Saturday, 31 December 2011

Song of the Day

This year has been wonderful for many reasons and I'm looking forward to 2012. So here's my final Song of the Day of 2011 - Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt singing What Are You Doing New Year's Eve. Happy new year everyone!

Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt - What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?

Friday, 30 December 2011

What I bought today...

Dr Martens - £39

I would like to thank Dr Martens for creating my dream shoe and then putting them in the sale. Other sale purchases include a 3/4 length black, lace top from Next and a star-print, slightly sheer shirt from Zara.

If you're not busy...

Head to the Turner Contemporary in Margate, Kent to see Nothing In The World But Youth. The exhibition is inspired by the seaside town of Margate and looks at differing views of the youth in society, since the end of the 19th century. My favourite part of the exhibition are the pictures showing local people in their youth and how they are today.

Nothing In The World But Youth is showing until January 8th, 2012.

Monday, 19 December 2011

What do you think?

If you wanted a picture of your favourite artist/ band/ actor/ celebrity/ etc embroidered, who would you pick?

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Top Albums of 2011

These are just a selection of albums that I've been constantly playing this year:

What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? - The Vaccines

Being given a lot of hype at the start of the year, it would've been easy for The Vaccines not to be able to live up to it and consequently fade into obscurity. Yet their debut album serves up short and sharp songs, full of direct lyrics and unapologetically catchy melodies. Tracks such as Wreckin Bar (Ra Ra Ra) proves that 1 minute 21 seconds is more than enough for a hit and that The Vaccines can make music that translates into a live setting perfectly.

Paradise - Slow Club

The second album from Slow Club shows just how much has changed since their Yeah, So? debut. The songs aren't just about relationships anymore and the music offers something more to dance to - Where I'm Waking being one of many standout tracks. Yet what still remains are the harmonies. In amongst the more up-tempo songs of the album are Never Look Back, Hackney Marsh and Gold Mountain. It is here where the music takes a step back to showcase how well Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor sound together - wonderful.

Wounded Rhymes - Lykke Li

Something evident in  Wounded Rhymes is the theme of love. There is an element of vulnerability within the songs that people are able to relate with. Lyrics such as, "..for sorrow the only lover i've ever known" shows that Lykke Li doesn't try to sugarcoat anything, for the purposes of a song and the simplicity of Unrequited Love emphasises the uniqueness of her vocals. Definitely a great follow-up to her first album, Youth Novels.

Not forgetting...
Bombay Bicycle Club
A Different Kind of Fix

Tom Williams and the Boat
Too Slow
Summer Camp
Welcome To Condale

Friday, 16 December 2011

Thursday, 15 December 2011

It's getting pretty chilly...

With the forecast promising snow, it's probably a good idea to get a winter coat sorted. Here's a selection of coats picked from the high street - proving you don't need to go for all black.


1) Zara - £99.99 2) Topshop - £125 3) Topshop - £75 
4) Urban Outfitters - £145 5) ASOS- £70 6)Dorothy Perkins - £69                                                               

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Sometimes I do work at uni...

Something I wrote for uni - 'nerdy specs'

Essentially, fashion is a plethora of fads – a wave of trends. Though, there will always be one that will continue to come and go, often reminding us why we need it in our wardrobes. Take nerdy specs, for example. More than just an aid for better sight, they are guaranteed to make even the less educated, look intellectual and the scruffy, more put-together.

Geek chic glasses may seem like something that has been introduced in the last few years by the celebrity du jour, but they have actually been around for much longer. They were invented during the 13th century in Italy, where various techniques made the production of glasses possible. As history tells us, glasses were seen as a symbol of wealth and status – few people could read at the time and the material used for the frames were made of bone, horn, tortoiseshell and ivory. From then on, aristocrats used to wear them without the lenses, in order to look smarter.               

By the 1940s, optical shops were present in every town and glasses were being coordinated with clothing in the 1950s. As frames became lighter, styles became more daring and by the 1990s, spectacles were a firm feature in fashion shows.

