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Autumn comes to London

There was a rare treat in our house on Saturday in that we both woke up early. We normally lounge around the flat until late morning but on Saturday we were up early and jumped on a bus into town in a heavenly blue sky. I love autumn light and the leaves were starting to turn. OH suggested walking up through Green Park and up over to Hyde Park. We timed it to perfection as it started to cloud over and drizzle just as we ended the walk but here is what we saw.
And there we have it. Those colours are there to nourish the soul but soon they will start to fade and winter will be here before we now it. But I was so glad we ceased the moment and went for a walk in the sunshine.

Balenciaga at the V&A

Now I'm not a fashionista. In fact I think I probably have a terrible fashion sense but ever since I've started to make my own clothes I have started to appreciate the construction of clothes.
I've never heard of Balenciaga, in fact I have even have problems pronouncing his name but as soon as I read about this exhibition at the V&A I knew I had to see it.

When you enter the exhibition you are greeted by a sign 'photography and sketching are actively encouraged'. What a refreshing change - if only all exhibitions were as open it would certainly help the blogger who wants to record and share what they've seen!
   The exhibition was in two halves, the first showing examples of the originals in all their glory. 
 Some, but not all, of the dresses were on turntables which slowly spun around so you could take in the detail of the whole of the dress. And behind an x-ray so you could see what was going on underneath. There were also sketches and in some cases videos of how the patterns and dresses were constructed. 

 I'm not sure why but it was this blue print dress which tugged at my heart strings. I never knew I could have an emotional reaction to a dress until I saw the Alexandra McQueen exhibition a couple of years ago. I thought that emotion was a one off but I felt it again with this dress. Not sure why but it was my kind of dress. 

 The work on some of these dresses was exquisite - but omg look at that waist! 

 I loved the shape of this. If I ever wanted to try and replicate one of these creations it would be this one. 



Upstairs was more contemporary fashion featuring people who have been inspired by Balenciaga. 
These Issey Miyake dress were made from just one piece of fabric. 

 The flower detail on this dress was mind blowing. 
I'm not sure about the shape of above and below but I can see the influence. 
Now the best fashion exhibition, indeed one of the best exhibitions I have ever seen was the Alexander McQueen exhibition at the V&A a couple of years ago. Whilst I doubt nothing will ever come close to that exhibition this was inspirational and moving showing the old and the new side by side. Now all I need to do is get to grips with pattern drafting! If only I had the time..... 



Walala x Play

Plastered all over Instagram have been images from Walala x Play, an installation at the Now Gallery over in Greenwich. Demand was high and so OH and I booked a slot early one Saturday a few weeks ago. The installation wasn't as big as I thought it would be (pictures can be deceptive) but it was a fun 15 minutes exploring the crazy world of Camille Walala 





I wish I'd known I was going to have take my shoes off - I wouldn't have worn my ridiculous out of season socks (they've got reindeer on and are normally hidden under my DM Chelsea Boots) complete with a hole! Ah well.... 

Mirrors, mirrors everywhere - and everyone was taking photos, it was hard not to gate crash other people's pictures. 

Once we had our mad dash around the installation we put our shoes back on and headed up to the mezzanine where you could view the installation from a different angle. 



If you feel inspired the installation is on until 24th September but make sure you book a place before you turn up!