19 September 2014

New in // Simple Jewellery

Minimal fairtrade necklace fairtrade made jewellery simple brass jewellery Oh ASOS Green Room, what would I do without you? I am such a fan of minimal gold toned jewellery and upon spying these beauties in the sale, I couldn't resist. Fairtrade, brass, with such perfect simple details, I've already worn them on an almost daily basis since they arrived. Its love
Made Musele Mini Bead Necklace // Made Makuku Atatu Fine Bangles

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16 September 2014

Talk // Fashion Month

Sophia Webster SS15 presentation
I'm pretty much certain that fashion week (month?) is what  September that excited, back-to-school feeling, regardless of how long ago we left our studies behind us. All of the new, shiny, exciting things literally get paraded before our eyes and you can't help but get caught up in it, right? I've always loved the fashion month buzz, waiting for the photos of collections, watching the runway walks and laughing at the chaos of the photographer pits. But things have changed for me over the last few years. Yes, I love the clothes. But oh goodness, the sets. Two years working as a set designer and I find myself so darn distracted by the sets! Seriously. Did you see the painting going on at the Sophia Webster presentation? Spinning fluro wire teacups at Any Hindmarsh? Ryan Lo's underwater world? So many heart-eye emojis. The whole thing has the magic of theatre.

I guess that I am beginning to acknowledge and truly love the whole hubbub of creativity that goes along with building a collection. It feels like we have moved lightyears away from models simply walking down a runway, instead creating whole worlds. Instead you start seeing the input of make up artists, hair stylists, set designers and builders, painters, lighting technicians, sound technicians... the list goes on... I guess the more cynical could say this is all just part of pulling us in as consumers, and sure, that side definitely works. Some people will feel like this is all just a circus that takes away from the actual products, the clothes. I mean, that's what fashion is meant to be all about, right? But I can't help but admire the sheer scale of creative collaboration. It feels like this whole world is evolving into something where creative talents are getting the chance to be recognised and nurtured.

What do you think? Have any shows captured your heart this September?

Anya Hindmarsh SS15 presentation


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14 September 2014

This Week // #17

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Doing: Goodness its been another one of those months. It has been exactly one month since Harry and I moved back up to Manchester but SO much has gone on since then. Unpacking, Ikea trips, new job starting (Harry), trips back down south for old job ending (me), a visit from my sister and a fair few breakfasts and dinners out and about round our new area. Now that I am officially no longer employed at my old job, and I'm not having to rush off anywhere else for the foreseeable, it is time to settle into a new routine and plan things out for a new path at work. Its been busy and rushed and scary but amazing. I'm really enjoying taking stock and seeing where life takes us from here.
Loving: Plants. A bit of a weird one but so far, every flat we have lived in has been dark and plants have perished no matter what. So being in a flat which is really bright and light (so important for me seeing as Manchester is *ahem* not the sunniest place...) is a novelty and I have crammed plants into pretty much every place I can. Miniature jungle, here we come.
Wearing: A really attractive mix of tracksuit bottoms and slubby tees at home, and my backstage work uniform of black jeans and black top. Exciting! No wonder outfit posts have been scarce on the ground... Note to self- make more of an effort
Daydreaming: Mainly about work. I'm at a bit of a crossroads career wise now, and I have to admit, the sheer number of paths I could take is a bit overwhelming for me. I am trying to take stock and work out where I want to go, and how to get there.
Links of the week:
This set of 5 sayings to keep you grounded was exactly what I needed to read in the middle of all this transition
I have loved following the War on Want campaign #dontmentionthegarmentworkers during this LFW. A good reminder that fashion has its dark side...
Eating: A Manifesto. How many of you can recognise that desire to have your food choices validated. Isn't it just plain old weird how much our relationship with food is tinged by guilt and shame?
The easy fashionista guide for shopping - Who What Wear's A/W shopping checklist

Catch up with Chambray and Curls:
Style // Transition


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