Nowadays, geeky frames can add an androgynous element to an otherwise feminine ensemble, as proven by Alexa Chung sporting tortoise shell glasses with her Luella frock. Secondly, they can evoke a more suave, edging on sexy, aesthetic. This is shown by the latest Dolce and Gabbana eyewear campaign, with help from model-of-the-moment, David Gandy. Publicised as the accessory that complements the wardrobe of the contemporary manthe specs are marketed as a symbol of masculinity. Alternatively, Givenchy’s Autumn/Winter 2011 ad campaign shows the glasses adding a level of sophistication to bright hues and punchy florals.

If you dare, are you going to don a pair of wayfarers, like Buddy Holly, or channel John Lennon and try a rounder option? Nobody wants to look like they’re going to school, when they are in fact going to work. Though just remember, cinema-goers, this is not an opportunity to recycle 3D glasses. 

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Marni for H&M

Following Versace, H&M now has a new collaboration for Spring/Summer 2012, in the form of Marni. Watch the video to find out more.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Coming soon...

Apologies for the lack of posts at the moment. I've been working hard at uni getting various assignments done, which includes my fashion moment on nerdy specs. Here's a little preview on the layout - I made 3 as I couldn't decide. Will be blogging more soon...

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Versace for H&M

Today's the day that the Versace for H&M finally opens on Regent Street. Admittedly, I wouldn't class myself as a Versace girl, but there are a few pieces in this collection that I'm coveting...

All - Versace for H&M

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Winter Winds

It's getting colder now and the time to bring out the winter essentials is upon us. During (yet another) trip to London, I bought this lovely knitted headwarmer from Urban Outfitters. It will be sure to bring a pop of colour to any outfit and has persuaded me to branch out...a knitted turban maybe?

Sunday, 23 October 2011

If you're not busy...

...head to London where artist Joe Simpson is showcasing his incredible musician portraits, ranging from Paloma Faith, to The Vaccines' Justin Young. As the final week of his exhibition begins, Joe spares time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions...

Joe Simpson

What made you want to paint only musicians?
I’d been working on a series of large scale corporate commissions for a year and I wanted to do a project for myself with a series of smaller paintings. I thought about doing a collection of portraits of well-known people for a while, but I felt that it would be stronger if there was a theme. Because I’m such a big music fan I ended up choosing musicians – it would be a chance to meet people who I’m a fan of and provide a rich source of interesting subjects.

Was it difficult to get in touch with every person and was there anyone that you couldn't reach?
It was difficult, I had to use some serious google skills and write persuasive emails. It was often hard getting around management and to ask the musicians directly. There were quite a few people I would have liked to paint but couldn’t end up getting – I would have liked to paint Sufjan Stevens a lot, I’m a massive fan of his music.

Sam Beam
Who was your favourite to paint and why?
They were all interesting in different ways. I liked painting people with beards and crazy hair, Sam Beam was a lot of fun.

What's next after this exhibition closes?
I have a show in January called ‘Everything Is Electrified’, it’s mixed media landscapes with pylons and transmission towers – totally different to the musician portraits, but a nice change for me. After that I’m not sure, I have a few ideas in the pipeline…

Details of the exhibition can be found here
Follow Joe on twitter
Watch 'Musician Portraits - Making a Pop Up' here

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Monday, 17 October 2011

Mary Portas - Queen of Frocks?

Having watched the television programme, Mary Queen of Frocks, I was eager to see whether or not the shop lived up to the high standards that Mary Portas has for the stores she usually works with. Portas has said that she wanted "high street that works for women, not girls" and so her store, situated in Bond Street's House of Fraser was aimed to be just that.

From a fashion point of view, the clothes worked well for the demographic it was aimed at. They appeared classic, whilst still maintaining a sense of being able to throw an outfit together in next to no time - or as the writing on the wall suggested, "ready in 10 minutes, looking hot." Standout piece was the long-sleeved leather dress, which looked like the perfect antidote to workwear dilemmas, whilst the animal print shift dress combined print and colour and made it look sophisticated.

Although the shop is generally a great effort on Portas' behalf, there are some flaws. Despite being for women and not girls, the interior has an overall youthful aesthetic; the Las Vegas style lighting may not connect to the older woman. Furthermore, the music playing throughout resembled that of a phone call being placed on hold. That being said, service (something that Portas is known for) was, as expected, faultless. The customer wouldn't feel neglected, nor hounded. All in all, I don't think Mary Portas has anything to worry about...just yet.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Recommendation: Young Romance

I've just come across a lovely band, Young Romance. Click the link and enjoy a free download of their song, Swollen Hearts and Bitten Tongues. Check it out.

