Chic and Attractive London Spring Street Style Fashion

There is no doubt that the high and mighty fashion at London Fashion Week’s spring fashion 2013 has spilled over into the streets of the city. Indeed, London street style has all the girls walking the streets, sidewalks, and side streets with the dresses that everyone finds to be stylish and fashionable. Ladies seem to be keeping up with the street style trend as they wear simple yet beautiful attires. With the LFW over, it definitely serves as a springboard to entice classic dressers to come up and wear their versions of London street styles.

Here are some of the London Street styles during the London Fashion Week Spring/Summer of 2013 that will look great in spring of next year:

Bold Prints, Studs, Metals

Streets during the fashion week were littered with women – fashion editors and bloggers, designers, and gawkers – who were brave enough to wade through London streets wearing maxi bold prints. There are straps, series of chain belts, and huge zippers that dominated many women’s mix-matched dress ensemble. There were also a lot of precious stones and minerals that were in play such as gold and gold plated accessories, and studs in Balenciaga bags, among many others. Others on the street were happy to display their color block dressed with transparent thick-plastic shoulder bags securely tucked in their arms.

Polka Dots

With the London Fashion week filled with shows that flaunted patterned and printed designs, one of the most sought after will definitely be polka dots this coming season. Polka dots will be a dominating pattern to be found on street style dresses next year. The dots will be presented in various sizes and colors, in any attempt to prevent the lady wearer from becoming fashion wallpaper. In fact, with multi-sized, multi-colored, polka-dotted blouse or skirt, any woman is sure to be head turner.

Peplum

Peplum is one design that can be seen just about everywhere and the wearer will look great on it. Women will definitely have a great time walking down the streets and inner streets of London donning stylish pencil skirts with peplum. This apparel goes well even with just a simple blouse and a pair of high heels.

Put simply, when it comes to street style London fashion 2013, nobody will present it better than the average London girl on the streets. She is the chicest and meanest when it comes to street style. And with all of the spring street fashion that’s available, this gives everyone the chance to wear and strut them around along the streets and sidewalks come spring time.

These are the best roundup of spring street style fashion that women can refer to especially if they are having a “fashion sense block” at any day. With spring time just a few months away, all should look forward to the layering and vintage or classic dress styles that street style lovers will surely love the use and wear.

The Latest Haircuts From London Fashion Week And The Oscars

Long Hair-So if there is one thing that London Fashion Week has taught us over the past week (aside from the fact that oversized, 60′s inspired tailoring is back) is that long hair is rocking the catwalk.

Whether the look was sleek and chic or rolled out this morning bed hair, it seems that designers favoured models with luscious long locks for AW13. Sass and Bide, Mulberry and Vivienne Westwood all opted for models with hair that was at least shoulder length if not longer whether this was left to be tamed, or styled up with some vintage glamour curls to bounce or flick along their catwalk runway.

At the Oscars, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Aniston, Adele and Kristen Stewart all showed how desirable and glamorous long hair can look with minimal effort. Both Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Bullock know how to work sleek and hairstyles ‘aux naturalles’ to red carpet perfection.

To achieve this look with you own hair stylist (don’t go hacking away at your own hair by yourself please). Grow your hair a little longer if required as you will possibly need a minimum of 2 inches of hair trimming off if it’s been a while since your last haircut. Ask to keep your layers relatively long, no shorter than between your ear lobe and neck line, have these shaped around your face and perhaps change how your wear your parting if you want your new style to have a more dramatic appearance.

Remember, colour can always help to maximise the impact of a new haircut. There are many trends to choose from which are being carried forward through to AW13, you can enhance the appearance of layers by opting for a dip dye look or by adding highlights/lowlights just to the crown of your hair.

Short Hair-Whilst long hair has been dominating the catwalk and red carpet, if you aren’t afraid to stand out and be a little daring then a lot of chop for a jaw dropping short crop could be the hair cut for you.

