Every time the talented Antonia posts up her recent photographs I am in awe. I met Annie in collage 10 years ago when we both took up photography as one of our subjects, unfortunately I didn’t continue with it (one of my lifes regrets) and decided to go and work and party in Tenerife instead. Antonia on the other hand has just graduated with a 1st in her book and I think her work is amazing.
She is yet to finish her site so if anyone wants to use her, please send me an email and I will pass on her details.
Last Thursday I attended the Liverpool Jacques Townhouse launch party as on of the 3 ambassadors. (me in floral dress, Rachael in red skirt and Katie in the white and black dress, stylishly clutching a flamingo).
After already going to the London launch party, I thought I knew what to expect, but oh no. Although the London Townhouse was on a grander scale, the Liverpool premises actually belonged to a family, so felt more intimate and quirky.
I try to explain the Jacques Townhouse, but it is hard to. It feels like you are in a wonderful dream, with cupcakes and bunny rabbits, then your dream takes a turn and you find yourself facing scary antique broken dolls and other such things. Very Alice in wonderland.
I can’t believe it is coming to an end now. I have had the best time with all the photoshoots and parties. Can’t wait to see what Jacques comes up with for next summer.
The above dress is from Jones & Jones which they very kindly gifted me for the occasion. I cannot explain to you, how much I love Jones & Jones and this dress. There stuff is very girly, but also very sexy with off the shoulder straps, backless dresses and sooper dooper short.
Well I have some good news Jones & Jones are giving away another Tilly Dress for my readers. To enter you need to follow @memoirmode & @_jonesandjones on Twitter and post the follow status:
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Venue: Gibson Hall, 13 Bishopgate London. Dates: 5th and 6th August 2011.
Designers: JB Afrique, Anita Quansah London, Maze Couture, Vaishali Morjaria Creations, J by Jak, 1979, Nkiru, Kenema, Turita Fogg, Racheal Kisti Designs, A.N.Y.A Couture, AAMAA a La Mode, Zekarya Solomon, Bebegrafiti, St Genevieve, House Bunor, Afrikanus, Glamelle Boutik, Lilia Milpetrov, Ozora
I attended the 2nd day of AFWL and attended the first 3 shows. Click on the HD symbol to watch the video I made using the Nokia N8 in High Definition.
After successful events in New York and Johannesburg, AWF organised its first event in London. There was a few hiccups, which is to be expected with it being the first event. 700 people who registered online to attend, were unable to access the shows, due to over subscription.
I was very lucky to be invited by comic relief’s www.seeafricadifferently.com. Who’s mission it is, to change the Western Worlds image of Africa and to see the Continent in a different light. We were allowed VIP access, which included front row and backstage passes
There was British and International African designers from countries such as Nigeria, Gambia, Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Angola, Congo and Eritrea. There really was a complete mix of Designs, no one designer was the same. The shows were rich in colour and vibrant prints and designs. One designers inspiration was on curtains, which I found amusing .
One of the Designers was still in her teens, which is not only inspiring to youth in Africa, but all over the world. The designers would refer back to their culture to inspire their designs. Kenema’s inspiration behind her SS12 collection was the Mende tribe of Sierra Leone. The designs included African fabric, tie die and beautiful embroidery. A number of her designs focus on the back, as she feels that is the most sensual part of a woman’s body.
Most of the designs I felt were very modern, but with that African twist. a number of the designers were From the UK, so the designs reflected that also.
It seems the world has gone Pippa mad and one serious case of upstaging the bride. When all eyes should have been on her sister Kate, everyone was talking about ‘that bum’. Well I wasn’t, I loved Kates dress designed by Sarah Burton.
Pippa Middleton’s dress was also designed by Sarah Burton and as reported on Marie Claire, British Department store Debenhams has recreated a version. Debenhams Version will be a little lighter on the pocket and retails at just £170.
I think the original design was quite simple, but it features the distinctive cowl neck, cap sleeves and button detailing down the back. Not wanting to stop at that, Debenhams have also recreated the emerald green Alice Temperley dress Pippa wore to the royal wedding reception party, costing £99.
So when can you buy the dresses I hear you say. Apparently it will be later on this year, which could be any time really. (don’t you just hate that answer?) but you can join a waiting list now to receive email updates about availability. Just send your details to email@example.com to join the virtual queue.
I have never been one for wearing a copy of a designer dress worn by a celebrity, would you?
I just wanted to show you this dress I received from Very when I attended their Style academy event in Brighton a couple of weeks ago. It is part of Fearne Cottons collection and she does actually design the dresses herself. Unlike most celebrities just put their name to something, thinking about the copious amount of celebrity perfumers there are out there. I am just imagining Victoria & David Beckham sitting in the lab with their white coats blending alcohol and scented oils
I wasn’t sure on the colour when I first saw it, its quite a bright yellowy green colour. I put it on and just loved the fit and warmed to the colour. It has a cute seagull print and is quite thick as the dress is lined, so perfect to wear with tights in A/W. It has a vintage feel about it, which I love. Its one of those dresses you could wear at the office, on a night out, shopping, anywhere… perfect.
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