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Shoes made to touch

Have you noticed that there's a trend in favour of the tactile at the moment? I feel like everything I pick up warrants a stroke. In fact the other day I went for a first meeting and found myself idly fondling the girl next to me's sleeve - not appropriate, when you've known someone for...

A day out with Olympus

One of the things I have enjoyed the most about having a blog, is learning how to use a camera properly. Of course I've had cameras before, but previously I'd never used any setting other than "Automatic" - I basically thought "ISO" was a soft drink. Although my photography skills still have "room for improvement",...

110 Years of Art & Design

Copenhagen is charming. It's all cobble stone alleyways, punctuated by grandiose museums and galleries. When the sun's shining - like it was yesterday - the Danish flock to their canals to sip Carlsberg by the water, locking up their bicycles along ivy, lined avenues.  It's ultra-trendy, but in that timeless, sophisticated way that Scandinavia has gotten down to a T. It's also well known for a commitment to design -...

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Shoes made to touch

Have you noticed that there's a trend in favour of the tactile at the moment? I feel like everything I pick up warrants a stroke. In fact the other day I went for a first meeting and found myself idly fondling the girl next to me's sleeve - not appropriate, when you've known someone for all of ten minutes! Touchy-feely fabrics come in varying guises; the chic shearling jacket that's...

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A day out with Olympus

One of the things I have enjoyed the most about having a blog, is learning how to use a camera properly. Of course I've had cameras before, but previously I'd never used any setting other than "Automatic" - I basically thought "ISO" was a soft drink. Although my photography skills still have "room for improvement", I am always looking to get that bit better. So, when fellow blogger Julia from Stylonylon...

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Last day, Last outfit

For the third and final day of Fashion Week in Stockholm I wore my wardrobe's new hero piece, a shirt dress by The Fifth Label. Heralding from Australia, The Fifth Label was founded by young design talent Amy Hicks, who looked to create a brand that included high quality basics, that felt luxurious, but were still priced accessibly. The collection is made up of easy-to-wear minimalist pieces that retain a...

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The Second day of Stockholm Fashion Week

And then there was light! Finally some respite from the downpour which did not heed for the full duration of Day 1. The second day of Stockholm Fashion Week was glorious, and by this stage familiar faces from around the world had arrived for a day packed full of Swedish design. Day highlights? Without a doubt the spectacle of the Cheap Monday show hosted in a community swimming pool and...

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The first day of Stockholm Fashion Week

In true Fashion Week style it decided to chuck it down for the duration of the first day of Stockholm Fashion Week - what a way to greet the international guests hey? Fashion Week is not all glamorous - you spend a large portion of the day huddled into a queue that snakes around the show space, hoping a merciful (and dry) PR lady will hurry it up, so you...

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Ida Sjöstedt SS15

  In many ways Ida Sjöstedt is the antithesis of Swedish design - it's bright, gaudy, sparkly and as in your face as they come. Forget feminism for a second, this is the world of the Disney Princess come Katy Perry, and go figure the Scandis lap it up - who wudda guessed it hey? For SS15 Sjöstedt is the "Queen of F*cking Everything". In a 70's inspired, throw-back-Thursday themed...

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J Lindeberg SS15

Traditionally, J Lindeberg's chief competition at Stockholm Fashion Week is Tiger of Sweden, but with Tiger's debut show at London Collection Men,  J. Lindeberg was left wide open for comment and criticism, free of comparison from their competitor. AW14 saw a departure for J Lindeberg from their preppy, golf-inspired roots to something darker and more edgy. Leather was introduced as a primary fabric, to introduce a rock 'n' roll aesthetic that...

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FILIPPA K WOMAN SS15

In many ways Filippa K epitomises Swedish design. Clean lines, muted tones, subtle details and sumptuous fabrics have been the backbone of Filippa Knutsson and Patrik Kihlborg's brand since their debut collection in 1993. The Celine of the Swedish fashion scene, theirs is the effortless and uncomplicated aesthetic for which Scandinavian has become renowned. For SS15 womenswear, Filippa K loosens up an otherwise strict colour palette of black, grey, navy and...

