LCF and UAL BA15 Graduate Fashion Exhibition

lcf5Blow was invited to the Private View of London College of Fashion and University of Arts London’s BA15 Graduate Fashion exhibition. “Together in the same space for the first time, here you will see the wealth of talent that London College Of Fashion and UAL produces. Work showcased here is by future creative industry leaders so has been created to challenge conventions and drive change in the industry” quotes the show guide. And pretty impressive it is. In a labyrinth of industrial decay on Shoreditch High St are eerily displayed prosthetics, macabre costumes and sensual body jewellery. There’s a light-filled photography room, performed installations and regular screenings from students graduating from over 45 BA courses.

Open to the public from Tuesday 9th June, 3-10 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6PG


Outfit of the day: Feminine Chic with a hint of edge


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Military Styled jacket, BrownAlthough it’s spring, there is no denying that we can experience all seasons in one day.To prepare ourselves, we paired this gorgeous white panel mesh top with military style jacket with glittery bead from our designer Robert Kalinkin AW15 collection. We particularly love the details on the jacket as it adds feminine chic with a hint of edge. 



Blow Present


Serap Pollard seminar: How to make it in the Fashion Industry


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Serap Pollard

Serap Pollard, designer of eco-friendly, super-sexy stilettos as represented by Blow, is lecturing as part of a seminar at London College Of Fashion tomorrow night. Serap, a world renowned expert in Sustainable Fashion, joins a panel of experts for “How To Make It In The Fashion Industry”.  Tickets are still available with prices up to £16.50 through

Wednesday 20th March, 6-8.30, London College Of Fashion,  20 John Princes St, London W1G 0BJ

We hope to see you there!

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Elle #TheLiveShoot with GHD


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East london, live shoot, stuido shoot, Elle shoot, model, GHD styiist team, P'iccadilly Circus bill board East london, live shoot, stuido shoot, Elle shoot, model, GHD styiist team, P'iccadilly Circus bill boardLast week Saturday, Elle held a live beauty shoot in Shoreditch, East London to launch GHD Platinum Styler. They invited over 1000 readers to their studio to watch the hair shoot as it happens. The event was also projected live on the Piccadilly Circus Billboard.

East london, live shoot, stuido shoot, Elle shoot, model, GHD styiist team, P'iccadilly Circus bill boardDuring the event, the readers were given complimentary hair styling by GHD stylists, a pop up nail bar was also present for free manicures and a limited edition goodies bag packed with GHD styling essential, the latest edition of Elle and yummy treats.

Elle theliveshoot with GHD

*All images on this post was taken from GHD Instagram page *

#StayingPower: The Black British Experience at the #V_and_A Museum


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Last week BLOW went to check out the ‘Staying Power: Black British Experience’  exhibition, at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The exhibition which began on the 16th February, showcases a collection of photographs of black culture during 1950’s-60’s.

The exhibition is being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and allows audiences to feel a sense of nostalgia as images are displayed of young black women during 1960’s and shows their interpretations of the infamous 1960’s “Beehive” hairstyle, whilst other images display men rocking waistcoats and flares of the 1970’s which – I might add – have made a comeback for S/S 15

For several years, the V&A Museum have been working closely with the Black Cultural Archives to highlight the contribution black photographers have made to photography in the UK. The exhibition consists of 118 pictures from around 17 artists around the country.

Work exhibited includes former  Nigerian and Young British Artists (YBA) member, Yinka Shonibare, whose controversial work plays around with the idea of cross-cultural heritage, colonialism and history.


And artistic contributions from J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere’ whose pictures explore the concept of the traditional West African woman by looking at traditional customs such as the african Lappa and braiding of the hair.


The exhibition provides audiences with the opportunity to understand the concept between each photograph as the exhibition also provides a ten minute audio set of interviews with each artist, where they explain why the photograph was taken, who was in it and how the person felt at the time the pictures were being taken.

West African “Head Tie” which is the ultimate and final statement piece to a woman’s traditional dress.


Other artistic work includes 1980’s photographer, Normski who’s photographs are influenced by 1980’s female Hip Hop dancers, as well as Maxine Walker who’s 1990’s photographs, see her transforms herself into different shades of black, in an attempt to challenge the nature of identity.




A group of girls during the 1980’s and their version of the Hip Hop “Street Image” which consisted of girls transforming themselves into a tomboy image


Maxine Walker explores the idea of identity by playing around with different hairstyles, and using make up to transform herself into lighter and darker brown tones.

‘Staying Power: The Black British Experience’ is on at the V&A museum is open from 10am – 17:45 Monday to Thursday and from 10am – 22:00 on Fridays. The exhibition is free and ends on the 24th May 2015.



Cosmo Sarson

For his first solo show since he made the headlines with the controversial twenty-eight feet mural of a breakdancing Jesus, Cosmo Sarson has been revisiting his now iconic image in a series of works that seamlessly transpose his street-art style into a traditional gallery setting.


Pure Evil Gallery – The Department Store 96-98 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4XS.
3 – 26 April 2015

Private View – Inferno – Alexander McQueen by Kent Baker

Blow were invited by Kent Baker to his book launch and photography exhibition – Inferno Alexander McQueen. In 1996 McQueen’s ‘Dante’ collection, eerily showcased at Hawksmoor’s Christchurch Spitalfields, confirmed his emergence from a St Martins Graduate into the visionary force in fashion we know him as now. Photographer, Kent Baker, one of McQueen’s intimate circle of friends, was backstage to capture the excitement and baroque theatre of the evening. The results are intimate portraits and reportage from a seminal moment in fashion history.

Kent Baker and Lou Winwood

Kent Baker and Lou Winwood

Mahmud Kabir and Ceri Poppins

Mahmud Kabir and Ceri Poppins

Shot entirely on film, all the large format black and white photographs are shown in public for the first time at The Gallery At Foyles, Charing Cross Road, London 20 March-3 May. Inferno – Alexander McQueen by Kent Baker is £20 on Lawrence King.




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