Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Copenhagen Photo Diary

Earlier in the month, straight after my Paris trip,  I headed to Copenhagen with my friend Tim. We spent four days and four nights exploring the city, which is small enough to walk everywhere. Neither of us expected it to be quite so beautiful and we ended up taking more photos than your average holiday! I've edited them down (not easy!) to show you the highlights of my trip. Enjoy!

Wearing my new Monki top with Topshop culottes

The colourful houses are one of my favourite things about Copenhagen

Inside our AirBnB

A house next to the entrance of Christiania

Chairs at the Design Museum

I've never been so interested in chairs until I went to this museum!

Outside our AirBnB house - wearing my new Zara dress

The street we were staying on

The most colourful cinema you've ever seen!

Balmain sketches at the couture exhibit in the Design Museum

Who knew that a dress made out of straws could look this good?

The one non-selfie photo we got together!

The canal where we did a boat tour

Paper Island - where you can get some delicious street food

Fireworks set off at Tivoli - the perfect way to end our last night

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Haute Couture: Laskaris A/W17

On my second day of Couture Week in Paris, I was excited to see the Laskaris show entitled 'Prisma'. Laskaris is a Greek couturier and took his collection's inspiration from his homeland's culture. 

Everything about the collection felt very powerful. There were floor sweeping capes, sculptural dresses and leather jackets with colourful fur trimmings. My favourites included the two dresses that were adorned with green enamels. These were hand-moulded in Laskaris's atelier in Athens. 

The main colours were red, white, gold and black. Authentic keys on long thin chains were beautiful accessories, which looked particularly effective hanging down over an open-back dress. When the final two looks were revealed, you could see the artistic vision of what the keys unlocked. Cage-like dresses covered in butterflies were an unexpected and inspiring end to the show.

Laskaris A/W17

Laskaris A/W 2017

Laskaris couture designer

Paris Couture show

See the full collection:

As it was another hot day in Paris, I wore my new summer dress from Zara. I love the subtle pattern clash of florals printed over red and white pinstripes. The ruffled shoulderless sleeves make it even more cute and fun! This photo was taken just outside the venue by the beautiful Alexandre III Bridge. 

Scottish fashion blogger

I hope you liked my reviews of the Laskaris and Patuna shows. There was a delay in getting them written up as I went to Copenhagen straight after Paris! Look out for my next post featuring my favourite photos from Copenhagen. If you haven't been, I know you'll want to go after seeing how gorgeous the city is.

Monday, 10 July 2017

My First Couture Show: Patuna A/W17

Blogging has led to many amazing opportunities, and after 7 years I feel like I've been rewarded with the ultimate fashion experience: Haute Couture Week! After receiving my invitations from a lovely PR company in Paris, I packed my bags and flew over to the world's top fashion capital. 

The weather was so beautiful, so for my first day I decided to wear a floral a-line skirt, high-neck crop top, pink suede boots and pastel jewellery. When I arrived at the venue by the River Seine, I loved seeing what everyone else was wearing. A few were surprisingly casual, however most of the attendees were dressed as elegantly as I'd imagined. 

I couldn't believe my luck that I got to sit in the front row! Also, since I sat towards the end of the catwalk, I got to see the couture close-up and from every angle as the models spun round in front of me. Some of you will have seen this from the videos from my Instagram stories. As Patuna's collection is so sculptural, the 2D photos below couldn't possibly do the outfits justice. However, they should still give you an idea of the beautiful craftsmanship.

Patuna AW17

Patuna Couture A/W17

Patuna Haute Couture 2017

Patuna Couture Show Paris

Patuna Haute Couture AW17/18

There were 22 looks at the Patuna show, set to a dramatic soundtrack that reinforced the mood of the collection. I was interested to find that Patuna took inspiration from "Guadi's organic architecture and Dali's dreamlike abstraction". The wavy hemlines are reminiscent of Gaudi's La Pedrera building; and you could imagine each design worn in a fantasy world that Salvador Dali created. 

