House of Fraser S/S15

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House of Fraser is a British department store group that was established in Glasgow,Scotland in 1849. Today , in 2014 it's the third largest group of department stores in the UK running over 60 stores spread across the country.Their offers vary from the most luxurious designer brands to more affordable high street fashion including Top Shop.

I was invited  to see the exclusive House of Fraser S/S15 collection preview on  London's Baker Street on Friday. If only I wasn't looking forward to Christmas (which also means  paying a visit to House of Fraser to get some presents soon) I would be spending all my money to get  those dreamy summer pieces already! From BIBA Gold  couture dresses to Michael Kors baby blue handbags - I absolutely adore every single piece.

The handbags and clutches vary from juicy orange/red to baby blue /pastel colour palettes but then there is also more elegant and chic capsule collection in black and white. The brands include BIBA , Michael Kors , Love Moschino , DKNY  , Orla Kiely but it's Lulu Guinness 'Helena face' clutch that I have fallen in love with! Another very unique piece that I really like is 'The Headphones' clutch (Lulu Guineness) that is probably the most interesting accessory I've seen - I put that on my summer shopping list straight away and I suggest you do the same before they go out-of-stock.

PRINTS! Although the  mood of the House of Fraser S/S collection is a bit toned down  I discovered some inspiring colorful printed pieces such as Therapy orange dress , Dicking&Jones sunflower prints and Michael Kors bamboo printed jumpsuit. I am happy to announce the comeback of cobalt - a sophisticated set from Mary Portas would do the job in the S/S 15 season.Other than that I also spotted cut outs ( Label Lab embellished sweater is so chic!) , laser cut and embellishment. Beautifully tailored Biba Gold couture pieces were proudly presented on the display and I am sure they are going to be the hottest of the season.

Menswear collection is kept in greyish-blue mood and features suits and trousers from Ted Baker , Kenneth Cole and more casual pieces from Michael Kors , Anerkjendt or Linea. I really like the look book they presented - smart but colorful with humor.Jeans and palm tree prints are a very strong trend for the S/S15 season.

Keep your eyes open on Black Friday(28/11) and  Cyber Monday (01/12) as there are some great offers going on in House of Fraser!

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Bloggers Love Hub event in London

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Bloggers Love Hub organized an amazing event in London past Monday. They invited  fashion bloggers based in London and surrounded areas to have a closer look at some of the new designer pieces and have a little chat about what they are doing. The event took place in one of the most beautiful places in London - Chancery Lane in the center of the city. The event was clearly organised for the networking purposes but it all seemed to be working just fine. Bloggers had the chance to discuss new ideas and designers had their chance to introduce new products that included 'MADE OF CARPETS' bags and accessories which I found quite unusual - definitely the best way for the shy ones who don't like to play with their outfits and want to stand out of the crowd anyway.

On that occasion I put on my 1940's inspired outfit - very basic white shirt and red leather pencil skirt paired with style socks and heels. The socks are another shortcut to give a hint of vintage to anything you are wearing. White top + red bottoms style is one of the most important current features (to be seen in ZARA or H&M ) and the Second World War fashion is back for good.

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Sherene Melinda

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SHERENE MELINDA is a new London-based handbag designer brand that prides itself on creating unique and distinctive styles. Inspired by her South African heritage, designer Sherene Robson’s current collection of bags all feature authentic and symbolic springbok hair-on-hide. Her handbags are intended to be versatile and practical, suitable for both work and play. The brand’s luxury, handcrafted handbags are finished with leather inside and out, come in a range of vibrant colours, and are made with the belief that every handbag should last a lifetime.

Two days ago they launched their latest style, the Haupt Bag, which comes with two detachable straps allowing for greater choice in how the bag is worn.

 

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SHERENE MELINDA are currently holding a competition, due to end this Sunday (9th), to win one of their new handbags. All you need to do to enter is :

email shop@sherenemelinda.co.uk with the answer to the question: what is the name of our newest handbag?

Have a closer look <3

 

KNITWEAR Chanel to Westwood exhibition

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I had an enormous pleasure to visit London's Fashion and Textile Museum and see  KNITWEAR Chanel to Westwood exhibition . One thing I have to admit about London is that there is no better place to do  dissertation or uni projects research! The exhibition features an amazing and inspirational work such as 1920's Chanel jersey pieces, 1970's Bill Gib and BIBA outfits , 1980's Vivienne Westwood , 1990's Comme des Garçons and more recent graduate garments from Julien Macdonald ,Mark Fast, Iben Høj, Sister by Sibling, Lucas Nascimento, Yang Du, Alice Palmer, Juliana Sissons and Amy Twigger Holroyd . The way that the exhibition is constructed shows the evolution of style throughout the 20th century and the influence of  the most noticeable art movements - are noveau and 1930's art deco . Those 150 pieces  are some sort of a statement of  the most important fashion concepts such as 1940's Make Do and Mend, 1950's Dior's New Look collection , 1960's Twiggy style garments , 1970's punk and 1990's 'push the boundaries'.

I am sorry for the quality of pictures. I wasn't aware that they will let us to take photographs and I only  took my iPhone with me.

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Tie neck shirt -1940′s and 1970′s fashion is making its great comeback!

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Greetings from London's Hoxton! As it's my last year living in that magical city  I decided to explore more of those 'hipster' places that are still unknown by the tourists (I've got a feeling that it's going to change very soon). So that place is a cool canal between Stroke Newington and Hoxton. We took a walk alongside the canal and I simply felt in love with those edgy little coffee shops/bars and something in a shape of a restaurant which are more of a small garages filled with tables , counter and a coffee machine obviously. ! Little Camden Town but without the crowds and more magical!

Today's mood is elegant. One of the best sophisticated features from the 1940's and 1970's is back! I first spotted them(tie neck shirts obviously) in H&M not that long  before the summer (their May capsule collection if I'm not mistaking) but they are here to  stay for a while now! The good news is that , according to WGSN(trend prediction website) historical trends , mostly Second World War fashion , are one of the most influential inspiration for  next seasons(A/W16 for example). As a great enthusiast of history  I know that the tie neck shirts/dresses were worn by very chic and sophisticated ladies. I absolutely adore that fashion feature paired with the wide leg trousers or pleated skirt. It is like time traveling as there is nothing more feminine than the chicness straight from the forties. As for the colour trends - navy is back! There was a lot of navy garments on the catwalk in February and ,I promise you , there is still more to be seen in ZARA in the nearest future. I am planning to gather the whole collection of them.

Great news- you can now shop similar look (and much more) on Lookastick !

Pictures by Mariusz Gajdzik Photography

I was wearing : Zara  tie neck shirt , made by me leggings , Guess bag