Getting dressed for work is a balancing act between looking professional and still showing your personality and style.
One of the most exciting events on London’s Fashion Week Calendar, Fashions Finest is in the final preparations for its 16th season.
Dressathon Lagos is an Emerging Nigerian Fashion label launched by Lagos based Nigerian designer Ugochi Agoreyo in May 2018. She focuses on creating edgy Afrocentric pieces for the modern woman through the use of a variety of African print textures fused with recognizable patterns and fabric from around the world.
At Samaya UK, pomp and circumstance are conjoined in the highest expression of haute couture with the excellence of a tradition that inextricably interweaves refinement (with a capital R) and a very contemporary desire to delight.
The luxury of time, first of all, since thousands of hours of devoted labour goes into the making of a A STAR IS BORN dress.
The luxury of the exclusive comes next because of all the handmade embroidery, not to mention the fabrics, the patterns and the colours are all specially thought through and designed: the special prerogative of pure inspiration, the inspiration of A STAR IS BORN, resolutely, uniquely, singular.
The creators of this exclusive brand Sheetal and Suchi were born in India, home of the lavish and opulent design culture, an upbringing surrounded by the beauty of its culture, architecture, history and daring, elegant designs.
Suchi and Sheetal, raised in Mumbai, cultivated their vast knowledge of textiles and embroidery under the watchful eyes of their mother and mentor who was well known in India for embellishing intricate work on silk fabrics for Oscar De La Renta and many other such prestigious brands.
As children, Sheetal and Suchi was mesmerized by the handiwork, colour and cuts produced in their workshops and they always knew they wanted to be a part of this intensely visual, medium.
Suchi moved to the United Kingdom where she absorbed the ethos of modern restraint and the closely guarded secrets of draping, cutting and embellishing fabric to a create clean, elegant and timeless silhouettes for women who understand fashion and get what they want.
Between the equally opulent but aesthetically opposite worlds of India and the UK their style was nurtured. Remarking on the excitement being generated by the designs, renowned for her exquisite style, consistent originality and breath-taking designs, a vision of elegance rooted in the here and now, the forever and the incomparable, A STAR IS BORN.
They say it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey. Still, in order for it to be ‘about the journey’ one must do everything possible to ensure the journey goes swimmingly. That inevitably includes some careful planning in terms of packing, transportation, entertainment and several other elements that will make the journey the one to remember.
If you’re stuck on the idea front, we’re here to lend a helping hand and make sure your journey is as pleasant and luxurious as it can possibly be.
Comfort Like No Other
As we know, there are plenty of ways to travel in style. If your chosen means of transportation is the mighty plane, you might want to use your miles or save up for first class tickets. Nothing says ‘comfort and luxury’ more than being pampered with extra leg room, super-cozy seats and the best foods and a variety of drinks and snacks to make the time go by.
However, if your chosen method involves staying on the ground, ditch the trains and buses and make sure you get the comfort and the level of luxury you deserve. Long drives can be grueling, but they don’t have to be if you opt for just the right kind of vehicle. There is a good reason Ford is the most trusted and best-selling car brand in both Australia and New Zealand. Therefore, when in doubt, go for one of the Ford SUVs for supreme safety and sense of luxury. What is more, if you have a big family, this brand has got you covered with their line of 7 seater SUVs, so it’s space, safety and luxury all wrapped up in one.
Luxury All The Way
Whoever said great luggage isn’t all that important simply didn’t know where to shop. Elegant luggage that represents luxury itself is about more than just appearances. The perfect set, which includes matching suitcases and carry-ons, allows you to have everything in one place, neatly organized and yes, it also looks as good on the outside as it is amazing on the inside. And what is inside?
Well, only the finest clothing items you own. If you’re travelling luxuriously, you must be going somewhere equally lush, so be prepared for everything. Have a gorgeous evening dress, amazing culottes, a Breton top, killer shoes as well as more practical walking ones. A white button-down is a definite must as it will elevate your style even when you’re roaming the streets sightseeing, and designer swimwear is mandatory if your destination involves a beach or a pool.
If travelling abroad, make sure all your travel documents are packed together in gorgeous travel document wallets. Not only do they look sleek but allow you to keep everything well-organized and have a peace of mind and not fall into the passport-searching frenzy.
Look The Part
If you’re already in first class or having the ride of your life in one of the best cars out there, you simply have to have the looks to match. In the spirit of athleisure, feel free to put on your finest pair of sneakers and channel your supermodel athleisure goddess vibes. As for the rest of your outfit, a stylish white tee tucked into your stunning pair of breezy wide-leg trousers topped off with a statement embroidered blazer will make you look like a million dollars. All you need is that designer bag to complete the look, and of course, let’s not forget a killer pair of specs that flatter your face shape like no other.
What’s In The Bag?
