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dsc_0200-2So I might not be an American nor do I get a public holiday, but I can still appreciate, remember, celebrate and acknowledge; the man, the Christian, the leader, the nonviolent civil rights activist and the great; that was Martin Luther King. As a child I was told about Martin Luther King Jr and his movement from a young age (at home); I was told about his honour, his persona, his heart, his fight (non physical of course) and most of all; I was told about his DREAM.

Ironically with this week’s agenda; Friday 20th Jan 2017 in particular (Trump’s inauguration *shakes head*); my next point is somewhat invalid. However, lets not forget that for the last 8 year – Yes, 2 Terms- we’ve had a black man in the White House. The leader of the Free World was an African-American. The President of the United States (again, for eight years) was a man of colour. For that we owe more than just thanks or a single day to remember Martin Luther King. Without great leaders like MLK we would not be as we are today.

In 2011 the MLK memorial was built and opened to the public. Lucky for me I was not only in the U.S at the time but I also happened to go to Washington D.C. Thus, I had the pleasure of visiting such amazing and deeply touching memorial- so today I dug this [pictured] out to share!

Although celebrated on the third Monday of Jan (to accommodate your typical public holiday), King’s birthday is actually on the 15th (yesterday) – Happy belated birthday Martin Luther King Jr!

1957-1968, and today in 2017 his spirit lives on. Happy MLK Day!

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When fashion is inspired by art and art is inspired by fashion; its just one big cycle; and it will continue to go around, then come back round again!

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A contributor to the De Stijl art movement, Piet Mondrian was (and still is today), known for his abstract compositions of primary colours (red, blue and yellow) in a black grid of vertical and horizontal lines, against a white background; Mondrian !

His classic compositions were also used as backdrops in the fashion industry, before taking the catwalk in 1965 in the form of an A-line shift dress by Yves Saint Laurent. This iconic “Mondrian dress” was debuted in the Autumn/Winter ’65 season in both a jersey and wool knee length style shift dress.

Since then, similar dresses and other garments alike have been re-inspired and reproduced. Some taking the runway like the infamous YSL piece and others straight to high-street stores or street fashion.

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Back to black. After 5 days of endless designer shows across the capital, London Fashion Week presents a rather black outlook for Autumn/ Winter 2014. Whilst some catwalks showed off some colour, the consensus seemed to be pretty monochrome. Season after season, fashion week after fashion week and trend after trend; the world of fashion sees a colour take to both the runway and the high street, as the “new black”. However A/W 14 looks like it is going back to basics, as black takes over. Nevertheless, with such fashion evolution, digital design technology, alternative styles and twenty-first century influences, LFW exhibits ‘black’ as anything but “basic”!

Whilst there is nothing wrong with “classic black” and keeping things some what traditional, the designers of LFW prove that going ‘back to black’ is far from basic and show black in its most fashionable form.

Established in 2012, AW 14 is Simongao’s first Fashion Week. Simongao’s AW collection saw a majority of all black and all white outfits take to the runway, with some browns and greys in between the monochromes.

KTZ also kept it very mono chrome, for both the menswear and womenswear collections.

Whilst Simone Rocha introduced a pop of colour to the runway with completely red and mustard ensembles, the majority of her collection consisted of sole black outfits.

Fashion East presented a bit more colour throughout their AW show. Whilst pale tones of lime green, power pink and summer blues took to the runway, the common theme of black and white still took centre stage. However, unlike most of designer collections where B&W did appear as a duo, it was a subtler monochrome with bright whites over powering the minimal use of black.

Christopher Kane strikes again. Although this season’s collection strayed from bright colours and elaborate patterns and print that breath Kane, this AW saw sprinkles of colour in a mass of black. Creative black never the less. Following the black trend, Christopher Kane’s missing signature pattern and print was made up in texture, shape and structure. Fan like structures created by layers upon layers, bazaar structured sleeves and ruffled puffy synthetics made Kane’s AW 14 collection one to remember.


From velvets, wools and furs Tom Ford’s show also saw plenty of black ensembles sashayed down the runway, along side a few reds and browns.

Erdem’s show also explored plenty of luxurious velvet and his trade mark patterns were adapted through laser cut delicate designs, jacquard style material and quadrilateral sheers.


Pringle of Scotland remained simple yet elegant, as AW 14 brings in neat and tidy knits. Again keeping with the monochrome theme, however introducing a slightly lighter mood with more whites paired with less black.

John Rocha’s elaborate ruffles and one of a kind designs truly made an impression on this fashion week’s catwalk. All black but far from the ordinary and nothing like “classic black”.

Todd Lynn’s AW 14 collection remained consistent with dark theme; models wore all black down a just as black runway; exploring shadow to complete the dark feel that is AW.

Amanda Wakeley’s show saw creative panels, delicate sheers, thick waste belts and head to toe outfits take to the runway, as well as baggy and over sized outer wear to compete the AW look, also representing black as the “new black”.

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