Monday, 20 February 2017

Burberry February 2017 #LFW...

Image taken from here


Image taken from here

For the February 2017 Burberry runway show, Christopher Bailey took his inspiration from the work of sculptor Henry Moore.  It's hard to imagine how such work could be interpreted for the runway, but Bailey achieved it beautifully.  

The scene was set by music artist Anna Calvi, who provided an eerie soundtrack for the show's opener.  The palette of the collection was fairly neutral and there was a definite correlation between this and the 2016 September show.  There was once again, an abundant use of lace and frill, with Elizabethan collars featuring heavily as part of the show's finale.



The opening look was another modernisation of the trench; Burberry's ultimate staple piece.  This time it was oversized lapels and asymmetric lines that made it different from previous versions.  Asymmetric cuts were a firm favourite of this collection, with off the shoulder dresses, jumpers and capes all featuring.  As always with Burberry, the tailoring was exceptional, particularly with the menswear.

Asymmetric trench

Beautiful tailoring shown in Menswear

One of my favourite looks from the collection was the oversized boiler suit, with detailing on the shoulders.  Such a simple of use of cut and colour made the detailing stand out beautifully.


As a lover of French fashion, I also really loved the inclusion of Breton stripes...


The lines were blurred between Mens and Womenswear and most pieces had a real unisex feel about them (with the exception of some of the lace dresses).


Another favourite of mine was the Pea coat which hung beautifully;  Burberry always get it right when it comes to tailoring!


The show's finale was exceptional; feathers, frills, pearls, glitter and chainmail-every model wore a cape or a collar featuring one of these details.  The result?  Catnip for the eyes; pure perfection.  Bravo Mr Bailey, you've done it again!

As Burberry now deliver their collections under the 'buy now, wear now' format, all of these looks can be purchased now online at Burberry.com as well as makeup and accessories from the show.  Also, Maker's House will be featuring the work of Henry Moore and the inspiration and process behind the show between the 21st-27th of February (for more information click here).

What do you think of the collection?

xxx

All images (other than those whose links have been listed) were taken from Vogue.co.uk and are not my own.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Chanel Haute Couture SS '17...

Hello lovelies!

Fashion month is upon us again and to be honest, I can't wait for the London portion (Burberry anyone?!) but until then, I've been trying to get caught up with what I missed of the Haute Couture shows a few weeks ago, namely Chanel.


Of course everyone was talking about the amazing finalé look modelled by Lily-Rose Depp.  But what I love most about Chanel Haute Couture is the immense tailoring and the finer details that you simply wouldn't get from a normal runway collection.  I've handpicked my favourite looks (and I've even illustrated one of them) from the show and will discuss them in more detail-but if you get a spare moment, you can watch the full film of the collection here SPOILER ALERT-it's a beauty!!

Look 1

From the off, Look 1 was simple yet striking.  The detail here is in the tailoring of the bouclé, and I loved the pussybow collar, very Karl, very Parisienne!  J'adore!

Look 6

Look 6 was my favourite of the 'suiting' looks.  I love the length of the coat, and the combination of this with a lighter more fluid flowing dress.  The hat is the perfect finishing detail of the ensemble.  I loved it so much I had to sketch it....

...thoughts? Expect more illustrations on my blog over the coming weeks!

Look 40

Look 40 is exceptional elegance at its best.  I absolutely love the finer detail on the jacket and on the trim of the dress; a perfect look for a summer ball or wedding (if only I could afford the hefty pricetag!).

Look 52

Again, it was the elegant embellishments that caught my eye with Look 52 but I also love the shape; perfectly flattering for a small waist.  Absolutely stunning!

Look 65

The final few looks of the show were showstoppers, perfect cocktail party dresses with inspiration from a variety of eras and Look 65 was my favourite of them all!  I love the fluidity of it and the flowing feathers after the slim slip-dress style structure.  Perfect for any red carpet-amazing!

Which looks were your favourites?

Happy fashion month!

Kay xxx

(All images (except illustration) credited to Chanel.com, I do not own these images)





Thursday, 9 February 2017

Dining at the Bowes...




The Bowes Museum is celebrating it's 125th anniversary this year, and what better way to celebrate a birthday than with cake!  Yes, last Wednesday I decided to visit the museum to try out afternoon tea at Café Bowes; my Mam and I love afternoon tea and it's a perfect way to spend a day off!  I love visiting the museum when I have some spare time, and I couldn't wait to see what afternoon tea there (my other favourite pastime!) had to offer!


It must've been wonderful to dine with the Bowes family just over 125 years ago.  John and Josephine were avid collectors, hence the building of the museum in the first place, and if you get chance to visit the museum now, it's worth visiting the 'Dining with the Bowes' display; for a glimpse into the finery of dining with the Bowes family.

 Lady Josephine Bowes, pictured with her dog, loved to collect

Some of the pottery, porcelain and silverware displayed, gives the viewer a glimpse of the crockery that the family would have used in their everyday lives as well as those pieces reserved for finer dining.  





I was really impressed with the silverware on display, (some bearing the Bowes' family coat of arms) and was interested to learn that a lot of it was bought by John Bowes' great grandfather, who spent a whopping £1090 on silverware before his second marriage.  It's clear to see John's love of collecting certainly ran in the family!

Exploring the museum certainly helped to work up an appetite, and after drooling over all of the sweets and treats on offer in the museum shop, we were certainly more than ready for our afternoon tea.  I love Café Bowes; you always get the warmest welcome, the atmosphere is great and the food is absolutely delicious!  I was so glad I booked a table in advance and was given a window seat; my favourite place to sit is one where I can admire the beautiful gardens below.  We were a little early so ordered coffee when we arrived but thankfully, the chef had been informed that we'd arrived so we didn't have to wait long for our food...


...and it looked so beautiful, we couldn't wait to delve into the goodies (my Bertie Burberry bear wanted a piece of the action too!!).

Choice of sandwiches was cheese savoury, ham and pease pudding and salmon and cream cheese on  brown granary bread.  The sandwiches were delicious and there were more than enough; there certainly wasn't any skimping on the portion size!  The small fruit scone was perfect (and still warm!); sometimes a larger scone is too filling with an afternoon tea, so this one was just right.


Last, but by no means least, the cake layer was absolutely outstanding.  The mini Victoria sponge with fresh strawberries was so moist, the chocolate straw melted in my mouth and the mini macaron was absolutely delicious!  The layered Tiramisu cake was tasty too, but a little too rich for my palette (nevertheless I managed to demolish it!!).

On the whole, the afternoon tea was up there with one of the best I've ever had.  With our coffees and pot of tea included in the price, it was £25 for two people; a real bargain as most afternoon teas of this calibre start at around £15 per person.  I also got a ten percent discount for being a Friend of the museum!  I'd certainly recommend it-it was outstanding and my Mam and I had a wonderful afternoon!



With full tummies, it was time for us to make our way home, but I'm sure we'll be back again soon for another adventure!

Until next time,

Kay xx

Afternoon tea at The Bowes Museum is £25 for two people.  To reserve your table you can contact Café Bowes by emailing cafe@bowesmuseum.org.uk or by calling 01833 694605.  For more information on visiting the museum, check out their website here.