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Fave Fives – Spring Edition

I could blame the late coming of spring for the long absence of Fave Fives but I won’t, it’s a bit of a long story. All that matters is I’m back now. This edition is a mixed bag as usual and includes; legendary fashion designer Michiko Koshino, Azzurra Gronchi and An Italian Theory collaboration, Jerome C. Rousseau footwear, a new beauty launch from Elemis and designer Velvet Johnstone’s contribution to the fight against Breast Cancer.

Michiko Koshino

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When my friend Alex invited me to a pop-up sale he was organising. I debated whether to go or not as it had been such a long day, but decided to as it was just around the corner from home. I walked in to discover that it was the private view and sale of Michiko Koshino! Her designs placed a huge stamp on fashion in the 80s/90s, and on London street/club style. Her studio was an impressive yet welcoming space. As I walked around, it was plain to see this fashion legend’s soul hadn’t been lost. Growing up wearing her designs in the 90s I’d always wondered what she looked like…

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Images: Alex Fakso

When Alex introduced me to her, she was so gracious, a petite, lovely lady with a cool relaxed style. Michiko talked me through the collections while I sipped on a glass of Moet. I thought wow this is Michiko Koshino! Her AW14 collection is stunning. Her fur-lined deep green parker and the camouflage-hooded coat were my faves. Beautiful construction and effortless style has always been her signature and still is. The evening was a wonderful surprise – I’m so glad I went.

Azzurra Gronchi & 10×10 An Italian Theory – Milan Design Week
This is a collaboration of two designers who have produced a limited edition collection of bags and armchairs. Launched at Salone de Mobile during Milan Design Week (MDW). Their designs are described as having a ‘split personality’. One side is Alessandro Enriquez’ colourful print illustrations of ladybirds, four-leaf clovers, lucky charms and horseshoes symbolizing good luck that is synonymous to his Italian Theory. The other side; the designs, in stain resistant leather exclusive to Azzurra Gronchi. Alessandro and Azzurra’s history, expertise and passion are in these quirky bags and chairs. What they represent to me is happiness. I love it when design makes me smile. Their designs embody young, modern Italian design while still respecting the old school – it’s a winning combination.

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And here is a fun video from Di Saronno capturing Milan Design Week.

Jerome C. Rousseau

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There is so much focus on the few big names these days when there are so many other high-end shoemakers designing beautiful footwear. Jerome C. Rousseau is one of them and his AW13 collection is powerful and original. He was inspired by Italian photographer Alberto Seveso’s ‘a due colori’ images, insect shells and geometric patterns are key themes in his collection of sexy stiletto booties to T-bar heels. His designs are handmade in Italy, and in my opinion stand shoulder to shoulder with the Zanottis and the Louboutins. His celebrity following is pretty major too; Charlize Theron, Miranda Kerr and Scarlett Johansson are just a few on a very long list. His fabulous shoes are sold at Avenue32.com and at Dover Street Market.

Elemis Pro Collagen cleansing balm

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Launched in March, this is a beauty product that will change your skin for the better and is another staple for women and men of all skin types. Not only is it an everyday cleanser – it’s a treatment. After just 1 week (am now on week 5) of using it my skin became more even toned and felt protected – it still does. Guys can use this before or after shaving. It’s fabulous for home facials as it massages so well. It’s causing a major stir in the beauty industry and has sold out in its thousands since launch. The massive pot will last you a long time and is great value at £39.50. Another must own quality British beauty product from Elemis.

Velvet Johnstone & Fashion Targets Breast Cancer

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This is Velvet Johnstone’s 2nd collaboration with Fashion Targets. For 2013 Cheryl Stephenson of Velvet Johnstone has designed a three-piece collection called ‘Wear your Support’; a silk jersey T-shirt, bodycon dress and leggings. The full retail price of the T-shirt goes to charity! 30% of the dress and legging sales will also be donated. Her commitment and generosity comes from reality, (family history of the disease). Your money will go to life saving research and the designs are gorgeous. Kylie and Jessie J wear Velvet Johnstone so you’re in good company. You can be stylish, raise awareness and make a difference too.

From that selfless charity note, to a totally selfish one, a few weeks back Marie Claire Italy interviewed me for their food+love feature. It’s in Italian obviously – so open it in Google chrome and it’ll instantly translate my musings on love and how to make banana bread! See it here.

Lots more wonderful happenings and designs to share with you in the coming seasons.

So, until next time…

Stay karma, stay happy

- Camille Adomakoh – Karma-Style

@karma_style



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