25/08/2014

August 2014: Mix & Match With Me

So I was trawling through the internet during the week looking for cool fashion things, clothes, internet shopping, you know the usual things we fashionistas do online, and I came across MixMatchMe: and it's fantastic. Basically MixMatchMe allows you to shop through their website and put outfits together virtually through popular high-street stores like Topshop, ASOS, Urban Outfitters and loads, loads more! Cool right? It's perfect if you're creative, love designing outfits and clothes or you just want to get some inspiration for that next outfit for cocktails with the girls! Here's some of the outfits I put together using their website:


Metallic
Blue Blossom
Folk Tales
Street














Power Pink
Make A Statement


Monochrome

Urban Retro


















So what are you waiting for? MixMatchMe is the website, and don't forget to share your outfits with me on Twitter, I can't wait to see your style, oh, and as always, let's be social:

 

24/08/2014

August 2014: Getting Crafty With It

So over the past few weeks or so, you may have noticed that I haven't really been posting or writing on my blog much (sorry about that, I am a busy man after-all). But I've been sort of cheating on fashion with home decor in the sense of redecorating my bedroom. So I've traded my fashion magazines for home style ones, my clothes shopping for lampshade shopping and my sewing machine for a paint brush on a mission to give my room a more personal feel and coziness about it, and here's how I got on.

Desk from Freegle, Manchester


















I decided to go with the colour scheme of grey, black, white and mustard yellow with a mix of my personality that being music, fashion and art. Sticking to Kirstie Allsopp's motto of 'fill your house for free' and feeling inspired by the program (you should check it out on 4OD if you didn't catch it on TV)  I decided to source as many things as I could for next to nothing on websites like Freegle and Freecycle (fantastic for one off pieces) including the running rail, a mannequin's hand and the desk allowing myself to spend around £100 for decor and furnishings. Not bad for a total makeover! 

Ideal storage for crafty bit

Paper Mache for my desk thanks to Vogue







Bits left to finish? They include some decorations for my mirror, gloss for the woodwork and tie back hooks for the curtains! If you're out shopping don't forget to pop in to places like charity shops and The Home Sense, they're great for cheap, one off bargains and if you're in need of some inspiration, get online, get some magazines and get down to your local shops to see how they're merchandising their stock!






Have you got a decorating/DIY project you're working on? Share it with me on my Twitter@TREND__FASHION and use the hashtag #FillYourHouse, and don't forget guys, let's be social: 


  

21/08/2014

August 2014: Fashion Focus: Professor Louise Wilson

I'm going to be honest, when I first heard the news that Louise Wilson had passed away, I was sat reading my May issue of British Vogue to which my first reaction was "who?" After doing some research about her life, her work and her legacy, it left me very sad to have not known much about how magnificent she was and the things she did for the fashion industry whilst she was alive, which is why I felt it necessary to write a contribution to the amazing woman that not only gave us the talents of Christopher Kane, Giles Deacon, Mary Katrantzou and Alexander McQueen but also gave us a much longer list of a generation of fashion designers that have shaped the styles and fashion of the 20th Century.


She was known for her honesty and brutality "It looks like a Halloween costume made by a drunk mother one wet night in October" she was once heard saying to one of her students. But in her own words "I'm not rude, I'm just honest" and what words to spout, it is my personal opinion that some people aren't told whether their work is shit, even if it is: and she demanded the best which for me as a student, a fashionista and a perfectionist, is something that I admired about her so much about her as a person. She was a an OBE and a professor at Central Saint Martens in London, one of the highest regarded places to study fashion in all of the UK, if not in all of Europe.

She later moved onto to work at Donna Karan in the late 1990's in New York for two years "It was like going back to school myself. Louise trains and develops the best." Said Donna Karan. After her stint at designing she moved back to London to teach at Saint Martens as course director and founded some real talent, but she was incredibly harsh with her students, but some of her students didn't mind that including Christopher Kane "I think her autocratic teaching method makes you work harder - getting slated by Louise should be avoided at ALL times. She can be a total bitch, but her cruel-to-be-kind ethic gets results." She wore a modest black uniform of everything black explaining: "I wear black because I'm a large lady and I have many exact replicas of the same black outfit. I'm just in it. It shouldn't matter if we never produce a successful person ever again because that is not our remit, its the remit of everything that surrounds us today - blogs, Vogue.com, press, whatever. At the end of the day I'm a very boring academic, bogged down with the academia and structure of delivering an education."

An incredibly inspiring woman who may have whipped the chain a little bit too much when she was alive, but hey, could you imagine the world without the likes of Giles Deacon and Christopher Kane? I certainly couldn't: if she hadn't had been as harsh with her students, who knows what shape the fashion industry would be in today. Thank you Louise.

What did you think of her legacy and her work? let me know in the comments below and as always don't forget to be social:


  
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