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Saturday, 30 May 2015

Ones To Watch: Rikki Battle

Rikki Battle Menswear Graduation Collection

Sportswear has been having its moment for the past few years, rearing its head season after season. But creative pattern cutter and menswear designer Rikki Battle has managed to give it an extra new lease of life by mixing modern fabrics with clever pattern cutting.

Who would have thought we would be be putting a two in one jacket/backpack on their Christmas wishlist? I'll be the first to don one come winter. 

 For more of Rikki’s work, check out her online portfolio

Rikki Battle Menswear Graduation Collection

Rikki Battle

Rikki’s collection was based on the true story of Christopher McCandless, and the film about his final travel adventures ‘Into The Wild’.
The final moments of McCandless life in the Alaskan wilderness became key in inspiring the collections colour pallet and over all silhouette. The idea of carrying your world on your back, as you would when pack packing or traveling, became the building blocks for some of the key pieces in the collection where the backpacks have become integrated into the garments themselves.

Friday, 29 May 2015

Ones To Watch: Lauren Ward

// Another academic year over another flurry of creative designers unleashed to the world to show you what they're made of.  I thought I'd do my best to showcase as many of them as I can this year in a new series, I hope you enjoy looking through these emerging designers work as much as I do.

Lauren Ward Hand Beaded Eye - Graduate Fashion Collection 2015


Lauren Ward - UCA

Laurens stand out collection was definitely something of a head turner at her debut collection show. She learned her trade at the University of the Creative arts - I may be biased but it has to be THE best design school - and even interned with the highly coveted Meadham Kirchhoff duo.

The blaring music paired with her kitsch bead working and fun mix of lace and leather won Lauren at place at this years Graduate Fashion Week. Laurens love for traditional craft work was evident throughout her collection from the use of hand painting and hand embellishment skills.

Lauren Ward Graduate Fashion Collection 2015
Lauren Ward Graduate Fashion Collection 2015


Thursday, 28 May 2015

Summer Knitwear: The Crochet Wishlist

Asos Summer Crochet Dresses
 (Click the + signs to go straight to the stores)
Remove the images of tea cosy's and emergency car blankets from your mind. These aren't the snugly comfort blankets your nan knits. These are the status-quo disrupting knitted summer dresses that cause multiple wardrobe meltdowns every year.   

But just how do you style these see through little gowns? 

You can go all guns blazing if your ballzy enough and don it with a pair of high wasted knickers and a cropped bra top, very Paloma Faith'esque and although she is my hair idol that look is, not very me - my never regions would be far too chilly - or you could layer up (god I love layering up) and style it with either a simple slip dress or jazz it up with a long white shirt for some serious folk chic vibes.
Wednesday, 27 May 2015

When Your Best Just Isn't Good Enough

Artwork by myself


 “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” - Winston S. Churchill

The blogging pool just isn't as small as it used to be. At first it's fun to take a little dip, the initial paddle takes your breath away and you start to become more and more desperate to go full hog and dunk your shoulders right under. Before you know it your buying inflatables and attempting to splash about at the top of the pool, because in the back of your mind you want to be one of the perfectly immaculate cool kids who swoon about on a lilos drinking lavish cocktails. You try your very best to to clamber aboard but can't help but look a little disheveled and fall short,  making a big splash and inevitably loosing a bikini top in the whole darn process.
Of course these pressures don't just exist in the blogging world, outside of my blog (in the unspeakable real world) and cast into the super competitive world of fashion design, i often find myself banging my head against the bitterly harsh wall of failure. 

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Summer Tassels

 (Jacket: Zara,  Kimono: *Monsoon,  Top: Dress worn as top *Topshop via Fashion Chick,  Skirt: Topshop,  Bag: Beyond Retro)

As soon as the sun rears it's beaming face us Brits seem to develop strange clothing behaviors; You have the slightly balding and aviator sunglasses wearing jack the lad who suddenly decides its acceptable to go topless in local supermarkets.
You have the forever parka and Ugg doning teenager who clings onto her extra thermals right up until the longest day of the year. And you have the layer hoarders, and that's where you will find me.

Come rain or shine you will find me clambering on to all sorts of layers, recently I've been loving my embellished kimono and suede jacket combo. All i need is a floral crown and i'm festival ready... anyone have any spare tickets?