When in London – Do’s and Don’ts

When in London – Do’s and Don’ts

Hey Everyone!

Today’s post is a bit different and the reason for that is because I have encountered so many aggravating practices and I just have to talk about them. So this is a post for all my fellow Londoners and people who are planning to visit the city and hopefully it will make everyone’s life easier.

First of all, these are not just “in my opinion cases” but they are also not strict rules.

Walking around

London is a beautiful city to just walk around in. The architecture is great, you can take lots of pictures and it is best to explore it while the sun is shining. But London is a huge city, and with that comes the enormous population which is constantly growing. Also, we as Londoners are always in a hurry, but who isn’t nowadays? And I can tell definitely there is nothing worse than encountering a group of people (tourists or not tourists) who just wander around in zig-zags and you basically have to plan everything strategically in order to somehow get ahead of them. So my advice is, please pay attention to your surroundings.

Public Transport

Let us start with the escalators. I think the rule on how to take the escalators is pretty much the same as in any other city. Stand on the right side or walk on the left side oh and do not block the left side of the escalator especially during the rush hour.

When taking the tube or a bus, please take off your backpack and hold it in your hand. Most of the people do it but sometimes there’s always that one person who thinks they will be rebellious or something and you know what, when there’s space to do it, be my guest. But if the space is getting more crowded, just take it off.

Bumping into someone

Just say sorry, that’s all it takes.

Queuing

When you see a queue forming, do not jump ahead. It is very rude and annoying. Get in line.

Covent Garden and  Leicester Square

This is a classic but still, taking the tube between Covent Garden and Leicester square is like ordering a taxi and telling the driver to take you down the street for 300 metres, literally.

Carrying your personal items

I’d suggest avoiding having anything in your back pocket cause there are pickpockets throughout the city, especially at popular places.

 

I know this might sound like a post against tourists but it is not. I love seeing how everyone tries to get the best shot of themselves while standing on the pavement on Regent Street, I like it when people are amused by the architecture, and it is very good to know that London is a destination where people want to come, so everyone is welcome here, just a bit more attention is required and everything will be easier.

See you next week,

Abel.

Why I’m Not Talking About Haute Couture?

Why I’m Not Talking About Haute Couture?

Hey Everyone!

First of all, I know I said that I’m going to do two more posts about vocabulary but when I finished my research, I said – I don’t think this is needed.- Everyone knows what stilettoes and brogues are (hopefully). But one of my friends asked the question – Are you writing any posts on haute couture?- and my answer was no and here’s why.

Let me start off by telling you why I write about fashion shows. I write my reviews about the fashion shows because I feel confident and qualified enough to make opinions. I have been following ready to wear shows for about ten years, and when I got into uni, I also conducted a lot of research about the brands I am making those reactions about. With this in mind, I feel confident enough to make statements about the collections, but haute couture is a whole different story to me.

The first time I encountered this term was three years ago and when I heard it, I immediately hit the internet and to be honest, there was not much about it. Yes, there was all the information why haute couture is haute couture and the characteristics about it, but I don’t think three years is enough experience to make any conclusions about the collections and I want to be a 100% sure that when I post something here, it should represent how I truly think and feel about it. So yeah, that pretty much sums it up. However, I did ask some of my friends who do follow haute couture shows and their opinions were divergent.

They said that the previous haute couture shows were much better and this season the best show was Ralph and Russo and the most boring was Chanel. Their words, not mine. But I decided to dig a bit deeper into the history of haute couture so maybe you’ll see some of my thoughts on the upcoming seasons. Anyways, do you follow haute couture shows or you are more just a ready to wear person?

Hope all is good and see you next week,

Abel.

The Creative Director Cycle

The Creative Director Cycle

Hey Everyone!

How are you doing? A couple of days ago I was going to bed when I got a notification from Business of Fashion. “Kim Jones to leave Louis Vuitton” – said the headline. So I opened it and started reading. There was not much that time cause the article was still updating but there was one thought that caught my attention which said that he might be headed to Burberry. This got me thinking about the previous artistic/creative directors who have left established fashion houses for another one.

The question is why I started to think about this? Not long ago in the 90’s and 00’s, designers were appointed as artistic directors after they graduated from universities or designing lesser-known labels. The strategy was, especially if you look at LVMH, to give an own brand to the designer while he/she is the creative lead of a known brand. If you think about John Galliano or Gianfranco Ferre this applies perfectly. However, nowadays it seems like there is a massive chaos when it comes to appointing these creative professionals. When Maria Grazia Chiuri left Valentino to go and design for Dior, it caused a lot of confusion. Also the same applies to Raf Simons because he left Dior for Calvin Klein or Anthony Vaccarello departing from Versus Versace to be the lead at YSL.  Just writing this down looks funny.

