10 Autumn/Winter Outerwear Picks “17

10 Autumn/Winter Outerwear Inspo '17

Back from my hiatus! Living in Uganda for sometime nearly made me forget what it feels like to be cold and yes, I still hate it. Reality quickly sunk in the moment I got off the plane, in true British fashion I was welcomed with a wall of cold, freezing, bone chilling air. The shock and horror.

Welcome back to London.

As I figure out how to re-adjust to this weather and resist the urge to go into hibernation I must say I’m loving these coats and jackets such as the teddy coat, classic trench, faux fur, puffer jackets, shearling all of which have caught my eye for their warmth, practicality and the sheer fact they look good. May be the very things you, especially me, need to bare this weather, who said you can’t wear eye popping colour in the winter?
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10 Autumn/Winter Outerwear Inspo ’17 by olatishe2 featuring Holiday Lane


Top 5 Met Gala gowns: These women did not come to play, they came to SLAY.

It’s been over a week since this years Met Gala event and people are still talking about the weird and wonderful gowns showcased on the night. The theme was entitled “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” and commemorated the work of the 74 year old Japanese designer.

Looking back over 40 years worth of Rei Kawakubo’s work it is evident what fashion means to her, it is more than just looking good, its expressing emotions, thoughts and ideas, its art and so much more. Rei’s artistic and avant-garde take on fashion and contributions are the reasons why this year she was honoured.

Many of us look forward to the Met Gala for the drama and daring pieces, although few satisfied these expectations these women stood out for all the right reasons:


Rihanna. Is. Bae. Of. Life. Talk about making a statement. Looking a like a vision of all things Comme des Garçon x Rei Kawakubo, she absolutely nailed this look. From the hair and makeup down to her shoes (which apparently took an hour to get on!) Rihanna like always comes ready to slay.

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Via EOnline: Rihanna in Comme des Garçon



Sticking to the memo and honouring the honouree, Tracee effortlessly pulled off this shocking blue Rei Kawakubo creation, simple yet artistic.


     3. SOLANGE

Solange never fails to disappoint, for that reason she has for many years been my number one muse. Subtly avant-garde and been like so for many years, Solange wore Thom Browne shirt, long black and white puffer coat teamed with skater shoes.

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Via EOnline: Solange in Thom Browne


Like many Met Gala attendees not all wore Rei Kawakubo’s creations however very few still channeled the theme in someway or another. As a fan of all things big, dramatic and contrasting Lily in this Giambattista Valli is all those three things. The classic black bustier teamed with the 80’s like full layered skirt is certainly eye catching, not to mention her short black bob and dramatic dark lips. One word: Love.

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Via EOnline: Lily Collins in Giambattista Valli

     5. Liu Wen 

Denim is something you don’t often see in the Met Gala or any high profile event for that matter and Liu Wen pulls it off perfectly in this Off White dress. The contrast between the sheer upper half of the dress with the grungier layered denim skirt unexpectedly work!

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  • Caroline Kennedy 

Not something it looks like she wears on a day to day basis but I think we can all appreciate that Caroline looked amazing. Though a former ambassador to Japan and coming from a political background I feel she’s secretly been wanting to ditch the traditional office wear in exchange for a unique, crazy ‘floral sphere’ dress, it’s all written in her eyes.

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Via EOnline: Caroline Kennedy in Comme des Garçon


Overall, those that did keep to the Comme des Garçon theme stood out, paid homage to Rei Kawakubo and looked amazing doing so. I would have loved to see more of Rei Kawakubo’s provocative and shocking designs on the carpet as I think the Met Gala is one of the few times in a year where celebrities get to really go for it and let their creative juices flow. Too many celebs played it too safe or wore your traditional flowing, fitted and pretty gowns…which is NOT what Rei Kawakubo is about. If it looked like it could be worn to the Oscars then it certainly wasn’t getting on my list!


British Vogue breaks 100 year record by appointing first Black & male fashion editor, Edward Enninful.

Alexandra Shulman’s departure as Vogues editor in chief in January came as a shock to many in the fashion industry, the question on everyone’s lips, who was going to replace her? The lingering question was finally met with an answer last Monday and British Vogue welcomed Edward Enninful as its Editor and I couldn’t be more happier.

To many Edward Enninful’s appointment may seem totally out of the blue and I must admit I was rather stunned myself. But after a little Google search and reminiscing, it didn’t take much for me to realise that that this was indeed a match made in heaven and in fact long overdue. At the age of 18 he broke one of many records to come and became the world’s youngest fashion director for i-D Magazine. He has been the mastermind behind one of Vogues most influential work, Vogue Italia’s July 2008 ‘All Black’ issue, featuring only black models which included the likes of iconic supermodels Iman, Naomi Campbell alongside Rihanna. This became the magazine’s top-selling issue. (And they say Black women “aren’t marketable”).

If anyone were to break the record to become British Vogue’s first male editor, Enninful was certainly the man for the job. For many Black creatives around the world this is exciting times because not only is Edward Enninful the first man to hold the editor position, he is also the the black person to do so as well. It seems a long delayed cultural shift appears to be underway in the fashion industry and as an advocate for diversity and representation in the world of fashion this news is music to my ears.

Fashion is everywhere and its influences stem from various branches, something Enninful is very much aware of haven been born in Ghana, lived in Ladbroke Grove from a young age (when it was less hipster), being exposed and surrounded by all kinds of cultures and people, change is something Enninful is used to and it something he’ll be bringing to British Vogue.

As a Black British woman who lives and breathes fashion this shift couldn’t have come any sooner. I’m excited for what the future holds for British Vogue, it’s high time the publication reflected the society we live in and appointed people who have moved on with the times and saw the fashion world for what it is now and not what it once was. An editor that takes a bottom up approach rather than a top down approach is exactly what Enninful is and what Vogue needs. For a long time British Vogue had been very exclusive and rather elitist, it’s reluctancy to be inclusive is the very reason British Vogue does not resonate with many people of colour. All this will be set to change, or so we hope, with Edward Enninful as Editor.

If you can’t already tell I have high hopes for the future of fashion, as things move in the right direction it can only get better.

Burberry x Henry Moore Exhibition: Truly A Feast For The Eyes

What do you get when an iconic quintessential British brand collaborates with the prestigious Henry Moore Foundation? Magic.

For a whole week in February (21th-27th) the Burberry Makers House opened their doors to the public giving us a rare opportunity to see their new collection which drew inspiration from the works of Henry Moore.

There was a real feeling of intimacy the moment you walked in, from the chic but welcoming settings to the displays and presentations showcasing the processes and talented hands that stitched these exquisite garments together.



The Parasol: A homage to British Weather. Hand-gathered waterproof layers. (I’d wear this everyday if I could, with London being rainy and all!)


The exhibition explicitly acknowledged the influence of art in the fashion industry. Clear links between art and fashion aren’t often made despite the fact the two worlds influence one another and are not mutually exclusive. The exhibition was a testament that when the two meet they inspire one another to create timeless pieces.

The exhibition continues on to Paris, Tokyo and Los Angeles. If you missed the London spectacle and happen to be in those cities when the travelling exhibition is in town it is highly recommended you go see it. You’ll be in for a treat!