One Suit, Two Cities | New York

HOW I WORE MY GESTUZ SUIT IN TWO CITIES

Soho, New York

My second installment from my One Suit, Two Cities editorial is brought to you from New York.  Shot in the bustling streets of Soho, I’ve matched my Gestuz Cori blazer and wide leg trousers with a pin striped blue shirt and a sexy lace bra (embracing the underwear as outerwear trend!).  As a more structured look compared to my London look, I think this look is perfect for the edgy streets of New York.

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Cori blazer | Gestuz , Cori wide trousers | Gestuz

Striped shirt | Zara , Chrystalle lace bra | Wacoal

Mini cross body bag | Furla

 

One Suit, Two Cities

How I wore my Gestuz Suit in Two Cities

Big Ben, London

As you know, I’m a die hard suit advocate.  Whether as workwear or occasion wear, suits are my go to combo that I think makes quite the sartorial statement.  I always try and find a new suit combination every season and the Gestuz Cori blazer and wide leg trousers have been my ‘It’ suit ever since I spotted them.  With navy pinstripes and a laid back feel, this suit has been the ultimate versatile look for 2017.  To show you how much I love this look, I’ve shot it in two of my favourite cities in the world, London (of course!) and New York.  I didn’t think one post would do this look justice so the One Suit, Two Cities editorial will be split into two blog posts.

I hope you like the two ways I’ve dressed this suit in the two cities.  For the London look, I just had to shoot with the most quintessentially London backdrop, Big Ben.  The London look itself is more of a statement look to wear to a big occasion.  Instead of a dress, I think this suit is androgynous, but by cinching in the wait with a belt, this look manages to maintain some femininity  (I hope!).

Mariko Kuo at Big Ben in Gestuz suit

Mariko Kuo at Big Ben in Gestuz suit

Mariko Kuo at Big Ben in Gestuz suit

Mariko Kuo at Big Ben in Gestuz suit

Mariko Kuo at Big Ben in Gestuz suit

Mariko Kuo at Big Ben in Gestuz suit

Mariko Kuo at Big Ben in Gestuz suit

Mariko Kuo at Big Ben in Gestuz suit

Mariko Kuo at Big Ben in Gestuz suit

Mariko Kuo at Big Ben in Gestuz suit

Mariko Kuo at Big Ben in Gestuz suit

Mariko Kuo at Big Ben in Gestuz suit

Cori blazer | Gestuz , Cori wide trousers | Gestuz

Handbag | Bulgari , Belt | The Fold London , Ring | Aamaya by Priyanka , Boots | Acne Studios

Photographed by Moeez Tali

Desk To Dinner with The Fold

How to switch up your office outfit with one or two simple additions

Lets face it, there’s just not enough hours in the day to fit everything in.  Especially with my type of work, it’s sometimes impossible to plan your day and stick to it.  There is always unexpected urgent work that creeps in which inevitably derails my plan for the day.  This is especially frustrating when I have dinner plans which I don’t want to miss.  The ideal scenario is to have a lovely day at work, leave on time, have an hour (or two! if possible) to change outfits, redo my makeup, get my hair styled and have a few minutes to switch off my ‘work mode’ mind.

Sadly, what really tends to happen is one thing leads to another and work commitments means I’m rushing to dinner straight from the office with no time to spare – and no time to change outfits.  I think we all have these sorts of incidents when you have to ‘make do’ with what you already have on.  So today I wanted to share a few tips of mine on how to transform your office look with a few easy steps.

The Fold is a fantastic contemporary London label that is designed for the modern, professional woman.  I absolutely love their collections, which are perfectly designed for 24/7 dressing and can easily be transitioned from the office to evening occasion.  This is why I am so excited to show you some of my favourite pieces from The Fold’s new collection to demonstrate how to dress from desk to dinner!

Look 1 | The Wren Jacket and Trousers

The Wren jacket and trouser combination is a stand out look which is perfect for transitioning from day to night.  This combination is ideal for an ultimate power dressing look for the office and when you need to make a sophisticated statement at important meetings.  Transform this look seamlessly for an evening engagement by adding some sparkly earrings, a chic belt (like this Hutton belt in black patent) and some bold red lipstick.

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Mariko Kuo in the Wren Suit by The Fold London

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Look 2 | The Connaught Dress

The Connaught dress is the ultimate evening dress that exudes elegance with a touch of playfulness.  The sheer black cuffs give this piece movement that makes you want to dance the night away. This dress is a definite winner for cocktail hour, but can be easily worn to work by adding a decorative collar necklace or a cardigan pulled in with a simple belt.

