Saturday, 31 March 2012

The Newcomer

A profile piece I wrote for university on Louise Wallbanks - a 3rd year fashion design student.

Classic menswear silhouettes that are creating a quirky individual statement: fashion’s latest graduate is set to become a game changer.

‘Sometimes I go out, but the whole night in the back of my head I’m thinking how to cut that jacket.’ It tells me a lot that Louise Wallbanks always has fashion on her mind. You may not know her yet, but she has been quietly working her way through 3 years at the University of the Creative Arts. Sitting in the Epsom studio where she resides, the design student is currently working on an 8-piece line-up for her graduate collection.

Upon meeting, the 24-year-old assures me that she looks tidier when out of the studio, different to her uniform of comfy jumpers, jeans and Converse. An attire to ease the busy lifestyle she now has, ‘I don’t get a lot of time to relax.’ It appears that part of the reason is because work never stops; there are already plans of what to do after fashion. ‘When I’ve passed my sell by date, I really want to illustrate for children’s books. That’s really random isn’t it?’

But first, Wallbanks wants her own line – a decision made after years of internships, including those with Sir Tom Baker and Emilio de la Morena. ‘They were all lovely but you do all this work and the designer gets all the credit for it. I guess that’s how it works as I was just the intern,’ she says of the latter.

Inspiration for the final collection may not be conventional, but that’s what the young designer wants to be known for. ‘Have you seen the film Sherlock Holmes? There’s a bit in the final scene where he becomes the sofa.’ With that known, there’s no surprise that one of Wallbanks’ favourite designers is DSquared2. The way Wallbanks puts together colour on a canvas of well-cut tailoring is prevalent in the work of Canadian brothers Dean and Dan Caten.

Her clothes are a perfect reflection of her personality, which she describes succinctly. ‘I think the type of person that would wear my designs knows his own mind and is not afraid to stand out; nor is he scared of expressing himself in a vibrant and bold way,’ she says. ‘A man who understands and wants a balance between classic simplicity and decorative statement.’

Though with Central Saint Martins becoming a launchpad for careers, with the likes of Christopher Kane and Stella McCartney as past alumni, isn’t she worried? ‘The fashion industry is very competitive anyway, so if you are not motivated to push yourself it would be very hard to get involved, however if it is something you really want, which I do, you will tend to push yourself until you get there.’

I think the children’s books might have to wait.    

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Pitt for Prada

Considering the lovely weather, I thought it would only be right to feature another Spring/Summer ad campaign. Click here to appreciate Michael Pitt for Prada's Spring/Summer 2012 menswear campaign - behind the scenes.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

The One

Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans

With her new video, Blue Jeans, Lana Del Rey has reminded us one thing, and that is the one-piece is definitely the coolest thing to don for the summer. Here's my pick of the swimsuits from the high street, in an array of designs and prices...

1) H&M - £19.99
2) New Look - £24.99
3) Topshop - £34
4) Ted Baker (ASOS) - £69
5) Seafolly (ASOS) £85
6) Wildfox (Urban Outiftters) £127

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Schoolgirl Style for Spring/Summer

As the weather gets warmer, it becomes increasingly apparent that layering a long-sleeved white shirt underneath a black shift dress isn't going to fare well. What's that I hear (probably none of you) cry? How do you incorporate schoolgirl style for spring/summer? Here's how...

1) Relax the silhouette

Dress - Topshop

This dress still has the smart element that you want to maintain, but it's much less structured. The colour is perfect for the upcoming season and the pockets ensure space for your pens and pencils.

2) Never underestimate the sock

Socks - ASOS

You're probably already partial to pairing your socks with your cropped trousers, but there's no reason to leave them behind. There's a plethora to choose from: gingham, lace, or fringed. Team them with your brogues or penny loafers and you'll be top of the class.

3) The collar is your best friend 

Collar - Ebay

As previously mentioned, layering shirts underneath other garments won't be an option when the temperatures are at their highest. Instead, opt for a detachable collar. This means that you can keep your cool, but still look put-together. An A+ for accessories.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Bad Girls Do It Well

Here are the final edits of mine and Esther's photoshoot for our styling and imaging project - click here for more details. Click on the images to see them larger.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Song of the Day

LightIsLost - This Time It's Personal

I heard that you like the bad girls, honey, is that true?

Today was the day that Esther and I handed in our styling and imaging project - the photoshoot. We had to choose a trend, reference a decade and aim it for a publication.

The publication was i-D. The trend was pastels. The decade reference was 90s grunge, with a touch of Lana Del Rey.

Here are just a few of the (unedited) photos...

Click the photos to see the images larger.

Monday, 5 March 2012

Hello Spring/Summer!

As it's officially Spring, here's the new campaign video for the Vero Moda Spring/Summer 2012 collection - starring Alexa Chung.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

By the way...

Diversity In Fashion has been featured on the UCA website so click here to find out all about it. Even though we're back from Edinburgh, it does not mean we plan to slow down our campaign.

We also now have a Facebook page and we still have Twitter.

Keep following us.

Saturday, 3 March 2012