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R&R (rave and relaxation)

Are you by any chance heading to Ibiza for the closing parties? If you are, I'm beyond jealous. This season was my third on the White Isle and by far one of my favourites. A week was spent with twelve fantastic friends, in a melting pot of relaxation, fine dining, cocktail sipping and all night raving. There's so much on offer that at times it can feel overwhelming. With so...

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Thinking about what YOU want.

I'm looking for a new job. Don't worry I left my last one already, so this isn't some crazy digital confession that will see me fired, like that girl who openly slagged off her boss on Facebook and got caught. No, I'm freelancing at the moment which always sounds dubious, but I am actually doing work, albeit from the comfort of my kitchen table. So rather than look for a...

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When Fall, falls too quickly.

Holy Mother of Missoni, what the hell happened to the weather? Ok, I know meteorology chat is rather dull but seriously, one minute I was cycling around Stockholm in little more than my denim cut-offs and now I'm cocooning myself in swathes of fabric like the little matchstick girl, and Hell I didn't even get to wear half of my Topman short-sleeved summer shirts yet! Is this really it? Are...

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Playtime.

There's something bizarrely comforting about wearing an all-in-one. The rise of the onesie on every student, festival-goer and stoner is testament to this. Yes, you can christen it a jumpsuit or a playsuit, but the fact of the matter is, the one-piece is a baby grow just in a larger size, with a prettier print. It's funny how a garment marketed to a  demographic of 0 to 18months has become...

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The Ultimate Rookie

Stockholm Fashion Week is a mere few weeks away, but prior to the event, the Swedish Fashion Council showcased an equally exciting foray of talent - the Rookies. Earlier this week twelve new menswear, womenswear and accessories design talents were selected to present their collections to an audience of buyers and press, with one designer awarded the "Swedish Fashion Talent of the Year". Previous winners include Dagmar and Uniforms for...

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Go West!

Way Out West It's vegetarian, has a low carbon footprint and the beer is locally sourced, but don't let its green credentials fool you, Way Out West is far more hipster than hippy. Eight years in, and WOW has fast become Sweden's most reputable festival, attracting the likes of Kanye West, N.E.R.D, Florence and the Machine, Arctic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons, Prince, Haim and Alicia Keys to its grounds in Gothenburg....

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Top of the Socks

I have a confession to make; My last post featured very little menswear. Hell, I wore two skirts and a tiara - it couldn't have been further from dickie bows and whistles and flutes. Rightly so, someone called me up on my lack of menswear via instagram, which made me step back and reflect on the essence of Girl in Menswear. Yes, it's "not just for girls, and not just about menswear", but...

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Gemma Boner of WHISTLES Menswear

There are some people that you meet and instantly warm to - Gemma Boner is one of these people. The PR Manager at Whistles Menswear is the lady responsible for ensuring that the brand's inaugural menswear collection receives fanfare in keeping with its impeccable design - so far so good, if you're anything like me, you've been gorging sneak peaks of the collection since Spring. And what a collection it's...

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Proud to be part of PRIDE

I am proud to live in a city that embraces PRIDE week like the Stockholmers do. All over town buses are donning rainbow coloured flags, fashion brands are supporting the event with bespoke collections, and even my local church is hosting a PRIDE event for families. Stockholm is one of the most accepting and equalitarian cities that I have ever lived in - #proud. From today until Sunday I will...

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The Scandinavian Golden Era

I have spent the last year in Stockholm discovering the Scandinavian ready-to-wear labels that have propelled the region to the forefront of fashion – ACNE, Dagmar, HOPE and Designers Remix are names you may well have seen featured on these pages. However, it was only when I caught up with LoveGold a few months back that my attention was drawn to another area of exceptional Nordic design – jewellery. Not any jewellery either, that...

