A couple of days before I realised that the train I was getting from London back to Manchester would arrive after the last bus to my house, (I didn't realise they stopped the late buses after summer). However, as it turned out, some of my friends were back from uni that weekend, and were planning on going out in Manchester that evening. So it was settled, I would
So on the morning of the day, I was up at 5am, so I could get up, ready and into Manchester in time for my train. It was tricky planning what to wear and take with me as I knew it would have to work for a day in London and also for going out in Manchester in the evening. I strategically packed everything into a clutch bag, taking my film camera and DSLR apart so they would be able to come with me, and carried the clutch bag inside a cotton tote bag during the day, which I was able to fit in the clutch bag when I got back to Manchester.
I arrived at the Saatchi Gallery for the Chanel Mademoiselle Privé exhibition in good time, and joined the inevitable queue which actually went down quite quickly. The grounds of the gallery were lovely, there were beautiful wild flowers planted around where you queued. Once you got in the exhibition, you walked in a
There were other rooms as well, one with little neatly trimmed hedges like one of the fashion shows, a room filled from floor to ceiling with all different types of fabric hanging and a room
After the Chanel exhibition I made my way towards Hyde Park to visit the Serpentine Pavilion. Each year the gallery commissions a structure to be built in Kensington Gardens. The 2015 pavilion, designed by Selgascano, was beautiful. A large tent-like creation but with winding tunnels and numerous entrances. It was made with light pastel
After that I put my headphones in and took the long way through the park, past the palace and back to the tube station and National Portrait Gallery.
I was still too early for my allotted time, so I just wandered through the gallery, starting from the top floor and working my way down, to the book shop, before they finally opened it for 5pm tickets. I have always loved Audrey Hepburn, and the exhibition was filled with the iconic portraits of her, like the Breakfast at Tiffanys image, or Roman
After this exhibition I went to a little cafe to kill a bit of time before I went over to the strand. I had the nicest caramel latte and little macaroons whilst reading through all the leaflets and flyers I'd picked up in the various galleries and exhibitions, about what was coming up in the next few months.
I had been awake for about 12 hours so far, and still going strong I started to head towards the Strand for the Louis Vuitton exhibition, I had booked online for 7pm,
The Louis Vuitton exhibition, similarly to the Chanel, consisted of various rooms leading onto one another. The first room looked like a set for a fashion show, it lead onto a circular room with what looked like a floating chest in the middle. Images and videos were projected onto the walls, and it felt as it the whole room was spinning at points, but in reality it was just the walls.
The next room was dark and covered in mirrors, that was followed by a room with runway videos, and one with a cool laser show. The next room was one of my favourites, it was to show
After the Louis Vuitton exhibition and because I was so close, I decided to walk around Somerset House, since I haven't been there since London Fashion Weekend and I love the square.
At this point, I still had a while before my train, so I decided to get some dinner, and not wanting to spend too much money, but still wanted
Once I had eaten, I made my way back to Euston station to wait for my train before going back to Manchester. When I arrived, I met up with my friends, and somehow miraculously stayed out until 6am, meaning I was awake for over 24 hours. A new record.