Monday, 30 January 2012

Preview Post: The A/W 2012 Menswear Report for This Affected Youth

One thing I have been up to recently is writing for This Affected Youth. The site, which is written by young journalists and writers and covers all aspects of current affairs, is where I discuss fashion and culture in the public eye. Of course, not every reader knows or cares about the difference between seasonal trends, but my aim is to show them that style affects you whether you realise it or not. Somewhere in your conscious decision to wear a plain green t-shirt is a reference to what someone created before you even bought it or thought about needing that very piece. What's more, expressing yourself in what you wear doesn't have to be fickle or complicated or dictated by entire catwalk shows; you might be inspired by the revival of a certain era or the microtrend of brick patterns for A/W 2012 (which, personally, I love). Just don't pretend you don't care if, in fact, you actually enjoy working out which jeans will look better with that jacket, or you can't wait to trawl vintage shops for the perfect unique hat. Just go with it

Anyway, my report for Autumn/Winter 2012 from the catwalks of Milan and Paris was a lengthy trawl through the fashion sites and an analysis of what seems to be preying on more than one designer's mind. You'll find that the colour palette is darker and more subdued, but still fun; you'll also be pleased to know that there are some very quirky and individual looks heading our way, courtesy of Frankie Morello and Jean-Paul Gaultier. 

[Please click to enlarge images. All-over biscuit tones were very big. L-R: Calvin Klein, Milan; Maison Martin Margiela, Paris; Kenzo, Paris.]

[Brick and paisley were two strong and irreverent print choices. L-R: Jean-Paul Gaultier, Paris; Moschino, Milan; Marc Jacobs, Milan.]

[Microtrends included smartened punk and over-sized fabric. L-R: Frankie Morello, Milan; Ann Demeulemeester, Paris; Yohji Yamamoto, Paris.]

To see my article in full, please click the link here. All images were reproduced from

Where I've Been for the Past Few Days...

Sorry for the gap in posting anything. It's been pretty hectic at home as we had a family emergency on Wednesday - it turns out that my poor old dad has pneumonia, so the last thing I have felt able to do is blog! Luckily he's on his way out of hospital as I type this, so hopefully he can rest up at home and get better very soon. 

Normal service will be resumed ASAP.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Pre-Fall 2012: Alexis Mabille Paints the Town Red (and Blue and Yellow...)

[All images via Fashionising].
This really was a lesson in how to do couture. Alexis Mabille settled for nothing short of opulence when these models walked at the Pre-Fall 2012 show in Paris. I love it when the designer doesn't just use models in a pedestrian or obvious way; when they really do become transformed like this, we begin to see more of the edginess of photoshoots coming across on what can often seem like an overly sterile and constricted atmosphere on the catwalk. This really was a statement that fashion can be fun and frivolous and utterly odd, without having to apologise to anyone.

What this show also reminds me of is that old saying about the Ford Model T car - "You can have it in any colour you like, so long as it's black,". The notion that we should all be able to fit into a neat little mass-produced box, with our identikit products and our one-size-fits-all plans is really quite impossible, and the pure use of colour on the Alexis Mabille catwalk really shows how a certain tone or shade can evoke different personalities or likes and dislikes in us all. The deep red reminded me of Viktor and Rolf dolls, whilst the blue and aqua made me think of Vladimir Tretchikoff's kitsch paintings of ladies with blue-ish tinted skin. I found myself wondering which colour I'd wear and whether the colour of a dress would say something about me, a bit like when you look into colour therapy and discover that your love of yellow means that you are full of energy, whereas it used to be associated with bile and sickliness (you get the idea - everything means something).

The big questions are: which colour would you be? Could you walk with one of those headpieces resting on you? And would you ever colour-block all over, unless you were at a fancy dress party dressed as a tube of Cobalt Blue paint? Okay, so the last one might just be me, but I made a mean fancy dresser.

