I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, London’s the place to be this Summer. We had the Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics not to mention fantastic exhibitons, plays and parties galore. And now to top it all off, Louis Vuitton and Yayoi Kusama are taking over Selfridges! In just a few short weeks, Selfridges’ Wonder Room will be transformed into a Louis Vuitton X Kusama concept store and packed full of their eye-popping confections. To celebrate this fashion-meets-art-meets-shopping stroke of genious, they’ve created two short films starring blogger Bip Ling and entitled, you’ve guessed it, ‘spot the difference’. On top of being super cute the films are also part of a rather clever competition. If you, I, or anyone else manages to ‘spot’ one of the five differences between them then we can submit it via twitter for a chance to win a copy of Lewis Caroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ illustrated by Yayoi Kusama herself!
To enter the Spot the Difference competition just tweet the difference you’ve spotted to @LouisVuitton_UK with the hashtag #LVKusama. The five winners will be announced, also via twitter (oh the power of social media) on September 12th… Happy spotting!
While the 2012 Olympics were obviously pretty big news, they’re not the only exciting thing that’s happened during the past month. In fact, I’d argue that for many of us, the arrival of the new season collections are almost as thrilling. Just as I began psyching up for Summer in February, I’m now thoroughly in the mood for autumn. After all, there are only so many pastels a girl can wear before she starts longing for something a bit less saccharine. Having fondled most of the AW12 collections at press days back in April I can vouch that it’s going to be an excellent season. But excited though I am to dive into the autumnal delights on offer, I’m not ready to think about winter woolies just yet so instead I thought I’d take a look at the handbags on offer instead. You can wear ‘em now with bare legs and ballet flats or in a few months time with boots and a chunky knit… Further proving my theory that if there’s an item really worth investing in, a beautiful bag is surely it.
As a die-hard West London girl, few things could possibly entice me to up sticks and move to Shoreditch. Not for all the rooftop swimming pools, moustached hipsters and resonably priced beverages in the world would I relinquish my Starbucks-frequenting, French Sole wearing ways. But living within walking distance of Start London? Well, that’s tempting. As I probably don’t need to tell you, Start London was launched in 2002 by TV Presenter, musician and Front Row regular Brix Smith Start and her retailer husband, Philip. Ten years on it’s basically the last word in high fashion cool, stocking the likes of Carven, Acne, Alexander Wang and Helmut Lang. With the September issues now gathering dust and Autumn basically here, never the time is ripe to shop. So with this, and now-scarily-close fashion week, in mind, I teamed up with cult multi-boutique e-tailer FarFetch.com to create my own edit of Start’s A-MAZING new season collections…
I’m embarassed to admit that until quite recently, I’d never heard of Karin Park. Then again, my music knowlege and taste is generally pretty appalling (the ‘most played’ playlist on my ipod includes more than it’s fair share of Britney) so that’s not entirely suprising. You on the other hand, may well have heard Karin’s name and music. But if not, then you’ll no doubt be familiar with them very soon as the raven haired beauty hailed as Scandinavia’s hottest export is racking up hits, awards and acclaim all over the show. Oh and let’s not forget a major advertising campaign for SWAROVSKI Crystallized which is how I managed to snag an interview with the electro-pop sensation.
I’m sure you’re all aware of my long running, bordering-on-unhealthy obsession with Whistles. I’m not sure when it all started, probably when I bought my first tailored, wool peacoat from the King’s Road store circa 2007, but my wardrobe’s now bursting with Jane Shepardson’s ingenious designs. What can I say, when I like something, I really like it. Regardless of whether the object of my fixation is a particular Pinot Grigio, itsu’s salmon supreme sushi boxes or Starbucks triple-shot lattes, I firmly believe that you can never, ever have too much of a good thing and this outfit is a prime example.
After spending a weekend in the country – think 3 days of sunbathing, Gossip Girl marathons and one ill-advised horse ride that’s left me in screaming agony – I returned to London this morning to start preparing for fashion week. I, somewhat foolishly, decided to move house 2 days before I leave for New York which has put a bit of a strain on proceedings. But my ticket requests are done, my flights are booked and now all that remains is wardrobe planning…
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