#THETRIBE Intimate

Soul to Soul with a beautiful soul. Love this capture by @CristinaRossiPhotography from our TRIBE Intimate gathering. Find out more about the movement here.

#SHEinspiresme Brunch

Women for Women International hosted their annual #SheInspiresMe Lunch in partnership with Swarovski at the Bluebird, Chelsea, with Key Note Speaker Christina Lamb OBE, leading British foreign correspondent and bestselling author. In front of a captive audience, the ‘Farewell Kabul’ author sat in conversation with Tiffanie Darke, founder and director of Method, News UK’s new creative agency. As always, hats off to Executive Director of Women for Women International, Brita Fernandez Schmidt, for bringing together a room full of intent, power and change-makers.

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Bespoke your world

My journey with designing started with customising pieces, I used to pull items from my sisters’ wardrobes (with or without their consent) and add beads, trim and embellishments to them, creating an (almost) unrecognisable piece. A few weeks ago I posted this, about how my mother always used to make unique outfits for my two sisters and I, and how wearing something I knew no one else would have would always made me feel unique and quite badass. It is because of this early, personal journey with personalisation (excuse the pun) and bespoke fashion that I love everything Bespoke Your Work stands for.

Apparently the experiences you remember the most are ones that surprise you, and when I was invited to an evening of personalised luxury at Cafe Royal Hotel with Bespoke Your World, I had no idea what to expect. Actually, that is not entirely true, I expected to be besieged with designers selling luxury, but I didn’t expect to connect with the soul of the brands so much, simply because of how the event was cleverly set up to tell each and every brands’ story.

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WGSN futures Awards

The WGSN Futures Awards 2016 took place at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London on 26 May 2016 where some of the world’s leading fashion innovators were recognised in a star-studded ceremony hosted by broadcaster and designer Fearne Cotton. With the hall of fame award going to British Vogue’s Alexandra Shulman & a celebration of the most innovative designers, this year’s awards were not to be missed and top winners included globally renowned names such as Farfetch, Timberland, Kate Spade and John Lewis as well as up-and-coming brands and designers who are set to make waves in the industry including Hill & Friends, Richard Braqo, Mimi Wade and Baartmans & Siegel.

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WGSN futures with the Girl Gang

I recently attended the WGSN Awards with long time gal-pal Courtney Blackman, fashion expert and style presenter, Stefanie Jones and stylist Rebekah Roy. I have known Courtney for years (in fact we often tell people that she is my white twin and watch them try to process that, it’s quite hilarious).

I recently found this throwback image of Courtney and I in London on one of our early nights out and boy did it remind me how long London streets have been my stomping grounds…do you ever have that moment when you realise how much you love your city?! Anyway, back to the awards…The WGSN Futures Awards (formerly the WGSN Global Fashion Awards) are the grand finale to WGSN Futures, celebrating innovation in design, business and technology, as well as breakthrough talent on a global scale. I loved getting ready with the girls and receiving the full attentive service of the AOF Makeup team for full do-overs (who doesn’t love a nice makeover?!) before heading over to the venue, this year Number 8 Northumberland Avenue.

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Copenhagen Fashion Summit

The Copenhagen Fashion Summit is the world’s largest event on sustainable fashion. The Summit contained an eight-hour dense programme with a total of 52 speakers and panellists. Among these were Renzo Rosso from OTB Group, Vanessa Friedman, fashion director and chief fashion critic of the New York Times, Suzy Menkes, Vogue international editor, Hannah Jones, CSO of Nike, Inc. and Anna Gedda, Head of Sustainability of H&M.

At the summit speaker Shubhankar Ray, global brand director of G-Star, launched the Ocean Clean Wash charter in partnership with Plastic Soup Foundation, which focuses on reducing the ocean plastic pollution, especially micro plastic released into the ocean from washing clothes. The declaration was signed by Danish Fashion Institute, among others. Head of Couture Brigitte Stepputtis took at a panel discussion on making luxury more sustainable, and discussed the Red Carpet Green Dress initiative amongst others. Three days prior to the summit (9-11 May), 116 students gathered for a Youth Fashion Summit to work on how to integrate the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals into the fashion industry, these ideas were presented at the summit and handed over to President of the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft, who promised to take them to the UN. The Copenhagen Fashion Summit is a biennial non-profit event organised by Danish Fashion Institute on behalf of Nordic Fashion Association.

Women For Women Car Boot Sale

As many of you know Women for Women International is one of my charities of choice for this year, earlier this year I dedicated my birthday to them. Well, last month, as part of Women for Women International’s #SheInspiresMe campaign, The Store and Brewer Street Car Park became home to the first ever #SheInspiresMe Car Boot Sale.

Here is what Women for Women International had to say about the event and the women involved.

World-renowned designers and fashionistas including Alex Eagle, Alice Temperley, Bay Garnett, Charlotte Olympia Dellal, Hikari Yokoyama, Laura Bailey, Saffron Aldridge, Zoe Kuipers and Samata generously cleared out their own wardrobes and filled up car boots to raise money for the inspirational women survivors of war that Women for Women International supports. Fashion brand L.K.Bennett also sold chic sample sale pieces from their own car boot. Guests were treated to fashion and accessories on sale, ranging from affordable T-shirts and personal knick-knacks to well-priced ex-sample and designer pieces. There was also exclusive tote bags designed by Quentin Jones on sale at the event.

The #SheInspiresMe Car Boot Sale was a family friendly event, with a Kids’ Car Boot packed with items donated by local schools. Artist and filmmaker Quentin Jones oversaw the children’s craft area, featuring face painting, crafts and luxury tombola. The Braid Bar was on hand to indulge hair fantasies alongside a photo booth to record the results.

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