Monthly Archives: May 2009

The different textures of black

For my latest project at uni I started out with the intention of making a really colourful collection, I’ve never done this in the past and wasn’t sure why, but as I tried with this collection the colour started getting less and less as I liked it less and less and it started to accent key pieces rather than being full on rainbow.
It’s not, at least I hope its not, because i’m turning into one of those “chic” fashion snobs that dresses all in black, i’ve realised that what really interests me in fashion is textures. Texture and detail is far more important to me than vibrant colour.
There’s something much more beautiful to me about an outift all in black but with lots of different knits, leathers and wovens.
Here are some peices i’ve been drooling over after ‘finding myself’

HANNAH MARSHALL dress on sale at

Martin Margiela waistcoat on eBay

Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy and Ann Demeulemeester

Anyway, enough texture porn! I could do this all day. I love eye candy, as i’m sure you all do too!

Sorry I haven’t posted in so long, as I mentioned briefly I’ve been making a mini collection, it’s been completely insane and I’ve loved every minute. All the madness is over now and I’m not quite sure what to do with myself. I will be blogging insanely over the next couple of weeks as i’ll be at Graduate Fashion Week reviewing all the collections to bring back to this blog.
So excited!

” No Gareth Pugh so a cardboard box will do..”

Styling by Alexxsia Elizabeth
Futuristic silhouettes

Aside from the fact that Alexxsia is a close friend of mine, I think her styling is unique and offers something different from the rest. I like the fact that she can’t afford Gareth Pugh, the styling is all about imagination. I usually help alongside all her photoshoots and you can check out backstage pictures on Twitter, yesyes there I am, it’s always so much fun and she’s never afraid to make things look a little nasty.
Recycle! It’s fun…

Olsens at the Met

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen at the Met
I can’t get enough of these two! Both these looks are flawless, mmmm, now if you excuse me, I must go and read Influence, (arrived the other day! I know I am a little late on the uptake but better late than never…)

Mathew Ames S/S 09

This is Mathew Ames’ S/S 09 collection that made its debut at New York fashion week this year. He freely experiments with proportions and silhouettes, the finished product is dramatic and architectural. Yet the look we get is something far more elegant and feminine.
His favourite textile is ultra-suede, but the collection features everything from linen to corduroy, creating new volumes.
I really like this collection, it’s kind of futuristic. The photoshoot, set on a stark beach, is in the perfect location. The clothes are so bold, you would stand out anywhere.

Sportwear Fans! Anyone for tennis?

“The winner of the first prize is Eva Lai who is studying BA (Hons) Fashion Contour. Her design is a re-working of one of the brand’s most iconic products, the tennis dress. The contour of the bodice echoes the curves of a tennis ball while the white lines of the tennis court sculpt the body. Layers of pleats reveal the rich heritage of the brand from 1959 to the present day whilst capturing the energy of the sport and movement of tennis players. “

“Second prize winner was Diana Auria Harris who also studies on BA (Hons) Fashion Contour. Diana’s design, a structural dress with an exaggerated silhouette was inspired by the ellesse logo. Third prize was won by Alex Green whose design was influenced by futurism and the work of Hussein Chalayan.”

I know this isn’t usually the sort of thing I blog about, but after being contacted about the competition I thought it’s actually quite a good opportunity, you win €4,500 and a trip to Rome!
Ellesse have already commissioned London College of Fashion students from BA (Hons) Fashion Contour and BA (Hons) Active Sportswear students to design a garment that reflects the brand’s heritage in tennis, but they want as many clever interpretations of the brief
as possible. So the competition has been left open.
So, all you sportswear fans, get designing!

These is my favourite piece of art that’s been submitted, but i don’t think it won…

“Create a piece of art or design to commemorate the ellesse 50th Anniversary inspired by the brand’s Italian heritage and sporting roots in tennis.

ellesse turns 50 this year and celebrates with the design competition Create Tennis Art. What do you have to do? Create a piece of art or design inspired by the ellesse heritage in tennis; the tennis dress, the bold advertising, the half ball logo. Whatever excites you the most! Categories include fashion and textiles, fine art, sculpture, street art, graphic design and digital. So anything goes.

You could win €4,500 and a trip to the ellesse 50th anniversary event this summer in Rome where your work will be on show.”

Check out more on the competition here and here

The deadline is 10/5/09

Good Luck!


Does anyone know who’s dress Franny is wearing in this Jak&Jil post?

For my sanity, I must know.

Lets Dance!

Whilst desperately trying to find a way out of doing my essay this morning my friend dropped me a line, or a link, to these shoes. So now I must have spent the past 20 minutes ogling these shoes, and the rest of Topshop’s website.

I’m not sure how long these shoes have been on the website, could have been ages for all I know. I haven’t been that interested in Topshop since university gave me a project last year in which I had to study the stores ins and outs, and design a commercial outfit capable of being sold in Topshop. I’ve also been in thew Oxford Circus flagship store twice, once for the project and another to buy some leather trousers, both times were absolute hell resulting in me nearly having a panic attack from the crazy teen girls grabbing at the clothes (think I went in on sale day) and the changing rooms failing to have any air conditioning what so ever…
Anyway buying online seems absolutely perfect for me! These shoes are so hot! Also thankyou Susie for the sneak peak of Topshops new collection, I couldn’t believe my eyes! It sucks that such a major edit had to be done but at least I got to see it once. I absoltely cannot wait! I might even visit Oxford Circus when the new collection comes in… whether I join the army at opening time, that is another matter.

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