So where the issue is that I don’t think consumers react the same way. Especially if you think about their age. We as the twenty-something-year-olds do not really care about who is the creative director just give us that new Gucci shirt or the new capsule collection from Balenciaga, but we don’t have to go far in terms of age to see a different reaction. My friends who are in their thirties and up always voice their opinions how they think the brand is not even important anymore. “We live in the era when the designer is more important than the brand. When I look at a dress, I can’t tell you anymore if it is by Dior or Valentino, but I can say that it was designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri.” – they say

I think it is good to bring new energies and new talent into a business when there is the need, but I have to be honest, the statements from the unsatisfied consumer do carry some truths as well because if you think about it, is there any similarity between Calvin Klein and Dior? I don’t think so, Calvin Klein is a US brand and the latter is French, so basically we are talking about two different fashion worlds, and when the debut collections hit the runway, we along with journalists and other media people are left with a new new collection and we immediately start to search for similarities between previous collections or cuts, styles that carry the heritage of the company trying to justify why he/she will be great for the brand and after we found those answers, we stick to them no matter what the other thinks.

Anyways, I am mostly satisfied with these collections but if this is an opinion voiced by a whole demographic of consumers and not just my friends, maybe it is the time that fashion houses try and figure out something that works for everyone. After all, you can sell more bags. What is your opinion about this? Do you even follow these happenings or this is too much of an insider topic?

See you soon,

Abel.

London Fashion Week Mens – January

London Fashion Week Mens – January

Hello everyone!

How is your new year going? Mine is filled with being between four walls and studying day and night, but it is almost over. I gotta be honest with you, I completely forgot that LFWM was last weekend. It just totally slipped my mind but thankfully, some of my friends were actually working during the shows so I decided to check the designers.

When I first realised that it was the LFWM, I thought, who is going to showcase their design cause a lot of brands have decided to merge their menswear and womenswear shows into one so probably they will show all the collections during the fashion weeks. I probably was right, cause if I remember correctly, the previous LFWM schedule was a bit bigger. But there’s always something good and this gave me the opportunity to view some of the brands I do not know nor follow. So here’s my opinion about three A/W 18 collections.

Ben Sherman

Ben Sherman was originally a brand focusing on producing high-quality shirts and not long after he launched the brand, the shirt quickly became an icon at that time. This new collection is exactly telling what the modern consumer would wear. There is no need for extravagant designs. It is really tailored for the guy in his twenties or thirties who rejects the boring navy suit with the white shirt (so basically Londons uniform) and is not afraid to add a bit of hue into his wardrobe. I think the looks were really well put together. It is a very modern capsule collection. Click here if you want to see the whole collection.

Bobby Abley

I have never heard of Bobby Abley before, but I was very fortunate to find this brand. The whole collection is so funny and it is filled with humour. It is very colourful and of course, there are looney toons character products as well. I know, Moschino already had those once but still, it made me very joyful when I saw the pieces probably because it resonated with my inner child cause I loved looney toons. This collection compared to the Ben Sherman one is very much NOT a capsule collection however now that I think about it, it would be actually entertaining to watch men wear these as everyday clothes. Click here for the collection.

Oliver Spencer

I had Oliver Spencer on my watch in the past year though I still didn’t buy anything, but as we say, all is not lost that is delayed. I am already excited about the SS collection to hit the stores cause I remember I loved the previous one, and this collection is no different. Tailoring is the essence with an added modern style. Very elegant and a lot of hue colours as well. click here for the collection.

What is really interesting to me is that brown was still a prime colour in these collections and others like Chalayan had brown pieces too. Don’t get me wrong, I like the colour, but it was already a major trend colour in 2017 A/W and it feels a bit mundane to use it again. Anyways, still great collections.

See you soon,

Abel.

 

Dealing with New Year’s resolutions

Dealing with New Year’s resolutions

Hey Guys and Happy New year!!!

Hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones. Today I am sharing with you my views on New Year’s resolutions. I think December is a very intense month. You have all the holidays happening and just when you can take a deep breath and relax, the New Year is just around the corner. So we start to reflect on everything we have done in the past year and we surely find something that we want to change in the upcoming year. This is also amplified probably by the people around you asking the question – “What is your resolution for the new year?”- it is like we are bound to have resolutions and we mostly do. Whatever that might be, let us be honest, you kickstart the year with motivation and you hit the gym, start something new, care more about your love life but after three months everything is gone because you don’t have the time or you just wanted faster results.

