I should really be looking at & Other Stories more. They actually have stuff other high street retailers don't - and this stuff is also qualitative (well if you exclude some polyester-crafted pieces..). Like these two sweaters here. The left one is made of 100% merino wool and the right example features lambswool and cotton. Do you find any form of plastic in there? No, no and no!
I like them both but might go for the left one in the end. Or the right one...
Dedication is something wonderful isn't it? Especially when such a beautiful print is involved. Photographing it from every angle and making it the sole subject of a blog post truly means something. Namely that I'm printstruck. Yum.
Fashion month is upon us and I am in major fan-girl mode once again. Don't we all love experiencing the buzz of the fresh, new and super covetable? I certainly do.
I browsed style.com to see the first collections of NYFW and found some cool, easy-to-wear pieces which you could pull off right now. Too bad they'll only hit the stores next spring, am I right? Scroll down and start swooning.
First of all we have Chadwick Bell seducing us with clean cuts and on point layering. I picked out some black and white looks although the collection also offers brick red, cotton candy pink and camel hues. Comfort continues to be on trend - Yes to mobility, no to heels.
Uh, ah, YEAH! Thought something similar when I saw the Nicholas K look on the very top. Layers + asymmetry + fringing + black leather jacket (including rolled up sleeves and popped collar) + badass don't-mess-with-me dark green = Big. Thumbs. Up. The collection is a nice break from all the über-minimalism. Would wear everything minus the horsehair.
Aaaand we're back to minimal. Who would actually have thought that I seem to be kind of into it? Hmm. These two looks by Derek Lam 10 Crosby convinced me with their relaxed styling and modest designs. This reminds me - still need to find a jumpsuit.
Let's see what else the fashion season has in store for us. Stay tuned.
Now that we've started talking pre-fall, let's explore a footwear option. I came across a sandal boot (soot?) for those September days when the weather seems to be properly insulted, giving us a mix of rain, sun and sometimes even hail. Ok, you wouldn't want to ruin the beautiful bordeaux velours with rain but still: these sooties (I'll stick with that) are a damn good pick for the moody transitional season. Get them here, thank me later.
After I saw this photo of Linda Rodin on Vogue last week I was in awe. In awe of the simple but great outfit she was wearing. Glam skirt + super casual sweater + über elegant slippers. Come on, just take a look at these shoes!
I recreated her outfit and looked to Matches for a designer version and to the high street for the cheaper option, which I prefer.
finally finally Agyness Deyn has released her AW14 range for Title A, her new
womenswear line. Working with sister Emily and designer Tracy Moore, the team
has created a pared down yet super cool line, reflecting Agyness' own style
which is known to be androgynous, cool and above all focused on comfort.
offers elegant basics and phenomenally well-designed tailoring. Although many
pieces were inspired by menswear, the team successfully transformed the
jackets, trousers and shirts into pieces any adventurous and open-minded woman
would want to wear. Apart of suits, the collection also offers female garments
such as dresses and skirts which are made of luscious red velvets and are
embellished with soft, calm prints.
But what I
like most about the brand is its authenticity - forget campaigns where models
try to sell a raunchy, sexy image, writhing their bodies until they hurt just
to look appealing (to men, women, themselves?). No - this campaign is so very
different from the monotonous rest and I want to say a big massive THANK YOU to Title A for injecting
such freshness, and most importantly, normality into their imagery. Because I
cannot tell you how annoyed I am of always seeing the same sexist, boring and
uninspiring ads where models either look DEAD or as if they're at the height of
pleasure (which obviously comes from a bag... a BAG!!).
campaign features Agyness' friend and photographer Moni, who actually refused to
act as model at first (which is noteworthy in itself!) but was then convinced to take part (thank God). And I really like their campaign shots much more than their
lookbook photos. Do you know why? Because a woman - and this really is a woman
- of Moni's age looks DAMN good in those suits. She wears them, not the other
way around. And you can just sense her "I don't give a crap" attitude
which I love. The other model still has to ascend to that level (all young women,
forgive me, not-there-yet-females need to).
Title A is
here and much more is coming soon; expect four collections a year (please don't
overwork yourselves - I'm serious) including leathers, sunglasses and my
favourite form of accessory, shoes. I am very curious to see what ideas they'll
come up with and will definitely keep them in my peripheral vision. You should
On Sunday I spent the whole day at Graduate Fashion Week. Apart of browsing the various stands I also went backstage to soak up the buzzing atmosphere before UCA Epsom's catwalk show and of course take some photos. Seeing all the finished designs after months and months of hard work was great - it was even more amazing to see the proud and happy designers themselves. Well done to all of you!
Emily Arabadjian visited ten final year fashion design students from UCA Epsom
to find out about the materials and fabrics they are using in their graduate
Lavinia Cadar, womenswear
Working with pure silks and wools,
Lavinia has created a very contemporary collection. She understands how to best
combine colours for an eye-catching presentation and merges crimson red with
teal blue. Lavinia decided to bond vinyl with wool to “contrast with the luxury
parts of the collection”. While vinyl emphasises on the sharp lines of her
designs, the wool softens the garments. The collection and its strong asymmetrical lines were influenced by
Picasso’s cubist paintings and particularly the character of the harlequin.
