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So New York might have the glamour, Milan the food, and Paris the romance but it is London where our hearts truly lie. London has the je ne sais quois, the thing that is hard to put your finger on, that strange combination of attributes that makes it so unique. It is a city of juxtapositions, a melting pot of cultures, tastes and styles and above all a hub of creativity . You can’t help but walk a bit faster, work a bit harder and hold your head up a bit higher in these streets. As someone who now lives out of town I can feel the difference as soon as I step off the train - we call it ‘London Speed’. And it is infectious.Despite the obvious stomping grounds of the well documented London tribes - West End gloss to East End edge and everything in between - there are pockets of creativity and innovation absolutely everywhere. Whether it is a pop up restaurant, art gallery or design studio, you can see why London’s design talent and London Fashion Week is seen as one of the most important in terms of pushing boundaries and presenting genuinely exciting shows and real talent. We are lucky at Gather&See to have some ethical brands on board that are built on and inspired by London energy and style.Veryan is based in Bermondsey and produces perfectly cut separates such as the best selling soft jersey crop T. Goodone and Riyka both hail from East London and specialise in using recycled and British sustainable fabrics to produce their own unique styles of casual cool with Goodone being known for its knitwear pieces and Riyka for panelled jersey. Meanwhile, accessory designer Danielle Foster designs to die for leather bags from her Mare Street studio where she works with British sourced leathers and hardware. I really don’t want to say ‘get the London look’ but they do have a point.
The September Issue
WHAT TO DO, SEE, EAT AND WEAR THIS SEPTEMBER.
It’s the start of a new season so no better time to launch our brand new monthly feature where we bring you the very best in what to do, see, eat and wear each month from a Gather&See perspective, embracing all our favourite things. So with out further ado…welcome to Gather&See’s September Issue.
We LOVE September. Maybe it’s a hang up from school with all the excitement that comes from coming back from the long summer holidays, rested, refreshed and sometimes reinvented to see your friends and start a new year. Or maybe it has something to do with the arrival of the new season collections in store and glossy new advertising spreads in our favourite magazines. Either way there is a definite and palpable air of anticipation and energy that hits us at this time of year and we can’t get enough of it. So make the most of the September buzz and get your teeth into our favourite things from Fashion Weeks to #Organic September we have it all.
Join The Fash Pack.
This Thursday marks the beginning of the marathon that is Fashion Week season with New York followed by London, Milan and Paris. Of course we think London is the best - even if you can’t blag your way into a show Somerset House is the perfect spot for people watching with hipsters and poseurs vying for the attention in the forecourt. After the fash pack have disappeared off to Milan the madness subsides for the slightly more laid back London Fashion Weekend, one of the countries biggest public fashion showcases.
What to Wear: Fashion forward pieces from Riyka, LFW’s ethical arm Estethica alumni Flavia La Rocca and statement pieces from Feral Childe.
Celebrate the beginning of the Grape Harvest in Bordeaux
September is the perfect time to visit Bordeaux with the weather still good and a number of grape harvest festivals taking place throughout the region. The most famous is St Emilion’s Jurade on the third weekend of this month with processions, tastings and tours taking place to celebrate the start of the harvest. We recommend recovering (or continuing!) at Les Sources Caudaulie spa where treatments combine the virtues of natural hot spring water and grapes from the vineyard. Well it would be rude not to.
What to wear: Finlay & Co sunnies, soft draping Organic cotton from Kotow and loose CUS tops.
Rooftop Film Club
The weather often surprises us in September with a few last warm and sunny days. Make the most of them and spend an evening outdoors at the Rooftop Film Club at venues across London from Peckham to Shoreditch. Enjoy food, drinks and absolute classics including Clueless, Grease and Breakfast at Tiffanys. What is not to love!
What to Wear: A Beaumont Organic Knit to cosy up in and our most comfortable Nobody Jeans.
A Fashion Legend – Horst
The hotly anticipated restrospective of one of the 20th Century’s Master Photogaphers works will start at the V&A from September the 6th. Featuring some of the most iconic fashion photography of all time this is one we can’t wait for and will be bringing you more on soon.
