The Unique Experience

16 September 2014

Topshop Unique SS15 showspace in King's Cross

When someone asked me for a London Fashion Week essential, I replied 'Bercoca'.  Can you tell I have eye bags the size of most designer numbers with waiting lists?  Every time I wonder why I'm so tired with three shows a day on my roster I then think back to the palaver getting there (the Northern line is not my friend), late nights going through photos on an ageing Macbook and dealing with all the seasons in one day.  I may not be making much sense but I'm going to power through with my coverage regardless, giving you an insight into the frenzied atmosphere before, during and after the shows.  After countless seasons of applying, I finally managed to obtain a coveted Topshop Unique invite and tried to get there as early as possible to take in the full experience.  Alas the traffic on the Strand had other ideas however, the one time I have a car to take me somewhere it gets stuck in gridlock and arriving at the show with minutes to spare meant that I missed all of the Instagram-able meringues and the like.  Oh well, I found a handy perching spot by the side of the catwalk anyway and marvelled at the likes of Jourdan Dunn and Malaika Firth strutting like there's no tomorrow.

Topshop Unique SS15 showspace in King's Cross
Topshop Unique SS15 showspace in King's Cross
Topshop Unique SS15 Poppy Delvingne
Topshop Unique SS15 showspace in King's Cross
Topshop Unique SS15 orange scooter
Topshop Unique SS15 Cara Delevingne
Topshop Unique SS15 front row London Fashion Week
Topshop Unique SS15
Topshop Unique SS15
Topshop Unique SS15
Topshop Unique SS15
Topshop Unique SS15 Jourdan Dunn
Topshop Unique SS15
Topshop Unique SS15
Topshop Unique SS15
Topshop Unique SS15
Topshop Unique SS15

Head designer Emma Farrow has settled into her role after a few seasons and the offshoot of this beloved retailer is now a go-to place for attainable yet exciting pieces.  The new twist on nautical was the British seaside with its faded glamour and primary colours with a hint of sparkle.  There's a lot of interesting textures about this season and I definitely preferred the basketweave leathers and bonded cottons to the slightly ice-dancer bling towards the end.  I guess I'm just a casual girl at heart, give me a nice coat and a striped anything and I'm happy.  This might be the first collection I actually purchase from, now we have this nice little bond (in the meantime, I'm perusing the looks of the FROW).  Hope to see you again soon Topshop Unique, it's been lovely getting to know you.

Topshop Unique SS15
Topshop Unique SS15
Topshop Unique SS15 street style
Topshop Unique SS15 street style

Orla Kiely SS15

14 September 2014

Orla Kiely SS15 Clarks shoes

Flower Power for the modern woman


So Orla Kiely probably deserves a bit of a category on this here blog.  I've been to five London Fashion Week presentations, bought various pieces from her main range and Clarks collaborations, plus I'm fond of a stem cushion or six.  Each thematic show is guaranteed to float my boat with its quirky mixture of Midcentury and modern touches, in addition to shoes that you can actually buy.  It's pretty much the perfect brand, tapping into my girly sensibilities and need to show off a bit of leg.  My heart did a little dance when I saw a black model in the line up, it's the only thing I've been wishing for since I started to follow the brand closely and I hope it continues.  I'll let the pictures do the talking as I spent so much time trying to capture every moment, it's so rewarding when you catch the hint of a smile or the buckle detail of a shoe.  The collections seem to get more and more playful as the seasons go on, Kiely has always been the Queen of the conversational print but this time it was purely flowers in every shape and form.  The new reference points for the season are the films 'Le Bonheur' and 'Daisies' and for the show they collaborated with artist Alia Penner who paints pretty much anything going.  I always have to do a bit of swotting after seeing the presentations and being introduced to another part of the 60s.  There's definitely more than meets the eye behind the sweet exterior and I can't wait to be surprised again next season.

Orla Kiely SS15
Orla Kiely SS15 London Fashion Week presentation
Orla Kiely SS15 models holding flowers
Orla Kiely SS15
Orla Kiely SS15 show bags
Orla Kiely SS15
Orla Kiely SS15 Clarks Beryl Shoe Mock Croc leather
Orla Kiely SS15
Orla Kiely SS15
Orla Kiely SS15
Orla Kiely SS15
Orla Kiely SS15

My prayers have been answered since the brand is teaming up with Clarks for a third season (yay) and I've uploaded my faves styles to Pinterest so you can get plotting/saving/swooning.  According to Emma who I was perched next to, I just kept muttering 'The shoes! The shoes!' throughout the show and looking back, I now seem to want about five different pairs.  Help?!  I see them as collectors pieces anyway for my museum of a room, there is so much attention to detail and the ankle straps are perfect for keeping my size 8's in check.

Orla Kiely SS15
Orla Kiely SS15 London Fashion Week presentation flower cupcakes
Orla Kiely SS15 Clarks Shoes collaboration
Orla Kiely SS15
Orla Kiely SS15 Clarks Betty Patent shoes with Yellow bag
Orla Kiely SS15
Orla Kiely SS15 Leith Clark Styling
Orla Kiely SS15 coat
Orla Kiely SS15 blue flower box bag
Orla Kiely SS15
Orla Kiely SS15
Orla Kiely SS15 London Fashion Week presentation
Orla Kiely SS15 flowers sculptures
Orla Kiely SS15 London Fashion Week presentation

Remember to follow my #LFW as it happens on my Instagram feed, there's as much food as there is fashion.  A girl's gotta eat! 

Busy Bee!

12 September 2014

MiH The Taos denim culottes with Orla Kiely Clarks Shoes

MELLOW YELLOW

Something exciting to announce, I'm going to be working with Burt's Bees over the next few months!  There'll be posts showcasing some of my favourite products in true IWYTK style before hosting my own workshop at their Covent Garden pop-up early next year, just like my friends Carrie and Olivia.  I must admit, I was only really aware of their lip balms and hand creams until about a year ago and gradually I've been introduced to a few more of their products and wonderful smells.  Most of my skin care tends to come from brands that pride themselves on being natural, they seem to work better with my skin and I love that some of my favourite foods come in the form of a product.  Who doesn't want feet smelling of coconut? 

Best Burt's Bees products to use
Burt's Bees Hand Repair Cream
MiH The Taos denim culottes with Orla Kiely Clarks Shoes
Burt's Bees 30th anniversary classic products
Burt's Bees 30th anniversary

#BurtsBeeday


There's quite a nice, cosy story behind the brand.  Burt is actually a real-life person and worked as a photojournalist before getting obsessed with all things environmental and receiving his first hive.  Thirty years ago he met artist Roxanne Quimby and started a booming candle business from the leftover beeswax before moving into other products and creating their iconic lip balm.  I've got a fair few dotted around my room (am I the only person who always loses things like lip balm and hand cream and ends up buying another) and they're pretty special.

If you check out the 30th Beeday hub here, there'll be a live webcast from Burt himself at 9pm on the 17th of September.  You can also send in any well wishes via Facebook using the hashtag #BurtsBeeday and see if he reads your message out live from his farm in Maine.  I might just have to thank him for creating the Almond and Milk hand cream, it makes your hands smell like cake!  Do you have any favourite Burt's Bees products?  Expect to see more in a giveaway soon!
 
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