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Pai Skincare Launches A New Illuminating SPF

Pai Skincare are launching their new British Summer Time Glow SPF 30 and after trying it out we feel like shouting it of the rooftops. The brand calls it the ''cocktail for safely kissed skin''; it is a mineral-based sun screen, heaven for those with sensitive skin. It's vegan, fragrance and cruelty-free, and the incredible glow you get upon applying it is what sold it to me, and the best part - that glow comes from the natural reflective pigments within the cream. Link to the SPF cream here. As someone with outrageously sensitive skin, I can say that there are just a handful of brands that don't cause me breakouts, redness, or dry patches, but Pai definitely hit the right spot - their products actually make a difference, and are yet to cause me an irritation. I met Sarah, the founder of Pai skincare, in the heart of Westfield Shepherd's Bush on a hot late Spring day, and had the opportunity to ask her a few questions and dive into a lovely conversation. Excited over the launch of her new illuminating SPF serum just in time for the Summer, she tells me about the inspiration behind her brand and what helped her get started - the eagerness to create a product which was meant for people with sensitive skin. She deeply cared about the products that she was launching, ensuring they undergo rigorous testing before they are available, as well as, ensuring that the brand remained vegan and cruelty-free (not to mention that most of their packaging is fully recyclable). People with sensitive skin (myself included) often find themselves in situations where big, well-known brands actually either don't work or cause huge irritation and the frustrations Sarah felt, is what led her to establishing Pai Skincare back in 2007. We talked about the importance of wearing SPF creams as well as reapplying them throughout the day especially for prolonged sun-exposure, as well as, the importance of having a focused skincare routine without using hundreds of products. What I found really interesting was that, Pai manufacture all their products in a lab in West London, unlike many other brands which allows them to stay hands on and ensure the quality and consistency. Some products that I have personally tried and absolutely loved include:

May 9th, 2024
#Fashion
7 mins read

From Best To Worst Dressed At The Met Gala 2024

The fashion Olympics took place last night and have the internet shivering with excitement today. Across social media thousands of people are sharing their favourite, and respectably - least favourite outfits from some of the biggest celebrities. The Met Gala is an annual fundraising event held for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in Manhattan, New York. It is popularly regarded as the world's most prestigious and glamorous fashion event and social gathering and is known as "fashion's biggest night"; an invitation is highly sought after. To start off on a high, let's look at the top 3 looks of the event: Tyla (left) wore a custom Balmain dress and stole the show. The look perfectly encapsulated the Met's theme of the year - referencing fragility, art and time. The hourglass accessory just added this pinch me moment and through the event, images appeared of her cutting the dress shorter, which made it even more endearing. Elle Fanning (middle) Balmain has taken over the reins of the Met Gala 2024, with yet another stunning artistic creation - a custom gown hand-covered in four layers of resin to create this stunning wet effect, accessorised by two birds which create for a lifting off effect. Zendaya (right) John Galliano is no stranger to a fantastic gown design, and with this one he absolutely blew the competition out of the water. He referenced his own 90s look while working at the helm of Dior but now created under the Maison Margiela house name. The theme of this year's exhibition at the Museum is titled Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion, which is said to reactivate the sensory capacities of masterworks in the Museum's collection through research, conservation analysis, and diverse technologies. The exhibition will feature cutting-edge tools, artificial intelligence, and computer-generated images, as well as, traditional formats of x-rays, video animation, light projection, and soundscapes, to bring back to life archival pieces that have long been tucked away due to fear of complete oblivion. In celebration of the exhibition theme, the dress code for the Benefit is “The Garden of Time.” (albeit, frankly unsure whether everyone gathered that theme since so many were a miss this season) A few very memorable, perhaps even future archival pieces that could join the Met also include: Kim Kardashian (left) wore a custom Maison Margiela dress, complemented by a grey piling cardigan which the internet is giving her heat for. The gown features a stunning metallic foliage mesh reminding us of a garden fence. Wisdom Kaye (middle) is in a striking red floral Robert Wun ensemble that looks to have had a blowtorch taken to its edges, leaning into the theme of bloom and decay. Quannah Chasinghorse (right) designed her ball gown for the 2024 Met Gala, which had a " The Garden of Time " dress code, in collaboration with H&M, choosing a periwinkle fabric inspired by forget-me-nots, the flower of her home state, Alaska. Sarah Jessica Parker (left) - Parker's sculptural look was inspired by the shape of a bird cage and created by British designer Richard Quinn, with a larger-than-life hat from Phillip Treacy Lana Del Rey (middle) wore a stunning 2006 Alexander McQueen look from the Widows of Culloden collection, which is currently in preservation at the MET. Mindy Kaling (right) in a custom gown by Gaurav Gupta which beautifully flowed down her figure forming a flower in the middle of the back. And the award for the worst dressed on the Met Gala 2024 official red carpet is: Rita Ora The people who turned up in the right outfit to the wrong event: Lea Michele (left) - In a Rodarte dress running late for her pregnancy photoshoot stumbled upon a red carpet event in Manhattan and decided to join. Jennifer Lopez (middle) playing it safe in a usual form fitted hour glass silhouette designed by Daniel Roseberry at Schiaparelli. According to sources, this gown was embroidered with silver pearls and over two million silver foil beads that took 800 hours of hand embroidery to complete, according to Schiaparelli. Jessica Biel (right) - a feathery pink dress from Tamara Ralph Couture Outfits that made us look twice, and made us gasp right after, and those who should be banished from the Gala for wearing them: Amelia Gray (left) wears one of the terrarium dresses made by designer Jun Takahashi for his Spring 2024 undercover show. One could say that at least she took a risk, did it pay off - not quite, it is almost too costume-y. Doja Cat (middle) - while gimmicks have been a long time favourite way of grabbing everyone's attention, Met Gala should be a place where she uses her creativity in a more productive way, such as coming up with a wowing look, rather than simply a wet looking dress. Although, she probably gathered the point by the end, since those glittery tears resemble ours when we saw her walk out on that carpet wearing this. The ''gown'' was made by Guram Gvasalia from Vetements and is meant to take inspiration from a roman garden statue. Ayo Adebiri (right) in a custom lace Loewe dress in hand-painted and hand-embroidered to create an optical illusion of 3D flowers. Just because it is Loewe, we do not need to love it, and just because it is hand painted, does not make it art. The lack of shape, as well as, the neckline are a huge ick to the fashion community. Some other interesting looks were: Nicki Minaj (left) in a yellow Marni dress. Some considered this look the crowning moment of the Met Gala 2024, while others argued that she could of reached further out, while rather simplistic in terms of directly referencing the flower motif of the event, it is a beautiful show of art and fashion. She paired the look with yellow leather heels and an iconic bob hairstyle. Bad Bunny (middle) wore a custom Maison Margiela look to the event and we could not take our eyes off. It consisted of a nave jacket with matching trousers with red details on the inside of the leg, and seam measurements in white covered the entire look, as if he took it away from the designer before the look was even completed. The look was ''finished' with black Tabis embellished with fur, black leather gloves, diamond-shaped sunglasses and one of the most beautiful hats reminding us of a Renaissance painting. Nicole Kidman (right) in an incredible Balenciaga ball gown. It is a reference to an original Cristobal Balenciaga haute couture design from 1951. It's a strapless dress with an ivory satin bodice and half skirt, overlaying a voluminous skirt made out of black ruffles. The look was paired with opera-length gloves and Harry Winston diamond bracelets.

May 7th, 2024
#Events
1 mins read

Tickets for BST Hyde Park Go Live Today, Here is how you can get yours

BST Hyde Park and American Express have once again come together to put up a spectacular Summer filled with some of the best performers. SZA, a global icon and recent Grammy Award-winning artist, is set to grace the stage at the iconic BST in Hyde Park, London on opening night, promising an unforgettable experience. You can grab tickets, directly from BST Hyde Park's website, at the link here .