Charlize Theron who is known for her eye stopping beauty, sexy J’adore Dior advert and sun kissed blonde locks, stepped onto the Oscars red carpet exuding confidence and sex appeal with a new close shave and choppy crop. The actress explained that shaving her hair was the most freeing experience and recommended every woman give it a go. By that comment I’m not suggesting you go and perform a Britney but I would recommend being a bit daring and perhaps trying a hairstyle that is a little edgy!

Short hair looks great if you have high cheek bones but you can always work around this by keeping the length on top still relatively long enough to style a side fringe, shape the face and keep the clippers to the nape of your neck.

You can add some pastel shades of dye to your hair if the dramatic chop just isn’t adding enough edge for your liking. Pinks and purples are really on trend at the moment whether you decide to go the whole hog or just add some bold streaks of colour. This works really well on icy blondes, I would beware of home dye kits for this look though as many of them can contain unnatural lighteners which can add more damage to your hair and affect how it may dye in the future.

A new haircut can easily be the quickest route to achieving a brand new party hairstyle with minimal effort on your part. Just book it in before your next social calendar event and voila, you will be party ready.

Ultimately, the latest haircuts strutted on the red carpet and the catwalk were all made to look more fabulous because of the confidence of the women wearing them. A new haircut or colour is always a great confidence boost so although you probably won’t be strutting the red carpet, you can strut down your high street and attract just as much attention from your friends and colleagues

Why Mattijs Bergen is Making Waves in the World of Fashion

Mattijs Bergen first came to many peoples attention at London Fashion Week in September 2008, when he presented his spring/summer collection in all it’s bright metallic glory. Mattijs’s voluminous shapes threw up striking combinations what with their palette of contrasting bright and neutral tones, shiny metallic’s and matt chiffons. Perhaps it was no surprise given the designer hails from the same art college as conceptual fashion designers Viktor and Rolf but still it was great to witness.

The fantastic combinations of grey with metallic burnt orange, mint green with fuchsia pink, and vivid metallic gold with slate grey washed out denim were all beautiful to behold. Mattijs’s collection was chock full of pleats and gathers paired with slim pencil skirts and skinny denim. These combinations made for an extremely wearable separates collection.

The Mattijs collection was described in the Fashion Week brochure as ‘a collage in styles, fabric and colors and all feels like you just opened a wondrous jewel box…’. It stood out for using Zijder natural silks, Swarovski crystals and Lyria textiles.

The schooling of a great designer

After completing his studies at the Artez Hoge School in Arnhem, Mattijs Van Bergen decided to hone his craft on the prestigious MA Fashion Womens wear course at Central St Martins College of Art’s in London, where his final collection went into limited production and was a critical success.

Mattijs gradually built up press coverage for his collection before going on to work in the design studios of Giles Deacon and Viktor and Rolf. He also participated in many Dutch fashion events such as the Arnhem Mode Biennale in the company of designers such as Maison Martin Margiela, Rodarte and Jil Sander, and the Dutch Frans Moelnaar Couture Awards.

Shortly after launching his autumn winter collection for A/W 2008, his designs were snapped up by none other than influential London boutique Browns. The Dutch Fashion Foundation also granted Mattijs a design studio in Amsterdam whilst displaying the collection at London Fashion Week. Since being awarded the Amsterdam Studio Matijs now works full time from there.

A new jewellery collection is due out soon which will be interesting to see given his fashion design background. It may well result in a more affordable way of buying into his design skills in the current economic climate.

Fashion lovers throughout London are looking forward to seeing his next collection at Vauxhall Fashion Scout and no doubt will be on hand to record the action with video cameras at the ready.

