Friday 1 September 2017

Friday September 1st: LAURIE NOUCHKA x OMNIUM

Here I am modelling and loving the new limited edition Omnium cycling apparel featuring Laurie Nouchka's pattern design, inspired by The Shard. It's wearable art with all the high performance features of professional cycling hit = perfect for me!
I've been following her sports-luxe collection since I started my fitness fashion blog on Hunger TV when I wore the St.Pauls print to the early morning East London rave "Morning Gloryville". Laurie wants her range to be an easy-to-wear option between exercise or simply spending your regular day in comfort.  My favourite feature is the high-cut waist on her leggings and how neatly they cover the navel.  Why aren’t leggings usually this way? I always feel so exposed when I have to strip down to my crop-top and have my whole abdomen on show.  This extra surface area of fabric also conveniently gives Laurie more room for her cosmic prints, drawn from London landmarks.  The Ominum padded shorts are the same comfort but have a unique flattering dip V shape waistband which Ive never seen before.  Very snazzy!  There's a sports bra, jersey, sleeves and cap to match in the range which also includes a menswear version of bibshorts. 
We met up super early to catch the sunrise over The Shard as a complimentary hue backdrop for the colour palette of the print.  Laurie had only just returned from New York where she went on a research trip to sketch the Big Apple's own skyscrapers. She plans to base each collection on a different city.  So wherever you are in the world, she’s coming to a capital near you!
Shop her first Cycling Apparel collection exclusively in collaboration with Omnium over on their site as pre-sale in a limited edition run of only 100 pieces.

Tuesday 29 August 2017

Tuesday 29th August: "Joy and Peace" by Morag Myerscough & Luke Morgan

Here is the "Joy and Peace" installation by Morag Myerscough & Luke Morgan in the Rotunda Garden at Smithfields for the Culture Mile week of performances.  The artists translated six symbols: the heart, representing love; the globe, representing society; the sun, representing joy; the eye, representing wide open; the star, representing energy; the flower, representing peace.  The entrance walls to the Peace Pavilion & Garden incorporate patterns developed form workshops with local schools.  Each section of the wood sculpture was hand-painted by Morag, Luke and a team of painters in her studio.  I went on Friday evening to see the Gambian musician Jally Kebba Susso play the Kora as part of the programme in association with the Barbican, London Symphony Orchestra, City Of London, Guild Hall School and the Museum of London.  It was the beginning of the heatwave bank holiday weekend and the perfect setting to enjoy escapism in the bright positive space and make the most of being outside in the end of Summer in the city.