The worth of a friend constant … Sonnet 30 by William Shakespeare


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During those intermittent moments, during which one reflects on

 love lost, opportunities missed, those dear who have passed

a sadness inevitably overwhelms:

a feeling of regret.

Yet, a thought of a good and constant friend

of emotional and kind support, someone to turn to in time of need,

helps to ease the pain and set things right again.

Be a good friend, you’re needed more than you might know.



Sonnet 30

by William Shakespeare


When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
I summon up remembrance of things past,
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,
And with old woes new wail my dear time’s waste:
Then can I drown an eye, unus’d to flow,
For precious friends hid in death’s dateless night,
And weep afresh love’s long since cancell’d woe,
And moan the expense of many a vanish’d sight:
Then can I grieve at grievances foregone,
And heavily from woe to woe tell o’er
The sad account of fore-bemoaned moan,
Which I new pay as if not paid before.
But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restor’d and sorrows end.




shakespeare_portrait,bbc couk_deskWilliam Shakespeare, 1564 – 1616

English dramatist and poet

emerging designer, Roshi Porkar presents at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week – Berlin, Spring 2015


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Roshi Porkar

is an up and coming womenswear designer from Austria.

For Spring 2015, Ms. Porkar was awarded the incredible honour

of presenting her first collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Berlin.

Each season ELLE and Mercedes-Benz chooses one emerging designer

as recipient of this distinction in recognition of exceptional work.

Attending the Ms. Porkar’s show,

was fashion maverick, the British actress Tilda Swinton -

certainly a promising indication of great things to come

for this young talented designer.

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designer, Roshi Porkar

As demonstrated by Ms. Swinton, it is well worth

tracking the work of Roshi Porkar on the fashion radar.

Ms.  Porkar is definitely one to watch.

Her collection is wonderfully tactile,

a mix of seductive textures and fabrics:

wool, silk, feathers, faux fur.

There is a pronounced element of combined

luxury,  comfort, elegance -

which all beautifully marry.

The colours are subdued, organic with a

recurring hint of pale blue.

The silhouette celebrates a womanly form,

cinching at the waist, body skimming,

body friendly for all shapes.

Roshi Porkar

Spring 2015

The Collection

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Fashion speak: dictionary entry, and the word is ‘shoulder – perch’


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Fashion speak is a living language,

ever evolving to better describe

dress images presented

And the word is:

Shoulder – perch

shoul’der – perch (adj.)

1.   to describe a coat or jacket worn effortlessly and elegantly on the shoulders

2.   a statement of style confidence

Synonym:  shoulder – robing

(photos by Tommy Ton):

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(image from woman money and style):

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(photo by Kuba Dubrowski):

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(image from le 21eme):

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Favlook – Lookfav Focus: cycle – fashion


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With summer 2014 in full -swing

transport by bicycle

is in evidence everywhere-

on country lanes and city streets,

great for getting from here to there.

For some cycling is a seasonal fair-weather past time.

For many cycling has become the go-to means of daily transport:

environmentally friendly, cost efficient (no petrol costs),

easy to navigate through road traffic and enjoyable.

Yet cycle-fashion presents its own unique sartorial challenges:

how to look effortlessly chic, while pedaling around town:

to dress for ultimate comfort and ultimate style.

What to wear for a bike ride has been a query posed

since the invention of this two wheel transport wonder.

The construction of the bicycle, as we now it today,

was perfected by the late 1890s-

thanks to improvement in tire design and metallurgy.

For men, the bicycle was quickly embraced as a cost

effective means of transport for work and leisure;

 cycling- dress was relatively straightforward.

Long trousers were worn,

tucked to prevent entanglement in the wheel spokes, as well as

 the problem solving and smart – look,  knee length knickerbockers.

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the composer, Edward Elger

cycle-fashion fabulous in long trousers, easily done

(image from commons wikimedia):

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knickerbockers:  practical cycle-fashion

Given the restrictive nature of women’s clothing during the 19th century,

dressing for cycling presented its challenges for the ladies.

Yet, the pioneering forces of the feminist movement proclaimed

the bicycle as a symbol of emancipation:

a doing-away with the confining corset and bothersome bustle skirt -

for clothing of dress-ease and dress-practicality.

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sensible skirts for cycling

(image from change your life ride a bike):

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loose skirts for the ladies

knickerbocker trousers for the gents

In the opinion of Susan B. Anthony, noted American suffragette:

“the bicycle has done more for the emancipation of women

than anything else in the world.”  (c. 1896)

Today, cycle-fashion is as creative and varied as one’s imagination allows.