Credit - Condé Nast / Horst Estate
What to Wear: Vintage glamour with, Upstate and Anne Gorke
This month is officially #OrganicSeptember so we are going all out organic with our clothes and our food! Check out your local farm shop or an online veg box provider like Riverford to find the best produce and get cooking. Also get picking – blackberry season is almost upon us, yum! This week we will be making Plum and Almond Tart with homegrown plums and Butternut Squash and Sage risotto. Stay tuned to Instagram to see the fruits of our labours!
What to Wear: Loose comfy Feral Childe trousers and Kowtow jersey’s for the kitchen.
Coming up in September on Gather&See
Fashoin Week Round Up
Swimwear Special - How to Nail Poolside Chic
Swimwear and I have a bit of a love hate relationship. The initial pang of excitement in pulling out a bikini that reminds me of great holidays and literally smells of summer quite quickly subsides to a feeling of panic about wearing the thing. A bikini requires us to show off parts of our bodies that are, for the rest of the year, hidden away and forgotten about. Every year I have good intentions of getting in shape ahead of time and every year being gymphobic I fail at the first hurdle.
Lalesso Pembe Tatu Bikini
Every year I find myself night before said holiday smearing fake tan over me hoping to cover up many a sin, not to mention my bottle white skin. On arrival in paradise, things don’t tend to get much better - invariably I settle myself by the pool feeling good, only to find a Giselle look alike glamazon rocks up on the next sun lounger - bronzed and toned to perfection and splashing around in a minute triangle that wouldn’t cover my little finger! I don’t think I am the only one - a recent survey showed that over 30% of women actually avoid wearing swimwear in public. I blame the media and the constant portrayal unrealistic image of a perfect photoshopped woman that has somehow become the meaning of beauty - but that is another story and another rant!
Curlee Bikini Gathered Halter Classic One Piece
Back to the subject and the point I am trying to get to - our swimwear choices are important! Choosing a colour, shape and style that suits you and that you feel good in can make all the difference. Slim with a small bust? Then go for a strapless bandeau style like Mallory Curlee’s bandeau bikini. Short and sweet at 5 ft 2? Then a tanga bottom, or tie sided bottom will lengthen your legs (Lalesso Pembe Tatu bikini). Hate your tummy, then why not go for a cute one piece that shows off just enough to still be youthful like Lalesso’s Kuzama swimsuit. But I also think that swimwear is something to have a bit of fun with - choose a colour that you might not usually dare. I love Curlee’s Twist Halter One Piece for its practicality (great support for a larger bust) and bright coral tone. A bold pattern (see Curlee Bikini’s Gathered Halter Classic One Piece) draws attention away from other areas you want to camouflage.
Curlee Bikini Fashion Wrap Monkini
The piece de la resistance has to be Curlee’s Monokini - slashed to the belly button with a glamorous extra long halter straps that can be wrapped in anyway you like - this is the piece to wear to a beach club where you want to make an impact, throw a long flowing skirt on and you have an evening look ready made!
NearFar Beach Bag
The last piece of advice, is to accessorise. Don’t leave home without a beach bag, some great shades and some cool cover ups as well as fun jewellery. No one (not even our friend Giselle) looks good eating in a bikini so an elegant beach dress is an absolute must even if it is just thrown on for the little trip to the resto for a goats cheese salad and a glass of rose. And on that note, with weather this fine I am off to create my own little slice of the Cote d’Azure in my back garden. Well, it would be rude not to. Bon Voyage! xxx
Finlay & Co Bosworth Sunglasses
Lalesso Mwamba Dress
Wedding season is most definitely upon us. At Gather&See we are ever so slightly excited by the prospect with both of us walking down the aisle in the next month, not to mention looking forward to several other of our friend’s nuptials. Everyone loves a wedding – they are just the happiest of occasions with just the right balance of seriousness and meaning followed by an awful lot of fun. And best of all we get to dress up!!
