LFW Stalk: Alexa Chung

23 February 2015

This has to be one of my favourite stalks so far, the gorgeous Alexa Chung! Stalked at Somerset House  during London Fashion Week, wearing a divine leopard coat print and of course a pair of her high waisted denim trousers, which are from her latest collection.

Stalked: Robin, Fashion With Bangs, Instagrammer.

20 February 2015

Instagram is growing by the second, with some accounts knowing exactly how to market themselves on this social platform. They use it more as an artform rather than a pictorial version of their facebook page, planning carefully each photograph to work with one another so their overall profile looks super sleek as a whole. I recently stumbled across one of these accounts; Fashion With Bangs, is one of the beautiful ones with over 3.5K following her every move!

Prior to all the fashion weeks around the world, I caught up with Robin, a Netherlands based instagramer and visual merchandiser on how she plans and executes her instagram feed and what she loves about fashion week. Also she’s thrown in a few tips on how to up your likes and followers on Instgram!!

What principals do you install when planning your Instagram posts? 

Mix and match is something I always keep in mind. Quotes, inspiration, outfits, flat-lays, you name it. I also really think about the layout and when I post what picture. I try to use as many pictures that are made by myself. If I use someone else's pic, and I know the name, I always give credits by tagging.  

Stalked: Rosh Mahtani, Jewellery Designer, Alighieri Jewellery

18 February 2015

Preparing for your first exhibition at London Fashion Week can be a rather daunting exercise, especially for a young designer. I recently met with a gorgeous jewellery designer who is doing just this, Rosh Mahtani is the talent behind the brand Alighieri Jewellery. After graduating, she spent two years learning as much as she could about the industry, interning at Harper’s Bazaar, working with Estelle Deve and Avenue32.com, all the while dreaming of her collection and creating it by night.

We strolled around the backstreets of Westminster with a Matcha Latte (Rosh adores these and has subsequently got me addicted!)  chatting about her love for Dante Aligheri and how she’s preparing for this very prestigious exhibition starting this week.

What do you love about being a jewellery designer and how did you get into fashion? 

I love creating pieces with a story, and seeing that story told in different ways on different people.
As for how I got into fashion; it all happened very organically. I studied French and Italian literature at university, and always wanted to do something that was both creative and strategic. Whilst studying Dante Alighieri’s ‘Divine Comedy’ at university, I started making a piece of jewellery for every canto, and that’s how it began! I was never gunning to be in the fashion industry, I just wanted to create a successful business. 

Stalked: Arantxa Morcillo, Emerging Fashion Designer

16 February 2015

Recently I connected with the very interesting up and coming fashion designer Arantxa Morcillo. We chatting over email while she explained she sadly couldn't pop by to see me for a little 'street style' shoot because she was currently overlooking the stunning South America landscapes as she travelled around the continent designing her next collection!! Excitement I thought, as I promptly inquired whether she would be happy to share her primary designs with me and my darling readers?! She agreed, so here is a little glimpse into the next collection!!

Let me first tell you more about this interesting designer.... Arantxa Morcillo was born in Madrid, before she moved to London attracted to the creative metropolitan environment and started her studies in fashion in 2011. Since the beginning of her career she has presented a genuine curiosity to experiment with materials, forms and silhouettes. 

From the beautiful terrane of South America here is a little insight into this emerging designer and her next collection.

Stalked: Polina Charalambous, Emerging Fashion Designer.

13 February 2015

One of my biggest passions when blogging is interviewing todays emerging designers and in the run up to London Fashion Week all eyes are on these guys! I've selected a few of my favourites, starting with the lovely Polina, who graduated this year. Born and raised in Cyprus, Polina Charalambous is a designer that believes inspiration comes in a variety of forms from books, poetry and music, to personal ideas, thoughts and experiences. 

I caught up with her for a stroll along the Embankment and chat about her current work.

What do you love about being a designer and how did you get into fashion?

