Paradise Lost – Danielle Romeril SS16 London Fashion Week

Paradise Lost – Danielle Romeril SS16 London Fashion Week

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I started the third day of London Fashion Week off with breakfast and strong coffee at The Delaunay, a beautiful European Cafe Restaurant next to the famous Carole King Musical, the perfect fuel needed to kick start my energy and keep me going for the remainder of this crazy week!

It was really nice and sunny, so  I walked down the Strand, past the red phone boxes and red buses to Trafalgar Square and then on to the Mall. I tried to share the whole journey with you on my Snapchat so I hope that you liked it and enjoyed seeing such a beautiful part of London through my eyes. If you do ever come to visit London. then a great way to see all of that part is to take the tube to St Paul’s Cathedral, where you can then cross the Millenium Bridge over to the Tate Modern. After having admired the turbine halls and the view over the Thames from the cafe, you can take a boat along the river from in front of the Globe Theatre, where Shakespeare’s plays were first performed, all the way past the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament where you can disembark. From there you can see Big Ben and Westminster Abbey and then continue up to Trafalgar Square and then on up to Piccadilly Circus and China Town, or else take the direction that I was going and go down to the Mall and then on Buckingham Palace!

I was heading to the Mall because that morning I was invited by The Wolves to see Danielle Romeril‘s SS16 London Fashion Week Showcase. The setting was truly royal, below the large white houses looking out onto St James’s Park and under the large maple trees that often shade the royal guard. The anticipation outside was electric and I couldn’t wait to see a collection from such a talented and original designer, who’s label is currently supported by Topshop and the British Fashion Council under the NEWGEN scheme, a scheme who’s previous recipients include Alexander Mc Queen, Christopher Kane, Erdem, Simone Rocha, JW Anderson and Mary Katrantzou!

As some of you I am sure can tell from my Motril Trip Photo Diary I am absolutely obsessed with palms and lush green vegetation and flowers, so it was no wonder that I immediately fell in love with Danielle’s asymmetrical and layered silhouettes with palm prints with bold verdant colour palette, that really stood out and popped behind the dark black background of the show space. Inspired by a Jackie Nickerson photographic series documenting African farmers in their work attire and geometric and chromatic shots by Viviane Sassen, the improvised beauty of the draped dresses and the use of unexpected textures, including cutwork cotton layered over muslin and a jacquard embroidery resembling a rippling mass of flowers, were both elegant and undone. The colour palette was very bold but feminine and I loved the notting and flutted sleeves as they really added a level of sophistication to the pieces.

The whole outfits were really brought together by the incredible chunky soled shoes, a collaboration between Kickers and Danielle Romeril, that gave the whole collection a relaxed and sport vibe. Layers of cut raffia created a new summer fur contrasting against the sweetest of pink nubucks, while raw fray cut work leather combined with paint speckled or colour blocked rubber soles, perfect for any woman or girl who isn’t a “try hard” and very in keeping with Danielle’s most special pieces. The colours, pink lady, white black and vibrant green marry really emphasised the signature part punk part prim, vibrant yet relaxed look, making this collaboration not only a massive success but Danielle’s whole collection one of my favourite of the whole week.

The designs really transported me back to the summer, to a warmer and more exotic place and I would like to think that they would be high up on any travelling fashionista’s wishlist, because they are certainly high up on mine! My favourite look was the white and green dress with waist tie worn with the white leather Kickers. Which one is yours? Let me know!

Happy Sunday to all you amazing people, Abi xxx

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Chelsea Bohemian Glamour with Castellano Ethnic Origins

Chelsea Bohemian Glamour with Castellano Ethnic Origins

  So  I have been teasing you over social media about a really amazing project that I have been working on with one of my favorite new brands, Castellano Ethnic Origins. As most of you know already, one of my greatest inspirations for my looks and outfits comes from traveling, learning about new cultures and taking inspiration from the places that I go to, so to find a brand with such beautiful ethnic pieces like Castellano was incredibly special.

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I met Daniela the founder of Castellano, in Sloane Square, where I got to see her beautiful collection of uniquely woven bracelets and bags prior to their release. I was immediately struck by the beauty of the pieces. The bright colors and the abstract patterning was ethnic, but each piece sparkled and shimmered in the light thanks to the hundreds of colored Swarovski crystals that had been added to them, a beautiful touch of luxury. I hadn’t quite seen anything else like it. Indeed no Chelsea hipster’s style has ever been the same since their release into the boutiques of King’s Road. Simply effortless way to achieve the bohemian chic look!

