Azzedine Alaia: The Couturier Exhibition at the Design Musuem
Until 7th October 2018
I like going to exhibition especially fashion ones and the Alaia exhibition at the design musuem didn’t disappoint. This was a collaboration between Mark Wilson and the man himself, Azzedine Alaia before his death on November 2017 and it shows on the display, the layout, the screen and every dress shown. Its immaculate with about 60 garments in display and every one of them shows a story from the bandage dress, the corset belt to the perforated leather. It was great to see them up close, the labor it went through, the craftsmanship, everything is so detailed that you kind of question whether perfection does exist. I’ll let the images do the talking but its a different feel to see them in person so if you are ever stuck on what to do in London and need a bit of fashion inspiration, head out to see the exhibition or the museum itself, it’s gonna be a treat either way.
24th Feb: Catch up with the brunch club
As you get older, you realised that its harder to make new friends especially when you are working. You do have your colleagues but its kind of hard to develop that relationship at a personal level, however I feel lucky that I could find such kindred spirits at my last job. It has been harder to keep in touch after you move jobs but I think its necessary to have friends within the industry you work in so that you can learn from them as well as network.
Our little brunch club went to the Ralph Lauren Bar & Cafe and bar at the Regent street store. Its a cosy little place but do place a reservation for the tables (you can reserve on their website) if you are going as the place literally is cosy as it can get. Even if you haven’t reserved, you can still get a seat at the bar if its not busy. I ordered the Homestyle pancakes and hot ginger tea, the pancakes were fluffy and filling but quite good so I managed to eat it all. My friends ordered the Avocado Toast and Bagel and Smoked Salmon and they enjoyed both of them. We didn’t have any drinks but there are many options to choose.
After our brunch, we went around the Mayfair area and had a little photoshoot, I had too much fun posing about, so have quite a few OOTD photos to post. As always, I went with an all black outfit incorporating all the AW trends – the beret is from yesstyle, the coat is from H&M, I had a turtleneck knit under from zara, jeans from topshop, boots from asos and the bumbag is from skinnydip, oh, and the sunglasses is from primark.
3rd February: Faithy’s 25th Birthday Party, Deptford Cinema
On a drizzling Saturday, I headed out to Deptford, south east of London for the first time. I have never ventured out there but it is a really nice place for what I saw in the evening. I was there to celebrate one of my close friends 25th birthday at Deptford Cinema. Deptford Cinema is a not for profit community led project to bring about a cinema to the London borough of Lewisham. There are movies playing every month and can be hired out for private event. Moreover, the place is instagrammable with movie posters adorning the walls. The cinema is in the basement, a cosy hideaway from winter blues.
The party was great with movies and pop corn, I quite enjoyed it. I am really bad at taking photos for the blog, let alone outfit photos without momo- so here is me, working that stairs pose laughably. I wore the shearling jacket from Bershka as always, the vinyl trousers (you can barely see it) is from Reserved, the shoes are from Asos and the baker boy hat is from Topshop. I would love to go around London more, so let me know if you have any suggestions on where to head out next..
27th Jan: Date with momo #1
When I first got a 9-5, I took momo aka my mum out often as I could spend some quality time with her so thus began our mum-daughter dates. However the past year, I had been in my stress bubble so often that I neglected my family time but I have learned that work is not everything, you need to leave that & concentrate on what matters at the end of the day and thats family. Thus, am starting this year with a few dates out with momo.
Our first date trip, I took out her to see Kyoto Garden at Holland park.Holland park is a small park situated right next to the bigger well known Hyde park. We went to see the garden but its smaller than expected. W ended up taking a few photos in different gardens there, a lot of my ootds and as you can see, momo didn’t know how to zoom in – tech is not her forte.
Talking about ootd, I am trying to wear in more colours this year and this red midi dress (?), it turned into a maxi on me, from Zara is great. It has split on both sides which you can’t see from the photos and I was wearing multiple tights, nevertheless a great find from last season; pairing it with my trusty shearling Bershka coat and Zara heels. The bag is a from a sample sale.
After walking around the park, we ended up in the dumpling place in chinatown- no food post here because I am pretty bad at taking food photos. Overall, a good day out- might plan another one soon..