The Best of LFW AW13

Burberry Prorsum AW13 finale.

Burberry Prorsum AW13 finale.

It has been incredibly hard to pick my favourite of LFW. London is an exciting City with many talented designers, who never cease to impress with their quirky, bold and original creations, more than 70 shows over 5 days, from young new designers to established names such as Burberry and Vivienne Westwood.

Although New York, London and Milan fashion week is over and there is only Paris left in order to finally predict the trends for next season I’m sure most of this will be recreated on the High Street this Autumn.

So far we have seen a great amount of pink and red on the catwalk, animal print, patent leather and PVC, sequins, fur trim details and coats in pastel colours, flowers, oversize coats and jackets, and below the knee skirts and dresses. I’m rather excited about the pink oversize coats and the 1920’s and 50’s vibe to be honest!

There were so many highs at LFW, from Sister by Sibling’s beautiful chinky knits and Christopher Kane’s silk flower dresses to Thomas Tait’s electric and original show and Burberry Prorsum epic finale with Tom Odell behind the piano just to name a few, but I’m going to start with one of my top labels, Topshop Unique, which has gone for a more sophisticated look in this collection. I particularly love the colour palette and fabrics.

Cara Delevingne, the face in endless fashion ad campaigns, magazines and the most seen model on the catwalk at LFW, she is the coolest girl in town!

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Red and Patent Leather, two big trends for AW13.

Red and Patent Leather, two big trends for AW13.

Powder Pink and Sequins, very popular at LFW.

Powder Pink and Sequins, very popular at LFW.

Rosie Tapner, the face of TOPSHOP 2013.

Rosie Tapner, the face of TOPSHOP 2013.

Super cool accessories in Red!

Super cool accessories in Red!

I love the heroine chic look, PVC embellished dresses and pink fur coats at Roksanda Ilincic AW13.

A contrast of Pink, PVC and a touch of Green seemed to work beautifully in this collection.

A contrast of Pink, PVC and a touch of Green seemed to work beautifully in this collection.

Meadham Kirchhoff ‘s collection always wow me, their designs are traditional and feminine with a twist, I absolutely love the beautiful silk dresses worn with patent leather jackets, the shoes and hairdos. The styling can really make or break a collection but this label always makes it work.

Super cool Gold Shoes & Head Pieces.

Super cool Gold Shoes & Head Pieces.

Silk sheer dresses, texture and camouflage prints in blue & violet at Christopher Kane.

Christopher Kane AW13

Christopher Kane AW13

Mary Katrantzou’s silk printed dresses, oversize silhouettes & Joan of Arc inspired hairdo.

Beautiful prints in silk and  different shades of blue.

Beautiful prints in silk and different shades of blue.

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Simone Rocha AW13

Louise Grey ‘s collection was as usual, the most fun of all, a combination of mix matching prints, layers and bold accessories.

Louise Grey AW13

Louise Grey AW13

Cara Delevingne rocking the chunky knits and hats at Sister by Sibling.

Sister by Sibling AW13.

Sister by Sibling AW13.

Antipodium AW13

Antipodium AW13

Although Tata-Nakka’s collection wasn’t one of the highlights at LFW I really like the prints, shoes and styling, they didn’t have a catwalk, instead a rather lovely and cute presentation of the clothes.

50's vibe and cool prints at Tata-Nakka AW13.

50’s vibe and cool prints at Tata-Nakka AW13.

Super fun shoes.

Super fun shoes.

Thomas Tait’s Incredible show with a bold and clean collection inspired by, as he described, “Teenage mutant cosmic disco trip”

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Pastel colours were quite popular at LFW but specially Powder Pink, it will definitely be big next season.

Powder Pink, definitely will be big in AW13.

Unique, Cheap & Chic by Moschino, Mulberry and Roksanda Ilincic AW13.

Red was massive on the catwalk at LFW.

Preen, Paul Smith, Unique and Sister by Sibling AW13.

Preen, Paul Smith, Unique and Sister by Sibling AW13.

Fur trims and coats in pastels and even green.

Roksanda Ilincic, Cheap & Chic by Moschino, Bora Aksu, Fashion East and Aminaka Wilmont AW13.

