Fashion week!

I MADE IT!!!

I actually managed to attend fashion week in February, never would I miss this especially since I missed LCM in January.

The only problem was that with a week left for fashion week I completely forgot, and hadn’t planned any outfits, but I quickly realised that the outfit I wore didn’t matter, I was there to hang out with friends and make new ones.

The first day I went very simple (all black), at first I was quite nervous but I quickly got into the flow of things and started to bump into people I knew from the previous year.

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For the first time ever I managed to get into shows!! I actually managed to do at least one/two shows a day in fact; I honestly still can’t believe it.

Day two was the day of the #Skwad, since it was Saturday this was by far the busiest day and probably the most fun! It was nice to just be surrounded by creative people, who love fashion and to play around with clothing it was truly inspiring.

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The third day I done all black (again!), it was a quieter day compared to Saturday but it was still nice as some people still came over just to say hi and hit a few shows.

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Monday was like the deadest day! Haha you could slowly see the crowds dwindling down, for most part of the day I just wandered around, once it hit around 4pm it got busier and more people showed up.

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Tuesday was by far the most pointless day, and this point no-one was there and in fact me and my friend need up going to a gallery and just had a regular day out!

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Becoming a designer…

Hey! So I’ve finally started to make my garment!!

It was really fun to mess around with a fabric I had never worked with/used before (tulle), I chose to do this because I keep finding myself being inspired by ballet imagery and dancers.

Fashion design is completely new to me and I have no idea what I’m doing but strangely enough I’m not filled with fear and doubt the way I was when I started my foundation, when I’m zoned in pinning the fabric and dragging it around I feel like my whole self and I feel like this is who I am as a person and what I’m meant to be doing…

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I started with a “structure” I made using my leftover calico from a previous project and I feel that this in turn inspired the tulle version, the original idea I had was to make a cute Channel / Audrey Hepburn inspired tulip skirt, but I made something a lot more energetic and “angry”!

I wanted the woman who wore it to look beautiful and “pretty” but still powerful and assertive, and I checked to see if I achieved this by asking people what their opinion would be if they saw a woman wearing it and to my surprise they all said things around the same line!

Fashion design is truly where I shine and feel comfortable/confident, and I will hopefully just get better and better…

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Wonderland…

Hey boo!

So this past week I discovered the Wonderland Shop that they have in London (for those of you who don’t know Wonderland is a fashion magazine).

From the outside it looked like a mermaid “wonderland” and that’s why it caught my eye, once we got inside it had a very cool laid back vibe and every inch of that place is just aesthetically pleasing, from magazine covered changing rooms, to photography studio lights on the white walls.

And obviously you can’t go to a store like that without leaving with something and I am the last person to come up with an excuse why not to spend money or to turn down a fashion magazine… EVER!!!

I’m keeping my looks very stripped back and keeping them to their bare essentials, this look is very simple but with the addition of the jewelry and of course the hair, it gives you a little something to look at, this is a simple yet striking look, proving that you don’t always have to do the most!

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T-shirt: River Island   Trousers: UniPlay   Shoes: Nike   Jewellery: Topman + River Island

late night read…

This is a Modern Matter Magazine, before buying this copy I had never heard of them before.

I was actually looking for inspiration for my art project and decided to go to one of my favorite magazine stores in Soho, I tend to go there because I just love discovering new magazine and love finding “lost treasures”

Even though this magazine was encased in a plastic bag meaning, I couldn’t flip through it to see what was inside, I felt the cover was strong and macabre enough to help me out with my project, especially since the quote on the cover reads “Someone wants to cut a hole in you and fuck you through it, Buddy”.

I love the look and feel of this magazine, it feels strong, expensive and dangerous and I love that!!

I love the imagery inside and how it is unapologetically what it is, they stand by what they put inside it, and aren’t worried with making it “pretty”, its through provoking and makes you think twice about certain situations… definitely an interesting read.

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Magazine: Modern Matter   Sunglasses: Asos   Speakers: Beats pill

death…

I liked the acetate sketches a lot but I wanted to do something that linked but was somehow different, I wanted them to look similar but I still wanted people to differentiate between them.

So I came up with the idea to use white ink on a clear plastic sheet! I liked that the plastic was sturdier than the acetate and I liked that it wasn’t something that you could easily smudge off or damage by simply bending it or “scrunching” it up.

But because I did use a different material this mean that the “mood” of the sample was different, because when I made the acetate sketches I admired the “x-ray” look and feel they had to them, but the plastic sheet had none of that, it had more of a clean cut feel and it didn’t give off the same macabre ancient history vibe.

I experimented with it layering it over different images to see if I found a portrait that would match the skull, to symbolize and show “the thin line between life and death”

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tormented imagery…

This is all the imagery I have so far for my project, I’m trying to set the tone for the type of work I hope to produce, because I wanted to create something quite macabre and ‘alternative’ I’ve been trying to find imagery that represents that, I’ve been looking into independent magazines and I have started to find a few that I really enjoy.

I’m also learning that the type of imagery that I’m in search of is incredibly hard to find, because I feel everything is played down or made softer so that its ‘acceptable’ to publish, and this obviously makes it harder for me to find what I want/need.

But looking for these independent magazines has taught me a lot, and inspired possible future projects as well as this one.