Monday, 27 June 2011

Elena Ciuprina

I've been looking at a lot of graduate collections recently (seeing as I am now one, hee hee) and they are just so much more interesting and imaginative than anything you see elsewhere. These beauties are by Polish born Elena Ciuprina who graduated last year.

I like the simple, yet intricate nature of this collection, the drapes, the colour pallette and the cut of every piece within this collection. If I had that red dress, I'd never take it off... What's your favourite piece?

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Niels Peeraer


Apologies for the image heavy post but I didn't want to leave anything out, I love every single image. This is Niels Peeraer's MA collection entitled 'Guess technology isn't ready for pancake teleportation' and I want all of it. Want to know something depressing? He's younger than me, sob.

But anyways, there is nothing I don't like here, Chanel-esque tweed onesies, riding style hat with ears, gorgeous nude accessories, moulded leather body armour and beehive gauze attachments. I dare you to find something wrong with it.

I can't wait to see more from Niels, he doesn't seem to have a website as of yet but have a look at his NJAL profile here for more info.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

My Work Wishlist

With the whole finishing uni/getting into the real World/working/going to interview I've found myself fantasising about black trousers that fit properly instead of bright red dresses... So here's my little (achievable and affordable) wishlist.

1. Sailor style top from Monki. I'm still obsessed with Monki and I'm going to be featured in the next Monki magazine, so watch out for my face!

2. Oversized sheer black dress from Monki.

3. Tapered black trousers from Topshop. I need to train myself to wear trousers again!

4. A gorgeous teal shirt dress from Warehouse.

5. Patent loafers from Topshop.

6. Black Mary Janes from Topshop.

What would your work staple be? I think red lipstick is going to be one of mine...

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Lost

My brain is still a little bit fuzzy from Hong Kong, starting work again and having a job interview today, so I just want to look at some beautiful images and not really think about anything...

This set is by Formento + Formento, husband and wife team who travel the US in a silver trailer, styling and photographing 25 girls from 50 states. Each location, woman, theme and styling are unique to each shot which makes a very interesting collection of images. I love the mood and lighting in these particular images and the sense that she is completely lost...

There's also a behind the scenes video that's worth a watch. Make sure to check out all the other images on the website as there are some beauts!

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Monki

 I've always been a little bit obsessed with Monki but I've never been able to get my hands on anything from there as they don't sell online or have a store in the UK (well not until September this year anyway! Excited!) so when I found out I was going to Hong Kong, the Monki shop there was one of my first thoughts...

We went and found it on the last day and all fell in love with everything in there, everything is just lovely, check out the website and fall in love with it yourself! I got jeans, tops, a purse, a skirt for a friend and a dress with a collar that you can see above. They don't let you take photos alas but I got some sneaky ones of the awesome changing room and the outside!

I also got a fringe cut and dyed my hair when we got back, as is my tradition of a hair change after a holiday, so there is my hair and me sporting a Monki top! (And yes, that is a wavy Ikea mirror, silly student house...) I really wish I'd bought more things!

Visit the Monki website or wait until September when they'll be stocked in Selfridges in the UK!

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Adventures in Hong Kong

I'm in Hong Kong! Hoorah! I'm here with three other girls from UCLan to take part in the semi finals of the Poly U Global Challenge, unfortunately we didn't get through to the final but never mind, now we have a couple of extra days to explore Hong Kong and it's insanity.

It's been so much fun meeting people from all over the World, presenting our little business to proper grown up people and experiencing a completely different culture along with a billion other cultures. I love seeing the way different people react to things. We were expecting to stand out like sore fashiony thumbs (we do a little bit) amongst a sea of suits and brainy people, but everyone is really lovely and so much fun.

I've posted some properly cheesy, touristy photos of the team which is me, Alex, Sophy and Tanya (in the order of the last photo, Alex is incapable of keeping her eyes open in photos...) so excuse the sweaty, grinning faces but they are some of my favourite times from the trip such as wandering aimlessly around the streets of Hong Kong, FOOD, meeting lots of awesome new people, Dim Sum on a floaty restaurant, sunsets by the harbour, presenting our 'business', commiseration comfort food with weird McDonalds, drunk old chinese men picking us up, being silly in Lang Kwai Fong, treating the 7 Eleven as a club/bar and making friends.