I think this problem is because of our mindset. I can’t even tell you how many resolutions I had and after a while, I was just like – I don’t care. But last year my resolution was different. I said – “I am not going to stress about my resolutions. I won’t put a time limit on my goals and I will not care about the pressure.” Then I have written down my goals and one of my main objectives was to lose weight. However, I did not hit the gym cause I get bored in minutes but I started to walk every day. As the time was passing, I just increased the distance I was walking and without even noticing it, I have lost a bunch of kilos in a year. And this happened while I was not stressing on this at all. So my advice for your resolutions is :

  • Do not stress about it
  • Do not put pressure on yourself
  • The beginning of the year is a good motivator but you have to remember that your resolutions are long-term plans
  • Enjoy yourself, it should not be painful and it should not feel as a burden
  • Starting a diary where you write every day can help to keep track of the progress

I wish that all of you start the new year with joy and happiness and good luck with your resolutions.

See you soon,

Abel.

Should you follow trends?

Should you follow trends?

Hey Guys!

How are you doing? A couple of weeks ago I was doing some shopping on ASOS. I mostly bought some basic navy and black sweaters and jeans but I also added a burgundy corduroy overshirt into my basket (I will link it below). I didn’t even think about it that much until I actually received my order. Corduroy, velour, and cable knit are on trend right now along with colours like burgundy, moss green, and camel and no matter which retailer you shop at, whether online or offline, you will find these types of fabrics and colours. But back to the story. I tried the overshirt and it was actually really nice but I couldn’t help myself because I realised that I used to hate corduroy. The last time I had something made out of that fabric was 15 years ago when my Mom got me a pair of trousers and I hated it. So I asked myself the question. – Do I like it because it is on trend?

Following this chain of thoughts, I just sat down and started to think about trends. Are we obliged to follow the trends of the seasons? I didn’t really get to a conclusion so I decided to wear the overshirt the next day. The next day when I was on my way to uni I saw about 10-13 men wearing similar burgundy jackets and overshirts and all of those pieces were corduroys. I actually felt a bit weird, to be honest. When I finally saw my friends, I received a lot of compliments that I looked good, the shirt is amazing and all that stuff. So yeah, I guess if we seek the approval of others, following the trends is a way of getting that but I was not seeking anyone’s approval. I am pretty confident about my style and what I put on each day even if someone doesn’t like it. I just simply don’t care. When I got home, I looked at the shirt and I was like, yeah, this actually looks good but you won’t see me walking on the streets wearing corduroy trousers.

You might be thinking, okay so what do I make out of this post? I think the answer is pretty clear. Ask yourself who are you dressing for. Are you dressing for yourself, your friends, or your partner? When you have the answer, you can make the decisions when you are shopping. Please note, there’s nothing wrong with following or not following the trends, I was just simply curious. If the trend matches your individual preferences, go for it and if not, you know what they say –c’est la vie. 

The below links are for some corduroy shirts that I think are good. I do own products from those brands, and I will always recommend items from brands that I know.

ASOS – 28£Screen Shot 2017-11-26 at 14.50.28

 

Mr.Porter (Folk) – 135£

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Uniqlo – 24.90£

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See you soon,

Abel.

 

Dealing with writer’s block and finding inspiration

Dealing with writer’s block and finding inspiration

Hey Guys!

It has been a while. I hope all of you are doing well. When I looked at the blog today, I was shocked that my previous post was 22 days ago and this got me thinking. First of all, let me clear some air. I don’t just write posts here. I write short stories, longer ones that are still in the making and occasionally, I write music lyrics as well. So I began to think about the past three weeks and all the stuff I did, and the answer was there. I am probably encountering writer’s block. Writer’s block is something that you will experience if you write a lot. It is basically a state when you don’t have many ideas, you are out of inspiration and you just can’t write or if you do, it will be something very general. Also if you are a blogger, you would find it pretty hard to get inspiration. So this is what has been happening with me, but no worries, because I immediately thought that I should write a post about how to deal with it and also how to get inspiration when you are stuck. (this is not the first time I have writer’s block)

Tips to overcome writer’s block

  • stop for a bit and reflect, there’s nothing wrong if you need to take some time
  • don’t think about it too much, you’ll get lost
  • don’t panic, keep calm
  • read something you like – I like to read a lot of fiction. I think it just reopens the gates of creativity when they are locked
  • do something you normally wouldn’t do – I did some sketching
  • this might sound cheesy, but just don’t walk away from writing, everything will get back on track

Tips to get inspiration

Now whether you live in a busy city or a small town, there are ways to get inspiration out of anything

  • go for a long walk – No music, no texting, no friends, just go out and think
  • observe everything – the cars, the people, nature, the buildings
  • sit down for a nice meal even if you are alone
  • listen to some music – something you like and enjoy
  • cook something new – this is one of my favourite ones. sometimes I just go to the store and pick up a bunch of random stuff and then I try to combine them together and yes, occasionally I fail but that is just life
  • do a weekend getaway – it doesn’t have to be Paris or any major city. something you can afford
  • write down all the ideas that come to your mind

I know I have separated these tips but honestly, all the tips I mentioned work for both of these problems and I do not guarantee everything will work for you but I hope it helps a bit. At the end of the day, we are all different.

See you soon,

Abel.