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DIARY OF A MODEL SOPHIE LONGFORD DURING NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

The Model's highlights, Beauty Tips to the time she walked for Ralph Lauren's 50th Birthday Anniversary show in NYC

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Ralph Lauren 50th Aniversary Runway show feat. Gigi Hadid, Kaia Gerber and more Celebrity faces from the World of Film, Music and Entertainment Industries
Model Sophie Longford walks the Runway to Celebrate Ralph Lauren’s 50th Birthday Anniversary Show in New York

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A CITY GUIDE TO MILAN: STYLE AND CULTURE THROUGH CUISINE IN EUROPE’S LEADING FASHION CAPITAL

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MILAN

Photo Nadia Rashid
The Milanese public Tram in Central Milan

Not forgetting AC and Inter Milan Football Clubs for all you avid sports fans out there. For those intrigued about discovering Milan, if you like Paris then you came to the right place for sought after luxury designer shopping and high end restaurants take your fancy

Ciao Milano.

The city’s historical landmarks the Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral testify to centuries of art and culture including Leonardo da vinci’s mural ‘the last supper’ housed in the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent pays homage to the grandeur of Italian Renaissance.

 

THE BEST HOTELS IN MILAN

NYX HOTEL MILAN

This stylish new concept and contemporary hotel in the heart of Milan’s city centre is every fashionista’s dream as it’s very close to all the main attractions and just a stone’s throw away from the shopping Mecca of via Corso Buenos Aires and Central Station area of Eateries, bars and bustling nightlife.  Metro station access Republica, Centrale and Porto Venezia are all within walking distance from the hotel.

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THINGS TO TRY AND EXPERIENCE

DUOMO DI MILANO CATHEDRAL

The historic Landmark Duomo di Milano is one of Milan’s most treasured gems being the most grandest Cathedrals in the world that you will ever encounter with its Gothic architecture is quite impressive in all it’s all awe and beauty. I really do think it’s worth visiting and you can gain access to the inside of the building by buying a ticket pass for a couple of hours at a price of 3-4 Euro’s. Tickets can be purchased by the issuing tourist ticket office nearby which is not alot as you get to admire the art work of the cathedrals stained glass windows and visit the Crypt in the lower levels of the building. Separate passes for lift access to the roof is also available at a extra cost too for great views over the city.

Top image: Stain Glassed Window. This image Rooftop of Milan’s Cathedral

 

 

 

PORTO GENOVA

Just imagine the streets aligned with an array of your favourite restaurants and bars to cater to all cuisines both local and international taste this would be where it’s at. It’s like a mini Amsterdam situated along the canal as you watch the day go by. But just remember restaurants close at 3pm and re-open at 7pm to bear this in mind compared to what you’re used to elsewhere in the world. But you must try The Apitervo bars and restaurants who offer a complimentary drink and a food buffet offered at various places along the canal and rather enjoyed taking a stroll along the canal and worth exploring day or night.

 

MILAN FASHION WEEK
Arriving in Milan for Men’s Fashion Week over the summer I just did not know what to expect as it was my first hand experience of visiting the city while doing a bit of sightseeing in between the shows. Already I just knew there was so much I wanted to see and experience during the next few days before returning home to London. Just out of curiosity I was so keen to compare how the Italian’s do fashion week over here in Milan compared to us Brit’s in London. It really took me by surprise how good it actually turned out – no words. Camera Moda the equivalent of the British Fashion Council organise the bi-annual Fashion Week Schedule which require accreditation for both Press and Photographer’s if you happen to get approval is a great way to take in shows and atmosphere during the duration of Milan Fashion Week. But, if you’re not one of the lucky few who can secure an invitation you can still hang around outside the shows and do some street style spotting of fashion influencers on the scene and participate as a blog photographer.
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Edith Marcel Spring Summer 2020 Menswear / Womenswear Show at Camera Moda #MFW

 

 

DISCOVER A TASTE OF CULTURE THROUGH CUISINE

 

OSTERIA MAMMA ROSA

The first thing which comes to mind when you think about living the Italian way of life is culture through cuisine and only the finest authentic food can be found at this Top Milanese Restaurant Osteria Mamma Rosa just off the trendy Corso Buenos Airies. My favourite signature dish here has to be the Sea Bass prepared the Liguria way served with potatoes’  as an alternative to the Grilled Seabass which is also delightfully sumptuous. On arrival prosecco is served before dinner as a gesture of good will and the atmosphere is very friendly and welcoming at this family run restaurant in the heart of Milan.

