The V&A’s new look: Exhibition Road Quarter launch 

A day before its official opening by Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, I was invited along with a handful of journalists to view the reveal of the brand new Exhibition Road entrance to the V&A Museum in London. A project seven years in the making, the new entrance brings the museum right into the bustling heart of Albertopolis, the cultural learning centre envisioned and coaxed to life by Prince Albert.

At the launch, the practical nature of the new entrance was revealed – an increase of visitors numbers from around 1.5 to 4 million per year meant that the current entrance was under strain, and the new Exhibition Road entrance was sorely needed to not only accommodate the influx of guests, but to also consolidate the museum’s place amongst its neighbours.

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Friday Lust List: Alexander McQueen Reptilia Print De Manta Clutch

I’ve mentioned on this blog before how much I love McQueen’s De Manta clutches, which debuted in his final collection, Plato’s Atlantis in 2010. One of the final items designed by McQueen himself before his death, the python De Manta bag holds a special place in fans’ hearts, and was subsequently difficult to come by. However, thanks to the launch of Savage Beauty (the exhibition of McQueen’s work) at the V&A (going tomorrow, so excited!), the piece has been resurrected once more.

This is where my avid collector’s itch begins to bother me – although there’s absolutely no reason for me to own this clutch, as it’s not my style and doesn’t fit with anything in my wardrobe, I still really want to get my hands on a piece of McQueen history. I’ll have to reluctantly pass on this one, but if you’d like to partake, you can pick it up from the V&A’s own site here (priced £465). They have a whole range of Plato’s Atlantis goodies (in my humble opinion, the De Manta is the crown jewel of the entire range) here, as well as some gorgeous skull pieces here – which, as we know, is one of the things McQueen is most famous for. (I’m resisting the urge to purchase the skull bracelet here, considering I’ve just recently bought new Kate Spade and Stella & Dot bracelets!)

Anyway, I’ll leave you with my two favourite McQ accessories which I’ll be wearing with pride at the exhibition tomorrow – my ocelot print De Manta in twill, and some black suede pointed flats. If you want to find out more about how to see Savage Beauty at the V&A, follow this link for more info, and book tickets here!

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Special Delivery! McQ Swallow Wrap Bracelet

After I ordered my tickets for the McQueen exhibition at the V&A next year (see info here!) I decided to check out the collection online at the label’s website. Most of the items are completely out of my price range, but I did spy this beautiful dove grey leather wrap bracelet, priced at £45!

It finally arrived yesterday and it’s a lovely, light accessory that just so happens to go with my grey Modalu Pippa bag and Mint Velvet plimsolls!

The wrap bracelet comes in a black McQ dust bag with some tags and labels, in case you were wondering!

They also use these cool little stickers to seal the packaging as well!

The double wrap bracelet is really long on my wrist, so I ended up tucking the excess around the buckle, but you can play around with the placement of the straps a little bit…



The leather isn’t the sturdiest type I’ve come across, but the swallow charm is removable if you wanted to add it to a different strap…

You can find the bracelet online at a variety of retailers. Here’s the link to the item on McQueen’s site! (The next thing on my wishlist is a De Manta clutch! Aren’t they fabulous?)

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