WHAT TO DO, SEE, EAT AND WEAR THIS OCTOBER.
Wow October is here already! Despite the beautiful and lingering Indian summer we have been enjoying, the leaves are definitely turning golden and the evenings are starting to draw in. Blackberries and sloes are being harvested and conkers thrown, we have even come across the nostalgic whiff of bonfires in the air as prudent gardeners burn off fallen leaves. The light is magical and the slightly cooler air gives us an excuse to get cosied up and head out and about to enjoy the host of brilliant events and activities taking place throughout this loveliest of months. So scroll down to get some cultural inspiration as well as fashion tips.
Immerse Yourself in the London Art Scene.
The Frieze Art fair in London has become one of the most highly regarded contemporary art fairs in the world. Artists from all over the globe decend upon Regents Park so if you are a budding collector what a perfect opportunity to don some appropriately arty looking garms and make your first step in to the fine art market. For those not wanting to drop a packet the atmospehere alone is energetic and inspiring and there are many events, exhibitions and talks that run alongside the fair that still make it worth a look.
What to Wear: Art-inspired Feral Childe, dramatic volume in Kowtow.
Collegiate Style in Cambridge
Half of Gather&See is Cambridge born and bred so we might be a little biased but it really is a perfect city for a weekend break and October is the perfect time to visit. The ‘backs’ are in their element in autumn with the trees showing off their russet, gold and red colours and the light sets the majestic colleges off in all their glory. There is a buzz around the town at this time of year as Freshers arrive and there are always cultural offerings a plenty. Stay at the perfectly located Varsity hotel for a prime view of the famous skyline and don’t leave town without trying one of Fitzbillies famous Chelsea buns.
What to Wear: The graduate – grown up college style silk blouses from Osei Duro and Upstate and chunky coats from Cus with a Danielle Foster satchel for good measure. Hire a bike to complete the look.
BFI London Film Festival 8th – 16th October
London’s film festival lands this month with 248 film screenings taking place over the capital as well 148 short films. The line up includes hotly anticipated films from big international names to small budget indie films from new comers. Beyond screenings there are other events, masterclasses and workshops - our favourite of which is a secret film screening where you don’t know what the film is until it starts. Crazy! Check out the full schedule here:https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/LFF/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=festivalevents.
What to Wear: Goodone Biker Jacket, Nobody Jeans and a lovely loose Organic T form Kowtow
Comfort food and classics
Yet another reason to be happy that it is October has to be that it is the start of comfort food season! Gone are our cravings for dainty summer salads, and the false lamentation you ‘just don’t feel like a lot in warm weather’ (whatever!). It is finally acceptable to order the stodgiest thing on the menu – we are thinking pies, mash, huge bowls of pasta and sticky toffee pudding. Lucky for us Jamie Oliver is about to launch is Comfort Food book this month which includes a killer receipe for the best cheese toastie and the most delicious looking mac n cheese we have ever laid eyes on. On a healthier note the hedgerows are brimming with goodies – blackberry and sloe picking is good for the soul. Set an afternoon aside, borrow a hound and get foraging. You can turn your finds into a pie on return… seems to be a theme here, did we mention WE LOVE PIE. Loosen your belts and get stuck in.
What to Wear: BAGGY jumpers and loose knitted dresses from H Fredriksson and Cus.
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