london fashion week

I have just got back from London Fashion Week after 4 days of shows.

If you have never done Fashion Week it may seem like a fun and casual 5 days of sitting in shows. But in actual fact, the itinerary is quite full on with shows starting from 9am and dinner events and after parties ending as late as 2am. Most bloggers leave by Day 5 and as they retire so do the photographers who wait outside from as early as 7 daily hoping to capture a series of street style shots.

This season I stayed until the end to make my final show On | Off Presents, but did not begin the week until Day 2.

I wore a Balmain skirt with a Gucci blouse and Topshop boots. Also, I’ll let you in on a small secret. The key to surviving a week in boot heals is a good thick pair of Christmas socks or ski socks. See them peaking here at the top of the boot?

I won’t tell anyone if you don’t.

Stay tuned this month as I share the links to shop my looks for LFW and review some of my favourite shows.

Edeline Lee London Fashion Week

Edeline Lee SS18 is inspired by the late American artist Georgia O’Keeffe. 

Following in her footsteps, Edeline travelled to New Mexico this season and became inspired by the concept of feminine courage. A trait that had a strong presence in both O’Keeffe’s artwork and personal life. 

The collection I saw earlier today, presented a series of abstracted, three dimensional shapes stacking onto dresses, sweatshirts and t-shirts – a theme which resonates with the O’keeffe iconography of flowers.

The most prominent feature in Edeline’s work this season are the knots and ties. The knots and ties sit deliberately on the hips, shoulder and waist to playfully exaggerate the female form.

This morning I had the honour of meeting Yana Markova in London for an interview. The international Milliner received much praise at Cannes Film Festival for her costume design and I wanted to interview her to find out more.  Each of Markova’s pieces are bold and statement, so much so that they dominate an entire outfit. As a result, Markova has successfully managed to make headdress a core element of a wearer’s outfit; reversing the role of apparel as it takes a step back into it’s new role, functioning as nothing more than a minor accessory. Interestingly all Yana Markova pieces are handmade with a “one copy only” policy, read on to see what else I found out during this exclusive interview…

Hello Yana, welcome to London. Can you tell us how your journey began? What first sparked your interest in millinery couture and costume design?

Thank you! I made designs for all accessories categories: shoes, bags, jewellery. The one category I never did was headpieces so I decided to give it a try.

What is the manufacturing process of each headdress? 

Each headdress is made entirely by hand. I try to buy materials in each country that I travel to. I try to present to the viewer a variety of materials and shades of cultures. I do not have a production team. Every one of my headpieces I make myself. However, if I use new technologies, then of course I turn to specialists

Your pieces are very theatrical, where do find inspiration for a majority of your creations?

Cultural traditions from different countries, new technology and new materials all inspire me very much.

You received praise at the Cannes Film Festival for your costume design for Mata Hari television series. If you could design for any television series, which television series would that be?

For today, of course it would be ‘Game of thrones’.

Can you share your favourite headpiece with us and explain why this is your favourite piece? 

I change my mind all the time. To choose a favourite one is very difficult for me, like for any artist, because I spend a lot of time in the creation process with each of them, so they are all very personal and have special meaning for me.

If you could collaborate with any designer who would it be?

John Galliano

What has been your proudest achievement so far?

A few things – creating headpieces shown on-screen at Cannes, sending some of my work to Lady Gaga for a fashion video and I’m really excited to have some of my pieces on the upcoming spring/summer 2018 catwalk over London Fashion Week and on David Ferreira’s catwalk show in Lisbon and some of my work is coming out in Russian Vogue and a host independent magazines soon!

What are the three pieces every woman should have in their wardrobe?

A turban, a tiara and a dramatic hat.

What is your opinion on British Fashion?

British fashion is very bold and creative, in contrast to the fashion of Italy or France.

Finally, If you could give a young aspiring designer one piece of advice, what would that be?

Follow your passion; have faith in your talent!

Yana Markova

Photography Credit: Ekaterina Belinskaya, Ilya Benton, Lev Efimov

travel wardrobe

How I Style On Vacation

Soft shades and flowing shapes make a romantic recipe for the idealistic travel wardrobe in Europe.

Ironically, this is the only time of the year I take a break away from trends. A vacation away from fast fashion if you will. The inner contents of my suitcase is often white, lace and classic. Timeless and traditional like the white washed buildings that are present year in year out.

We did a lot of hiking on this trip and if you are an explorer by foot then it is a good idea to carry lightweight pieces that will not restrict your movement.

Floor length maxi-dresses look incredibly dreamy in the evening but rompers are the next best day time garment without tripping over yards of fabric.

Here are a few favourites of mine, all of which are available to shop now. Happy browsing!