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Love Fashion? Enter the Pradasphere – 2nd May 2014

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Calling all fashionistas, it’s time to enter the Pradasphere. Opening on the 2nd of May 2014 Pradasphere will celebrate one of Italy’s most influential fashion houses, with a month long take over of Harrods with a retrospective exhibition, café and exclusive collections. The brand was originally founded by current creative director Miuccia Prada’s grandfather, Mario Prada, and his brother Martino, in 1913, as a leather goods company and has since become one of the world’s most iconic labels.

The exhibitions will feature pieces from past collections; showcase special projects, collaborations and the store’s windows will play host to treasures from the Prada archives as well as a capsule collection of re-issued ready-to-wear, bags, shoes and accessories inspired by iconic Prada collections from the last 100 years – developed exclusively for Harrods.

There will also be a screening room, that will show a selection of the label’s short films (in the past they have teamed up on campaigns with Roman Polanski, Ridley Scott and most recently Wes Anderson), and the brand’s first ever Pradasphere café. Pradasphere opens from 2 May at Harrods, Knightsbridge, London, SW1.

Last blog of the year – a look back at 2013 and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

So the count down has begun, in a few hours we will be celebrating the start of a New Year. 2013 was a busy year for me and this blog, but I did have a lot of fun! It was on New Years Eve in 2010 that I decided to start The London Perspective, so in a few hours the blog will be three years old! Wow, I never expected to keep it going as long as I have. I just wanted to take the time to thank all the lovely people who have stumbled on, commented and followed my blog. I feel truly blessed for all the wonderful experiences I have had and being able to share it with you.  There will be a lot of changes coming to the site in the next few weeks. So keep watching. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

And now… for some highlights of 2013.

Lanky Girl x

January – I tasted my best ever Kiev at newly opened Primo restaurant.

February – Breakfast at Tiffanys Screening at The MIllienium Hotel 

March – Langmeil Wine Supper at The Gilbert Scott

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April – A spot of afternoon tea with my sister at The Sheraton Park Towers

May – I got to attend The Chelsea Flower Show

June – I took a foodie walking tour of the new East Village and Stratford

July – Was pretty jam packed  with events including The Taste of London

August – I discovered an awesome Indian –  Clapham Tandoori Restaurant

September – it was time to leave London and visit Florence 

October – I found myself partying at The Vanity Fair and Christie’s Contemporary Art Party 

November – I spent a girly night in at The W Hotel trying out NOWTV

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December – I took a bit of a break from blogging but I did make enough time to take some afternoon tea at The Wellesley. Watch for details of this in 2014!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Date for your diary – Carnaby Christmas Shopping Party – Thursday 14 November 2013

Tomorrow is the Carnaby Christmas Shopping Party from 5-9pm where shoppers can get 20% off at over 100 Carnaby shops, restaurants and bars. The night also sees the launch of the Christmas decorations, making the perfect backdrop for indulging in some Christmas shopping.

Shops offering 20% off include Dr Martens, Cheap Monday, Levi’s vintage, Paul Smith, Lucy in Disguise, Monki, Scotch and Soda and Eleven Paris.

Carnaby’s venue Disco are popping up in Kingly Court and offering all ticket holders a complimentary signature cocktail, the Red Winter Breeze with Belvedere Vodka while Grazia magazine’s Editor at Large Angela Buttolph will host free AW13 trend talks in Kingly Court.

It promises to be  fantastic night of shopping, music, great food and free drinks, and take the opportunity to get your Christmas gifts sorted. Come along and get in the Christmas party mood.

For a free ticket visit www.carnaby.co.uk

St Martin’s Courtyard Presents Fashion Film Festival for London Fashion Week, 15-17 September

St Martin’s Courtyard will be transformed into an open air movie theatre to showcase a Fashion Film Festival. A full sized cinema screen will pop-up for three nights during London Fashion Week in September showing iconic fashion films for free. The British Fashion Council will bring the catwalk to St Martin’s Courtyard, screening footage of the shows before the films, a rare opportunity for the public to enjoy a Fashion Week event.

The St Martin’s Courtyard Fashion Film Festival will open on Sunday 15 September and will run until Tuesday 17 September. Choose between tongue-in-cheek fashion comedy Zoolander (Sunday 15 September), fashion industry favourite Grey Gardens (Monday 16 September), or catch a glimpse behind the scenes of American Vogue in The September Issue (Tuesday 17 September).

