Friday, October 30, 2015

Celebrate Individuality With Styleart

Picture this. You're a buzzing new creative with a bubbling mind full of questionable yet totally unique ideas, but you're at wits end when it comes to getting your designs out there in the public view. Yes, being a creative can be challenging, but Styleart can help you get started and give you that little confidence boost you've so desperately needed. Styleart is an online company which you upload your designs onto T-shirts, bags, home accessories and huge canvases so people can buy your work on whatever product they wish. 20% of all the purchases go to Styleart but apart from that every penny is yours, and by all means, you deserve it!

If you're the more secret creative who just enjoys the odd splurge of artisan then you can upload your designs too. If the creators of Styleart like what they see then your hobby could spark into a career change. Whether it's the accidental spontaneous design you've doodled on a napkin, or the design you've spent weeks planning in advance, give them a try on Styleart and you never know where it will take you.

In all of us we have different tastes, and with Styleart the categories to separate certain types of designs are helpful but also genious when you don't have time to search the site for a full afternoon. With categories like "cute","beach" and "glamorous" prepare yourself for a cuteness overload with animal motifs and sunset scencearies. Of course if you're into the action side of things and just generally don't want a cat coming up in the search options, then "games & cartoons,  "comic" and "galaxy" might interest you more. No matter what age, gender or tastes you're into, you're bound to find something that you could find yourself buying.

As for myself I choose the "drawing" and "graphic" categories for the designs that I believe had the most thought put into them. After finding too many designs I wanted, I finally decided on a drawn horse design with a butchers like denotation to it. Most cleverly the design involved arrows such as a butchers horse drawing would, however the labels intend a pun rather than just showing the horses meat.

Being a fashion student I know for a fact, if you're going all out on a printed T-shirt then it needs to be one you'll wear all the time as they go in and out of fashion so quickly. Due to not wanting to waste the design I purchase,  I found it more sensible to purchase the canvas bag. At a great size, this bag is going to do wonders when I'm walking around Liverpool with all my university sketchbooks. With a printed bag I know for sure  it will match most of my outfits, as with bags you'll find they can go pretty much go with anything, but with a T-shirt you're a little limited to say the least.

Partner the bag with a simple and sopisticated outfit to keep you right on trend, then sling that canvas bag over your shoulder and there you have it. The perfect outfit with that hipster and indie touch of having an up and coming artists design right on your shoulder.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Paris Fashion Week S/S 16


Olivier Rousteing, creative director, has boosted Balmain's recognition ever since day one. With a style so distinct in each collection he's succeeded to make Balmain one of the clearest fashion brands to remember. Balmain's stereotypical grid like shaping, use of metallic and silks and deep royal colour pallets are some of the most well known distinctions of his garments. Any designer with this much detail in their collection would surely capture any high fashion lovers dream, but what about the more average spender? Recently it's been advertised that Balmain has collaborated with H&M this year for their yearly high street and designer collab, so luckily for us Balmain will be available on our high streets this November for a much lower price. If the collab is as successful as Karl Lagerfeld with H&M in 2014, then all I'm saying is either queue up outside the shop or keep chopsticks under your eyes to keep awake until it's released online. Back to Fashion Week however, and Balmain's traditional style of rich colour palettes continued. Rich emeralds partnered with mustards became the highlight of the catwalk, and with grid like structures around the skirt encrusted with jewels there's a reason the collections make you feel like royalty.

 Dries Van Noten

Always one to make an impact, and definitely always one to stand out. Dries Van Noten took this collection to a silky and shiny new level. Garments instantly looked 1 million dollars by using silky smooth fabric with elaborate designs that gave every outfit some kind of character and personality. Some shall we say became a little eccentric, yet most outfits showcased the glamour of the silky patterns without clashing or having some kind of silk overload. Silk stereotypically has a soft and draping connotation, when in fact you can manipulate silk to suit whatever kind of needs. Anybody who's used silk will tell you it's one of the hardest and most annoying fabrics to sew, so reshaping and wanting silk for your garments can otherwise be a tricky surgical operation. Dries Van Noten challenged the silk to perform tailored habits and so incorporated it in blazers, shirts and pants.

 Martin Grant

With an almighty use of navy in Grant's collection you could immediately tell this collection was going to be simple and tailored. Personally I've not seen Grant's collections previously, but after seeing his S/S 16 collection it's one of my favourite to date. The proof is in the pudding (or garment) that using simple clashing colour to emphasise a line can make one of the most simple of attires become of the most elegant. This kind of simplicity in garment making reminds you of one of the first woman who accomplished with, Chanel, with her use of black and white lines to highlight the edges of the garments. All these decades later it's become textbook worthy with several designers following the technique to create beautiful and powerful garments. One of the accessories repeated in the collection was the drawstring tie waist belt. S/S 16 has been the Fashion Week of belts, within every fashion city this wasp waist technique has been used again and again. I'm telling you now, stack up on your belts pronto. 

