London Fashion Week SS17 round-up

It’s crazy how fast London Fashion Week has come, and is nearly over *sobs! This year, is the first in 4 years that we haven’t been down to cover it personally but I’m going to try and do my best to give you a gist of what’s going to be all the rage for SS17. This year was full of imagination, statement pieces and one of my favourites had to be Christopher Kane.  His pieces were so beautifully put together, animal prints, bold florals, flowy fabrics with structured tops.  A pale blue theme cascaded throughout with woven prints, big jazzy colours and did I just see crocs? Not sure if they will catch on but definitely food for thought.

Christopher Kane

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Lets also share the love for Mary Katrantzou.  Amazing psychedelic prints with a real 60’s vibe.  Mary’s pieces were really stand-out, brash, bright on the eye but so much fun.  Check out the little clutch and the bright lip, still making its mark in 2017.

Mary Katrantzou

The Mary Katrantzou show, LFW S/S 2017. Photograph: Jonathan Hordle/Jonathan Hordle/Rex/Shutterstock

*Credit The Mary Katrantzou show, LFW S/S 2017. Photograph: Jonathan Hordle/Jonathan Hordle/Rex/Shutterstock

Mulberry stayed true to its iconic prints, elegant ruffled skirts, mid length dresses – the entire collection very uniformesque – simple and to the point no tricks.  The shades varied from dusky dark blues, plum and a pop of yellow – all in all a mesmerising collection.

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How can I not mention shoes, Sophia Webster stamped her heels down showing off her stunning SS17 shoe line-up. Can I just say, the entire collection was bright, bubbly, beautiful.  Just looking at them reminds me of being in a candy shop.  Having said that, that’s exactly what Sophia Webster is known for, statement fun heels and beautiful clutches – These I simply adore!

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Get nude

 

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Sports fashion brand Björn Borg introduces the Skin Collection; skin toned underwear for everyone. The collection is deliberately launched on the United Nation’s Racial Discrimination Day, as a tribute to human rights and equality for all.

So-called “nude” underwear traditionally only caters to white skinned individuals, offered in tones like beige or blush, despite the fact that an 84% majority of the world’s population has a skin tone other than the standard “nude” colour. To put the light on this inequality, Björn Borg introduces the Skin Collection – an underwear line in six shades of human, following the Fitzpatrick skin scale*.

– Nude is not a colour; it’s a concept that everybody should have the right to enjoy. We call it six shades of human and the reason to our launch on the UN Racial Discrimination Day is that the political climate in Europe has been very tough as of late and it is time to show colour. This is our contribution to that debate, comments Björn Borg Marketing Director, Jonas Lindberg Nyvang.

The skin collection comes in a hotpant for her and short shorts for him and is made from a fresh microfibre material to maintain high breathability and comfortable fit.

The collection retails at €32.95 through selected retail and through the Björn Borg web shop,www.bjornborg.com

The Fitzpatrick skin scale is a numerical classification schema for human skin color. It was developed in 1975 by Thomas B. Fitzpatrick, a Harvard dermatologist, as a way to classify the typical response of different types of skin to ultraviolet (UV) light. There are six levels in the Fitzpatrick scale, ranging from Type I (which is very light, always burns in direct sunlight and never tans), to type VI (which is deeply pigmented dark brown or black and never burns). 

Human skin pigmentation evolved primarily to regulate the amount of ultraviolet radiation penetrating the skin, a fact that the so-called Fitzpatrick skin scale* rests upon. The Fitzpatrick scale is a classification on typical response of different types of skin to ultraviolet radiation and covers six major skin tones; the very same that are offered through the new Björn Borg skin collection.

Colouring Asian hair right…

Every girl needs to feel pampered, and there's nothing quite like getting your hair done to feel that extra bit special. I have to say, I have spent a lot of money on my hair in the past, but often I have felt disappointed when I have finally got round to colouring.

Asian hair, particularly dark brown/black is very difficult to lift. I haven't actually been able to find a hair salon that has perfected colouring 'Asian' hair so when I heard about Hair by Charlotte based in Salford, I was curious to find out what all the hype was about.

I popped in for a quick colour test a week earlier and eagerly booked in with head stylist, Charlotte. I explained I didn't want my hair to look red/orange – all to often, Asian hair because it's so warm in colour can dye a terrible bright orange tinge. Anything to avoid looking like a Jaffa Cake and I'm there!

So, I went for the Hollywood colour blend. Get your magazines at the ready and phone fully charged, this isn't for the faint hearted.

The process takes about 4 hours, maybe a bit longer depending on the length. My hair was divided into sections, lifted and then washed.

The next bit is where it gets interesting. It was the first time between 4-6 different blends of brown/blondes were popped onto my hair. The result was pretty unbelievable. Not a single orange hair in sight!

For the first time my hair was coloured beautifully. This technique of colouring is also cost effective. My roots only went one shade darker, the rest of my hair as you can see from the pictures went gradually lighter towards the ends. That means I can wait up to 6 months before going back to have it coloured again.

Also, after just having a baby, my hair was in need of some serious TLC. I barely had time to comb it so as you can see Charlotte clearly worked her magic. Check out Charlottes Instagram for more examples of her work at @hair_by_charlotte or call the salon on 0161-657-0858

Colouring Asian hair right...

Colouring Asian hair right...

Colouring Asian hair right...