Marios Schwab at Topshop!

If you haven't noted the designer collections at Topshop, you're obviously not as uptodate as you like to make out. This new capsule collections from Marios Schwab and Richard Nicoll are absolutely gorgeous, individual designs bringing catwalk fashion to the high-street, what more could those desperate for some designer style ask for? Topshop has always been very savvy in mixing comfortable wear with a 'more than high-street' fashion look - whether it be a simple strap top or some extravagant lace detailing on a dress...Topshop seems to always be able to 'bring it,' whatever 'it' is that season.
So when I saw these cute capsule collections I had to push it out there into the blogosphere. Although I'm sure alot of you have been browsing since the pages went up on the online shop, using up all your nicely saved money to buy some key pieces.

Marios Schwab

Marios Schwab's pieces at first glance seem simple, surely not the work of a designer. But with a further look you see the inspiration and work he has put into creating these, yes...simple, but edgy clothes that can bring those fashionistas who like something a little different, quirky, orginal items. He's created his own take on some staple items - shift dresses and long jumpers. Every piece has its own twist, whether it's the grey mini dress, slashed across the front in two gaping lines, or the classic LBD, transformed by a cut-out upper left arm.

Slashed Dress, Marios Schwab for Topshop, £55.00

Cut Out Dress, Marios Schwab for Topshop, £55.00

Half Term Galleries

Sorry for lack of posting...very busy with mock exams / work load etc recently.
Visited Leicester for 5 days of half term (Yes...I've skipped back to February), slumming it as a student with the boyfriend - bars, shopping, Yo! Sushi, cinema, dinner out, bars...and so on.
A great focus was Leicester's cultural side - visiting the New Walk Art Gallery and Museum. Key pieces included about 40 photos of...oddly enough...stuffed polar bears, in lots of different locations, my favourite being in someone's kitsch hallway.
Back in Cambridge I also spent some time at the shop midweek and finally went to Ickworth House & Gardens - a gorgeous location, thouroughly recommended for summer picnics, Loch Fyne restaurant & oyster bar (try the salmon fishcakes for starters...delicious) and the Fitzwilliam museum - my favourite gallery being the Egyptian one, my focus being the ornate jewellary and decorations they had in that time. Its funny to see how alot of it slips into the fashion world now and again, last seasons Egyptian treand being key. The detail of the exhibition is amazing and its a must for any locals, fashion inspiration can come from the most intersting sources. Other great exhibitons included ''I Turned it into a Palace': Sir Sydney Cockerell and The Fitzwilliam Museum' and a beautiful array of Oriental art. I picked up some postcards in the shop which is stocked with great art was hard to resist buying a lot of them.

I'm looking forward to the 'Darwin' exhibition coming in June 2009!

M x