Abandoned Clothes Tell A Story

I saw this neglected pair of men's trousers outside the Cockpit Theatre in North London the other weekend. I have no idea why they were abandoned and placed over these iron railings - they certainly weren't to do with the theatre's production - but I just had to take a photo. I wonder if anyone got home and realised they were missing something crucial from their outfit, or is this just part of someone's rage at an ex-boyfriend? If anyone spots any other roadside items that might go with these trousers in the vicinity then we might be onto something.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Would You Bid on this Handmade Applique Skull?

[Images via Ebay]. 
As an anatomical design addict, I'm always on the lookout for cool skull-related things, and I can often be found scouring eBay for beads or clothing which has a touch of the macabre. I didn't quite know what to think when I came across this lovingly made sequinned skull, which was up for sale on eBay. It's obviously taken someone a hell of a long time to make (I should know - I created Freddie Mercury out of beads and sequins for part of my GCSE in Textiles, and it was a labour of love), and there's a sweet homespun quality to it, but if we're going to be sticklers for accuracy then this is not really a very happy human head. It appears to have a double chinned jaw, uneven cheekbones that suggest a violent death (perhaps a bar brawl?) and what is potentially a purple bow or some severe damage at the top. The mouth is also looking slightly like a trauma site. I have nothing against DIY, but when this is placed alongside listings for thousands of identikit beads that are neatly symmetrical and reasonably anatomically correct, it does stick out like a sore thumb.

[Back view of the skull]. 
The creative person responsible has also shown the back view, so you can get an idea of the intricacy of their handiwork, but this camera angle sadly doesn't flatter the uneven design. I haven't posted a link to the listing because I'm not trying to get people to send the seller awkward questions or anything, but I couldn't help chuckling to myself when I saw this. It's quite sweet that the maker spent so long on this piece and then decided to part with it - I'm not sure I could say goodbye to something so labour-intensive (yes, Freddie Mercury is languishing in my attic as we speak). Anyway, I hope this applique skull finds a home with someone who will treasure it for the idiosyncratic take on this symbol. Long live homemade craft!

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

S/S12 Aqua and Mint: Dreams of Minty Fresh Grins, Lions and Vintage

[Original image via Lavish Alice, manipulated by me].
Mint Green Sheer Lace Dress, Lavish Alice, £26.00.
This is the perfect combination of an innocent shape and more daring lace. The green is subtle and smokey - it would look great with bold eye make-up, clashing tights and killer heels.

[Original image via Own the Runway, manipulated by me].
Blue Colour Block Curve Dress, Own the Runway, £16.99. 
Another dress I've got my eye on is this stunning aqua number, almost the colour of toothpaste, which is inspired by the  structure of Kate Winslet's bold Stella McCartney body-con choice, called the Octavia, that the actress wore to two industry events. It's been updated for S/S2012 at Own the Runway with the crisp colour blocking of aqua, black and white. I think some grey accessories would really set it off.

[Image my own].
I found this rusting metal last spring and it reminded me of the Lavish Alice dress - vintage, delicate and almost sea green in colour.

[Image my own]. 
Meanwhile this oxidised copper door decoration of a Boston townhouse reminded me of the colour from the Own the Runway dress. I also like how the ornate design of the lions is completely different to the minimalism of the dress, but both images use curves to great effect. The difference is that the door looks as if it might bite you.

The Exclusives: Bauer Media meets Reality TV in Magazine Journalism Competition

It's one of those ideas that you can't believe hasn't been done before: journalists meet the reality TV cameras and compete for a highly coveted role with publishing giants Bauer Media (they've got More!, Closer, Heat, Empire, FHM and Kerrang under their belts, to name but a few). The production, called 'The Exclusives', will be reaching the screens of ITV2, which has also brought us ratings-winning slices of documentary life including The Only Way is Essex and Katie and Peter: The Next Chapter. Basically we're going to see the journos - who spin stories and create a sense of hype on a daily basis - facing the critical eye of the public. It's a brilliant concept, and one that I can't wait to watch, as well as put my name forward for. 