The silhouettes within the collection contrasted rigid structural shapes with fluid lines. Voluminous jackets were paired with relaxed fit trousers and asymmetric skirts. There was a mixture of textures including silk, wool, cotton and velvet. One of my favourites was the final look; a white avant garde jacket worn over a floor length silk dress. It moved beautifully as the model came down the catwalk and looked so dramatic as she turned. 

It's fair to say that my first Haute Couture show was everything I'd hoped for and more. Look out for my review of the Laskaris show coming soon!

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Life & Style Opens This Weekend in Edinburgh

Fashion shows, free beauty treatments, celebrity speakers, cocktail-making workshops and yoga classes are just some of the exciting highlights of this weekend's new Life & Style Edinburgh event, 1st - 2nd July. 

Visitors of all ages and interests can spend a morning (10-2pm) or afternoon (2-6pm) session exploring different themed rooms across three floors of The Royal Society on George Street, each brimming with pop-up showrooms, workshops, sampling and talks from over 40 top city centre businesses including Harvey Nichols, Topshop, BoConcept, John Lewis, Jenners, Wagamama and Hotel Chocolat.

Event Organiser Amy Mancini of Essential Edinburgh said… "We have so many wonderful city centre businesses across various lifestyle sectors, and Life & Style Edinburgh brings them all together in one place to showcase how amazing it is to live here in the Capital. It's definitely an event for those who love fashion and enjoy pampering, but we also have rooms and experiential activities themed around interior design, fitness, travel, technology and food & drink, so we hope to inspire attendees and introduce them to new experiences. As well as all the experiences and treatments inside, tickets also include a welcome glass of bubbly from Poco Prosecco and a £5 discount to spend at participating businesses after the event - that's £12 of value before you even walk through the door!"

Between receiving complimentary beauty treatments from the likes of Benefit, Urban Decay, Bobbi Brown, Cheynes Hair & Beauty and Neal's Yard Remedies, visitors can also enjoy styling sessions and fashion shows featuring Anthropologie, Gap, Laura Ashley, Marks & Spencer, Covet, Jenners and John Lewis, cocktail-making with Badger & Co and Element, bathbomb-making workshops with Lush, food & wine pairing from Veeno, and interior design advice at the BoConcept pop-up showroom. Tickets also include reserved seating at the Lifestyle Stage, where celebrity and local speakers will share their inspirational stories, top tips and answer questions from the audience. The Lifestyle Stage talks include:

- 'Common Interior Crimes and Fixes' with BBC's ‘The Great Interior Design 
Challenge’ judge Sophie Robinson
- ‘Start Creating Video Now!’ with Scotland’s top YouTubers Gavin Bell and Shaun Vlog
- 'Make-Up Masterclass' with Bobbi Brown and Britain's Next Top Model 
Contestant Simone Murphy
- 'Trend Talks' with Topshop
- ‘Get your Hygge On’ with BoConcept
- 'Get the Natural Look' with Nude By Nature from Debenhams
- ‘The Best of You’ with Scotland Women’s Rugby Captain Lisa Martin
- ‘#goals’ with lululemon
- ‘Breakfast Hacks’ with Bibi’s Bakery

Life & Style Edinburgh extends to St Andrew Square Garden, where fitness-clothing brand lululemon will host free-to-attend Yoga Sessions across both days and Tesla will have their latest luxury battery powered cars on display and offer bookings for free test drives. 

North America Travel will also be in attendance at the event offering travel inspiration and insider secrets on how to make your budget go further, plus giving away ten £100 travel vouchers to lucky attendees. 

Tickets are available to book at and include entry, a welcome glass of prosecco, seating at a fashion show and Lifestyle Stage talk, the chance to sample complimentary treatments, a £5 discount to spend after the event, and entry into a competition to win the 'Ultimate Edinburgh Weekend'.

I'm going to be an Official Blogger for the event, so keep an eye out for my Instagram stories and tweets. If you don't already follow me search for @LouLouBrooke. Also, say hello if you see me there!