Silent Cinema is beautifully simple: you wear wireless headphones to watch great films on a full size cinema screen. 120 free tickets are available for each screening through a prize draw. If you’re not one of the lucky ones to win a pair of tickets, be one of the first to arrive on the night and there will be a number of tickets available for each screening on a first come first served basis.

For a chance to get hold of a pair of tickets, visit stmartinscourtyard.co.uk/fashionfilmfestival

Take Part In The Summer Streets on Regent Street: The Street is My Catwalk

Calling all fashionistas! Get your best glad-rags on this Saturday and join a public catwalk show on Regent Street. On Sunday 21 July, Regent Street, London, will be unveiling a 100m catwalk in association with the V&A for the third consecutive traffic-free Sunday this month as part of the “Summer Streets” programme, in partnership with the Mayor of London.

The public  will be invited to take part in six catwalk shows throughout the day, each with a different theme: Streetwear, Sportswear, Elegance, Wedding, Sunday Best and Anything Goes. The catwalk shows will be stage managed and accompanied by music to offer budding models and fashion enthusiasts the opportunity to show off their own style and experience being part of a professional runway show.

Everyone who joins in will be photographed on the catwalk and can choose an image to be sent direct to their social media page. There will also be a pop up exhibition of stills photographs from the catwalk every hour in the Photographers Gallery. Each show will be watched by a panel of judges from the fashion industry and the best five looks from each show will be given a goody bag of prizes.

For more information please visit: http://www.regentstreetonline.com/summerstreets/21july.htm

Things to do this weekend in London – 12th – 14th July 2013

Not only is this weekend going to be an absolute scorcher! It’s also jam-packed with things to do in London. I was rubbing my hands in glee when I discovered all the potential activities I could get up to in the sunshine (well only if I have a body double). Anyway here is the low down. No excuses to stay in this weekend guys! 

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Everyone loves a good FREEBIE! Enjoy styling from ASOS, manicures by Nails inc, hairstyling by TONI&GUY and delicious Malibu cocktails at Malibutique pop-up at Westfield Stratford City from 12th-14th July.

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Hampton Court Flower Show 

If you are the green fingered sort then this is just  the event for you. Finishing on the 14th July visitors can discover a mix of glorious show gardens with a wealth of opportunities to see planting and country crafts close up; fine dining with dazzling floral displays and all things ‘grow-your-own’; live music with fabulous shopping, fashion and food.

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St Martin’s Courtyard Food and Flowers Festival – Saturday 13 July

“St Martin’s Courtyard will pay tribute to the heritage and future of Covent Garden this summer with a festival celebrating food and flowers. On Saturday 13 July between 12 noon and 5pm, all six international restaurants will serve unique, exclusively created dishes and drinks with a floral theme, al fresco in the courtyard”.

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Bastille Festival 

Calling all Francophiles,  the Bastille Festival is London’s largest free celebration of France’s national day. This year’s festival features educational workshops, cultural presentations, promenading tours, waiters’ races, bi-lingual storytelling, face painting, loto and snail racing. Plus an artisan craft market and the finest French food from Borough Market’s traders and Bankside’s famous restaurants. The celebrations will continue into the night at the Bal Populaire, a traditional open air party with live music, theatrical spectacles, DJs, outdoor eating, drinking, dancing and singing.

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Mex Fest 

Mexican fiesta takes over London! A packed weekend of exciting contemporary Mexican cinema, music, and food!

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BST Hyde Park

A music extravaganza in Hyde Park, Join me and hundreds of others bopping our heads to the sounds of Lionel Richie, Jlo and Eliza Dolittle.

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Coronation Festival 

Party at The Queen’s everybody! The Coronation Festival, taking place over four days in the Gardens of Buckingham Palace, will celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation. This exciting and unique event, hosted by the Royal Warrant Holders Association brings together over 200 companies who hold Royal Warrants of Appointment.

Contiki Challenge 

Contiki Holidays will be holding their Great Contiki Challenge which is a large scale London scavenger hunt designed to take participants on a day’s fun discovering or re-discovering London’s most loved, quirky and secretive sights. There will be a great after party which will be held in a secret South London venue to be revealed on the day! Prizes on the day include Contiki trips to Europe and entry is FREE!

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Other events to go and visit:

Enjoy your weekend Everyone!

