followers of fashion the start of September means one thing, and one thing only, the start of Spring/Summer fashion week season. As always the season kicked off in NYC and I was eager to see what the designers in the Big Apple would bring to the SS18 table. However, the season did not begin with its usual bang and I was disappointed by the simplistic collections the designer had to offer. Whilst minimalism can be desirable, too much of it is just plain boring. It wasn’t until the second half of the week that my interest was peaked.

Stuart Vevers’ dazzling Coach X Keith Haring show full of satin, silks and sparkles was a treat for the eyes and restored my faith in the fashion industry. Not only was the collection doused in glitter but so was the runway, Vever’s transformed Basketball City into a sparkling paradise. Libertine’s SS18 collection did not disappoint also. Johnson Hartig tried his best to take everyone’s mind off recent turmoils and tragedy’s, and he succeeded with an energetic and uplifting show littered with glitter and vibrant colours. Oscar de la Renta also made sure that their show sparkled; delicate tulle ballgowns with intricate sequin embroidery could be found on the runway. And whilst I wasn’t fussed on the Alexander Wang collection, I, along with the rest of the world, was memorised by Kaia Gerber’s sassy supermodel-worthy walk. The young model, who made her runway debut at the Calvin Klein show at the start of the work, has clearly been taught some tricks by her supermodel mother, Cindy Crawford.

Whilst the week did get off to a slow start, it was saved by it’s finale. Let’s hope that LFW does not begin as mundanely as NYFW.

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KAIA’S WALK

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Honestly, I'm impressed by Kaia Gerber performace in Alexander Wang fashion show yesterday at NYFW 👏 I confess that before I thought Kaia was entering the industry on behalf of her mother, came in my mind nepotism, but yesterday she proved has talent. Look and watch this catwalk, I mean, she walks better than Kendall, Bella, Stella or Taylor, I'm impressed. She's only 16, she has to improve on some things like the arm movement but I see a lot of potential in her and I'm really hoping she'll grow and build a career for the talent she has. Maybe we can say that the fashion world is surviving, some talents are coming like Grace Elizabeth, Imaan and Vitto. Good luck in your long journey @kaiagerber 😊 thoughts?

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I also fell in love with Sandy Liang’s SS18 Ready-to-wear collection full of frills, lace, quilt and pastels.

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SUMMER IN THE CITY

With fashion week season kicking off in New York this week, I thought it was about time that I published a post about my fabulous trip to the Big Apple at the end of last month. Luckily enough there was no fog or mist this time round, there was nothing but the glorious summer sun and the whole city was shining like the top of the Chrysler building.    I revisited some of my favourite spots from my last trip in January, including the Empire State Building and Grand Central Station, however I made a conscious effort to explore some of the other wonders that the city has to offer. I even ventured over to Brooklyn to admire the cities skyline from across the Hudson. I loved exploring the West Village this time round, which has now become one of my favourite areas in the city. Visiting Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment and Magnolia Bakery was a joy for such a huge Sex and the City fan as me.

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This trip brought with it so many more wonderful memories that I will cherish. A personal favourite of mine was exploring the High Line. To walk the High Line, which is a 1.45 mile long walkway with gardens built on top of an old rail line, was a magical experience that I would recommend to anyone visiting the city. The juxtaposition of the calming gardens with the urban city skyline was wonderful to witness. With it being summer, I was also able to spend a lot more time exploring Central Park, visiting Strawberry fields and revisiting the Boat House for brunch. Despite the rats and the city skyline it would be easy to forget you are in one of the world’s most densely populated cities when taking a stroll around Central Park. Another one of my highlights from the trip was the sunset cruise on the Hudson river. It was truly magical to witness the sun set over Lady Liberty whilst the city lights began to twinkle in the background. It is something that I will never forget.

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Whilst my feet have never ached so much after a holiday before, it is safe to say that this was one of the best trips of my life, I love this city with all my heart and I am still suffering from a severe case of post-New York blues. I hope to return to this city again soon so that the New York shaped void in my life is filled.

Some of my favourite pictures from the trip can be found below, with pictures from Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between exhibition at The Met.

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My prayers and thoughts go out to all those affected by the tragic attack on this city and on liberty 16 years ago today.

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The High Line

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The West Village

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Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between

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Till next time NYC…

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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

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NEW YEAR, NEW BOOTS

These boots were made for walking, and walk into a new year is what they’ll do!