The great thing is that this competition is open to people who don't have any journalism qualifications, meaning that people from other backgrounds get a look-in, and I think that's important. I myself have a PG Certificate in Fashion and Lifestyle Journalism from the London College of Fashion, something that is really important to me, but obviously does mean that I didn't do the old-school route of learning shorthand and subbing. What I did learn was how to write for real publications and how to pitch, as well as how to create my own magazine from scratch, whilst being mentored by an amazing personal tutor who has written for AnOther and the Guardian, to name but a few. Other people out there may have written plenty of articles but never considered themselves to be a jobbing journalist, and it's great that they can also enter, because the world of journalism is massively cutthroat and competitive, and it does sometimes push out the genuinely interesting voices. I will be looking forward to seeing some real and raw talent coming out of this show. 

On a personal note, I have so many memories attached to the magazines published by Bauer and I do feel like I've grown up amongst the titles - I used to sneak Kerrang into my secondary school to escape dull moments, and to deliberately shock the girls around me who were into sugary pop bands (yep, a single sex school gripped by Britney fever can be a lonely place for us rock lovers). My ex-boyfriend's room was always littered with old copies of Empire that he couldn't bear to throw away, and kept alongside his beloved DVD collection. More! has helped me through many a perplexing man dilemma and it's kept me laughing with the Men Overheard section, whilst one of my best friends wallpapered her loo at uni with the Man Facts pages. Basically I've found that these magazines have deep roots in my past and I think the world would be a duller place without them. That's why it's important that Bauer Media is keen to keep developing new talent and nurturing it, and why I'm already so excited about 'The Exclusives'. 

If you want to enter then look out for the information in Bauer Media titles from this week, with details of how to apply for an entry form (I'm not going to post it here - you have to go and buy the magazine!). May the best journo win.

Monday, 16 January 2012

H&M Shop Report: Futuristic Sportswear meets Fetish

[All images my own, taken at H&M Oxford Circus]. 
A blazer the colour of tennis balls? Yep, it can be done. Not sure I'd wear it, but it's definitely ticking the sportswear box. Great for girls who want waist definition - just stick a skinny belt over the top. Avoid if you have swimmer's shoulders.

Black tunic top with iridescent sleeves.

Asymmetric cream blouse without collar - very turn of the century. 

Embellished collars are a good alternative if the collarless thing does nothing for you. 

Mannequins clad in black. 

Detail of fetish-style dress with punctured leatherette. 
Kind of looks like a sports vest.

Another piece in perforated leatherette - this time a top. The paper bag waist works really well, though the cardigan is less flattering.
All clothing from H&M -

Fashion Blogger Photography in Shops - What are the Rules?

Yesterday I was up in London for some family time and managed to squeeze in a bit of shopping (well, ok, I deliberately scheduled some in). Was happily browsing through the rails of H&M in Oxford Circus and managed to find a totally amazing collection hidden downstairs in the main womenswear section. Of course, I automatically reached for my camera, as there was no way I was going to miss the opportunity to document this - the range was basically a mash-up of fetish and sportswear, which somehow worked brilliantly. I was lusting after most of the items and was merrily snapping away, when a slightly blunt shop assistant interjected with, "Excuse me, NO PHOTOS,". Naturally I stopped and apologised, but then I thought about the situation afterwards and couldn't work out why it was such a negative thing for a mainstream high street fashion brand not to have people talking about them on a grass-roots level. I didn't want to hassle the assistant by asking specifically why I couldn't take more photos (okay, she scared me), so I've worked through a few thoughts around her comment, and why I don't agree with the no photos policy.

