Jess, our Head of Styling here at I Heart Studios, kept a close eye on LFW last week. Check out her thoughts below:

London Fashion Week has come and gone again, but we’re excited about the buy-now-wear-later trend of sheer skirts! An easy addition to your wardrobe and perfect transition for that period of uncertainty, sheer pieces add a subtle hint of skin and can be worn with a variety of trends, from the Dark Romance to Sportswear. Seen at Burberry Prorsum, Richard Nicoll and Christopher Kane, the sheer skirt can be taken from day to night by changing slides to sky-high heels and swapping out a chic backpack for a statement clutch. Wear in of the moment colors such as teals, burgundies and classic navy or black and this trend will see you through the FW season into next spring- sheer bliss!”

Faye’s Festival Preview: Secret Garden Party

This year Secret Garden Party has an unusual theme… ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’. SGP ask you to leave the pursuit of wealth, consumerism and celebrity behind and ‘stick it to the man’!

We are only too happy to oblige if it means a weekend of adventure and escapism from wild swimming in The Lake, inspiring art displays, an epic Paint Fight, camping out under the stars and most importantly one of the best line ups of 2014. An unmissable roster of artists will be gracing Secret Garden Party’s 13 stages including Clean Bandit, Sub Focus, Hercules & Love Affair, Foxes, Little Dragon, Mø, Say Lou Lou, and Jagwar Ma.

If you are looking for a weekend away from reality and the daily grind it doesnt get much better than Secret Garden Party. Weekend Tickets cost £180 with an aray of boutique camping options available from yurts to vintage gypsy caravans:

A long weekend of bohemian revelling calls for easy to wear seperates with ethnic influences. We’re packing Monsoon’s Mina embellished cami £35, perfect with denim cut offs and ankle boots.,mon_1.3/6422102408

Faye’s Festival Preview: Festibelly

Festibelly returns to The New Forest this July 11 & 12 after a year hiatus (aka they wanted to see some festivals themselves) and from its green credentials to its intimate size (its 5 minutes from carpark to campsite and down to mainstage), crowd pleasing bonfires and late night silent discos its as if this festival has been curated just for you and your friends.

With a kaleidoscope of music, arts and theatre along with a magical atmosphere, Festibelly is a festival with a difference. In past years we’ve witnessed all manner of things, from some questionable life drawing classes to men dressed as Faun dancing around a bonfire, all sitting beside stages and tents boasting acts such as Jessie Ware, Man like Me and New Young Pony Club.

This years line up may not include the household names we are accustomed to at bigger festivals but have a listen (they’re all on Spotify!) and I promise they will not dissapoint. My picks for the weekend are Femme, Laurel, New Desert Blues, Mansi, Phoria and headliners Hudson Taylor.

Weekend tickets from £65 with 2 nights camping included available from:

What we’ll be packing:

With the theme yet to be announced, New Looks coral crochet-hem kimono (£19.99) is the perfect cover up wether you’re wearing a floral playsuit or an animal costume underneath!

Faye’s Styling Tip #4

London Collections: Men returns to the city this week with designers including Christopher Kane, James Long and JW Anderson on this season’s schedule. Our very own clients Hardy Amies, Duchamp and Ede & Ravescroft will also be presenting the new collections. Editors, bloggers and street style photographers will be out in force, so wether you’re sitting front row at a show or at one of many outdoor World Cup screenings, make sure you do it in style. This sweatshirt from Christopher Kane’s fall collection is the perfect sports luxe piece - it makes a statement but is so easy to wear.

Christopher Kane sweatshirt

I Heart’s Guide to European Festivals 2014

With a myriad of festivals spawning on our home turf every year, 2014 is the year to venture across earth, wind & fire to experience the weird and wonderful world of European festivals. As Glastonbury’s only a few weeks away, this is your chance to educate yourself before you take the plunge…

The Garden Festival, Croatia

Nestled away in the idyllic setting of Tisno, The Garden Festival is a longstanding member of the Croatian festival scene. With DJs hailing from all corners of the earth, the disco-head mecca is the epicentre of chilled vibes, picturesque scenery & a beautiful crowd. With a range of boat parties setting sail into the Adriatic Sea, you’ll be drawn back to shore by the late night partying that ensues at world renowned party-centre Barberellas. If you have the stamina to prolong the fun, Electric Elephant festival runs adjacent to Garden in the same location. A smaller, more intimate affair; the perfect combination to nurse your comedown.

Worldwide Festival, Seté

The South of France is renowned for its associations with opulence, money and sheer class, so it seems a fitting location for the more refined festival goer who doesn’t wish to stray too far from home comforts. Worldwide is the brainchild of French record label owner Gilles Peterson, and one of the most anticipated festivals which Peter claims to “highlight the authenticity and rich culture of the cities”. With Seté being the leading setting for the festival, there have been other mini festivals spanning across the world from Shanghai to Singapore.

Exit, Serbia

Iconic Exit festival is set in the surroundings of the Petrovaradin fortress lined with collosal stone walls, forming the most incredible acoustics in the arenas. The award-winning festival, situated in the centre of Novi Sad city, Serbia features Carl Cox, Gorgon City & Heidi in this year’s line-up to name a few. If the acts & setting didn’t sell it to you, it was voted ‘Best Major European festival’ at the EU Festival Awards at the start of this year. And with the cheap flights & ticket, it’s probably the most economic.

