My legs are just about falling off from spending the day wandering around the Centenary Chelsea Flower Show in metallic silver stilettos, as the saying goes ‘no pain, no gain’. It was my first visit to the flower show and as expected it was a spectacular display of blooming wonderment and blossoming, pom pon fabulousness. Immaculately mowed lawns, sweeping meadows, Thai Orchid gardens and flourishing bouquets all in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea and completed in the space of two weeks. Astonishing to even begin imagining… So here are a few images of the sublime displays, many more to follow tomorrow.
A few months ago I won a competition to design the print for this years Chelsea Flower Show Centenary T-shirt and it’s finally available to buy on the RHS website. The T-Shirts are £16.99 and £1 from every T-shirt sold will be donated back to the London College of Fashion. The design was made by hand using a mixed media collage and you may remember a while ago I did this post, which features two of my other entries the Queens Head and a Chelsea Pensioner.
The T-Shirts are available to buy online here and will also be sold throughout the Chelsea Flower Show next week and at selected RHS gardens nationwide.
Oh I am so excited for Friday night, I’ve just snapped up some of the last tickets to see the Great Gatsby at the Everyman Cinema in Belsize Park.. I’m trying to contain my excitement after watching the trailer at least half a dozen times already.
My expectations for the film have just reached an all time high after watching this costume spolier, in the short interview Catherine Martin talks Prada and gives us a glimpse of the crystals, feathers and all that jazz to come. Martin discusses how fashion was a crucial element in creating the film and that it will allow audiences to re connect with the story of the Great Gatsby. 4 days to go!
I’m running a new weekly post on the blog showcasing American Vogue Covers starting from 1900 and slowly working up to more recent times. As a student of the London College of Fashion we have access to some of the most exciting and diverse archived collections in the fashion industry and I wanted to share with you some of Vogue’s past covers to see how the iconic magazine has evolved over the century.
American Vogue 1900 Facts:
Editor – Josephine Redding (1892-1901)
Covers – Hand drawn illustrations by various artists
Publication Frequency – Monthly
Cost- 10 cent/$3 per year
The American Vogue cover below was from 1900 and featured the Duchess of Devonshire, it’s interesting to see that aristocracy and celebrities from around the globe were as much of a focal point in cover ‘shoots’ and influence within the magazine then as they are today.
The September issue has always been the most anticipated cover of the year and this one is no exception, an autumnal theme is presented through the alluring illustration of the lady surrounded by foliage.
If you were wondering what the essential trend of the season was in the Summer of 1900, look no further, the ‘smart carriage gown’ that drew inspiration from carriage dresses of the earlier Regency era was the perfect afternoon attire over the early Summer months.
All images are copyright of Conde Nast publications and have been taken from the University of the Arts London archive collections.
It’s a wrap! The first day of the Vogue Festival is nearly over and it didn’t disappoint. Visitors were treat to on trend eye makeup by Dior, glossy lips courtesy of Yves Saint Laurent, hand massages from Vertu, a Chanel cover shoot and hair braids at the Vogue Braid Bar.
I arrived two hours ahead of the talk that I was later attending Mad About the Girl, to visit the different beauty stands and soak up the ‘in vogue’ atmosphere of the festival. Already it was clear to see the venue choice was far more suitable than last year, with several cafes, a Vogue shop and plenty of stands to wander around without it feeling over crowded. The first stop was the Yves Saint Laurent Lipstick bar were you could test a range of neoteric shades, I opted for the blood orange shade to match my outfit.
If you keep up to date with hair trends you’ll know that the braid is the style of the moment and if you like to experiment with your hair you will also know that it is near impossible to master or complete without help from a professional. So I was delighted to visit the Vogue Braid Bar and have my look completed with a fishtail, it’s interesting to note that as a child I objected daily to having my hair in this style for school but if Vogue says it’s cool…
After having an entire beauty makeover I was ready to take my seat at the Mad About the Girl discussion, speakers included Anna Dello Russo, Susie Lau and Garance Dore. What was suppose to be a colloquy about street style soon changed direction into a discussion about blogs, as Anna Dello Russo began by explaining that only a few years ago at fashion week she questioned “blog, what is blog?” the name was almost unheard of, now blogs are firmly part of the fashion landscape and “they have become the new journalist, reporter and observer” ADR. The panel agreed that street style has become so influential it has replaced images of supermodels that twenty years ago would of been pinned on the walls in studios of designers now it’s the girl on the street that inspires collections and influences trends. Susie Lau explains that the images represent a “globalised connected view of fashion,” the internet and the digital revolution has had an influence on fashion “now people dress to shoot and wear things that pop for the camera” the panel suggest. Anna Dello Russo also revealed that she views creating her outfits as a job “I use to dress models, now I dress myself,” preparing her looks up to 6 months ahead of fashion week from her wardrobes apartment in the centre of Milan!