1. Fear of Copyright Infringement - "What if that woman steals our designs?"
This is a valid question, really. Brands are always going to be afraid of copycats and people who will rip off their products at a cut rate - I get that. What I don't understand is why a massive fashion chain that can afford to sell at brilliant prices would ever think that a lowly average Joe could compete with them? How could I produce a top for £7.99 with such a quick turnaround and a certain standard of sewing? What's more, if I was a fashion design student, why would I want to reference a high street store and not a legendary designer or fashion house? It's also slightly futile for H&M to be worried about copies of their designs when they already base large amounts of their collections on Couture and Ready-to-Wear pieces from Fashion Weeks around the world. They do not pay the designers that they have imitated, or acknowledge the link between the original and the H&M version. How exactly could they challenge me morally, even if I was planning on churning out copies of their clothing?

2. The H&M Website Has Hardly Any Stock
One of the reasons why I was so desperate to get out my camera was that there is too much disparity between the range of clothing on offer in stores and online. The website always seems to have a pitifully small selection of items and it's very rare for me to find one that I liked in store and can share with my friends via the internet. Basically I want to have a record of the pieces I covet if I can't afford them, so that I can start saving now, or send an image to my friends asking for their opinions. If I am not allowed to take photos then I will just have to end up mumbling vaguely about 'that top with the peplum thing and the sort of weird sleeves'. If the brand took a leaf out of its sister company COS' book, it would constantly update the site with lookbook images, visual inspiration and examples of as many key styles as possible. It's really not that hard to give your customers what they want.

3. Social Sharing Benefits the Brand
If I did want to rave about a particular object from the collection then I don't see how that can be a negative thing. What's more, being a fashion blogger, I am essentially giving H&M free publicity by telling everyone to go and buy into their new line, without any inkling of corporate sponsorship (rest assured, if I was paid by a brand to publicise something, you'd know). H&M must get this kind of thing all the time, especially in the Oxford Circus store, as it's a stone's throw away from the main campus of the London College of Fashion, my alma mater. I find it hard to believe that they would consistently discourage bloggers or members of the public who love fashion from taking photos. It's not like I was messing around in a silly hat with a group of mates - I was genuinely excited about this collection and I wanted to spread the word. What's more, not all of the pieces were suitable for my body shape, so I never could have bought them, but I was still keen to show people how great they were.

4. If I'd Had a Sketchbook I'd Be a Bloody Nuisance
Let's say I didn't use my camera. Instead I produced my trusty sketchbook and pens and proceeded to set up camp in the middle of an aisle to draw a certain dress in detail. Arguably this would be more disruptive to the running of the store (blocking everyone else from getting to the stock) and it could be quite messy - let's say my artist's permanent marker pen falls onto a top or a pair of shoes. Product ruined. In this situation, a quick photo is surely the better option.

Basically I've felt a bit flat after yesterday's trip to H&M, but I do have some nice photos of the collection which I would like to share with you, unless another shop assistant would like to accost me. Stay tuned for the images, and let me know if you have any thoughts on the issue.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Magazines: All Change at Company and How To Spend It

I'll happily admit that I'm a complete magazine junkie. Second only to my love of sweet things, magazines are a constant source of inspiration and wall art for me (my room is littered with the evidence). Because of this, I'm a little bit excited about two developments in the world of British fashion publishing for 2012...

Company Magazine Gets a Re-Design

About the Publication: Company is a popular title for young women with their finger on the pulse of fashion, beauty and current affairs. In recent years we've seen a major shift towards travel within its pages, particularly focusing on gap years, working abroad and the risks of taking drugs at festivals. There's also a focus on campaigns, such as those against sunbeds and promoting depression awareness, the latter of which I took part in. Its spin-off sister publication, Company High Street Edit, is basically the bible for shopping and customising, and it also looks at menswear trends too.

What I'd Like to See: carrying on from the popularity of High Street Edit, I'd like to see more attention on customising. American magazines like Nylon do this quite well, and I think Company could be the British equivalent.

Details: the re-design will be hitting newsagents from 17th January, with the first issue featuring BRIT School students.

