Very Belated Style on Campus #3

You know when it gets cold but not too cold and you just don't know whether to wear the long winter coat (as seen on one of our models this week) that's been hanging in your closet for a while or the trendy pink plastic jacket (to put it very crudely- sorry). But there you go, our fashionable finds of the week:

Name: Tobias Graham
Course: 1st Year Liberal Arts
Wearing: Beyond Retro Coat (we love love love it), Doc Martens, American Apparel Socks (is it even acceptable to wear cool shoes without cool socks these days?), Asos Jeans, Urban Outfitters jumper
Gimme some meaning: 'I like the look when it's wide on top and then narrow down the bottom. 
 There's much you can do with fashion, I like wearing something simple but still looking like the unicorn emoji.' (Probably the best 'gimme some meaning' performance we've seen so far)

Name: Mara Pintilie-Westley
Course: 2nd year Law
Wearing: Jaegar coat, Hobbs top, Russell & Bromley boots, Backpack from a leather market in Florence
Gimme some meaning: 'I've grown into my style. For me, the ultimate look combines the elegance of Italian fashion with a quintessentially London edge.' How can one look so stylish walking out of the library? 

Name: Maxime Le Guillou
Course: 1st year International Relations
Wearing: Kooples coat, Burberry scarf, United Nude shoes
Gimme some meaning: 'Why? I was going for a compromise between looking (kinda) cool and not being cold.' Some of that Parisienne dreaminess. Only that he's not from Paris. 

Name: Andras Volom (on the right)
Course: 1st year International Relations
Wearing: Tom Tailor coat, Dominic blazer, bespoke shirt, Louis Vuitton tie, Zara bag, Vagabond shoes (nice mix)
Gimme some meaning:  'I just walked out of the Consul of Mali. I guess it's alright.' Some serious political gravitas we have here. 


Name: Artur Brzozowski (on the left)
Course: 2nd year Political Economy 
Wearing: Jack & Jones coat, American Eagle hoodie, Timberland shoes
Gimme some meaning: 'Does everything has to have meaning?' Deep one. 

Name: Sidrah Shah
Course: 1st year Law
Wearing: Adidas jacket, Nike Pro Fit T-Shirt, Topshop jeans, Nike Flyknit Roshes
Gimme some meaning: 'I normally dress nicely, I was running late this morning!' Well it was definitely nice enough for us. 


Federica and Jess xxx


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Where to see magic Christmas lights?
A massive deer in Covent garden, illuminations in Oxford Street, fairgrounds and amusement parks, skating rinks in Somerset House: everything is done in London to make you dream during Christmas. Even if temperatures are much cooler, whatever…The decor and atmosphere are so magical that we do not pay much attention to the rest.

You must have a look around Carnaby Street and Oxford Circus
Everything is made to spend a super night here, shops, christmas lights… So let’s enjoy the illuminations by Christmas shopping for the family.

Speaking of shops! The windows of Selfridges compete with their imagination and offer a real show each year. A good reason to start the Christmas shopping in the famous department store!
This year, each of the windows are dedicated to one sign of the zodiac. They all set against an illuminated backdrop of outer space and windows depict sign’s most recognisable characteristics. 

