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Posted on March 21, 2016

London’s Hipster East: What to do in Shoreditch

Featured/ London/ Rebel/ Romantique

 

Shoreditch London

On Rebel’s recent visit to London, I was determined to show her a new side to London that she hadn’t experienced previously; The cool and historic East. Whilst Rebel and I prefer the manicured gardens and cultural landmarks of of West London (Kensington & Notting Hill), London is very diverse with different pockets that all have their own unique feel and atmosphere. London’s East used to feel very gritty, shabby and run down before it arose as one of London’s most expensive areas thanks to gentrification by creative industries and tech start-ups.

At Redchurch Street

At Redchurch Street

Shoreditch and neighbouring Brick Lane have an urban feel with their views to the high rise buildings of the City of London. mixed in with factories, lofts and industrial buildings. Home to celebrities such as Keira Knightly and London’s best restaurants and bars, this pocket feels like real London. Not tooo polished and established. You can dress and live without being judged and simply be accepted for who you are. No one will bat an eyelid when you wear Doc Martins and pink hair. Or a Bavarian dirndl. Or whatever you feel like! Make no mistake though, this is not Berlin Kreuzberg: Shoreditch is hugely popular and rents are out of control. If you bought a flat here 10 years ago, chances are you are a millionaire now. Expensive Italian designer labels have taken up commercial space in the hope that London’s East coolness will rub off on them.

Street art in Shoreditch

Street art in Shoreditch. Rebel is wearing sunnies by Stella McCartney and stripey jumper by St James.

What to do in Shoreditch:

  • Stroll along Redchurch Church Street. Browse the designer shops and have a coffee and brownie from one of the many independent café’s
  • Eat at Pizza East for arguably London’s best pizza, at  Andina Restaurant for the best Peruvian food or gorge on Honest Burger, my favourite in London (forget Patty & Bun and Meat Liquor!)
  • Don’t run into a hipster
  • Check out the street art
shoreditch impressions street

Shoreditch impressions

shoreditch street art

honest burger shoreditch resized

So good! Honest Burger

Very East London: For her exhibition in Jan 2016 , Annie Leibovitz chose an unused power station. Just like her portraits, free of fake glamour.

Very East London: For her exhibition, Annie Leibovitz chose an unused power station in Wapping, East London. Just like her portraits, free of fake glamour.

Posted on February 11, 2016

The Fashion Sisters Bomber Brigade

Blazer / Jackets/ Featured/ Rebel/ Romantique

Streetstyle London Bomber jacket

Vogue is declaring the bomber jacket the new coat du jour this year! A classic fashion staple and darling of Hip Hop community in the naughties, the bomber jacket must be the coolest way to stay warm! All major designers from Gucci to Acne offer a variety of styles of the off-duty staple this year.

This uncomplicated blouson, as the bomber jacket is also know as,  is easy to style and pair: Imagine unexpected combos like a sequined evening dress with the sporty jacket or do it like Romantique and Rebel, making it your sartorial choice for a day of sight seeing in London! 

Rebel:

My favourite way of styling the bomber jacket is just like Mossy does it in the photo: Offset the casual bomber with a carefully ironed, crisp shirt, skinny jeans, ankle boots and structured bag and you’re good to go!

For a day of sightseeing in London’s East  (check back for the full report soon), I’m wearing skinny jeans by J Crew, Breton jumper by St James, ankle boots by Jil Sander and a blue satin bomber jacket.
Streetstyle London Bomber jacket

Romantique:

Yes I freely admit wearing bomber flight jackets is not really my forte. But now and then it’s good to mix things up, one can’t always wear Swiss lace and  brocade dresses. My bomber jacket is made of wintery wool – a toned down version of the classic shiny nylon or silk.  Paired with denim and ankle boots, this is an easy and relaxed look for every day.

I’m wearing a wool blouson by Closed, denim by Hugo Boss Orange, ankle boots by AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni.

London Streetstyle Bomber jacket

Mirrored sunglasses by Topshop and pink quilted leather crossbody bag by LCredi.