Top Ten Knitwear Designers at London Fashion Week

Sandra Bucklund

Sandra Buckland is celebrated for the 3D knitted garment patterns she designs. They are based mostly on the human profile. Her own knitted fabrics are utilised in the development of her unique structures. Her textiles are a result of intense experimentation on machines and is a patchwork of knitted pieces. Her 2010 collections were the first to be fully produced. Up until that moment all the work she fashioned was tailored. Tida Swinton modelled her most illustrious piece in the well celebrated Another Magazine.

Rick Owens

Knitwear is used rather liberally in most of Owens collections. His creations time and again make use of rather basic methods in the development of his agreeably tailored outfits. On a number of occasions it is apparent to observe that innovative forms and shapes are produced as a consequence of the strategies he employs to shape the knitwear. The monochrome colour palette he employs to define the figure is identified as being exclusive to him and acts as a signature in a lot of ways. His pieces are habitually created in one progression on the machine. As a result of this practice Owens work repeatedly displays interesting and exceptional shapes and silhouettes.

Ramon Gurillo

Spanish born Gurillo worked as an illustrator prior to starting his own design business. Under his thorough direction he employs a group of enthusiastic knitters and crafts people. The techniques he employs are incredibly refined. A lot of his work features re-embroidered designs with knits crocheted on top. As a consequence of these technically convoluted hand knits most are not easily transferred to machines. It’s noticeable that more attention is paid to the material and it’s drape than the outline. His materials and yarns are of the uppermost quality and play a huge part in the aesthetics of the piece.

Ioannis Dimitrousis

Dimitrousis’ handiwork is largely crocheted and unisex. He describes his maths-orientated mind to be behind the love of crochet, even though I recently revealed his mother was in reality behind it all! He also focuses on the drape and the significance of the finished garment. His most recent collection was adorned with sequins and frills.

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul regularly sprinkles his collection with key knitwear pieces. His strategies are by no means groundbreaking although, conversely Gaultier is a master of combining knit with other materials. His blends can consist of soft chiffons with jagged mesh. He is proficient at including detail with many describing his knits as works of art.

Jennifer Lang

If you’ve heard of the extravagant laddering technique then you may well know it was pioneered by Jennifer Lang. Her MA collection gained fame as soon as it was reported on in the British tabloid newspapers. A litany of celebrities were reported to be ordering tailored knit wear repeatedly from her. In appreciation of her success she was awarded a stand at London Fashion Week along with a studio in Cockpit Studios. Designer catwalks in next to no time got used to seeing her creations and as a result she was offered a position with the All Saints brand.

Simone Shailes

The knitting world was enraptured after Shailes presented her hand knitted collection at Central St Martins College. Her procedures were complex and time consuming and her designs were very contemporary. The square cut jackets juxtaposed the light frothy approaches. Her jackets and knitted cardigans were siezed upon by Topshop and her first collection was launched. Since that collection she has been employed by Celine.

Louise Goldin

Goldin is also a St Martins College graduate perhaps helping to explain her contemporary designs. She has a skill for finding unique fresh yarns who’s aesthetics lend themselves to original, advanced designs. The molded knitwear and chiffon shifts of her most recent collection strike an attractive balance. Her knitwear pieces have rejuvenated the knitwear business and encouraged further knitwear designers to show at London Fashion Week. She is a strong prospect and so will be watched with interest.

Sonia Rykiel

Rykiel’s handiwork is humorous and light hearted and her knitwear certainly does not miss out on this. Her jumpers have proved exceedingly desirable in the main. Like Gaultier she focuses on aesthetic detail to convey her message.

Giles

Giles’ hefty outsized knits have to be considered his most revered handiwork to date. His three dimensional knitted parts were more architectural structures than garments. Giles creates his pieces around a silhouette that allows him to construct new female styles. It is fair to say that he has pushed the boundaries of the hefty knitwear scene. He opened the market to a niche for exaggerated knitwear as lengthy scarves were quickly on the high street, chunky hats and knitted boots were the next step. It was a surprise to this writer that Aran knitwear was not more in style following his collection.