Roksanda Ilincic, Cheap & Chic by Moschino, Bora Aksu, Fashion East and Aminaka Wilmont AW13.

Inspiration from the 17th and 19th century for head pieces.

Simone Rocha, Bora Aksu, Meadham Kirchhoff and Roksanda Ilincic AW13.

Simone Rocha, Bora Aksu, Meadham Kirchhoff and Roksanda Ilincic AW13.

Anya Hindmarch's AW13 awesome Domino Clutch.

Anya Hindmarch’s AW13 awesome Domino Clutch.

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OUI MADAME! A fabulous new french restaurant in Dalston

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It is not a secret that I am a little bit obsessed with Dalston and all the fantastic things it has to offer, shops, bars, cafes and restaurants, and when it comes to dinning I really love its well known Turkish places but apart from that there isn’t a great variety of cuisine, so when I heard about a new french restaurant opening I was really excited.

It’s called OUI MADAME! and it just opened last weekend, it’s in Stoke Newington High Street, more Stokey than Dalston I suppose but it is literally a 5 minutes walk from Dalston Kingsland overground station.

It’s creative french food, no menu, it’s a surprise on the day, they have delicious wines from independent producers in France, a brilliant selection of cachaca (better known as brazilian rum) and special caipirinhas and cocktails made with absinthe.

OUI MADAME! 182 Stoke Newington High Street

OUI MADAME! 182 Stoke Newington High Street

Great & interesting selection of cocktails.

Great & interesting selection of cocktails.

It is also opened for Brunch on Sundays 12-4pm

It is also opened for Brunch on Sunday 12-4pm

OUI MADAME is inspired by the great surrealists and their beautiful ideology that dreams can solve problems, also by what they used to drink, absinthe, knows as “la fée verte”, the popular drink consumed among Parisian artists and writers in late 19th century.

I visited it last night and I cannot recommend it enough, the food was gorgeous, it’s exactly what I call original french sophisticated dishes. What I also loved is the deco and the character it has, quirky but mellow and to me this place ticked all the boxes.
My friend John and I were welcomed with an OUI Madame cocktail, I’m not going to reveal all the ingredients of this fabulous drink but it has raspberry and absinthe, that’s all you need to know. The starter was cream of artichoke with jerusalem artichoke chips and mussels, the main course was duck breast with sweet garlic and vegetables and last but not least baba de rhum with blood orange sorbet for dessert, everything was delightful and so was the bottle of Domaine d’Homs Cahors we had to accompany our meal.

The concept of this bistrot is lovely and interesting, owned by a french creative and very talented bunch OUI MADAME! is without a doubt something special in this part of town. There will also be a club in the basement opening soon but sadly I can’t share any details as it’s best to keep it as a surprise, it will definitely be the subject of another post in this blog though.

It is opened Tuesday to Sunday and mostly until 12am and later on the weekends. Excellent drinks, food and vibe, and for those of you who think it might be pretentious because it’s in trendy Dalston/Stoke Newington well, let me tell you that the staff and owners are extremely friendly and they really create an enjoyable atmosphere.
Visit OUI MADAME! soon and check out their Facebook page to understand the fascination, you will love it.

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Fantastic selection of  wines form independent producers in France.

Fantastic selection of wines form independent producers in France.

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John and the quirky clocks of Oui Madame!

John and the quirky clocks of Oui Madame!

After cocktails and cognac comes the red wine.

After cocktails and cognac comes the red wine.

Retrograde… James Blake is back!

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James Blake, only he can make dubstep sound beautiful.

I thank XFM for playing this song last week more that I could have wished for, without exaggeration I have waited too long for James Blake’s new material and it’s finally here!
This track is the first single from his second album “Overgrown”, which will be released on April 8th. The melody is quite simple but then there is this intense synth chord and his beautiful voice that  sends shivers downs my spine, I can’t stop playing it.

He is playing three dates in the UK in April but only one date in London at Heaven, and although pre sale tickets are sold out there will be more going on sale through the venue tomorrow at 9am so I suggest you set an alarm because they will be gone within minutes. He is also playing in Manchester and Glasgow.

