Chanel Kadir: 2014

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

STYLE / LONG SILHOUETTES






ASOS blazer / EVIL TWIN tee / TOPSHOP jeans / TOPSHOP shoes

SO SO totally obsessed with long silhouettes, especially on short girls. Where items that are supposed to end in the middle of your calves, but they touch your ankles instead. Being draped in material. It flows in the wind as you exit the tube station at your chosen destination. This blazer and Evil Twin tee does exactly that. I feel like it makes my silhouette longer, it doesn't draw attention to how short my body is compared to my legs. It's one long line. The Evil Twin tee is my absolute favourite as it's short and plain at the front then a party, long mesh material at the back. A really easy piece to style and can so easily be dressed up for the occasion. 



Sunday, 13 April 2014

STYLE / I FEEL WEIRD


miss guided leather jacket / urban outfitters (mens) tee / topshop jeans (diy) / ebay boots

I don't know what it is. Maybe it's the pink hair, maybe it's the sunny, blue skies. But I am wearing colour. This is not normal and to be quite frank, it feels weird. For the past year, all black outfits have been my thang. Now I want printed tees and bold colours in my wardrobe!!! It could possibly be all this Coachella-hype, festival dreaming and Reading planning that is influencing this sudden change in me. I like it. It shall be staying for the duration of the summer. Since I'm back in London, outfit posts like these or proper ones will become more frequent! Yay!

Saturday, 12 April 2014

STYLE / CHANGES


h&m top / tesco tailored joggers / new balance trainers

With summer approaching and lots of changes occurring in my life at the moment (I shall mention one of the changes further on in this post) it's time to start gradually updating my style and wardrobe. My outfits previously have been quite monochrome and minimalistic. Now I am wanting more colour involved in my wardrobe and prints! I have be careful with what colours I decide to incorporate into my wardrobe now as my hair is currently pink (I love it!!!) So I am going for blues, pinks and lilacs. As for prints I am obsessed with this Motel Rocks piece and currently crying because it's sold out. If anyone knows any UK stores do prints like Motel Rocks and Australian labels such as Finders Keepers, The Black Wall and Cameo the label then please let me know! I can't find any decent prints lately and the only ones I am falling in love with are Australian brands (this is why I want to move to Aus). My inspiration for this change is coming from a girl named Krystal who I came across on Tumblr and now fallen in love with her Instagram account. All those prints in her outfits are to die for.

So one of the new changes in my life is a new job. I am now the Social Media Editor at the online creative platform The Movement UK. It is an awesome website which features emerging and established creatives from the fashion and music industry, also lifestyle as we have recently featured a fitness guru. So, I will be contributing to their website, but mainly their social media. You know the deal, check out our social media and give us a follow!
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Friday, 11 April 2014

TRAVEL / AMSTERDAM


outfit 1 / miss guided jacket, forever 21 top, topman shirt, topshop jeans (DIY), topshop shoes, ebay bag, topshop sunglasses
outfit 2 / miss guided jacket, urban outfitters tee, topman shirt, topshop jeans, nike trainers, topshop sunglasses

From the 3rd to the 7th April I went to AMSTERDAM! I have been wanting to go there forever, and I finally saved up the dollar to do so and went with my best friend Izzy. It is so surreal and weird out there, the norms are completely different and trying to adjust to them is hard. You end up looking like a creep. It will always baffle me how families can take their children there or bring up there children there, and I'm only referring to central Amsterdam. North Amsterdam seems quite chill and creative with the street art buildings, skate park and a village made out of shipping containers. AMAZING! Whilst there we stayed at The Loft Gallery which is in a beautiful 400-year-old building and you do actually stay in the loft of it in an apartment which you have a shared living and kitchen area and also bathroom. I highly recommend this place to people looking to go as it is perfectly located as well. Right in the middle of everything. Whilst there we did the usually touristy things, went to museums, Anne Franks house, canal cruise (which we actually did on the River IJ with all you can eat pancakes, yum!!) Lastly, have to mention the architecture. I was in awe of how beautiful the town houses were, especially with how old some of them were. The black ones stole my heart. Also the windows are massive and all that natural light streaming through must be beautiful, especially on summer days. 





