A couple of weeks ago I was invited by Metro Acoustic to perform over at their acoustic night promoting unsigned singer songwriters and bands.
To me it was a great experience, knowing that in the large halls of the building my idols have recorded their songs – Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson are just a couple to mention.
I was performing a set of my original songs, including the acoustic premieres of my upcoming singles. It was truly special to me to sing these songs for the first time in a place of such musical history importance. One of them is Destiny, which video you can watch below.
Many thanks to Yasmin Mirdamad, who took the video and photos – being a great saxophone player and musician herself.
I have been commissioned a while ago by emerging luxury fashion designer SUKI London to provide her fashion illustrations for her SS15 collection and invitation to the launch party held at Wolf & Badger. I focused on delicacy, watercolor washes and ink that resembled the meticulous lace used all over the beautifully crafted dresses.
The event was held at Mayfair’s Wolf & Badger, which was a perfect location for an intimate launch with fashion friends. The luxury theme of SUKI was supported by beautifully arranged refreshments!
Each of us has those moments of falling in love with a song instantly.
That was my case when ‘Lay Me Down’ came out as a single, before Sam Smith’s album debut was released. I remember that I haven’t felt the affiliation with the melody ; it doesn’t happen often with new releases.
About year and a half later this song became a top chart hit.
I am so happy for Sam Smith’s huge success and he is my great inspiration. I feel a great connection with his melodies and I like to say his songs remind me a bit of my own – therefore I felt like my first published cover had to be a tribute to his music.
The last couple of months have been extremely busy, including the shoot of my music video for upcoming video, EP photoshoot, some animations, songwriting. I am thrilled to release it all in right timing – stay connected!
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Last night I ended up on a long bus ride all the way from East to West London.
That night bus trip that makes you realise that with most of the street/corner of the city you have associated memory and feeling with. I guess at that point most people settle down and feel comfortable they have tamed the city and already developed a bond, closeness and relationship with it.
For me this is the point where I get tempted to discover new alleys and allocate new memories with it and rebuild foundations.
I come to the conclusion that I’m a gypsy at heart?
I like to mix prints and patterns and I was feeling a bit bohemian – the hat always adds that feel. The elements of gold in it and also on the heels added a bit of electric feel to the boho feeling and brought out the spark.
Again with Zac Mahrouche we were exploring the Notting Hill. Enjoy the last day of bank holiday!
It looks like the spring has finally come to London and I always get so happy when the sun visits the streets of this vibrant city!
I am an absolute fan of graphic black and white and I continue the journey of this combination before the full blossom of flowers arrives. The Kenzo cap is definitely the focus of the look, but I decided to tone it down with a loose, semi-elegant shirt. The shorts and knee highs added a bit of playful element. In total I achieved a look which is sexy, quite elegant but also playful.
I am a huge fan of vintage and I could not help to have a peek into a pop up shop with absolutely beautiful selection of unique vintage garments. The extremaly large mirror encouraged me to strike some poses!
The exhibition of fashion illustration at H&M is unfortunately finished, but I am still living the beautiful memory of that grand momentum. The event was celebrated with the private view that was arranged at the H&M gallery of the flasghip store in Oxford Circus. The night was warm, breezy and definitely exciting. It was wonderful to meet the fashion illustration enthusiasts and of course the other illustrators that were involved in the project.
As part of the collaboration of H&M with London College of Fashion I have been given a project of every fashion illustrator’s dream. I won a competition for Fashion Illustration graduates to illustrate one of the H&M new season collections.
My illustrations have been arranged in the most representative part of Oxford Circus store – right at the entrance in the heart of Oxford Circus, where the heart of fashion world beats loud and proud. They are large scale prints and are set up with the mannequins.
In addition to this the 4th floor lounge at H&M oxford Circus will be transformed into a pop-up gallery, where all the projects are presented.
More photos from the launch party and event coming very soon!
The exhibition runs from Monday 16th March to Sunday 29th March in the opening hours of H&M flagship store in Oxford Circus from 9:00 – 21:00 .
I have been a Londoner for last 3 years but only recently moved to the West side of London. Once the sun started to come out it encouraged me to explore more of my neighbourhood. I must admit I am falling in love with Notting Hill area every day – after living 3 years in Highbury & Islington.
This is my very first look that I combined with the elegant white architecture of Paddington streets. I am wearing black and white to bring out the boldness of the architecture.
All the photographers were taken by a rising street style photography talent Zac Mahrouch – watch out for him, he is a real pleasure to work with and has a great eye and skills for very young age! http://www.zacmahrouchephoto.co.uk/
London Fashion Week is always something I look forward dearly – the excitement of awaiting of shows, seeing new collections, meeting new excting people and admiring street style is more than enough to make my heart jump!
For me it’s a great source of inspiration and networking, therefore LFW is something that cannot be missed!
I was attending the shows also on behalf of Christopher Sims who is the editor in chief of 55 Factory and 55 Magazine, to which I have been contributing with my fashion illustrations.
It is also a real chance for me to try my best in styling. I am not a professional stylist, this is something I have been doing for my own pleasure and passion – therefore it is always a great test for me to see what feedback I get from Sommerset House visitors. And it was a truly great one! I had gained a great interest and feedback this year on my looks and encouraged by positive words I decided to create this blog.
The customized bow made by Anna Kostina was a true sensation. It has been my signature headpiece I have been wearing on my gigs and performances and I was sure it would gain excellent exposure at LFW – who doesn’t love the quirky there?
I combined my pop bow with truly pop T-shirt / dress from SS15 Moschino – I thought the pop culture of big bow and striking M (as a symbol of McDonald’s) would work together great as a playful, pop arty match.
In addition that I wore a faux fur from Bershka (Black & White always works great with red) and my secret weapon which was coresspondance to Moschino and the bow – golden camera bag from Accessorize (true bargain I must admit!). The whole look was completed by the elegant touch of my Guess stilettos I got in NYC.
This look made me feel bold, quirky and extravagant – all that I love most about fashion.