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Fashion, London, Street Style

3 ways to wear a bandana and look Avantissimo

There are certain accessories that will never go out of fashion and small bandanas are certainly one of them. A bit retro, pin up and rebellious – they add that extra punch to a look, whether you keep it chic or playful.

Italian fashion is known for their love for colour and accessories, therefore there was no wonder that luxury fashion outlet Fidenza Village teamed up with 5 worldwide known illustrators to produce 5 exclusive limited edition bandana  in tribute to futurist artist Depero. Very graphic and vibrant designs printed on solid, high quality italian cotton can finish any look and add that juicy touch to any fresh spring look.

My favourite bandana was done by Roman Muradov and here is how I styled it in 3 ways compromising current high street trends.

 

LOOK 1 – BANDANA AS HEADBAND

The classic bandana on a head always reminds me of 50’s pin up girls and I think they just look plain girly sexy and fun.

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LOOK 2 – BANDANA ON WRIST

These bandanas are so colorful and beautiful, that I thought they could look amazing as a bracelet on its own. The geometric shapes made it look like piece of art and it brings a lot of attention to your handbag when you hold it as well – so make sure your bandana matches a bag you carry.

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LOOK 3 – BANDANA ON NECK

Final classic look that was very trendy last year. This is perfect for an formal or office meeting.

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Bandana: Fidenza Village – Kreativehouse – design by Roman Muradov

Check the post and recap of the collaboration by Kreativehouse

Skirt: Zara

Top: Miss Selfridge

Shoes: Miss Selfridge

Bag: Zara

Photography by Zac Mahrouche  

Grazie Kreativehouse & Fidenza Village!

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Fashion, Motivation, Street Style

Look Up High – Move On. Happy 2017.

img_39702016 didn’t begin well for me.

I was disappointed, drained and confused. In fact, in the midst of the NYE party with friends, I burst into tears.

I felt overwhelmed and hopeless. Despite the new dream job I had I was very stressed with it, I felt like I was losing my purpose and felt like I won’t be able to get out of where I was. I was stuck.

So here we go a year later…

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I feel empowered. I feel joyful. The sense of purpose of my passions is back and I evolved.

I made so many necessary steps to move on, with small steps I committed in 2016 to heal myself. I knew that state of mind on beginning of 2016 was temporary – my heart kept telling me – there MUST be a way to get out of it. Even though my mind felt stuck – my heart kept whispering that I would be able to get out of that dark place.

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And there is and was – I don’t own it all to myself, but also to many wonderful new friends I made, beautiful adventures, travels and celebrated success.

The major ones were undeniably my One Day video – my most beloved, personal project – to achieve so much success over the world on the fashion film festivals. These were the seeds that I planted with so much sweat and pain a year before – only to see them grow in 2016.

This was such an inspiring process that helped me to heal and grow – and move on.

Even if you feel stuck – keep working, keep believing. Rest, observe, analyse and step back if you need to. That’s what I did – I needed to reevaluate my dreams and goals in order to make necessary and beautiful new changes happen.

I have so many ideas to share and plans already to be done in 2017, but that energy I thought that would have never been back is with me – and I am so thankful for the beautiful and inspiring lesson I received in 2016, that also marked my dreams coming true.

One of my goals is to finally be more open and inspire – and be more committed to my art. I have so much to tell and if you are willing to read and listen – I am here.

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Have an inspiring and full of blessings 2017 – full of positive signs from here and above.

Skirt: Topshop

Top: Minkie

Shoes: River Island

Bag: Lulu Guinness

Photography by Zac Mahrouche  

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Fashion, Fashion Illustration, Live Illustration, London

London Graphic Centre – How to draw clean

A couple of weeks ago London Graphic Centre organised a Students Day, greeting warmly new arts students with events, workshops and special discounts in their flagship store.
Although I have graduated a while ago I still remember the days of when I was a London art student and since then I have been a regular customer and fan of the store and all the great supplies that London Graphic Centre has to offer. And I was more than happy to receive a couple of goodies that arrived in my bag!

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I am most popular for live illustration and quick drawings, so I like to work quite clean.

I always start a sketch with a pencil and that must basic tool for any designer wasn’t missing in the bag! I did a quick outline of proportions and composition with the pencil.