Ligurian way Sea Bass Fillet with violet potatoes, olives, and “pinoli” pine nuts

 

GELATO ICECREAM

In Italy there are so much choice when it comes to desert especially the selection of Gelato Icecream you can find in various icecream palours dotted around the city such as this place I found ‘Vechi’. The mango sorbet and strawberry with a bit of chocolate was the best way to cool off during a hot summers day in the city while sight seeing in Milan.

APEROL SPRITZ

The signature drink when you come to Italy had to be my favorite always the Aperol Spritz that really reminds of summer and it’s so refreshing with its blend of Aperol liqueur, Prosecco and Soda Water combination is my go to drink during Milan Fashion Week.

 

 

DESIGNER FASHION LABELS & SHOPPING

 

GALLERIA EMANUELE VITTORIO II
The Galleria Emanuele Vittorio II is Milan’s premiere shopping destination that houses all under one roof the world’s most exclusive designer label boutiques from Prada, GUCCI to Chanel and more. Inside this elegant four storey arcade you’ll find high end restaurants if you want to experience authentic Italian cuisine and luxury cafes to unwind after an afternoon of shopping. It’s also a short stroll just outside of the Duomo di Milano piazza which connects  with Teatro alla Scala if you want to admire and catch a glimpse of Milanese renaissance in all its splendor.

 

CORSO BUENOS AIRES

The Corso Buenos Aires the equivalent of London’s Oxford Street you’ll find everything from high street brands, independent small boutiques to designer labels and shop till your heart’s content if you wish. Compared to the shopping streets of London it’s less overcrowded and a bit more laid back so you can shop with ease.

 

VIA MONTENAPOLEONE MILAN’S DESIGNER SHOPPING STREET

When you come to Milan I highly recommend checking out the Montenapoleone District for its luxury fashion boutiques serving the well heeled and discerning clientele. If you’re after the latest styles from the international catwalks you will find it here from big name luxury fashion houses such as Prada, Gucci, Dolce & Gabanna, Missoni, Versace and many more. This neighborhood is rich in history showcasing fine craftsmanship based on tradition to luxury fashion where money talks in this town.  Once a upon a time the street was home to aristocrats and the choice of wealthy families who resided here to open ateliers, boutiques and jewelers.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

 

Milan has two Airports Malpensa and Linate that serve both Europe as well as connecting International destinations worldwide. The airport with the closest proximity to the City is Linate which is 20 mins a Taxi to the city center and Malpensa 45 mins drive away.

From the U.K Milan is easily accessed by a short haul flight journey duration of 1 hour and 30 minutes from London Gatwick Airport with EasyJet and cost approximately £ 89 return which is fantastic value. You can always rely on EasyJet for competitive price and great customer service with a warm welcome from it’s friendly staff who are always very helpful.

I really recommend booking the extra add-ons when booking your flight through EasyJet such as extra leg room and speedy boarding as it makes all the difference so you can travel with ease and not need to worry about being in held up so you spend less time at the Airport.

Airport Transfer’s from Linate into the City Centre I would suggest taking a Taxi outside the Airport as it’s the easier option than taking public transport and cost approx 20 – 30 Euro’s or there’s the option of using an UBER which is available in Milan too if you prefer using this service is present in many countries worldwide.

 

 

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MFW LOOKBOOK | STYLE JOURNAL

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Ciao Milano Fashion Week! I have missed this city, the mornings espresso’s and cappuccinos, the fresh pasta, the Prosecco and Milanese vibe! I haven’t been to Milan since last 2 years and I was so thrilled to be back for MFW and checking out my favourite stores and restaurants.

DAY 1

// The first day was all about classic summer staples and denim //

Milan Fashion Week

Milan Fashion Week

Milan Fashion Week

Day 2

// The second day was all about mixing smart casual and classic statement pieces //

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Milan Fashion Week
Photography Nadia Rashid

 

DEFIANT STATEMENTS OF ANARCHY & SOCIAL FREEDOM AT HOUSE OF HOLLAND AW 19

THE GLOBAL CITIZEN RUNWAY SHOW

 

The House of Holland returns to London Fashion Week this season to showcase their new collection ‘Global Citizen’ for Autumn Winter 2019 inspired by a utilitarian uniform for a generation who feel oppressed by how their world is governed. They want their voices to be heard and are prevalent in today’s society where fashion and politics are intertwined to make strong statements as the woman’s contemporary F**k you uniform staple.

This collection represents new millennials as the ‘Global Citizen’ to be outspoken and rebel for those who cross boundaries and show that creative inspiration cannot be confined. It is a reminder that women are strong, empowered and invigorated to make change which inspired Designer Henry Holland’s muses this season.

