7 July 2011

Final Major Project.

Today I went to Bucks New Uni (where I did my art foundation course) for the last time. It felt so strange walking into an almost empty room to take down the work from my exhibition space. It literally feels like we only started the course a couple of months back and to think it's all over now is insane. This has hands down been the best year of my academic life; I've made the most amazing friends, learned so much useless stuff, had crazy days in the studio, chilled out days procrastinating in the studio, wasting time in the library - not looking at books, visited Amsterdam, lunch times on the rye, creating the exhibition space, the night of private view, and actually doing some work somewhere in between all of that.

As usual, procrastination gets the better of me and I actually started this ten week project, six days before the deadline - I didn't sleep for an entire week and cried twice I never cry. My project was based on the concept of the idealised man and woman; covering themes of androgyny, modesty and body image - mainly because I'm a bit of a creep and I'm fascinated by people and the way that they choose to present themselves. I started this projected by taking photographs of people, which lead to defining men and women with the use of words and illustration. This later developed into design ideas for garments.

18 June 2011

Topshop's Red Spray Print Dress

Shopping with my friends usually means I’m at high risk of being  dragged into the Oxford Circus Topshop. Usually this is a painful experience, but this time it resulted in something good. I spotted this dress; It has two layers - the first, a black knee length base dress, covered by a second layer of long sheer white fabric, sprayed  a red-ish rusty shade. The dress has an open front and is gathered at the waist. I love the simplicity of the design. It's loose fitting allows it to be worn casually during the day, where as the colour scheme and sheer fabric give it the potential to be dressed up and worn as eveningwear.

Topshop's Red Spray Print Dress

Topshop Red Spray Print Dress; £75

16 June 2011

3.1 Philip Lim - Silk flower and stud-embellished coat

I spotted this coat whilst walking around Liberty, priced at £1670 towards the end of April and it has recently been marked down to nine hundred and something pounds - trust me, I'm tempted!  I love the way the delicate silk flowers and metal stud-embellished panel create this beautiful juxtaposition. It’s full of grace and practically a work of art in itself. The coat is available to buy / you can see the pictures in clearer detail on Net-A-Porter – although, I hate the way they have styled it (the YSL sandals don’t match at all?!) I think it should be worn over a plain dress or an embellished skirt teamed with a plain top and cream or nude coloured  heels  – less is more, almost.

15 June 2011

White Shirts & Colour.

I know SS11 is like “so last season”  but at the time I was pretending to do my Final Major Project / contemplating the thought of actually doing some work, so I didn’t get the chance to blog about any of it. I'm currently obsessed with white shirts, I've already bought three this season and have my eye on a silk one from Hobbs. Until now, I've always steered clear of bright colours but I'm strangely starting to enjoy wearing them. I can assure you, it won't last for long so here's to my favourite colourful pieces...
SS11 colourblock

N.B. I know the blue dress is from Jane Norman and that in real life it probably feels cheap and disgusting but Zara  a similar dress in ponte - I couldn't find it on Polyvore.

14 June 2011

“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination” - Oscar Wilde

People often mistake my interest in high fashion as me being materialistic or pretentious… and by people I mean my mother and a few close friends. I admire good design and quality, and if that means paying nine times more for a pair of  Marni heels instead of the Primark replica, I don’t mind. It’s not that I hate Primark, New Look or Topshop because they are beneath me, I hate them because although they’re copying the the runway trends – they insist on doing it in a way that cheapens the entire concept. Here’s an example; the reissue of the Chanel 2.55 inspired so many high street brands to use and abuse the signature Chanel link chain by putting it on everything from headbands to dress trims and even ankle straps on shoes – turning something classy and elegant into something cheap and disgusting. Another example; I often see nice dresses ruined by a waist belt or rhinestones or a buckle – without the said ‘embellishment’ it would be fine but they feel obliged to ruin everything. I know I can’t blame Topshop for doing this because they at least attempt to keep it classy but I dislike the way everyone wears the exact same overpriced outfit. Floral printed poly-cotton shirts with exposed zips for a ridiculous £32 truly take the piss; and in turn encourage me to slave away at work and save up for things that I really want. 
I won’t lie, Liberty is my favourite place to shop and there’s nothing I love more than the Harrods’ Christmas sale and I won’t stop going to Selfridges just so I can hand pick my JellyBelly jelly beans and if that makes me a pretentious, materialistic dickhead then so be it.
PS. For those of you that know me in real life; I am completely aware of the fact, that I tend to look a state for at least two thirds of the year - mainly due to poor planning and generally not caring/having time to care about what I wear to uni; I just want you to know that if I had the time, money and a walk in wardrobe, I sure as hell wouldn’t look this way.