Lanky Girl heads to an Illustration workshop at Charlotte Taylor’s Pop Up Shop shop, Sloane Square

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Charlotte Taylor Pop up shop

Charlotte Taylor is one of my favourite designers, her lovely vibrant silk print blouses, scarves and dresses have me going gaa gaa! Her designs take inspirations from her love of penguins and her life growing up on the Isle of Wight. Previously you could only buy her designs online, however she recently launched a pop up shop for 5 weeks just off Sloane Square and Jaeger is now selling her designs. Last night I popped down to attend an in-store illustration workshop by designer and artist Holly Maslen. Holly’s eye-catching illustrations cover the interior of Charlotte Taylor’s shop. During the evening we were encouraged to be as creative as we can decorating postcards and a small mug. We all left with a little goodie bag courtesy of chase vodka and our hand decorated mugs.

Charlotte Taylor’s pop up shop will be running until 7th June so pop in if you find yourself in the area.

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Charlotte Taylor’s silk print designs

On the way home I decided to go for a long jaunt along Sloane Street up to Knightsbridge. This part of London is definitely one of my favourite parts of town. I enjoy nothing more than pottering along peering into the luxury shop windows. It looks like the Chelsea Flower Show has spilled onto Sloane Street. Check out some of the beautiful floral arrangements I spotted on my walk.

This elephant is by the @elephantfamily charity to highlight endangered Elephants
This Topiary elephant is by the @elephantfamily charity to highlight endangered Elephants

It also looks like the Koffman’s Topiary pig has been spruced up with some gorgeous red flowers.

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Koffman’s Topiary pig designed by McQueens Florist

Monochrome is trending

So even though the weather isn’t very spring-like at the moment I am determined to introduce some new bits to my wardrobe. Apparently this season it’s all about monochrome! Celebrities have jumped on the wagon and on the runway at fashion week we saw, spots, line, stripes, it was all black and white! Anyone can pull off this trend and luckily for us gals the high street has followed suit.

 

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Here are my picks from the high street this spring…brrr.. cardigan may be needed!

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Left to right: Aldo Maria – two tone block heeled shoes – £75.00 With their glossy finish and block heel, these sandals are statement makers.

Cat shaped bag – Ebay – £19.99 – tres cute and just a little bit kitsch this  bag can be carried as a clutch.

Asos Bold stripe Midi dress – £32.00 – If you love the fifties then you’ll love the shape of this flared skirt. Swoosh!

Chiara Fashion – £ 8.95 – Monochrome Striped Print Long Sleeve Crop Top – this season it’s all about crop tops – only for the brave!

What do you think of my picks?

Things to do in London 22nd March – 30th March 2013

It’s nearly Easter folks! Although the weather isn’t at its best at the moment, here is a summary of things to do in London that are worth checking out in the next week. Just make sure you bring an umbrella!

Check out H&M’s New store & Other Stories in Regent Street

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The new fashion brand & Other Stories will be offering women a wide range of shoes, bags, accessories, beauty and ready-to-wear to create their personal style, or story. The lines are diverse, ranging from masculine tailoring to feminine chic and are designed to provide endless styling choices.

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Summer Series at Somerset House returns

Summer Series at Somerset House returns with a stellar line up of open air concerts, Basement Jaxx, Goldfrapp and newcomer Lianne La Havas are just a few of the the amzing artists that will be playing at Somerset house in July.

Book tickets to see how the Olympic park is being transformed

Now that the Olympics are over, lots of work is being done to convert the Olympic site into a public space, housing and the first set of events will be happening this June.

To book a seat on the tour bus visit: http://noordinarypark.co.uk/events/?yr=2013&mo=4

Attend a private view of winning artists from The Other Art Fair

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Visit the Wellcome Collection’s  new Exhibiton – Souzou: Outsider Art from Japan Thursday 28 March 2013

The Spring exhibition brings together more than 300 works for the first major display of Japanese Outsider Art in the UK. The 46 artists represented in the show are residents and day attendees at social welfare institutions across Honshu, Japan’s largest island. The wonderfully diverse collection comprises ceramics, textiles, paintings, sculpture and drawings.

 Check back this weekend to find out about special Easter themed events in London!

Lanky girl’s high street looks for Spring 2013

With the temperature creeping up a few degrees, I have been looking at items for the spring to add to my wardrobe. I love all the lovely bold colours and monochrome inspired collections that we are seeing on the high street. This season’s ultimate investment piece for me has to be a shirt dress, this is a versatile item that can be dressed either up or down and worn with leggings for when the weather isn’t as kind.

Check out my picks of great things in the shops at the moment:

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