Friday, 27 February 2015

Fashion MA Graduates

Now that I've got my place in university confirmed my fashion mojo has returned with a vengeance I'm no longer looking at clothes with just sewing in mind I'm looking for design ideas too! Its really refreshing!!
Its always nice to see what emerging designers are producing especially when it's students. I think your still in an establishment where you are constantly inspiring each other, bouncing ideas round whilst maintain and individualistic approach. Its one of the only a few time that as a designer you get to be in this position. It also helps for me, as a soon to be student, to see what other students are creating.

During London fashion week The MA students from Central Saint Martins showed their collections. Very inspirational and hopefully some names to look out for in the future. Here are my favs.....

 Matty Bovan

Seyoung Hong

 Maximilian Riedlberger

Paul Thompson

 Erik LitzĂ©n

James Theseus Buck

 Catriona McAuley

 Krystyna Kozhoma

 Beth Postle

Images from to see the whole collection click here 

Monday, 23 February 2015

University here I come, and some disappointment ....

Well what a world wind the last two weeks have been!!
I've been granted a place in university, but lost my job at the same time due to the shop shutting down!

To be fair with work it's been one thing after another, the staff are a lovely bunch but the way the business was run became very frustrating.  The upside is the difficulties of the last year there gave me the much needed push to apply to university.

Saturday 7th of Feb I had my uni interview. Then Monday 9th feb I was told the shop would close in less than two weeks. On the same day I received an email a few hours later to say that I'd been successful in gaining a place on the course!!
What a strange experience, from being down in the dumps one minute to flying high the next.
So as of this September I'm studying fashion design at Cardiff uni, but as of Friday just gone I'm now unemployed, not exactly how I hopped things would go but then things rarely go to plan.

On reflection, I do feel it was the best thing to happen to the shop, it was unfair for us as staff to keep putting up with the same sh*t and the closure was on the books for quite sometime anyway, but we were repeatedly being told that we'd be open until Easter, maybe longer if we could get in another supplier. so that was a bit of a let down.

On the plus side, now the uni interview is out the way and the impending closure of the shop. I've more time to be creative again.

 I also cadged some shelving units before the shop shut so my sewing room is much more organised. How much sewing I will get done is debatable.
The university was really impressed with my sewing/technical ability especially the trench coat I took along, but I was advised I should practice my design experimentation before I start.

I didn't really plan to be out of work just yet so job hunting is a now priority. I've got an interview this week in another shop, and the possibility of an interview with a second shop so hopefully something will come of them and now the craziness of the last few weeks is beginning to die down, I can get back to a bit more normality, just minus a job!

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Katy Perry's Superbowl Costume sketches

How good was Katy Perry at the Superbowl? I loved it, but I loved her costumes even more, so I thought I'd share these design sketches I came across by Jeremy Scott....

 You can read more about his design process by clicking here.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Couture Inspiration 2015

There's nothing like a bit of  couture on a Monday morning to inspire you day......

Elie Saab


 Jean Paul Gaultier



 Zuhair Murad

Ralph & Russo

Ralph&Russo images from all others from

Monday, 19 January 2015

Men's Fashion Week...

 Dolce & Gabanna...


 Bottega Veneta



I'm going through a phase where I'm more intrigued by men's fashion than women's. I feel there is so much more potential waiting to be unlocked.
This year in men's fashion week I've been taken with the D&G collection. Boots worn on the outside of trousers and sumptuous brocade fabric being used for coats and suits in mostly black, white and grey it feels like a modern spin without being too out there.
Coats are also sparking my interest, over-sized hoods, bright colours (that pink Dsquared2 one Ekk!) I also like the smart take on the hoddie, perfect for office bods who want a relaxed vibe whilst still looking the part.

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