Sunday, 11 December 2011

Just.worn: Topshop Ambush Boots @ Pretty Litter Launch Party

I recently picked up a copy of Pretty Litter magazine only to find a picture of Jess Eaton's Roadkill Couture collection on the front cover just after we had finished filming our documentary. This a fantastic new creative magazine available in Brighton for free! Showcasing the best art, fashion and design to be found in my home town. Although this is the second Issue, that magazine was holding its belated launch party, The Electric Glitter Party, at The Old Market Theatre in Hove. A night of live music from Rockabilly band Derriere, Burlesque performances from Coco Deville, and an amazing Aerial act from Kitty Peels. 

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Just.photographed: A Decade in a Dress

This is one of the final outcomes of a photography and styling project at uni. 

The challenge:
To be make up artist, hair stylist, fashion stylist, model and photographer and shoot a decade represented by one dress, in one day.

I think our trio was successful in capturing the heart of the 60s decade. Taking our inspiration from icons such as Brigette Bardot, Monica Vitti, Audrey Hepburn and those famous Twiggy eyes!
This is the image we slapped down on the table at 3pm on the dot.

Monday, 28 November 2011

Just.produced: Jess Eaton Road Kill Couture

An attempt to film a short fashion documentary as part of one of my university projects led to the discovery of a fantastic local ethical designer, and eventually to the creation of my first short documentary. Below is the first edit which is to be perfected in time after learning more in depth editing skills.

 A small team of us worked together to direct and produce this piece on an ethical fashion concept. It features an Interview with Jess Eaton, a fashion designer and conceptual artist and the publics reactions to her work. 

Click here to view the entire collection and more information about Jess Eaton or check out her shop EatonNott.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Just.seen: Warhol Is Here!

I had the chance to see the Andy Warhol exhibition at the De La Warr Pavilion, and to see his famous Marilyn Diptich! 

There was such a vast and varied collection of his work, from his screen prints to his movie posters through to his polaroids.

I love this series of photographs, in all the others he has a selection of wigs on, but this has such a simplicity and innocence about it. There is no disguise or pretence, it is simply just Andy.

Monday, 31 October 2011

Just.seen: La Nuit Blanche

Tonight was that magic day in October when the clocks change and we get that extra hour. Brighton celebrates this 'White Night' with a mix of exhibitions, interactive art and events with numerous performances by bands, choirs, dancers and artists.
One of the giant mythical creature paper sculptures on display across the old steine.
I managed to get out and explore a small selection of the things 'White Night' had to offer, from a short trip to heaven and hell, a chance to build my utopian self in a utopian future world out of clay and telephone the far away woods and hear the owls hooting. 

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Just.missed: LFW Menswear Day

I was really quite excited about menswear day, as it is quite a new edition to Fashion Week. Yesterday I saw the exhibition spaces being transformed once more into new and exciting displays. Today I woke up rather ill. So to make up for missing menswear day, I'd thought I might add a couple of pictures of some of the guys I photographed earlier in the week.

 I love this guys relaxed style, not to mention I LOVE his Prada brogues!!!

 This is a such a simple monochrome look, it just looks effortless.

I really like this guys unusual use of layering, you can see the blue shirt just enough at the neck and cuffs.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Just.seen: LFW Day 5

The last day of Fashion Week before everything gets transformed for Menswear day tomorrow! Things are drawing to a close after this crazy week! I managed to catch one last womenswear show before I left tonight. I saw one of Aminaka Wilmont's first collections at Fashion Week way back in 2009 and so was very excited to see what they were going to do this season. I was a little bit disappointed by the first few looks they sent down the runway as I felt it was nothing different to the digital prints I had seen earlier in the week in many of the shows. However I was not disappointed for long as their signature deconstructed look soon emerged and finished the show off in style.

Aminaka Wilmont SS2012 Show
Aminaka Wilmont new Spring Summer Collection

I thought I'd add a final round up of the street style photos I took before menswear day tomorrow. Enjoy some of the creative looks I snapped throughout the week.

Love this space nebular maxi and the fact it matches her hair.

One of the models leaving one of the catwalk shows

A blogger accessorising with a brilliant leather hat and camera

One of the best dressed couples I saw all week!

Another model arriving to model for one of the many shows
I have totally enjoyed every minute of fashion week, even if I am totally exhausted! Excited for menswear day tomorrow before it really is all over!

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Just.worn: LFW Day 4

As the sun was shining today I thought it was safe enough to rock my purple suede Dr Martens with a pair of faux leather trousers from H&M and a rocker tee of one of my friends bands, Shaped by Fate. 

Another eventful day today. I spotted Samantha Cameron looking round the exhibition before quietly leaving at the embankment entrance. She was also spotted on the front row of a few shows this Fashion Week including Erdem, Christopher Kane and Burberry. I am a bit of a fan of the PMs wife's simple relaxed style, and her ability to mix high street and high end fashion.
Samantha Cameron at the Christopher Kane Show.
I later managed get in to see the Todd Lynn show a mix of both womanswear and menswear with a simple, clean colour pallet and a mix of knit and tailoring. Check out some of his collection below.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Just.worn : LFW Day 3

What I'm Wearing; H&M black heart crop top with my high waisted leather shorts I cut down from a pair of trousers and Topshop loafers.