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The sandal worth selling your soul for

Chloé conjures up ideas of romanticism and of paired back femininity. The label responsible for propelling Lagerfeld into the spotlight has given us whisper weighted fabrics a plenty, but it's the shoes (oh the shoes!) that lend a utilitarian feel to the label's easy breezy, flowing aesthetic. Chloé makes me feel nostalgic for eras I was never a part of - the seventies for example, which serve as inspiration for...

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Touchdown London Town.

So I am late with this look - sorry about that! This image was taken a few months back when I was in London hanging with my one of my favourite blogging pals - Julia from Stylonylon. On our way to chat and make merry over some cocktails we stumbled across this little road near Waterloo Station. You don't get more archetypally English in my eyes; brick walls, whitewashed front...

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It’s fun to stay at the…

It's always exciting when one of your favourite menswear labels reinvigorates their womenswear line. You Must Create (YMC) has long been one of my preferred brands for quality, durable men's clothing that transcends trends, it's only recently however that I've been drawn to their womenswear too. The aesthetic is utilitarian and easy to wear. It's designed for the kind of woman that makes the quietest entrance at the party, but...

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A week in the life: Stockholm

For many, keeping a blog is a bit like keeping a journal. We document what we did, where we went and who we saw. I am sure you are not interested in the ins and outs of my every day life, but if you are anything like me, you may just be interested in learning of a few hidden gems around Stockholm which I frequented this past week. Often people...

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Sporticus

My friend Samantha has a crush on her Ballates instructor.  Yep that's right Ballates - ballet and pilates fused into an hour long work out in Peckham - she can't get enough of it. My other friend does a yoga and song class - no jokes they chanted the Black Eyed Peas "Where is the Love" last week whilst doing downward facing dog. Meanwhile I live next door to a...

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Just one of the guys

See that baby? Yeah you do. That baby is how I feel right about now about Jenny Lewis' music video entitled "Just one of the guys." Haven't seen it? Then check it out here: Now let's discuss. Ok, I'm pretty non fussed about the song. The lyrics are great, but I like to shake my "big fat butt" to more upbeat tunes - that is not to say I don't...

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A creature of habit

From January until June this year my monochrome Nike runners were to my feet what bacon is to syrup - a match made in oh-so-good heaven. My trainers were my significant other - I could take them anywhere and loved showing them off. They were as happy going to the movies as they were to a meeting, I knew they would beguile crowds at formal functions as quickly as they...

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Caraoke

Question: If an Oompa Loompa and Lucky the Leprechaun were to have a love child what would it look like? Answer: Cara Delevingne in LOVE's spoof of LL Cool J ft J Lo's "Control Myself" I highly encourage Lucky Box, Little Voice and all other dingy karaoke bars with sticky plastic sofas and dimly lit corners to purchase the Caraoke set pronto.  

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Enough with the Blogger bashing

"From models to bloggers to It Girls, the constant stream of gifted shoes, bags and sun-soaked, carefree faces clogging up your Instagram feed can sometimes make you (if you are not a model/blogger/It Girl) forget why it is you work crazy hours for tuppence in an industry that, at least on the outside, appears to only favour the famous." The aforementioned extract is taken from a recent article published on I-D online...

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Work it to work.

Hey there team, I'm back again and not budging for a while. After a wonderful week on the White Isle and another spent in the UK, I am now back to Stockholm where summer seems to have arrived and it's as glorious as everyone promised. Long days are spent strolling along the water front, taking boat rides out to the archipelago to sip rose at sunset and cycling around a...

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It’s more than just a suit

So I've been a bit rubbish haven't I? Sorry about that. A week in Ibiza meant I disconnected from the online world for a bit in favour of sunning myself and dancing in the sand - I'm sure you would have done the same in my position! I am now back to fully functioning wifi and temperatures that permit sleeves and collars - I'm sorry but when it's 32 degrees...