March 8th, 2024
#Fashion
1 mins read

Justin Cassin AW24 - London Fashion Week

Photography by Sebastian Davies Justin Cassin is one of the more exciting up and coming designers on the official schedule of London Fashion Week. His show took place on the closing night and presented a diverse but more modest collection totalling at just 22 looks. A few of the more prominent pieces included a green shiny puffer jacket paired with black sequined trousers, a distressed stitch black blazer worn without a shirt paired with similar black boxy trousers, and a few stunning long trench coats which you will find below. His new collection presented modern tailoring with a streetwear take which has become a staple of the eponymous brand. --

March 6th, 2024
#Fashion
1 mins read

Aadnevik AW24 Presents Their Collection As Part Of London Fashion Week

Photography by Sebastian Davies

March 6th, 2024
#Fashion
2 mins read

Who wore what to the Brit 2024 Awards

The Brits 2024 took place last night, and for those of you not fully aware of what this is - it is a UK music award event which has been running for the past 50 years. It's the British equivalent to the American Grammy's and is considered to be one of the big nights for music artists. 1. Maya Jama She wore a stunning strapless black velvet Harris Reed mermaid gown with a corset beautifully showing off her body. 2. Charli XCX She wore a strapless Marni dress, with a sculpted top that looked like melting on her body, and a lower half built of colourful patches of silky fabric 3. Dua Lipa She was in a Versace black leather dress with a plunging neck, and Tiffany & Co. jewellery. 4. Ellie Goulding She arrived in an Alberta Ferreti dress, wearing a rose-gold asymmetric gown with a trail. 5. Kylie Minogue She wore a black corseted dress, with a ruffled skirt and black heels to the award show. 6. Kingsley Ben-Adir The Bob Marley: One Love actor attends the BRIT Awards in a black leather jacket and black cropped trousers. 7. Bimini She wore a corset with a silver fringe, and a beautifully draped black skirt with hardware and mesh elements. 8. Raye She wore a Fendi Haute Couture sparkly black gown to the award show.

March 3rd, 2024
#Fashion
2 mins read

Helen Anthony AW 2024 - London Fashion Week

As regular fashion week attendees, we are no strangers to show delays and long queues packed with influencers trying to walk into the next show. This season, the award goes to Helen Anthony - an absolutely fantastic show with the only down side being the hour long queue and just shy of 100 looks in the collection. The runway show took place at the iconic Kimpton Fitzroy under vintage stunning chandeliers in a hall packed with hundreds of press and photographers. The lights went dim and the room quieted, moments later the first model walked out on the runway show which turned out to be almost double the size of what I expected it to be as it covered areas around the bar and their lounge area. From the first few looks, this show was a fresh reminder that at the heart of fashion still lays sartorial craftsmanship and elevated materials, which was masterfully presented by the timeless and meticulous tailoring techniques that Anthony has become so renowned for. The daring cuts on the dresses and choice of materials are a careful expression of boundary breaking, freedom and gender diversity. It is the intersection of heritage, modernity, and undimmed individuality. Photography by Darren Brade Bold feminine silhouettes referenced traditional tailoring but with a modern twist reimagined through rich and vibrant colour palettes, colour blocking and long asymmetric cuts often found in men's suit tailoring. Helen Anthony is known for proudly designing their own luxury fabrics and yarns in the UK, and the wide selection of colours in the collection reference Naeem Anthony's diverse cultural influences. Luxurious fabrics such as cashmere, wool, satin, and mesh have been beautifully rendered into strong tailored silhouettes, from voluminous long coats to short cropped styles via flared trousers and oversized bags. With hand-knitted multi-coloured crochet details from the brand’s collaboration with Yorkshire-based Laxtons Yarn, the collection at once champions the heritage of fine tailoring while also pushing its envelope.

