London Fashion Week AW14 Highlights!

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5 days, 227 designers, 5,000 press and buyers and 26 sponsors later and London Fashion Week finally comes to a close. And what a week it was. Designers such as Ashish and Henry Holland showed us that colour is still a big contender for AW14.

Think – fantasy, sequins, bright, faux fur and more sequins. Take a look at some of the highlights from one of Fashion’s best weeks.

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The Ashish presentation on day 3 was a magical array of big hair, sportswear and lots and lots of sequins. Colour is going nowhere for the Fall, in fact it’s bigger, bolder and with more embellishments. Ashish designs for the ”fun loving woman who likes to make an entrance”.

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Bora Aksu kicked off the week with his show on day 1. When asked about the collection, Aksu described it as ”Romantic with a darker twist”.

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Tom Ford’s collection for the season is a blend of textured, oversized coats and defining necklines. It embodied the diversity of London city with its laid back luxe and elegance. A sequin, american football style dress saw Ford reiterate Jay-Z’s already iconic lyric, ”I don’t pop Molly, I rock Tom Ford”. Amazing!

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One of the highlights of the week was the House Of Holland presentation. Cropped jumpers and full prom skirts filled the catwalks on day 2 of Fashion Week. With his signature being ‘bold, colourful and irreverent’, Henry Holland stated he designs with a ”London girl’s aesthetic in mind”. His trademark T-shirt style is still firmly present but this time accompanied by tabloid slogans. When speaking about London Fashion Week, Holland said ”The anticipation around the London shows is more than any other fashion capital in the world”. Agreed!

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Meadham Kirchhoff rang out London Fashion Week yesterday and what a finale it was. Models walked under tinsel decorated arches, while blown-up love hearts lined the catwalk at the Topshop Showspace at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. Winners of the 2010 Emerging Talent Award, Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff described the collection as ”Wearable dreams for fashion fashionistas”. The bright, refreshing show embodied the Meadham Kirchoff ideal ‘To tell stories in different ways’.

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@dollyrach

Valentine’s Day And The Single Girlo.

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The supposed most romantic day of the year is fast approaching and you’re still single. It’s the one day of the year that you actually wish you had someone, right? Not really. Valentine’s Day is great for single people – no sarcasm intended.

Think about it, more than likely someone in your family takes pity on you (usually your mother) and sends you a Valentine’s card from a ‘secret admirer’ then denies down to the ground it was them. People feeling sorry for you means you are bombarded with flowers, teddies and numerous boxes of chocolates. You wouldn’t clean up like this if you were in a relationship. Having played for both teams, it’s safe to say single people definitely get the better deal here.

Lads are fairly predictable when it comes to V-Day. They gather their mates and head out to a club assuming it’s the easiest night of the year to pick up a lady, because in their heads all women are desperate on Valentine’s Day. Fools. Women are desperate most weekends if you know where to look – *Coppers cough cough*.

On Valentine’s Day, there are usually three types of ‘single girlo’.

1. The Planner.

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You have to keep yourself busy on the big day because not having plans is just unacceptable. You don’t want people to think you’re a loser, so you gather your single friends and make an effort to do something ‘special’ so as not to feel left out on love day. Even if all your girlfriends are busy with their boyfriends you have no problem spending the evening with a friend of a friend who you heard was also single and looking to keep themselves occupied. Not desperate at all. Because anything would be better than sitting in alone. God forbid.

2. The Cynic.

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When people ask you about Valentine’s Day you tell them it’s nothing more than a marketing gimmick set up by the card and chocolate companies to make money. You’ll then go on to say that if two people really love each other then it’s ridiculous that they only show it once a year, they should be showing their love everyday blah blah blah. On Facebook you quietly slate all your friends who are uploading pictures of their bunches of roses and their Michael Kors watches and/or handbags, and let’s not forget the generic MAC voucher gift. Same thing is happening over on Twitter and Instagram, where on the 14th of February the phrase ‘#Luckygirl’ becomes the most overused word in the world. Give it a rest love, you’ll be back out cheating on your bloke next weekend.

