Friday, 19 February 2010

Rodarte Inspired Textiles

My last project in Textiles was an open brief so I could choose to do anything I wanted. I'd really fallen in love with the work of Rodarte and considering how manipulation of fabrics and embellishment are important parts of their designs, I knew that using their work as inspiration would be perfect. My concept was the contrasts between man-made and natural materials and how I could manipulate these materials. Here are a few Research & Development pages:
I thought I'd show you a couple of images of the dress I've made as a final piece too, although it's still not fully completed!
Oh and I felt like I'd just say that in my endeavours for a place on a Fashion degree , so far, I have offers from Nottingham Trent, Northumbria, De Montfort and Central Lancashire as well as an upcoming interview at Manchester Met! At the moment I think I have my heart set on going to Northumbria University, the course is really reputable and it seems like it'll suit me and the way I work really well. I'll update you when I eventually make up my mind properly though!

Black and Grey

I wore this yesterday to another interview, again for an Art and Design Foundation course. It's basically my Topshop lace shirt dress and blazer but I layered it with an oversized grey jumper as it's pretty cold at the moment and I thought I should actually dress appropriately for the temperature for once. However, as it turned out, I was too warm ha!
Blazer - Vintage
Jumper - Dorothy Perkins
Dress - Topshop
Boots - Schuh

I'd like to think that this has a slight quality of Christopher Kanes A/W 09 collection, with a girly skirt peeking out from under a grey jumper, like this:
Still, that's wishful thinking on my part though!

Favourite Fashion Illustrators

I have a thing for really detailed, hand-drawn fashion illustrations and these two girls' work completely encompasses my idea of an incredible illustration. I reeeally love the combination of feminine imagery with angular lines and blocks of colour, I find it very much inspires the way I want to dress and the sort of clothes I design.

Firstly, there's Cecilia Carlstedt and her gorgeous use of tonal drawings in incredible detail and the way she combines light and dark. Visit her website here.

Secondly, there's Erin Petson and her equally stunning use of evocative drawings, paint and collage. I used her work as inspiration for one of my projects in Fine Art and the illustrations in my header are some of the work from this. You can visit Erin's website here.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Rodarte A/W 2010

I was so happy to see that Rodarte's A/W 2010 show was one of the shows being streamed on, and although I missed it live at 5pm (silly me!) I watched it as soon as it became available again. This collection is just as beautiful and ethereal as the previous ones and I love all of the pastel colours, watercolour florals, intricate lace, draped fabrics and little crochet jumpers. I also love the fact that they went for such light, feminine colours and fabrics for A/W, when most designers automatically veer towards black, it's just such a fresh take on winter fashion.

Monday, 15 February 2010

Bleached Denim

Today was one of those days where I couldn't decide what to wear and after piling up plenty of rejected outfits on my bed I decided on this. I went with my new lace-up detail dress and a bleached denim jacket I got in a Topshop sale for £7! I really like the contrast of the pale denim against the black dress and the eyelet detailing and I think this is quite a good transitional look for between seasons.
Oh and LOL at the cereal boxes on the table! My mum loves her Oatibix! There's actually quite an exciting fashion related story linked to Oatibix (seriously!), but I'll save that for another time ;)
Jacket - Topshop
Dress - ASOS
Boots - Schuh

Sunday, 14 February 2010

More Florals

My floral skater dress from Topshop is another result of my obsession with florals. This dress is perfect for when I've got a bit of a creative block, styling-wise, because it goes with just about everything. I wore this out today just to do a few errands and get a coffee with my mum.
Dress - Topshop
Blazer - Miss Selfridge
Necklace - ASOS
Boots - Schuh
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Saturday, 13 February 2010

Rip, Slash, Tear

I have decided I need to get at least one of the Ann-Sofie Back for Topshop dresses, and it needs to be soon! This is the one I plan on getting, I love the oversized t-shirt shape and the colour making it perfect for everyday wear. This is how I would style it:
I think having lace peeking out underneath the slashed jersey would be the perfect combination of edgy and sexy, as well as fulfilling the underwear as outerwear trend in a suitably understated way.

My Obsession with Florals

Now that spring's on its way (well kind of) my obsession with floral prints is beginning to kick in again. This shirt was from Urban Outiftters in the sale for £9.99. I really like wearing this with either a chunky cardi or my vintage grey tweed jacket, it gives it a really girly, slightly granny-chic feel to it. I'm also wearing my beloved lace-up heeled boots from Schuh :)
Cardi - Topshop
Shirt - Urban Outfitters
Skirt- American Apparel
Necklace - ASOS
Boots - Schuh

Friday, 12 February 2010


I recently went to Leeds City Art Gallery and came across an artist called Rachel Goodyear who's been nominated for the Northern Art Prize. I completely fell in love with her work and the powerful nature of the imagery she uses. I really like how weird it is and how its beautiful yet uncomfortable at the same time.
I'm planning on using her work as inspiration for my next project in Fine Art, so once I've developed some of my own work I'll post examples here.

Visit her website here.

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Alexander McQueen

I was incredibly shocked and upset to hear that Lee Alexander McQueen had committed suicide. It's such a terrible loss to the British Fashion Industry, he was an incredibly talented designer and an inspiration to so many, myself included. I felt like his last collection was some of his best work, when I saw it I was pretty much blown away and I am just devastated that his talent will no longer be with us.

I feel saddened that a designer who is so talented and respected felt that his only option was to take his own life. Because of my own personal issues, with anxiety and depression, without the help I receive I may have felt similar to this, and it bothers me that Lee did not have anyone to help him in his time of need.

My thoughts go out to his friends and family at this difficult time.
He will be missed.

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Ann-Sofie Back

I've been looking forward to Ann-Sofie Back's new collection for Topshop so I was happy to see it had launched online today. I loved her AW 09 collection, particularly the slashed jersey pieces. I just really loved the gothic, folky, almost living-dead feel of the collection. I blame my addiction to True Blood!
I've had my eye on the real pieces on ASOS, but the Topshop collection is more in my price range, I think. These ones are definitely on my 18th birthday wishlist.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

New season, new bag

Got this Max C bag from ASOS, for £18 down from £40, to replace my current Marc B bag, which has gotten pretty worn out. I thought it would be perfect for Spring/Summer because of the block nude colours and is appropriately Chanel-esque, which I love.
One day I will have my very own Chanel 2.55 though. It's good for a girl to have goals :)

Lace-up Boots

I've been looking for a pair of heeled lace-up ankle boots for aaages now, and after attempting to buy the amazing Topshop Ava boots from Ebay and failing I knew I'd have to look elsewhere.

So I found these boots from New Look and they seemed great at first, practical, comfy and looked really nice on but after wearing them only twice the sole had split from the suede and they were soo painful I could barely walk! So I think I'm going to have to take them back, because I can't really afford to have spent £35 on boots I can't wear :(
However I found these boots in the Schuh sale by Red or Dead and I am so glad I decided to buy them. They are ridiculously comfy and look so nice on and are actually more practical than my usual flat boots because of the treads on the sole.
The only issue I had with them was the little fringey bit, but this was only stitched on so it was really easy to snip off, so overall a really good purchase!