I know I haven’t posted in a while, but I wanted to take a break from writing (and all uni work, oops) over the festive period and fully immerse myself in all the festivities. Since my last post I have turned 21 and I spent my birthday weekend in the most magical way, visiting the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour and watching the spectacular play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. A post on which is soon to come. I spent New Year’s Eve exactly how I wanted. Unlike the masses I was not partying hard, but doing exactly the opposite, lounging around in my pj’s whilst chowing down on some delicious Chinese grub and online shopping! I mean what better way to welcome in the new year than buying yourself a pair of Kat Maconie boots you’ve been longing for reduced from £200 to £80! With another year under the belt, I am looking forward to the new year with a sense of excitement and nervousness. I have already got many exciting plans for 2017, which include two trips to New York, New York. Whilst I have plenty to look forward to and I am very lucky to be visiting the Big Apple twice in one year, I can’t help but feel nervous about my upcoming long-haul flights (as I despise flying) and graduating university later this year. As an extremely pessimistic person I have decided that my New Year’s resolution is to be more positive, which I have broken numerous times already. But I am going to try my hardest to have a more positive outlook. Whilst I don’t have any set plans post-graduation, I do know that I am going to spend at least a year considering different areas of work outside of the law and applying for various internships. This is to ensure I choose the right career before rushing into one willy-nilly. For me this year is going to be all about clarifying and working out which is the best route for me. Whilst the uncertainty fills me with dread, I am looking forward to what the future holds and what I will discover.

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CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY FOR FASHION LOVERS

Last week was fun filled and fashion packed with The Fashion Awards 2016, the airing of the Victoria’s Secret runway show, the revelation of Chanel’s Pre-Fall RTW 2017 Collection at the Ritz Paris and the 75th anniversary celebrations of the American brand, Coach.

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The conscious decision of the current Creative Director, Karl Lagerfeld, to pick The Ritz, Paris, to house this year’s annual Métiers d’Art collection goes to the heart of the brand and indulges in its rich history. The ever-chic founder of the Parisian fashion house, Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, was no stranger to the hotel and adored the lavish lodgings so much that she moved into a three-bed apartment within the facility and as Coco once stated “The Ritz is my home”. Therefore, it was perfectly fitting that this year’s show saw the brand return to its true home and heritage. Chanel’s signature tweed jacket accompanied by pedal pushers, flower crowns which rival any found on snapchat and glittering gold gowns were perfectly complemented by the luxurious interior of The Ritz. The sense of homecoming did not end with The Ritz, it also extended to the models as we saw the long-awaited return to the catwalk of Chanel-muse and British-beauty, Cara Delevingne. Whilst homage was paid to the brands past, we also saw into its future, with the likes of rising-Chanel star Lily-Rose Depp and Sofia Richie making their catwalk debut. Overall, Karl’s 2016 Métiers d’Art show was the perfect regeneration the brand needed after a year of suffering sales, paying tribute to the brands history and giving us a sense of what the future has to offer.

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Coach 75th Anniversary – Men’s and Women’s Pre-Fall 2017

Coach ended its 75th year with a star-studded runway show in the brands hometown, New York City. The epic show was housed in a large warehouse at Manhattan’s Pier 94, that was transformed into a façade of a small American town. The 70s inspired collection with a subtle colour palette of mustard, brown and red perfectly juxtaposed the vibrant flashy lights bearing tributes to American culture. Creative Director Stuart Vevers attempted to bring back the sense of hopefulness, optimism and the American Dream into a deflated and divided Country following the recent electoral results.

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FAVOURITE COLLECTIONS FROM NYFW SS17

And so it begins…

There’s a slight chill in the air which can only mean one thing… Spring/Summer ’17 fashion week season is upon us! My phone becomes (even more so than normal) a further extension of my arm, my battery life severely suffers and my Instagram following count rapidly increases. It all starts in the city that never sleeps, America’s capital of culture and arguably the world’s fashion capital, New York. With over 100 shows, events and presentations in such a short, snappy period I can only imagine the week is a blur of glitz, and glamour for those lucky enough to attend. NYFW wouldn’t be the same without some drama and controversy and this season was no exception. We were reminded that even models make mistakes like us mere morals when Bella Hadid took a tumble during the Michael Kors show, and tension was high following the use of dreadlocks in Marc Jacob’s show with no recognition of the culture who provided the iconic look. I could ramble on endlessly about all NYFW had to offer, but do not fear, I have resisted the urge to do so and I have disciplined myself. I am only going to share my thoughts on six of my favourite collections from NYFW.

