London travels - Milkshakes, Vintage and Valentino

This weekend I had the pleasure of meeting up with a good friend and indulging in some girl time. We went to Camden Passage in Islington for a look around and a milkshake at Issy's Milky Way.

The milkshake was absolutely divine and meant that lunch had to be postponed until I had walked it off a bit.

Camden passage is full of lovely little antique shops and stalls and if I hadn't been travelling light on the train then I would have been tempted to buy a lot of things!

Instead I settled for a trip into Loop. Loop is filled with all sorts of yarn, buttons, hooks, needles.Basically everything you could want.

I hadn't gone in with a project in mind and so the choice was overwhelming. However, I did manage to control myself just long enough to buy these beautiful buttons.

In the evening, we went to visit the Valentino Master of Couture exhibition at Somerset house. Unfortunately photographs were not allowed but it really was a feast for the eyes.

The dresses were laid out so that visitors are on the catwalk and the dresses in the the audience. Each dress was on a colour coded mannequin depending on decade. Overall I was drawn to the designs from the 60s and could easily see myself wearing them now (I can't say that for some of the 80s ensembles!).

My three favourites were:

♥ A/W 1967/68 Turquoise, silver, red and orange brocade mini dress (number 26 in the catwalk guide)
♥ A/W 1966/68 Peach silk crepe evening dress with beaded embellishment (number 55).
♥ S/S 1968 White linen dress with scalloped hem detailing (number 83)

My other favourite thing was watching a short video of the pagine technique. In this technique, unique to Valentino, circles of organza are folded and sewn together like the pages of a book, the result on mass is breathtaking. I think it would be nice applied to a cushion but the accuracy needed is quite scary, watch this space I might be having a go!

If you didn't get to go there is a virtual museum and also a download of the exhibition guide which also has a nice glossary of terms.

Overall a fun packed weekend in London full of inspiration.


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