As you are probably all aware I’m a complete jewellery junkie, my rule is the more bling the better it has the ability to transform your outfit like nothing else. The featured necklaces cover two of Summer’s key trends, Tangerine which is really having a fashion moment and the mirror effect. I snapped them up from Topshop last week and they are surprisingly still in stock here and here.
The nail varnish is Nails Inc Feather Polish which is part of their new special effects range, the coating is clear so you can add the feathers to a base colour such as Porchester Place seen below.
For the last few months I’ve been involved in many extra projects, for the Fauna and Flora brief I designed a print for both a hat and scarf that could be used in a forthcoming shoot.
As with most of my work I like to do the process by hand and then use computer programmes such as Photoshop to enhance colours and various sizes. All of the prints you can see below used on the hat and scarf were relatively small collages done onto paper and then enlarged digitally.
The photographs below are the final result of the project:
Credits for all of the above photographs are as follows:
BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles
First Move my.lcffirstmove.co.uk/graduates/8140
Headwear by Daniel Service
BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear
First Move my.lcffirstmove.co.uk/graduates/8179
Photography, Kasia Wozniak
Model, Katharina at M+P
Over Easter weekend I visited Loch Lomond about 20 miles North of Glasgow, it was nice to escape London for some rest. I have to admit that I very often take the countryside for granted, especially because I’m from Yorkshire so I’ve grown up with vast fields and woodlands on my doorstep. I don’t often sit back and really appreciate the green, in fact I’m far more fascinated with tall buildings and cities, perhaps my age and perhaps because vast metropolis’s are a change of scenery. Although the longer I live in London the more a country escape entices me, and this weekend was the perfect one.
A combination of mouth watering food such as the Olive Cake pictured above and stumbling across old castle ruins that became an ideal place for an Easter Egg Hunt with my niece provided a superlative break. Not forgetting the Espa facial and hydra pool, that kept me entertained for a very long afternoon.
We go together like ramma lamma lamma ka dinga da dinga dong
Remembered forever as shoo-bop sha whada whadda yippidy boom da boom
Chang chang changity chang shoo bop that’s the way it should be
Ok you get the picture Tata Naka’s latest collection at London Fashion Week was inspired by the 1980′s and the era of all things Americana and High School which drew inspiration from the 1971 musical Greece. As we took our seats in the locker rooms we ate wibble wobble jelly and drank retro milk served by dinner ladies whilst listening over head to Cyndi Lauper ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’.
If ever I could be envious of a school uniform it was definitely here, logo applique bomber jackets in dusty pink and art class prints covered knee length dresses, ankle socks and two tone brogues completed the High School look. Skirts turned a little cheeky with transparent mesh inserts teamed with patchwork pastel Head Girl jackets. Hair never looked so cool scraped back in a classic fishtail, all I wanted to do was skip school to watch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
For the past few days I’ve been playing tourist in my own city with my Mum and Sister visiting the theatre and eating rather a lot of delicious food.
There are so many great bars in London so I always find it difficult to name a favourite but one that has to be up there is Artesian at the Langham hotel, it has that ohh la la ambiance reminiscent of a by gone era that very few places still ooze around the capital. The bar combines oriental decadence through the marble and grand mirrors with modern details such as lilac leather window seats and ornate vases filled with the most beautiful floral arrangements.
I drank probably the best cocktail I’ve ever tasted on my visit last week, the ‘Club Netherlands’ comprises of freshly squeezed raspberries, Bols Genever, Martini Rosato, lemon juice, white tea, hibiscus flower and rose petals finished off with a sprinkle of gold leaf. It was del-ic-ious, priced at £14 a little steep for London cocktails but definitely worth the investment.