Saturday, 29 March 2014

WHEN NATURE CALLS


Stuck in the city. This is kind of dreary. All I long for is to be at the beach, the sun rays hitting my skin giving me the vitamin D I crave. The smell of sunkissed skin. The salty hair. The long days. 







Saturday, 22 March 2014

LATELY


My Saturday night has been spent in another world, with my earphones in, searching the internet far and wide for some new tracks to play with. FYI, The Magician's magic tapes are the perfect place to find epic songs which leads on to find even better remixes. Soundcloud has become my new best friend right now and I'm really digging this relationship; won't be ditching it anytime soon. These past two days I have created a few mixes based on music I hear in clubs or inspired by the theme of my Tumblr. Go ahead. Escape. Listen to these mixes. I hope you enjoy.

Where do you discover your music?

Saturday, 15 March 2014

DJ


So I have always had such a huge love for music and usually spend hours on end searching through Soundcloud for epic remixes or new, underground talent. I tend to find my favourite artists from Australia, i.e. current favourite is Nicole Millar - a new upcoming artist. So I have decided to teach myself to DJ. I only started a couple of days ago but I thought I'd show you all my very first hip hop mix that I created. I kind of am in love with spontaneity of mixing and experimenting with different songs to see what work well together. It would be a dream to be able to create remixes, I am in awe of Disclosure and the remix they did for Royals - Lorde. From now on I am going to try and post a weekly themed mix so keep an eye out for those!

What do you think of my first mix?
Check out my soundcloud here for more of my mixes and the music I am loving.

Friday, 14 March 2014

CALZEDONIA X BIP LING

c/o calzedonia leggings
I had the pleasure of attending the Calzedonia denim days event yesterday in Westfields Shepherds Bush. I could only briefly attend due to working that evening. However, it was a super cute and creative event hosted by the one and only Bip Ling. The brand kindly gave us a pair of leggings each to customise ourselves. With all sorts of embellishments, pom poms, trimmings, paint and glitter we were quite spoilt for choice and I didn't know wear to begin! I am not a very creative, physically? I guess you could say. Arts and crafts and designing were never my thing. So I honestly didn't know what to do. I went for the two Cs, splitting up the Chanel sign for either leg to represent me. Further down the leg was the peace sign and a love heart which are two tattoos that I have, so it was a quite personal customisation. (Should have really put the two Cs on the pockets on the bum now I think about it, oopsy). The leggings are very good quality and even though I am not usually a fan of the 'jeggings' - the Calzedonia ones I would definitely go and pick up as they're a very good quality and don't actually look like jeggings when on.

Thank-you Calzedonia and Bryan Morel PR!

How would you have customised a pair of denim leggings?




Monday, 10 March 2014

TRANSITIONING

white shoes boohoo / white ripped jeans boohoo / sandals topshop / tee cheap monday / leather jacket forever 21

As we're leaving winter behind and spring is upon us, its time to start preparing for summer and creating a wardrobe that is perfect summer and also good for the transitional season. Most of my recent purchases for summer already have consisted of innocent white pieces. Sticking to my monochromatic style these warm seasons ahead however I have begun to add animal print accents in to add a touch of detail to an otherwise (can be boring) monochrome outfit. These leopard print sandals from Topshop are my absolute favourite buy so far. Super comfy and have the added height with the chunky heel and platform. The cheap monday tee keeps my outfits busy with the logo writing and I will probably add my dad's topman floral print shirt (which is grey and white) round my waist to add layering and a splash of print. The leather jacket is a bit bold for me as I don't really know how to wear this year but probably will be throw over a skort/demin shorts and tee outfit. It adds edge and keeps you cooler as the traditional black will boil you up like an egg. Plus I never go anywhere without a leather jacket, so it is right that I get a summer one. And I don't know how I've managed it but I own five pairs of jeans and only one none ripped pair. Gotta get that air to yo' knees. 

What are some of your transitional pieces? What style are you going for this Summer? 

Sunday, 16 February 2014

TOP HEAVY / TOPSHOP UNIQUE A/W14


Being top heavy is all mathematically incorrect. However, Topshop has showed it is A-okay in the fashion industry. Baring all the waist down, you need to top heavy to keep warm during the winter climates - especially if you're hitting up the U S of A during this polar vortex. Fuzzy furs, rug-like coats and scarves that look like you have an animal tied round your neck are bound to keep you warm. 