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Fashion East SS15

Fashion East epitomizes why London is one of the most exciting capitals for nurturing new design talent.  Every season the intimate menswear installation invites guests to interact with the designers and their collections, offering a sneak peak to the headlines of Collections to come. Edward Crutchley  You're not really supposed to pick favourites, but I'm afraid Edward Crutchley stole the show for me in his East meets West fusion of...

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WIN a pair of Ray Bans with Sunglasses Shop

OK it's official. It's summer. I know this because instagram is now an endless stream of sickeningly bronzed legs, shots of sunsets and tropical fruit - loads of it. I'm off to Ibiza this Saturday (whoop whoop - cue Vengaboys and incessant twerking!) to clutter my instagram account with equally seasonal shots. So to celebrate the arrival of the sun I've teamed up with Sungalsseeshop.com  to giveaway a pair of Ray...

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Scandinavia represents in London for SS15

Scandinavian designers are having a bit of a moment on the London scene, with Tiger of Sweden departing from the Stockholm Fashion Week calendar to find it's place in the British capital. There were three Scandi designers on the schedule for LCM SS15, but they could not have presented aesthetics that were more different. Astrid Andersen who hails from Denmark showcased her signature streetwear aesthetic, whilst COMMON channeled a refined...

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Where have all the Groupies gone?

No but seriously, where? There are several shows on the Collections calendar that pull in a serious fan base. No queue (other than Burberry) makes for this ilk of street style fodder. Key designers who traditionally draw an entourage of die hard groupies are KTZ and Nasir Mazhar, but this season the streets of The Old Sorting Office and Victoria House respectively were left somewhat barren - so where did...

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Matthew Miller SS15

There was a whimsical undercurrent at several of the LCM shows this season, with Matthew Miller and Craig Green leading the way in sombre romanticism.  Miller is no stranger to collections with a political agenda, but this season the designer's "Anti War", "Anti Social" and "Anti You" collection departed from the angry skinheads we saw at AW14 and channeled a subtler message to his audience. The theme for SS15 was...

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Jonathan Saunders SS15 and Resort

A quiet romanticism descended upon the warehouse space above The Old Sorting Office where earlier during Day 1 of London Collections: Men we heard pulsating music for the likes of Topman Design. Jonathan Saunders needs no fanfare, his golden touch is applied with a subtlety that best suits an intimate presentation setting where attendees can admire his attention to detail and intricate graphic prints. Saunders showcased his SS15 menswear collection...

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London Collections Men: What I Wore

Fellow GiM, Lizzie, has been doing a great job at keeping you updated with what the Collections attendees were wearing on the streets of London. Fashion Weeks always draw out the best (and most eccentrically) dressed from the wood works and LCM was no exception. So now that you know what everyone else looked like, here's a quick post about what I wore. Day 1: As Reiss' instagram representative on...

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LC:M – DAY THREE

[slideshow_deploy id='5197'] And for the final time (well, from LC:M, anyway), it's Lizzie for Girl in Menswear. It's been a real trip, and I've loved every second. I hope my pictures have given you some insight on the crazy, creative, colour-saturated world that is fashion week. Before I get on to today's pics, a quick run down of the catwalks I was lucky enough to see. Check out my Instagram for...

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LC:M – DAY TWO

[slideshow_deploy id='5168'] Lizzie again, and Urban and Casual is the name of the game today. Day 2 at London Collections: Men's has proven to be just as eclectic and inspiring as Day 1, with shows including KTZ, Huntergather, Duchamps, Kit Neale and John Smedley, to name but a few. Full disclosure; the clientele in attendance were as disparate of dress as the themes of the shows. So, yes, I did see David...

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LC:M – DAY ONE

[slideshow_deploy id='5141'] Well, fancy seeing you here?! Lizzie Nash here, acting as unofficial streetstyle photographer and cultural commentator for Girl in Menswear at London Collections: Mens this week, while Sophia schmoozes all the bigwigs and sinks champers at the shows. Day one went off with as much style, swagger and attitude as you'd expect from any fashion event held in London. For continuity, each day I'm focussing on a particular...

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