26 September 2011


Lako Bukia SS12 Collection

I cannot believe that I was personally invited to view Lako Bukia's SS12 women's wear collection.

The collection which took inspiration from Asian trees and flowers, featured hand-drawn flower prints made it the first time Lako Bukia had introduced print into her pieces. There was an assortment of truly romantic garments including floaty silk printed maxi dresses, skirts and tunics on models equally as beautiful.

It was simply breath taking.

I loved the attention to detail not only on the garments but with the hair styling, make up techniques and the gorgeous white chunky heeled shoes.

Not only was I extremely grateful for the invitation but I bagged a Vauxhall Fashion Scout goody bag which contained goodies from The Body Shop, an uber cute notebook ( I love stationery) and Toy sponsored chewing gum (which was completed sabotaged by the hungry Exposure AE's at Katie Eary's show a few days later) but I was also sat 2nd row which meant I got almost fantastic images....take a look xo

*Many thanks to Lako Bukia & Felicities PR Agency

25 September 2011

RECAP : Vogue's Fashion Night Out

Location: Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, London UK

I had a fab night at London's Hosting of Vogue's Fashion Night Out coutesy of Harvey Nichols, NCLA Nails, Christopher Raeburn, JW Anderson & Paperself Eye Lashes.

Here's my night in pictures...xo

On our trip to the tube station, we got a free limited edition Karl Lagerfield Coca-Cola designed bottle

Saw a huge queue in Mayfair, London for the Chanel store & a NYC themed event at DKNY's store

Walked into Harvey Nichols, feeling almost fabulous until we were scared out of our wits by the awful baby faced mannquins donning high fashion outfits with heels included....scary....

 A fab game....Pin the Tail on Karl Lager field...Genius!

My Christopher Raeburn x Harvey Nichols inspired carrier bag...I actually think they should collaborate on sustainable carrier bags with this design

NEWGEN Designer Christopher Raeburn posing for an exclusive picture for me....awww xo
(add Christopher on Twitter @StudioRaeburn)

 Designer @JW_Anderson decorating another Harvey Nichol bag for me xo

The NCLA Nails Stand...Tres Chic
 Amy getting her nails done

 Paperself Eyelashes - A Must for glamourous girls

The wonderful co-owner of Salou second hand boutique for high fashion pieces....she was the most friendliest and exciting person I met ALL night!



Day 1 of London Fashion Week

I was busy working on the Christopher Raeburn SS12 Mens wear & Womens Wear Collection brought to you exclusively by Exposure Edit at the Museum of London EC2

The collection which was more of an interactive presentation than traditional catwalk show had area for a short film, a large space which was decorated with material the designer used for parts of his collection.

In the main space was sound insulated key pieces from the collection, which based on Christopher's concepts of emotional relationships between the wearer and the clothing itself and intern, lights & sounds, when a garment was touched a burst of colour would shoot across a huge LED screen.

We drank Gin & tonic, Kopperberg Cider & Vitamin water.

Very unconventional, cool and a refreshing start to the phenomenon known as London Fashion Week.

14 September 2011

What is 'Street Wear'?

This is a post written by urban street wear critic Victor Von who is also a new contact of mine. Follow him on Twitter @Clotheslineup

Feel free to comment too 

CP xo

Street Wear by Vicor Von

When people ask what kind of clothes we make, its always difficult to explain exactly what we do. Usually my answer goes something like, ” well… Street Wear”. Which of course doesn’t mean much at all. I face this question  as a fan and a Street Wear critic with a certain style of critique and persona which has been dumbed down to appeal to the “snap it up” culture of today, anyway enough about me.
The truth is ‘Street Wear’ is a “grab all attention” definition for a multi-billion Dollar market. However the word doesn't capture the dynamics of what street wear was and what it has become. The word is dirty for some in the fashion world, like what Hip Hop was to music even though it accounts for most of the revenue generated in the fashion industry.
Street Wear is so broad as its inspirations are diverse there’s the extreme sports connection such as skateboarding, BMX, snowboarding, surfing etc. However it may also be packaged as a pursuit of graphic design or any other form of art, even music. Brands ethos’ range from the “screw you” youth culture to the DIY anti authoritarian movements. So what is it really?
It has been underground and anti industry in attitude but at the same time mainstream and over branded when it comes to making its money. It is the true expression of the masses and is fuelled by grassroots foundations however vast its corporate power may be. It is and always has been Simple, Comfortable, Functional, Practical and the most imitated clothing to date.
Every brand starts with the T-shirt (Tee), the canvas on which anything is possible. Colours are not seasonal shapes are not in or out. The T-shirt is the ultimate gallery where your values and brand ethos can come alive. The screen print is the brush the street is your audience.
Worn by teenagers, collected by middle aged men dreaming of their youth. It is a story of clothing, of a movement as big as Hip Hop for those who care to pay attention. Unlike Hip Hop it is constantly referring to the past throwing up old trends screaming for us to remember it and respect its history. It is the pigeon that broke out of the hole and continues to rake in Billions in revenue worldwide on a annual basis. Its greatest strength is the lack of recognition it gets from mainstream fashion wish keeps it jabbing harder and harder. It is creative expression at its peak and it continues to evolve.
‘Street Wear’ is all these things and much more and I am not ashamed of the name like some.
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