Friday, 25 May 2012

Penguin English Library

Woof Wan-Bau has directed this cute film to launch Penguin English Library. I love the quirkiness of the animation and it's a great introduction to a lovely set of books you’ll want to keep forever.

Third City invite/poster

Here's my latest work for Third City to celebrate their first birthday. It's an invitation that folds out into a poster. No envelope needed!

Monday, 21 May 2012

Quentin Jones: Naked with Paint

I'm a big fan of Quentin at the moment. Her work is just magic and a joy to watch.

Truly inspired!

Monday, 14 May 2012

Liu Wen for Zara

I was pleasantly surprised to see Beijing-born beauty, Liu Wen featured on Zara's April 2012 lookbook. I think she's gorgeous and captures the moment well in all her photo shoots. Having a set of bee-stung lips probably helped a little. 
Well, it’s no wonder as since she burst onto the scene in 2008 on the Jean Paul Gaultier and Chanel runways, she hasn't stopped hitting those fashion highs. Not forgetting that Liu is a Victoria’s Secrets angel and the first ever Chinese model to sign an Estee Lauder contract. GO girl! It's about time we see a broader representation of models on front covers and publications.

But back to the clothes… the trends we're excited about are all present, including neon yellow, peplums, dip-dyed jeans, airy printed blouses and bright coral trousers. Zara have cleverly made it tailored and not urban and sporty. The Spanish high street giant always manages to hit the nail on the head each and every week without much effort. All current trends on display and at your purchasing disposal each week!

Below are my choice picks. I'll have some please!

Monday, 26 March 2012

On the streets - Shanghai

Here are some snapshots from my first trip to Shanghai last year. I'm still amazed by how fast the city has developed in such a relatively short time. Standing high above in my friend's flat I could see the urban sprawl that went on for miles. Well as far as my eye could see through the smog! That's the only thing that I found unsettling - not seeing blue sky. I suppose if you live there, it's something you get use to eventually.

Since it was a flying visit tagged on to a work trip, I had a short list of 'must-see' areas I wanted to tick of my list. First off was the Fabric market which I went back to four other times in my five days there! I loved it! All the endless possibilities to be had in one place! Initially I went in to make a Cheongsam (Chinese traditional dress) but ended up instead with one cashmere coat, one jumper, two jackets and ten scarves. You can go in there with a picture of a garment, choose a fabric of your choice and in two days, I repeat, two days they have it ready for you!

I wasn't very prepared and could only show them a tiny picture from my Blackberry. Even then, I must admit, they did a pretty good job following close to the original design. My Mandarin isn't great and I manage to get by conversationally most days. That said, I was pretty glad that most of the shop owners spoke English. Everywhere else in Shanghai from the bus station to the taxis, you would need a simple understanding of the language to get by.

The other places on my list was the Bund, the old quarter of Shanghai and the French Concession area. It's a shame I only had such a short time there as there are still lots of places I would like to see.

I'll be back soon, if nothing to eat all the delicious food!

The French Concession district

The Bund is in there somewhere...

Shanghai old quarter.

Tofu soup with fried Chinese Crullers/Yau Char Kwai. Looks disgusting but tastes SO good!

The Bund.

My lunch - chicken with cashews and grilled aubergines.

Hanging out with the people at Intersection magazine on a shoot.

Anyone for a life-size Terracotta Warrior in their living room?

Jacket: Massimo Dutti
Friend's t-shirt
Trousers: Topshop
Shoes: Timberland
Bag: Anya Hindmarch

Monday, 30 January 2012

Mulberry's creative touches

I'm a big sucker for really nice invitations and collaterals. I can talk about fonts and paper materials for hours, the other side of me rearing its nerdy head. My work also allows me to frequently keep in touch with what's new out there in the creative world. That helps with my growing collection of fancy paper, cool invites and gorgeous print collaterals that I've received over the years.

These are just a few from Mulberry's creative team that I want to share with you. They are just exquisite and I love the detail in each piece. From the use of die-cuts, foil blocks and embossing, these invites are a nice keep sake for the recipient too. The design and finishing here have an important part to play as they help enhance the Mulberry brand as the luxury label that looks to be at the pulse of today's trends with an attention to detail.

One of my favourite is the S/S 2012 invite. They've really outdone themselves here. It's one of the coolest invite I've ever seen. In a small pink package, lay two pieces to the invitation: an ice cream sandwich that opens to music and a small inflatable float. Ice-cream wafer biscuit that's a musical box too?! What a brilliant idea!


Fashion night out store invite

Spring/Summer 2012 invite - musical box

Chinese new year red packets 2011 - Year of the Rabbit

Chinese new year red packets 2012 - Year of the Dragon

Friday, 6 January 2012

Danes are in fashion

Happy New Year!! You're probably attacking the January sales with a gusto as we speak. Recession busting prices and online shopping is a dangerous combination for me. Reminds me of the mantra - Resistance is futile! and Star Trek, probably not wise to be mentioned in the same sentence?

Well back to prettier things, if you are looking for a fresh new look, I'm very taken by Denmark's Baum und Pferdgarten. Launches in the new year with its spring 2012 collection, referencing the vibrant Pop Art colours and graphic stripes of the early 1960s, with a dash of classic femininity thrown in.

Strong bold colours are still on trend this year and I'm loving the casual wearability of the collection. Each piece can also be easily mixed in with your existing wardrobe and selective vintage pieces.

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