Yesterday I finally had the chance to attend the highly anticipated Vogue Fashion’s Night Out in London. Shops were opened late in the evening to welcome its guests for a night filled with music, canapés, flowing champagne and freebies. Ok, well that might be a slight exaggeration. It wasn’t like that everywhere but there was definitely a crowd at the Mulberry store on New Bond Street, where the official Vogue Fashion’s Night Out Party was taking place. If you were patient lucky enough to overcome the crowd, you were in for a treat. Among the attendees were some of fashion’s big names such as Manolo Blahnik, Christopher Kane, Matthew Williamson. We came there rather late so we decided to move along to other stores instead.
Among the stores that we visited was Burberry, where we spotted familiar faces such as some cast member of Made in Chelsea. Cocktails and champagne were available but in limited quantity. As soon as the waiters walked out of the kitchen area, people just jumped onto them and snatched all the drinks off their hands – classy.
Cruising down Bond Street, you couldn’t help but notice how people came there in their best attires, flaunting their designer cocktail dresses, embellished from head to toe with branded goods. It was a pretty amazing experience, getting to see what people were wearing. At every corner, there would be some runway model or socialite in their towering heels and couture dresses being chased by paparazzi’s. A lot of the people there just seemed to be whether tall, skinny, good looking or exquisitely well dressed and filthy rich…and then there are the few that just ticked all of the boxes… sigh.
Amidst the crowd of supermodels, some of the best dressed must be this group of Middle Eastern ladies, that I spotted on the streets. They were dressed really conservatively but you could just feel wealth radiating from them, with their impeccable make up, exquisite garments and bulky bodyguards protecting them from the crowd. Oh how much I miss living in the Middle East!
Many of the designers and brands were showcasing their new collections and I certainly had a lot of fun, staring at things that I could not allow myself to afford with my student budget! But hey, FNO isn’t all about the shopping. Along the streets were numerous ‘designer’ food stands, popcorn, ice cream, hot chocolate, to name a few. Various performances were also taking place throughout the night. In front of Hermès was this stage where the performers would teach the audience how to do the swing dance. When I discovered that the Vaccines were in the charge of the music at the Mulberry party… you can’t imagine how gutted I was for not being there! A little bit further, was the Samsung stage with performances by Alunageorge ( at the time when I was there).
As we were about to leave, I noticed that at the Samsung Galaxy booth, next to the stage, someone was doing live sketches on Samsung Note tablets and I couldn’t believe my eyes, it was Jason Brooks! I was a bit star-strucked so as I approached to say hi, for some weird reason, my broken fobby English HAD to come out… The words that came out of my mouth were literally “Hello! You’re Jason Brooks!! Nice to meet you, I’m very big fan!! Thank you thank you!” – Oh how embarrassing! After a very long wait, I finally managed to get sketched. I felt a bit guilty because I was the second to last person there and the poor man had been sitting there for almost 5 hours, hungry and tired, having to sketch random people. Getting to meet an artist that you admire was amazing enough, getting sketched by him was just (an awesome) plus!
This was definitely a great first Fashion’s Night Out. Arriving on Bond Street was like entering in an alternate world, full of really well dressed people, what a feast to the eyes. If I have the chance, I will definitely return the upcoming years.
As some of you probably know, last weekend was the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The event marked Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the throne. In honour of the Queen, there were insane soldier processions in the Westminster area, a boat pageant on the Thames, street parties everywhere around the country, and crazy people dressed up in the colours of the union jack! I’ve never felt so much sense of patriotism in this country before. So my friends and I decided to do another really touristy thing and tried to catch a glimpse of the Queen during the boat pageant on the Thames. Although I’m not even from this country, it was kind of fun to dress up for the occasion. I decided to rock this awesome t-shirt with the Queen’s face and paired it with a blue blazer. I was almost tempted to wear something red to go for the full union jack look but then it was a bit too over the top (but then people were already giving me weird looks regardless hahaha). I also took out this boater hat (boater hat – boat pageant, geddit ;)? ok, lame I know). It made me look like a ridiculous farmer girl but hey, I wasn’t quite sure about when I could wear it again (that’s probably why people gave me weird looks!). The place turned out to be insanely crowded so it was pretty difficult to see anything but I still managed to take a snapshot (amidst being super blurry) of the Queen. I don’t know if it’s correct to say this but the Queen looked really adorable doing her signature *wave*. Although the weather was pretty terrible and we had to stay under the rain for hours, everyone was still cheering and singing ‘God save the Queen’. It was a pretty good experience and I’m pretty grateful for being able to live in London for these moments, can’t believe that people even had to travel from abroad just to have a glimpse of the queen during the processions!
After that, we went to check out the World Street Food Festival at the Southbank Centre and everything there smelled a-ma-zing! There was everything, from crepes, burritos, paella,… food heaven! Unfortunately, today was the last day. I really hope they would organise something similar soon. Anyways, this was a quick update to break the exam-hiatus. I should get back with more posts soon!
I went to Brick Lane the other day for a photowalk. Although I’ve been in London for quite a while now, this was only the second time that I actually went there. The streets were covered with colourful graffitis. I love the quirky (yet arguably expensive) vintage stores around the area. I must say that this place and Camden are my favorite place for people watching! Hahaha sounds creepy alright but people around there have such eclectic sense of style – love it! Brick Lane is also dubbed by some as “Bangla Town” so there were quite a few south asian restaurants around there. We decided to go to this random curry house (there were soo many of them!) solely based on the fact that Kate Moss went there! Let’s just say that it’s understandable why the portions were fit for a model because they were tiny! Anyhow, I had a lot of fun - definitely coming back there sometimes soon, probably during a Sunday so I can experience the full “sunday market experience” again!