Or more, ostrich printed cows leather. Wearing again, but in more detail, a favourite new wardobe addition from my own AW13; the ostrich biker jacket. Feeling more and more right that this image that’s been making the internet rounds is the gospel truth on the matter. Wearing with a pretty unusual jumper from fast becoming favourite Cedric Charlier. I was mistaken to be wearing a 90s-esque choker throughout the day when wearing under jackets and coats, which is no bad thing. Channeling my adolescent gothhood as it were. On the other end of the scale accompanying with high end accessories, Givenchy-bag-turned-clutch and black suede and gold beauty from Larsson & Jennings. Life is also better with a watch it would seem. Off to draw a new cartoon..
Photos by Shini
Just before we were whisked away to Malta, I was treated to afternoon tea at Aqua Shard by new accessories label Completed Works; seeing London by night is a definite highlight of living in the city, it was beautiful sitting there from day to night and watching the whole skyline light up. I’m completely in awe of their very first pillar collection; the rings using marble and jade contrasting black Rhodium and gold are kind of a purists dream, whilst 3D printed broken column necklaces seem dainty and chunky all at the same time.
The night before last I found myself at the opening of the new Guild hair salon in London’s Chelsea; we’re all aware that the French influence is taking over here in London, and Guild’s unique selling point being that their hairdressers have been brought in from Paris, all speak french and even offer you Champagne whilst you’re in the chair! This may be the reason for the drastic hair change; feeling a little more confident than usual I thought it was time to try something a little new. Still obsessing with this Daria hair it was time to loose a lot of inches, now leaving me with more hair on my Neil Barrett sweater than on my head. Thank you Guild and RedKen for the drastic change and wonderful evening!
Very excited to invite you all to my first ever sample sale and private orders evening next Wednesday. There will be samples dating back to my first collections, and you’ll be able to order the brand new S/S14 collection, not to mention all the other designers that will be there too. I look forward to seeing you there, come and say Hi!
I can finally say I’ve recovered from fashion month and Paris last week! This was our showroom in the heart of Marais, the space was also home to beautiful accessories designers Kite Eden and Jessie Harris. I had so much fun sharing the space and our time together, with our work hard, play hard logistics that I think everyone adopts when they’re in Paris for fashion week! Next season I’ll definitely be staying a little longer.
Nothing compares to seeing a collection up close and I felt many of the texture details were lost in the catwalk imagery, so there’s some close ups for you to see here too. The mesh fabrics were made in the studio, layering up sheer silks with the mesh trapped in between, bonding the mesh with cotton to create a versatile three dimensional fabrication; also using croc print raffia against sports jerseys and scubas and butter soft leathers was another favourite.
Huge thanks to those who came to visit, until next season!
Major girl crush, Erin O’Connor seen here wearing my AW13 sheer panel dress for the latest issue of You magazine. So stunned, every designer wants to have their pieces worn by top supermodels and this is my very first encounter of what a girl like Erin can transform your pieces into. In love really.
I love looking back at these photos and reliving the moment of being backstage at St Martins Lane last Sunday. Most of the event goes by in a blur and in no time at all, so it’s nice to have these as evidence! Last minute finishing touches to be done, hair and make up prepped as well as running through the outfits one more time and making any last minute changes, all in just two hours. You can see more close ups of the collection on 1883 mag too, and of course my fashion week Pinterest collaboration board. What an amazing show, and made so much more enjoyable by my amazing team and St Martins Lane, the perfect show location for SS14!
Photos by Joseph Piper (colour) and Jay McLaughlin (B&W)
Eh voila! The collection I’ve been working so hard on the last few months and the reason this blog has become a bit of a desert wasteland the last week and a half! So super excited about the show yesterday, everything went perfectly and I loved every second of it. More backstage imagery to come and if you want to see more, I’m updating my London Fashion Week Pinterest collaboration board with any show pictures I find, and it went live on VOGUE.COM if you want that super close zoom too.
Thank you to my amazing team credited below, and to everyone who made the show possible!
One of my favourite classic minimalistic pieces to make is the wrap skirt, as seen in my S/S12 and S/S13 collections, it’s ease of use and make, makes it a summer staple for me. I teamed up with Shini to show her exactly how you can easily make one yourself at home, with this super simple DIY using leftover mint velvet from my SS13. To see even more of the steps, visit her blog for the full article.
You will need: Fabric, half a metre is enough, scissors, sewing machine, pins, an iron and ironing board.
- To make the ties, cut two long strips about 50cm long and cut down into four. Fold in on itself, pin and iron before stitching along the edge to keep it neat.
- Measure around your waist and add for the wrap, about 20cm should be enough.
- Whilst the fabric is wrapped around you, place the ties at the very end of the top wrap layer and where is meats the fabric below, place the other two on the opposite side to stop the under skirt from slipping when wearing. Sew these on with a square stitch and when wearing, double knot to finish.
Definitely show me when you’re finished! I’d love to see the different finishes and fabrics you guys put to this. It’s very easy and casual, it would look amazing as a long skirt as well as a mini too!
Photos by Shini
We’ve all been obsessing over the Stella McCartney pinstripe, adding key pieces from the collection into our fantasy shopping baskets and wishing we could just hit the ORDER button. Oh you haven’t? Well I seem to be doing that quite a lot lately! Especially this stripe knit that I am head over heels in love with. These Zara pants have me satisfied for now, they are the perfect balance of chic, comfortable and can be worn with loose jumpers and ugly sandals and still look good.
These photos were taken during the golden hour of a very long Sunday afternoon last week, spent working on the new site with Shini (I owe all the beautiful aesthetics of the site down to her). Also many hours spent watching cult nineties/noughties movies, whilst stuffing Haribo into our mouths. So happy with the website and thank you to those of you who have already put through an order. Don’t forget to enter the competition in the post below to own a piece of AW13 if you haven’t already, choosing a winner on Wednesday!
Photos by Shini