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Dress House of Holland; boots Grenson
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WHAT’S THE INSPIRATION THIS SEASON

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“An exclusive collaboration between the House of Holland showcased a T-shirt project with the Netflix Show Sex Education and necklace accessories as vape cage carriers were created in partnership with VYPE”

 

 

An exclusive collaboration between the House of Holland showcased a T-shirt project with the Netflix Show Sex Education and necklace accessories as vape cage carriers were created in partnership with VYPE. I also noticed the signature Grenson hiking boots were a carry over staple from the previous season but given a western woven paracord spin gave the collection a new edge too.

 

A juxtaposition between hard and soft details created outfits that were practical but still feminine were understated to form transition pieces for everyday work wear without being too overdressed.

 

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WHAT’S IT REALLY LIKE TO ATTEND HAUTE COUTURE FASHION WEEK IN PARIS

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Haute Couture Fashion Week

Paris is the original birth place of the Haute Couture Houses from Dior, Vionet to Chanel and there always seems to be an expectation of Paris to be very stylish from a Fashion point of view.

 It was such an honour to be invited personally to attend a catwalk show in Paris especially as a blogger as I was wondering if I was the only one from London and would there be anyone else I knew here to keep me company. The Paris Fashion Scene is very new to me but really impressed by the high standards and presentation of such Fashion Designer’s Rani Zakhem as he debuted his Haute Couture Autumn Winter 2018/19 collection to the International press, style influencers and celebrities.

PARIS HAUTE COUTURE FASHION WEEK

 

It was such an honour to be invited personally to attend a catwalk show in Paris especially as a blogger as I was wondering if I was the only one from London and would there be anyone else I knew here to keep me company. The Paris Fashion Scene is very new to me but really impressed by the high standards and presentation of such Fashion Designer’s Rani Zakhem as he debuted his Haute Couture Autumn Winter 2018/19 collection to the International press, style influencers and celebrities. As soon as I arrived I just couldn’t wait to explore the city on foot and be immersed in a city full of culture and intrigue.

Haute Couture Fashion Week

 

 

Haute Couture Fashion Week

 

 In Paris the fashion show production efforts made is just on another level with all the fine details, polished floors to the beautiful grade II listed buildings set the standard very high during fashion week here.

 

Haute Couture Fashion Week

Atelier Rani Zakhem is a Couturier Fashion Designer based in Lebanon but has showcased his work in the fashion capitals such as London, Rome and most notably Paris for his collections each season.

Even during the shows the Press Team from the French PR Agency have usher’s that walk you over to your assigned seat which is great hospitality. But in London this rarely even happens as you have to navigate your seat on your own and a tight squeeze for space so it’s always good to give yourself plenty of time before the shows.For me it was very special to see it up close as sometimes it can take up to two years to produce a new collection for some Couture Houses is a known fact.

 

Haute Couture Fashion Week

Haute Couture Fashion Week

Haute Couture Fashion Week

 Zakhem returns this season with a vibrant and sparkling tribute to the combating and combative woman, Amazone of all jungles and Glamazonian, seductive when like a warrior goddess, she appears in her crystal armour.

Haute Couture Fashion Week

Haute Couture Fashion Week
A look on the Runway during the Rani Zakhem show

 


Signature Pieces in the Collection


My favourite looks that came down the Runway included a piece in the collection such as the black spencer jacket with red black and gold crystals in clusters on an incendiary sheath or on the sleeves looked very classic.

Themes for this collection explore the poetry of an imaginary jungle where Rani Zakhem envisions his muse as the glamazone and delicate guardian of a paradise.

Haute Couture Fashion Week
Photography Nadia Rashid

 

In celebration of this nature there was a feeling of dark romance that had a spellbinding effect in a crinoline creation, fluttering black tulle with scattering of crystals evoking a spider in its precious cobweb.

What I admired about the collection most is that it represents women who appear, strong, but sensual where authority appertains to her and lives in her evidently with elegance. Subtle references from Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan and Azzedine Alaia punctuate the couture vocabulary of Rani Zakhem, between a Saharienne detail, a draped moulage, the powerful minimalism of a white dress enhanced by a slight ornament to create a dream worthy wedding dress. Apparently couture fashion week is where all the wedding dress trends are born to embody each season by a new muse of the moment.

If you ever have the chance to attend Fashion Week in Paris I highly recommend it as it’s a place of culture and the centre of fashion where all the latest ground breaking trends happen.

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WHAT WE WEAR CELEBRATES 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY DURING LONDON FASHION WEEK MENS SS 2019

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Tinie Tempah’s contemporary menswear brand What We Wear celebrated its 1st year anniversary, at men’s fashion week spring summer 2019.

