At a press day I was introduced to the brand Bass shoes – they are an old American company that started making men’s shoes in the 1870′s. During World War I, the Bass Aviation Boot was the official boot for the US Army but it was James Dean and Michael Jackson who made them cool – Michael Jackson moonwalked in Bass shoes!
Oranges might not be your typical Halloween fruit but they are orange and perfect to draw on. I had a little Halloween dinner and my guests, being some very talented creative people, drew some lovely and frightening faces for Halloween!
I was invited to a preview screening of Full Figured Fashion Week – part of a series Fashion Week Internationale by Vice Magazine. I knew it was going to be interesting because it was by Vice. The series focuses on the other fashion weeks around the world. London, New York, Paris and Milan are known as the fashion capitals of the world but fashion happens everywhere and that’s what this series is exploring.
The host of the film is the disarming (and model thin) Charlet Duboc, who refers to herself in the film as an empty figured person. After seeing this short film I felt empowered and tearful. I know everyone has the right to feel beautiful regardless of size and colour but self-esteem is a delicate thing and if you’re a big woman and can’t find a beautiful dress that fits you, it’s like being told you’re not good enough or beautiful enough to wear a dress. The film is strictly a documentary – it’s more like an account of the personal journey of Charlet, who said Full Figured Fashion Week’s after party on the cruise was “the best fashion party I’d ever been to.”
Vice is planning to continue the series – watch out for upcoming episodes on Colombia (which I also got a preview of – just see if you can watch it all the way through without looking away!), and we got a sneak peak at the upcoming episode on Las Vegas, which as expected looks like it will be pretty outrageous!
The first of the series is Islamabad Fashion Week, which is on Vice’s website and is mesmerizing – the most memorable part to me is where Charlet’s host explains in a matter-of-fact tone not to worry about getting kidnapped because in their culture women aren’t as valuable so it’s only men who get kidnapped. Cold comfort…
One of the simple pleasures in life is having a new writing pen, especially for London Fashion Week. I was lucky enough to receive a Parker Ingenuity pen, which is brown with rose gold – beautiful! It’s has a hybrid flexible writing tip which moulds to ones writing style – it’s a like a fountain pen with none of the mess or worry about spilling ink. I wish I wrote beautifuly (like my mum) as my handwriting is a bit messy but somehow it just seems nicer with a beautiful pen.
It’s interesting in this digital age that the pen is still a status symbol – I’ve had numerous compliments on my pen!
This story was Inspired by Queen Boudicca haunting Kings Cross St Pancreas. I styled this story a while back but couldn’t show you the images until now. It was shot by Elisabeth Hoff at The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel for a charity project titled ‘Hidden Gems’ in aid of the children’s charity The Variety Club. The images were used for a book and exhibition.
Dress by Ada Zandition.
Dress by Jasper Garvida
Dress by William Tempest
Dress by Bora Aksu
Jessica Pain @ Models 1
Styling by Rebekah Roy.
Makeup by Zoe Taylor
Hair by Ben Cooke
Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s Merit Award Winner, Georgia Hardinge (on the right) is having an amazing sample sale today in her East London studio. You can purchase t-shirts for £5 and even some amazing pieces from her earlier collections for under £20! Of course there are some pieces that sell for a bit more but only for the wholesale price! It’s a great way to pick up an amazing one-off piece!
I don’t know why I have a weakness for certain animal prints but I do and I’m quite picky about the ones that I like. I was visiting a PR today as saw this zebra print Belen Echandia handbag and I can’t stop thinking about it!
When I was a little girl I loved dolls and I had many tea parties with my dolls and teddy bears so I was quite looking forward to the Scarlet Ribbon Affair event and I had no idea of what to expect as the world of couture dolls is a private and elite one. The guests were a mix of press and doll collectors and It was a rare opportunity to photograph the Sybarites (the dolls are called Syarties) as their first exhibition was to an elite group of 30 people, since then they’ve shown in Paris, Tokyo and Moscow but not permitted photographs. The couture collection of Sybarites, titled Social Monstrosities took place in East London not far from where the designers, Charles Fegen and Desmond Lingard, have their studio.
Charles Fegen and Desmond Lingard are both trained in fashion and worked with high fashion and couture brands before starting their own company, Superdoll Collectibles. The Sybarites are 17" tall, matte white and made of resin with 19 points of articulation so that they can be moved into very specific positions. The one-of-a-kind Sybarites are handmade in the Superfrock studio in London, and can take up to 200 hours to make. Sybarites have been purchased for up to $20,000 to $40,000 USD.
Vice UK‘s office is in East London and it’s quite impressive. It’s a large open plan space with several editing offices and it’s own screening room. I was invited to attend a private screening about Fashion Week Internationale (which I’ll do a separate post on, it was that great!). Vice is one of those magazines that I’m always on the lookout for and when I find a copy of it, I read it cover to cover. Vice has 34 offices world wide and over 60 full time employees in this office, plus lots of freelancers and interns.