Look forward to seeing Lavinia’s precisely cut designs in the future.
Katie Simmonds, womenswear
Katie’s graduate collection started with the idea of bioluminescence
(light generated by living organisms). She was especially interested in
light-emitting deep-sea creatures. Her garments are coloured in many shades of
purples, blues and reds, imitating underwater hues. The designer chose to use
(sparkly) meshes and spandex jersey which allows for stretching pipes into the fabrics to create a wavy
effect. The sparkly meshes also serve to emulate the underwater glows. Katie enjoys the designing phase and
making toiles, saying that “you can see how it works out and if you’ve failed
it’s easy to move on.”
Michelle Lewis, womenswear
Basing her collection on cowboys and
burlesque dancers, Michelle surely has come up with an interesting combination,
making it a “mix of the really masculine and the feminine”. Using leather
fringing, glitter on cotton, power mesh and disco jersey, the collection
resembles a “patchwork of black”. The only pop of colour will be a neon red
gracing the models lips and nails at the presentation, adding to the image of a
“very classic, hyperfeminine woman”. Michelle’s favourite part of
designing is the styling: “I like thinking about how to put the garments
together, who might wear them and what their character would be like”.
Zahra Azam, womenswear
Zahra takes traditional African
costumes and techniques and compares them to African urban 70s wear. By
combining both, she has created a colourful collection consisting of an array
of different materials. While her main fabric is cotton, Zahra also included
neoprene, wool, organza and leather in her designs. Applique also plays a big
part, being used in many different ways. Her colour chart is based on energetic
hues like navy blue, lime green and orange coral, allowing for maximum impact.
Accessory-wise, boombox handbags, headbands and 90s trainers with appliques on
their platforms enrich the collection.
Poppy Gooderick, womenswear
Keeping all of her designs in white,
Poppy allows the viewer to explore the texture of her final year collection. Her
light designs contain a mixture of sheers and lightweight cottons which she covers
with gel medium mixed with paint. Adding glitter to some fabrics, a playful and
feminine element emerges and contrasts nicely with the otherwise industrial
collection. Poppy’s designs have a good mixture
of silhouettes, including a body-suit, a dress, a couple of trousers and some
jackets, making it a collection offering various shapes for different tastes.
Junaid Nasar, menswear
Junaid is using a diverse range of
materials and including both organic and manmade elements in his designs.
Linen, cotton, wool, felt, leather, nylon, neoprene, metal and many more
decorate his garments. To keep the collection balanced Junaid decided to primarily
use two colours, navy blue and pink. His choice was influenced by a street
festival in Pakistan which he stumbled upon by accident on a visit to the
country. Apart of clothes, his collection also carries a couple of bags, one
being a pink oversized envelope bag with leather straps and the other a slouchy
Jude Leonard, womenswear
The focal points of Jude’s collection are the oversized teddy bears
and bunny rabbits which are incorporated into her designs. She developed her own
teddy bear patterns, enlarging and changing the fabrics to make them look slightly misshapen.
Apart of using different furs, she also worked with leathers, coated cottons
and jersey. The collection leans on utility and sportswear with an emphasis on
outerwear. Her designs are kept in dark burgundy, grey and orange hues. Jude’s favourite part of creating her
collection was working with the furs and putting the garments together.
Munuse Agagil, womenswear
Munuse’s collection consists of two materials – wool and elastic
fabric. Her minimalist designs were inspired by the journey of the war bride
and also include military elements. Dresses as well as trousers and a coat add
a balance to her collection. Munuse also makes use of clashing colours, referring
to one palette of neutrals and greys and another featuring brighter colours. By bringing to life her final year collection, the designer learned that simple
garments can be difficult to construct and equally effective as complicated and
Imogen Bowman, womenswear
Inspired by the
work of Mark Rothko and Robert Rauschenberg, Imogen has created a collection
with a heavy art influence. She coloured her designs in dark grey, cobalt blue,
white and added a bright orange “to make the collection pop”. Working mainly
with silks, leathers and denims, she compares her designs to artworks. Her
lightweight dresses “have frayed edges and blur into each other like they would
in a painting”. Imogen knew from the beginning that her collection would be
based on textiles and kept experimenting until she found the right way of
representing the artworks through clothing.
Brooke Grindlay, womenswear
After visiting a fisherman’s village
on Mersea island, Brooke decided to base her collection on elements of fishing.
She incorporates nets into her designs by using macramé and knitting
techniques. By working with neoprene, jersey and waxed coating the designer
keeps the collection contemporary. White, grey and beige help direct the focus
to the fabrics while bursts of neon orange make for a bold contrast. Objects
trapped in the nets add depth to the collection and provide details to look out
for. The slightly sporty collection is rounded off by brown, chunky heels
covered in macramé.