How To Spend It Increases Frequency

About the Publication: How To Spend It is the glossy magazine from the Financial Times. It's aimed at affluent consumers or people who work in a strong business environment, and it covers everything from couture to luxury watches. I love its regular section called 'Silly Street', which features a gadget that is either a bit mad or very overpriced. Basically I use this magazine for ideas and to see the excellent fashion shoots. In 2012 we can expect to see 30 issues a year, a flashy new website, and an iPad app.

What I'd Like to See: a greater emphasis on fashion, with more fashion specials. Also the interiors issues, called Superior Interiors, could have some really stunning styling.

Details: expect to notice the increase in issues soon. The iPad app will get a massive social media push when it is ready to go. The website can be found at

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

S/S 2012 Trends in Hair: Eccentric and Eclectic

 [Image via RUSH Hair].
Here are some of the most eyecatching hair ideas from the S/S 2012 catwalk that we can expect to be cropping up on celebrities and on the high street soon. First up is the grunge look at Belle Sauvage, styled by RUSH Hair, which I can see catching on with inner city hipsters (yeah, it won't work as well if you live in a rural village like I do). Basically the hair is almost woven and spun into these patterns, and it's worn with grunge style - edgy prints, lots of black and ample piercings.

[Image via].
Thanks to the swathe of prominent brides in 2011 (I'm looking at you, Kate Middleton, Kate Moss and Lily Allen, and possibly even at Kim Kardashian for the 0.5 seconds you were married),  veils and headpieces were seen on quite a few catwalks. I'm not saying we're all going to be getting hitched or covering our faces, but things will get a lot more romantic. I'm talking flowers strewn in your hair, plaits, ribbons and flowing waves. This is not the moment to break out the straighteners.

[Image via].
At Preen we got a taste of romanticism but with a younger vibe.  Pinned back sections of hair and cute side partings set the scene for rural charm, with lots of blusher and clean eyes. This look can work well at the office or on a date. You can freshen up with dry shampoo and sweep your parting into a similar style quite easily, with just a few kirbigrips and some hairspray. Just don't make it look too 'done'.

[Image via].
Louise Gray's off-the-wall designs were nicely complimented by these corkscrew curls. I've already told you to put down the straigheners this season, and here's more proof. If you do have naturally curly hair then why not show it off? It would certainly have saved these models time. I also like the flick of neon eyeliner- it's what I'd call 'organised madness'.

[Image via SuicideBlonde on Tumblr].
Another strong contender in this season's hair stakes is the Marcel Wave. Ok, so it's not one for going to work in, but it would be perfect for a big night out. As you can see from the image above, there's a certain knack to it, but once you get going then you can achieve this look all by yourself. The reason this will be big for S/S 2012 is that we're surrounded by period films and television. With The Great Gatsby currently being made (and photos from the set cropping up online all the time), the mood is 1920s. Added to this is the current film du jour, The Artist, which is a black-and-white silent movie. On telly you've got Downton Abbey, whose next series will be set in the 20s, and Boardwalk Empire. Added to this will be the clothing trends of the drop waist and beaded embellishments, and you've got a craze going.

[Image via Tumblr]. 
The model of the moment is Charlotte Free, who took to many of the S/S 2012 catwalk shows with her pink hair. I used to have my hair this colour and it was a really liberating thing to do. Not great for job interviews, but definitely fun. On the high street, expect to see lots of wash-in, wash-out dyes and streaks of candy stripe shades.

[Image via the V&A]. 
Julia Margaret Cameron's Circe is an enduring image, and many of her photographs are currently on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum's Photographs Gallery. This is basically a good example of how to combine the bridal chic I mentioned previously with something a little more carefree. Expect to see children with flowers and beaded headbands.

