Yesterday, I attended Graduate Fashion Week. As always , I was very excited to discover new talents. But earlier, I had a meeting to attend; so a comfortable outfit and shoes were a must! I opted for a fresh pop art-Afro chic girl look…If that is even a thing, oh well! An oversize white T-shirt with flower and camera prints matched with a splashed paint cropped trouser.The perfect shoes had to be those squared heels gladiator flats.
I opted for a fresh pop art- Afro girl look…If that is even a thing, oh well! An oversize white T-shirt with flower and camera prints matched with a splashed paint cropped trouser.The perfect shoes had to be those squared heels gladiator flats.To show the cute details.
Anyway, Graduate Fashion is actually a charity organisation founded 26 years ago by Jeff Banks CBE, Vanessa Denza MBE and John Walford to unify both UK and International universities and create a stronghold for the creative industries.
During that week, over 1,000 of the very best students and graduates from the most influential and inspiring universities around the world are showcased.Attracting 30,000 guests each June, the annual event features 22 catwalk shows, exhibitions from over 40 universities.
Graduate Fashion Week help bridges the gap between graduation and employment and is responsible for launching the careers of some very successful designers of our time including Christopher Bailey MBE, who was the winner of the first ever Graduate Fashion Week Gold Award, Stella McCartney, Giles Deacon, Matthew Williamson and Julien Macdonald.
Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking!!If you have watched the devil wears Prada, you know…
Ever wonder why florals are so popular for Spring?This fashion dates way back to the Egyptian period.Real flowers were used in garlands or worn as a single flower or leaf.
It is thought that the first floral printed fabrics originated from the East. The Greeks also used flowers for adornment and in the Roman Period, floral inspiration was worked into royal crowns. Later on, to have been able to wear these fabrics was a status symbol.
One of the most famous floral fabrics, chintz, has its origins in India (handmade in the country from between 1600 and 1800). Chintz, a glazed cotton cloth printed with tiny, multicoloured floral motifs, was exported to Europe via Dutch and British merchants during this era.With ornate designs sold to Europeans at very high prices as initially, the British could not figure out how to copy the expensive chintzes, so, in 1680 the fabric was banned from import. Over time, European manufacturers began to copy these fabrics to suit European tastes at a cheaper price, and the rest is history!
Talking of prints, I wore this outfit for a meeting and later for lunch with friends.The grid blazer was added to the shift dress, to create a contrasting and dramatic effect to what would have otherwise been just a pretty prints dress.
In conclusion, the floral fabrics continue to be an important aspect of fashion, from the blooming all over summer shirts, to the bright and bold prints splashed across a chic DVF wrap dress. This versatile motif is here to stay, and we can definitely count on designers to reinvent this iconic part of fashion every other season.
Below is my selection of floral dresses.Happy shopping!!
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A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure to work with Lemon & Blair For their new Flamingo Collection, 2017. They are a 100% vegan and cruelty-free fashion accessories brand.
I styled few summery outfits for them.This first was all about exotic colours and simply being Flamazing in the most casual and freeway(flamingo-Amazing to you and me.)
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If flower-print wearers never seem to stop turning the heat for Spring and Summer, I don’t think there’s going to be any less of an obsession when it comes to these stripy lines, which are one of this year big trend.With almost every major designer during New York fashion week choosing this as their pattern du jour.
Designers were also set on styling these from head to toe too. As seen on Rosie Assouline, Banana Republic, Atuzarra, Red Valentino…Shows.
I personally do like this full-steam-ahead attitude.So I paired the flattering gingham bodysuit top with the woven, high waisted stripy trouser and tied the striped knitted jumper around the neck to create a relax and cool girl style. This look is perfect for sunny days on weekends, holidays by the beach or just that girl who effortlessly exudes style and confidence.
Top; Vera Moda/Try this cold shoulder from Urban outfitter or this bodysuit from prettyLittlethings
Trousers; Zara /Try these LK.Bennett
Shoes; Here Common Project
Jumper: Gap /Try this one from House of Fraser
If I had to live in a black and white world, I wouldn’t be living…The mix and splash of prints on this dress instantly raised the sunrise-till-sunset game for the meeting and shoot I was attending.
The round neck on this ultra feminine dress, worn with ankle socks and kitten heels/ pretty flats, plus a jumper, would have been great if trying to create a preppy look.But here, I wore it with over the knee boots, plus an African prints backpack, to create an exaggerated print twist on the look. Gathered at the waist, this dress super-flattering shape is perfect for Spring and summer parties too. It even has side seam pockets for keeping a few essentials in if you can’t be bothered with a bag.
Please comment below and share with me how you would have styled it or how you style prints in general.
Dress; H&M(passed season) Try this dress from LITTLE MISTRESS or ASOS
Boots; Ego// Invest in these GIANVITO ROSSI or save on these PUBLIC DESIRE
Bag: From Ghana // splurge on this MOSCHINO or save on this ORLA KIELY