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!)