I saw him at Field Day a few years ago and regardless the unstoppable rain and the crowded tent his set was beyond my expectations, none of the songs sounded like in the album, only better, each of them was a dubstep-like remix and the tent was turned into a rave.

This boy is a genius and a sea of talent, I solute you James Blake!

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Retrograde

The Magic of the Light Show

I have waited months to see this exhibition and it finally opened on Thursday! The Light Show explores how we experience and psychologically respond to illumination and colour. It showcases works from contemporary artists but also from the 60’s, when they began to experiment with the visual and sensory effects of artificial light and science and technology  were combined to create art.

Natural lighting plays an important roll on our mood and health even, it is no secret that sunny weather makes us happier and energised so, it is very interesting when artists experiment with artificial light with the intention of transporting the viewer to another place or create an optical illusion to play with our state of mind .

I analysed  how each installation made me feel rather than focusing on the meaning or  intention the artist wished to communicate. I was mesmerised, in a different dimension of a spacial nature but also magic and fantasy kept popping in my mind. Some installations made me feel calm and happy, others extremely peaceful and almost in a trance waiting to enter a tunnel that would take me to the other side.

All the 25 works on show are fantastic but my favourite are Jim Campbell, Exploded View (2011), Olafur Eliasson, Model for a lifetime garden (2011), Leo Villareal, Cylinder ll (2012) and Doug Wheeler, Untitled (1969). There is a little description of each of them below with the pictures.

What you see and feel at the exhibition is very subjective and personal, in my case I associated the conceptual artwork to a surreal world, a fantasy movie or a parallel universe to escape from the dull and boring. While observing each installation you have to let yourself go and your imagination take over, it is a great experience.

Visitors are only allowed to take photos in three rooms but the exhibition really deserved a great post on my blog and well, images say more than words, and although I got told off a few times I managed to get some really good shots.

The Light Show is on at the Hayward Gallery until 28 April and everyone should go to see it, it really is dazzling!

View from the second floor of the exhibition.

View from the second floor of the exhibition.

Cylinder ll (2012) features light and movement, composed by complex computer programming, creating endlessly changing patterns and shapes, the intensity of the lights change constantly and at times it looked like fireworks, falling stars and all sort of beautiful glowing phenomenon you can imagine.

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Leo Villareal, Cylinder ll (2012)

Untitled (1969) consists of a room in which a large light-encased square appears to float freely in space. This room made me feel so serene , it was as if by walking through this giant square of light I’d be entering an unknown dimension.

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Doug Wheeler, Untitled (1969).

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Francois.Morellet, Lamentable (1969).

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David Batchelor, The Magic Hour (2004/2007).

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Ann Veronica Janssens, Rose (2007).

Ann Veronica Janssens, Rose (2007).

She combined artificial fog with beams of light projected by powerful spotlights , revealing a luminous star in which light seems to solidify.

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Carlos Cruz-Diez, Chromosaturation (1965-2013).

Carlos Cruz-Diez, Chromosaturation (1965-2013).

Ceal Floyer, Throw (1997).

Ceal Floyer, Throw (1997).

Exploded View (2011) More than a thousands LED bulbs in a rectangle shape suspended in the middle of a room that randomly blink on and off giving the impression of shadowy figures that dissolve and resolve. The lights were beautiful and gave the illusion of men’s legs walking through this glowing rectangle.

Jim Campbell, Exploded View (2011).

Jim Campbell, Exploded View (2011).

Cerith Wyn Evans, Superstructure (2010).

Cerith Wyn Evans, Superstructure (2010).

Anthony Mccall, You and I, Horizontal (2005).

Anthony Mccall, You and I, Horizontal (2005).

Ivan Navarro, Reality Show (Silver) (2010).

Ivan Navarro, Reality Show (Silver) (2010).

Model for a lifetime garden (2011) She is the artist who created The Weather Project in 2003, this installation consisted of a succession of 27 fountains under flashing stroboscopic lamps, the effect is an ever changing landscape of icy festoons and crystal garlands. It looked like a diamonds explosion and it was beautiful, although after a while the constant flashing lights made me feel a bit disorientated.

Olafur Eliasson, Model for a timeless garden (2011).

Olafur Eliasson, Model for a timeless garden (2011).

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