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British Period Drama

Sunday, 26 February 2012

The World of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes is published by Harper Collins, £20. To order a copy for £16 (p&p free) call 0843 382 0000
After the Tudors *swoon* Jonathan Rhys Myers (he was partly what kept me hooked to the show) I didn't think I could get into another period drama again, but alas! came Downton Abbey.

Overview
Downton Abbey is a British television period drama series, produced by British media company Carnival Films for the ITV network. It was created and principally written by actor and writer Julian Fellowes, and premièred on ITV on 26 September 2010.
The first series picked up a number of awards and nominations after its initial run. In 2011 it entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the "most critically acclaimed English-language television show" for the year, becoming the first British show to be so recognised.
The series is set in the fictional Downton Abbey, the Yorkshire country house of the Earl and Countess of Grantham, and follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants during the reign of King George V. The first series spans the two years before the Great War beginning with news of the sinking of the Titanic, which sets the story in motion. The second series covers the years 1916 to 1919, and the 2011 Christmas Special December covers the 1919 Christmas period, ending in early 1920.
Highclere Castle in Hampshire was used for exterior shots of Downton Abbey and most of the interior filming. The servants' living areas was constructed and filmed at Ealing Studios.
The village of Bampton in Oxfordshire was used for filming outdoor scenes, most notably St Mary's Church and the library, which serves as the entrance to the cottage hospital. The Yorkshire towns and cities of Easingwold, Kirkby, Kirkbymoorside, Leeds, Malton, Middlesbrough, Ripon, Richmond, Thirsk and York have been mentioned by characters in the series.
In one of the episodes Maggie Smith (using the Telephone for the First time) made a reference to Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) awwwww, and it was also nice to watch a series, which made a lot of references to towns in Yorkshire.
The fictional Downton Abbey also reminds me of the Harewood House in Leeds. We visited there once, it was quite interesting and insightful. 

Pictures of our visit below:
 Harewood House


 Beautiful Scenery


The Fashion of Downton Abbey
The upstairs characters fashion sense, varies a lot from the downstairs characters. Lady Mary, Edith and Sybil's Edwardian style of clothing included light fabrics and colours, then moved to beaded works, and loose wears with empire waists during the war.
Soft and Flowery
The Three Crawley Sisters (Upstairs)

Daisy (Downstairs)
For a modern version of these styles, Ralph Lauren's Fall 2012 collection was inspired by Downton Abbey.
Ralph Lauren Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Ralph Lauren Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear


Ralph Lauren Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Best of Lady Grantham (Maggie Smiths quotes) as we await the 20's in Season 3 which starts in September. 
Cora: "Are we to be friends then?"
Lady Grantham: "We are allies, my dear, which can be a good deal more effective."
"What is a weekend?"
Doctor: "Mrs. Crawley tells me she has recommended nitrate of silver and tincture of steel."
Lady Grantham: "Why, is she making a suit of armor?"
Lady Grantham: "You are quite wonderful the way you see room for improvement wherever you look. I never knew such reforming zeal."
Mrs. Crawley: "I take that as a compliment."
Lady Grantham: "I must've said it wrong."
xx.L



Overview from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Downton_Abbey 

London Fashion Week Fall 2012 Ready-To-Wear

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

This Post is dedicated to VivienneWestwood's Red Label Collection for Fall 2012 Ready-To-Wear, because we heart her much...

English Cut, Simple, Fresh and definitely ready-to-wear.
Vivienne Westwood Red Label Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Vivienne Westwood Red Label Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Vivienne Westwood Red Label Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Vivienne Westwood Red Label Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Vivienne Westwood Red Label Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Vivienne Westwood Red Label Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Vivienne Westwood Red Label Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Vivienne Westwood Red Label Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Vivienne Westwood Red Label Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

xx.L

Neon Heeled Shoes

Monday, 20 February 2012

So I have never really been one to love shoes, especially high heeled shoes. But recently, a certain trend has caught my eye and I am head over "heels" in love with this category of shoes. Dont have much to say anymore, I will just let you see for yourselves....








xx A.

Designers We Love... New York Fashion Week (Part 2)

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

We love..
Victoria Beckham: a new entry on our 'Designers we love' series. She stuck to her signature look but with some contrasting sporty elements. We also love the fact that she is British *wink 

Victoria Beckham Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Victoria Beckham Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Victoria Beckham Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Tracy Reese: this is the first time I am writing about her. I admire her resilience to still be in the fashion game. In 1997 Reese relaunched her label. I like this collection because its urban, street like and simple.
Tracy Reese Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Tracy Reese Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Tracy Reese Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Tracy Reese Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Tracy Reese Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Tracy Reese Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

A Détacher: this is my new Love, Monika Kowalska is the designer behind the label and I'm loving the pieces.
A Détacher Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

A Détacher Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

A Détacher Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

A Détacher Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

A Détacher Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

A Détacher Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Naeem Khan: Intricately beaded and appliquéd pieces, by the Indian-born American designer. Just Lovely, all through...
Naeem Khan Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Naeem Khan Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Naeem Khan Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Naeem Khan Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Naeem Khan Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Naeem Khan Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

xx.L

Designers We Love... New York Fashion Week

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

For Fall 2012 Ready-To-Wear, London Based Nigerian Designer Duro Olowu brought it on... OMG I looooooove every piece, so I will dedicate this post solely to him, and will talk about the other designers we like in subsequent posts.
This collection of his; is my best so far, because although it is structured, it still maintains the Duro Olowu signature look of mixed prints. This is also easier on the eye than his former collections.

I'm really gushing here, I want them all....
...Happy Valentines Day!

Duro Olowu Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Duro Olowu Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Duro Olowu Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Duro Olowu Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Duro Olowu Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Duro Olowu Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Duro Olowu Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Duro Olowu Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Duro Olowu Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Duro Olowu Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Duro Olowu Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Duro Olowu Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Duro Olowu Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Duro Olowu Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear


Duro Olowu Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Duro Olowu Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Duro Olowu Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Duro Olowu Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

xx L.

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