London Street style bomber jacket mirrored glasses topshop  

Rebel's style inspiration: Kate Moss wearing a military bomber.

Rebel’s style inspiration: Kate Moss wearing a military bomber.

Romantique's style inspo: Classy Karlie Kloss wearing a personalised Rag and Bone Bomber jacket.

Romantique’s style inspo: Classy Karlie Kloss wearing a personalised Rag and Bone Bomber jacket.

 

 

Posted on August 27, 2015

Simple Chic: Jumpsuit in the city

Bags/ Featured/ Romantique/ Wardrobe

There’s something about the casual wearability of the jumpsuit. Far from a romper, it’s a quick style fix that can be worn for many occasions, dressed up or down, appropriate for the beach as well as the board room.

I’m wearing a black (always slimming!) Jersey jumpsuit. The flowing material flatters the figure whilst being super comfortable. The pinnacle of relaxed, Italian chic!

Dress it down with flats for Sunday brunch, or with a sharp blazer and heels for work.

The simplicity of the jumpsuit screamed for one of my decadently adorned Sicily coffa bags. Making it the perfect canvas to showcase statement shoes & bags.

MAx and Co jumpsuit and sicily coffa bag strawbag

Street style London, Camden. I’m wearing:

  • Black jumpsuit by Max & Co
  • Sicily straw coffa bag
  • Pointy ballet flats nno name by TK Maxx
  • Sunglasses by Prada

Sicily Bag straw bag coffa

Street style Camden London jumpsuit and coffa bag

MAx and Co jumpsuit and sicily coffa bag strawbag

Posted on June 17, 2015

Taste of London in Bermondsey

Cuisine/ Featured/ Romantique

Maltby street food market Ropewalk Bermondsey

A few weekends back, on a rainy British bank holiday weekend, we visited London’s best kept secret: The Maltby Food Street Market Ropewalk in Bermondsey. Whilst most visitors to London will know the famous Borough markets, the Maltby market is the lesser known, charming boutique pendant.  The top notch sellers will make any foodie’s heart beat faster. My absolute favourites were the smoked Norwegian salmon from Hansen & Lydersen,  freshly chucked oysters washed down with a fresh cranberry nectar, followed by an eclair from Comptoir Gourmand.

Maltby street food market ropewalk pulled pork burger nectar

Fresh apricot and cranberry nectar for the girls, pulled pork burger from African Volcano for the boys!

Maltby street food market Ropewalk Bermondsey

Mmmmmm – there’s nothing better than creamy, freshly chucked oysters!

Chucking oysters Bermondsey Food market ropewalk

Hansen & Lyderson salmon london food market ropewalk

Who would have thought of London as a Food mekka 20 years ago? Hansen & Lydersen’s salmon has the perfect texture and is not too salty. Served on rye sourdough bread, this is mouthwatering delicious.

Maltby food market waffle on Bermondsey

Don’t forget desert. Waffles from Waffleon. Worth every calorie!

The cheese truck Bermondsey Maltby street market rope walk

The Cheese truck is celebreating great British Cheese with London’s finest cheese sandwiches, made with Pagnotta sourdough.

French Pastries from Comptoir Gourmand

French Pastries from Comptoir Gourmand

After living in London for more than 7 years, I continue to discover new areas and Bermondsey is one of them. (Admittedly, I love London’s manicured West and I probably should venture out of my comfort zone more than I currenlty do!). With it’s tall buildings and ping pong tables, it reminded me a little bit of Berlin, early 90s!

 

Posted on March 28, 2015

Coats and Biscuits

Coats/ Cuisine/ Featured/ London/ Romantique

London street style purple coat max and co prada handbag

We are approaching now what I’m hoping to be the last few days of having to wear a woollen coat. I love all my coats as they are bright coloured to help overcome the winter blues. Still, I’m longing for the warm rays of spring, for lighter trench coats and jackets, for ballerinas without socks and drinking macchiatos in street cafes. Unlike the last couple of years before, March has been quite a chilly month with temperatures only in the one digit spheres.

