Tuesday, December 22, 2015

All that glitters is not gold, or is it?

It's that time of the year again, the time that seems so far away but creeps up on you so fast that before you know it you're praying for the end of December pay cheque because of your last minute frantic Christmas shopping driving your purse to anorexia. So this is Christmas. Some like it, some don't, but one things for sure we all have to put up with it.

Besides the marathon of Christmas present buying, there's the Christmas outfit buying. It's something we almost seem to forget about as it gets sidelined to the bottom of the list, but surely it should be the number one thing to do. Think about it, a slamming outfit that will impress your work mates, family and friends into thinking you're the hottest and most fashionable person on the planet at that very moment, or would you prefer to worry about buying a present someone is probably going to re-gift? However, I know being the shitty present buyer is never the best reputation to have.

Make your mind up 

When you eventually do wander/ jolt your way into the stores for the Christmas outfits you can't help but see a whole shop wall covered in sequins, glitter and lace with clashing colours of red, navy and green. If you don't want to settle for either of these options then you do have a struggle on your hands- as I found out, turns out even a monochrome dress is hard to come by.

Question is, what is it with sequins and glitter that becomes so acceptable at Christmas time? Yes, we adore it on tree's, but why the necessity to endure a whole outfit like that? Any other time of the year we'd snuff our noses up yelling and brawling at the fact your friend picked it up to look at in the first place, yet at Christmas we seem to have completely the opposite attitude.

Metallics are an obvious choice towards a shimmering dress, especially gold at this time of year. You could choose to embrace your inner mermaid and take a love heart neckline to a whole festive level. Although the most straight talking shift dress shapes are the most striking at times, letting the figure hugging garment do the talking whilst you concentrate on the walking in those ridiculously high heels.

Typical Christmas colours such as reds, greens and navy are beautiful when partnered with lace for that elegant feel. Most importantly, lace is one of those fabrics that always seems to come in and out of fashion throughout the year, so technically purchasing a lace number wouldn't be a wasted investment for one event only.

How to avoid looking like a fairy 

Of course when it comes to Christmas fashion there are rules. If you're opting for the choice of lace, then glitter OR sequin is acceptable (not both!). However, if you want to be the sparkler of the night with a more shiny and upbeat outfit than lace, then please DO NOT MIX sequin and glitter together to avoid looking like you've just done deals with Tinkerbell. Its common sense but also common curtesy to make sure you don't look too out of control. Yes, shimmering outfits are fun but know your limits (just like with those sneaky Christmas cocktails).

Everywhere does them, but where do I buy THE ONE

Net-a-porter have some fabulous designer clothing that will fit right into your Christmas outfit wish list. From lace dresses with a sexy dramatic impact, to bold black twinkling Dolce and Gabbana boots, you're best to get these buys now as they're offering up to 50% off on most Christmas stock, Leaving it last minute does sometimes has it's perks price wise. Fancy something that's not going to break the bank then high street stores New Look, Zara and H&M have many different designs for you to choose from to make you look just as Christmas party ready as something more expensive. Basically you're spoilt for choice, however you know the rules-keep calm and control the sparkles.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Anthropolgie X Lorenzo Duran

For the last semester at University I've had several modules, and one whereby I've had to create a Brand collaboration idea. The individual artist, Lorenzo Duran, with a talent of carving intricate shapes in leaves alongside the London based brand Anthropolgie homeware were what I decided bring together. With both keen lovers of nature and plants I thought these two would go hand in hand.
A concept of products was key to see how whereby the brands could work together to create a whole new idea. The luxurious and natural feel of leather seemed like a great fabric to etch and cut the artists designs onto to create elaborate and expensive products Anthropolgie's consumers are used to. If only this collaboration was real... that lamp would seriously be sitting on my bedside table right now if it did.

With promotion of the brand logo, posters, online presence and packaging, it's an idea that would be all ready to go. You'd be surprised how satisfying it is to make a mini gift bag and box, there are no words.
Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Uni work

Sorry for being away from my blog for so long, I've been so busy with uni deadlines! But to make up for it, I'll post some of my University work for you to see. One of my projects has involved styling up a shoot in the style of Betty Catroux who favours a masculine look with a very minimal colour palette. With inspiration from s/s 16 fashion collections for a modern twist I've managed to achieve a simplistic yet sophisticated model and still life photography shoot. Let me know what you think!