IN A PERFECT WORLD

Fashion week to me is what Halloween is to high school kids - you can wear whatever you want and no one's going to judge you for it. Not even if you dress as a mouse. Duh. Not that I judge the sartorial choices of anyone else during the rest of the year. I'm a firm believer of if you like it, wear it. If you don't, then trash it. Don't let the bastards get you down. You just do you. As individuals, we need to understand that everyone has a mind of their own - we each have a different set of opinions and aesthetics. That makes us unique. What appeals to someone like Anna Wintour could repulse the person sitting next to you right now. Instead of forcing your views on others (this applies to a million other things as well), how about you agree to disagree and respect those who think differently from you? But, alas, we live in a society where everyone's first instinct is to judge appearances. God forbid you wear a dress that doesn't suit your body type. They'll rip you apart. Only during fashion week do people seem slightly more forgiving. And I don't understand. After all, it's just clothes - why are you taking what I wear more seriously than myself? We're all here to have a little fun. And fun is exactly what this look was about.* When dressing up for fashion week, my aim is to look high-fash-uhn, but effortlessly. It's all too easy to go overboard and look like you're wearing a cheap stage costume. My secret little formula? Find a...

STREETSTYLE: LONDON FASHION WEEK SS16

Irina Lakicevic with Louis Vuitton bag & Gucci shoes.       If only every day were like fashion week. We'd get to see the best of the best dressed in the best, bustling around town. What a sight for sore eyes. Out of all the major fashion capitals, London has its own distinct style on the streets - expressive, bold and unapologetic. No one, especially the younger generation, is afraid to express themselves.   Running around between shows and appointments with my partners in crime, I grabbed at the opportunity to capture stylish sidewalk stompers - from up and coming bloggers and designers, to the biggest names running the industry. Here, I present to you my little curation of London Fashion Week streetstyle. Peony Lim. Chloé bag. Daria Shapovalova with Alexander McQueen bag. Iyas Lawrence. Claudia Naomi Bongso with Céline bag. Models after Topshop Unique show. Hermès bag. Hubert Chen. Elisa Sednaoui in Burberry coat. Sara Donaldson. Camilla Elphick shoes. Valentino bag. Tomoko Inuzuka. Vita Fede & Cartier bracelets. Payzee Mahmod. Madeleine Bugge Karlsen. Teni B. & Anne Thompson. Valentino bag. St. Vincent. Stella McCartney bags. Idil & Renee.  Fendi sunglasses. Bryanboy with Loewe bag. Burberry coat. Irina Lakicevic with Gucci shoes.   Soojin.    Peony Lim with Hermès bag. Ruth Chapman. DKNY bag. Tim Lo with Céline bag. Burberry shoes.  Peggy Gould.     Chantelle Kulkarni. Louis Vuitton bag. Alexa Chung.  Jourdan Dunn in Burberry. Sarah Harris.  Chanel & Missoni. Claudia Naomi Bongso with Céline bag & Valentino shoes. Anya Hindmarch bag.   Dior bag.  Cara Delevingne & Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis.   Chanel bag. Sara Donaldson. Chanel bag. Elina Halimi in Burberry coat. Fendi...

NEW YORK SS16 TRENDS

London Fashion Week has come and gone like a tropical thunderstorm storm - out of the blue, brief and electrifying. Now that the dust can settle, I've finally been able to come to my senses and digest the incredible things that have happened over the past five days - which include meeting Shini Park, rubbing shoulders with Cara Delevingne, breathing the same air as Anna Wintour and being photographed by Scott Schuman. But I'm sure you knew all that, considering you're following me on Snapchat. You better get to it if you aren't already. You're missing out on a lot of exciting moments. Another thing I've been able to catch up on is NYFW - the most fun, bold and alive of the major fashion weeks. As per tradition (or one I'd like to commit to more often), I've picked out some of my favourite New York SS16 trends. Sit back, relax and enjoy the scrolling. Popcorn optional.       1. FRINGE BENEFITS   It may be almost a hundred years since flapper dresses were all the rage, but if you think fringe is dated - you're wrong. It's definitely here to stay. There couldn't be a better place than the runways of New York to see these dangly bits being reinvented. From a trailing train of mahjong tiles (Vivienne Tam) to a Cousin Itt trim (Givenchy), you'll find it all. Plus, fringe is fun. It adds so much more dimension and movement to a look. All you gotta do is shake, shake, shake.       {1. Dion Lee / 2. Givenchy / 3. Alexander Wang / 4. Prabal Gurung / 5. Christian Siriano / 6. Vivienne Tam /...

AUTUMN BLUES

It's always a good time for a micro-update when sleep evades me. Plus I had to share this cool outfit. Pun intended. Read on. Barely a week into returning to my second home, a.k.a London, and I'm caught in a whirlpool of errands - not limited to cooking, cleaning, fashion week prep and pre-uni affairs. This morning, while overlooking my balcony and sipping on tea, I finally had a breather and got to appreciate one of my favourite things about this corner of the world - the weather. Left, right and centre, all I hear are complaints about that darn British weather. I'll be honest. I just don't get the hate. What's there not to love about the start of fall? Right? But then again, I am biased. Autumn itself is a novelty for me, coming from an equatorial inferno. When the weather changes, it's almost like I'm a wide-eyed kid entering a candy store. In an attempt to compensate for falling temperatures, warm colour palettes start to emerge not only in nature, but in our daily wardrobes as well - walnuts, scarlets, ochres, dijons, olives... We tend to turn into walking pumpkin-spiced lattes (looking at you, Starbucks). Whatever it takes to trick our minds into believing that three layers of Uniqlo heattech are not necessary. Which actually aren't. Come February, however, and it's a whole other story. You will instantly regret not wearing them the second you step out into a sub-arctic cold spell.   But the heart of winter is still far away. Why not enjoy the cool weather with cool shades of blue? Or not. It's up to you. That's the...

GREASE MONKEY

My go-to uniform for running around most days is a white shirt, jeans and an over-worn pair of white sneakers. It's simple, fuss-free and guaranteed to look chic. Switch up your arm candy and other accessories, and it can really change your overall look. With my darker skin tone, I find that silver accessories are the most cohesive when in white. I save the gold bling-bling for days when darker colours are the star. And finally, my hair. It looks like I never put in much effort into that mess - and that's because I don't. Mostly because I can never get it to look good, so I just avoid the embarrassment altogether. The only time you'll see it looking fancy is after a little chop-chop with my favourite barber. There are few that I trust when it comes to matters of my hair - not that the unruly mop on the top of my head is that brilliant or anything. It's hard to find someone that doesn't simply know how to just cut hair but knows how to work well with the individual whose hair is being cut. Hair is the one thing that can totally transform a person and many feel attached to it. Perhaps this is why, as a child when I had to get my hair cut by those old-school neighbourhood barbers, who churned out hair clones by the dozen, my mother had to drag me, kicking and screaming. Just think of the makeover episodes on Next Top Model for a clearer picture. Ah, the good old days. K.C. Meals, on the other hand is one person...
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