TWP LOVES: Visual Diaries / Girls March 07 2014
Last night we hotfooted it down to the Biscuit Building in Shoreditch for the launch of Visual Diaries / Girls, a brand new collective photo exhibition curated by Florencia Serrot. Featuring the works of 11 international female photographers, this exhibition is everything we at THE WHITEPEPPER love; beautiful, whimsical and often very personal diary images, shot by girls, featuring girls. We especially loved the selection by Portuguese photographer Sara Gomes, whose intimate photo journal for Vogue Portugal was already high on our reading list, plus Dutch photographer Sophie Van Der Perre's enchanting works. Sophie's own words, "I've always just shot what's going on in my life," summed up the mood of the exhibition perfectly, and it's a world we wouldn't mind stepping into.
Visual Diaries / Girls runs until March 20th, downstairs at Mother London, 10 Redchurch St, E2 7DJ.
THE WHITEPEPPER WEEKEND! February 28 2014
Chicken-led restaurants have been flocking to London lately - Situated on Ravenscroft Street, Clutch serves gourmet copper buckets of healthier fried chicken! With a passion for ethically sourced chicken, all of the food is prepared using the finest grade groundnut oil. With options from breakfast to dinner, there's something no matter what time of day...Ok, now i'm hungry!
Hand of Glory – The dark art of brewing cider, rural food & wiccan arts in a British folklore inspired pop-up!! ‘Hand of Glory’ is a pop up pub that unites a collective of artists in a disquieting, but colourful exhibition of British folk culture.
We don't like to blow our own trumpet but with a fresh drop of stock into our Topshop concession just in time for pay day it would be a shame not to. So why not try on at Oxford Circus. Full collection online at thewhitepepper.com
Winner of the 2001 Turner Prize, Martin Creed's exhibition arrives at the Southbank centre until April. From our resident gallery goer Maria, we hear you're in for a bit of a treat. Be warned, it is not for the faint-hearted.
"This exhibition includes work containing nudity, bodily functions and some adult content." - what they said!
THE WHITEPEPPER WEEKEND! February 21 2014
What's that? A Vietnamese restaurant on Kingsland Road? Enough already! That's what we thought, until we found Viet Hoa Cafe. A deliciously upmarket atmosphere with affordable prices and AMAZING food makes this our new go-to Dalston eatery. Heads up the salted tofu is our fave! Check out the menu here.
For after-work / after-dinner or just because it's Friday drinks, head to Platform Cafe this weekend where arts collective Not So Popular are hosting FRISCO, bringing you the best in disco, r'n'b, hip hop, soul, and 90's dance classics. It's 8pm-4am, and entry is completely FREE!
Lovely Amy of Netil House is the brains behind this Sunday's YARD SALE! Get down there and grab a bargain, or sell your wares with a bargain price of just £8 for stall holders. There'll be yummy food and drinks vendors too, so an all-round perfect Sunday activity! More here.
We at the WHITEPEPPER have a soft spot for Hannah Hoch's work, namely her wonderful collages, created using fashion mags and illustrated journals. A member of the 1920's Dada movement, over 100 pieces of her work from throughout her career are being exhibited at The Whitechapel Gallery until March 23rd. So go see! Full exhibition info available on site.
NYFW : Marc by Marc Jacobs February 14 2014
Dare we say it, New York Fashion week never really compares to LFW in our eyes. Dazed and Confused got straight to the point, "New York fashion week has continued to drag its heels over an 11-day schedule during which, like previous seasons, only a selection of designers make a real impression." They have a point. But for us at THE WHITEPPEPER there is one huge reason why NYFW still grabs our attention, and that is Marc by Marc Jacobs.
It's an exciting time for the brand, as this year Marc Jacobs has said goodbye to Louis Vuitton in order to singlehandly head up the Marc Jacobs label, whilst appointing fashion dream-team Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier as design director and creative director at Marc by Marc Jacobs. This was the most highly anticipated debut collection of the year, and it ticked every box you would expect from the label; full of attitude, fun, playful, uber-cool and very clever. We loved the part ninja, part BMX biker feel of the opening look, and felt the prom dresses and statement print t-shirt dresses felt very East London cool. Hair and make-up was right up our street too, (ahem, note our love of pigtail plaits), and made with the collection, working with a mood described by Lauren Cochrane as "youthful but not saccharine".
