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What is going on with Dolce & Gabbana?

Hey guys! How are you doing?

Sorry for the late post but I had some technical difficulties at my grandparent’s house. Shall we start? Today we are talking Dolce & Gabbana.

I still remember their scandal in 2015 about gay adoption and In vitro fertilization and since that time, they always get into some trouble. I don’t know if they are doing this on purpose or they must be super bored. I mean probably you can reach a certain level of boredom when you already have everything in your life. Okay, so first the argument with Miley Cyrus, which was, to be honest very adolescent. We know that Miley likes to stand up for different things, whether through the Happy Hippie Foundation or social media. She posted a picture of her brother walking for D&G at their new show. The post was mostly positive however she did mention that she is not agreeing with the brand’s politics, that’s it. Stefano’s response was – “For your stupid comment never more work with him” – Seriously!? You can do better than that and actually they did. They released the new #boycottdolceandgabbana t-shirt for around £200, bear that in mind that it is  a white t-shirt with black letters printed on it. At that point I was like – Okay this is a joke

And finally, the real boycott happened when we found out that one of their models actually did boycott the fashion show. I was confused why was this happening but then everything started to make sense. It was because they dressed the FLOTUS and a lot of people had problems with that. I won’t get political here, but I think everyone needs to chill out a bit, D&G, and the boycotters as well. Go and have a walk, breathe some fresh air and let’s hope it will help.

What are your thoughts on these happenings within the fashion world?

See you on Wednesday,

The Fashion Eclectic.

P.S. I am catching up with all the new menswear shows and there’s a post coming about it on Saturday.

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Update for the summer

Hey guys! How are you?

Today I am just updating you about my summer plans. By the time this post is up, I have already left London because I finished my second year at uni. I will be going to visit my family and friends. This, of course, won’t affect the posting schedule here, besides today. Also, in July I’m going to Japan and I’m super excited about it, so make sure you stick around.

What are your summer plans? Are you going somewhere? Please let me know.

See you on Monday,

The Fashion Eclectic.

Baked Camembert

Hey Guys! How are you doing?

 

Here in London, the weather is crazy hot and I am trying to avoid the kitchen and cooking but duty calls. Today I’m going to show you how to make baked camembert and actually how easy it is to make it. Let’s start.

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You will need:

1 camembert – try to buy one that has the wooden packaging

1 clove of garlic – sliced into thin pieces

1 tablespoon of olive oil

a pinch of – salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme, chilli flakes

preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius – 400 if fahrenheit

 

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Okay, so make some cuts on the camembert and put the garlic slices into it. Be careful to not to cut through the bottom of the cheese.

 

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Pour the olive oil on the camembert, try to even it out.

 

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Mix all the seasoning together and sprinkle the mixture on the top of the cheese. I know some people put the olive oil after they finished baking but I like to add it before. This way I can make sure the flavours of the chilli flakes will mix with the oil and the oil turns into this golden red colour like on the picture. After this, you should just put the camembert into the oven for 15 – 20 minutes.

 

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When the cheese is ready, you are done. I like to serve this with just pita bread or naan but my absolute favourite is to serve it with black sesame rice crackers. Enjoy.

See you on Saturday,

The Fashion Eclectic.

 

Balenciaga at the V&A

Hey guys! Happy Monday!

 

Sorry for the late post but everything is crazy right now. I have a couple of days left in London before I leave, so I have a lot of stuff to do. Anyways, today is another exhibition recommendation. I love going to exhibitions, and now I am sending you to see Balenciaga at the V&A.

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The exhibition follows the life and work of Cristóbal Balenciaga, the founder of the well known brand. Everything is explained in detail, how the designs were created, how the attention to detail was essential, and you can find some iconic pieces with the revolutionary silhouettes and shapes.

 

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What I really liked is that there was a whole section on how different cultures inspired his designs, and you can definitely see that when you are looking at the clothes. The exhibition itself s not that big, you only need an hour but it is worth the price.

 

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If you love fashion, you should really go and check it out. I only share just a few of the pictures I have taken.

See you on Wednesday,

The Fashion Eclectic.

London Fashion Week Mens

Hey guys! How are you doing?

Today we are talking about the London Fashion Week Mens that happened recently. First of all, where was my invitation? Just kidding. To be serious, I am very glad that LFWM is growing year to year. This was the events 5th anniversary and finally, they started calling it LFWM. Before it was London Collections or something like that. Now a lot of designers showcased their collections but I’m only covering Oliver Spencer, Vivienne Westwood, and Kent and Curwen. If you want to see more, go and check out the LFWM website.

 

Oliver Spencer

Now I am not a big fan of suiting I have to be honest, but this collection was so enjoyable. Oliver Spencer is known to have classic pieces that will always be relevant and this show was no different. Blazers, tailored shorts, stripes, and checks, YES! The best pieces are the peachy trousers and jacket. Check out the collection here.

 

Vivienne Westwood

After her return to showcase in London, the queen of punk is killing it to me every season. In terms of colour, a lot of whites and blues, which is ok since this was the SS18 collection. The setting, a playground, the music, two guys playing the piano and the guitar. The clothes were essential Vivienne with a message -Buy less, choose well, make it last. She is an important pioneer of sustainability and environmental issues and always makes a statement with her shows. Great work! – watch the show here

 

Kent & Curwen

I think Kent & Curwen is getting better and better every year since David Beckham joined as a creative lead in 2015. Also, recent news say that a new flagship will open at Covent Garden this fall. This brand is a brand that has strong British Heritage, classic styling, and a great quality, but let’s talk about the show. The English rose had appeared on several pieces, I assume to highlight the brand’s roots and heritage. The collection overall was fun and I think the designs were aimed at the younger customer base as well. My favourite pieces are the sweater with the stripes, and the red jacket with the English rose. Check out the collection here.