For an outing to my favourite biscuit boutique Biscuiteers in Notting Hill, I’m wearing:

  • Purple coat by Max and Co
  • Black doctor’s handbag by Prada
  • Sprinkle ankle boots by Kurt Geiger
  • White cat earings by Les Nereides
  • Gloves by Blumarine
  • Shades by Ray Ban

Biscuiteers specialise in hand-iced, beautifully decorated cookies. Often London themed, the Notting hill shop window is a feast for the eyes: Iconic sights such as Buckingham palace, red telephones are taxis and black cabs interpreted with sweet gingerbread.  The cookies biscuits are so detailed, they can pass for little pieces of art. If you are looking for a special Easter present, check out the Biscuiteers shop in Notting Hill or the newly opened boutique in Clapham.

London street style purple coat max and co prada handbag

 

Biscuiteers London Notting Hill red telephone box

 

London street style purple coat max and co prada handbag

Easter themed Biscuiteers Boutique in Clapham, London

Easter themed Biscuiteers Boutique in Clapham, London

Posted on January 22, 2015

Mad about Germany – The Brits aim to change their one-time enemy’s public image

Current Affairs/ London/ Romantique

Germany - memories of a nation exhibition London

The German-British relationship is often marked by rivalry and competition, with the British tabloids fueling the fire by WW2 symbols of  tanks, and soldier uniforms. Unlike the other allies, France and the USA, British culture tends to associate Germany first and foremost with the two world wars. One only need look as far as the famous “Don’t mention the war” sketch in Fawlty Towers, for evidence!

However, things are changing: Germany’s world cup win and subsequent uber-cool party at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin was admired by the British (even by the tabloids)!   Angela Merkel, Germany’s “Mutti”, is seen by the English, as a respected leader of Europe, whilst Germany’s decentralised economy serves as a role model to the Continent and the UK.

In this changing spirit, The British Museum has dedicated a whole exhibition (Germany – memories of a nation) to 600 years of German history to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Wir sind ein Volk - Germany memories of a nation exhibition London

Director of the British Museum, Neil McGregor, says that he is on a mission to change the British perception of Germany. He wants to educate the British that there is more to Germany’s long and eventful history than 12 years of Nazi Era.

The exhibition uses objects to tell the story of 600 years of German history. Its rolling out the red carpet to German-speaking artists, craftspeople, designers, musicians, writers and philosophers who have made great contributions to the world’s culture. German political history is one of diversity,  coming from the Holy Roman Empire which continues to blossom with federalism to this day. With no dominant central court, this culture of political rivalries created intense and fruitful competition for artists.

The exhibition also touches on the exodus from East Pommerania after WW2, and on the division and re-unification of Germany. The display of the Gutenberg bible, one of the first printed books in the world, was one of my highlights.

Germany memories of a nation Gutenberg Bible

the gate to Buchenwald concentration camp, Weimar

The exhibits ran the gamut through from the beautiful to the horrific: A Bauhaus artist who was a prisoner at Buchenwald made the cynical inscription at the gate of the concentration camp “each to their own”. Avantgarde meets Nazi terror – both part of German history.

The exhibition closes this Sunday, if you’re interested, hurry to the exhibition this weekend! The museum offers extended opening hours in this final week.

Germany memories of a nation exhibition London romantique

Posted on September 13, 2014

London Fashion Week Street Style – Edit by Rebel

Current Affairs/ Rebel

London Fashion Week Sept 2014 street style colourblock

Here’s a selection of Rebel’s favourite street style outfits at London Fashion Week September 2014!

Street style 1 colour-block (above):

This photo is an absolute cracker! I love her expressive eyes and attitude. Red and pink colour blocking is a great example of  perennial style.

London Fashion Week Sept 2014 street style colourblock wearable chic

Street style 2 wearable chic:

These are  classic outfits which oozes class.  This is a style you can wear to the office: Comfy but stylish flats in sliver and monotone. Classic white blouse, pencil skirts and classic tote bags. Et voila, the ueber cool look is complete!