[Image via LOVE Magazine]. 
Lastly, one to perhaps not try at home, but it's a stunning visual nonetheless. Here's model Nyasha for LOVE Magazine, with this intense headpiece last Autumn. It's an example of how Victoriana is seeping into the mainstream at the moment, with taxidermy making waves in art and trinkets and charms being everywhere in accessory trends. I think 2012 will be the year that things get a little more Gaga and we all become bolder with our hair. Not this bold, but you get the idea!

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Save the Model Sanctuary

Founded in 2008 by model Erin O'Connor, the Model Sanctuary is an initiative that appears during every London Fashion Week to provide support, stability and advice to those on the catwalk, who we often naively assume are extremely self-confident and happy. The thing is, their industry is sadly often too closely linked to the media's unattainable beauty ideals, which can be unhealthy and unsustainable - I'm talking diets of coffee and cigarettes, little sleep and a negative self-image. What the Model Sanctuary can offer is anything from yoga classes to psychological and nutritional therapy. It's all about improving the lives of people who actually don't earn mega-bucks and don't live an utterly glamorous life all the time - they just partake in it as part of their job, and they are often only teenagers. When they get rejected at castings they are still just as vulnerable as the rest of us, if not more so, because their body is their livelihood.

I think it's really important that the Model Sanctuary continues to do its good work, which is why I was disappointed to read that O'Connor is struggling to find a premises for the A/W 2012-13 Fashion Week this February as the normal location has already been rented out. It would be such a disappointment if the service had to be reduced or drastically altered to accomodate a smaller or less private space. Here's hoping that a suitable building can be found. 

For more on the Model Sanctuary, please visit and see their accompanying Tumblr site

Monday, 9 January 2012

I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues: COS Dress

[All images my own. Please ask before reproducing].
Apologies for the not-so-happy face. I was having one of those days where you try and smile and you end up looking like you have trapped wind, so I decided it was better to look vaguely serious instead. Anyway, I was a bit more excited than I appear here, because this is my new dress from COS which arrived on New Year's Eve. I didn't wear it out that night as I was going for the careless-night-of-freedom look rather than fashion-conscious-person-who-will-drink-responsibly-thanks. The reason I chose this dress was because it reminded me so much of Miu Miu's S/S12 collection, with the little collar and the intense print. I wore it with a studded black and silver belt from a charity shop.

As you can see, it's quite long, so there's a definite vintage feel. I love the print because it's so dark and messy, in contrast to the very prim and proper shape. I might have to take it up an inch or two, as I'm only 5"7 and I tend to look a bit on the small side with things that are cut on the calf, but this is definitely a purchase that I'll wear again and again for smart occasions. 

Dress, 50EUR in sale, COS online.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

The A-Z Sale Edit: ASOS and Zara

[Image via ASOS].
ASOS Twisted Pencil Skirt in Tartan
Why I love this skirt: it's very Vivienne Westwood-esque, calling to mind her tartan bags and capes.
What it does for your figure: if you're looking to give yourself curves then this is the piece for you. The drapery accentuates your hips with semi-circular arcs and the bright yellow draws attention to your figure. Meanwhile your waist looks tiny and anyone conscious of thighs will enjoy the coverage that this knee-length skirt has.
Price: £31.50 (was £45.00)

[Image via ASOS].
Stylestalker Snake Leather-Look Bustier Dress
Why I love this dress: it gives a nod to the fetish trend with snakeskin and leatherette, but you're not stuck with a bodycon piece that is unforgiving. Instead it billows outwards.
What it does for your figure: if you're blessed with big boobs then this is the dress for you. Finally you don't have to hide them, and you're also not making them look ridiculous. Instead the corseted top holds you in and stops you getting that weird 'shelf' effect that can often happen (believe me, I spend my life trying to avoid it). If you're not so blessed in the abs department then any rounded stomachs will be nicely disguised by the floaty chiffon skirt.
Price: £37.50 (was £125)

