Back to black

This week’s famous Serpentine Gallery party was a total blackout, with supers Kate, Naomi and Eva all selecting the sombre hue. A far cry from the pretty printed tea-dresses usually associated with a summer party, the catwalk queens instead opted for the flattering seduction of black.

Perhaps the recent spate of bad weather inspired their choices. Or maybe they were channelling a darker, more autumnal mood. Whilst I can’t deny they look divine perhaps a shot of bold colour would have worked better in June – a crisp cobalt or a zesty tangerine. After all, winter is a whole season away. Well, a month at least.

Eva in L’Wren Scott; Kate in Saint Laurent jacket; Naomi in David Koma.

It was all yellow…

In tribute to my good friend Davina’s hen do, todays blog is a medley of yellow. Being her favourite colour, it was a natural choice for the colour scheme of the hen do décor, as well as her fancy dress outfit (see above). Furthermore, yellow is a key colour for this season, whether it be worn as a neon accent, canary trouser suit or printed lemon frock. Bold, and dramatic, this statement hue will add a Boom! to your look. Now bring on the sunshine…

Cara bags Mulberry campaign

British brand Mulberry has just unveiled its a/w 2013 campaign, fronted by the face to feature this season, model Cara Delevingne. A hit both on & off the catwalks, Cara is renowned for her Instagram gurning, beanie hats, inimitable style & partying with bezzies Rita Ora & Rihanna.

Shot by the supremely talented Mulberry favourite Tim Walker – purveyor of abstract magical scenes – the campaign features Cara in an Oxfordshire manor surrounded by nocturnal owls. British, beautiful and quirky, with a delicious dark side, this is a perfect pairing for Mulberry. Surely a namesake bag is on the horizon…

http://www.mulberry.com/#/thisseason/campaign/

Private styling session

Last week I did my first private personal styling session. Despite working for many years as a professional stylist for TV & editorial, I have never offered this service before.

My first client was the lovely Susy, a self-confessed shopaholic who felt she never looked polished or put together. After a quick wardrobe edit I realised the problem lay with her lack of accessories & her love of simple easy-to-wear dresses. The brief was outfits for work & play, with the ideal being office-to-evening looks in bold colours. After a busy 6 hours of shopping, Susy came away with numerous separates that could all be interspersed – the ultimate capsule wardrobe. I even tempted her into several prints (something that didn’t feature heavily in her existing wardrobe), which worked brilliantly with all the bold blouses & silk tees we picked up. Above are only a couple of the outfits – there were over 10 in total. I think you’ll agree she looks fab.

If you are interested in a wardrobe edit & personal styling session, please contact me for prices. Details can be found in the About Me page.

Culinary delights

If you obsess over recipes and have been Instagramming your favourite meals for the past 6 months, then head to Regent’s Park, the location for Taste of London 2013. Opening today, this 4 day gourmet festival sees world famous chefs and restaurants come together under one hypothetical roof.

Covering all things London, whilst spanning the continent, the event brings together the likes of Italian Antonio Carluccio, French Raymond Blanc, British Gary Rhodes & the lovely Michel Roux Jnr, as well as numerous other Michelin starred chefs. For its 10 year anniversary, and for the first time, they have added a bandstand featuring musical entertainment so you’ll be serenaded as you sample. Coincidentally, it is also 10 years since the infamous Jamie Oliver – the TV chef equivalent of Marmite – received his MBE. And 15 years since The Naked Chef launched on our screens and changed the face of cooking as we know it. With more food focused blogs, websites & TV shows than ever before, this festival has been deemed the Glastonbury of the culinary world. Get there and get tasting.

http://www.tastefestivals.com/london