A few inspiring looks:

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pretty ballerina

(images from pinterest):

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it’s in the details: 

grey patterned statement headgear with red straps

coordinated red plaid skirt and mocha-hue trench

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eclectic style setting:  equestrian hat, metallic mini, leather high tops

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a bit boho

(image from enzo club):

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fashionably accessorised ride: canvas / leather bike bag

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on the move:  London City Boys

(image from a fashionable sport):

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a YAKKAY helmet (Danish design)

safety and style

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a touch of the Orient

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stilettos?  mais oui bien sur!

(image from caramel a la mode):

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denim – wear:  shirt and backpack



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a bicycle built for three:  knickerbockers and argyle socks

Sartorial Inspiration

Cycle Fashion from the Tweed Run

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the ladies in fine fashion form

Tweed Run, London 2014

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all in the family

Tweed Run, London 2014

(image from velo city girl):

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print / pattern mix

Tweed Run London, 2014

(image from japan trends):

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a flowing cape caught in the breeze

Tweed Run Tokyo, 2013

(image from the londonist):

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arts blending:  music and fashion

Tweed Run, London 2013


Floral beards! … a blossoming summer accessorising trend for the gents?


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Summer dressing for 2014 is visually charged with floral inspirations.

No where is this trend more in evidence than in styling

with hair adornments for the ladies:

(images from asos):

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It seems some of the gents are keen to be part of

the flower power hair movement;

not as head adornments but as beard decorations-

a new take on men’s facial hair fashion.

Is this a passing fancy or an indication of a

men’s summer sartorial scene of future?

Time will tell.

(images from tumblr):

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Mark your diary! The Barbican Centre, London … taking it to the street!


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The Barbican Centre,

located in the City of London

and celebrated as the largest multi-arts centre in Europe,

is co-sponsoring

The Ram Place Fashion Market

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a fashion street shopping experience

nestled on a little side street off Morning Lane, E9

in the community of Hackney.

Meet and mingle

browse and buy

pieces from emerging designers of jewelery,

fashion (including children’s clothing),

vintage shop finds and craft creations.

Attend scheduled talks/discussions on fashion,

have a bite to eat, hear a session of music …

Come out and Enjoy!

The Ram Place Fashion Market
Admission:  Free
Open daily 11am-10pm
until Sunday, 20 July 2014
Ram Place (off Morning Lane)
London E9 6LT
For added information, visit:

High marks for Haute Couture, Fall 2014


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The fashion term haute couture,

whose literal translation from French is

haute = high

couture = sewing

applies to clothing -

designed and crafted to bespoke specifications.

Couture fashion houses

belong to the Chambre Syndicale de Haute Couture, Paris

which is regulated by the French Department of Industry.

Founded in the 19th century by renown couturier,

Charles Frederic Worth – the father of modern haute couture,

today the Chambre  Syndicale de Haute Couture

 numbers around 16 member design houses.

Included,  in this rarified list are:

Christian Dior,  Jean-Paul Gaultier, Viktor & Rolf,

Chanel and Maison Martin Margiela and others.

There are strict specifications for members to adhere such as:

- having a workshop in Pairs

- employing at least 15 full -time individuals

in addition to upwards of 20 technical/specialist staff

- present two annual collections

- design bespoke clothing, to include at least one client fitting.

Given that it is entirely crafted by hand,

an haute couture piece is painstakingly labour intensive.

Created from expensive, lush fabrics -

the high cost of construction is reflected in the high price of the garment.

Yet the creative rationale of haute couture is

that is serves as a a platform for fashion innovation based

on the tradition of exceptional workmanship.

A possible added financial rationale?

Haute couture fashion helps to power

marketing of a label’s more affordable

ready-to-wear lines, accessories and beauty products.

This week the couture houses presented their Autumn 2014 collections.

A few that caught my attention:

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Viktor & Rolf

by Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren

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a wearing of the ‘red carpet’

Maison Martin Margiela

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lux mats:  silks, furs, jewels

and a hint of drama:  ornate ‘face-cover wear’

by Ulyana Sergeenko

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old-style Hollywood glam with modern accents

by Giambattista Valli

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informal meets formal cotillion:

head wraps, simple shirts

wide skirts of ruffles, lace and feathers


 by Marco Zanini

hats by Stephen Jones

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Fashion-speak: dictionary entry, and the word is …


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Fashion-speak is a living language,

ever evolving to better describe

dress images presented

And the word is:


plan’ket  (n.)

1.   outerwear hybrid of a poncho and a blanket

2.   an autumn / winter 2014  must have cover

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poncho:  an woven outer garment,  usually made from wool of a single large cut of fabric, a middle opening for the head,

warm/waterproof, considered a garment of traditional  wear by peoples of South America

(image from

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blanket:  type of bedding, made from wool or cotton, large cut of fabric, used to keep user warm

The stylish combining of the poncho design features

with the functionality of the blanket has resulted in a

comfy and insulating cover-all for a / w 2014.