Taffeta - not just for the 80s eh?

Though as the meaning of the word in Persian suggests, taffeta isn't known for being ‘twisted’ or 'woven'. Instead, the material is often stiff, crisp and plain. For most, taffeta is synonymous with the 1980s. Made from silk or synthetic fibres, it was often used in the aforementioned decade on prom dresses, with nipped in waists, layered skirts and puff sleeves. Taffeta became a firm favourite in the television show, Dynasty, for Joan Collins’ character Alexis Colby. Around the same time, Madonna was perfecting her ‘Material Girl’ look, in her iconic floor length gown and once more in that Louis Vuitton dress at the MET Ball Costume Institute Gala.

After the drama and power shoulders that were the 1980s, you would've thought that taffeta was long gone. But amongst the Spring/ Summer 2012 collections, Christopher Kane proved that taffeta can look modern by using pastel shades and a plethora of florals. As well as this, it’s become a popular choice for wedding dresses and ball gowns alike. However, if you attempt to wear taffeta, proceed with caution. Nobody wants to wear an outfit, but look like they've donned a Dynasty costume do they?

Image taken from Google images.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Moshi Moshi presents

It's almost stupid to think that using the beautiful seaside attraction of Margate (and the Turner Contemporary) as a backdrop to live music hasn't been thought of before. Last night was home to the wonderful Tom Williams and the Boat, Psychologist and Slow Club, as part of a showcase from London-based label Moshi Moshi.

First was Tom Williams and the Boat, a 6-piece hailing from Tunbridge Wells. Before introducing a song, Williams jokes how a review of a recent gig stated that "there were 2 really angry songs and the rest were limp, country songs." Having seen the band twice, (in a week) it's very much evident that there is nothing limp about their songs and their execution. The opening guitar on Get Older sets up a punch served by the foot-tapping interludes between Williams' dark, strong vocals, whilst stand-out song 90mph presents a beautiful amalgamation of guitars, drums and saxophone.

Before Psychologist even approaches the stage, the dark, ominous tones of the music has already started. Without a single word sung, the audience's attention is already caught. As the set is in full swing, Iain Woods is almost caught in a trance, throwing himself around the stage - his moves captivating the audience. Though Psychologist isn't a case of style over substance - this guy can sing. Woods' powerful vocals only add to the chilling violins, as supplied by Maddie Rix and Emma Goldie and make for an intense live performance.

Finally, the night ends with a set from Sheffield 2-piece, Slow Club. Not wanting to waste time, the duo launches straight into the unapologetically catchy Where I'm Waking - fresh from the band's second album, Paradise. With the exception of Our Most Brilliant Friends, the set consists of mostly new songs but didn't disappoint in supplying the crowd with heartfelt lyrics, accompanied by punchy riffs and laced with faultless harmonies that Slow Club are loved for. A new addition of a saxophone/bass player and drummer, as well as Rebecca switching from guitar to drums and back again makes the live set-up even more worthwhile. As their  first release of their new album, Two Cousins draws to a close, the crowd erupts in applause. Charles and Rebecca, endearingly unaware, jump off stage in search for a local nightclub. A gig worth making the 2 hour 30 minute journey back home for.

Friday, 30 September 2011

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Fashion moment piece

I've always enjoyed writing from an early age. In year 5, I remember writing article after article and thinking that I wanted to do more of this as a career. You could argue that I'm describing a cliché, but I've always wanted to be a journalist. It was something that made me happy - even at the tender age of 10 years old.

I couldn't pinpoint a 'favourite fashion moment' or the time when I realised that I wanted to be a fashion journalist. I've always known that I've wanted to write, but the field in which I'd focus was unfamiliar to me until a few years ago. Similar to any other girl my age, I loved clothes. Stereotypical as it may seem, I loved nothing more but admiring unattainable pieces from my treasured magazine collection. But what made me want to pursue fashion as a career, was what fashion meant to me. As well as being a platform on which many a designer would create amazing pieces, I saw it as a form of self-expression. It was interesting to think that one outfit could convey so much about one's self, without a single word spoken. It could be an insight into their life; a microcosm of personality. With my love of smart trousers, Breton tops and my faithful leather jacket, I'd like to think that I come across as someone who always looks smart and presentable, sophisticated, ridiculously cool. Despite the fact that you may take a look at me in velvet dungarees, band t-shirts and dresses (purchased from the kids section) and think that I generally have the aesthetic of a child.