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For me this is why Castellano is so special and why I am so proud that My Girls On Tour has been asked to work with them. Each beautiful bag and bracelet is one of a kind and each one has a story but Castellano is also unique in that they collaborate with the Indigenous Women’s Association and support the ethnic communities in Colombia who seek to preserve their weaving skills and cultural heritage. There are brands who take inspiration from Columbian patterns and designs and make cheap replica copies, but never do these large companies recognize the human faces behind the creations or patterns. Daniela though felt that this needed to change. Castellano’s aim is to help improve the living conditions of the traditional weavers, their families and the community, with an emphasis on clean water, electricity and education. With donations from every sale, Castellano support social projects in the community, and bring employment to the highly skilled weavers in the north of Colombia, enabling them to preserve their way of life and tell their story through the patterns and colors they weave, each mochila or bracelet unique in its own right.

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The Tain bracelets have a beautiful gold coin at the clasp and come in three different models: The Wayuu, the Wayuu Chain and the Double Wayuu. The more I wore the better my outfit looked, so I chose the Double Wayuu and the Wayuu as my favourites. The Taratzu bag collection was so original and I loved the thick cross body strap. I chose the Tain which took 30-40 days to weave with just one strand of thread. Another one that caught my eye was the Wayuu Tote bag from the Isaschii collection. Carried in the city it would brighten up any everyday look, feel chic and authentic. It carries over the shoulder and would be perfect for my traveling adventures or for going to the beach with a luxury and hippie-chic feel! I particularly liked the bright blues, pinks and yellows of some of the bags which really brightened up the wintery London sky. What about you, which ones are your favorite?

So without further a due here are the pictures that we took of these wonderful fair trade creations, that I think would  really add a touch of colour and ethnicity to create the perfect glamorous bohemian chic look. What do you think? 😉

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If you want to see more of these stunning individual creations, they are now on sale as of today on www.castellanoethnicorigins.com  Also don’t forget to show your support for such a worthwhile cause by giving Castellano a “Like” on Facebook and by Following them on Instagram and Twitter!

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Tain Bracelets – CASTELLANOS ETHNIC ORIGINS

Wayuu Tot Bag – CASTELLANOS ETHNIC ORIGINS

Tarazu Luxury Mochilla Bag – CASTELLANOS ETHNIC ORIGINS

Ripped Customized Black Jeans – PRIMARK

Crimson Velvet Jacket – DOLCE & GABBANA

Blue Crepe Top – BERSHKA

Metal top slip-ons – STRADIVARIUS

Silver Ring Set – PRIMARK

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You Only Live Once

You Only Live Once

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  When I first heard of YOLO I thought people were talking about a type of sushi that has salmon and avocado in it. After a few calls to my local Japenese take out and a Top Table Google search for restaurants that serve YOLO, I realised that this wasn’t a buff sounding morsel but in fact a word incorporating one of life’s most important philosophies: Carpe Diem, Seize the Day, Life in the Fast Lane, You Only Live Once… YOLO.  A dim light bulb went off in my head and at lightning speed I logged in and updated my Facebook status to “Fried Chicken and Chips with Coke and Chocolate Fudge Brownie for Breakfast, YOLO”… DONE! Few!

So now that I have just narrowly avoided missing a place amongst societies most daring adventure seekers, I can now go back to painting my room…Crisis avoided!

The attitude behind YOLO is often people’ reasoning for leaving their jobs and going traveling, taking a gap year, bungee jumping whilst on holiday and doing reckless and fun things. Indeed that rush you get when you book your trip away can only be summed up by YOLO, as can those crazy travel anecdotes, reckless activities, summer love and joie de vivre that comes with the thrill of the unknown. Could this be because we not most alive when we are at our most vulnerable?

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So whilst redecorating my room, I thought that it would be fun to do some old school wall grafitti and here I am in my painting dungarees, getting paint EVERYWHERE! I really liked this H&M crop top as it not only sums up a key idea behind My Girls On Tour and travel but the “You Only Live Once” motto is written in the same font as Yves Saint Laurent! Let me know what you think about my choice of room color… I haven’t done all the walls yet so its not too late!

Abi xxx

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Denim Dungarees – H&M

YOLO crop top – H&M

White Chuck Taylors – CONVERSE

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My Best Moments at London Fashion Week: Turtle Tales, Acid Caves and Sweeping Gowns

My Best Moments at London Fashion Week: Turtle Tales, Acid Caves and Sweeping Gowns

  I promised that I would share some of my most favorite collections and pictures from my time at London Fashion Week. My best moments were seeing Cara Delevingne strut her stuff on the catwalk for Top Shop, sitting front row at the Emerging Trends Show, meeting some of you guys at the Meet Up group after party and having my first look into a fashion week goodie bag!The beautiful diversity and array of different designers was fantastic and here were some that I particularly enjoyed and which would make amazing statement outfits for a very special occasion! Let me know what you think of my choices!? 🙂