 

That’s it for today. What do you think about the collections?

Have a lovely weekend and see you on Monday,

The Fashion Eclectic.

 

Quick Alfredo pasta

Hey guys! A new Wednesday, a new recipe.

Today we are making a super quick Alfredo pasta. This should take no more than 15 minutes, so I hope everyone’s going to have them time to make it. Let’s start!

 

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You will need:

200 grams of pasta – I used fussili again…

300 ml of double cream

4 tablespoons of butter – unsalted

100 grams of grated parmesan

2 cloves of minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

serves – 2

 

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Cook the pasta according to the instructions and set aside. Melt the butter in a pan and add the garlic. Make sure you don’t burn the butter nor the garlic because there is no way back from that. Fry the garlic in the butter for 30-60 seconds.

 

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Add the ground black pepper and the double cream. Stir well and let it simmer for a bit. This should be no more than 2 minutes.

 

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When the cream starts to bubble, remove it from the heat and add the grated parmesan. Mix well so that it melts and you are done. If you want to use more types of cheese, go for it. How I use it:

Mozzarella and parmesan

Cheddar and parmesan

Just parmesan

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There you go guys, very easy and super quick to make. I hope you like it.

See you on Saturday,

The Fashion Eclectic.

Fashion magazines I read

Hey everyone! Are you ready to start the week?

 

Today we are talking about fashion magazines. To be exact, the fashion magazines I like to read. Let’s start.

 

British Vogue

We all know that Vogue is the fashion bible and somehow even if you don’t like it, you will have a couple of issues. Vogue focuses really on high-fashion, trends, celebrities. Sometimes you can get more artsy articles but these are not the focus. It’s got good editorial and I just like to read the articles when I have some free time. It is heavy on advertising, but which magazine is not.

 

British GQ

I would say that GQ is the fashion bible for men, at least that’s what I think. It is not just about fashion though. You get place recommendations, workout tips, style advice, technology,  and politics. That’s the only downside of the magazine to me, sometimes it is heavy on politics, but I just skip those articles. I really enjoy reading the Karma policeman articles. These articles are fairly new I think but they are discussing themes that are taboo to most men. For example in the July articles title is – Is it wrong to go on a protest march to find a girlfriend?

 

Dazed 

Dazed is aimed more towards the youth. There is a lot of androgyny going on in terms of representations, but I think Dazed actually broke a lot of gender stereotypes throughout the years. Inside the magazine, you will find fashion, culture, and arts. They also have a more artistic approach towards fashion, which I like.

 

i – D

Actually i – D is pretty similar to Dazed in my opinion. They cover fashion, music, culture, and arts. They also have that artsy approach towards fashion. One thing probably that I notice is that they rather represent gender in a more traditional way. There is some gender bending, but there is more in Dazed.

 

There you go guys. These are the magazines that I usually go for. Tell me which magazines do you like? There are so many out there.

I will be back on Wednesday with another recipe.

See you,

The Fashion Eclectic.

Cartier in motion at the Design Museum

Hey guys! How are you doing?

Today I thought I will talk about the Cartier in motion exhibition. It is at the Design Museum in Kensington and a couple of days ago me and my friends had the chance to go for the late opening event.

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The exhibition tells the story of Cartier and its watches, jewellery, and clocks. While focusing on this, it also follows the history of the changing society. To be exact, how the inventions of objects that we use nowadays everyday. So you will see something about aviation and engineering.

 

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We only had our iPhones with us, so sorry if the quality is not the best in terms of pictures. I took many more but if I show everything here, why would you go there? This is just a little sneak peak about the objects and pictures that you will find there.

The exhibition is free to go and is open until the 28th of July. Click here for the official page of the museum.

If you have time, please do go and check it out. It is worth the time.

See you on Monday,

The Fashion Eclectic.

Snack time – oven baked sweet potatoes

Hey everyone! How are you doing?

Today I decided to share with you one of my favourite snacks. You can makes this just for yourself or if you are expecting company.

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You will need:

1 large sweet potato cut into shapes that you like

2 tablespoons of olive oil

For the seasoning mixture:

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of black pepper

1/2 teaspoon of turmeric

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon of oregano

1 teaspoon of paprika

1 teaspoon of chilli flakes

preheat your oven to 200 degrees celsius (400 if fahrenheit)

 

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Transfer the sweet potato onto a baking tray and add the olive oil. Coat the potatoes with the olive and add the seasoning mixture. Mix thoroughly until all the sides are coated with the seasoning mixture. These measurements are for 1 large sweet potato, if you make more, just double the recipe. Put the sweet potatoes into the oven and cook for 20-22 minutes. Don’t forget to rotate them when you are halfway through the cooking time.

 

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I ended up putting some sriracha drops because why not? Sometime I put some shredded cheese on top but today I didn’t feel like it.

Enjoy the recipe.

See you on Saturday,

The Fashion Eclectic.

Keeping it positive

Hey guys! How was your weekend?

Today it is time for some real talk. I am sure all of you heard the recent attack at London Bridge on Saturday. We were just about to decide where to go when our phones started ringing. All of our family members,friends were asking if we are okay. Luckily we were not even close to the happenings. Some of my friends were in the city so the first thing I did was to make sure everyone was okay. The police have responded super quickly but there were still losses.

The day after the incident, I started thinking about the previous attacks all around the world. We should not let these people bring us down. We should not be afraid, we must not be scared. That is how they want us to feel.

It is very important to stay positive and keep going. Violence won’t be the solution for this. Be kind, help if you can, support your friends and family if they lost someone.

Keep going, be kind, and stay positive!

See you on Wednesday,

The Fashion Eclectic.