"The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides." Audrey Hepburn
"Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses." Ann Landers
"I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death." Leonardo da Vinci
FENDI Kani I Special metallic leather shoulder bag
Founded in 1925, Fendi is coveted for its creative designs and luxury Italian craftsmanship. A stand-out variation of the 2017 favourite, this Kan I shoulder bag is fashioned from metallic leather and accented with tone-on-tone pyramid studs, dainty flowers and signature 'Bag Bug' eyes.
Initially opened in 2011 and nestled in the heart of Mayfair, NAC is the definition of a hidden gem, but it’s a gem that the city’s most stylish are well aware of. Frequented by foodies and fashion bloggers alike, this picturesque setting has been making its mark on Instagram’s saturated feed of late.
In an exclusive Press Day in London, White Stuff unveiled its Autumn Winter 17 (AW17) Womenswear Collection. Ranging from skinny jeans and jumpers, to clutch bags and earrings, this extra cool collection is a must have for the coming season.
We have selected five amazing looks from this collection and present them below:
Look 1: Cosmic Jumper £59.95, Willow Skinny Jean £49.95, Northstar Clutch Bag £55.00, Hammered Torque Bangle £15.00.
'Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.' Norman Vincent Peale
As always, the 'Christopher Bailey Gold Award' (named after its first winner in 1992) was the major one to win, and this year it was awarded to Halina North from the 'Edinburgh College of Art' for her trailblazing womenswear collection.
'Masterpiece London' was launched in 2010 with a unique focus on cross-collecting. Over the past seven years it has established itself as the leading international event for viewing and buying the finest works of art, from antiquity to the present day.
Masterpiece London is a multi-disciplinary show of objects and artworks consisting of paintings, ceramics, rare maps, sculpture, photography, jewellery, important furniture and contemporary design, all works are vetted by a committee of experts to ensure the highest standards and authenticity.
Taking place at St James Church, Clerkenwell close, in East London, on Saturday 17 June 2017 from 6-10pm, the CandyRocks Fashion Show promises to be an unforgettable fashion experience, where guests will enjoy two exclusive Catwalk Shows by a number of emerging London designers.
'Taste of London' is the definitive showcase of the capital’s best restaurants, top chefs and leading food and drink brands.
'Taste of London' occurs twice each year. The flagship event, in the stunning London's Regent’s Park will be returning this year from 14th-18th June 2017. With over 50,000 food-loving visitors in attendance, this is the highlight of the summer foodie calendar. London’s latest, greatest and most exciting restaurants will serve taster size signature dishes, world-class chefs will appear in live cooking demonstrations and, as always, there will be many opportunities to get hands-on with interactive masterclasses, and shop from an array of more than 200 food and drink purveyors.
Lazy Oaf has teamed up with Hello Kitty to bring the cutest looks for SS17. From skirts to pinafores, the two brands have joined forces to release a 16-piece exclusive collection, all featuring Hello Kitty’s adorable face.
Lazy Oaf founder, Gemma Shiel, is a huge fan of Hello Kitty, so the collaboration was a no brainer for the brand, which is hugely inspired by the Japanese popular culture.
Paradise is coming to London in June 2017, courtesy of the Alpro Ice Cream Oasis. Hidden away from the crowds on Embankment, the oasis will have a coconut grove, vanilla enclave, hazelnut wood and pools of sprinkle.
The Alpro Ice Cream Oasis is basically an ice cream heaven. You can tuck into tropical bounty bowls served in raw coconuts, hazelnut-crusted plant-pop waffle cones and a whole load of other Alpro ice cream treats, as well plant-based cocktails whipped up by their resident mixologist, before sitting down to a VIP screening of Dreamgirls from The Luna Cinema, who are celebrating the film’s tenth anniversary.
DIANE VON FURSTENBERG
Floral patchwork-printed wool and silk-blend dress
Jonathan Saunders’ mastery of optic florals reaches further overseas from his London-based label to the metropolis of New York City at the all-American house, Diane von Furstenberg. Now well-versed in the founder’s signature codes, this sophomore season renders a familiar silhouette, like the mini cut of this wool and silk-blend dress, and renders it graphic from all angles with a patchwork display of psychedelic blooms.
Opening on Thursday 8 June and for four days only until Sunday 11 June, the 'Pin Up Pop Up Shop' (#PinUpPopUpShop) is coming back to London for the second successive year, featuring Brands Silly Old Sea Dog, Love Ur Look London, For Luna Swimwear and Zoe Vine Ltd.
Shop and Party Time
On Thursday, DJ Lydia and her collection of retro tunes will be taking over the shop between 6-9pm, along with drinks, nibbles, goodie bags, dancing and an exclusive 10% discount across all purchases made on the night.
Christopher Guy Field trained for 7 years on Jermyn Street allowing his passion for tailoring to flourish. Founding Guy Field in 2014 he initially specialised in Bespoke Shirting, his philosophy was simply to craft shirts using the finest materials. Since then he launched his first ready to wear collection in 2016.
Moto Guo is an eponymous label, founded by Moto Guo, backed by his business partner, Jay and accompanied by his alter ego, Kinder in 2015. Initially a menswear label, Moto Guo is the brainchild of Guo's endless yet detailed mindmap that pieces both his and Kinder's bits and bobs. Guo's particularity and sensitivity towards core functionality clashes Kinder's sentimental notions and visions in the oddest way.