We're off to explore the millionaire lifestyle on Hong Kong island tomorrow evening so I'm sure I'll have a far more interesting post!

Let me know if there's any must visit places in Hong Kong if you've been here before, we want to make the most of our time here!

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Graduate Fashion Week 2011

From top to bottom: Hannah Cumming, Zoe Clark, Anna Stephenson, Kyle Graham Spires, Barbra Kolasinski and Laura De Barra.

So today saw the start of Graduate Fashion Week 2011, the third one I have attended but the first that I've actually been a Graduate (well not technically as Graduation is in July but still...) at. I've been nominated for a few awards so I have to be on the UCLan stand at all times throughout the week in case the judges pounce so if anyone else is around, do come and say hello! I'll even give you a business card as I'm a grown up now and have some...

Because of the having to hang around the stand all day, we didn't get to see many shows, though we did see the UCLan and Edinburgh shows, both of which were a delight.

Edinburgh was particularly good (as always) and I managed to get a few shoddy snaps of some of my favourite collections. The whole Edinburgh show was of a really high standard though, the manufacturing, fabrics and accessories were all top notch. I especially liked the wooden accessories peppered throughout the collections, give me a wooden box over a tote bag any day.

I love the bold and bright colour palette in Hannah Cumming's collection, the intricate wooden accessories and pom poms in Zoe Clark's collection, the gorgeous pleating in Kyle Spires's, the bright fur and printed trousers in Barbra Kolanski's and the contrast of knitwear and leather in Laura De Barra's. Anna Stephenson's collection was a stand out favourite of mine, as a massive fan of Hermione de Paula, I'm always on the lookout for more floral, optical prints. Anna's delivered just this in a delicate, feminine and eye catching way. Each piece hugged the models perfectly and effortlessly floated down the catwalk.

I'm hopefully going to see a few more shows tomorrow, depending on when the judges get round to seeing me...

If you're at GFW let me know how you're getting on and come and say hello! ALSO, visit the AVA Books stand and pick up the Styling book as I wrote a piece in it!

Friday, 3 June 2011

My 'holiday' wishlist

I'm not sure if I've mentioned it properly but I'm part of a team taking part in the PolyU Global Challenge, a business competition type thing and we're off to Hong Kong to compete in the semi finals next week! It's not really a holiday as we'll be working really hard throughout but it's a trip to somewhere I've never been before so I'm seeing it as a cheeky getaway. These are a few things I'm coveting...

1. A cute red spotty dress from Monki. Red is lucky in China after all!

2. Classic sunglasses by Kiss&Kill. The shape is pretty perfect, a softer shape to RayBan, and will last forever, plus they have special lenses to keep my eyes nicely protected. I also want these for every day wear but that's just because I got distracted on the website!

3. Black, strappy Swedish Hasbeens. I've wanted some of these babies for a very long time but have never quite got round to getting any, I think I need to change that soon...

4. Dotty socks from Monki. I don't think I can quite pull off the ankle socks and sandals look, but in my wishlist I can wish!

5. A perfect little red satchel from Topshop. It can store all of my business notes, cards and laptop but still look pretty doing it.

Can you tell I'm really looking forward to going to the Monki shop in Hong Kong? I'm going to come back all Monki-d out!

Has anyone been to Hong Kong? Got any tips of what to see and where to go? Please let me know!

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Class of 2011

Uni is over! Well, everything's handed in anyway, just Graduate Fashion Week, PolyU Global Challenge and Graduation to go...

To celebrate four years of hard work, we decided to go out as superheroes and, as I barely ever share my face or personal life on here, I thought I would as an ode to my lovely friends and our mad costume skillz. I'm Wonder Woman of course, the lovely Ashleigh is a very good She Ra (we made the costumes ourselves, from scratch, we win), Sophy is Batgirl and will be with me at GFW and Hong Kong. We also have lovelies Cat Girl, Super Girl, Rainbow Brite, Bubbles the Powerpuff Girl and Super Ted. We wasted 4 years on our Fashion Promotion degree, we should have been superheroes.

Yay to everyone!

p.s. Things finishing on Ebay soon! Click heeeeere.

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