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Look 3 | The Carnaby Dress and Claremont Coat

With Christmas and New Year just around the corner, embrace the festive season with the Carnaby dress in rich vermilion red. For anyone looking to experiment with their workwear, why not inject some colour with this vibrant, yet classic dress incorporating ruffled cuffs (so on trend!) Make an entrance by combining your Carnaby dress with a luxurious coat like the Claremont in navy.

Mariko Kuo in the Carnaby dress and Claremont Coat by the Fold London Mariko Kuo in the Carnaby dress and the Claremont Coat by the Fold London

Mariko Kuo in the Claremont Coat by The Fold London

Read my Desk to Night Masterclass Story on The Fold’s website here!

All clothing available from The Fold London.

Photographed by Form 42.

Esin Akan AW 16 + SS17 Collection

Esin Akan

The Handbag for Independent, Modern Women

 

Every independent, modern woman needs a highly stylish yet functional bag.  Each day can be a multi tasking juggling act that requires us to dress for every occasion.  So being able to find that perfect bag that compliments our lifestyle is a definite must.  This in most cases, is quite a challenging search.

Esin Akan definitely seems to have filled this gap in the market for women in need of bags that can effortlessly transition throughout the day.  With versatility a major design ethos running throughout her collection pieces, there is definitely a bag for every modern woman.

I selected a few of my favourite pieces from Esin Akan’s AW15 and SS16 collection.  As you can see, they are all super stylish and timeless pieces with multiple uses that work for every situation.  I hope you like how I’ve styled each of these pieces to show you how I would use them in my life.

PS: I’m also very excited to share to you that you can find me at Esin Akan’s site and in her SS17 lookbook as well! xxx

The Marylebone | 3 Bags in 1

The Marylebone bag is an everyday bag perfect for the office.  With a concealed laptop compartment, it’s ideal for holding all my work documents and essentials.
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The City Clutch Hexagon

For anyone looking for the ideal Christmas party clutch, look no further!  I absolutely love the clutch’s elegant shape and stylish handle that works as a great accessory elevating any evening look.

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The Mayfair

The Mayfair is such a versatile bag that can be used from day to night with ease.  With adjustable straps which are detachable, it’s perfect for days when you have to transition from running shopping errands during the day to more sophisticated outings by night.

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The City Tote

The City Tote is the ultimate bag for the modern working woman.  The tote is perfect for modern professionals looking for a statement bag that can be carried around the city from the office to important meetings.  I absolutely love how the front pouch can be detached so that you can take your outfit from day to night effortlessly. mariko-kuo-esin-akin-ss17-city-bag-2 mariko-kuo-esin-akan-ss17-city-bag-3

Marsala Orange

Marsala Orange

The marsala orange trend is an exciting trend to embrace in these gloomy winter months.  A pop of colour always makes a look more inviting and personally, it does wonders for my mood of the day.  This Kenzo trench is just the coat I have been looking for to bring some sunshine into my life so you’ll be seeing me around town wearing this eye catching piece a lot.  You’ve been warned! x

Mariko Kuo in Kenzo orange coat, Red Valentino and Christian Louboutin

Mariko Kuo in Kenzo orange coat, Red Valentino and Christian Louboutin

Mariko Kuo in Kenzo orange coat, Red Valentino and Christian Louboutin

Mariko Kuo in Kenzo orange coat, Red Valentino and Christian Louboutin

Contrasting stitch woolen trench | Kenzo available at Very Exclusive. Pyschedelic double handle handbag | Red Valentino available at Very Exclusive. Decollete 70 leopard-print pony pump | Christian Louboutin from editsecondhand.

Photography | Victoria Metaxas.

Frames of Life

Giorgio Armani | Frames of Life

Films of City Frames

Inspiration for life can be found all around us.  I had the opportunity to attend the premiere of Giorgio Armani’s Films of City Frames at the BFI London Film Festival the other day.  Being able to take part in such a creative project which supports young talent in the film industry was an inspiring experience that championed emerging and world-class film makers.

Giorgio Armani teamed up with the BFI London Film Festival to premiere the second edition of the Films of City Frames and to showcase and support the work of new talent from around the world.  The brief of the second edition of the Films of City Frames was to explore real-life stories and characters’ emotions using eyewear from the Giorgio Armani Frames of Life collection as the device to connect the narrative.  In this edition, the emphasis was less on the location and more on human interaction.  Created in collaboration with Luxottica and Rai Cinema, the project involved the most promising students from a selection of international film schools from Turin, Sydney, São Paulo and Seoul.  As a project demonstrating Giorgio Armani’s commitment to supporting bright new creative talent, the four films created by the international film schools were truly inspiring and full of promise.

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São Paulo | Legacy

Director Juliana Valente from the Academia Internacional de Cinema, São Paulo imagined an autobiographical piece based on a father-daughter relationship.  As a truly emotive film about mourning the loss of a father through the recreation of memories from the past, this film almost moved me to tears.  I felt a sense of the director’s personal journey to come to terms with her father’s death through the creation of this film.