Astrid & Miyu is a young London based contemporary British jewellery brand, which embraces class and edge. Its pieces are unique yet versatile, edgy yet classic, glamorous yet subtle. Their philosophy is that accessories should not overshadow the natural beauty of the woman wearing them. Astrid & Miyu make beautifully crafted jewellery that reflects the juxtaposition of class and edge which is at the core of London style.
SHENZHEN, China -- Globalegrow, the leading cross-border e-commerce enterprise, unveiled a capsule collection of stripes this month, which achieved a sales growth of more than 35%. They believed that the popularity of stripe elements must continue to grow in the spring/summer season 2017.
The collection of strips is featured with a complete line of items, including tops, dresses and bodysuits. After the New York Fashion Week opened on early February, the data analysts from Globalegrow noticed a sharp increase by 40% of the search volume of the keyword 'stripes' compared with January. While professional stylists also reported that the striped items would be a thing in the coming season.
In a special tribute to Richard Nicoll, London Fashion Week February 2017 salutes his talent with a colour dedicated to him, , chosen by a group of his close friends and developed by the Pantone Color Institute. The Arundel St and main entrance to The Store Studios, 180 Strand; the central hub of LFW, have been painted in Nicoll Blue to honour the designer after his sudden passing in October, 2016.
Born in London and brought up in Australia, Richard Nicoll graduated from Central Saint Martins MA in 2002. He emerged as a member of the new wave of London talent, whose original take on modern sportswear fused with relaxed tailoring won him NEWGEN sponsorship in 2006 and three Association Nationale pour le Développement des Arts de la Mode (ANDAM) awards. His experience beyond his eponymous label included freelance design for Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton, the creative direction of Cerruti 1881, Fred Perry and later of youth label Jack Wills. In June 2012 he launched his debut menswear line at London Collections Men (now London Fashion Week Men’s).
British fashion designer Henry Holland is collaborating this Spring/Summer season (SS17) with Habitat to launch his new interiors collection. The limited edition designs features a series of artwork from the SS16 House of Holland season translated across both textiles and upholstery.
Fantasy On Film
House of Holland's SS16 collection was inspired by the 1970s casinos and hotels in Hunter S. Thompson's book, and the 1998 cult, psychedelic film “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”, and the collection for Habitat is very much based on this. House of Holland’s new collection of furniture and accessories for Habitat is a festival of colour, pattern and fun.
Another Austria: Material Essence 17 – 21 February 2017 - Somerset House
Another Austria will join the British Council’s and British Fashion Council’s International Fashion Showcase for the fifth time in 2017, presenting the designers Raphael Caric, Lauren Cooke, Hvala Ilija, and Sabrina Stadlober.
In keeping with this year’s theme Local/Global, Another Austria will explore the richness of Austrian craftsmanship, and the way it interacts with universal modernity. Seeking an interplay between history and contemporary practices, the Austrian display aims to show the continuation of Austrian fashion and handicraft.
Valentine's Day at Selfridges, Oxford street, London
This Valentine's, you can treat your date, your mate and especially yourself with psychic love readings, complimentary accessories monogramming and more at Selfridges Oxford Street, London.
Mate Nights and Date Nights at Harry Gordon’s Wine Bar
6–14 February, 6pm until close
Harry Gordon’s Wine Bar on LG
Single or serious about someone? It doesn’t matter! Spread the love at Harry Gordon’s Wine Bar whilst enjoying delicious Valentine's cocktails and listening to the funkiest party tunes.
Psychic love readings
The Fit Studio within The Body Studio on 3
Find out your love fortune for 2017 with Selfridge's complimentary mini readings with renowned psychics The Psychic Sisters.
At an exclusive event in London's Hyde Kensington, Ãrpś London showcased its new collection for Spring Summer 17. I am including below some of my favorite pieces, which are extremely limited and will be highly sought after.
'Disrepute' Bar combines classic timeless qualities with 60s counterculture and the best of London’s cocktail culture today. A hidden gem nestled into a 100-seater basement in London's Kingly Court, 'Disrepute' (or 'D.R.P.' for short) will welcome members and non-members alike with exciting cocktails and impeccable service.
20 Fashion Quotes By Vivienne Westwood
'I've got a real sense of three-dimensional geometry. I can look at a flat piece of fabric and know that if I put a slit in it and make some fabric travel around a square, then when you lift it up it will drape in a certain way, and I can feel how that will happen.'
'I really don't like women who try to be men. All these politicians, I think they're horrendous. We could have a brilliant future, but we have this terrible male vision of destroying everything. They'd better sort themselves out and become more womanly.'
'Fashion is here to help make people look very important. If they have good taste and choose what suits them, I give them options on how they can do that. It's always sexy, and it's always with the same result: making women look fantastic.'
Ever wanted to try something on before buying online? Meshmerise and luxury scarf designer Emma J Shipley know the struggle. That is why this November, in collaboration with London College of Fashion's Innovation Agency, the two have created a unique app called Scarfi, which allows you to virtually ‘try on’ Emma’s beautiful scarves using smartphone technology.
Using the Scarfi app, you can personalise your styling experience and ‘try before you buy’ from Emma’s AW16 Collection, plus one exclusive design from the SS17 ‘Sirens’ collection.
The British Fashion Council announced that Ralph Lauren will receive the Outstanding Achievement Award in Fashion at The Fashion Awards 2016 in partnership with Swarovski. The designer will be honoured for his invaluable contribution to the fashion industry on Monday 5th December at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Over the past 50 years, Ralph Lauren and his iconic brand have helped shape and define the American fashion identity in a unique and resonant way. Through his tireless commitment to design, innovation, business and philanthropy, Ralph Lauren has established himself as a pillar of the global fashion community.