February 26th, 2024
#Fashion
1 mins read

Moschino AW24 is a trainwreck, so here are out favourite moments from the Jeremy Scott era

With the new runway show at Moschino, we just had the displeasure of witnessing, comes the nostalgia of the iconic collections that the previous creative director Jeremy Scott brought to life. For those of you who have not been keeping up with the news from the fashion house, please find the three images below for proof of the statement above. While it isn't fair to judge a new creative director by their first collection at a fashion house, this one just felt extremely lost with a lack of narrative or creativity, and is a reminder of the creative genius of Jeremy Scott.

February 23rd, 2024
#Fashion
2 mins read

Bevza AW24 At New York Fashion Week

Bevza unveiled their Autumn/Winter 2024 collection during New York Fashion Week. To read our SS24 coverage, click here . Continuing the Ukrainian heritage exploration, Bevza delves deeper into Ukrainian roots using grain as representation of culture and resilience. The collection pays homage to Ukraine's significance as one of the world's largest grain producing countries. Elegance is at the heart of the brand's ethos which each season brings out timeless pieces that surpass the mere trends we so often see on the runway. The aesthetic of the collection is rooted in the stability and clarity of the square shape - an architectural form prominently featured across all Bevza collections. The coats feature an A-shape cut, drawing inspiration from the traditional 19th-century Ukrainian coat known as the 'Kozukh.' In a commitment to supporting Ukrainian artisans, the 'Kozukh' coat is meticulously crafted from sheepskin, while the 'Tisto' vest (Ukrainian for dough) is hand-knitted to highlight the raw bread texture, incorporating the 'Kosa' bread pattern (Ukrainian for braid). Bevza's signature grain motif, previously seen in spikelet jewelry and bag hardware, now plays a dual role as both a clothing clasp holder and a highlight in their latest jewelry collection. This fresh take on the grain theme adds a refined and cohesive touch to Bevza's designs, creating a stylish narrative that effortlessly bridges fashion and nature. Team: Producer - MAKSYM NEKRASOV Style - SVITLANA BEVZA Line up stylist - ALINA KOTSIUBA Casting - BARBARA PFISTER Soundtrack - NASTIA VOGAN Photography - MARIE NICOLE AND FRANK WITHERS

February 19th, 2024
#Fashion
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Marques 'Almeida Autumn/Winter 2024 - London Fashion Week

Marques Almeida returned to London Fashion Week and presented their newest collection based around the idea of discovery and exploration. The brand has tirelessly tried to keep reinventing itself as the fashion world has adapted to moving faster than ever before and has recently launched REM'ADE out of surplus materials - a social responsibility and environmental manifesto earned from artisans through M’AKERS, had models walk through suspended bridges over the mountains and over the ocean, published See-Through to enhance community and radical empathy, united the Porto young creative community and welcomed M’A Kids into their diverse family of people. The collection reflects new explorations of volume in heavy satin, structured shapes in outerwear, extreme, sometimes couture like, developments with frills and organza and classic M’A shapes in newer lustrous brocades.

February 19th, 2024
#Fashion
2 mins read

The Coats Of Men's Paris Fashion Week Autumn - Winter 2024

Step into the vibrant realm of Paris Fashion Week, where the fashion landscape undergoes a radical evolution. This season, a seismic shift is palpable, steering away from the transience of trends and steering toward a renewed emphasis on luxury, quality, and timeless allure. We've handpicked the coolest coats to add to your wardrobe today, from the runways of favourites like Louis Vuitton, Amiri, Dior, Valentino, and other global trendsetters. At the Dior menswear show we find two interesting coats - one is a more utilitarian but with extended sleeves, the second has an embellishment across the waist which is a new take on menswear bringing it into a more genderless space. The two coats below from the Givenchy show are equally beautiful and unique in their own rights - one has an amazing texture with the lace reproduced using a wool type of outerwear material; and the second has an incredible cut bringing in a powerful silhouette. Martine Rose Hermes Loewe It clearly never rains or snow at the Loewe runway shows as most models had forgotten to wear a shirt under their Winter coats. This however, doesn't stop the individual pieces from looking incredible - one of them is a more daring response with a crochet floor length jacket, and the other being a more subtle oversized at the shoulders black coat. Dries Van Noten Paul Smith

February 17th, 2024