So, your travel documents are all snug and together, so what else should your bag contain? First off, you don’t want to run out of battery on your phone, so investing in a high-quality power bank is the smartest thing you can do. It’s sleek, doesn’t take too much room and can charge anything from a phone to an iPad, so in case you’re travelling with kids, who will at some point require some digital entertainment, this will absolutely save your life. It also gives you the ability to listen to music or watch a movie, and before you know it, you will have reached your destination.
Noise-cancelling headphones are an absolute god-send, especially if you’re on a plane, so consider this little gadget as well. If you’re on a road trip, don’t forget your camera as you will want to capture these and numerous other moments. Bottles of quality water sitting comfortably in their compartment are always a plus, and if you add a couple of slices of lemon, and a few healthy snacks, it will be almost like you were at a spa.
Follow The No Makeup Rule
Whether you’re travelling by plane or car, avoid wearing makeup during travel. Planes tend to suck the life out of your skin, and makeup doesn’t help. Instead, make sure your bag is filled with pampering skincare goodies, such as a sheet mask – no better time like while on the road to place that baby on and replenish your skin. A tinted lip balm and a touch of mascara is all you need in terms of makeup.
Another absolute bag must-have is a facial mist as you have no idea how refreshing it is – it literally has the ability to make you look like you’ve just stepped off the runway and look gorgeous by the time you reach your destination. Hand cream is another must of course, and if you want that perfect touch of glow, Kora Organics Noni Oil is your perfect accessory, the one you should apply right near the end of your journey.
You’re all set. Now, go plan, shop, pack and enjoy this preparatory stage, as every journey should be pleasurable from the first steps to the finish line.
Written by Sophia Smith
A recent fashion design graduate from the University of Central Lancashire, Rose Connor's collection focusses on the beauty and importance of up-cycling and minimizing waste within the fashion industry. Rose demonstrates this by taking a common household item, the 'shower scrunchie' and changes the structural property with intense heat, in order to make a new sustainable fabric.
Louise Clark's final collection has the name ‘Abstract Romanticism’ and combined two very different themes. One research theme inspired her print and the other her silhouette. Her previous trip to China where she completed her internship really inspired her prints as she fell in love with the Chinese Calligraphy and the expressive, abstract mark making which these line drawings captured. She then used this inspiration to create her own prints and experimented using flocking on sheer fabric which was a continuous running theme throughout her collection.
The silhouette came from looking at 19th Century Clothing, as she has always loved the high necks and large gathered sleeves. However, she always wanted to re-create this silhouette in a more contemporary style by using brighter pops of colour and layering up her prints to create an impact on the catwalk. She combined two very different research themes as she wanted to create a very unique collection that had never been done before.
Beautiful bright sunny days, beach holidays, sunset cocktails and great times!! We all love summer and never wants to say goodbye. If it was up to us we will make the season last forever but as all thing go, seasons come and seasons must go.
But with every new season, we find new things to love, like and buy. So, it is with great excitement that we look forward to what is to come for AW18.
These are just some of the trends that was all the rage on each and every fashion catwalk and will be available in all your favourite high street shop very soon. So, for now this is just to get you “in the know for what is to come” until then we will try and hold on to a bit more of the summer.
We will be wild for animal print from leopard to zebra and the trend is to wear it from head to toe if you are daring to be so wild.
Padded Leopard Coat - PREEN - Debenhams (out in store soon)
Red Leopard Print Dress Studio By PREEN - Debenhams (out in store soon)
Pleats Please, knife pleats to be exact , this flirty style will take over our AW18 skirt collection. Pair it with a fluffy jumpers and a statement necklace for a on trend look.
Check is back , always a returning favourite for the season. This season we see it with a much cooler edge and doubling it up is the way to go.
Check blazer and trousers - NEW LOOK
Pow Ochre Check Crombie and Camel Pow Check Wide Leg Culottes- DOROTHY PERKINS
In the accessories department we can look forward to long dangling silver earrings for a statement sparkle.
Floral Diamond Earrings - OASIS (out in store soon)
The Cowboy boot will also be kicking up some dust this coming season
Red Snakeskin cowboy style ankle boot - OASIS
The season must have bag is definitely not for those that travel with all their cosmetic essentials and more because it with be teeny tiny. The mini bag it so you will have to minimise your must have daily handbag essentials.
Dixiee- Black leather hand held duffle bag - DUNE LONDON
Snakeskin hand held handbag - M&S Collection
And then there are Belt to help you define your waist, try it in animal print or something bigger and bolder.
Double Hoop Leopard print Jeans belt - ACCESSORIZE
Square Buckle Wide Waist Belt- ACCESSORIZE
Now that you have a glimpse of what is to come you might not be so sad of saying goodbye to summer and welcoming beautiful autumn.
Louisa Moody is a luxury womenswear brand inspired by issues surrounding equality and double standards between genders. They use fashion as activism, aiming to break beliefs on the ideal woman put in place by society. Their designs focus on sex appeal whilst celebrating women and their bodies.
Velika Hartono is a young independent fashion designer. Her first collection is emerging ready-to-wear with Avant-garde. The collection was launched in Hong Kong in 2018.