One of the first things I remember learning about fashion is how the trends will always reflect/coincide with whats going on in other areas of the media.
Well at the moment everyone seems to have a little fetish with Russia. Just as tacky reality TV show Meet the Russians is getting lots of attention, I can’t help but noticed all the Russian inspired fashion splashed across the pages of magazines.
pages from Company magazine
Russian and opulence are two words that just seem to go hand in hand. The trend is producing some delicious, lavish, bejeweled styles - all completely OTT and I think that’s why I like it so much; it’s like an ‘F’ you to the recession.
Don’t get confused though, the current fashion is more akin to regal Russia heritage and authentic folk style whereas the girls on the show certainly get treated like royalty but more in a 21st century Queen of the WAGs type way, watch it on Fox to see what I mean.
Your Russian Checklist:
EMBELLISHMENT (River Island)
Basically if it’s luxurious and detailed, bordering on OTT, then you’ve probably achieved the right look.
Last weekend, my boyfriend, my housemate and I decided to take a trip to Seven Dials, Covent Garden. It’s basically just a small area of the West End where seven streets meet and they all happen to have really cool stuff down them which makes people visit, thus making it more cool! I had never been before but I was keen to take a look especially at vintage shop Pop Boutique.
Alex left the house rocking a mash up of styles in a vintage paisley shirt but hinting at hip hop style with his old school necklace and flat peak.
He obviously has a thing about paisley right now because as soon as we got there he made a bee-line for them.
I was really impressed with the selection of menswear in Pop Boutique, especially as the boys can sometimes get a bit neglected. Like all good vintage shops it encompasses the whole vintage lifestyle with records, old telephones and tea sets and other cute trinkets.
It was a good afternoon out - although we better find something nice for me next time!
I recently went to to launch party for new book ‘Cook Like A Man’; it was the official cook book for Movember and there were moutaches everywhere - trust me it looked like the set of a 70’s porno. Dodgy facial fuzz forgiven - and it is for a good cause after all - the food was amazing. It was laid out as a buffet but there was not a sausage roll in sight. Instead guests were treated to a feast including salmon, rice, a selection of cheese and crackers, posh chicken kebabs and soup.
I have had a flick through the book and made my boyfriend, housemate and best friend solemnly swear to cook me at least one dish each - I quite like the sound of muscles with chilli - but aside from the recipes, I was really excited about the venue and aesthetics. It was held in an art gallery; promo pictures of country gentlemen lined the corridor as you entered and the way the food was laid out made it feel like a Tudor style banquet.
In stark contrast to the regal themed interior, you step outside into some of London’s finest street art. Leake Street is a hidden haven for edgy arty types: a section of authorised street art and one of Banksy’s first spots, it’s a burst of colour in what would otherwise be another dark, dingy tunnel.
A banquet in a gallery, mustached men and graffiti artists made for an unusual but enjoyable evening.
I told you guys all about the Warehouse knit bomb campaign a couple of weeks ago, so it’s only fair that I show you the finished product …
All our top stores got the knit bomb treatment but it was our number flagship store on Argyll Street (just off Oxford Street) where we really went for it!
The wallpaper features examples of staff and customer knit bomb adventures. Everyone was really keen with a whole array of random knit placement.
To make sure that the fun didn’t stop with the window scheme, we invited fashion design students - including Holly Jade (above) - to come and help us knit bomb the entire store.
And we even took it to the streets, sharing our knit love up and down Argyll Street …
Get on the knit bomb bandwagon - it’s fun and you’re much less likely to get arrested than graffiti art! ;)
Yellow Versace set for Anna
These nails are insane. I’ve always had such a nail fetish… Can’t wait to open my shop one day