One of our girl crushes and Marc Jacobs muse Sofia Coppola accompanied the man himself on the front row, and both gave the show a huge thumbs up, while Alexa Chung cried. We already can't wait for the next collection.
Get inspired for LFW now with THE WHITEPEPPER, check out inspire me: LFW Edit
THE WHITEPEPPER WEEKEND! February 07 2014
This weekend sees the return of 'The Stylist Rail' at the Hoxton Hotel. Just in time for fashion week, the opportunity to sort out that all important outfit with a selection of independent designers and top stylists wardrobes to shop from. With a complimentary Bloom Gin, why not kick off Saturday night early!?
What The haberdashery says about The haberdashery:
'Our food is served on mismatched vintage dishes...Our coffee bowls are stacked higgledy-piggledy on the espresso machine...Our wall is decorated with a mosaic of victorian fireplace tiles.'
Satan's Whiskers - This isn't as evil as it sounds. Nestled between newsagents and offices in Bethnal Green, you can't miss the red neon lights above the door; your sign to enter the dark side or just a well earnt drink. A proper neighborhood bar in east London!
Last weekend Maria took herself off to the Photographer's gallery for the current exhibition; David Lynch, William S Burroughs and Andy Warhol. We hear it's highly recommended. So for all you budding photographers out there or just fancy something nice to look at...Sunday sorted!
FAM IRVOLL SS14 POPS UP AT TOPSHOP February 04 2014
Fam Irvoll has made her mark as firm favourite with stylish celebs such as Lady Gaga, Paloma Faith & Rita Ora, and we can see why with the launch of her latest SS14 collection. What's even better, as of January 19th to the 15th of February you can own a piece of her collection too, as selected pieces from her bold print collection hit Topshop's flagship store; just in time for that Valentines day treat! *hint hint*
Her SS14 collection ‘Call The Exterminator’ features beautiful birds, curious rats and pesky ants, with pastel tones of mint and purple combined with the darker undertones of black and grey. The pieces are a mix of un-classically beautiful, insect printed bralets, blazers and printed trousers with an injection of swimwear, basically all-round perfection.
Sophie Hannah Richardson styled up the collection with no other than key pieces from THE WHITEPEPPER footwear collection, including some of our faves styles, the Leather Round Toe Walker Boot Black and Mary Jane Platform Wedge Black! We <3
Read all about our Spring Collection! January 31 2014
Spring 14 just landed!
We're over the moon to announce the arrival of Spring '14, our fifth mainline collection! Expect to see, for the first time, an exclusive in-house design print (by way of shirt midi dress, and super cute twin set), new and exciting twists on our signature smock dress, and a delicious new colour palette of gently candied pastels, milky whites and a pop of hatchling yellow. Spring has sprung at THE WHITEPEPPER!
This season we were inspired by all things floral, and a colour palette of strong and bright pastels. We also looked to playful and whimsical shapes, which you will see played out in our classic oversized shapes, but this time with a more ladylike, grown-up silhouette.
OUR FIRST MINI-KNITWEAR COLLECTION!
Our Spring collection also features an exclusive mini-knitwear collection, focusing on four carefully loved and designed styles. Our oversized knit jumper is the perfect slouchy knit, which can even double as a dress, whilst the beehive knit jumper is ideal for adding a pop of Spring colour to any daily styling. Our embroidery detail cardigan is super soft, with a unique floral detail, and to complete the collection, the long-awaited bunny print knit is finally here, ideal for layering under our new oversized outerwear seperates.
TWP TEAM PICKS!
We all love everything, naturally, but if we HAVE to narrow it down, here's the team's pick of what they love the most!