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I am a fan of markers of all sorts and I was happy to find my all time favourite Staedler Pigment Liner which I always use for my sessions. It is perfect for details of the face and gestural accents.

Finally I usually finish my illustration with ink and brushes to add the contrast and bold lines, however I found a great alternative for this with this pocket size, cute thick marker. I was surprised how great it can replace the bold edges if you run out of ink!

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If you are a student make sure you get a 15% off discount card from London Graphic Centre. As a student it saved a lot of my budget and at the same time I did not need to compromise on the quality of the artwork I was creating. The best deal is that it works with the current instore promotions and you can especially get amazing deals on sketchbooks – you can never have enough of them!

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When it comes to style I am quite obsessed with the trend of slip dress. Now that we have colder weather it’s even more fun to layer it over other pieces. The romantic 70’s embroidered shirt with a collar is toning down the dress that could also be worn as an evening piece. I finished it all with jeans which almost look like jeggins and I thought it’s cool to see how each individual strong pieces from different styles come together and can keep you a bit warmer and more daring!

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What I wore:

Dress: Mango

Shirt: Mango

Jeans: Miss Selfridge

Photography by Zac Mahrouche  

Thank you London Graphic Centre!

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Fashion, London Fashion Week, Street Style

London Fashion Week AW16

Do you remember that feeling as a child when you were waiting for Christmas? How excited you were about decorating the Christmas tree, Santa coming to town bring you presents, the joy and excitement, feeling as if world was turning into fairy tale?

Not that I am no longer a Christmas fan, but the feeling I used to anticipate during holidays when I was little around  I discovered again a couple of years ago, when I first attended London Fashion Week. I am always so much looking forward to that time, because this brings out the emotions in me as if I was living in a chapter from fairy tale. The shows, running around through showrooms, spotting vibrant street style, bumping into old and new fashion friends… This is what makes my heart race!

I have been regularly working with 55 Factory aka 55 Pages and I became a regular contributor to the magazine with my fashion illustration trends, which allows me to get to enjoy the LFW to the fullest.

MY LOOK – DAY ONE

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Day one always has been the busiest for me – so I know that I had to wear something comfortable (meaning no high heels!). I decided to wear for the first time trainers from Max Mara – I invested in them with the thought of LFW and since I am a devoted shine lover I knew these need to belong to my wardrobe. I combined these with a long t-shirt / cape from the Ragged priest – (which I also thought is a weird LFW kind of thing when buying) and mermaid sequin skirt from Mohito.  My style is always about mixing something extravagant with elegant, therefore I toned it down with a shirt (Cos) which I thought nicely layered with shiny fabric and  grey hat (Miss Selfridge ) . The silver shine continued with jewellery and disco ball pouch from Lulu Guinness – of course I had to promote the brand I work for!

 

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I knew my outfit worked in the crowd of greatly dressed fashionistas when I was spotted by L’oreal and Label M street style photographers – I hope to find my photos across their blogs, if you do please do not hesitate to let me know!

THE SHOWS

J. JS Lee

The day started off with attending the show from J. JS Lee which was held in the official BCF space. I have seen the last season’s show and the designer introduced bolder elements in her AW16 collection. I especially loved the suits that matched with the shoes in the same cross patch, colorful fabric. The whole collection was elegant, showcasing classic and well-toned silhouettes- I definitely think it was a stronger collection than last season.

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Clio Peppiatt

After that I rushed into presentation of one of Clio Peppiatt – designer I am very happy to see evolving. I spotted for the very first time her collection a year ago in Freemasons Hall showrooms. I see a great progress in her branding, design and art direction. Since I have been a fan ever since I met Clio I love to attend her presentations, which are quirky, fun, retro and bring a lot of glamorous shine! I have a sweet spot for kitsch in fashion, therefore Clio wins my heart every time.

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This season Clio invited her audience to her vision of motel – 60’s extravaganza in embelished motives, colorful furs shades of pink but with a fiery spirit (prints with matches!). It almost felt like as if her motel was taken over by Nabokov’s Lolitas, giving flirtatous looks in black berets with veils. The guests were served tiny cupcakes with a glittery cherry on top, which only later I found out was actually edible… (after long contemplation whether I should eat it and have my lipstick ruined wind made the decision for me – it blew it away!)

