Fashion Film ft. Stylist Yuliya Oleksenko

After spotting her at London Fashion Week, we invited Stylist and Blogger Yuliya Oleksenko to style a few pieces from our collection as part of our 3rd Styling Session in collaboration with Videographer Lawrence Essex and Photographer Stoyanov & Jones. Yuliya wears our Crepe and Organza Alex Top paired with our matching Xander Trousers as a 2-piece set for a smart yet sexy ensemble.

 

How would you advise on how to look professional but stylish at the same time?

Keep it simple but pay attention to good cut and perfect fit! Also try to invest in good quality pieces and keep an eye out for the colour trends each season so you can keep your outfits relevant.

 

What places would you wear the Alexander 2-piece trouser suit to?

Those shear panels need to be seen! I would wear this outfit for a night out with my girls

 

what TIPS can you give on how to wear Black?

I actually find that black is the colour that suits me the most as i'm brunette. It is such a powerful colour and so easy to style whether you want to add brights or keep everything entirely monochrome. Don't afraid of black, try different shades of black if you feel it may be too dark for you, maybe even add some silver or gold jewellery which ever suits to your skin tone more, that way you will bring more sparkles to your eyes. I feel a completely black outfit looks very stylish and sophisticated.

 

Where do you look to for style inspo?

London is a great city you can get inspiration almost everywhere you look around. It's a wonderful place where lots of different cultures are brought together and sharing different styles to create some new. I love people watching whilst out and about in London,  it's a great way to get inspired! Also on a digital side, if you browse Instagram- my favourite platform, you can find lots of different styles to please your imagination.

 

favourite exhibition you visited recently?

I recently visited Burberry x Henry Moore exhibition at Maker House. The collection was inspired by Henry Moore; one of Britain’s greatest sculptors. Burberry collaborated with the Henry Moore Foundation to help put the entire collection together creates a major exhibition. It was unforgettable. So much detail and the handcrafted pieces were just stunning!

FEMINISM , BODY CONFIDENCE & STYLE TALK WITH SARAH MULINDWA

Stylist and Radio Presenter Sarah Mulindwa styles our Katerina Gown and Sandrine Coat, beautifully photographed by Stoyanov & Jones and filmed by Lawrence Essex. She talks with us about her style inspiration,  body confidence and what it means to be a feminist.

Sarah Mulindwa by Stoyanov & Jones wearing The 7962
Sarah Mulinda wearing The 7962's Sandrine Fur Coat and Katerina Gown

Photography by Stoyanov & Jones

Fashion Film by Lawrence Essex

 

  • As a Radio Host and active social media user, how do you use media to express your interest in fashion?

Social media is my biggest platform for showcasing my style as it is for most people in the industry and Instagram in particular is by far the most important for me. I've always battled a little bit with social media as I've never wanted to come across as vein or self righteous or like I'm showing off in anyway as it's just not who I am but I've come to embrace it and see it as a way of connecting with like minded people and just generally showcasing my work as a stylist/influencer and presenter. I tend to post 'OOTD' pics daily and I find that's the best way to engage with my "audience"

  • Where do you gather your style inspiration from?

I gather my fashion inspiration from so many different outlets! I find that music has probably been one of my greatest inspirations, I grew up listening to a lot of 90's rnb and hip hop and would watch music videos of people like Mary J Blige and SWV and I loved the whole street style/ghetto fabulous vibe but I always love watching movies from the 50's with glamorous women like zsa zsa gabor! My mum is also one of the best dressed women I know and she's the queen on accessories so I'm always stealing from her!

  • What is your least favourite body part and how do you go about dressing for this whilst still feeling confident?

I used to have a list of parts of my body that I wasn't too keen on but the beauty of getting older is appreciating what you do have so I don't dwell on things that could be better but I would say I wish I had wider hips which probably sounds weird to some but I've always found curvier bodies more appealing and all the women in my family are curvy and I'm one of the  smallest but it's okay, I'm going to start squatting lol . I don't avoid any particular type of clothing though, I just work with what I've got and hope for the best! 

  • Would you classify yourself as a feminist? What are your concerns and what do you hope for the future of women?

I would definitely classify myself as a feminist as should everybody! I think the word sometimes comes with negative connotation unfortunately but to put it in simple terms if you believe that Men and Women deserve to be treated equally in all aspects of life then that would make you a feminist. If I do the exact same job as a man, why should I be paid less? The issue is of course so much bigger than just unequal pay but we're getting there...

My hope for women in the future is that we are awarded the same luxury as men of being able to express ourselves without fear of being labelled whether it be through fashion/career/family choices etc

Style Session with Madina

Fashion film shot and produced by Lawrence Essex

Lifestyle Blogger Madina Serazhiyeva beautifully photographed by Stoyanov & Jones wears our Mohair Jumper styled with her own floral trousers and fedora hat, creating the perfect transitional outfit for Spring.

Where do you look for style inspiration? When I look at a piece of clothing, shoes or jewelry, I instantly create a look in my head and then gather the missing pieces. I have a confession: I really love grunge. Yet, I am not afraid to experiment with different styles in one outfit. My overall style was definitely formed by the places I have previously lived in, the people I met and the experiences I went through. 

