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Brighten up your Winter Outfits with a bit of yellow!
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WGSN Hangout Talks about importance of Fashion Bloggers!

If you guys were busy between 5-6pm UK time, and missed out one of the most amazing discussion hosted by WGSN on Fashion Bloggers and their relation/influence on Fashion week, then worry no more and keep on reading!

The Google hangout was live and there was a lot of buzz on twitter using the hashtag #wgsnhangout, however I have just realised that the 1 hour long discussion is on youtube (See Below).

So Pocket this post for your weekend morning cuppa of inspiration before the Fashion weeks start.

WGSN is also giving away top tips for A/W 14/15 #NYFW report for FREE! Click here to get your hands on it!

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Michael van der Ham LFW SS2014

I had the great privilege of going and meeting Michael van der Ham 2 days before his LFW show at his Stoke Newington atelier, thanks to CND nails (Creative Nail Design) who have partnered with Michael over the last 2 seasons to create beautiful nail art for the show.

In an intimate conversation with Michael and the oh so Charismatic Jan Arnold, the co-founder of CND nails, I was told, what was the process behind the collection and then how it led to such a successful and creative collaboration between the 2 art lovers.

CND nails, has been on a mission to bring innovation with creative art and technology for the last 30 years in the nail industry, and as a result is the force behind many runways shows for the past 18 years with collaborating with 3.1 Phillip Lim, Herve Leger, Alexander Wang et al, so it was but natural to team up with the talented London based designer Michael.

After last season’s rustic metallic nail, this collection reflected derelict yet a feminine woman. Inspired by the photographs of African women working in fields, captured beautifully in Jackie Nickerson’s book Farm, the pieces and the fabrics were hand embroidered, and were fragile in texture, layered with brocades, which Michael is known for. The key words were hand made, layered and richly textured.

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Inspiration Mood Board at the Atelier.

The fabrics once sent to CND nails’ team were taken up by Jan and her team of creative artists who decided to call this collection as Michael’s Garden.

Colours were inspired from a dream like garden, all tied together in Monet-like French impressionism VERY glossy mini nail canvases.

Each of the nails were hand painted, and I was told 270 hours of intensive labour has gone into pre painting and application of the nails on the model on the day of the show!

“We can execute whatever he dreams of..” says Jan brimming with confidence, which is a boon to have when collaborating with another creative.

“Jan gives me confidence to dream whatever I want, and she just gets it..despite the time zones and the fact that we actually meet only a day before the show!” says Michael.

This is a very wearable look, and despite the CND Nails artists working hours on each nail with a thin wax film to ensure consistency to maintain the fluidity of the pattern, the key factor to keep in mind is gloss.

Jan recommends short nails, with über details of sponging with dusty colours as a base, with one pop colour like Coral as the highlight with coats of their Super Shiny top coat (which I must admit I have, and it is indeed a work of art..see my instagram here)

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The creative duo, Jan and Michael at Michael’s atelier.

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Exclusive Christian Louboutin for Michael van der Ham

Exclusive Christian Louboutin for Michael van der Ham

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L’oreal Hair team give way glossy ponytail trend this season.

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MAC makeup bring it all together with dewy makeup and Shimmer Eyes.

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To see the rest of the collection, click here



The Amazing 5inchandup Sandra Hagelstam

Meeting Sandra Hagelstam of recently was like bumping into a college friend. I had heard her speak at a few events before and I always thought she was really approachable, and that she was! Smiling away with her camera and her stunning Celine shoes(don’t know how you do it girl!), Sandra is the girl next door both on and off her blog(Albeit a very stylish Girl next door)!

If you ever spot her on the streets for her street style blog “The Neighbourhood watch” or outside Fashion Weeks, you must observe her while she is taking pictures. She dives likes a swan to get her self in a position to get her shot.Her footworks, (including the shoes) are a sight!

Here are some of my pictures of her taken recently.

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I just made a quick video of the above images to try my hand at Vlogging!


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