Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Guerilla Gardening.

After stumbling across the delights of 'The pothole gardener' (thanks to the Topshop twitter) i have chosen to share the joy!
A seemingly anonymous gardening enthusiast brightens up the boroughs of London by creating 'Holes of happiness'. Filling in potholes, the artist creates miniature horticultural scenes, ranging from a royal wedding inspired piece to sea-side settings. I love his work and think it is very inspiring indeed! 

I will soon be heading to London myself to work with Vauxhall fashion scout at LFW. Hopefully i may spot a little 'Hole of happiness' myself!

Take a peak at some of his videos on youtube!

Friday, 27 January 2012

Down to the Market.

On a recent trip to Tynemouth market I got a bit snap happy... Here are some highlights!

Controversy in Colombia.

As part of our experiential design brief for semester two, we are to design and budget a fashion show. As a starting point to my module i have been exploring South American womenswear and boy did i get a surprise.

In Colombia there is a running joke that on her sixteenth birthday it is the norm for a father to buy his daughter a lovely pair of bum implants; however this is no laughing matter as it is often the case. In a culture shock realisation i noticed a stark difference between the South American models and the stereotypical skinny models we see working in the European industry. 

These young girls crave such a gift due to the image portrayed in South American fashion. The sought after look, which women of all ages are seemingly prepared to pay thousands for consists of a lot more 'meat on the bones' in comparison to our british girls. Almost all Colombian models have breast and bum implants (although not many are willing to admit it) in order to portray the typical curvy Latino woman. The famous latino curves are accentuated and this is referred to as 'Narco-Beauty'. It proved difficult to research any actual South American fashion collections due to the fact Colombian fashion week (amongst many other South American shows) seemed to largely consist of these 'Narco-beauties' prancing around in bikinis and underwear, being true to the saying 'if you've got it flaunt it' and these woman have definitely made sure they have it.

Yet more controversy lies around Colombian fashion week due to a large glamorisation issue with the cocaine industry. The issue in being that it isn't really seen as an issue at all. Models and designers openly admit to using the drug and in one instance of a more elaborate catwalk set large mountains of white powder surround the show set, assumed by most to be representing large mountains of cocaine. 

Presented by Charlotte Duboc 'Vice' magazine has covered these issues in a three part series which can be viewed here. http://www.vice.com/en_uk/fashion-week-internationale/colombia-part-1

Fashion Styling.

Here are a few of my favourite images from my Fashion Styling brief in the semester one photography module at uni. Slightly inspired by the Burberry Beach shoot (I love the contrast of the harsh leather look and soft beach landscape, (mmm)), I took my trusty model (and trusty pal) Laura to Tynemouth beach and pretended to be a photographer for the day!

We had a wail of a time and Laura was a trouper! 

Dum Dum Girls vs The New Fetish

Tapping my feet to the sound of Indie-Pop band The Dum Dum Girls playing live at the Cluny, I find myself staring at them in awe; the foursome are all uniquely attractive and are the type of women in which any man would gain an instant ego boost, if he were to have a Dum Dum hanging off his arm.
I notice drummer Sandy and Lead singer Dee Dee are particularly model-esque, both standing tall with dark long locks. Magisterial hairstyles being a major factor throughout the Dum Dum look; bassist ‘Bambi’ sports thick, lengthy ginger waves whilst guitarist Jules wears an elongated Mary Quant cut.
The audience is surprisingly varied and there are plenty of middle-aged men who, no doubt, were enjoying the sights just as much as the sounds.
Although I thoroughly enjoyed their set I found myself engaging in their style more than their music. The Dum Dum Girls, whose fashion, obviously embodying the fetish trend, represented a dominating, dominatrix theme. All dressed in black, with an extensive hosiery collection; fishnet, striped and checked tights all make an appearance on stage. Leather and lace are also prominent to their fashion ethos. Jules and Bambi cavort around the stage in two bondage inspired creations; over plain black dresses, a series of buckles and several leather straps come together to create a thought provoking waist piece. The provocative accessory is worn differently by each Dum Dum, with guitarist Jules wearing buckles to the front and bassist Bambi wearing buckles to the back, both equally fashion forward. 
Songstress Dee Dee captivates the audience with her dark eyes/dark hair/red lips combination, along with the help of a tight silk shirt fastened to the front in a corset style manner, which reveals only enough to let the imagination of the audience run wild.  With puff-ball shoulders and lace sleeves the shirt is reminiscent of the eighties fetish trend, only missing a few chains swinging to and fro.
It’s challenging to catch a glimpse of the bands footwear through the buzz of the crowd, but I spot four sets of black boot. Dee Dee sports a crocodile print Chelsea, whilst drummer Sandy wears more of a Dr Martin style replica. Later on a trip to the ladies room I eye up Jules who coincidentally wears the exact same black leather boot as me, only in patent form. The leather-clad foursome own the stage in a similar way to how the fetish trend has owned the catwalk for over three decades.
Liberating, captivating, domineering and inspiring, these women are doing both the music and fashion scene proud.

A little piece by me.

The Timeless Trench. 

Since the first trench was lovingly stitched, styled and stocked the design has gone from strength to strength: evolving from what was merely designed as a practical element for war, to a high fashion essential. The first design was created over 100 years ago and it has continued to become ever more popular.

In 1901 Thomas Burberry submitted a design for an Army officer’s raincoat to the United Kingdom’s war office. Developed as an alternative to the heavy serge coats of World War I, the coat served as a piece for easy mobility and multi-function. Post war, the Burberry ‘Trench’ became a popular piece of attire for veterans who had left the Army due to its practicality. This coat is now the nation’s favourite cover-up for all seasons.

One particular factor, which puts the trench coat in such high demand today is it’s huge availability. It is easily accessible on the high street, which now stocks some beautifully designed pieces. 
But to me the real respect for the trench coat lies with Burberry. What makes Burberry the real winners in Trench coat design is their consistent attention to detail; beautiful tailoring on the underside of the collar and other small details such as button quality which Burberry perfect time after tim; under the creative direction of Christopher Bailey the fashion house has always been in a league of its own in regards to 'the trench'. However other designers have also created brilliant designs, in fact fashion house Aquascutum have even suggested that they were the first label to market the phenomenon, but in my opinion the trench coat is successful because of Thomas Burberry and his innovative design; and unlike many fashion pieces the Burberry trench is still, today a highly sought after wardrobe essential.

Spring will soon be here so why not wrap up in style?

The Small Girl Smiled.

A rather inspiring little ditty, taken from Roald Dahl's revolting Rhymes. Image taken from Vogue.

The small girl smiles, one eyelid flickers.
She whips a pistol from her knickers.
She aims it at the creature's head
And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
A few weeks later, in the wood,
I came across Miss Riding Hood.
But what a change! No cloak of red,
No silly hood upon her head.
She said, "Hello, and do please note,
My lovely furry wolfskin coat.''


This is me and my my boyfriend (not really), but i am proud of the excellent colour co-ordination, (I don't know who he is). I am fairly new to blogging so please bare with me.