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Across 2 years, 13 countries and 4 seasons, The View From The Top reaches over 300 posts. What started as an inspired photo challenge, has now become a visual journey of my travels as well as day to day living captured in squared snapshot views from the top!

Focused around imagery of the waist down (legs and feet), often featuring specific items/ objects (exotic fruit/ entry tickets) and more so, my surroundings (the beach/ landmarks); The VFTT takes on the same basic layout in every shot to express consistency across foreign settings and to explore a sense of creative consensus of different views. In other words, and something I picked up on my travels; Same Same but Different; The VFTT series could not be described any better!

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My favourite art gallery; The Saatchi and one of my favourite fashion house’s; Chanel, have come together to create greatness. The Saatchi’s latest exhibition explores the evolution of France’s leading lady and fashion extraordinaire; Coco Chanel, through “Mademoiselle Privé”. Taking up the entire gallery, the popular exhibit goes across 3 and features the original Chanel boutique, workshop replicas, art, inspiration, materials/fabrics, Chanel originals and many more…

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“Mademoiselle Privé, a journey through the origins of Chanel’s creations, capturing the charismatic personality and irreverent spirt of Mademoiselle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld. 

This autumn, Karl Lagerfeld and CHANEL will present an enchanted journey through the House’s creativity. The “Mademoiselle Privé” exhibition will highlight the Haute Couture, the re-editions of the High Jewellery “Bijoux de Diamants” collection created in 1932 and CHANEL N°5. Opening the doors to reveal a dazzling experience and immersion into the origins of CHANEL’s creations, “Mademoiselle Privé” will capture the charismatic personality and irreverent spirit of Mademoiselle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld.

Installed on all three floors of the Gallery, the enticing adventure will bring to mind the House’s essential elements: audacity, freedom and innovation whether it is the history of Gabrielle Chanel’s inspirations or Karl Lagerfeld’s inimitable take on CHANEL’s codes, symbols and icons.”-[Saatchi Gallery]

Below are some of my favourite pieces from the exhibition.

The play on slot machines, that featured Chanel’s infamous double Cs was quite fascinating. I liked the combination of High Fashion and a spot of Happy-Go-Lucky regular gambling; that took on an artistic approach. Also, the Haute Couture room was one that stood out most for me. The dark room that displayed delicate dresses; maintaining a tradition and attention to detail; against bright light rods was amazing. Described as …The ultimate union between craftsmanship and innovation… – I could not agree more! Finally, I really admired the front (door) of Chanel’s original boutique. It was simple and somewhat elegant; thus visually impactive, especially given how large the instillation was and the fact it was against a plain white wall.

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Naturally, anything Chanel is high in demand, and together with one of London’s best art galleries [plus it was free], demand was certainly high. Visiting on a busy Wednesday evening, the queue was rather long and somewhat deceiving, but definitely worth the wait!

Here are some more snippets from Mademoiselle Privé @ The Saatchi.

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Fashion Marc Jacobs Spring 2015

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Saving the best ’til last, Marc Jacobs ended New York Fashion Week Last night with a fantasy feel, dreamlike runway contrasted with his military inspired collection. The catwalk was more like a theatre set with a bright Barbie-pink house surrounded by matching plush pink carpet.

Complete with oversized garments, belted waists, just as oversized pockets and several 3D polka-dots, Jacobs brought a 60s military feel to the runway -with a twist. With a muted colour pallet that consisted of navy, ivory, cream, brown and khaki, together with the texture created by the oversized polk-dots and nipped in waist; S/S15 is going to be an interesting one.

As always Marc Jacobs pays exceptionally close attention to detail. Although he explores bold detailing, he still sticks to simplicity and class; to which I admire most about Jacobs as a designer. Having left Louis Vuitton almost a year ago now, he is able to dedicate his time to his own brands; remaining unique and style focused.

Even though there are times I am not completely in love with his collections or can not see myself wearing a particular garment, I can not fault Mr. Jacobs for his consistency and creative edge.

 

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We’ve all been there, done that and as a result, know how much it sucks. It’s ok from time to time, just don’t let it become a habit because that’s when it becomes a problem. I’d rather have the confessions of a shopaholic than regret of a sensible person! Wouldn’t you? With summer drawing to an end so are the sales, and if it already hasn’t AW collections are about to hit the stores.

So history doesn’t repeat itself, keep an eye out for that winter favourite, because it’ll be gone in a flash. With that said, some stores still have final clearance sales, so if an item you’ve had your eyes on is still up for grabs, go grab it while you still can or the ghost of fashions past will be on a new haunt! Just saying! 


As London fashion week approaches; everyone who is important, once was important and perhaps wants to be important; picks out the specifics for the weeks’s events. From handbag selection, arrays of accessories, the daily “look”, and trends intending to follow or set to entire outfits and back up outfits for fear of being upstaged. Yes, being upstaged is considered valid grounds for changing an outfit, reevaluating it and changing it again; especially if you are one of the less important people seeking a title, or just a female with the prerogative to change your mind 5 times a day.

Howeverrrr…Lets not forget due to London’s recent display of “typical British weather”; reconsideration may be down to one other thing. Rain. With worries of ruining an item of clothing, pair of shoes or god forbid an entire outfit; by getting it wet or worse shoving a rain mac over it; why risk it?

Wait for a better day, or at least a day with minimal possibility of rain. I mean why risk losing the red soles of your Louboutins to wet pavements or having to walk around with soggy fur all day, or horribly damp and uncomfortable jeans; with a day that claims to be a 60-percent-chance-of-rain-kind-of-day, knowing tomorrow is a rain-free day. So it may be ten degrees colder but the term “no pain, no gain” in reference to fashion, does not mean go flaunt your stuff even if it is pouring with rain, but to “grin and bare it” for fashion’s sake. When your teeth are chattering, your arms have  goose bumps and your nipples are starting to show; all the while, wondering why you never wore a jacket and wishing you had tights in your bag; you might not be so disheartened given that your lack of sensible clothing makes up in character and compliments. Lots of compliments, because let’s face it; who at fashion week was ever remembered for the way they done up their coat buttons, wore a wooly hat and covered up every inch of their body?

So it seems student finance did contribute to my education. Along with tailoring sheers, a measuring tape and a variety of sketch books later; as a fashion student i have accumulated quite a few books. Yes some of them may be unread, but they have all been opened and the pretty pictures have definitely been looked. 3 years , 3 homes, the life between 2 cities and plenty of alcohol later, my journey as a student is coming to an end. As much as i will miss the discount, the funding and the random meals of student life, the feeling of having finally finished my degree is even better. I am freeeeee! After living in transit between London and Manchester so long , I finally get to go home for good. #homesweethome

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