We put ourselves under a lot of pressure with wedding outfits – naturally you want to look your best for your friends special day and there are countless considerations. First and foremost what kind of wedding is it? Laidback and informal or morning suits and hats. Will you be outside in a field all day (no stilettos!) or is it a glitzy city wedding at Claridges (definitely stilettos!)? Do you know the colour theme? There is nothing worse than turning up at a wedding looking like an extra bridesmaid. Do you need to wear a hat? (We actually love a hat - there is a fabulous ethical brand called Mich Dulce which does the best!).
It can all get a bit mind boggling, but fear not - Gather&See is here to help! We have put together some of our very favourite wedding looks from our lovely brands to give you some inspiration. These are dresses that you will wear not only for weddings but for any summer parties, holidays, even dressed down for a more casual look. So feast your eyes…. You are welcome!
Lalesso Tabaka Dress £125
Fitted, bright and contemporary, this is perfect for a city wedding, Just add some good heels and jewellery.
Anne Gorke, Blouse Dress, £290
This is a class act, super fitted and feminine with slick gold buttons as detailing. Great with a sharp hat.
Lalesso Ingia Dress, £230
We think this is perfect for a country wedding. Soft and floaty with eyecatching colours and patern the high-low hem is perfect for dancing!
Feral Childe Van Allen Sheath in Reeves, £290
Whimsical and a little bit different, this beautiful dress looks great with a cream coloured hat and a good high heel.
Lalesso Mwamba Dress, £230
Beautiful silk graphic maxi dress worn with both flats and heels.
Bhalo ThornFlower Dress, £100
Beautiful Aztec inspired print, perfect for the laid back look.
Enjoy your weddings!
Love Alicia & Steph x
Wishing you were at Glastonbury? G&S’s Top Tips for Festival Style
Festival season is now in full swing with thousands of music fans descended on Worthy Farm in deepest darkest Somerset for a weekend of great brands, revelry and just possibly the slightest bit of rain. Glastonbury may be the big banana but with so many other festivals taking place all over the country and in Europe throughout the summer Festival Season has become MASSIVE. No wonder ‘Festival Style’ has become an entire trend in itself. I say trend, but the beauty if festival style is basically about embracing a free spirit – going for that extra bit of colour, a few more sequins, fringing and feathers. Really, anything goes.
Despite this some key looks keep coming around every year - Kate Moss has to answer for the massive number of tinyshorts and Hunter welly combos – despite her debuting that look way back in 2005 the outfit has become a fail safe option for many a skinny blonde. Various incarnations of 70’s flower child, glittery glam rock and 80’s punk will always appeal to the Festival set - some of the best outfits being a mix and match of everything. For once this really is a case of more is better!
So without further ado here are Gather&See’s top style tips for this Festival Season:
1) TYE DYES FROM UPSTATE
Soft silks, loose shapes and soft tye dye effects make the Tilden T, Silk V and Wilson Jumpsuit from Upstate great choices.
2) AZTEC DRESS FROM BHALO
The Thornflower dress from Bhalo has an Aztec feel to it – bright colours and geometric shapes with a flared out shape.
3) GRUNGE FROM OSEI DURO
Cropped Osei Duro tops in black and matchstick print go with EVERYTHING. Add black eyeliner and attitude.
4) FIERCE JEWELLERY FROM A PEACE TREATY
Our favourite earrings – studded hoops and triangular green and gold beauties.
5) THE ULTIMATE COVER UP - ANNE GORKE PARKA
Lets face it, you are going to get wet. So at least look cool doing it.
6) THE SAVING GRACE – FINLAY&Co Sunnies
The Bosworth style are super cool and will hide all signs of the night before.
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GAME, SET, MATCH & SPORTS LUXE
I am not sporty. My hand eye coordination is shoddy, I can’t run, definitely can’t catch and I don’t like hitting things. Sports tournaments at school were of particular amusement to my friends who found it funny to watch me swim at a snails pace with a full length still to go long after my opponents were out and dried off. They also used to enjoy making me goalie at hockey matches, knowing full well I would have an England prodigy flicking goals in at me at a rate of knots. It wasn’t a pretty sight!