THE WHITEPEPPER WEEKEND! January 24 2014
This week Yeon is recommending Dukes Brew & Que pub in Haggerston, a lovely pub with an amazing bbq and brunch menu. We have it on good authority that the chicken wings are amazing, and even come in 3 levels of spice! See the full menu here
If you've never been to The Nest in Dalston then tonight is prime time visiting hours. They have superstar dj's Roska and Mele playing, and a huge bar full of Friday night drinks! See all upcoming line-ups here.
Ok we know it's a cliche, but this week we can't stop raving about our Spring '14 collection, which went live today! Full of lovely new styles and prettiness, so shop new in now!
This weekend Maria is heading to a brand new exhibition at the Rook & Raven gallery, for Nettie Wakefield's very first solo exhibition, 'Reserved'. "A strikingly talented young artist with an acute eye for detail," we can't wait to see her lovely work up-close. Full info here
THE WHITEPEPPER WEEKEND! January 16 2014
This week we're recommending Peckham Bazaar, which needs no description, as they themselves offer the perfect one: "We buy great ingredients. We cook them over an open fire using Greek, Turkish, Albanian and Iranian recipes. That's it." Oleta recommends Harissa Marinated Grilled Chicken Wings, Kholrabi and pomegranate as her top dish! See the menu here!
Hows dry January going for you? We've decided enough is enough, and are marking the event by attending the Oslo launch party this Friday, a trendy new bar, kitchen, and all round fun times venue which opens this Friday right next to Hackney Central! More info here!
Maria loves East London based design store YCN, which she recommends as great for inspiration hunting! Much more than just a store, the member network for creatives is brimming with opportunities and comissions. Pick up a copy of their lovely magazine, and find out more here.
There's not too much time left before the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize exhibition at the National Portrait gallery ends, and with a huge range of pictures in both picture subject and style, is well worth a wander around on a Sunday. Find opening times and read more about the prize here.
We love: Agi & Sam at LC:M! January 10 2014
This week saw the return of that 3-day menswear extravaganza which is London Collections: Men, and the show we were most looking forward to was that of one of our favourite menswear design duos, Agi and Sam.
We (along with the rest of fashion land - the pair were awarded the 2013 Emerging Talent award for menswear), have been big fans of the label back since the boys joined forced in 2012, through to their stunning Topshop collaboration last year, and look to them for inspiration on in their words, "uncompromising colour."
This season things were a little different, the show opened with a live tribal drum band, signalling a collection which explored African culture, and worked around layering, checks and monochrome, aka everything we love at THE WHITEPEPPER! Inspired by Agi Mdumulla’s recent travels through Masai territory, there were clever African influences, namely the sleeveless leather tops displaying African Oil conglomerates' logos. These mixed with pieces which had, in contrast a distinctly western feel gave the whole collection a much more serious tone than the pair's previous collections, and got a huge thumbs up from us.
THE WHITEPEPPER WEEEKEND! January 03 2014
If you overindulged this festive period and need a break, switch things up and visit Black Cat cafe on Clarence Road in Hackney, which is 100% vegan yet 100% delicious. Moreover, it's the ideal location to start that New Year detox! See the menu here!
We know that after the onslaught of New Year's Eve, alcohol is perhaps the furthest thing from any of our minds, so this week were recommending the amazing G&T Organic Shop and Cafe for delicious cold pressed juices, phenomenal coffee, and lovely service!
There's still time to Shop THE WHITEPEPPER SALE! With up to 50% off selected Clothing and Shoes, go go go and grab a New Year bargain now!
In our opinion, The Glasshouse Hair Salon is Netil House's hidden gem, and is perfect if you're feeling like a New Year overhaul. Pop down to see Olivia and her team in beautiful surroundings, with a magazine list to die for, and fantastic luxury hair styling at it's best. Find out more here!