Here's a few snaps of some stylish people i have seen so far.
The entrance to the Catwalk Show Space

Jeffery Campbell I love you!
Another busy day after which I am totally exhausted, yet home to an epic Chinese takeout feast tonight!

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Just.seen: LFW Day 2

I found myself dogsitting for Gemma Arterton's beautiful dog Purla, seen wearing the 'it' hoody at Fashion Week this morning. 

Gemma later on appeared looking effortlessly cool in a monochrome tailored outfit and a bright yellow clutch at Burberry sat between Sienna Miller and Rosie Huntington-Whitely.
I do not own the above photo.
Another exhausted day over, yet just as exciting and chaotic as the previous! Managed to almost bump into John Rocha and managed to actually bump into Jimmy Choo who I asked for a cheeky autograph. =D I also caught a glimpse of the fantastic Jaeger show after directing the lovely Olivia Palermo to the BFC Catwalk show space.

Now writing a round up of the days events sat on the train watching the live stream of the Issa show, and I must say I am loving the tropical prints!!!

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Just.worn: LFW Day 1

Day 1: Rocking my Piers Atkinson 'London' headband with the Margeila lab coat. Wearing  a H&M black jumpsuit and Topshop loafers.

I unbelievably managed to drag myself out of bed this morning, it had to be the lure of all the SS12 collections that compelled me to brave the freezing cold outside! Day 1complete and I am exhausted already! Found myself surrounded by a mass of press and buyers, it was all I could do to spot the designers, models and celebs amongst the chaos, yet I'm sure no one missed me with my massive happy to help badge, it was all questions and directions. Must sleep now, as tomorrow I must awake at the same unhumanly hour for the commute and I hope to snap lots of pics tomorrow.

Just.seen: Felder Felder SS12

Friday, 16 September 2011

Just.wear: LFW Margeila & Atkinson

Here's a sneak peak of what i'll be wearing for the duration of fashion week...

One Maison Margeila'esque' lab coat, MAC lipstick and an awesome Piers Atkinson 'London' headband. I'm hoping I can pull off the lab coat look, but its gonna be tricky... However I am in love with my 'London' headband, I fell i love with Pier's Atkinson's 'Anna's headpiece (inspired by Anna Pigalli, Anna Dello-Russo and Anna Wintour I believe) and now I have my own version! =D

Totally excited now, but cannot believe I am up this early in the morning writing this, bring on the madness that is London Fashion Week!

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Just.worn: The Calm Before the Storm

This look for me equals the ultimate in laid back chic and comfort. Knowing I would be on my feet a lot during training I chose my Springcourts to literally give me that spring in my step. Teaming my Replay denim cut offs with a h&m black tee. Rocking my vintage gold aviators with my beautifully studded and completely bottomless bag. All I can say in this look is bring on the training!

I made my final trip up to Somerset House before Fashion Week goes live and it all kicks off. A last day of training to go over the final details. It was amazing to see how the courtyard had be transformed into the venue that hosts one of the worlds biggest fashion events. Teams of people had been working tirelessly behind the scenes preparing the exhibition spaces, the VIP lounges, the BFC catwalk tent, preparing everything down to the very last detail.

Fully briefed and issued with my uniform and cheeky goody bag, I only hope I can survive all the early mornings! (Although, just the mere thought of seeing all the best designers and the who's who of fashion provides more than enough incentive to brave my alarm clock for the next 6 days)!

P.s All will be revealed as to what I will be wearing for uniform soon enough.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Just.discovered: Charlotte Free - The pink haired rebel

Charlotte Free, the model, the American rebel, the new sensation? This pink haired beauty is the one of the latest girls to cause a stir with her original and edgy style. Hotly tipped as one of the new faces to watch, see how she fairs in the Stylenoir approved: Top 5 Models for SS12.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Just.bought: New Suede Shoes

Dr Martens Classic Brogue

I have been intrigued by the growing trend of creepers and platform shoes as chunky soles were steadily creeping up inch by inch on the runway. It was not long before the high street followed suit and fully embraced the trend. Brands such as Underground (the original british punks) have collaborated with popular high street stores Topshop and Urban Outfitters creating new and exclusive designs.

Initially I thought these bold designs were a little to punk for me and thought about settling for one of the slightly more tailored wearable styles offered by Office . However being the dreaded half size, try as I might I couldn't find a pair in either style to fit! I had just about given up and started my search for another footwear trend when... I glanced upon this pair of Dr Martens. I knew I had to own them, I just hoped this would finally be my Cinderella pair. I tentatively asked the shop assistant for my size, my eyes followed her to the stockroom, disappear and then return, clutching THE shoes. I slowly laced each one up, they were perfect! I could not have been happier if Prince Charming had laced them up himself. I had found my 'glass slippers'.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Just.worn: My Lucky Day

Unfortunately I cannot claim full responsibility for the sun appearing after my interview or for the fact I correctly predicted the weather by gambling on shorts. I guess luck was on my side, as not only did I emerge from my interview into the beautiful sunshine, with a job. Only to be honest, this was only revealed after a nail biting bank holiday weekend of constant and religious email checking. 

