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“Life as a party” Diane von Fürstenberg AW/13

“They’re clothes for you to take life as a party.” Diane von Furstenberg, AW2013

The iconic Diane von Fürstenberg wrap dress remains a classic to this day; just fresh and bold as it when it debuted in the 1970s.  Looking forward almost 40 years since 1976 feature in Vogue Patterns magazine, her elegant 1970’s ethos is a clear inspiration to her AW13 collection showcased as part of New York Fashion Week. Expectantly, the staple wrap dress made an appearance, but rather than the classic chain link pattern we are so familiar with, the DvF wrap dresses came in sienna suede or black with a leather lapel. The AW13 collection also featured coats with metallic flame licks, a purple croc jacket, shiny pink pants and a sprinkle of sequins could be seen from any row.

As described by Diane herself, this seasons collection are clothes for you to take life as a party.

September/October 1976 issue of Vogue Patterns magazine 



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Style talking with Markus Roberts Clarke- Alternative high fashion model @couscous85

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I recently met funky fresh, dressed to impress high fashion model, Markus Roberts Clarke; singed to the commercial and alternative model agency Spirit Models. Markus, a man after my own heart, took me through his look and love for vintage, print and retro brands.

What’s with your love for London?

I just love the fashion, adore the people and the fact that I don’t feel judged by my appearance, overall, it’s the acceptance I get here.

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My trend guide for city cyclists

You might remember my blog crush on Cycle Love which started having visited the screening of the ‘Bill Cunningham  New York’ documentary at ‘Look Mum No Hands‘ based in Old Street London.

The Cycle Love blog is dedicated to all the stuff that makes cycling great, and celebrating the diversity of cycle culture — bikes *and* people.

In addition to hosting an array of conversations, tips, discussions and photographic inspiration; this blog is an aesthetic oasis in the midst of clutter heavy blogs. Needless to say, I wasn’t surprised to find out that James Greig, author and creator of Cycle Love is both a graphic designer and photographer.

“We want to change the way our readers think about cycling in London, whether that means finding a positive slant on biking in the rain, challenging the way that we think about urban transport, or refuting common wisdom about, say, helmets or traffic lights.” James Crieg,

To my surprise and excitement I was invited to compile the Cycle Love Issue #2 trend look book based on this seasons A/W trends. . Tweet Cycle Love at @CycleLoveHQ

Click here to check out the full spread


Forever leather:
Leather is a quintessential texture for this seasons trends, especially in the form of ankle boots.  Also expect to see leather make an appearance as detailing either as pockets, collars, lapels, sleeves; and don’t forget accessories.

Deep red is the new black:
Oxblood red and burnt orange was prominent across London Fashion Week A/W12 and blends beautifully amongst autumns iconic amber and burgundy undertones. Look out for deep red stained jeans and chinos, and pair up with olive greens, teals and mustard yellows.

Backpacks are back:
Perfect for urban adventurers, this seasons backpacks come in toughened heritage fabrics and weather ready canvas. Navajo prints and tapestry finishes add a touch of the Beatnik, while thrown on, borrow-from-the-boys styling gives an androgynous lean.


“One point in favor for the British metropolis”

London has always authored style stories of classic elegance whether it’s on or off the runway.The City’s formula for local originality and taste is a mish mash of the cultures that live in it. The history, the music, ethnic diversity,  the arts, and of course the weather!

As said by Vogue Italia “One point in favour for the British Metropolis!”

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Noisettes – Don’t Give Up (UK Version)

Style excellence with age : Seth Cohen – Advanced Style

As reiterated by the Guardian “street style is nothing new to the world of blogs”, but on this occasion Ari Seth Cohen’s Advanced Style blog, brought something old, and yet something new, uber trendy and super decadent to the street style and fashion blogging arena. He brought “Advanced Style”.

Advanced Style is a fresh, quirky and timeless fashion blog dedicated to capturing older women and men who grab his attention with their “sartorial excellence”. Looking through the pictures, it is evident; you’re looking at the pioneers of style, the grandfathers of funk and the women who do not only have swagger, but who ARE swagger.

Contemporary fashion culture thrives on post-modernity, we thoroughly enjoy seeing traditional or classical elements of history reintroduced with modern contexts or practices, and although it does well in recycling and showcasing the iconic style of past generations. Unfortunately, the original faces of that era are replaced with the young fresh faces of today, meaning many older fashionisters and fashion-misters get sidelined and excluded from the fashion world.

My point is that the Advanced Style blog is beautiful, it showcases some of the most stylish men and women, who unfortunately aren’t always given the limelight in a society that only drinks from the fountain of youth. Personally, I will certainly be taking a leaf out of the Advanced Style book, and whilst I am at it, I would rather have a well aged wine any day; the fountain of youth is way to over-rated anyway, and rarely does it quench ones thirst!

Buy the Advanced Style book from Amazon 

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Shine baby shine! South African textile company ‘Shine Shine’

South African textile company Shine Shine have amazing designs, by Heidi Chisholm and James Grey. Chisholm’s designs are in the style of traditional print, and remind me Ugandan kitenge prints.

They are bold, with 60’s inspired pallet of ocre, fuscia, yellow, browns, and what I like to call ‘detergent’ blues and greens; in addition to Roman Catholic imagery.  The prints scream African traditional cloth, but are also so modern quirky and inhibit some cheeky characters.