Here is Cancer
This one in my favorite (because it’s my sign pshhit) it represent Pisces ;)
Try fairground, amusement parks and Ice skating in the middle of London! 
Visiting the Christmas market, going to the Ice skating in Somerset House (yes it’s part of our uni ;) ) between two lectures make us forget that we are in London
 Somerset House Iceskating 
Address: Strand, London WC2R 1LA
Tube Station: Temple
And it’s only 10 pounds for students!
Winter Wonderland 
Address: Hyde Park, London W2 2UH
Tube Station: Hyde Park Corner
My favourite area to go out during Christmas!
Come to Seven Dials ! Here you can find amazing place to have a dinner or simply a drink.
Tube Station: Leicester Square
And it’s the opportunity to try 26 Grains: it is an amazing place where you can have a selection of healthy dishes based on grains, spices and fresh ingredients (just perfect to prevent the extra kgs that we will gain during the Christmas dinner :p)
Address: Neal’s, 2 Neal's Yard, London WC2H 9DP
Tube Station: Leicester Square
Where to have a perfect drink?
Gordon’s Wine Bar is thought to be the oldest wine bar in London having been established in 1890. The bar is loved by old and young alike due to the totally unique atmosphere in which time seems to have stood still. As you enter the bar you find yourself in a room with old wooden walls covered in historical newspaper cuttings and memorabilia faded with age. Make your way to the cellar and you need to stoop to get to your rickety candlelit table – anonymity is guaranteed! If the sun is out you can also sit outside in Watergate Walk. The bar is loved by many because it has something to offer to each and every one of its customers. The award winning wine list is varied and full of interesting wines at very reasonable prices.

Prices: around 15 pounds
Advice: Don’t be claustrophobic! ;)
Address: 47 Villiers St, London WC2N 6NE
Tube Station: Embankment
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Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook… I don’t know where to put all the good address that I found by walking around in my adopted city. Because I spent so much time sharing my favourite shops in London, experienced new restaurants or exhibitions with some friends… I figured it was the time to create a newsletter which would list all my impressions on different places. Living in a city that is overflowing with hidden adresses that are just waiting to be discovered should make our lives at university even better. I will try to give you as many good tips as I can about where to shop/eat/go out in the Capital… and I’m sure you will all know London better than I ever will.

A nice breakfast close to King’s?

There is nothing better to begin with an 11 am on a Monday morning! So let’s enjoy a tasty French Breakfast or Brunch just minutes away from the Strand Campus! 
Address: Balthazar London - 6 Russell St, London WC2B 5HZ
Tube Station: Covent Garden

NB: If you like pancakes as much as I do, you must absolutely try the New York Pancakes with fresh banana and maple syrup! They just made my day.

Where to buy funny stationery?


If you want your study day at the Maughan to look a little bit funnier… Find cute, trendy stationery at Present&Correct: 23 Arlington Way, London EC1R 1UY. Tube Station: Angel

Home decorations:
Let’s find nice home decorations to make your student accommodation or flat a bit cozier!

Future and Found, 116A Fortess Road, NW5 2HL,
Tube Station: Tufnell park

Exhibitions taking place at the moment:
Liberty in Fashion at the Fashion and Textile Museum. Liberty in Fashion celebrates the 140th anniversary of the company. The exhibition charts Liberty’s history as ‘the’ fashionable place to shop as well as its role as the source of key trends in fashion history. Over 150 garments, textiles and objects demonstrate Liberty’s strong relationships with designers since 1875, from Arthur Silver of Silver Studio to collaborations with Jean Muir, Cacharel, Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood.

Exhibition Dates: 9 October 2015 – 28 February 2016
Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am–6pm
Thursdays until 8pm
Sundays, 11am–5pm
Last admission 45 minutes before closing
Closed Monday
£9 adults / £7 concessions / £6 students
Children under 12 are free.
Tube Station: London Bridge 

Where to have a nice break between two lectures?

You can have afternoon tea, breakfast, drink and diner close by a warm fireplace! Try the full English afternoon tea with scones and finger sandwiches! Just sooooo good.
Advice: It’s wise to book a table before coming!
Address: 69 - 71 Dean St, London W1D 3SE, 020 7434 1775
Tube Station: Leicester Square

OR have a drink at Leicester Square’s best wine bar!
La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels is a French bar wine where you can add charcuterie or cheese to your glass of wine (or bottle of course)!
If you want an advice on the cheese selection: try le Bleu d’Auvergne, Saint Nectaire and le Vacherin du Mont d’Or.

Petit plus: for the wine lovers, the place often hosts wine tasting events!
Address: 8-10 Neal's Yard London WC2H 9DP
Tube station: Leicester square

Have a little look at the new it bag!