La Mo Designs by Leonora Asomanin

This was one of the most interesting collections showcased at the Synergy Boston Emerging Trends runway show. A textile interpretation of a Japanese folk story called Urashima Taro and the Turtle, these garments visually re-told the story of a fisherman who delved into the mystical metallic underwater palace in the deep barrier reef. In the story, a fisherman rescues a turtle and is taken to a magical underwater palace as a reward. There he falls in love with a sea princess and ends up staying for 300 years. The dresses in this way were so exotic, the prints garish yet subtle and soothing like water. I really couldn’t get enough! Leonora’s hand drawn and photographic designs are then developed on Photoshop and are then printed onto silk. She is influenced as a designer by various cultures, nature and architecture, three things which are very close to my own heart. Having grown up in Brentwood in Essex, Leonora studied a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at London College of Fashion and has just graduated this July from the University of Portsmouth with a degree in Fashion and Textiles with Enterprise. La Mo Designs and this creative budding designer is definitely one to watch out for!

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Jungle Rave by Sophia Webster

One of the most interesting scenes of the week was undoubtedly Sophia’s acid rave cave held in Southbank’s vaults. Neon Spray paint and ‘Jungle is Massive’ emblazoned the walls. Loud music and bold eye fulls of color. There were electric-camo prints, sandals complete with floral motifs and daring bondage boots, as well as accessories provided by Claire’s. Aztec, geometric shapes and vibrant animal print emblazoned footwear that was loud, proud. Revlon created the look and it was as daring as the shoes. Taking on a Mayan masked beauty theme, the model’s faces were chalked up white (something we’ve seen before at Vivienne Westwood), to create an ancient tribal feel. This was the perfect morning wake up call, so exciting and so fresh. Loved the jungle print flower shoes I went bananas for the clutch!

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Prieston by Noemi Nagy

Long trains made out of sea through lace floral print made each piece so dramatic. So much glamor an so many extremes, the collection was inspired by Russia. The length of the gowns really transferred the idea of exaggerated feelings and the Swarovski Crystals made these designs even more luxurious. An absolute must if you want to make a spectacular entrance!

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My Girls On Tour invited to London Fashion Week!

My Girls On Tour invited to London Fashion Week!

I am so pleased to announce to you all that My Girls On Tour was invited by Synergy Boston to attend London Fashion Week! I can’t wait to share with you all the incredible new designers and trends that we got to see, but first, I would like to thank Synergy and in particular Andy for contacting My Girls On Tour and for extending the invite to Chelsea Fashion and Social Networking Group. It was great to see some of you guys there and I hope next year that even more of you can come too! 🙂

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So what was it like backstage at one of the world’s most important fashion events? … Well, let me show you 😉

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On the opening night of London Fashion Week we had the pleasure to attend the Emerging Trends runway show, a unique event committed to advancing the fashion industry’s exceptional emerging designers and one of Europe’s most anticipated fashion events of the year.  The Synergy team had just flown in from New York Fashion Week and the pressure was on for them to deliver an equally impressive show and boy, they really did succeed in doing so! The evening surpassed all of my expectations, from the amazing designs and the beautiful models to the after party attended by London’s top fashionistas, the night was incredible and to be there really felt like a dream come true.

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We arrived at the sumptuous Radission Blu Portman Hotel, where the show was taking place. We were directed up to the first floor, passed the large vases filled with beautiful flowers and the intimate groups of fashionistas sipping on pre-show cocktails in the  hotel lobby. With our VIP red wrist bands we were given luxurious gift bags containing organic shampoos and hair care products by the events sponsors Unite, U Luxury and Organic Care Systems, so no excuses for a bad hair day!

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Passed security, we entered into a room which could only be described as any woman’s perfect world: trays laden which sparkling champagne flutes, make up artists touching up guests make up and hair stylists offering their skills to brighten up your look before you have your picture taken on the red carpet. I had my lipstick and foundation done but chickened out on the extra blusher offered up! A DJ played lounge house and we stalked the waiters and their trays of stuffed prawns round the room. The sense of excitement filled the air and although none of us could wait to see the show, we were having a pretty good time waiting in this pink bubbly paradise.

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We were front row and had a great view of the runway. The room filled up and then the lights changed neon blue. The sound systems racked up and the air was filled with an edgy urban vibe.We were at London Fashion Week and I could tell this was going to be amazing!

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To the house beat, models emerged and glided passed us. Each designer’s style was so different and the variety in the collections was great. We were so close, we could see every detail and it was amazing. All the garments were so unique and of really high quality- haute couture at its best. The 8 designers were from all over the world, including the USA, Dubai, India, Indonesia and Europe and I can’t wait to tell you all about them soon as their collections were so spectacular and original.

Here is a video of some of our best backstage moments! Hope you enjoy it 🙂