Great Finds for Authentic Vintage London Fashion

London is famously expensive for everything from taking the Tube to the traditional English brunch. Shopping is expensive in London, as is getting around. If you were in the market for vintage clothing though where would you place your chances of finding a good deal, plenty of choice and shopping satisfaction in a city such as London with a reputation for expensive deals? With a little planning done to lead your way, you’d be surprised at the number of places that can turn up with a good deal.

The Salvation Army may not be the first place you think of to associate in your mind with London fashion. But the store they run on Princess Street near Oxford Circus in the heart of London, offers such great deals, practically no one shopping there seems actually poor. Try this outlet any day of the week except Sundays. In keeping with the poverty theme, try Oxfam’s charity shop on Kingsland Road in Dalston. It’s the Walmart of antique London fashion, and it’s all packed into such a huge warehouse, you might need a map to get around. Fortunately, the choices in vintage London fashion on offer here make it worth your while taking the trouble to keep track of your bearings. Prices here start at less than five dollars, and there is every kind of vintage high-fashion on display.

If you ever wanted to visit a real London institution that hadn’t yet caught on with the tourists, shopping for vintage London fashion on Brick Lane has to be a real treat. This little treasure of a find is a whole street filled with stores that sell clothing from a bygone era – at prices that seem to belong to a vintage era themselves. Every day of the week, save for Saturdays, fashion fiends in on the secret, throng Brick Lane to find surprise deals on a variety of clothing from stores that line the whole street and provide an atmosphere like you never would expect.

There are even regular fairs for London fashion held at certain appointed places at regular intervals. Try the London Vintage Fashion Fair, one of the most popular monthly affairs of this kind around, at the Hammersmith town hall. You’ll find fashions here from 100 years ago and surprisingly, it isn’t difficult to find stuff in good condition. The location of the sale, the Hammersmith Town Hall on King Street is itself an antique place that makes the perfect backdrop to this wonderful institution.

There are vintage clothing outlets all over London – Portobello Road, Crystal Palace, lots of great places where you can soak in the London atmosphere and shop off for clothing at the same time. It’s a terrific way to experience London.

Understanding Projector Screens

If you work with a projector, you should have a projector screen. Some people argue that having the screen is equivalent to using a wall, but this isn’t the case. There are plenty of benefits that come with having the screen instead of a wall:

Advantages of the screen

Smooth image: When you use the screen you tend to have a smooth, crisp image. The reason for this is because the screens have a vinyl coating that allows the projector’s light to be reflected back to the viewers. These sheets come in handy and significantly affect the picture qualities such as contrast, brightness, and viewing angle.

You can move them around: In addition to the units giving you a better view, they are also easy to move around; therefore, you can use them even in areas without walls.

Types of screens

When you are looking for the screens, there are many of them that you can go for. Some of the best ones are:

Fixed-frame: A fixed-frame screen features a screen material that is stretched over a metal frame. Since you don’t have to roll the fixed screen up and down, you can maintain a tight, tensioned surface to provide you with a completely smooth image. The fixed units are also easy to install as you don’t have to connect power to them.

Motorized: Also, known as retractable screens, these units are ideal for the movie time. The units easily roll up into a long metal case that you mount to the ceiling or wall. The most identifying feature of the unit is the case that houses a powerful electric motor that easily raises and lowers the screen at the touch of a button.

While the units are great, their main flaw is that they are more cumbersome to install. This is because you have to supply power to the electric motor. The units also feature a trigger input so that they lower themselves automatically as soon as turn on the projector.

Factors to consider when buying the screens

When purchasing the units, you need to consider a number of factors. One of these factors is the screen gain. This is simply the amount of light that is reflected back to the viewers. When the gain is high, there is more reflected light and as a consequence a brighter picture.

You also need to consider the screen color: This is solely dependent on your preference and the industry you are in. If you are looking for high-quality images, go with a white screen.

