by Sasha Wilkins on April 23, 2014 · 0 comments

Sasha Wilkins Fashion Revolution Day

Your clothes already tell a story about who you are. Now they can tell a better one.

Fashion Revolution Day marks the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory disaster in Dhaka, Bangladesh which killed 1134 people, and injured many more, when the factory complex collapsed. Today, people are still suffering as a direct result of the global fashion supply chain.

On April 24th, people around the world – from designers and icons, to high street shops and high couture, from cotton farmers and factory workers, to campaigners, academics, the media and any individual who cares about what they wear – will come together to say the same.

On this first anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster, we’ll start by remembering its victims and raising awareness of the fashion industry’s biggest challenges. But because we want fashion to be a force for good, we’ll also be celebrating fashion and spreading excitement about the power it has to make big change happen fast.

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eurostar business premier

I have been promising my mama a trip to Paris since the last time we hung out together in the city of lights in, erm, 2008. That’s quite a long wait.

Back then it was easy: I would come to Europe from New York for the Milan and Paris shows and, in the weekend between the two when it wasn’t worth flying back home, my mother would hop the Eurostar to join me for a little ooh lala break.

So this year I finally made good on my promise…I had been invited to attend the Laurent-Perrier Prix Grand Siecle dinner honouring Kral Lagerfeld. As it was a dinner, I would need to stay overnight, so I thought this was a perfect opportunity. I bought my mother a a ticket, and off we went.

(At the bottom of this post is a mini guide to all the places that we visited.)

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laurent perrier dinner

Travelling to Paris for a dinner is quite a big commitment: but when the dinner is to celebrate M Lagerfeld, the recipient of this year’s Prix Grand Siècle Laurent-Perrier 2014, there’s no question as to whether one should or shouldn’t go…

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STrawberry cream cake

I do think that when you’re on holiday, that the last thing you want to worry about is producing some technically superb piece of sugar craft art. A whisked sponge is the easiest thing you could make in the cake world…

This particular cake has always been a family favourite: My mama knows how to make a light, fluffy and perfect cake with a whipped cream filling, spiked with fresh fruit. What could be more English?

You will need:
2 x classic 8″/20cm tins, preferably loose bottomed, Springform
4 medium eggs
100gms caster sugar
100gms self-raising flour
Small carton double cream
A punnet of strawberries, chopped, with seven reserved and halved to decorate the top.
Icing sugar to sift over the top
Psycho bunnies and fluffy chicks

STrawberry cream cake

Grease the 2 x 8″/20cm tins, and then tip a spoonful of flour inside, and shake about.

Break the eggs into a large mixing bowl, and add the sugar. Whisk together until thick and pale. When you can lift the beaters and leave a thin ribbon train sitting on top the mixture is ready. (This will take somewhere between five and ten minutes depending on the freshness of the eggs.)

Turn the oven onto 180C/350F/gas mark 4

Carefully fold in the flour using a metal spoon, being careful not to over mix it, as you need as much air as possible in the batter to allow it to rise successfully.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until risen, and a skewer comes out clean. Remove from the tin, and allow to cool

Whip the cream, pile onto one cake half, and top evenly with the chopped strawberries.

Sift icing sugar over the top, decorate with halved strawberries, and arrange pyscho bunnies around the cake stand.

STrawberry cream cake


London: A Week in LLG, from Primrose Hill to Columbia Road to Fairground and Busaba Eathai

April 16, 2014 LLG Fashion

(For style notes, see end of post) So last week was a bit of a bugger on the getting things done front, hence lack of blogging. Juggling of multiple balls has never been my strong point, (I tend to run around in circles, not knowing where to start, and consequently getting nothing done) and, when [...]

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London: The Olivier Awards 2014 with MasterCard UK

April 15, 2014 My Life in England

However many times one gets to trot up a red carpet, the experience never, ever pales. The sense of anticipation, the sheer enjoyment of the situation, the grade A people watching and rubber necking, the frocks, the hysteria… Goodness the hysteria: Nothing, nothing prepares you for the high decibel shrieking that happens along the red [...]

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Food: Puffed Up (with its own importance) Mushroom Omelette

April 7, 2014 LLG Food

I’ve been making this so often that I think mushrooms might start sprouting from my ears. Its delicious appeal springs in part from the way in which the top of the omelette puffs up like a souffle under the grill – although it collapses very quickly – I couldn’t capture its puffiness on film, because [...]

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Blast from the Past…

April 6, 2014 My Life in England

A few months back I spent about four hours in my mother’s attic, searching though an enormous 1930s leather suitcase, which had been co-opted as the family photo archive. I needed some pics for an upcoming project, but I turned up some gems from my past, which I thought I’d put up on here. At [...]

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A Week in LLG: London to Paris

April 4, 2014 LLG Fashion

Bonjour from Paris! I’ve made a lightning trip over here for an event with Van Cleef & Arpels in Place Vendome last night. (I’m writing this at 0735 in the breakfast salon of the Hotel Mansart, propping my eyes open with matchsticks.)

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Fashion: Vogue Festival 2014. Phoebe Philo in Conversation with Alexandra Shulman

April 2, 2014 LLG Fashion

On Saturday I went down to the South Bank, to the Queen Elizabeth Hall for the third year of the Vogue Festival, sponsored this year by Harrods. The hands down hot ticket of the day, even at £40, was Céline’s Phoebe Philo, in conversation with Alexandra Shulman. Philo is known for rarely speaking to the [...]

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