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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Sheffield Botanical Gardens

The Sheffield Botanical Gardens were designed in 1834 by famed landscape designer Robert Marnock and established in 1836 by a group of residents concerned about the lack of open spaces in the city; an estimated 12,000 visited the Gardens in its opening year. Today, most of the site's original design has been preserved and the Gardens are a Grade II listed English Heritage site of special historic and architectural interest, most notably the glass pavilions situated at the brow of the Gardens and the bear pit.

Friday, 16 December 2016

The Edit: Updated Monochrome

Ever the forward-thinkers, Zara pull off a modern interpretation of the bell bottoms; cropped with extra frills. Offbeat silver boots add a futuristic twist.
Source: zara.com
Likewise, the frayed denim trend is here to stay, and funky socks are always a neat treat. Ok ok ok, these shoes are actually a baby pink - but what's life without whimsy?
An easy way to reinvent an otherwise uninspiring all-black outfit is to mix up the textures, like this longline leather jacket over a lacy slip dress at The Row Resort '17.
Source: therow.com
From the Rework capsule collection at Urban Outfitters - a beaten up white tee with a frayed satin cargo skirt and matching maxi coat.
Source: urbanoutfitters.com/uk
Relaxed grunge vibes on the Saint Laurent spring/summer 2017 runway. A blue denim jacket isn't exactly a 'pop' of colour, but adds another dimension to an otherwise black and white/leather and cotton outfit. And I'm not telling you all to go bra-less and don a totally mad arm piece on your next night out, but playful details can transform an outfit from office professional to swanky bars and cocktails in an instant.
Sources: blog.nextmanagement.com / kokolife.tv
Source: yantops VILLOID
Take inspiration from icons of popular culture, like Bob Dylan and David Bowie in The Man Who Fell to Earth. BD cemented his cool AF credentials early on in his career with his muted colour palette and smart/casual tailoring (with and without a cigarette in hand). DB as humanoid alien Thomas Newton balanced sharp masculine tailoring with feminine pieces like culottes, but pulling it off helps if you have Bowie's sex appeal and charisma.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

The 2017 Pirelli Calendar is a Work of Art

The unveiling of the annual Pirelli calendar is the pivotal send-off to the year, and a pretty lavish one at that. Last year, acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovitz became the first woman to shoot the calendar in 25 years, and her subjects, which included icons such as Serena Williams and Amy Schumer, channeled an au naturel attitude to reinvent the typical pin-up style seen throughout the calendar's history.

This time round, the downright gorgeous black and white untouched photographs were shot by renowned fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh, and feature 14 leading ladies and a university professor. Discussing the calendar in an interview for Pirelli's website, Lindbergh said:
"I wanted to use the 2017 Calendar to make a statement for a different kind of beauty. The current system promotes only one kind of beauty that is very connected to youth and perfection because it is a system based on consumption, whose idea of beauty doesn’t have anything to do with reality and with women. I think we need to take a step back and realize that this idea of beauty does not help women and on the contrary makes them unhappy. I want to use the Pirelli platform to send another message and the message is that beauty is much more than what we are used to seeing in commercials."
This is such an important but vastly underrepresented philosophy that seems so obvious in principle but is rarely, or ever, actualised beyond public criticism. Some of the actresses gracing the calendar this time round are:

Jessica Chastain
Source: @therealpeterlindbergh Instagram

Julianne Moore
Source: @therealpeterlindbergh Instagram
Uma Thurman
Source: pirellicalendar.pirelli.com

Others are: mega-babe Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Dame Helen Mirren, Robin Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Swedish sweetheart Alicia Vikander, my obsession of the moment Rooney Mara, Charlotte Rampling, Zhang Ziyi, and Parisian idol Lea Seydoux, as well as Moscow State University professor Anastasia Ignatova.

More like this pls.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

The Edit: Winter Coats

THE LONG OVERCOAT:
Burgundy,  £44.99, New Look / Black, £75, Glamorous
Embroidered, £95, River Island / Belted, £145, Warehouse

HAPPY MEDIUM:
Shearling, £95, Monki / Checked, £99.99, Zara
Zig zag, £69.99, Mango / Mustang, £169, Olive
Rain mac, £59, Topshop / Parka, £48, Vero Moda

SHORT AND SWEET:
Padded, £85, Weekday / Faux fur, £80, Oasis
Suede biker, £45, Dorothy Perkins / Sequinned, £69.99, H&M