Monday, 17 August 2015

Keeping It Stylish: Manchester Street Style

It was amazing working with Yvonne to bring you this street style post. Look out in the future for more posts and style, and as always, let's be social:

Friday, 19 June 2015

Style: Who Do You Want To Be?

Style to me is what evokes not only fashion through trends and ideas, but evokes emotions and personality for an individual. Style shows how a person is feeling or in my opinion what kind of a person they are/can be or want to be. Put an outfit together and you can be anyone you want, from a white angel to a hipster, a floral goddess to a structured lush lady or a even a homage to the laid back look of the '90s . After using MixMatchMe for some time now, I thought it would be a good idea for me to pay homage to some style inspiration that my friends have given me, and re-create their best outfits from what I've seen of their wardrobes over the past few months. Here's what I came up with:

So which of the five pairs of outfits do you like best? Don't forget to comment below and on Twitter using the hashtags #90s, #White, #Hipster, #StructuredLady or #FloralGoddess and as always, don't forget to be social:

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

TREND ALERT: '70s Nostalgia

Don't forget guys you can follow me on Pinterest to see what trends I'm loving for Spring/Summer 2015. What do you think of 70's Nostalgia? Let me know in the comments below, and as always, let's be social:

Monday, 27 April 2015

Fashion Focus: Isabella Blow

There are several different words that can be used to describe the legend that was Isabella Blow: eccentric, eclectic, mad and down right wacky when it came to her style, the clothes she wore and the lengths she went to, to put her love for fashion on the map and in fashion magazines. It's why I felt it one hundred percent necessary to talk about the legend that was and still is. From her style, to her friendships with other legendary fashionistas and designers including Alexander McQueen and Philip Tracey and why her legacy and eccentric style will always live on.

She has produced some of the most amazing images of her time thanks to her looks: which were often seen as eccentric and unique. She reminds me of another Lady who's style we in the fashion industry have grown to love and respect: Lady Gaga. But Blow did it all first: her use of mixing art with fashion to create a style and a look that was truly unique and that looked as if she'd literally just strutted from the catwalk onto the sidewalk and is something that I have the up most respect for, for her confidence and craft. She was born in London, one of the most (if not the most) fashionable cities in the world, a city that thrives in style, culture and fashion in its own way. She was one of four children and was most successful of them all, starting with her studying at Columbia University and moving around to various locations around the globe, picking up inspiration and culture wherever she went. In 1981 she met and married her first husband Nicholas Taylor and was introduced to American Vogue editor Anna Wintour. And so it began, the ladder was at her feet for her to become a success within the fashion industry, working her way into legendary magazines such as Tatler, Vogue and The Sunday Times Style Magazine. She went on to befriend fashion and art legends alike including Andre Leon Talley and Andy Warhol himself and was a regular party girl in many cities including London and New York. 

Her discovery of some of the most influential and talented people of our time is also something that I marvel at: I love seeing people on the streets, stopping them and screaming "I LOVE your style". She discovered the legendary talent Alexander McQueen in the late '90s and purchased his entire graduate catwalk collection for £5,000, paying it off in installments of £100 a week. The two became inseparable, taking the fashion world quiet literally by storm with her amazing contacts and his amazing and untouchable talent, they were a force to be reckoned with. But along the way she picked up and discovered other talents adding them to her list of fashion forward troopers. Philip Tracey was another one of her discoveries. The two shared a flat in London whilst Philip created hats and head pieces that would give even Coco Chanel a run for her money back when she started in the early 20th Century, using Izzy as her real life model to strut down the London streets and show off his work. She described Sophie Dahl as "a blow up doll with brains", exploding her onto the model scene and launching her career back in the late 90s alongside McQueens to become a legend in her own right away from the spotlight of her Grandfather and legendary children's author Roald Dahl, modelling for houses such as Versace, Alexander McQueen, Pringle and Gap.

But it was not to last. Her career as legendary as it was, was to take an effect on her happiness when was she cast away from the world of fashion magazines and was isolated from McQueen who had moved to Paris to further his career in fashion and design. Her battle against depression was one that was to end in tragedy when in 2007 she took her own life, having been discovered by her Sister Lavinia in a bathroom at a party she was hosting, drinking a bottle of weedkiller and saying "I'm worried that I haven't taken enough". Her funeral was held at Gloucester Cathedral on May 15th 2007 and was a tribute to her work, her life and her talent with all the people she had inspired, discovered and loved paying homage to her life.

Although she may be gone, we still celebrate and remember her life and work as a fashionista, a writer, a legendary party girl and a woman with a huge passion for fashion. Her life and legend still lives on within the industry today through the luxurious work of the House Of McQueen and through celebrities like Lady Gaga and fashionistas alike that channel her style and looks. She was one of a kind and still till this day there isn't a moment that passes where her work, her legacy, her contributions to the fashion industry and her discovery of truly talented designers, crafters and models will be forever remembered. Thank you Izzy, we love you.

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