Watch Legacy by Academia Internacional de Cinema here.

Giorgio Armani Frames of Life in London

Turin | Midnight

Director Tommaso Bianchi from the Scuola Holden in Turin has created a romantic encounter inspired by the classic fairy tale Cinderella. Set as a silent film, this is a romantic story about falling in love with a very sweet and light touch.

Watch Midnight by the Scuola Holden here.

Giorgio Armani Frames of Life in London

 Sydney | Clarity

Director Chris Joys from the Sydney Film School had the unusual idea of a story featuring a blind photographer who teaches her sighted friend how to ‘see’.  Beautifully shot throughout the Sydney, this film deals with universal emotions associated with overcoming roadblocks.

Watch Clarify by the Sydney Film School here.

Giorgio Armani Frames of Life in London

Seoul | I Love You

Director Sang-Ho Lee from the Seoul Institute of the Arts decided to explore the emotions and mystery that surround the moment when we first fall in love.  Through the use of strong images to convey the simple clarity of emotions, this film tells a story about the meeting of two lovers.

Watch I Love You by the Seoul Institute of the Arts here.

Giorgio Armani Frames of Life in London

Tortoise eyewear | Giorgio Armani Frames of Life.

Floral print silk trimmed crepe mini dress | Emilia Wickstead available at The Outnet. Edie turtle neck sweater | Iris and Ink available at The Outnet. Boussole embroidered clutch | Olympia Le-Tan available at The Outnet.

Photographed at Films of City Frames Premiere.

Mariko Kuo in Giorgio Armani Frames of Life

Piccadilly Circus

London Fashion Week SS16

Lights, camera, action!  London Fashion Week is one of my most anticipated weeks in September when the glittery fashion pack ascend upon the streets of London.  This year, BFC decided to change the main stage venue from the pristine white backdrop of Somerset House to the gritty and raw Brewer Street Car Park.  If I am honest, I preferred the former to the latter, but the change of scene definitely brought some further excitement to LFW.  With photographers and bystanders spilling onto the streets of Soho, it seemed many brands decided to stage their shows and presentations not at the car park, but at their carefully picked locations.  With venues scattered throughout London, logistically, this posed an added element of strategic planning, but all in all, it allowed brands to be more creative in presenting their collections and the WOW factor definitely returned to many catwalk shows and presentations.

A LFW round up story will follow (stay tuned!) but I wanted to share my initial thoughts on this season’s London Fashion Week.  These images were taken as I frantically tried to pin point my Uber driver at Piccadilly Circus to whisk me away to the next show.

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Tracery dress with sleeves | Ginger and Smart. Triviata handbag in dove grey | Launer. Contrast tip cat eye sunglasses | Fendi available at Very Exclusive. Positive nude suede fringed stiletto ankle boots | Daniel Footwear. Angular jewellery | Miansai.

Photographed at Piccadilly Circus during London Fashion Week SS16.

Photography | Form 42.  Photo editing | Mariko Kuo.  Art direction + layout | Mariko Kuo.

Feminine Florals

Ted Baker AW15 | www.tedbaker.com

Footwear Collection

London Fashion Week has come and gone and I am finally able to breath and appreciate the changing of the seasons. As rich burgundy, deep orange and earthy green hues start to dominate, London transforms into a vibrant autumnal haven. Time for my romance with Autumn to begin.

With Autumn in full swing, I wanted to share with you Ted Baker’s new AW15 footwear collection. To put it simply, the collection is a sight to behold. Ted has once again created bespoke prints for the AW15 collection which are breathtakingly beautiful and finished with a touch of luxury. Entitled Fuchsia Floral and Shadow Floral, the prints incorporate flashes of blooms that are featured throughout the AW15 footwear and womenswear collections. The footwear collection is sophisticated and sharp, including pointed toes and stiletto heels. There are also a selection of timeless casual footwear of high tops, slip-ons and trainers beguile in florals, gold plating and metallic trims.

As a vibrant and extremely versatile collection, I know that Ted’s AW15 footwear collection will be taking me on a sartorial voyage through Autumn.

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Featured Looks

Shoes | Ted Baker Neevod Printed Leather Court Shoes in Fuchsia Floral (also available in Shadow Floral) and Malbeck in Fuchsia Floral.

Look 1 | Ted Baker Antonya Fuchsia Floral Midi Dress.

Look 2| Ted Baker Ricki Techno Crepe Suit Jacket, Ricki Techno Crepe Waistcoat in Shadow Floral and Chayat Skinny Neoprene Trousers.

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Photography + photo editing | Victoria Metaxas.