Thursday, 22 March 2012

Why Eye....

Blake Mycoskie is a philanthropic genius. Back in 2006, this marvel met Argentinian children whilst he was travelling, who were without shoes to protect their feet, and so the One for One movement was born. By creating a pair of shoes that were of good value and quality to sell in over 30 countries, he was able to provide shoes for deprived children with the profits obtained. The scheme touched the hearts of the nations and quickly Tom's not only became one of the most talked about initiatives but it also became a staple item in many wardrobes.
Well, our charitable wizard is back again, this time broadening the One for One scheme to Sunglasses. Blake recognises eyesight as a "fundamental need". Upon researching blindness he found that it was the seventh largest health disability but recognised it as being one of the most preventable, therefore realising that it was lack of funds that affected this growing statistic of visual impairment. 
The sunglasses, like the shoes are not only a way of helping others but they are insanely stylish too! Yes, the price may seem a considerable amount more than the average shopper likes to spend on a pair of sunnies at £110 a pop, but when baring in mind the cause, it seems a small price to pay when considering the gift you'll be giving someone else. The gift of a sight free of impairment.


Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Check Him Out...

Mathias Chaize is a definite one to watch in the jewelry world. His edgy designs are perfect for any occasion and the prices are fantastic for the sensational quality of the product. A few favorites of mine include the engraved  items, displaying a plethora of cheeky and meaningful inscriptions.



Do not miss this sensational talent!

[Images from http://www.net-a-porter.com/]

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Oh Louis, how lovely you look....

The first thing that drew me to Louis Vuitton was the windows. Wandering along the streets of Cannes last summer, I came across the most exquisite window display. It wasn’t busy, it wasn’t bright, it wasn’t brash. It was just clever. Obviously, I had always been aware of Vuitton before this, everyone is aware of Vuitton, but it wasn’t until this exact moment that I started to appreciate the brand and the true genius behind the design, creation and visual merchandising. The window display was centred around two signature tote bags. These bags were placed on top of two large golden flamingo legs. Temporarily, I had been transported from the south of France into an imaginary world; Louis in Wonderland.


From this moment I was hooked. Whenever the opportunity arose I would wander into Manchester to see if a new LV window display had been created. And when these wonders did appear they did not disappoint.
When typing into any search engine of choice the words “Louis Vuitton Window Display”, one million plus websites appear showing that the windows themselves have created a small cult following, never mind the brand itself. Yes the appeal comes from the brand name, but even if the brand was not attached I still firmly believe everyone would have to stop and take a sneaky peek to see what these creations are for.
Yes, the visual merchandising budget must be five times the size of your average boutique in your local town, but if Louis Vuitton has taught us anything, it's that it definitely is worth the investment.









Monday, 19 March 2012

Made in Britain: Mary Queen of Britain

The recent economic difficulties across Europe have brought to light the necessity for national independence in reference to work and manufacturing. Whilst many see Britain doomed for a life of cheap importation and mediocre world standing, Mary Portas strives to reignite good, old-fashioned British pride to stimulate Britain's struggling economy. Her infectious attitude of hard work and determination has been the subject of several television programs over the last 5 years as she busies herself across the United Kingdom helping and healing the high street.
In a unique twist on previously seen "help" programs, Mary fully engages those she wishes to help by instructing them on how to maintain a sustainable business, teaching them the importance of catering to the target market and recognising gaps on the high-street. The most recent of her programs is "Mary's Bottom Line" (Channel 4) which follows Portas as she starts a knicker line, "Kinky knickers" in a bid to bring manufacturing back on British soil. Her passion is the most striking thing throughout. Not only her passion for the high-street but her pure heart-felt love for helping those who are willing to work their socks off. As unemployment figures sore she invites 8 out-of-work men and women who are truly willing to work, and work hard, to be the backbone of her Kinky Knickers range; giving them both skills and employment.
Britain was once a great power in the world and being British meant an inherent sense of national pride. Mary Portas, over all politicians and effective members of British government has been the most successful, in my eyes at least, at driving home the realisation that Great British public must be the ones to help themselves and to realise that Britain as a nation is worth fighting for. Not only that but she has given people a sense of pride that has been lost in recent years. Portas demands of people the old fashioned Great British resolve of working hard and earning the right to put your feet up after a long hard day at the office. 

One can't help but think that, with Mary at the helm, the proverbial British ship can once again be Great.

[All images taken from http://www.maryportas.com/]


In the second half of "Made in Britain" I will be taking a look at the Save Our Skills initiative and how the bid to put Britain back on the industrial map is underway.

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Short story

After years and years of trying to find the perfect shorts, my strenuous search has finally payed off. Bambi and Manson, a boyfriend and girlfriend team have proved that you can indeed mix business with pleasure. Polly O'Connell, like me spent years hunting in vain for the ultimate pair of shorts. After a time she decided to make them for herself and quickly they have become a staple item in many British celebs wardrobes. A few members of the well-known Made in Chelsea cast have been spotted sporting a pair including Milly Mackintosh and Gabriella Ellis, who have each designed a custom pair of shorts which can now be purchased by the public.You too can customise a pair with a handy "short quotes" section. You are quite literally spoilt for apparel choice with this company.

Made from old Levi jeans, the shorts fit perfectly and just SCREAM Va-va-voom! Polly takes care of the "prettier" shorts, any adorned in frills and general girliness ,whereas boyfriend Jim Cubitt is in charge of the edgier shorts, the ones decked in leather and studs.  Although the waiting list for my shorts is a little lengthy I definitely do not mind waiting for these beauty's.

Too grab a pair for yourself head over to http://www.bambiandmanson.co.uk/

World domination to follow? I blooming hope so. If anybody deserves it, it is this innovative team.