Throughout the collection Tempah paid homage to his love of football subculture and diversity. What We Wear showcased a sophisticated functional collection which was a combination of sportswear and skilled tailoring. The collection aesthetics focused on training and season football kit with the zig zag  logo subtly incorporated.

Yet in between the collection, What We Wear found its strength with its easy contemporary street wear inspired pieces. Notable garments incorporated fun bold colours, interchangeable luxurious fabrics, glossy patent leather jackets, an easy denim two piece suit, a tie dye jumper paired with lux tracksuit trousers. For the Spring Summer 2019 collection the designer collaborated with Amsterdam brand, Daily paper and filing pieces. The show ended with show stopper Pablo- Tinie Tempah’s beloved pit-bull.

Over the year What We Wear has grown and elevated into a new breed of sportswear with a confidence approach to texture, colour, and contrasting tracksuits and trouser separates. We look forward to bigger things for What We Wear and an exciting new direction of traditional sportswear with a lux edge.

 

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WHAT I WORE: ICEBERG ITALY LFW MENS SS 2019

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London Fashion Week Men’s

How is everyone’s summer going so far as London town wouldn’t feel complete without Men’s Fashion Week and today is Day One of LFW Mens. The first day is always an exciting one, because we all know there are a quite a few events and big shows going on all at once. All of the attention today would be on one cult fashion house which brings me to mention that Italy’s biggest Street wear Label  ICEBERG is doing their London Take Over during Men’s Fashion Week. For today I was lucky enough to go along with a friend to attend this show and one of my current favorites as the Italian designers are known for bright use of vibrant colour too.

I just had to wear something from the label such as my signature piece leather jacket is very luxury in quality being made in Italy. I have fond memories in purchasing this jacket and what I most love about it is the sport lux feel to the fabric is versatile for the warm weather we were experiencing in London today. When the weather get’s warm it’s best to have breathable layers so it’s easy to manage while on the go during fashion week. Being Friday evening I thought it was best to stick to an all black colour palette as it’s minimal and just my style, but sometimes I tend to switch in between other looks depending on how I’m feeling that day, where I am going and who I’m going to meet sounds appropriate don’t you think.

 

Joey’s Outfit (Day 1 LFW MENS)

Leather Jack – ICEBERG Italy

Black Long Sleeve Tee – CK by Calvin Klein Jeans

Skinny Jeans – Forever 21 Men

Smart Trainers – DKNY MEN

 

BACK TO SCHOOL TRENDS AT LFW MENS SS 2019: BEN SHERMAN’S X HOUSE OF HOLLAND’S INSPIRED IVY LEAGUE STYLE WITH A RETRO TWIST

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After all the excitement of yesterday’s shows during Day 1 of London Fashion Week Men’s I was waiting to see which Designers could raise the bar to showcase the latest trends for SS 2019 as we still have another two days to go. This season I was curious as to what Designers would be doing and differentiating between uniqueness of each brand meant that it was hard to decide which shows to attend. You can’t do it all but if you do try and see as much as you can.

London’s always the place to discover new and upcoming talent. With that said, Ben Sherman never fails to disappoint with Henry Holland at the helm of the labels Creative Direction team you can always expect an understated collection with edge paying homage to cool Britannia part of the labels DNA.

Firstly, let me mention the setting for staging this season’s catwalk show to my astonishment gave us a clue as to what we might expect coming down the catwalk this afternoon. Could it be Ivy League perhaps?  The beautiful room housed in Middle Temple reminded me of a Preparatory School like something out of the Gossip Girl Series I kid you not. It was reminiscent of the school assembly with church organs blaring out in a chapel as the first models emerge down the catwalk in sport’s wear inspired by Kings Road Ivy League unisex pieces in classic silhouettes evoked young rock and roll icons.

An exciting fusion of colour and prints takes centre stage for the new collection creating rock and roll style with preppy Ivy League looks in iconic checks and candy stripes were sophisticated as resort wear pieces.  Striking colour palettes such as cool blues were offset to contrast with hues of silver pink and tomato cream including new signature colours Windsor Wine and Olive Oil make ideal summer statement pieces for vacation.

 

Just a bit of history for you, British musicians of the 1960’s were being influenced by Ivy league collegiate style influences from across the Atlantic, a love of Italian Scooters and French Hairstyles which inspired Spring Summer 2019. The iconic brand identity that you see today is Ben Sherman’s modern, iconic mod look where the label collaborates with House of Holland for the second consecutive season at London Fashion Week Men’s.

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