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The collection was also a collaboration with Tatty Devine, famous for laser cut colorful jewellery (which I am a fan of also). I am very keen on seeing where Clio’s art direction goes and her brand definitely is on fashion radar.

Edeline Lee

Edeline Lee’s AW16 collection took a monochrome minimal direction and oversize shapes. I mostly admired the white, heavy weight fabric oversize dress with slouchy pockets which definitely was the focal point of the collection. I could see that dress look amazing in white snow scenery (if there is going to be any next winter?). However, it worked extremely well with the set design which was created for the presentation. It was an art form on its own – the geometric shapes mixed with mirror triangles, large chess pattern looked as if were taken from the edgy music video. There were also piles made of torn out colorful paper… I must admit that the props took my breath away, and it was hard to leave the spot once you finally could get into the front row of excited crowd taking pictures of this beautiful scenery.

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Point Blank

Point Blank was a curious case. The invitation spoke of invaders, cosmos, toys and aliens… The presentation was held at one of the rooms of ICA. It was a show which you could attend at one time only about 15 people with allocated seats. In the small space there was a big round prop of some unknown planet filled out with toys and odd tiny objects. In the middle of the room – big ladder… The show started with model riding on the scooter, very high glittery boots were the focal point of her look. Another model would carelessly join playing a phone, or with a plastic rod, fishing plastic old school fish toys from the weird planet that started to spin around… Sounds abstract? I loved the idea and the concept, but it wasn’t well executed. The presentation was way too long and it was almost as if there was an amazing promise of great art direction which unfortunately got lost in the middle. I loved the initial concept of theater play – something that designers could be definitely taken further – but don’t make the audience stuck too long!

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Manuel Facchini

Faccchini’s collection was breath taking. I would definitely put it on the list of top 3 I have seen live over this season. The structural game of pattern cutting, elaborate knitwear, innovation in shoe design and execution of detail was a sign of mastery and fashion design of highest quality. The geometric, sharp silhouettes were brought out beautifully in a peaceful surrounding of library and among the large mirrored triangle props. There was an element of gothic darkness and disturb hidden within the strong textiles of these designs, which were masterfully brought out in advanced design craft. I was truly inspired by this collection.

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Fyodor Golan

Fyodor Golan is a designer duo whose new collections I am always looking forward to seeing. Known for the bold neon colors, shiny fabrics and pop approach to fashion they do win my heart and the collections are entertaining to watch. This time Fyodor Golan claimed to be inspired by the theme of birth of Venus  – but enhanced by 60’s pin up and industrial pop.

The motif of Coca Cola, Pin up girls appeared on the looks, following the trends from Moschino or Anya Hindmarch… In my opinion these weren’t the strongest and most innovative designs. However, the collection definitely had its break through with super shiny, large pattern cutting coats or heavy embellished trousers had their entrance to the catwalk. I also loved the bald model who appeared in the show – it was an interesting twist in the show and was a curious interlink between the concept of Venus and industrialization.

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Paul Costelloe

The final show of Day 1 for me in a beautiful scenery at one of the London’s old hotels, where Costelloe’s large fashion illustrations on canvas were on display. The AW16 collection is ‘…Armed for adventure, (…) adding a dramatic edge to the classic style’ (press release). The jaquard, check prints mixed with leather was definitely for a strong woman. The music from Joe Cocker evoked the subtle sexual context and models definitely were bringing out an alluring tease wearing the short dresses with lace. Nevertheless, the collection remained its elegance and the designs were of Italian fashion design great craft. I think that it was the great tailoring kept the collection on higher level, otherwise it could have gone into a wrong direction of too ‘provoking’… Which fortunately wasn’t the case.

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Day one of London Fashion Week was a day to remember and soon I will be posting my fashion reviews from Day two – stay tuned!

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Fashion, London, No category, Street Style

Eyes On Top

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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.

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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!

 

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Enjoy the beautiful sun!

I am wearing:

Cap: Kenzo

Shirt: Zara

Shorts: Zara

Heels: Guess

All photos by Zac Mahrouche

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Fashion, London, Street Style

Girl from Paddington

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/

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Street Style

London Fashion Week – my looks

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.

DAY ONE

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.

 

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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.

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This look made me feel bold, quirky and extravagant – all that I love most about fashion.

DAY TWO

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