One of things that’s very cool at Vice magazine is, if you’re an intern and you have an idea you’re encouraged to write a treatment and present your idea. Vice intern, Charlet Duboc came up with idea of do a series of films exploring the other fashion weeks around the world and created the series Fashion Week Internationale, and so far she’s covered Islamabad Fashion week, New York’s Full Figured Fashion Week and Columbia Fashion Week.
I like a girly cocktail – the kind where you don’t really notice the alcohol, so it does seem very Mad Men to try a proper martini. This was a gin martini with vermouth and instead of olives it had a cherry, so not a true man’s drink but it’s not quite a girly drink either. It was very strong but didn’t burn your throat.
This is my new fashion cupboard at Phoenix Magazine! I’m quite excited as the whole office is being renovated at the moment and I had been hoping that this office would become our new fashion cupboard, and now it is!
I first met Gabby Young at London Fashion Week and you can’t help but adore her. She’s a big fan of Vauxhall Fashion Scout and was seeing quite a few shows there before heading off to the US to do a tour. One of her favourite fashion shows was Inbar Spector so it was only fitting that she wore one of Inbar’s dresses and with her red fishtail braid and bare feet she looked like a princess mermaid.
Koko was her biggest headline performance to date and it’s one of my favourite venues – it’s perfect for a cabaret – jazz event.
The show was like being at a circus complete with an acrobat. There were so many different choirs and people who joined Gabby on stage and it just felt like a magical night! It was a very happy audience and it was like being at one big party where every knows each other – even though you don’t, but it’s one of those rare events where strangers are talking to strangers and that warmth definitely comes from Gabby.
Beautiful Soul is known for its bespoke Kimono Collection and this is Nicola Woods second ready to wear collection which is called ‘Summer Breeze’. This season she exhibited at Vauxhall Fashion Scout with Felicites Presents and Ecoluxe London.
The silhouette is classic, easy shapes with ruffles and crop jackets but there’s something quite quirky and fun about the looks and it’s the prints! They are inspired by the English summertime and vintage kimono fabrics from Beautiful Soul’s archive of Japanese kimonos. Beautiful Soul is based in Notting Hill and the prints have subtle influences of the brightly coloured houses, tree blossoms, and local parks surrounding Nicola’s studio. Every season Nicola does classic and cute trenches - it’s nice to have a good summer trench as you never know when it’s going to rain!
Beautiful Soul uses British wool, sustainable organic fabrics and even the buttons are made from vegetable ivory – the seed from a palm tree!
Cruella De Vil is a true style icon with her white and black hair, white mink cloak with tight long dresses worn with bright coloured gems. She has definitely inspired many people for Halloween, and many others in their day-to-day look. Beyond Retro has a great display – get the look: Cruella De Vil!
I hadn’t been to a Peacocks press day but there was one held recently at the Oui Rooms in central London and I really wanted to pop by. I love these vintage 70′s inspired prints and dresses – I love a dress as you can always throw it on and with a cool pair of boots it’ll look great. Most of the dresses retail at about £40.
For several seasons Daisy Lowe has modeled her mother’s collections for Peacocks. This collection is inspired by Hollywood legends like Deborah Kerr in An Affair To Remember and Debbie Reynolds in Singing In The Rain. So you’ll see lots of dresses at Peacocks that are vintage-inspired with a modern twist.
There was quite a bit of commotion on Carnaby Street (and in TopShop earlier that day) as Kimora Lee Simmons was doing some filmng in Central London. Two cool facts about her: she was five foot ten inches when she was ten years old, and when she was just thirteen she was awarded an exclusive modeling contract with Chanel.
I’ve known Jasper Garvida for quite a few years, and recently I had the chance to visit Jasper in his new East London studio. Jasper has always been passionate about embellishment and this season with the Olympics just ahead of us he’s used lots of silver and gold with black and white. His S/S 2012 collection is called Autour d’un Point, named after a painting by Frantisek Kupka which is also the inspiration for the collection.
I like Jasper’s collection beacause the looks are sexy and strong without being revealing. The clothes are easy to wear – they have built in style, and it’s easy to recognize a Jasper Garvida dress. You can imagine most of his garments on the red carpet as they are perfect for celebrities.
Me and Jasper at his aftershow party during London Fashion Week.
Donna Ida, the Queen of Denim has just celebrated her 5th birthday (her shop’s 5th birthday!
‘It literally feels like yesterday that I opened our first boutique in Chelsea – so much has happened in five years and we’ve achieved a lot! I often look back and remember when it was just me with my laptop and an idea sitting in my flat. I wish I could fast-forward to five year’s time from now and take a peek into the future, it’ll be interesting to see where we are at the ten year mark. The secret is to love what you do and be passionate. I love denim, I always have and I always will. There’s nothing else that’s as cool, fashionable and easy to wear. As the famous quote goes, find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life!’
It’s quite impressive that in only 5 years Donna Ida has opened 4 shops and sells online. Donna Ida will be interviewed by Dolly Jones of Vogue.com at The Industry London on October 26. For more information visit The Industry London.