Sunday, 26 February 2017

Burberry Makers House

This week I popped into the Burberry Makers House to visit the exhibition they had in collaboration with Henry Moore.  


 
One of the first areas of the exhibition I saw was a segment called ‘The Cape Reimagined’. It featured some of the most beautiful and intricate designs I’ve ever seen. I particularly liked the capes that had 3D embellishments and were decked out with jewels or sequins, they’re the sort of clothing that would turn heads in the best possible way if people saw you wearing it down the street!
 


 
The exhibition also displayed Burberry’s February 2017 collection and there was a video on the wall showing certain items of clothing from the collection being made. It was fascinating to watch, as you can really see the level of craftsmanship in each design. On the mannequins, there were trend pieces from the new collection, incorporated with classic items such as the trench coat.    







The final area I went to was called the Portrait Studio, here, members of the public were able to have their photo taken in the workshop space – it definitely seemed to be a hit with the public!

Taken by the photobooth at The Portrait Studio
I'd definitely recommend a visit if you’re around town, it’s opened until 27th February so there’s still time to see it.

Photos taken on iPhone SE unless stated otherwise.

Free entry, visit https://show.burberry.com/uk/feb-2017/makers-house/ for more info.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Leopard Print Dreams

Recently, I made a very lucky purchase towards the end of the January sales -  this leopard coat from New Look. As someone who is very small, I often find it tricky to buy clothes (period), but especially coats since, they're often too bulky. Thankfully, when I put this coat on - it instantly fit! It's not too bulky and can be worn in the coming spring.

Coat - New Look  (I got mine in the petite section)

Photos taken by my sister on iPhone 6S




 
What are you spring staples?



Friday, 17 February 2017

House of Minalima

As an over enthusiastic (more like obsessive…) Harry Potter fan, visiting the ‘House of Minalima’ was a brilliant way to spend a few hours being immersed in J.K. Rowling's magical world. Best of all – it’s completely FREE. Located on 26 Greek Street, in a quaint and slightly higgledy-piggledy road, it is round the corner from the Palace Theatre, where The Curse Child is performed. Immediately, you get a feel that is very reminiscent of Diagon Alley and once inside, you really do feel like you’re being transported back to that universe.  
 
What are displayed in the exhibit are the limited edition art prints of graphic design by the duo Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima who were designers for the Harry Potter films and Fantastic Beast. There are 4 floors; ground floor contains the shop, first floor displays the graphic art from Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them, floors two and three contain work from the Harry Potter Films.
What is astounding and obvious in all of the designs is the phenomenal attention to detail. Harry Potter was a significant part of my childhood (and adult life!) and it’s something I could talk about all day. The Harry Potter universe is set in the real world but there is a logic which underpins the magic, you can tell it's all be really well thought out, which is what makes it so magical and believable.  What I love about the world and what the prints show is the ‘reality with a twist’ element. 
All photos taken on iPhone SE
Edited using VSCO
 
 
 
 










 
 Set in the 1920s, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is one of the my favourite films. Perhaps, a reason why I loved the film so much was because it would be the first time I would ever encounter the story. The Jazz age is one of my favourite eras particularly, for fashion and the scene in the seedy bar ‘The Blind Pig’ captured that moment, with Tina and Queenie transforming their clothes into 1920s’ dresses, as they enter the place.  



 

 

 

 

 
The letters that Harry was never allowed to open.
 


 
 This was the design of the floor on the second level.




 
How the Weasley twins aided Hogwarts students to defy Umbridge.



The Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes
 
 

 
The howler Ron received in his second year.



 




 
 
You can see the intricacy and the attention to detail in this potion book.