[Image via Zara].
Metallic Trousers
Why I love these trousers: basically they're really shiny. You know how you sometimes get those magpie moments and you just need something sparkly to cheer you up? Well, these might work.
What they do for your figure: instead of hiding behind shapeless black harem pants (yeah, they're a winter staple, but you've got to shake things up sometimes), you might want to give these a go. The straight cut means that your figure is elongated, but don't expect to be a shrinking violet - you are going to be looked at, so make sure you feel confident - regardless of your shape - when you wear metallic trousers.
Price: £29.99 (were £39.99)

[Image via Zara].
Patchwork Clutch Bag
Why I love this bag: whether you actually own an iPad or you just love the wallets that have hit the shops to hold them, you could well be lusting after this baby. It's compact and sleek, with a mixture of different textures - suede, faux snakeskin and a soft backing.
What it does for your figure: not a great deal, as it's only a bag. Let's not pretend it can hide flaws or emphasise your best bits, unless they're your hands. On the plus side, it might make you feel more organised! I would prefer if it wasn't made from goatskin (checked the label and was slightly horrified), so it's not going to be on my purchasing list any time soon, but I do admire the design and that's why it's made my sale edit.
Price: £39.99 (was £79.99)

A Look Back at 2011: Fashion Moments and the Year in Blogging

It's been quite a year on the blog. Thanks to all who've been following my adventures over the past 12 months (and those who were there previously), as I've really enjoyed getting your feedback. I started the year as a postgraduate student at the London College of Fashion, which I must say I really do miss, and now I'm greeting 2012 providing content and destination advice to British travellers, whilst keeping an eye on travel trends. Here are some of my highlights of 2011:

  • The maxi skirt was a slow burning trend with me, but I've now embraced it. At first I was reluctant to get into 'granny chic', as I'm normally a miniskirt kind of girl, but it's been refreshing to shake up my wardrobe a little.
  • Trips away from the daily grind included a holiday to Boston, which was freezing but very stylish, and my usual jaunt to the Edinburgh Festival. I discovered a brilliant vintage shop in Edinburgh which may become one of my favourite places.
  • I spent the year writing for various publications, including Pigeons and Peacocks Magazine, the current affairs website This Affected Youth and the art website Artface. Pigeons and Peacocks was my first print piece, which was very exciting, and involved being on the same page as the legendary Susie Bubble.
  • Aside from writing, finishing my postgraduate course, working in retail and moving on to destination marketing, I spent much of the year interning for the ethical fashion brand Esther Porter. This was a valuable experience and I loved helping Esther to build up social media, potential stockists and customers. My interning stint culminated with London Fashion Week and a Parisian trade show, which were both amazing.
  • This year I also met several idols of mine, which left me pretty speechless. Donna Wallace, Accessories Editor of Elle UK, was at Fashion Week (the woman has serious style credentials and is also really friendly), and I also spotted Brix Smith-Start with her pugs. Later in the year I met Sasha Wilkins of Liberty London Girl, who was a real inspiration. Who knows who I'll bump into in 2012?
  • Shop-wise, I loved New Look, Republic and Topshop this year and was impressed by H&M's Conscious Collection and Gareth Pugh for MAC (the latter of which made an appearance in my Christmas stocking, thanks to my one and only sister).
  • Designers to watch in 2011 included Rodarte (whose S/S11 collection thrilled, but whose SS12 did not look too promising), House of Holland (I even invested in Henry Holland's underwear collection at Selfridges) and Charlotte Olympia.
  • My inspiration for A/W11-12 style came from the raciest trend of the year. That meant no Kate Middleton references (I know she's supposed to be fashionable, but the pearls and twinset look just isn't my thing) and certainly no conservative leanings (phew). Tis the season to be daring.
I hope you'll continue reading in 2012. Now I've also finished my guest blog stint for the fabulous Bitch Magazine, hopefully a more frequent blogging schedule will be resumed! I'll keep you updated on all my sartorial ramblings for the year.
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