3. The Hopeless Romantic.ย 

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The best kind of ‘single girlo’. There’s something about this lovely day that makes you think that anything can happen. There’s magic in the air everywhere you go. Seeing couples doesn’t make you sad, you feel happy around people in love. You hope it will be you someday. You can’t help but smile at the man walking through town with the big bunch of flowers for his wife. It’s comforting knowing romance isn’t dead, even if it does take a dedicated day to bring it out in people. You sit at home and gravitate towards every romantic movie on TV. No you don’t have a boyfriend, but maybe someone who secretly likes you will spontaneously show up at your door with a big, giant teddy bear and flowers. More than likely they won’t but sure a girl can dream.

For your enjoyment, here is the most obvious ‘single girlo’ song to see us out.

Happy Valentine’s Day ๐Ÿ™‚

@dollyrach

You’re So Vain, I Bet You Think….

…This Blog Is About You?

Nah it’s not really but sure if the shoe fits, feel free to lace it up and wear it.

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We all know someone who thinks there is simply no one on this planet as amazing as they are, and I’m not talking about the girls.

There is nothing wrong with male grooming and wanting to look your best but when they’re uploading more ‘selfies’ than Kim Kardashian and checking their reflection in the back of their mirrored iPhone cover, it’s a bit too much.

Worse than that though? The arrogance and cockiness that comes along with it. Nothing worse than having to sit there and listen to them talk about how they can get V.I.P. in any club in Dublin.

Give it a rest pal you’re not Jay-Z – tweeting a nightclub and asking for a table does not mean you have ‘connections’.

7 Sign’s He’s Too Cocky To Deal With.

1. He’s Just So Good At His Job.ย 

Yes it’s great that they actually have a job. But if he can’t stop bragging about how much money he makes or how everyone in the office could do with being more like him – get out now. Because next thing you know he’ll be ‘advising’ you on your career and yep… telling you how you can be more like him. What is it he does again?

2. Gym Selfie Lad.

We all know this one. He can’t go to the gym without telling Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and probably LinkedIn too. He uploads the classic ‘here I am at the gym’ mirror selfie at least 3 times a week and let’s not forget the classic status about how tough ‘leg day’ was. We get it mate, you go the gym. Well done.

3. Mr. ‘Grey Goose’.

He’s too cool to queue for drinks at the bar on a Saturday night. He won’t put on his blazer for anything less than a bottle of Grey Goose vodka. Nothing but the best to impress the ladies. Listen, the ladies don’t care if it’s Grey Goose or Glenn’s vodka from Tesco. We’re just happy it’s vodka.

4. 99 Problems… All Bitches!

Drama, drama, drama. He is constantly having problems with the girls. His life is just so tough. They all fancy him and he just can’t find the time to evenly spread himself amongst the lot. What with his big, important job and going to the gym there are simply not enough hours in the day. Cry me a river.

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5. Mr. Cultured.

He’s spent a year in Australia on a working visa – him, and the rest of the country. He claims he knows everything there is to know about the big, bad world. He just wants to tell you how much better life is outside Ireland. Oh yeah why is it you came back again?

6. ”Dunno yet babe, we’ll see closer to the time yeah?”

He’d like to see you at the weekend but he’s just so busy. He has to see what he’s doing first. This one is waiting for a more fabulous, more exciting plan to come along. He genuinely believes his life is that great. When the big, ‘fabulous’ plan fails to manifest itself, he’ll panic text you, assuming you are ”still free yeah?”. Nope.

7. He Has Something Bad To Say About Everyone.

He hears a name and immediately associates the word ‘ slut’ or ‘d**khead’ with it. Your friends, his friends, he doesn’t hold back. He has a story he could tell you about everyone. He builds himself up by putting other people down. Stay away from this one. If he can talk like this about other people to you, you can be sure he’ll talk about you to other people.

No man can get away with any of these traits, unless of course he’s Chuck Bass…… who’s not real! But here’s a picture of his glorious face anyway.

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@dollyrach