(Image taken from http://www.bambiandmanson.co.uk/)

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

The Age Game...

It has been revealed this week that Marc Jacobs was one of the only designers during New York Fashion week that didn't pledge not to stop hiring models under the age of 16. Ridiculous? Yes. Controversial? No. It becomes evident over time that Fashion houses need to take measures to thrust themselves into the public eye due to the increasing number of designers popping up left, right and centre. So maybe this is Marc's way of standing out this year.

Obviously clothes look better on a slender frame, after all garments are at their best when hung on a wire hanger. So hiring insanely tiny girls makes sense to the fashion world. However, there are plenty of teeny weeny women who are professional and respected models not to mention they're old enough to be legally out of school. Therefore, the hiring of incomprehensibly young girls is unnecessary.

As an added measure, by hiring under-aged models, the pressure is piled on to the older models to replicate the bodies of the young girls in order to get the desirable frame of the under-developed young'uns. And there is the vicious circle of age, pressure and health.

The Model Alliance is being set up to prevent such measures. Tackling issues such as age, weight, race and wages in the world of fashion they are taking the first steps to ensure that the world of frocks and frills becomes fairer on all concerned. It is a non-profit organisation and strives to better the careers of many mistreated women worldwide. To read more on this organisation head on over too http://www.modelalliance.org

Essentially, The answer is a supposedly simple one; if you couldn't hire the girl in the "real" working world, why should the rules be different for the modelling world?

Monday, 13 February 2012

Inspiration: Icon

Kat Von D n' Me...

Yesterday a friend and I packed our bags and headed down to London to attend the opening day of Pure, Britain's largest fashion trade show. It was a hot bed of stylists and buyers all buzzing to find the latest and greatest new high-street brand. Arriving as the doors opened we witnessed Olympia, Kensington fill to the brim with a veritable feast of Britain and Europe's most stylish.

After stopping off to talk to a few fashion agent friends at By TiMo (http://www.ti-mo.no/) we tootled on to find the Young Inspiration Catwalk. What we found was a genuine treat. Debuting her new clothing range, Kat Von D took to the stage. Renowned for her fearless and glam-rock style Kat has been an inspiration to me for many years. Unapologetically sexy, her clothes and designs not only speak to a wide-young-audience but they fill a hole in the market that has been left wide open for years. For those rockers who shudder at the thought of the stereotypical emo dress but still desire ripped jeans and grungy tee's, this line is just the ticket. The new collection won't be hitting UK shops until A/W this year but have a quick sneaky peek at http://www.katvondlosangeles.com/

All in all a marvellous day in "Laandan Taa'n".


Thursday, 9 February 2012

Inspiration: Icon...

Hold on to your hat...

With androgyny resurfacing as a prominent style over the past two years, male fashion is increasingly relevant to women's style today. Therefore, Mick Jagger is an obvious style icon.
Skin tight clothes teamed with big bohemian scarves and a brave and stand-out sense of fashion propel him into today's trends. As the styles the 60's and 80's are seen increasingly on the catwalks the natural descent of the looks on to the high street means that more and more of today's generations are searching for their inspiration from the past. For years I've wanted jeans that fit as well as his do/did, so far no luck. And now, many women want the same. Clearly, fashion wasn't his only appealing characteristic (note the attractive offspring) but it certainly is a prominent one! His ability to be incredibly masculine whilst wearing what could be conceived as feminine clothing can only be described as a gift.

Oh Mick, if only you'd tell us the secrets of your "Dangerous Beauty", but then again "You Can't Always Get What You Want".

(Image from http://cocainebrain.tumblr.com/)

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Inspirtaion: Literature....

I can't quite explain how wonderful this book is. The Bolter documents the life and the loves of the incomparable Lady Myra Idina Sackville, a woman of society during the early 1900's until her death
in 1955. The glorious descriptions and sensational writing is not all that captivates the audience. I find Sackville the most relatable woman ever to have existed, at least to myself. Her ideals, her views on relationships, her ability to continue through hardships make her the most admirable and truthful woman I have ever read about. The photo's inserted into the book make it all the more pleasurable.Clearly Lady Sackville was a trend-setter and at a time when the flappers were the creme-de-la-creme of style.

Last summer, this book travelled with me to the South of France. The spine of the book melted and although I had read it cover to cover no less than 8 times, the second we touched down in Liverpool I hunted high and low for another copy.

If you never read another book in your life, read this.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Inspiration: Icon...

Mr Pelvis himself....

Mr Presley has accidentally become a rather prominent icon to me in both fashion and music over the past few days. The quiff and jacket, an unapologetic show of his blatant ego, you can't help but admire how he has influenced so many people over the generations. The most recent being Alex Turner of The Arctic Monkeys, an Elvis fan if ever I saw one. Equally, The fairly recent film "Nowhere Boy" documents John Lennon's life and it is evident from this that The Beatles were Presley disciples particularly in their early band years.

It would be hard not to fall head over heels for the late Elvis "The Pelvis" Presley's eternal charm. He paved the way musically and stylistically for all the modern Rock'n'Rolla's. For this, I thank you .

( Image from :http://elvispresley.tumblr.com/)

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Inspiration: Family...

Fedora's in Florence.....

After an unmissable theatre production at The Lowry my sister, Grace and I settled down for a bite to eat in a little Italian. Sporting an A-line black and white mid-length skirt, black velvet t-shirt and a fancy, feathered fedora she looked incredibly elegant and relaxed. After eating our body weight in Italy's finest, we stood in the freezing snow for what seemed like a life-time waiting for our taxi.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Being a student of fashion isn't about following trends. It's all about the inspiration, no matter how insane, diverse or daunting. I'm following my friends, my idols and capturing pictures of the most unlikely inspirations that hopefully will inspire your creative juices too.