Monday, April 29th, 2013
I love clothes. I really do. I went to the London College of Fashion, I studied fashion journalism, my mother was a weaver who had her own clothing line when I was younger – it’s pretty much engrained in me to be one stylin’, profilin’ mofo. I love checking out other people’s style (unless it involves Uggs), I love fabrics, patterns, discovering designers from distant, foreign lands. You get the point – I love this shiz. And so, it has been with increasing despair over the past year that I have stared at my wardrobe and bellowed the words ‘I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!’ Oh sure, we’ve all done that. But I really mean it. I’ve reached a point where I hate all my clothes and am completely flummoxed as to what to do style-wise.
Tuesday, April 9th, 2013
I decided at the beginning of the year I need to reconnect a bit (well, kind of a lot) with real life. My whole life is online and while I love that to an extent and enjoy communicating through that medium, last year I just felt that something was missing. I really just felt an intense need for reconnection to the real, if that makes sense. So, to me that means getting tactile and exploring different avenues of inspiration and creativity. Having a pin board as a visual stimulus was one of the first logical steps for me to start experimenting with that.
Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
File this under ‘Cool Stuff My Friends Do’ – my friend, the lovely Ellie Wood, recently launched her vintage fashion website Ellewood Vintage. Focusing on ’80s culture and the fashion that was prevalent at the time, each piece on the site was hand picked by Ellie. Ellie is one of my running friends and every time I see her out of Lycra, she looks amazing (she looks ridiculously hot in it too, to be fair) – her flair for picking vintage pieces is really something special. Ellewood Vintage began as a pop up vintage market stall that built up a loyal customer base.
‘Ellewood Vintage is all of it. Its the fashion, the music, the icons, the hair. It is the opulence, the grime, the political and social changes, the ethnic diversity, the culture. Ellewood Vintage is London, it is street style, it’s experimental, its youth. Ellewood Vintage is not just playing dress-up it is an attitude, a statement, a revolution, a challenge, a no rules way of life.’ says Ellie.
I know how hard she’s worked on putting this site together and launching her business. Massive congrats to Ellie for getting it going. If you’re a fan of vintage clothes and the ’80s or even if you’re not, head on over to the site and check it out.
Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
Hey there amigos. So, if you follow me on Twitter (or unfollow me due to me tweeting about doing anything exciting, as the case may be) you’ll know that I’m currently in New York for a couple of days. Adidas have launched a new running shoe called Boost and they invited me along to the global launch today in Manhattan to see what all the hype is about. And let me tell ya, it’s like being slapped in the face with technology. There’s a whole lot going on in that shoe. Yohan Blake and Hailie Gebrselassie were there, as were Rosario Dawson and that chick who plays the wife in Homeland (which, hello, total girl crush. Also, I rate anyone who rocks up to an Adidas launch wearing thigh-high high-heel boots).
Right, I’m off to Madison Square Garden to watch the Knicks. Byyyyyeeeee!
Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
One of the most popular posts I’ve written on this site was one I did a couple of years ago about how Europeans dress better than Americans. It seems to be something people Google a lot: ‘why do Europeans dress better than Americans?’ Or ‘Americans dress lazy’ or other such terms often lead to that blog post and it still gets people leaving comments on it. It’s a weird topic. The comments section is filled with smug Europeans or angry Americans talking about how judgmental I am or how Europeans are either gay or have really poor hygiene, which has nothing to do with anything. Admittedly, the style in which I wrote that post was pretty harsh, but has my viewpoint changed? Do I still believe Europeans dress better than Americans?
Monday, January 28th, 2013
Last week, I was invited down to the Stella McCartney store in Chelsea to meet the lady herself and discuss her new season collection for Adidas. Full disclosure – I’m a bit of a Stella fan girl. Her Spring/Summer 01 collection for Chloe is still one of my favourites, so I was a little giddy at the opportunity to meet her.
Tuesday, December 18th, 2012
I’ve been a fan of Insa’s work for a while now. He transcends graffiti while staying true to street art’s roots. There is no mistaking an Insa piece when you see it emblazoned across the side of a building. So, when he announced recently that he was doing limited edition leggings, I got way overexcited. And when he says ‘limited’, he really means it. 30 pairs were handmade in London town with Insa’s signature print on them and the result is pretty darn head-turningly awesome.
They were pricey (though thankfully the other half got them for me as an early Christmas present), but some things are just worth it. It’s not just the exclusivity of them that appeals to me – though I won’t lie, knowing there are only 29 other people with the same leggings as me reduces my ‘accidental matching outfits on a night out’ anxiety a great deal – but as someone who really does think of fashion as wearable art, as style as one of the ultimate ways to express yourself, these leggings are rocking my world.
And yes, I am on the record as hating leggings, but dare I say it, I may actually wear these to run in. Also, since running, there’s a whole new sports luxe element of my style that I’ve been playing with that these might slot in with quite nicely.
Either way, I sure do have funky legs this Christmas.
To see more of Insa’s work, check out his website.
Monday, December 10th, 2012
I’ve gotta be honest – the majority of stuff that pops up in my inbox is rarely anything to shout about. Unless a brand is doing something that really catches my eye, a whole lot of stuff winds up in the trash. Then today, this little gem popped up and I thought you guys might like to know about it. Rust & Regret is a new accessories label based in Melbourne, Australia and they’ve done a collaboration with artist Derek Nobbs. The result is a limited edition, sterling silver signet ring. I’m not ordinarily a massive fan of the skull and bone thing, but this is totally something I’d wear.
There are only 40 pieces made worldwide, retailing at AUS$350, so you better move quick if you want one. They’re officially available on January 31st 2013, but pre-orders are happening from now until this Friday (Dec 14th), with custom-sizing available – so it could be a kind of post-Christmas gift, if you’re in the market for some new finger decoration.
More pics after the jump.
Monday, October 15th, 2012
Fashion Weeks are loved by many and loathed by some. Let the naysayers yap on about how frivolous and irrelevant it all is, but there’s no denying the influence these shows have on the way we shape our personal style, whether we like to admit it or not. But if you’re someone with an interest in fashion, Fashion Weeks can almost be alienating – how do shows in London, Paris, Milan and New York speak to your experience if you don’t live in any of those cities? Well, the good folks at creative agency Hebe Media in Leeds are putting regional fashion at the forefront this week with the first ever Leeds Digital Fashion Week.
Friday, October 5th, 2012
Last week, I launched a competition to win a £200 shopping spree at Austin Reed. All you had to do was send in a pic of you in your worth threads. And what a stylish bunch you are. The good folks at Austin Reed took a look at the entries and have picked a winner. Is it you? Check it out below.