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suffering for fashion?

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Today I spent the day at the studio where we were given an illustration of a top and asked to pattern cut it. This was really difficult and everybody seemed to struggle. Pattern cutting really is bloody hard! Lots to think about… silhouette, volume, fit, length, darts, crikey I hate darts.

The afternoon was spent with the head of the fashion department who gave a lecture on ’suffering for fashion’, which explored the lengths women go to so that their bodies are changed to fit prominent styles of the time. (Corsetry, and that kind of thing.) I’ve always been shocked, horrified and disturbed at changing one’s shape to conform to an ideal. Earlier last month, MJ of Dreaming Spires wrote a brilliant post with concerns about trends in womanly curves or evidently the sheer lack of them, and since then I have questioned my own design ethos in terms of manipulating the aesthetics of the body.

Fashion will forever be controversial , and perhaps that is one of the greatest assets it has, but I think it is important for designers and others involved in this industry (yes media, I’m looking at you) to take responsibility for the emotional effects that can stem from body ideals.

Take the AW10 Comme des Garçons collection which featured fun elaborations on the female form. The designing is spectacular and the body shapes created are so out of reach that we as consumers can just enjoy the designs whilst still embracing our natural shape.

Yes, the body is the base for fashion creations but shouldn’t it just build upon what is naturally there under the garments, rather than trying to mutilate the figure?

commes des garcos suffering for fashion?

Comme des Garçons AW10

time to bring out the jumpers

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

cable knits copy time to bring out the jumpers

This morning I headed into town in search of some charity shop bargains and decided today was the day to embrace the trend I’ve been waiting to wear all summer long; cable knits! Ever since I saw the coverage of the AW10 catwalk shows, I knew this was one style I would definitely be wanting to try out. Luckily for me, I managed to get this cropped jumper for free from whilst on my placement (great perk of the job..!) but I saw numerous styles on the high street today including the ones above from Topshop and Miss Selfridge. Aran stitches, cables and bobbles galore!

I’m curious to know what AW10 styles you’ll be trying out over the next few months?

Copy of jumper1 time to bring out the jumpers

Copy of jumper2 time to bring out the jumpers

aw10 lust list

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Tonight’s post can be found over on Ashe’s lovely blog, dramatis personae! Be sure to take a look over there to see what I’ll be looking out for on the high street this Autumn … enjoy!

LUST LIST aw10 lust list

lace and the forties

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Copy of OUTFIT 2 lace and the forties

Shoes – New Look

Trousers – Topshop

Body – TU at Sainsburys

Lace Top – Primark

Gold Heart Necklace – a gift

My first outfit post! I’ve been writing this blog for a few months  and up until now I haven’t had the confidence to do outfit posts. Im not particularly photogenic, infact I don’t even like having my photograph taken! I do however love putting my outfits together and decided to just go for it. What’s the worst that can happen…

This is what I wore yesterday for a day at the office. The trousers were a splurge on my Wednesday lunch hour (ooops) but I justified them by the fact that the turn ups can be turned down for winter and worn with my new black lace up boots… anyways, if you fancy a pair for yourself, they can be found here. My boyfriend’s reaction was that they make me look like I’m from the forties, which is funny because he was trying to tease me when infact I would quite actually have liked to live in that era!

This afternoon I nipped across to Manchester’s Abakhan store (I will seriously miss living 5 minutes away from this place when I move away from Manchester in August…) to pick up some bits for the current design project I’m working on. It’s a summer project set by my University to design an AW11/12 collection for Anthropolgie.

I was lucky enough to be able to sit in on a colour meeting this week on my placement so was able to see the colour predictions for the AW11/12 season! I’m planning on going cross stitch mad with this project, along with overdosing on fairisle and cable knitting. Here are the threads I picked up in shades of berry, dusky pink, creams and ochre.

Copy of P10103171 lace and the forties

Tonight I am off to watch the new film Inception, very excited as it looks great!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend whatever you’re up to x

sale shopping tips

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

sale sale shopping tips

The summer sales seem to be well and truly underway, and even though we’re not even into the second half of July, the retailers are already making room for their AW10 collections. There are still about 8 weeks of British summer sun left to be soaked up (sorry, I know that could be questionable…) so there is plenty of time to wear any summer bargains before its time to pack them away and get the layers out.

I really love finding a bargain , especially when it comes to clothes. However, I really really hate it when I see something in the sale which I bought at full price, but I guess that’s fashion karma or something! I decided that I would like to write about my advice on sale shopping for today’s post. I’m sure you are all great at spotting a bargain or two, so please add your own suggestions to the comments section!


I would always recommend looking at sizes one above and one below your usual clothes size. Often, items that are perfectly designed and on trend will appear on sale rails because they have been badly sized. I find this happens a lot with underwear; it is sometimes a good idea to simply try on items that look like they will fit, regardless of what the label says.

Also, look at jersey items and shirts that are waaaay bigger than your usual size … these can look great worn with something skinny fitting on the bottom to balance out the volume.


All too often high street retailers imitate catwalk trends before they are even in the designer stores due to the speed at which they can replicate from the runways. This can sometimes be to the stores disadvantage as trends can be too forward-thinking for the customer to understand and feel ready to embrace. Poor sales result in these ending up in the sale. Before you hit the sales, study the next seasons catwalks to see what trends you may want to be wearing in a few months time. I have seen lots of crochet items in this summer’s sales which I predict will be huge come Autumn – stock up now!

mens section

Don’t forget to visit this part of the sales, yes really! Look for over sized hoodies and jersey tops. Think creatively; how could you customise with a few bits of elastic or adding a drawstring so that it has a more feminine fit? Shini from Park and Cube has a great twist on how to wear a mans shirt here.


The best day of a sale is always the first. Sign up to your favourite stores e-newsletters to find out when their sales start ahead of the crowds. Also, avoid shopping at lunch time if you don’t want to have to rummage for bargains on the floor as well!

Oh, I also just had to show you these beauties I bought yesterday morning from schuh. I know I won’t be able to wear them until the cold weather comes which is making me start to wish the summer away, but I can never find a pair of winter boots when I actually need them, so just couldn’t resist these!

boot sale shopping tips

henry stud lace ankle boot from schuh - WAS £79.99 now £40.00

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