Unknown, Croatia

Unknown festival comes from the makers of Hideout and WHP, and started welcoming the crowds only last year. The date sits right on the cusp of the end of the summer season in September, making it the perfect opportunity to draw a close to your debauched spell of summer fun. With Hideout becoming overrun by the type of people who you wouldn’t want to bump into in a dark alley, successor Unknown is a mystical adventure into the, well, uknown in the old town of Rovinj. With the likes of Chic ft. Nile Roger, Disclosure and London Grammar performing over a 5 day period, it’s the ideal opportunity to end your summer on a massive high.

La Perla - Bridal Collection

Every now and then we do a shoot that we absolutely love. Sometimes its because we enjoy working with the clients so much, sometimes its because of innovation and exciting new creative directions, and sometimes its just because we love the images - the finished article. A few weeks back we worked with La Perla for the first time on lifestyle images for their bridal collection, and we think the images are stunning. Take a look and see what you think…

Love Saves the Day: Review

For a relatively small festival located in the heart of the creative hub of Bristol, LSTD packs a pretty powerful (and muddy) punch. The weather certainly didn’t rain on anyone’s parade as thousands of west-country revellers descended onto Castle Park, as the DJs kicked off the festival from the several stages on the Saturday. At the Apex stage Bristol local Woz took over the helm with his unparalleled ability to get the crowd going within the first few tracks he drops. Kidnap Kid soon followed suit with his unique and instantly recognisable electronic sound – I’m unsure if it’s something to do with being signed to Black Butter Records but both these lads are definitely worth keeping an eye on. Late into the evening we ventured over to DJ EZ - who we last saw at Bestial – and were again blown away by his set and how mental the crowd go. There are a selection of after parties to choose from, we picked Lakota where we saw Kidnap Kid for the second time. The evening generally went south from then on, resulting in our flat key snapping in the lock after we forgot we can turn into Hulk Hogan following too many bevvies.

On the Sunday the sun decided to show his face and the revellers appeared slightly more hyped and ready to get stuck in on the final day of the festival. After the lengthy queues running down towards Harvey Nichol’s, most of the hardened Skinner fans were disappointed to see there was another queue to see The Streets frontman perform his DJ set. Those who endured the lengthy wait were treated to a couple hours long set featuring show girls parading around the stage. Ms. Dynamite usually puts on a good show as she was supposed to be after, so some may have been disheartened to hear she was a no-show. Spirits were soon lifted when Mike Skinner & Breakage did an impromptu back-to-back in her slot, smashing out some old school garage intertwined with some Streets classics.

As the sun set over Castle Park, an atmosphere started to build over at the mainstage as the crowd waited in anticipation for SBTRKT. As the crowd became increasingly unruly, the smoke ascended through the lasers that protruded out into the distance as Sampha’s voice resonated in the background.

All in all Love saves the Day is an intimate affair with huge names and a pretty likeminded crowd. Despite the mud and heavy downpour on the Saturday, we managed to smash it kick of festival season with a cracker.

Faye’s Styling Tip #3

Being huge fans of American garb here at iHeart, you can imagine we were pretty stoked at the start of this month following the opening of Franklin & Marshall’s first British Flagship store in Covent Garden. And you can imagine how excited we were when we got invited to the opening night for cocktails, USA influenced canapés and a sneaky gander at their collections. Their new lines feature reworked classics ​that incorporate current trends giving them a contemporary touch.

Varsity jackets remain a key piece for S/S14 and F&M have the perfect style in classic leather and wool.

Murdock London

By James Wesson

Taking a trip to the barbers has always been a burdensome chore for me, ever since I brought in a 90’s Backstreet Boy’s album and requested the barber attempted to replicate Brian Littrell’s hairstyle, only be faced with rejection because I didn’t have sideburns yet. I was mortified. So from now, I ensure it’s a less deflating and more ego-boosting experience.

Finding a decent barber that you’re willing entrust to maintain your barnet is like finding the perfect soul mate. London has one of the most diverse barbering scenes in the world, with the afro-Caribbean shops that litter the streets of Lewisham, to the traditional Turkish barbers of Dalston that infamously lined the streets during the London riots to protect their territory. So it’s no surprise that the gentleman of London are swamped with choice when it comes choosing.

Murdock is reigning champion with wide ranging services on offer, from a simple beard trim to an entire wash, cut and restyle inclusive of added extras like a shoe buff. With an array of colognes and other Murdock products available, it’s hard not to leave without cleaning up their range of products.

The King Street store is hidden away on the top floor of the grandeur surroundings of a Georgian town house, home to Hackett menswear. Unfolding across several floors, the pristinely decorated building has a sweeping staircase eventually leading up to the small yet perfectly formed barbers. The sympathetically decorated shop has all the furnishings to make you feel like you’re in an original London barber shop; the retro barber chairs, appropriate colour scheme and the considered furnishings make a pleasant environment to groom.

The two barbers, who were both smartly dressed in tailored trousers, crisp shirt and covered in tattoos are evidently trained to provide an impeccable service. On entry I was offered a drink of my choice; beer, water or coffee, and then asked to take a seat whilst Nicky – the barber - finished his previous client. Nicky’s technique shows he has been in the trade for a while as he appears confident in what he does. Conversation flows, as he finished cutting my hair and moved onto my facial hair, as he drops tips regarding the upkeep of my moustache which is always helpful for a beard-novice. They have their own range of fragrances, candles and even gift sets, perfect for the discerning groomer. All their products are designed by them with the modern man’s aesthetic in mind.

The brand has a number of stores spanning across the city, with a very covetable position in the basement of Liberty’s. If you are having difficulty deciding where to find your barbering soul mate, take a trip to Murdock and you may meet them there.