Catering Your Business Meeting

Business meetings can be tedious affairs, often taking up a lot of the day, but they are also the place where things get decided and offer a chance for team members to input their ideas over new products or services. The business meeting may elicit groans from those who have to partake, but they are a necessary evil. Instead of brown bagging it, what about a catered meeting that will give everyone something to look forward to and bring people together again in a less formal way–as they eat?

Most catering companies will have a dedicated menu specifically for the corporate world. They include things that can be eaten on the go, or hand held and of course they will also cater to sit down lunches or dinners as well, depending on your needs. The best part about having your lunch catered is that it arrives ready to eat when you want it to, no one has to leave the meeting to make or put the food out. It also doesn’t matter where you meeting is taking place. Your boardroom, outside or at a client’s place, it doesn’t matter to the caterer as it is their job to take your order to you at the specified time and location.

Catered food is known to be of high quality, because with so many caterers around, no one would ever order from one that had a bad rating either online or by word of mouth. You can also customize your menu to suit a specific theme or to avoid certain allergens that may make some people ill and of course there will be plenty of food to go around, and beverages like coffee and tea are usually also included in the fee.

About the fee–catering your office meeting is cheaper than you may think. It is hassle free for you and your employees of course but it is also better than asking your associates to bring out their own food at the appointed time. This means they’ll sit where they are and eat, but with a catered meal they will get up, fill their plates, chat with each other and eat in groups which is more conducive to the meeting’s overall feel once you get back at it after your lunch break.

Catering is something that has been done for years and something that corporations the world over swear by. Isn’t it time you looked into catering for your next meeting?

Why London Is the Best Place for Business

Most of us love travelling and there are those of us who look forward to moving to a new country or town so as to settle down and get that fresh start. If you are one of them, then you should greatly consider London as your destination of choice. There are a lot of great attributes that are associated with London and most especially if you are looking for a great working or business hub.

There are some reasons as to why London is so outstanding. They include:

It’s a large financial center

This is by far the greatest trait that London has for anyone who is business or work oriented. London is a financial center just like New York City. There are so many great companies that have invested in the here and they include multinationals. This makes it one of the most ideal destinations for one to really pursue a career since there are so many opportunities.

Culture

If you have ever been to London, then you can tell how diverse the people and the culture are. London has very friendly people. This makes it an open area of diversity in all aspects. There are lots of natural sites, historical and cultural sites that you can get a chance to visit while in London. Some of the great sites include The Tower of London, London Eye, Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace and Big Ben.

Parks and open spaces

If you love the outdoors, then London is the best place to be. There are many council parks, royal parks like Hyde Park, Regent’s Park, Richmond Park, Victoria Park, Greenwich Park and many other garden squares and green spaces that the public is allowed to sample. This is a great way to relax after a day’s work.

City of professionals

In London, there are all sorts of professionals. There are accounting firms, legal firms, insurers, brokers and banks. The city actually hosts more than 480 oversees banks. This is the highest number in the whole world.

Population

If you happen to be in an area that is heavily populated, then this may not be a very appealing trait for you. However, many people consider it a great part of what makes London what it really is. The population of London is increasing at twice the rate at which UK is growing. London’s population was 8.7 million in 2016.

Opportunities

This is a city that has a lot of activities going on and there is a lot you can do to remain entertained. The public transportation is accessible and you can get to most parts of the city very easily. London underground transit system or tube helps to transport 3 million passengers everyday.

Wages

The London wages aren’t new to anyone. They are much higher when compared to most countries today. This is one of the main reasons as to why so many people leave their homes and commute for so many miles so as to get a higher salary for their families. The average wage in London is 9.75 pounds per hour with minimum wage of 7.50 pounds per hour.

Airports

Apart from the public transport system that is very well established, London has the largest airspace in the whole world. Here, eight airports are accessible. Five of these have got high traffic. London’s Heathrow airport receives more than 75 million passengers annually, which makes it 5th busiest airport in the world.