Whilst everyone else was rocking the latest Nike Air Max trainers I was in slip on plimsols until I was about 14 when I graduated to a trusty Green Flash (that might explain the poor running style!). To this day I still only have one pair of trainers that rarely see daylight.
Bearing this in mind two things are odd – one that I am marrying a professional sportsman who is constantly bemused at my lack of skill – and secondly that I find myself oddly drawn to the glamorous, yet casual form of apparel we like to call Sports Luxe.
There is something about the clean lines, unusual fabrics and paired down styling that I find refreshing. At Gather&See this season we have a number of pieces that fit into this look perfectly. Catalonian brand CUS uses recycled PET to create beautifully soft and cool pieces with sporty details such as little mesh cap sleeves with raw edging. Anne Gorke’s little leather bomber is possibly the chicest incarnation I have ever seen of a retro American baseball jacket and Kowtow’s organic cotton range is full of perfectly cut basics - the vest top is a wardrobe staple that goes with everything, the overized check tunic with its over sized sleeves and simple round neck is one of those easy pieces you thrown on and that generates instant praise.
On top of the shapes and fabrics are the basic colours of sportswear – primary of which has to be white. With Wimbledon upon us we can’t think of a more perfect time to get out your tennis whites – Kowtow’s surface to air shirt and Veryan’s super soft Box T being our go to white items. Simply pair with our very best Nobody jeans and gorgeous Ten&Co lace ups (a million miles away from my old plimsols!) and there you have a softened version of the Sports Luxe look. Great if like me you are a spectator more than a player!
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BOM DIA BRAZIL!!
I have to admit when it comes to football I couldn’t usually give two hoots - mainly I think it is over paid drama queens rolling around on the floor – I struggle to see ‘the beautiful game’ in that. But when the World Cup comes around I am transformed into another being entirely – I find myself sat on the edge of my seat, heart in my throat and yelling at the ref and crying out for penalties - my boyfriend took to calling me Sven at the last world cup thanks to my incessant commentary on a game I know nothing about. And this year no doubt will draw me in just the same except even more so due to the dramatic backdrop of a country that I LOVE – the one and only Brazil.
For all of the hype, controversy and drama of the impending tournament, you have to agree, Brazil is one hell of a country. Fabulous scenery, passionate and warm people and a completely individual style of its own makes for some serious personality. I have visited only once but from the moment I touched down in a hot and heavy Rio de Janeiro I was captivated by the energy, grittiness and beauty of the city.
The flip side to the glamour and the razzmatazz is of course the poverty of the favelas, issues with unemployment and healthcare. It is definitely a country of extremes and when it came to launching Gather&See we were very keen to find some Brazilian brands that not only showcase that unique Brazilian style but also support local artisans through fair trade.
We were delighted to find Albion, a beautiful accessories brand based in Rio and inspired by Copacabana’s Art-Deco hey-day. Albion works with local artisans in the city to create limited run bags made from 100% Brazilian cotton, each bag being made by hand under Fair Trade principles. We absolutely love the striking geometric prints in monochrome with a flash of colour and will be carrying ours throughout the World Cup season and beyond. Oh knows, maybe it will be a lucky talisman for England’s prospects in the World Cup!
Tchau for now
Special Report: Copenhagen Fashion Summit, by Avril Groom
We are delighted to introduce Gather&See’s Special Contributing Editor, Avril Groom. Avril is a highly regarded fashion editor whose work is regularly featured in the likes of the FT How To Spend It Magazine, Centurion Magazine and many others. Avril travelled to Copenhagen last week for the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, the leading summit on sustainable fashion.
The third sustainable fashion summit in Copenhagen, held on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster, was an emotional roller coaster, by turns inspiring, moving, pugnacious, thought provoking and only occasionally airy fairy. Over a thousand people sat down in the excitingly designed, modern Opera House to hear the refreshingly down to earth, Aussie(and Duchess of Cambridge lookalike) Crown Princess Mary welcome everyone to discuss an area of fashion in which she is plainly no slouch - she was in a fetching sustainable outfit, by Danish brand Designers Remix.