All disciplines of design act as a form of expression mainly for the designers but also for the people that choose to interact with it by seeing it, using it, reposting it and wearing it. People wearing my garments to express their mood, feelings, opinions, style and anything really.. it can’t get much better than that.

Designer Focus: Tessa Packard And Her Fat Free Gems

11 February 2015

Recently one of my favourite emerging jewellery designers, Tessa Packard, released her latest SS15 collection, and what a fun one it is! I caught up with her to sneak a peep at her sketch book and find out more about her latest collection, titled 'Fat Free'.

What was your main inspiration?

English penny sweets were the main source of inspiration, along with the Pop Art movement which iconised the mundane or the perishable in a way never seen before, transforming these objects into timeless and much sought after valuables.

Stalked: Sabrina Percy, Artist

9 February 2015

Recently I did a blog post for the yoga brand Lululemon, on the Chelsea born artist Sabrina Percy. This talented and very gorgeous lady was commissioned by Lululemon to produce a piece of work for their new Kings Road store. She was inspired by the quintessentially British aspects of the ‘Royal Borough’ and even included traditional English animals with a comic edge, such as the yoga posing pheasants, foxes, and stags.

I caught up with Sabrina for a coffee next to a log fire at The Builders Arms, a homely pub just off the Kings Road to talk about her home exercise regime, art and why she loves the versatility of her Lululemon wardrobe.

How would you describe you style?

I would say my style is very laid back. It has to be comfortable. If I’m not comfy and don’t feel comfortable wearing it, then I’m probably not leaving the house. I think because of my Height (6”2), I let the height do all the talking and let what I’m wearing take a back seat. If I’m going out I always veer as close to smasual  (smart/casual) as I think I can get away with. Heels aren’t a no no, but I want to be able to walk, dance and run if needs be.

Stalked: Sonny, Store Manager of Peter Werth

6 February 2015

If you haven't heard of the British store Peter Werth, then read on, because it's a brand that not only has very cool menswear designs but also has a very interesting story behind it.
 Started in Islington, North London in 1975 Peter Werth has been part of the British menswear landscape for almost 40 years. Known for it's knitwear amongst other items, it's latest collection references the trend-setting Italian knitwear brands making a name for themselves in London during the Swinging Sixties (the ones appropriated by the early Mods), as well long-sleeved knitted polo shirts worn by early Peter Werth advocates, the Perry Boys.

I caught up with Sonny, who loves working for the brand due to it's fantastic history with the Perry Boys and beautifully crafted clothing and footwear.

What do you do and why do you love your job? 

Store manager at Peter Werth. I love my job as we have a great team at the store and we also work closely with the design team - who are based not too far from the area.

Stalking News: Selfridges Opens Its First Gender-Neutral Pop Up Store

4 February 2015

Listen up boys and girls, it's time for a spot of shopping together because on March 1st, Selfridges will open its first gender-neutral pop up store. The London luxury retailer is pushing aside cultural normalities and launching a gender-neutral pop-up department that will include spaces on three of its four floors. It's called Agender. The unisex experience will also be included in Selfridges stores in Manchester and Birmingham. 

"We want to take our customers on a journey where they can shop and dress without limitations or stereotypes," the store said in a statement. "A space where clothing is no longer imbued with directive gender values, enabling fashion to exist as a purer expression of 'self'."

Stalked: Owen Williams. Manager, Carhartt WIP

2 February 2015

Owen is the manager of one of Carhartt's most elevated stores in London, situated in the heart of Covent Garden amongst the trendy shops of Seven Dials. When I met Owen, there was something very cool about his raw street 'BMX' style, this kind of style I haven't actually captured before on the blog.

After London Collection Mens, I caught up with Owen on where he shops and eats around the area, and what he thinks of LCM?

What do you do and why do you love your job?

Store manager of Carhartt WIP, I love my job because of the people and company.

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