Thursday, 15 March 2018

There were two main talking points from London Fashion Week; the first being the appearance of Queen Elizabeth II at the Richard Quinn show, and the second being some of the amazing new trends on show. Here, we present our standout shows from the iconic fashion event:


Models in Burberry’s catwalk show wore a spectrum of colours as they strutted their stuff. Fusing stand-out shades onto contemporary casualwear, Burberry retained its image as a forward-thinking, urban brand.

Standout pieces included pastel pink sweatshirts, bold red jackets and thick lemon jumpers, complemented by rainbow sparkles and floral mesh details. This was creative director Christopher Bailey’s final show for Burberry, and he dedicated his last collection to: “the best and brightest organisations supporting LGBTQ rights around the world”. Once most famous for its traditional beige checks and trench coats, Burberry’s intelligent use of colour and drive for hyper-modern streetwear and athleisure clothing has made it one of London Fashion Week’s standout shows.

To recreate a Burberry-inspired look, choose bold colours and striking patterns. Select contemporary athleisure styles — such as bomber jackets and oversized sweatshirts — and never shy away from check prints and the streamlined silhouette of a vintage trench coat.

Simone Rocha

A vintage-inspired show was presented by Simone Rocha on Day Two. Setting the mood with flickering candles in chandeliers, Rocha stepped out of her black-lace-dress comfort zone and into a world of historic grandeur.

Occasion dresses populated the show complete with satin bows, elegant ruches and patterned tulle, channelling an almost Edwardian vibe. But you’d be way off the mark if you thought Rocha brought only early 19th-century designs to the catwalk. The most impressive aspect of Rocha’s pieces was the flawless transition to styles from across the 19th century. Alongside the embroidered traditional outfits, we saw 1980s-style power suits and 1970s-inspired, punky tartan outfits. Designer, Simone Rocha, said: “I have double breasted jackets and blazers, layered with dresses with the Edwardian scoop neckline."

Rocha’s collection shows how fashion from multiple eras can work together to create a look that’s perfectly in-line with contemporary style. Rocha is a master of luxury layering, so blend Victoriana collars under gothic leather jackets and voluminous tulle skirts over platform shoes to encapsulate the look of multi-era femininity.   

Michael Halpern

Taking us to a 1970s glitter and sequin-infused paradise was Michael Halpern, who followed Rocha’s haunting vintage show.

Disco fever was everywhere in Halpern’s collection. Huge hoop earrings, zebra-print boots under shimmery red coats, and bare-shoulder tops over half-and-half technicolour trousers signalled a leap towards confident 1970s fashion in 2018. Not only did Halpern wow the audience with Studio-54 designs, but he also showcased the importance of body-flattering cuts. Think thigh-skimming sequin dresses, figure-fitted retro jumpsuits, uber-high platforms, and disco-ball colours and you have Halpern’s 1970s glamour trend down.

Christopher Kane

Vampy, seduction-inspired trends took the form of red lace dresses, black leather accents and diamante-fringing in the Christopher Kane catwalk show from Day Four.

Fun was at the heart of Kane’s show. In fact, one model walked with ‘More Joy’ printed on her jumper. “I have never shied away from sex in the collections — and this is no different,” said the designer.

To channel a Christopher Kane-inspired vibe, add accents of sheer lace, faux fur trims and sparkle embellishment to your wardrobe.


Roksanda’s show was all about showcasing and celebrating the female body. Augmented with blues, pinks, yellows, and oranges; the Roksanda range was inspired by dance and performance artist, Caroline Denervaud, which meant that every piece hung and held the model’s body to perfection regardless of movement.

Featuring in the show was silk wrap tops with tie-waists and mesh skirts and flared trousers. Floaty silhouettes reigned supreme, allowing for a more fluid outline and creating an undulating figure that all women can enjoy. Silk and satin were prominent fabrics in the Roksanda collection, while high-necklines and ankle-length hems were also important to the aesthetic of the catwalk.

To embody a similar look, choose romantic designs in soft colours. Wrap your body in loose, silk shirts and culottes finished with a long coat or add mystery to your figure with tulle dresses, balloon-sleeve blouses and wrap-around cardigans.


Guide to San Francisco!

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Golden Gate Bridge

Painted Ladies

Amoeba Music

Lombard Street


San Francisco was the second big stop on our trip and it didn't disappoint. It's a really interesting city and we did a lot over the three days we stayed there and I would love to go back! Of course the first day we visited The Golden Gate Bridge which was amazing. I would advise going earlier in the day, but if it's incredibly foggy like it was for us just stick around as it can clear up within a couple of minutes and then you have this amazing view! We then got back on a bus (public transport is great in San Fran) and went down to Golden Gate Park which is a really nice area and with loads of things to do like a beautiful Japanese tea garden if you feel like spending a bit of money. Next to the park is an area called Haight-Ashbury which is full of cool restaurants and vintage shops, and it's also on the way to The Painted Ladies. San Francisco's houses are famous and you can easily see why.

The next day we visited Alcatraz which should be on everyone's 'must do' list when visiting the city. You get a guided tour with headphones that talk you through the place and the escape. Then after we arrived back at the pier we walked around Fisherman's Wharf where we eat churros and corn dogs. The last day we went to the famous Lombard Street (the road shaped like a crazy zig-zag), did some shopping and also took a ride on a cable car.

Hope you guys enjoyed this post, what's your favourite US city to visit?

Millenial Gift Guide!

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

I did a Gift Guide parody for my university's student union, please check it out! I think my favourite thing is this Gemma Collins wrapping paper. How amazing.

Guide to Los Angeles!

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Rodeo Drive

Melrose Avenue

Beverly Hills

Hollywood Boulevard

Santa Moncia

Rainbow Bar and Grill

Alfred Tea Room

Venice Beach

Urth Caffe

Griffith Observatory/Hollywood Sign

It's safe to say I'm now just as obsessed with Los Angeles as everyone else.
It is an amazing city. It was the first stop in our road trip and we loved everyday we spent there, so much that we have booked another trip to go back! I felt like we planned our time there really well and so I thought I'd mention what we did and offer some advice for anyone planning to visit.

We stayed in Beverly Hills using Airbnb and honestly I cannot recommend it enough. Beverly Hills is obviously a stunning area of Los Angeles and with Airbnb we got a room for a great deal in a fantastic location that was only a 5 minute walk to Rodeo Drive. We were close to shops, restaurants particularly Urth Caffe which I was desperate to try and it did not disappoint.

Of course you cannot go to LA without visiting Hollywood. It is really a surreal place that is so much fun, just expect it to be busy! You can also see the Hollywood sign from the boulevard which was a great surprise. I would also suggest while you are in the area to hit Melrose Avenue, probably the most insta-famous street on the globe. It street is covered with wall art, small boutiques and Alfred Tea - the cutest tea room ever.

If you love anything rock music or 80's nostalgia you should see the sunset strip and if you need food or refreshment go in The Rainbow Bar and Grill which is where parts of the November Rain music video were filmed. The beaches of Los Angeles are beautiful we went to Santa Monica and Venice and if you fancy it you can cycle between the two, or just visit them separately and explore the areas.

And finally Griffith Park was fantastic for viewing the Hollywood sign and also getting a panoramic view of downtown LA.

Thanks for reading!