London

I love London. I sign things London. London is the key to my heart – it deserves some writing.

Westfield Shopping Car Boot Fashion Top
Speaking of things I love, let me interrupt your browsing for a moment to tell you about Westfield London. On the most basic level, it is a mall. In actuality, it is a building that took thirteen million man hours to build, a building that has ninety-six escalators, and over 265 shopping destinations. The concierge team alone has seventy members. It is the Ultimate Mall.

Today kicked off Westfield’s Car Boot Sale to celebrate London Fashion Week and the launch of A/W 2010. Lily Allen kicked off proceedings ensconced in cream fur and Chanel pumps, while Mary Portas hosted her own Living and Giving car (her stock is INCREDIBLE). Running until the 26th, over 20 Hyundai i20 cars have been hijacked by London’s most sought after brands with something different on offer every day from giveaways to exclusives to styling advice.
Westfield Shopping Car Boot Fashion
Let’s take a look, shall we? View Post

Heathrow Escalator

Come fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away.

Whether you’re an Editor on your way to Milan Fashion Week or a lucky transatlantic fashionista with an ‘in’, the end of London Fashion Week means that Heathrow will be packed with some very well dressed men and women tomorrow.

Now – as a flying junkie – I have to give props to Heathrow Airport. They literally cater to my every need, and more specifically every fashion need. Across the 671,000 square feet of retail space there are over 400 outlets. FOUR. HUNDRED. View Post

Earth Awards Lela London and Jamie Lim

With Jamie Lim

Last Thursday evening, I stilettoed my way to Marlborough House for The Earth Awards. For those who are in the grey, The Earth Awards is an ‘aspirational platform for consumer-driven ideas that challenge designers and innovators to build a new economy’. It is the only truly global awards dedicated to identifying viable designs which have the potential to improve our quality of life and build a new economy.

Earth Awards Lisa King Jayson Mansaray and Charli Beale

Designer Lisa King, Presenter Jayson Mansaray and PR Queen Charli Beale

The selection committee in itself is made up of world-leading entrepreneurs, designers and thinkers, including Paola Antonelli (MoMA), Sir Richard Branson, Graydon Carter (Vanity Fair), Tony Chambers (Wallpaper*), Julie Gilhart (Barneys), Diane von Furstenberg and Dilys Williams (Center for Sustainable Fashion).

Earth Awards Lela London and Marie Guerlain

With Marie Guerlain

David de Rothschild hosted the gorgeous affair after very recently returning from his epic trip on the Plastiki (Google it). My chilly London fingers were crossed for Texan-born Jamie Lim to receive the overall award as her bamboo “Kayu” eyewear had been selected from over 500 entries to be shortlisted as one of six finalists, obviously in the Fashion category. Kayu was designed as an ethical fashion statement. In addition,┬áproceeds from her line of bamboo sunglasses fund sight-restoring surgeries in India on a one-for-one basis. The beautiful and gracious Lim founded Kayu in 2007 with a vision of moving fashion beyond aesthetics. This year she premiered handbags (seen below) that will follow in her eyeglasses footsteps, as sales are being used to purchase school supplies for Cambodian children.

Earth Awards Jamie Lim Bag

Kayu handbag worn by Jamie Lim

“The key is that each bag funds one backpack, each sunglass funds one eye surgery. The concept of one-for-one appeals to consumers more than, say, 20% of profits being earmarked for charity projects”, said Lim. While Jamie didn’t win overall, all six of the recipients would have deserved it so I wish a huge congratulations to them all. It was an incredible evening and it is beyond exciting that the idea of ‘sustainable fashion‘ is gaining currency; hooray!

Natalia Vodianova at Fashions Night Out
Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out was incredible. Though I got to my chosen area of attack very late, I got to see Natalia Vodianova (who resembles walking art and wore a dress by David Koma) – lady of the night – before she stopped at Juicy Couture and the parties for Stella McCartney, Burberry, Armani and before hosting the Naked Heart cocktail party. See some of my night by Blackberry below. View Post

Wicked Musical West End LondonI’ve been listening to one CD for seven years, and last night my man friend took me to see it live. Holy emerald smoke, guys. Wicked is amazing.

For the ones who are unaware, the musical is based on “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” by Gregory Maguire; a parallel novel published in 1995. The book is a revisionist look at the land and characters of Oz, best known from L. Frank Baum‘s 1900 novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz” – the one that made us all lust after sequined red heels.Wicked Musical London

I am a musical junkie. I spent my high school years in show choir and musicals, can never leave the house without my Zune, and rate my movie tastes primarily on soundtrack. With that said, it is actually quite impossible to describe how emotional, entertaining and extraordinary this musical is. It’s hilarious and heart-breaking, making you feel helplessly invested in the munchkins, monkeys and madness of the Land of Oz .Wicked Musical London

Without giving too much away, I have to comment of the costumes and set-design. When you go, brace yourself for the eye candy also known as the Emerald City. It is like an explosion of green glamour. On the far left of the photo above (click to enlarge) you will find a resident of Oz dressed in the most intricate European chic costume you will ever see. Galinda slash Glinda also has many whimsical Chanel-like ensembles to add to your musical must-haves. The costume designer, Susan Hilferty, deserves thirty pairs of sequined stilettos.

Go see it if you’re anywhere between the ages of five and ninety-five. You won’t regret it.