Had an insanely fun night last night at the Patron XO Cafe Speakeasy event at Bureau, where we partook in a pop tart trash quiz, came second place, met Alistair Guy and drank too many cocktails before dancing to Louise Gray on the decks and Johny Woo on the mic. I’m sure you all know this if you follow me on instagram and twitter though, cringe! Twitter should shut down after you’ve had a few drinks. The pop up speakeasy is open until the 1st December so you should all go for some cabaret christmas fun!
Just a few little things that I wouldn’t mind being wrapped up under my tree this Christmas…
I was also pretty excited to see my studded headbands on other peoples Christmas wishlists this week. I haven’t done a proper announcement on here yet; but the Charlie May studded headbands from my SS12 collection are now available to buy from my online shop in black and dusky pink!
I picked up this shirt a few seasons ago at the Antwerp stock sales, it’s one of the stranger items I own; the buttons are inside out, although the seams are on the inside, and the cotton has been treated with oil so that I smell like a mechanic when I wear it. I don’t think it ever went into production, but I love that Ann always experiments.
A few Fridays ago Sandra invited me along to the Gareth Pugh X Melissa launch at Layers on Conduit St. The crowd was pretty amazing; catsuits, club kids and total babes all mingling; for a long time we wondered if it was Gareth inside that square latex green glitter suit, until of course he arrived… It was Sandra’s outfit that killed me the most though – those iconic Balenciaga boots peaking through her amazing Bruno Pieters for Weekday skirt, argh! The shoes we were all there to see were pretty impressive too; my favourite were the gladiator sandals in matt black and white (bubblegum scented!); I think it’s going to be a seriously successful collaboration, congrats Pugh! After having a few drinks and dancing to the spice girls – what else would play at a Gareth Pugh party? – we ended the night sat on the pavement, two iconic boots side by side.
Visiting the first ever Margiela boutique in Brussels was pretty special, every last detail was thought about and it was impossible to not want to explore everywhere. I wasn’t allowed to take photos of the staff or design team so just details had to do. I especially love the white painted window wipers on every pane, as well as the tabby foot carpeted walls. You can see the narrow stairs I was talking about, nearly tripping down and breaking my neck! At least I got to leave my mark alongside Jean-Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld and Michael..
This morning I cycled down to Clerkenwell with Alexxsia, under the influence of the beautiful blog post I was gawping in the early hours of the morning. The conclusion – the smoothest coffee in East London, with beautiful chunky old wooden tables that I could lounge around on all day.
After a surreal morning of trying to get into central London and failing due to student protests; we walked through the empty streets with loud helicopters hovering overhead, the mood was pretty strange, luckily we were able to seek refuge at Varg; possibly the nicest PR company i’ve ever met. The mood was like a family, Jen and I felt right at home, especially with Bob to keep us company! I was completely bewitched by the Maria Nilsdotter collection, totally in love, especially with the gold stacked spiked rings. Another brand that I’d obviously heard of before, but never really delved through rails of was Dagmar; beautifully made, well cut and would awesome up any outfit. One of the Dagmar sisters was in the Varg office when we arrived, she was so sweet and down to earth, it made me fall in love with the brand even more.
I think you’ll be seeing a lot more Swedish brands in my wardrobe in the near future, especially as I discovered that labels like Dagmar and Won Hundred are stocked right on my back door, at the Jaguar Shoes concept store; No-One in Shoreditch, watch out!
Others brands pictured above include Swedish Hasbeens, Dagmar, Cooee, Diana Orving, Finsk, and Stylein.
Outfit worn on the second day of my Brussels visit; this was the outfit I nearly died tripping over down the Margiela stairs (more to come on that later), but this was quickly healed by the designer telling me how beautiful it was to see women in long skirts again. I love the fishtail on this skirt, the way is moves when walking is really elegant and quite dramatic.