Additionally, my older sister was a big inspiration. She's worked her way up from receiving a D in A-level art, to becoming the retail recruitment assistant for Mulberry (which she doesn't let me forget!) She was the one who suggested a career as a fashion journalist and taught me to always work hard for what I want, because it's never going to be handed to me. As much as I love the way Luella does ditsy florals, how Christopher Kane could make neon look demure and sophisticated, or how Rodarte makes me want to live in dresses made from chiffon and tulle, I would have to call my sister my 'fashion moment.'

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Alexa Chung for Madewell

Very few celebrities bring out collaborations with stores and come up with something worth taking notice of, which isn't the case for Alexa Chung's Autumn collection - her second for Madewell. Take a look at this video which features some of the clothes, now available on the Madewell website.

Christopher Kane florals

When Spring/ Summer comes along, you know we are subjected to a plethora of florals - it goes without saying. But what Christopher Kane did this season is take an old favourite and once again, kept it modern (and extending my wishlist even more!) The bright shades of the florals pack a punch, whilst the almost-sheer element doesn't let the garments look too girly. Job well done, Kane.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Power of Making

When you're graced with the words Power of Making, you wouldn't have the highest of expectations. But when you look to your left and find a 10ft monster made only out of metal coat hangers, you know you've just walked into something special. The V&A's newest exhibition takes a look at the different techniques used in craft and how they can be used to make anything that your imagination conjures up. Or as guest curator, Daniel Charny explains, "Making is the most powerful way that we solve problems, express ideas and shape our world. What and how we make defines who we are, and communicates who we want to be."

Walking into the exhibition, there was a variety of pieces that were chosen to display the originality and ingenuity that each artist/ designer has. Favourites ranged from Alexander Mcqueen's 'Armadillo' shoes (which were inspired by ballet dancers in the en pointe position) to the Crochetdermy Bear, by Shauna Richardson. You are left to view the works of art in any way you desire, as unlike other exhibitions, there is no set path to follow. This, therefore allows people to explore in their own way - hopefully to form inspiration for something they could create. All in all, Power of Making takes arts and crafts to a whole new level and is well worth a visit. 

The exhibition runs from September 6th 2011 - January 2nd 2012 in the V&A museum. 

Jay Jay Pistolet

We Are Free - Jay Jay Pistolet

My current obsession is Jay Jay Pistolet, or Justin Hayward Young. Unfortunately, JJP are no more, so you will have to settle for the internet to sample his folky sound - full of acoustic goodness and romantic lyrics. I also recommend listening to his cover of Paper Planes (originally by MIA) and his new band, The Vaccines - who are going from strength to strength with their direct lyrics and fast-paced sound. Tipped by BBC's Sound of 2011 poll and NME alike, they are definitely worth a listen.

Norgaard - The Vaccines

PS. The Vaccines are touring the UK this autumn. Tickets on sale now.

Post number one!

Studying fashion journalism, I thought I'd use this blog to practice my writing, whilst sharing my love for all things fashion, with also a few things here and there on music, film and all that.

I’ve always enjoyed writing from an early age and the dream of being a fashion journalist seemed like the perfect idea of combining my fascination of the media and my love of fashion. Fashion is a form of art. It can be used as a platform to spread a message (whether it be Henry Holland doing tongue-in-cheek, or Katharine Hamnett campaigning for rights.) But most importantly, fashion is used as self-expression. People use their outfit as a way of  describing themselves; a small insight to what kind of person they may be. That’s what I love. 

Furthermore, I admire how fashion is not just about colours and cuts. It can be used as a microcosm to a certain time or era. For example, the flapper dresses of the 20s—when prohibition was at its peak and hemlines suddenly got shorter. Anything and everything from music, history and society can affect how designers create collections and how the public wear them. That’s what makes fashion ever-changing (and never boring!)