London Fashion Week Sept 2014 street style Man in red

Street style 3 Man in Red:

I don’t love the entire outfit but it contains a few details I’d love to have in my wardrobe. With the red Celine bag and the pink high heels, this fashionisto is dressed to kill! Romantique loves the cat ears.

London Fashion Week Sept 2014 street style Parisienne Street style 3 La Belle Italienne:

I ADORE the entire outfit of this lady. Her style represents everything that is effortless chic. Lace pencil skirt and pointy strappy heels. No loud colours, no frill. Just pure elegance. We bet this lady is not British but hails from Milan.

London Fashion Week Sept 2014 street style Black and white

Street style 4: Baccara “Yes Sir I can Boogie”

These two  remind me of the 70s band Baccara. The band consisted of two women, one always dressed in white, the other one always dressed in black.

This stylish duo has taken the trend into the here and now by accessorizing it with Miu Miu sun glasses (left), fur and polka dots.

London Fashion Week Sept 2014 street style lilac mustard

Street style 5: Purple pencil and mustard teddy clutch

Two things stand out for me in this outfit: The exceptionally well fitted purple pencil skirt and the mustard yellow teddy fur clutch. A hot combination of colours and fabrics.

Posted on June 8, 2014

Fashion Brunch in Notting Hill

Accessoires/ London/ Romantique/ Shoes

La Paire Wolf and Badger

Brunch is my favourite meal of the day. Not only because I hail from Berlin where brunch is an obligatory weekend past time. I love sweet breakfast (croissant, Nutella)  merged with savoury goodies such as delicious, runny eggs, cold meats and fresh juices.

“New Toms” restaurant in Notting Hill is a beautifully decorated place with painted, baroque-esque ceilings and a outdoor patio for those (rare) balmy days in London. The stripped-down-to-the-best menu offered delicious brunch options such as Eggs Benedict, homemade blueberry muffins and pain au chocolat for the sweet toothed like me.

Brunch at New Tom's Westbourne Grove

New tom's restaurant Westbourne Grove

Fuelled by great food, we strolled along Westbourne Grove and it’s array of fashionable shops. “Wolf & Badger”is a fashion store that provides a platform for selected, emerging UK designers.  Every weekend, a new independent designer displays their clothes, shoes & jewellery in the shop.

That Saturday was my my lucky day as I discovered the beautiful flats and sandals of La Paire. Founder and designer Amy La displayed a sneak preview of her Autumn/Winter 2014 pointy ballet pumps in the shop. Needless to say, I’m in love with the confetti-glitter flats and the metallic Easter-egg colours of the shoes. Handmade in Spain, they are not only stylish but also fairly priced.

Wolf & Badger was named one of Britain’s best boutiques by British Vogue, make sure you pop by when you visit London. Thanks Wolf & Badger and La Paire, Romantique’s  new favourite shop for ballet flats & sandals!
Wolf and Badger. La Paire ballerina flats AW 2015

GORGEOUS! Impossible to chose, I must have them all!

GORGEOUS! Impossible to chose, I must have them all!

Wolf and Badger. La Paire ballerina flats AW 2015

 

Amy La, founder of La Paire, and myself at Wolf & Badger in Notting Hill.

I’ m wearing:

  • Lace dress from Max & Co
  • Straw bag from Miu Miu
  • Flats from Versace Jeans
  • Macaron necklace from Les Nereides N2 Paris
Posted on April 5, 2014

Exhibition – The Glamour of Italian Fashion from 1945 – 2014

Current Affairs/ Icons/ Wardrobe

Dresses worn in films are seen displayed during a media preview of the "The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014" exhibition, at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London

It’s been a fashion packed Spring! After visiting the Vogue Festival last weekend, I went to the exhibition “The Glamour of Italian Fashion from 1945 – 2014” at London’s V&A Museum in South Kensington.

The exhibition attempts to answer the question of why the Italians own chic, glamour and produce top designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Giorgio Armani, Fendi, Gianfranco Ferre, Gucci, Missoni, Prada, Pucci and Versace.

It takes a closer look at how Italy’s fashion industry emerged from the poverty of WW2, with the help of the American Marshall Plan, and how it changed Italy’s image and fortune.