Favourite area to shop in London? Definitely Oxford Circus – it has so many options! I also do a lot of online shopping; I actually prefer it sometimes as it saves time.

How do you style yourself for a typical day? London style is very classy and chic. I love the prevalence of black, white and grey in street fashion. When deciding an outfit, I first think on how to make it warm, and then remember about keeping it stylish.

Your favourite thing about being a woman? My favourite thing about being a woman is the ability to be incredibly strong whilst appearing fragile and delicate.

 

 

How it's worn- The Mohair Skirt

Timeless and effortless, the midi skirt is a wardrobe staple which reveals the perfect amount of leg during the colder seasons. Our Mohair version offers an interesting contrast to a simple outfit and not to mention extra coziness when your pair of 40 denier tights didn't make it back from the wash.

Name?

Emma Li

What do you do?

I work in PR, Events & Marketing

Your favourite thing about being a woman?

Lingerie, but also the world is still changing for women and that's an exciting prospect.

What was the last thing you Instagrammed? 

L Manze, Traditional Pie shop
What song are you playing on repeat? 

Mishlawi - All Night
Favourite thing about Mondays?

I hate Mondays, so i spoil myself with a Cinnamon Bun & Almond Hot Chocolate every Monday morning from Fabrique
How does The 7962 Mohair skirt make you feel?

It has a wonderful elegant vintage touch to it, but honestly it touches towards my lingerie background but in a subtle way, sexuality is darker when subtle.
Where do you look for style inspiration?

With so much heavy social media excess it's good to look away from obvious fashion outlets now - Ironically I wear a lot of black, with accessories ranging from Sex shops to Luxury brands. I don't focus too much about what's in style now because the best style options are the women who are dressing their personalities not for whats just off the catwalk.

Your favourite thing about Fashion Week?

haha my favourite thing about fashion week used to be sneaking in, but moving forward there's an excitement and creative energy you can't find anywhere else. Top it with a lack of sleep and strong coffees, you'll find the strength to sew half a collection the night before.

How it's worn- The Xander Trouser

Juxtaposing see-through organza stripes with classic tailoring creates a sexy and flirtatious look whilst maintaining class and elegance. The Xander trouser cheekily reveals the entire side leg whilst ensuring the wearer stays looking modest and well put-together. Add oversized layers for an effortless day-time look and opt for more fitted options to transition into fitted alternatives for a slinkier evening ensemble.

Name?

Julie Bianchi Gray

What do you do?

Actress, Artist & student

Your views on Valentine's Day?

I think that it can get a bit over the top sometimes. Celebrating love is always nice. I do think it has become about selling stuff, like many holidays though.

Your favourite thing about being a woman?

My body. Growing from a girl to a woman is such an awkward and emotional transition. Now I feel empowered and not ashamed of my body.

What was the last thing you Instagrammed?

A movie still from Godard's 'Breathless'

What song are you playing on repeat?

Solange's new album!Probably 'cranes in the sky' but I'm just obsessed with the whole album.

Favourite thing about Mondays?

Breakfast.

How does The Xander Trouser make you feel?

Wearing the trousers I felt like the perfect balance of sophistication and sexy.

Where do you look for style inspiration?

I look at my style icons. I've always admired Frida Kahlo's bold style choices. But I'm also very inspired by Audrey Hepburn's classic style. I think that I take elements from inspirational people and make them suit me.

Your favourite thing about Fashion Week?

The madness of it all. It's all so wonderfully hectic and surreal.

 

Photography: Amie Charlot

 

9 of the best Travel Blogs on Instagram

We are already having summer time blues so we have decided to take a look at our favorite Travel Instagram accounts for holiday inspiration as we start to plan our winter escape!

@gmateus

Beachcomber Paradis Hotel & Golf Club. "After a wonderful tour of the south and a surprising discovery of Le Morne and it's magnificent mountain. We got just in time for a swim in the swimming pool of Beachcomber Paradis, with a beautiful sunset as company."

"Beautiful day. Beautiful architecture of Brussels. Beautiful car.


Totally recommend strolling the streets of Ixelles and Saint Giles. Brussels isn't all about the centre. Definitely take a tour also of Victor Horta's house if you can. Incredible. Sadly no photos are allowed. Buggar."

#visitbrussels

 

Bagan, Mandalay, Burma. "Up, up and away. An archive shot of my balloon journey over Bagan"

Medjumbe Island. "Killer sunset over my plunge pool on Mudjumbe Private Island in Mozambique! What a beautiful place! Have you been to Mozambique?"

"The Thiksey Monastery of Ladakh is so peaceful that it's hard to believe that people actually live here.
Granted, those people are actually Buddhist monks so I guess no Netflix and Chill for them?
Would you like to live in a Buddhist Monastery?"

 

"Bagel in #Paris by @fotopolly. Totally loving the Parisian house as background!"

Venezia, Italia. "a city with no cars..."

Senggigi, Lombok, Indonesia

"View of the Nha Trang from Vinh Nguyen Island. The cable cars take you from the mainland onto Vinh Nguyan Island where there is a huge waterpark and resorts. If you look closely, you can see Nha Trang's skyline in the distance"