Moynat was created in 1849 by French craftswoman Pauline Moynat - who was known for her traditional skills in making tailored trunks that could fit at the back of cars. The trunk-maker thus became famous thanks to its creations for the automobile world and its innovations in the lightness and waterproofness of trunks.
The history of Moynat is the story of a brand revival: fallen into disuse for many years, the leather goods company went back to life in 2011. The well known Bernard Arnaud (owner of LVMH group) had the will to revive Moynat from its past. He assigned to Guillaume Davin and Ramesh Nair (who worked for many years as Hermès’ artistic director) the mission of designing and creating products that will anchor the house in both tradition and modernity. Moynat indeed distinguishes itself from other leather goods maisons through the traditional curves of their bags combined with trendy colors.

City Bag structured calf Carat. Pearl Calf lining. Handle "bridge" brass (patented). Removable shoulder strap. Dimension: 26 x 18.5 x 10 cm.

                      Address in London: 112 Mount St, London W1K 2TU, 020 7495 3885
And in Paris (if you want to get away from London … ): 
348 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris, France

A Bientôt !

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Chanel Exhibition aka Mademoiselle Prive

A few weeks ago we decided to hit up the most talked about exhibition this autumn - Mademoiselle Prive - an insight into the life and designs of the one and only Coco Chanel. Held for free at the Saatchi Gallery, it was reasonable to expect that half of London and beyond would attend it, talk about it, Instagram it and share the hell out of it. Of course, we couldn't miss out. 

On a lovely sunny Wednesday we all gathered up in front of the Saatchi and dashed in like the Fashion Society that we are. In case some of you guys hadn't noticed, the Facebook event we created for the exhibition went viciously viral and we had a good 2k people meant to attend. Very realistic. But the 35 people that did show up for the actual Fashion Society were more than enough to tickle our fancy and consider our event-organising duties fulfilled. 

The exhibition was a true sensory experience, taking you one room at a time through Coco's creatively infused life. You quite literally walk in to her apartment, the infamous mirrored staircase on your right, and more mirrors on your left, and again on your right many people queueing to take a picture on the staircase. And you wonder whether you'll go for it too. And you do. 

You then proceed to the black corridor, little blue lights twinkling like a Chanel constellation, and you stand there in awe until you cut the corner and stumble upon an even more mesmerising sight: a huge caged diamond necklace, slowly turning, bouncing back the rays of light off of each and every little one of its gems. And you remain there in awe for another 85 seconds, fighting the urge to pull out your iPhone and just snap away, trading this moment of quiet fascination away for future virtual memories, or maybe just more Instagram likes. But who could blame you? We did it too. 

By far, the most enthralling room was the perfume room, showcasing the creations of Chanel's olfactory artisans in the form of, to quote Vogue, 'a Willy Wonka-style scent-filled room packed with bubbling vats - the lids of which lift without warning to reveal the fragrance, and sometimes surprising colour, inside'. Afterwards, for a moment of quiet, you go to the French garden, a real oasis within the bustling exhibition, the walls ornated with interlinked deep green hedges. 

The pictures speak for themselves, so I'll stop the descriptive verbal waterfall now. And if you want a magnified look at this unique exhibition, just read the Vogue review. 

The queue was as classy as the insides of the Saatchi. 

Hats, hats and more hats

This door cutely resembled a graceful little exit from Mademoiselle Prive's generous glimpse of her life.

One of the totems. And the amazing necklace. 

Hats, yet again.

Chains used in manufacturing the Chanel bags. Chanel dresses on display.

How could Coco miss the exhibition? 

Sidenote: the exhibition was accompanied by a specially created app that gave life to many of the rooms. Coco whispered her own story. 

All pictures taken by our Creative Executive and Photographer Federica Potenza. Follow her on Instagram to get a daily dose of cool @hilaryfierce

Text by Social Secretary Jessica Arapu @jessicaarapu