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

CLEAR SUMMER

ss14

As I am sitting here writing this, the sun is glaring in my eyes. It's so tempting to put sunglasses on right now but then I'll be one of "those" people who wear sunglasses inside.

I like to plan everything, it's a little habit of mine - although I want to try and make this year as spontaneous as possible so I have only written down a short list of things I want to make happen in twenty fourteen.

This is an outline of what my spring/summer wardrobe will consist of this year. I am trying to add colour in my wardrobe with pretty pastel pink items like those Zara boots which I am OBSESSED with and can't wait for them to arrive! My wardrobe will be inspired by the likes of Elle from theyallhateus and Many from oraclefox. They have the summer wardrobe down to a tee.

My wardrobe shall consist of well structured, minimal pieces. Adding tailoring in with the crisp white blazer. It will have a clean, fresh vibe running through it continuing to the nails and choice of perfume.

Here's to a clear summer!

find the items by going to my polyvore.


Monday, 27 January 2014

REPLICATE


items: coat topshop top boohoo skort topshop shoes boohoo bag asos
Replicas may not be condoned by everyone in the fashion industry and yes they are wrong but when you're a student studying in London - you can't afford everything. 

Alexander Wang is my favourite designer of all time. His simple, sharp designs tickle my heart. Yes, these ankle boots are Wang replicas as I have been eyeing up this particular pair for a while now. The cut out back and being tied round the ankle gives this pair of boots that unique edge. The heeled ankle boot is my life saver and major wardrobe staple. The cut out back will save my feet from the heat this summer - that is if London is lucky enough to get one again this year.

Monday, 13 January 2014

THE TRANSITION OF MAN




London Collection: Mens has kicked off the menswear season for Autumn/Winter 2014 and being London, it has broken the conventional boundaries. Blurring the lines in fashion just that little more.

Masculinity is no new topic to us in the fashion world. Androgyny has been dipping its toes in women's fashions for a while now and will continue doing so with the feminist movement becoming more and more mainstream. However, men's silhouettes becoming feminine is history repeating itself and the always flowing cycle of fashion.

The silhouette of the man has changed over the years with medieval European men wearing tights and breeches to emphasise their leg. Then moving on to the fantastical fashion period of the 15th century where you were unable to tell the difference between men and women from a distance. The 16th century was when the differences became more marked with aggressive masculine shapes in the form of excessive padding on the shoulders, legs and even the genitals of men were exaggerated with codpieces. The 17th century was filled with jewels, ribbons, lace and embroidery - both for men and women. Late 18th century we begin to see an undecorated style for men, and by the late 19th century, mens fashion had become a uniform. 

Mens fashion became undecorated, stiff and sombre. It was dark and shadowy. Men were predominantly seen in dark colours, especially black, whereas, women wore garishly bright garments. Men become more concerned with functionality instead of being beautifully dressed.  

LCM A/W14 has seen mens fashion going back to being decorated and bold. The silhouettes taken on a more feminine shape with J.W Anderson, (who's signature design is "things that can be borrowed from a man to a woman, and to a woman from a man") playing-card shaped tunics, vibrant printed two pieces and platform shoes. Coats with skirt-like hems from Alexander McQueen and J.W Anderson also that takes us back to the 15th century where men wore long belted robes. 

Topman Design stuck to a more traditional design with the double-breasted jackets showing bespoke British tailoring. The tailoring took a more comfortable turn this season with wide-legged trousers shown at J.W Anderson and Alexander McQueen. Topman Design showed a high-waisted, wide-legged trouser that takes a nod to the controversial style of David Bowie. The high-waisted trouser is a feminine silhouette which elongates the leg and accentuates the waist - this goes back the medieval Europe where the man concentrated on emphasising the leg. 

The colour contrast created a gap in men and women fashion historically, however, Richard Nicoll and Topman Design have produced clothes for men that are garishly bright and decorated. Steering away from the shadowy, sombre stereotype of mens fashion. The uniformity of mens fashion disappears. 

Overall, this season at LCM, designers have taken away the marked fashion that was created to show gender and social status. Instead, they have blurred the lines and closed the gap between men and women fashion. Giving men more freedom and expression in what they wear. Going back to the old traditional ways. Also, showing how mens fashion form is now just as fast paced as women's.