 Maison Rabih Kayrouz

Ahh the baggy T shirt and joggers, we all love it yet find it physically impossible to be brave enough to wear this kind of outfit outside the house. Like some kind of beast let out of its cage we're desperate to keep it behind bars. Now that fashion is becoming more comfortable with trainers and pumps showing no signs of kicking back to the back of the wardrobe any time soon, maybe it's becoming more fashionably acceptable to actually go out in clothes baggy enough to lounge about in. Before you even ask, no the joggers are still a relationship you have to leave at home, sorry. As for oversized T-shirts, blouses and tunics bring them out to experience the world outside your bedroom because bagginess is the new trendiness. Kayrouz is a designer I hadn't seen before, yet her collection immediately appealed to me thorough her use of comfortable cotton fabrics and oversized shapes. With a monochrome colour pallet to match, this collection was pretty much made for me. 

Alexander McQueen

London's VMA museum has only recently just finished a whole exhibition devoted to Mr McQueen himself which showcased beautiful hand crafted work from his collections over his years of success, before and after his suicide. The VMA state it's been the most successful exhibition in its history with extra dates being added due to high demand and tickets selling out almost instantly. With this sudden leap into the limelight once again, McQueen is certainly the design house everyone is most excited  for what on earth they've decided to bring next. We've had it all from collections inspired by butterflies to collections inspired by the future. McQueen never disappoints and manages to shock the audience in whatever way he chose-be it through beauty or going just a little bit crazy. S/S 16 opted for a more beauty element then scaring their wanted buyers. The garments stayed off white and cream and added immaculate detailing through embroidery and reshaping the fabrics to create alluring and textured shapes. Neck lines tended to look little medieval and tumour like bringing a very authoritative style whilst the feminine choice of white juxtaposed the whole look. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Milan Fashion Week S/S 2016


Floaty and feminine are words that instantly spring to mind for Blumarine's S/S collection. With silhouette becoming more casual and comfy the fabrics chosen were lighter, looser and more transparent. Many of the designs stayed simple with only a slight texture or detail of florals or stripes. Personally the all in one white outfits are my favourite which have been featured this season as a fashion must, so keep all your whites clear of any fake tan lines, you'll be needing them for the summer as well as the winter so look after them. For some, this may confuse and puzzle you why on earth you'd want to wear white in the winter as well as the summer? Well for one, it's very feminine wearing a light colour so you can still wear androgynous shapes and male tailoring without looking too Maggie Thatcher.


Granny chic is a trend that seems to be everywhere at the moment. For winter it's all about the pussy-bow blouse and the full knit skirt, which most certainly would make granny proud if you turned up on a Sunday dinner like a reflection of your Granny's wardrobe. Lets face it, it's obvious any grandmother would prefer their grand daughter in a fully buttoned top right up to the neckline rather than a risky crop top. Meanwhile on Gucci's catwalk, the granny shapes and clothing habits kept on coming, but certainly didn't keep to their favoured dull colour pallet. Gucci clashed almost every outfit, yet even though it was such a mis-match of pattern they kind of ended up matching together in a strange post modernist way. A Japanese patterned skirt with a pastel pink girly blouse? What's not to like.

 Jil Sander

With all designers focusing on clothing at fashion week we forget one of the most important things about summer- the summer hat and accessories. Of course it seems to have taken a step backwards over the last few years but for people like myself the summer hat is a god send if you don't fancy applying sun cream on top of your head like some kind of daytime shampoo, unless you want that greasy sticky hair kind of approach.  Jill Sander sent every model out onto the catwalk with a summer hat. With none fuss and a simple shape the hat did and said as it was told, to protect our fragile scalps from that blistering sun (if you're not in England), and looked fantastic to wear (as a typical summer hat should be). Sander's finished off every outfit to a T and managed to make the collection that little more memorable by gifting every model with a hat. As for the clothing it was straight, simple and tailored. The only thing that added a little more risk to the collection was the mustard PVC coat. Everything else was mostly smart and easy, which to be honest, is the way we like it best. Correct?

 Luisa Beccaria

Florals upon florals upon florals. Of course, what did we expect for S/S collections, but Luisa made floral patterns an ongoing theme throughout her whole collection, whether it be for the evening gowns or the party dresses everything included a delicate flower. Decades that instantly spring to mind (pardon the pun) for her inspiration are the 30s and 40s. Those puffed out sleeves, those huge brimmed hats and that long sleeved leotard number are screaming with 30s inspiration. Luisa incorporated packs of detail in some of her garments which remind you of a more Edwardian characteristic with the overpowerment of lace and high necklines. The colour pallet kept girly without becoming too candy floss and ice cream as she partnered purples and greens for most of her collections reminding me of a more Secret Garden inspiration.

Emilio Pucci

Anyone who recalls completing a textiles degree, A level or even GCSE would remember the ongoing battle of sewing together battered pieces of materials to produce a strange yet abstract and interesting sample someone could engage with, and quite often send up stroking. Well, for some reason (I don't know if I'm the only one) Emilio Pucci's collection reminds me of just that. Some of his garments became obvious he'd taken inspiration from the fishing harbours as some clothing included a full on fish motif, whilst others tangled with the ropes twisted around the bodice for such a complex look it looks sketchbook sample ready. As for his more safe and realistic attires he chose to clash stripes with rich tones of blue and red for a royal and elegant connotation yet still gave a waterfall look to the fabric for that laid back style.