Marc Jacobs SS17 Ready-To-Wear – Thursday 15th September 2016

First and foremost, is the electro-pop inspired Marc Jacobs SS17 ready-to-wear collection. Marc Jacob’s is in hot water after the use of pastel coloured dreadlocks from Etsy during Thursday’s show and has been accused of cultural appropriation. The designer’s response to such backlash has caused further outcry by failing to credit the black culture for the iconic look. Whilst I don’t agree with those in privileged and influential positions not using their status to address pressing issues; I can’t help but admire this fun, vibrant collection made up of sequins, suede, satin and more. Jacob’s inspiration from the party goers of the late ‘80s and ‘90s and their dedication to the cause wasn’t only evident in the killer ‘spice up your life’ platforms but also in the staging. The contrast of the pastel pallet with the dark and grungy runway, peppered with neon lights and accompanied by Underground’s Born Slippy in the background ensured homage was paid to the gritty urban rave scene of the ‘90s. This collection made me want to plaster myself in glitter, wear the brightest eye shadow I could find, grab my platforms and head to the club whilst bopping along to Insomnia by Faithless.

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Thom Browne SS17 Ready-To-Wear – Monday 12th September 2016

 Thom Browne threw a pool party that would rival that of Gatsby himself. This elaborate show, set in an underground space turned into a 1950s bath-house, filled with energetic colour-blocking which seemed to reflect the pop-art movement of the era, was sure to mesmerise its spectators. The trompe l’oeil effect merging the masculinity and femininity of the pieces in a single smooth seamless transition is both aesthetically pleasing and intriguing. The show stopper has to be the dog mirror embroidered headpiece, a homage to Browne’s dog – Hector, which reflects a love and commitment to man’s best friend that only fellow dog owners will truly understand. Needless to say Browne’s collection further solidified the relationship between fashion and art.

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Libertine SS17 Ready-To-Wear – Monday 12th September 2016

God save the Queen! Libertine’s SS17 collection consisted of a tribute to the anarcho-punk days that took our nation by storm in the mid-1970s, Bob Marley and other key culturally influential figures in society. It was the former that particularly caught my attention as it evoked nostalgic memories of my days at secondary school when I carried out a project on the British punk movement in textiles (I still have my final piece). The show was littered with prints of Liz herself, Union Jacks, neon rhinestones, hot pink fur and jackets embezzled with non-conformist slogans, all calling into question the conventional idea of beauty. Libertine is known for its creativity and this collection was no exception, reigniting the fire in the heart of any former punk.

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Coach SS17 Ready-To-Wear – Tuesday 13th September 2016

Stuart Vever’s Spring collection was the polar opposite to his preppy fall 2016 collection. This grungy, archaic look was unlike anything presented by the brand before and I have never really given the brands previous collections much recognition. It was a bold move but nonetheless a successful one, demonstrating the fluidity and diversity of the brand. Non-conformity to traditional values of beauty is a reoccurring theme of this season and this gritty, edgy collection complete with a runway peppered with automobile relics and destruction clearly received the memo. With multitudes of leather, silk, mesh there appeared a tribute to the 90s, along with a tributes to the collections muse Elvis Presley after the brand successfully acquired the rights from the singer’s estate. This collection also saw the return of the creepers, these iconic shoes made a re-appearance in 2010/11 and much to the dismay of my mother I jumped on the bandwagon and strutted round town in a pair of black suede creepers. I doubt I will dig them back out now they have graced the runway once again, I’m just grateful that this proves I wasn’t completely delusional since they have been given recognition on the runway. Whilst, I love admiring the art of fashion, I love it even more when a I come across a collection that is artistic but also extremely wearable and its safe to say the Vever’s spring collection has achieved such a balance. My favourite pieces from the collection being the silk embroidered bomber and the soft pink fur coat (as you will learn I love jackets and coats and I believe you can never have enough).

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Altuzarra SS17 Ready-To-Wear – Sunday 11th September 2016

Coach was not the only brand distancing itself from the norm in regards to its previous collections, Altuzarra followed suit. The SS17 collection was worlds away from its normal sharp business-like attire with this fun, youthful collection, full of bright, vibrant colours, flamingo style dresses and skirts and snakeskin blazers embroidered with varying mediterrian fruits. The retro ‘80s style hoops dangling besides the models perfectly symmetrical faces further fuelled the fun and playful theme. This collection reminded me of holidays in Spain and made me want to jet off to some exotic destination for a bit of fun in the sun.

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Monique Lhuillier SS17 Ready-To-Wear -Tuesday 13th September 2016

This collection is bound to make any girl lucky enough to own a piece feel like a princess with the candy pink colour scheme, the bellowing ball gowns sprinkled with silver heart embroidery here and there and the sequins, one must never forget the sequins! I hope this elegant collection will incorporate its way into the next award season, these dresses would be a perfect accompaniment to any red carpet and golden statute. They epitomise Hollywood glamour and I will be gravely disappointed if they are a no show at the coming award season.

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It is clear that NYFW had a lot to offer from gothic, grungy get-ups to fiesta attire to elegant ball gowns, and I can only hope London, Milan and Paris will match NY by offering an equal amount of diversity.