THE WHITEPEPPER WEEKEND! December 13 2013
We're holding a SAMPLE SALE tomorrow! Join us at Netil House tomorrow between 12-5pm and get bargain hunting for goodies! Prices start from just £5.00 and we have current and past season clothes, shoes and accessories on offer! Check out the event page here
One of our all-time favourite burger hotspots is turning one this Sunday! To help celebrate Meat Liqour's first birthday, customers who arrive for food with a balloon will be granted a whopping 50% off their bill! We say GO GO GO! Check out their menu here
We're hitting up Skylodge this week, an "expansive lodge like structure overlooking the treetops of London Fields," with cosy looking sofas and a lumberjack dining and drinking hole theme. Sounds like just the kind of festive fun we can get on board with! The spiced hot toddies look AMAZING! More here
If you didn't already know, the London collage of Fashion's pop-up shop, "The collage shop" has returned to Carnaby Street, boasting an impressive range of clothes, shoes, jewellery, homewear, photography and illustration. We say sounds about perfect for last-minute gift buying! Read all about it here
THE WHITEPEPPER WEEKEND! December 06 2013
The Village Green Christmas Market will be up and running at Hackney Downs this Sunday. With gifts and stocking-fillers ranging from jewellery, home ware, furniture, one-off prints and a bit of vintage for good measure, you'll find everything you need for stress free Christmas shopping! We'll be there munching on the delicious hog roast any eyeing up some Christmas stocking fillers!
The new Rita's has just opened up down the road from our studio this week. We'll be sure to pop down there and sample the tasty looking new lunch menu! Make sure you book in advance, it looks set to be a busy one this weekend!
A new Simmons Bar has just opened up in Camden serving delicious cocktails served in tea cups, or tea pots (if your willing to share!). Make some pre-christmas drink plans and don't forget to check out the worlds largest Skull mirror ball!
TWP good friend Plum recommends the 'Pinned It Made It' Christmas crafts and Pinterest party at The Book Club on Monday December 9th. You get to actually make something from Pinterest to take home and keep. Such a cute idea for personalised Christmas pressies! Clear a few hours in your diary and grab a ticket here!
THE WHITEPEPPER Winter Wonderland! December 06 2013
For THE WHITEPEPPER Winter Wonderland Christmas shoot we wanted to bring a little festive cheer to things! We recruited our lovely new model Sasha and headed to the studio to set up our WHITEPEPPER grotto, complete with Christmas tree, tinsel and lots of candy canes!
Christmas is all about sparkle this year, and what's more sparkly than TWP Back Open Sparkle Dress?! Already a big hit with the fashion bloggers out there, it's had a lot of attention since we launched our Winter 13 Collection. Another attention grabber is the gorgeous Velvet Spangle Collar Dress with a detachable gold sequin collar. Perfect for party styling! Some new arrivals also made it to the shoot too, including the Sleeveless Leather Angel Dress Black, Spangle Mini Skirt, Textured Leather Multi Bag and the Bunny Jumper (coming soon!). We hope it's put you in the Christmassy mood, now queue the Christmas tunes and mince pies!!
THE WHITEPEPPER WEEKEND! November 29 2013
At THE WHITEPEPPER we're obsessed with Hackney based, too cool for school shoe brand Miista. Last time they had a sample sale we raided our wallets and came away clutching amazing one-off designs, so we can't WAIT for a repeat this Saturday's sample sale at Dalston Pier. Get there early and beat us to it!
So good we almost don't want to share it, super-cute Korean restaurant Hurwundeki is tucked in the railway arches of Cambridge Heath road, and just became our fave spot for lunch. We're HIGHLY recommending bibimbap and Samguypsal, plus the rice cakes and dumplings are to die for. OH and you can have your haircut there too, for the ridiculously cheap price of £14!
We have it on good authority that The Nightjar at Old Street is a must for pay-day cocktails, accompanied by a carefully selected tapas and bar snacks. In the words of Another Magazine, The Nightjar has "surpassed other self-proclaimed speakeasies to become the consummate cocktail bar," so go celebrate pay-day in style!
We could have told you all about the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, or Skating at Somerset house, but you probably know all about them already. SO, for something a little less cliched, check out the Bad Christmas Art Exhibition at Boxpark this weekend. All artists were given the same simple breif, "Bad Christmas," so join us to see what they came up with!