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Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! at Somerset House

January 26, 2014

I was expecting hats, hats and more hats and Somerset House’s Isabella Blow retrospective did not disappoint. As well as some of her own designs, visitors were invited to feast their eyes on the mad and magnificent outfits Blow pulled together from her protégés’ collections. Because, above being a great milliner, a fantastically mad dresser, and a fashion editor who pushed the boundaries of many established magazines and newspapers, she was a sparkling talent spotter and developer.

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The exhibition starts with aristocratic family albums and an incredible hat featuring several taxidermied crows as well as a shoe, swiftly followed by some lace pieces by Alexander McQueen (discovered by Blow). Not the best presented room but it got better…much better.

Upstairs, hats Blow wore (her own designs and Philip Treacy’s), a collection of personal objects such as her favourite shade of lipstick, her fantastic shoes (including the mismatched ones Andy Warhol noticed her for)…

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My highlight was a (typed) letter she received from a friend after a party, which described entrance and her outfit, and really captures that when Isabella was in the room, no matter how mad her outfit, or casual her approach, she attracted people like moths to a flame.

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Two further rooms showed off further outfits worn by Blow. Because not only did she find new talent and hone it, she launched it by wearing it, wearing the designs by McQueen, Treacy, McDonald and Chalayan… What better endorsement for a designer than having the Fashion Director of The Sunday Times Style wear your clothes, accessories, shoes…! From an aristocratic background, she was very interested in armour and the hunt, wearing pieces by McQueen featuring feathers and antlers.

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Another room presents a striking black and white photoshoot she styled, and helped discover the models for. A magazine article displayed nearby tells the story of how she discovered Sophie Dahl, a completely random encounter.

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The final room downstairs presents key pieces and a viewing from the show McQueen and Treacy put together as an homage after her untimely death. Because although she was very good at putting others forward, and despite her outrageous, attention grabbing clohtes, hats and shoes, Blow was actually always hiding behind these costumes, deflecting attention onto others.

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All in all, a very interesting look at the boundary-breaking style of an elusive woman, who honed so much British talent, transforming UK fashion forever. Lady Gaga eat your heart out.

Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! ends on 2 March 2014 at Somerset House.

[Tip: no bags bigger than A4 size are allowed in and have to be checked into the (paying) cloakroom]

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Citron Citron Miller Harris Perfume

January 27, 2013

One of my best friends, and blogger of The Fashion Memo, Lou, gave me a delightfully fresh scent for Christmas: Citron Citron (aka Lemon Lemon) Eau de Parfum from Miller Harris.

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It actually reminds me of my mum as she wears a similar citrussy scent. This one evolves into more warm flowery tones after a few hours of wear but still delicious!

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The kind of scent that makes you feel dressed! Thanks Lou!!

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Valentino:Master of Couture at Somerset House

January 24, 2013

For Christmas this year, I offered by friend Lou, the person behind the great blog The Fashion Memo, a ticket to the Valentino: Master of Couture retrospective at Somerset House.

 

 

The show focused around 50 years of Valentino’s couture pieces, arranged in different periods such as ‘Mint’, ‘Smoke’ and ‘Ice’.

The room is set up like a catwalk, where you are the star. Each piece is numbered and makes you walk up and down quite a few times. The Louis XIV style chairs have names of famous women who have attended Valentino shows, from Liza Minelli to Jackie O’, Sarah Jessica Parker to Julia Roberts. Informative and makes you feel like you are in good company!

I admit I have never  really been able to recognise a Valentino piece – the structure of his dresses change a lot, although I now realise it is more the couture techniques applied, the intricate beading, the stitching of chiffon, the folding of the tulle…

 

 

The beauty of Valentino couture is in the detail.

Great exhibition!

My beautifully stylish friend Lou…

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And me…

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Glitter Cappucino Nails

October 15, 2012

This week has been pretty hectic…crazy amounts to do at work, tight deadlines and new exciting prospects in the pipeline to consider… It’s been hard to take time to breathe!

So I’ve been particularly looking forward to a relaxing weekend, and what better way to take some much needed me time than by doing your nails!

I decided to try a trend I’ve seen on Pinterest quite a lot lately – the nude or greige nails with shimmery tips!

I used two coats of Barry M’s Cappucino Nail Varnish…

And then added Barry M’s Limited Edition Silver Shimmer Nail Varnish on the tips…

It was surprisingly easy to do and so nice to pamper myself and chill out!!!

Lady Grey vs Equestrian Authoritarian

October 1, 2012

Outfit of the day combined my new dove grey, lady style coat with some kick ass lace up boots and a floaty pale peach polka dot dress.

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Start the week as you mean to go.on!

New Yellow Soft Leather Valentina Handbag!

May 24, 2012

I’m not one to spend much on handbags. Many I have were given to me, some free with perfume, some free with magazines…

But yesterday I totally cracked for this gorgeous yellow Valentina soft leather handbag from tkmaxx…

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Originally around £140, I got it for £60!

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It is Love!

Simply tribal Wah Nails!!

May 9, 2012

Totally treated myself to a Wah Nails manicure after seeing their awesome book at the Tate Modern the other day!

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It gives you great diy tips but I’m not patient or talented enough to try….

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So I headed to Topshop at Oxford Circus for an hour of hand indulgence and here is the result!

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This style is called Simple Tribal. Loved it though really want to go back and get other cute ones done like these…

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Broken Levels Anthropologie Skirt

March 12, 2012

Now I wouldn’t normally go in a shop like this because I know it’s much too expensive for me to actually afford anything I could potentially fall in love with…

However, my mum was with me, we were walking by and decided to pop in…

Anthropologie you have broken my heart.

The first item my gaze fell upon was this gorgeous skirt and I can’t stop thinking about it…but it’s £118!

Peter Pan Dresses

February 27, 2012

I’m in love with Peter Pan Dresses today!