Once again I am back at Somerset House, this time for an afternoon of training. So today I kept my look relaxed. Teaming my white converse with rolled up sleeves on my oversized shirt tucked into a leather look skirt from Next. This time tucking my skull studded bag under my arm to complete the look.

I am so excited and cannot wait to start work at this seasons London Fashion Week, and what a week it will be!

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Just.worn: Interview for a work placement with the British Fashion Council @ LFW

I definitely found myself with a need to look smart for this interview, so a shirt and blazer seemed the obvious choice. I wanted to avoid the cliché that often becomes this combination, by creating a more feminine take on the masculine girl/boy trend, as seen at Dolce & Gabbana. Taking inspiration from 1950s teddy boys, I teamed a simple men's Burberry shirt buttoned all the way up with my vintage tailored blazer. Adding detail with a silk handkerchief tucked into my breast pocket and an old pearl necklace under my shirt collar. It was a rather miserable morning, but I hoped the sun might make an appearance later so I took a gamble and wore my navy silk shorts from H&M. However, being a typically realistic Brit I thought my hope might have been a little misplaced. So I donned my woolly urban outfitters thigh high socks and scrunched them down (ready to be pulled up just in case I found myself needing a bit of extra warmth)! As this was clearly a time to adhere to certain footwear etiquette, I decided on my black platform suede boots. Finally I tucked my studded leather Jones Bootmaker bag under my arm to complete the look.

After arriving in London I hopped on the underground for a few stops down to the magnificent neo-classical Somerset House situated just off the River Thames. The house has played host to London Fashion Week since 2009. I briefly had enough time to admire the 50 or so fountains dancing in the courtyard before my interview and can't wait for the opportunity to explore the rest of the house!

A small patch of blue sky above Somerset House.

I emerged from my surprisingly short group interview to see the sun finally shining. Now all I can do is await the verdict, so wish me luck, fingers crossed I get the job!

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Just.ate: Coco's Patisserie

I just had to take a picture of this perfect strawberry tart topped with a miniature macaroon, and it tasted just as good as it looked!!!

Monday, 1 August 2011

Just.seen: The Grey Area

The great thing about Brighton is that it is somewhat a mini London, and the great thing about living in Brighton is exactly that. A cosmopolitan melting pot, never shy of independent art galleries, shops and cafes. The people are always willing to showcase their individuality. Young students indeed prove this to be very true and I am never short of the opportunity to explore an exhibition. The city is always littered with flyers and leaflets and upon my usual weekly sweep I discovered Influx. A culmination of contemporary photographic work from 2nd year Foundation Students exhibited at the Grey Area.

I' wearing my black jeans and a lace shirt I found hidden on the sale rails in H&M, lately I have gotten into wearing my shirts buttoned up with my pearl necklace tucked under the collar. 

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Just.been: Tour de France

I managed to leave behind the horrid rain in England and escape to the beautiful French countryside for a week. 
A relaxing holiday spent strolling through the trés jolie villages of Normandy.

La belle dame de bohème

As soon as I laid eyes on this beautiful lady, I was immediately transported back the turn of the 20th century. The time of the Moulin Rouge, full of alluring dancers. The bohemian artists, Toulouse Lautrec, Claude Monet and Edgar Degas. Bustles, lace and ladies with parasols promenading along the Parisian banks of the Seine.

Gowned in layers of delicate lace, pearls and flame red hair, she is a true bohemian of any era. A true artisan and couturier, she beautifully hand crafts all her unique dresses. Click here to view her wonderful creations.

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Just.worn: Le Premier Look du Jour

Well... they say you gotta start somewhere, so here goes: The first look du jour.

You'll most likely find me sporting a pair of trainers more often than not. I love my kicks, so it is no suprise my wardrobe is overflowing with them and they find they way into many of my looks. These just happen to be one of my favourites, my metallic red and gold pair of Springcourts. I can honestly say I would live and die in these (ULTIMATE comfort kicks), however I am prevented from doing so as there are times when certain footwear etiquette must be adhered to, no matter how bling your kicks are! But for today at least I have teamed them with a pair of trusty American Apparel wet look leggings, a vintage silk leopard print top and a black silk scarf. With a little... well rather large religious relic that camouflages in far to well.

Just incase it gets a little chilly I've got my Turn Up The Style, Turn Down The Heat jumper which I customised at a Global Cool event last January. It was all about upstyling your boring knits and creating something that you just can't resist to cuddle up in. My look encapsulated something along the lines of the militant officer colliding with the marching band. I loved adding the heavily fringed epaulettes, they make such a statement. I now can't wait for the days its cold enough to flaunt my refashioned jumper.

Get ready for winter and get upstyling! If you don't know where to start, stylist Grace Woodward has more than a few inspiring tips on how to refashion your old winter jumper.