Friday, 21 September 2012

And so we went to London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week has come to a close and this makes me sad! I have spent the week being overwhelmed looking at beautiful clothes I cannot afford. I have been inspired and awed by what's to come in SS2013 while I tried to sneak in some live streaming time at my desk at work.

Last weekend Ruby and I got sufficiently caffeinated and attended the London Fashion Week Exhibition at Somerset House. This was my first time at the fashion event of the year and I was not disappointed! Beautiful  people, beautiful venue, and most importantly, beautiful clothes. I walked away inspired x100.

{What I wore: Dress: vintage from TRAID; Blazer: vintage DAKS from Freshthreads; 
Clutch: Anthropologie; Boots: Timberland; Bracelets: mom's and NW3}

There are four exhibits that I walked away from wanting all of the pieces and knowing I have become a major fan of. These are Vilshenko, Husam El Odeh, J Smith Esquire, and Tatty Devine.

The room housing the Vilshenko collection was one of the first that we saw that day and I was instantly smitten. The mix of both cool and warm tones, whimsical patterns, and flowy fabrics drew me into daydreams about childhood and sunshine. I also really felt the Eastern influence in her collection, which is why it reminds me of my childhood. I cannot wait to visit her Notting Hill store to try on these beautiful clothes!

 {Beautiful model at the door}

 {The beautiful embroidery on the blue and red dress, as well as the blouse have an Eastern feeling for me}

{Those who know me, know how much I love blazers! This perforated leather beauty is right up my street} 

Husam El Odeh really impressed me with his beautiful jewellery and  illustrations.  Inspired by a fairy tale called The Princess with the Donkey ears which he personally wrote and illustrated,  I found his collection the stand out exhibit in the Rock Vault.

{The gorgeous collection set against a Luxenbourg skyline}

{El Odeh's Palladium ring next to 'The Pincess with the Donkey ears'}

 {The beautiful illustrations we couldn't take our eyes off}

J Smith Esquire's Elemental collection is so cool! It just is! It had me at cat ears. I am not much of a hat wearer. I believe it is because hats never fit me properly, but I would throw away my reservations and wear every piece in this collection. To me, it's edgy but ultra cute and pure genius. I am only sorry I didn't try on my favourite hat: the cap with the cat ears.

 {I want every single one of these beauties}

{My favourite piece. It's all about the cat ears!}

Tatty Devine has been on my radar ever since I started my love affair with blogging. Their jewellery is so colourful and full of life, any girl that wears it is definitely the life of the party. My favourite pieces were Radiant Goddess and Hot House. Ruby and I were also super psyched that hear that Tatty Devine are considering a full eyewear collection based on the success of their feature in the Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion exhibition. We can't wait!

 {I caught Ruby in the mirror looking at the many pictures she's already taken that day}

{"Aren't these glorious darling?"}

For more information on these brilliant designers, visit their sites here:

Bring on Autumn/Winter 13/14!

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Let's talk about art

I think my favourite gallery in London has to be the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea. Located in the picturesque Duke of York HQ building just off Kings Road, this gallery showcases some of up and coming artists and international talent which,  most of the time, whose work has not yet been exhibited in the UK.

If you haven't yet been, Korean Eye 2012 is a definitely must see. Thirty three contemporary Korean artists' work has been brought together for this amazing one of a kind exhibition. The variety of art showcased here has the viewer travelling from room to room ever surprised about what is waiting of him/her next.

Below are some of my favourite works from the exhibition. My photographs really don't do them justice. For more information check out the Saatchi Gallery and Korean Eye websites.


Bae Joonsung

 Debbie Han

Kim Byoungho

Kang Hyung Koo

Jung Seung

Kim Hyuen Jun

Hong Sung Chul

Ahn Doojin

Cho Duck Hyun

 Lee Jaehyo

I love the perspective on the photo above! It makes me feel so small!

 {Top: Warehouse; Tights and scarf: unknown; Jacket and shoes: River Island}

What are your favourite galleries and current exhibitions?

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

House Proud / Dip dye DIY

Dip dying has been loved for a while now by fashion brands and DIY bloggers alike. I have read about folkes dip dying everything from denim to hair and the ombre has become a phenomenon all its own.I have seen some gorgeous ombre nail art last week, but we will leave that for another post.

So where was I? Ah yes dip dye... I just love it! And extending it to your furniture? GENIUS! Here are some rather lovely adventures in dip dying I found on Pinterest and right away put into my home inspiration board.  Are you following SociaLatte on Pinterest? Go for it! But I digress...

{1, 2, 3, 4, 5}

My search for dip dyed furnishings has resulted in me not only getting some great ideas about home d├ęcor, but has resulted in my discovering some brilliant blogs. Check out the links above for those and more DIY ideas. 

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Ever fallen in love with a book cover?

Isn't this cover art for Jane Austen's Emma gorgeous? It caught my eye while taking a stroll through Anthropologie and I knew I had to add it to my bookshelf.

This lovely cover art is part of a series called Penguin Threads. It took Julian Tamaki two months to hand embroider these three patterns. The covers were then sculptural-embossed and have the texture of embroidery.

    {Source: 1, 2}

Jillian Tamaki is a very talented illustrator and cartoonist living and working in New York. Be sure to check out her portfolio and blog.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Ballgowns and blazers

This weekend Ruby and I decided to finally get our act together to head down to the V&A to see the Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 exhibition we have been wanting to see since it first started Mid May.

I love the V&A and they have outdone themselves yet again with this beautiful exhibition which spans 2 floors and features beautiful gowns worn by royalty and celebrities spanning the last 60s years. I was very impressed with the newly refurbished fashion gallery where the exhibition is taking place and I look forward to seeing what else this space has in store for fashion lovers like myself.

I am crazy about watching red carpet events and award pre-shows just to see what beautiful dresses my favourite actresses wore. That is why it is no surprise that one of my favourite gowns from the exhibition is the Jenny Packham gown that Sandra Bullock wore to the 2011 Golden Globes which you can see here.

Unfortunately we were not able to take any photos, but there is a great review and lots of beautiful photos on the Guardian website.

My day looked a little something like this...

{Blazer: Forever 21; Top: H&M; Trousers and shoes: River Island; 
Bag: Anthropologie; Bracelet: Banana Republic}

I hope you all have a lovely weekend! Get up to anything nice?