Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Maison Lejaby Passion

Let's return to a subject seldom spoken on this blog, for the obvious reason that I do not possess a pair of boobs. Ladies lingerie is a matter I explored only briefly during mine and Lizzie's appointment last year at renowned lingerie stylists Rigby & Peller, during which I came to appreciate lingerie beyond the normal expectations of the male conscience. When made well, it is an elegant aspect of womenswear that may imbue grace and confidence in the wearer, even if nobody else bar the wearer will see what sits beneath her outfit.

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Lingerie isn't limited to underwear, however. Nightwear, too, is as important a stem of lingerie as any. And we're not talking here about novelty pyjamas. Throwing aside her typical nighttime attire, Lizzie models a luxurious Maison Lejaby "Passion" nightdress, or babydoll, in black featherweight fabric. The beautiful quality of this particular number is evident by the intricate embroidery of Leavers Lace (a name you may recognise from the previous series of The Apprentice), generously detailed not only across the cups, but also on the back, and tidily fastened with a satin bow.

Unlike the nightgown Lizzie had tried on at Rigby & Peller's Knightsbridge boutique, the "Passion" nightdress cuts short on the thighs, however it is equally as effectual in revealing - yet concealing - the woman underneath. While ladies' lingerie does expose much of the body, I believe the sexiest element of such undergarments is their finesse of leaving all else to the imagination - that in which Maison Lejaby excels across their collections.

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Thursday, 28 April 2016

Georgia Hardinge AW16

"Hidden" by Georgia Hardinge holds true to its title by applying lenticular techniques, the method in which an image is revealed when seen at certain angles. Within the pleats of her structurally splendid collection, Hardinge conceals a galaxy of stars. As the models explore the presentation space, the audience is teased with glimpses of the cosmic prints, made with metallic foils to reflect a meteor shower. The astronomical theme runs also in the collection's colour palette, utilising those colours seen in nebulas and the night sky.

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Sunday, 24 April 2016

Fyodor Golan AW16

Combining digital print and expressive design, Fyodor Golan once again deliver a collection that is admittedly out of the ordinary, however playful and wearable. The BFC Showspace atop Brewer Street Car Park, fitted with the brightest spotlights, provides a greying industrial backdrop in stark contrast to the vivid splashes of colour parading up and down the runway.

For their AW16 collection, Fyodor Podgorny and Golan Frydman sought inspiration from artist Nicole Wermers, whose installations explore the appropriation of art and design in modern consumerism. In much the same way, Fyodor Golan adopts two distinct yet equally iconic images, Coca Cola and Boticelli's masterpiece "The Birth of Venus", which are then intermixed with vibrant - sometimes lurid - colours, metallics, clashing patterns and contrasting textures. Beautifully muddled, this collection draws on the designer duo's fine art origins.

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Monday, 11 April 2016

Three-Piece

A sharp outfit without a sharp hairdo is as unthinkable as gin without tonic. It's therefore no wonder I rarely leave my flat at the weekend without a stiff quiff in my coiffure. Every six to eight weeks, however, I place the all-important responsibility of re-arranging my hair in the capable hands of Joe, my barber, who works at the new Marylebone branch of Ruffians. Never quite achieving the same look at home, I prize the days I have my hair cut, knowing I look my very best when I exit the Edinburgh-born barbers.

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Skopes three-piece suit c/o House of Fraser | ASOS shirt | Next tie | Glasses c/o Silhouette
This weekend, my freshly cut short-back-and-sides was the perfect complement to my new favourite suit from House of Fraser. Not needing to don anything especially smart during the week, I look forward to the moments I can dress up for no other reason than that I fancy looking fancy. My friends say I should dress up every weekend, and I'm finding it hard to disagree with them. For me, there's no better ego boost than dressing well.

Delivering a style that fits my awkwardly tall and skinny build is my biggest challenge when choosing a suit, but I'm beyond delighted with this three-piece by Skopes. It fits so perfectly - broad shoulders, long legs and all - I almost forget it's off-the-peg. I equally love the metallic sheen in the charcoal fabric that detracts from the preconception of a dull grey suit. House of Fraser describes this three-piece as a "dinner suit", but I'm happier wearing it for a wander about town than a night on the town, married with my beloved Jeffery West boots and a Heart & Dagger herringbone overcoat.

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This blog post is in collaboration with House of Fraser. Hair by Ruffians.

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