As a summit virgin, I was impressed by both the level of optimism that change is achievable and the practical steps that are being taken, with a minimum of wafty do-gooding on display, thought there was some corporate eco-speak. The Danes are way ahead on sustainability issues which is why they are good hosts for this event and their major chainstore - H&M - is a prime sponsor and is trying hard to square its fast fashion approach with sustainability, such as ensuring a fair living wage in the foreign factories it uses, and putting clothes recycling boxes in stores. But there are questions, such as the scarcity of its excellent Conscious range, which sells out as fast as its designer collaborations, apparently due to lack of the right sustainable fabrics. Room for improvement if they want to be taken seriously in this area.
There were surprises - who would have expected the sweet-looking and elegant Livia Firth (who turned her tuxedo jacket inside out for Fashion Revolution Day) to be a rabble rouser prepared to attack H&M for its perpetual renewal of stock at throwaway prices, and call the Rana Plaza disaster murder? And for the most inspirational ideas of the day to come from Marco Bizzarri, CEO of super expensive, discreet Italian brand Bottega Veneta? It has just won an award for the sustainability of its new Italian HQ, and Kering, the luxury group to which it belongs, is rolling out an environmental profit and loss accounting system to see what all its brands are doing right or wrong in sustainability terms, which is also an award winner.
The moving times were the film testimonies from workers at Rana Plaza, and footage played during the minute’s silence to remember the event, and the 120 fashion students from 15 countries on stage, rounded up by the wonderful Dilys Williams of the London College of Fashion, who had their own Youth Fashion Summit during the two days before and put seven demands for the future - reasonable if challenging requests such as big businesses sharing their resources and expertise to reduce energy use and unnecessary competition, and educating young people to create a critical society which would question methods and make sustainability an everyday reality.
It was all put in perspective by the New York Times’ fashion editor-elect, Vanessa Friedman, who pointed out that “fashion” and “sustainable” are two words impossible to put together while the industry continues its headlong rush to produce more, faster. A sustainable wardrobe of long-lived, beautifully-made, well-loved pieces is her solution - and, added Stella McCartney in a special video, don’t wash or clean them too often if you want them to last, and do it more gently in line with the new Clevercare label about to appear in garments. A lot of us came away with some new resolutions - buy less, buy better and keep the salad dressing away from the silk - and the feeling that change is afoot, though it will take time and it is a complex area. And maybe better call it the sustainable clothing summit next time.
Calm Before the Storm- A Long Lost Weekend
What a wonderful time of year - light evenings, spring blossom, and the occasional warm ray of sun-filled promise of summer ahead. But best of all has to be the thought of several long weekends to look forward to over the coming months.
OK so that might be a tad optimistic with regards to the weather (who can blame us after the lovely week we just had!) but when the April showers do finally arrive we have the PERFECT spring trench courtesy of Anne Gorke – made from the finest organic cotton with vegetable dyed leather trims her delightful parka has a detachable hood ideal for inclement weather. I practically had to peel the sample off Steph last week she loved it so much and I have no doubt it will have the same effect on anyone else lucky enough to get their hands on one.
Anne Gorke - Parka Jacket
Here we will be spending the weekend putting final touches to Gatherandsee.com ahead of our launch next week. Timing could not be more apt with Earth Day on 22nd April calling for action on environmental sustainability and also the first Fashion Revolution Day taking place on April 24th. Fashion Revolution Day marks the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy and aims to educate and raise awareness about the fashion supply chain. We will be supporting the campaign asking followers and customers the simple question “Who Made Your Clothes?” and posting selfies with clothes on inside out to @Fashion_Rev . Look out for some familiar faces joining the campaign on the Gather&See Instagram feed and post your own photo to be in with a chance to win some Gather&See goodies!
And with that we bid you a Happy Easter - enjoy the long weekend!
Alicia & Steph