The planket

On the runway,  a/w  2014

Burberry Prorsum


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worn casually draped over one shoulder, or both



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hand-held in place

(photo by Tommy Ton):

Out and about


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the planket:  smack in the middle of things

The planket can be worn belted, loosely draped, as added layering …

There are many styling options, especially for a fashion risk-taker!

What’s next? : the in-store virtual changing rooms … is this the end of ‘garment courting’?


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The process of the in store clothing shop, as now experienced,

may  soon be a thing of old.

There is a multi-sensory progress to clothes shopping:

seeing a garment poised on its hanger;

appreciating the quality of craftsmanship;

touching a garment;

succumbing to the emotive pull of wanting to have it;

and finally, if the love conquers, committing to the purchase.

All this, in roughly three stages, takes time to develop.

1.  The initial allure:

the visual:  how a garment presents on its own,

what summons the initial customer interest …





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2.   The  attraction deepens:

the touch:  how a garment feels upon light caress,




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3.   If other influences  align, such as:




then its off to the changing room to stand the ultimate test  -

the try on for body fit  and body feel

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Yet,  the seemingly slow tempo of ‘garment courting’,

which crescendos into the decision of whether

to come hither, home with me or stay, where thee be,

is set to play out to a greatly different tune.

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Enter the world of virtual changing rooms

The idea for virtual changing rooms started several years ago.

It is now cropping up all over the globe,

in various stages of development and usage.

It will eventually change how we clothes shop

and perhaps influence, to some extent, the psychology of shopping -

the emotional connectivity to the experience.

An overview


The ultimate virtual changing room will be set

in stores with little to no tangible stock.

Uploaded images of clothing, available for sale, will be super-imposed on

the bodies of the buyers as they stand in front of specialized mirrors

and view themselves in

“60- inch screens [from which] they select clothing items they want to try on

and see themselves dressed in the products, within seconds.”

(from Business of Fashion, Daily Digest)

The virtual clothes move in sync with the customer’s movements,

generating a perception of how the garments will flow

when actually on the body.

Some of the benefits:

for a retailer/company:

1.   reducing and/or eliminating management of in-store stock

2.   almost complete emphasis on e-commerce

3.   potential for more buyer spending given relative shop ease/speed of the experience

for the customer: 

1.   pick and self click purchase by scanning the garment bar code

2.   more incentive to ‘super-impose’ more clothing, for quick ensemble options

3.  quick/efficient, less time consuming shop

Change in the changing room and beyond

Obvious factors will eventually fast track

the virtual clothes shopping experience into the commonplace .

Given the fast pace nature of our techno-driven existence,

every aspect of life and living seems vulnerable to the demand

of quick time completion.

We seem to have spare little time to luxuriant in the lingering.

As yet, the in-store virtual changing room continues to evolve,

from imagined to real world.

Retail concerns continue to invest in the techno-knowledge

to transform the clothes shop experience.

The emphasis is on the provision of the next novelty factor.

 Yet, with this innovation the

shop romance of ‘garment courting’

will slowly wane.

The merits of the visual shop.  Convinced?

(from Fitnect):



For more reading on the virtual changing room, have a look at:

online site:  The Business of Fashion (BOF) Daily Digest

article:  ‘In Japan, Urban Research Experiments

             with Virtual Changing Booths

publication date:  Monday, 7 July 2014

Summer lovin’ : in the bag



Warm weather

Sunny skies

Balmy breeze

It’s summer time!

Dress for the  ‘staying cool’ in the heat factor and

accessorize for the sheer fun factor

 with a summer lovin’ ,

having a blast bag.

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by Danielle Foster

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stark summer white with black handle / closure detail

(photo by Tommy Ton):

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bold stripes

(photo by the urbanspotter):

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‘been around the world’

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from Love Moschino

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in with the crowd

by Anya Hindmarch

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tassle adorned

(images from the urbanspotter):

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a bit of lippy, 1

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bucket bag

from Nova Chiu

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cookie monster blue

(images from

from Chanel

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a whole lot going on:

tea-bag dye effect, colour and mix mats (materials)

(images by asos):

by Grafea

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just peachy: rucksack with white strap details and buckles

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(t):  multi-coloured with loose fringe at sides 

(b):  Inca-inspired motif, soft pink / lime green hues, pom poms at sides

by Klear Klutch

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I can see right through

by Lulu Guinness

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chartreuse clutch with black / white striped ball clasp

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dots and stripes forever shopper

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a bit of lippy, 2:  perspex clutch

(image from street style by stela):

Sussan Zeek

plastic fantastic

Antoine Andersen, Celebrity Stylist

blue hue colour pop

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