Monday, 24 August 2015

The Bloggers' Market

The Bloggers' Market is a favourite event in my social calendar. Organised by five friendly and fabulous fashion bloggers, it feels much like the meet-ups I went to in my first two years of running this dear blog, where meeting like-minded people and even making new friends took precedent over goodie bags and brand exposure. That isn't to say we don't love our freebies, and The Bloggers' Market isn't without its sponsorships, nevertheless I feel the intent here is more so to bring people together - whilst of course helping five charming young women clear out their continually overflowing wardrobes.

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Following on from the success of their inaugural sale at Camden Foundry, the fantastic five - Carrie, Olivia, Lucy, Kristabel and Dunya - set up shop once more at the Hoxton Hotel in Holborn. At their previous event, the girls had been literally overwhelmed by the unexpected turnout; on this occasion they were better prepared, having hired a handful of helpers, plus having acquired the edible assistance of popular foodie brands, including Appletizer, Krispy Kreme and Yo! Sushi.

As a man attending a sale for women's clothing, there wasn't much besides the food that I could take home with me. Still I had plenty of fun, chatting with my pal, Paige, and making my acquaintance with fellow menswear bloggers Anton from The Style Division and Ben from Twenty First Century Gent. And yes, I couldn't help fooling around with one or two of Olivia's more questionable items! But the highlight of the day had to be the acoustic performance by up-and-coming musician Shannon Wardrop, whose songs were no less than beautiful. So much so, she's my new favourite musician, and I would greatly recommend you give her a listen too.

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Thursday, 6 August 2015

Joel McLoughlin & Mikko Puttonen

(13-06-2015) Joel McLoughlin & Mikko Puttonen
The yin and yang of street style - men's style bloggers Joel McLoughlin and Mikko Puttonen representing Lookbook.nu at London Collections: Men. Joel (left) wears a Topman LUX suit, Topman t-shirt, Raf Simons x Adidas trainers, Forever 21 sunglasses and a MiPac pouch. Mikko (right) wears a Turo Red Label suit, Mikko Puttonen x gTIE leather collar, Jil Sander shoes, Acne Studios sunglasses and a Givenchy bag.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Arts University Bournemouth, Graduate Fashion Week

Since finishing university, I have revisited Bournemouth only twice - firstly for 1Xtra Live, then shortly after for my graduation ceremony. With virtually all my uni friends having packed up and left, there's not much reason for a return trip. I mean, it's not like I have a younger sibling studying at Bournemouth University. Oh, wait.

Thankfully, I can afford for Bournemouth to come to me - sadly not its beautiful sandy beaches (global warming isn't that fast), but the up-and-coming fashion designers from Arts University Bournemouth, who present their final year collections at Graduate Fashion Week. Theirs was the first catwalk show in this year's schedule, and I was delighted to have been allocated a front row seat.

Graduate collections included those by Harriet Neal, Lara Gunnarsdottir, Alice Polley, Naa Williams, Danielle Perry, Louise Boland, Sanna Olsson, Valinda Rai, Leah Turberville, Cristina Criaco, Olga Novikova, Anja Povey, Holly Jones, Jessica Russell, Georgia Walter, Grant Brown, James Andrew, Kai Leong and Poppy Russell.

Poppy, whose lead model took to the catwalk with infectious street dancing, saw her menswear designs make it to the Graduate Fashion Week Gala Awards Show as part of this year's top twenty-five collections. Fellow AUB student Charlie Carstairs was named winner of the Accessories Award.

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