We love Vena Cava’s 2010 Fall collection- a luxe girl’s guide to Woodstock!
Shown a few days ago at New York Fashion Week, the seventies elements in Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock’s designs are strong- floppy big-brimmed hats, floaty gypset dressies, culottes, and long skirts that kick out like flares. But the sophisticated palette and sharp shapes keep the collection modern. They have somehow made Woodstock a totally relevant reference for grown-up, urban dressing.
Stylist Kate Young continued this sexy, polished aesthetic when she accessorised the girls with Mawi pieces. The results are totally inspiring ways to wear Mawi!
This is my favourite look. The variation in textures keeps a head-to-toe black outfit interesting, and is the perfect canvas for this fantastic Mawi necklace from S/S 10.
Spring/Summer 2010- Costume Luxe Collection- Sunray Necklace £527
The floppy hat reminds me of the impossibly chic European women you find decorating Garance’s blog, like this stylish lady. All she needs now is a Mawi necklace!
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Once upon a time I went to my friend Kitty’s 21st birthday party in one of the private rooms in Portobello’s First Floor Restaurant. And found it completely magical. I’d been meaning to go back and have dinner for ages and a couple of nights ago I finally succeeded.
The food is great (European/British) with wonderful old fashioned things like potted shrimps and fantastic puddings- the chocolate fondant with creme anglaise and strawberry compote was particularly popular at my table!
But it’s the eccentric, faded grandeur of the interior that really makes this place stand out. It has a bohemian romanticised Portobello atmosphere, with grand candelabras and dramatic dripping wax sculptures that blend the romantic and the kitsch. It feels like Miss Havisham’s after the cleaner’s have been round and done a half-hearted job. (That’s a compliment by the way!)
I also loved the feeling of being high above the Portobello Road and looking down at the colourful,crumbly shop fronts in the eerily quiet street.
The only tiny drawback is that people seemed to speak in very hushed tones, when we wanted to talk loudly about insulin murders without being overheard or putting our fellow patrons off.
Apparently they also do a really great weekend brunch but I think this joy of a restaurant is best seen by candlelight!
First Floor Restaurant
186 Portobello Road
London, W11 1LA
+44(0)20 7243 0072
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