The first room of the exhibition is telling the story of businessman Giovanni Battista Giorgini, who  persuaded his contacts in US department stores to travel to Florence for fashion shows displaying designs from all over Italy. The shows were an instant hit and launched the fashion industry in Italy.  Hollywood stars like Audrey Hepburn, Ava Gardner, and Elizabeth Taylor helped cement Italy’s image as fashion capital with impossibly glamorous performances in ‘50s films shot in Italy.

Audrey_Hepburn_in_Gattinoni_per_il_film_Guerra_e_Pace_Gattinoni

Audrey Hepburn in a dress by Fernanda Gattinoni for the movie “War and Peace”. these were the “Glory Years” of Italian fashion

Exhibition VandA Museum London Italian Glamour 1945-2014 Scallop dress capucci

Above: A stunning 1950s silk cocktail dress in millefeuille layers of scalloped violet silk by Roberto Capucci. Out of the 1950s designers like Simonetta, Capucci and Mila Schoen, only the House of Pucci remains relevant today.

To this day, the “Made in Italy” trademark stands for high quality materials and artisanal craftsmanship. The country boasts strong traditions, hundreds of years old, in industries like spinning, dyeing, weaving, cutting, and stitching. Such skills were often passed down from generation to generation, and laid the foundation for Italy’s rise to the top of the style world.

Exhibition VandA Museum London Italian Glamour 1945-2014 Dress Miu Miu and Prada Dip Dye

Left: Miuccia Prada’s recent design for SS2014. Right: Prada’s innovative dip dye dress, 2004. Miuccia took a home-made colouring process and made it look elegant and sophisticated.

VandA exhibition "The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014" - Fendi Baguette Bag

The iconic Baguette Bag from Fendi. The name Baguette bag derives from size of the bag which is small enough to carry under the arm like a loaf of bread.

This exhibition is also interesting because it’s running during a time of change in Italy’s fashion industry. A short documentary at the end of the exhibition claims that a lot of Italy’s designers are over 70 years old and fresh blood needs to be given a chance to build the foundation and  the future of Italy’s fashion industry.

Exhibition VandA Museum London Italian Glamour 1945-2014 Knitted dress

Knitted dress

 

I love Italian fashion for it’s impeccable tailoring. You don’t need to buy high-end brands like Valentino to get this kind of quality. Shops like Max & Co (Max Mara’s little sister) offer more affordable style whilst maintaining the exquisite artisan spirit of Italy. Here I am wearing a floral dress from Max Mara,  sandals from AGL, Attilio Giusti Leombruni and cross body bag from Moschino.

Max Mara floral dress and AGL shoes sandals with Moschino bag

Posted on March 29, 2014

Karlie Kloss at Vogue Festival in London

Icons/ Romantique

Karlie Kloss Vogue Festival

What a day it’s been! London was looking its best:  Under blue skies and warm temperatures, the Vogue Fashion Festival commenced at London’s Southbank.  At the festival, I attended the talk on Personal Style led by Alexa Chung  (check back for the story on R&R soon). More fun than attending the talk was to mingle with fashionistas and fellow bloggers who strutted their stuff at the Thames river bank. Later in the afternoon, model Karlie Kloss arrived for a photo session amongst the festival goers. Her rather eye catching outfit consisted of a high-waisted, purple metallic leather pencil skirt, purple beaded varsity jacket adorned with lipsticks, kooky cute pink pom-pom shoes and a polka dotted rucksack, all from House of Holland, RTW Fall 2014! Fashion at it’s best, when it’s all about fun.  Karlie will speak at the Festival about what it’s like to be a model tomorrow.

Karlie looked cute, I loved her wild hairstyle. She seemed very open and happy to talk and pose with curious bystanders.

Karlie Kloss Festival

Karlie’s crazy, loud 80s outfit is from House of Holland, RTW Fall 2014

Karlie Kloss Vogue festival 2014 Karlie Koss varsity jacket Vogue festival Karlie Koss vogue festival

Check out her turquoise nail varnish

Check out her turquoise nail varnish!

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