Thursday, 23 June 2011

Pretty in Tights

Just received a little parcel with my latest purchase from ultra cool hosiery label Bebaroque. Tights have never looked sexier! A Scottish label formed in 2007, this brand is the latest in superior trendy hosiery - featuring hand printed and embroidered patterned tights, sparkly embellished tights and intricate patterned bodysuits. 

I'm trying to be a little bit more experimental with my tights and with the current block colours trend, this will sit well as an addition. 

Can't wait for winter to take it out for a spin. You can check out their online shop as they're summer sale starts now. Go quick before it's all snapped up!

Sunday, 12 June 2011


This is what I wore to the London Graduate Show. I tripped and nearly flew to the ground ala Carrie Bradshaw at Dior, in front of the registration desks! That would have been my 3 minutes of unfortunate fame! :)

Top: H&M
Skirt: Ema Savahl
Shoes: Russell & Bromley
Bag: Anya Hindmarch

London College of Fashion BA Show 2011

Deep inside a concrete building at Kingdom House in Paddington, the fashion pack is arriving to see the collections from the chosen 25 designers from the BA courses at London College of Fashion.

I was invited to the show and looked forward to seeing what the runway had in store this year.
Two hundred students competed to be chosen for twenty five places on the runway tonight with three awards up for grabs, including best collection. We nearly missed the show because we were taking so many pictures outside!

My first impression after 10 minutes was the big use of colour in many of the collections. Angela Brady's punk inspired collection presented fluorescent furs, tights with panels of snakeskin and bell-shaped dresses cut from cracked PVC.

Ya-Chiao Rexy Sung's flowy soft pink trousers and top made out of nails was my favourite outfit. The Collection of the Year winner was Wun Wun Nova Chiu with her ethnic style hats, leggings with bells and tapestry prints. Inspirations taken from Chinese architecture.

Nair Afonso Xavier

Yingzhi Luo

 Johanna Pihl

 Wun Wun Nova Chiu

Kana Tojo

Angela Brady

Ya-Chiao Rexy Sung

Collection of the Year winner, Nova Chui.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Wedding Belle

Reiss had a sample sale a few weeks ago and I picked up this beauty for £15. They were missing some laces but other than that, they were in great condition. Too good to let go. Sample sales can be a hit or miss sometimes. This one was packed with bargain-hunters and I must admit, I didn't stay too long because the ladies there were ready for war! I got out of there with my life and these heels.

I bought some leather laces from Ebay as they matched the piping around the shoe. They were also the perfect accompaniment to the dress I wore to a dear friend's wedding last weekend. Statement shoes are all the rage at the moment. Although I have to admit, towards the end of the night, I had to change into a pair of sandals that I brought along - my emergency shoe. Twelve hours on high heels are a killer!

Nikki looked stunning in her dress with diamante flowers in her hair. The top half of her dress was very Marilyn Monroe I thought. The sun was shining and we had a brilliant time tucking into canapes and champagne. The perfect summer wedding!

Vintage clutch bag / BCBG MaxAzria dress / Reiss shoes

Nikki wanted me to help with the wedding collateral which I was more than pleased to do. The theme of their wedding was to be to be romantic, whimsical and sweet. She had the idea of using birds and giving the design an air of the English countryside. So I came up with this illustration that consisted of two lovebirds and little leaves with berries which were printed in matt gold on cream paper and incorporated on all the wedding collateral.

A beautiful day with good friends that ended with me thinking wistfully back to my wedding day. It goes by so quickly when you're having fun....

Friday, 3 June 2011

Two Greedy Italians and some Funghi

Two Greedy Italians a four part series, have been on TV for the past couple of weeks and I got seriously hooked. I'm not massively into all cooking programmes but this one stood out because of Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo's great
on-screen chemistry. They are hilariously funny and make a great double act.

The pair drive though their homeland, waxing nostalgic about the gourmet pleasures to be had. Walking through vineyards, orchards, food stalls and eating their way throughout Italy from North to South. What makes this not just another cookery show are the life stories mixed with regrets and social observation, which makes this show more like an edible autobiography.

I have shed a tear or two watching this show - crazy but true. I mean it's just a cooking programme but it is hard not to envy the sheer joy that sharing food with everyone clearly brought them.

It didn't take long for me to buy the book. Got it on a discount at work too, perks of the job. The first dish I tried was the Tagliatelle Al Vino Bianco Con Funghi. Nice, simple and nothing too complicated to try after work one evening. Who really wants to slave over the stove for 4 hours on a Monday night?

Improvised with some shitake and oyster mushrooms.

This was the result and we ate it all! Yummms...

If you have a chance, watch it. For those in the UK you'll find it here. I guarantee you'll be drooling throughout the show if you aren't laughing so hard...ciao!

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Cinemagraphs - Future of Fashion?

I stumbled upon New York City-based fashion photographer Jamie Beck's website and was blown away by her 'photos that moved'. They do look a little creepy at first but once you get over that, then comes the wow factor. 

Cinemagraphs are more than a photo, but not quite a video. Which are essentially animated GIFs in which only part of the scene moves.

These examples was created via a collaboration between photographer Jamie Beck and web designer Kevin Burg. This interview doesn't provide any insight into what techniques they used to create this specific image, but I found a few useful tutorials from Fernando J Baez and Christopher Mathew Burt.

Making an animated GIF in Photoshop is quite simple although it takes a lot of time and patience. The key is in choosing the right source image, good masking and smooth frames.

The downside to cinemagraphs is that they yield very large files.  So it might be impractical for inclusion in the typical website design, although there are still ways to optimized the files to reduce them further.
Of course the technology to create GIF’s has been around for decades but I'm very excited about it as I believe its potential for both expression and impact, within the fashion world especially, has yet to be fully explored.  Who knows, in this world of rising social media, sophisticated GIFs might be the future of fashion photography.

I can't wait to explore this technique in some of my work soon and see where it takes me. So watch this space!

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