Independent East London Fashion Part 2

With this look I wanted to zoom in on the two pieces of gold jewellery – the cuff and necklace. The cuff was gifted, made by Laura Elizabeth. The pieces in Laura Elizabeth’s jewellery collections represent personal stories and the lives of incredible people she calls friends. In this case, named after Laura’s friend ‘Courtenay’, my cuff is a cast of a dusty miller leaf. Made from 100% recycled brass and gold (or silver) plated, it’s completely movable so can be moulded to your wrist. Even though parts look thin, it is strong and tough. Coupled with the outfit, I wore my ‘Classic diamond medallion necklace’. AWE jewellery is anchored by the AWE medallion— its four teardrops represent the blood, sweat and tears (of sorrow and joy) that define each survivor’s journey. Wearing AWE signals to the world that you’re stronger because of your experience, and connects you to a larger community while giving back to your fellow survivors. Giving AWE says, “I’m in AWE of you and what you’ve overcome.

Photo credit: Brandon Hickman

My ‘I Want Your Love’ jumpsuit (currently available only in red) is from independent fashion brand, The Lazy Ones. Created in 2001 by the creative duo Nat and Diego, The Lazy Ones started as a band to later give name to the label and in 2004 to the store located in Shoreditch. TLO is sourced and manufactured in London and its on-going collections have secured them contracts with some of the biggest international retail companies such as Topshop, PixieMarket or Itochu in Japan. Beyonce, Kate Moss, Alexa Chung, Keira Knightley or Felicity Jones are among some of the names that have shopped for The Lazy Ones designs.

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Independent East London Fashion Part 1

Independent British fashion was the order of the day with this look, the statement piece coming from one of my most comfortable pair of trousers. Found off the beaten path, independent fashion, Brick Lane will always be one of my go-to’s – you can find anything from a vintage leather jacket to small British designers, making on a small scale and selling no-two-are-alike collections. You can spend hours walking end to end and still not have discovered all the long street and its adjacent lanes have to offer.

My trousers were picked up in one of my favourite shopping haunts – Twins Diverse. Inspired by the concept of a single source – in this case, design duo Silvio Orrico and Sonia Tauhid – spawning two unique personalities, the his-and-her wares at Twins Diverse share the same DNA, but little else. While the men’s line of graphic tees, denim and a standout yellow biker jacket skews casual, the more delicate, dressier women’s pieces include Euro-chic skirts and trousers with intricate pleats and scalloped edges. For affordable pieces (my trousers cost around £70) that you will wear again and again have a wander down the lane if you live this side of the pond – 194 Brick Lane, E1 6SA, London.

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VOIX Meets Mode Editorial Shoot Look Details

WEAR THE LOOK: Suit – Hebe London (£285) | Ceylon Jungle Silk Scarf – Santorus (£185) | Necklace – Accra, Ghana | Kingfisher Mandarin Orange Earrings –  Toolally (£45)

Makeup – Aleroh Beauty | Photographer – Jonathan Pattinson | Styling – Samata

Created by Gea Antonini, Federica Croce and Laura Zama Hebe – three Italian designers who bring together experience from brands such as Valentino, Roberto Cavalli and Vera Wang – womenswear brand Hebe Studio is quickly becoming known for immaculately tailored suits with a clean, fresh femininity. Essentially designing wardrobe dead certs and everlasting pieces these women are onto something. The brand combines conventional with contemporary to deliver some of the best cuts in trousers or jackets you will ever try on – dress up, dress down, thoughtless wearability meets urbane polish. Read more…

Behind the scenes for Environmental Media Awards

I recently attended the Environmental Media Awards, and loved wearing British brand accessories by Toolally alongside my special find from Sue Ryder.

WEAR THE LOOK: Dress – Aloura London (£204) | Clutch – Sue Ryder Charity Shop | Earrings –  Toolally (£45)

Some of my most favourite pieces have come from independent retailers, luxury (quality-focused) brands, independent designers or one-off vintage markets, and charity shops. I picked up the clutch below up from Sue Ryder Charity (they support people with complex needs and life-threatening illnesses). Personally, I would rather find something original, often vintage, and pre-loved which is great quality , especially when the race to the bottom and design obsolescence has meant that today’s clothing barely compares in quality to what was made 10, 20, 30 years ago. What about you?

The show was hosted by Jaden Smith and honorees for the evening included actress Natalie Portman, producer Russell Simmons and business man/philanthropist Michael Bloomberg. I was interviewed about Red Carpet Green Dress, and it was fantastic to be reunited with my incredible glam squad (Makeup – Kai, Hair – Deidre Chattams).

Find out more about the awards here.

How to tie a headwrap – Part 3

Here is my third headwrap tutorial video – this time featuring a little prop, my AWE Inspired Classic Diamond Awe Medallion’.

Watch the videos here, you can slide right to watch the full video which is broken to 3 parts but clicking on the left and right arrow on the Instagram post below – enjoy! Also clear here to watch the tutorial.


Toolally Spotlight

Toolally is a colourful British brand, born and raised in Yorkshire, with every handcrafted piece fashioned from acrylic and finished in gold vermeil or sterling silver fastenings. Toolally have reimagined the aesthetic of jewellery by combining unconventional materials such as Perspex, stainless steel and solid brass to produce collections bursting with unique shapes and bright colours. Describing their work as ‘jewellery sculpture,’ Toolally aim to combine art and fashion to create bold yet wearable pieces. According to creative director Mags Walker, the Toolally style is a fusion of her obsession with fashion and head-of-studio Kelly’s passion for art.

You can shop the brand here on their site, through independent fashion store (and one of my favourites) Wolf & Badger here or here at John Lewis.

How to tie a headwrap – Part 2
Here is my second headscarf tutorial video, as requested by my Instagram followers…

I tie this style for drama and ease – all your hair away from your face and a pretty cool statement. If this headband tutorial is easy to follow then I’ll keep going, so let me know in the comments please. If you have a favourite style you would like me to recreate, comment under the pic (browse #SamatasHeadwrap on Instagram to see them). This gorgeous headscarf is from  luxury British fashion house Lily and Lionel, I actually met the founder at Tom Dixon  dinner last year – she is incredible and talented so do take a look at what the brand creates by clicking in the link about my look here.

Giving this a go as I was asked to do some headwrap guides for ya. I filmed this very quickly but hope the gist is easy to get? I need to keep it simple when I’m busy and have hair off my face when I’m having ‘a day’. Recently had some allergies and hair needed to be off my face for that reason too. If this headband tutorial is easy to follow then I’ll do some more complicated ones, so let me know in the comments please. Started with a simple one >>> flip over…sorry lighting went crazy, did this by a window and the sun surged! If you have a favourite style you would like me to recreate, comment under the pic (browse #SamatasHeadwrap to see them). _______________________________________________________ #HeadWraps #Guide #HowTo

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Take a look at my first video tutorial above by hovering over the image and clicking the right arrow (on the right side of the picture) which appears in a circle.