Melina Matsoukas: Total style inspiration

Melina Matsoukas is the director of some of the most impetuous music videos. Is it me or does everything she creates breath fire? I love it! Melina is of Greek, Jewish, Jamaican and Cuban decent, and her work has been described as “Chark full of bright colours or crisp black and white images, smooth spotlights, and tasteful video models”

In the SBTV interview Matsoukas says that expensive equipment is not necessary for a quality video and one should never think that way:

“A good video has the right visuals, a well conceptualised story and should be exciting and elicit reaction.”

Melina just finished filming in Ireland for Rihanna’s most recent video featuring Calvin Harris “We found love” (will post it when I finally get my hands on it).

My below are my three favourite music videos by Melina

1) Beyonce’s 50’s inspired “Why don’t you love me” (Props to B for doing her own makeup on this video, its fabulous). The inspiration for writing the song came from the time The Bama Boyz spent in London at the end of Knowles B-Day tour.

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100 years of style in East London

Just a little something I put together

Hopefully, tomorrow afternoon I can head down to Hobbycraft and get some earring button stud things, so I can start making my own Ankara button earrings. Until then, I have spent today trying to make the most of some African material I found lying around the house, so I accessorised my blue suede 60’s style shoes and make some matching buttons, still undecided which jacket they will go on though :-)

London Vintage Festival

It was unfortunate I was unable to attend the Wayne Hemingway Vintage festival which came to the Southbank Centre in London, earlier this month. From all the reviews and great pictures, the festival brought style, crafts and some impressive dance moves to the capital. With stalls selling fashion, music and art from the 1920s onwards and a make-do-and-mend mentality, visitors browsed for bargains and wallowed in nostalgia. I would have loved to grab some vintage cat eye glasses…*sigh* maybe next year. Below are some pics courtesy of 

Wonderwall: photographed by Lynnette Astaire

Sudanese native Wendy (and cousin of supermodel Alek Wek), featuring fashion from Christian Louboutin, Sofia Vintage, Luxury Garage Sale, Missoni, Shelia Rashid and Anna Hovet.


Optical motifs and swirling geometric compositions for AW/11

Diane Von Furstenburg (Vogue Italia)

As the end of July approaches I regret to say that I have hardly got round to wearing all my Spring/Summer outfits. The plan was to save my sun filled adventures for the winter, as I figured there is plenty to do in London, with all the parks and the picnics, right? …WRONG! …Have you seen the weather this month?

Well, being an optimist, I have used the not so great British summer as an excuse to get an early start on this years Autumn/Winter collections (A/W11).

This years A/W11 I eagerly await DYNAMITE PATTERNS, such as those showcased in Milan by Dian Von Fustenburg (above). I love the tribal bold colours with thick streaks of black and white. Dynamite patterns scheduled to hit UK high street retailers this autumn. A pioneer in the use of dynamite patterns in Missoni, which have confirmed its use for next season, in addition to Max Ariza and the pre-fall collection by Herve Leger.

In addition to dynamite patterns, expect to see ondine, optical motifs and swirling geometric compositions for A/W11.

Juliette Greco…Why do you always wear black?

In Vogue Italia:

“Why do you always wear black?”

“Because it is the only color that protects me: if I wore a different one, someone might see me” Juliette Greco

Wearing existentialist black, Juliette Greco hung around Saint-Germain-des-Prés, she waited for dawn along the Seine sporting black, in black she would talk with Prévert and Sartre, Queneau and Cocteau. The intimate mood has made a comeback, a kind of Gothic attitude, featuring ghosts of raven-black elegance: seducing in their simplicity and sexiness, or icily over-textured.

Spotlight on: Aubrey Fagon

Aubrey Fagon is an uncommonly talented, London based, cinematographer and photographer, recently featured in ADA’s African Weekly Inspiration no# 68.”

Aubrey has been shooting film and video for over twenty years and is a true craftsman, renowned not only for his stunning images, but his calm and efficient handling of any situation. He has shot documentaries all round the world, and is also a superlative stills photographer.

“I’ve been a London based photographer and filmmaker for over 20 years and now I’m looking to extend my creativity within the fashion realms.

As I’m looking to build a fashion and beauty portfolio, I would like to work with models (male and female) that are also looking to add to their portfolios. I’m also interested in working with stylist, hairstylist and makeup artist.

The ideas I have are both studio and location based and I’m open to different approaches as the project presents its self.” Aubery Fagon

Photo’s courtesy of ADA, Weekly inspiration number 68:

Cat Eye Sunglasses for Spring/Summer 2011

The Cat Eye trend is merely a revival of the ’50s and ’60s trends, first modeled by  Marilyn Monroe in ‘How to Marry a Millionaire’ and more recently, elegantly worm by actress Kerry Washington in the movie, Lakeview Terrace (2008). Three years on, they have been being featured in the Prada AW11 show, the trend continued on the spring 2011 runways. As usual Jeremy Scott & Giles Deacon took the less subtle approach and went for a more extreme retro frame.

While subtler references to the trend were made at the likes of Paul Smith, Tommy Hilfiger, and Twenty8Twelve I would consider looking around the many quirky retro and vintage boutiques around London for something more authentic.

These glasses can either be 50s inspired vintage look or excessively modern sharp black frames with silver detailing. Depending on the statement you want to make, try a soft diamond shape lenses that point out at the sides for a less subtle, more retro look.

(Modelled below: Marilyn Monroe, Solange Knowles, Scarlett Johansson)



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