Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Product Spotlight/ Christmas Special!

Hello there! I have just discovered a wonderful online shopping haven and was debating whether I should let you in on the secret of its existence. Being the nice person that I am (Ha!), considering its the season for giving and such, I guess I should spill the beans...



This relatively young store was founded in 2007 and has a similar aesthetic to that of my beloved Urban Outfitters, which is why I'm understandably excited by this brand. Their latest A/W Womens lookbook is christened the same Nirvana title as a previous lookbook of UO's! That's how similar they are.

I wont lie, some of this stuff is quite expensive by my standards but bear in mind that the majority of brands are well-know designers, creating high-quality products. I've been snooping and have found some brilliant merchandise that I'd be over the moon to discover under my Christmas tree, here they are!




What do you think? I adore the tapestry backpack, it looks so vintage and that Comme Des Garcons jacket is so on trend for next season where sportswear rules.

What's on your wishlist?  I am in dire need of some decent headphones and would love get the new Nikon J1 but the likely hood of that happening is positively zilch. Oh well! Christmas isn't about the presents anyways.What does Christmas mean to you?

Have a very merry Christmas!

Love,
Rachel


Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Designers/ Jason Wu

Olivia Palermo in Wu Dress
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Despite launching his debut collection only 5 years ago, Jason Wu has consistently provided the fashion world with luxurious dresses fit for Michelle Obama, an incredible collection of wedding gowns and on February 5th of next year, American store Target will be stocking Jason's affordable line of clothing and accessories.

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Wu has fast become a celebrity favourite. From Eva Longoria to Reese Witherspoon Jason has an endless fan club of A Lister members. As I mentioned, Jason has designed many dresses for Michelle Obama, the first being this stunning Swarovski crystal embellished gown worn at the inaugural ball. At that time he was a little-known 26 year old Parsons graduate, ever since the fashion community has been very excited about his upcoming collections. 


And his latest collection is not a disappointment, overall I'd describe the Pre-Fall 2012 collection as sleek, sophisticated and modern. A great combination, in my book! How would you describe it?




Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Collaborations/ Marni x H&M

Guess whose next....Marni! With some rather big heels to fill, Marni has signed-up as H&M’s next creative collaborator after Versace's success. The Italian brand will create a spring collection for the retailer that will showcase a match-and-clash line up of its signature print and pattern. The deal will include menswear, womenswear and accessories. 





Marni’s creative director and founder Consuelo Castiglioni says that the collection will consist of her trademark tribal prints with Bauhaus inspired graphics, forming a sporty, utilitarian mood. She added: "I wanted to create a true Marni wardrobe by revisiting all our favourite pieces in signature fabrics and prints.” The womenswear is all about vivid colours and bold prints, with inspiration coming from tribal African designs and simple colour blocks. Key pieces are typically Marni: full pleated skirts, cropped trousers and jacquard knits teamed with dresses made from fabrics ranging from silk to crisp cotton poplin. 




Accompanying the clothes will be jewellery, scarves, shoes and bags. The use of African tribal patterns and overworked batik styled blocks of zigzag and circular prints in green and brown feature on skirts and halter necks whilst bold inky blue circled print is used on a clean lined jackets and skirts. The menswear will be subtler with softened colours and washed down fabrics will less loud prints and contrasting trims. A multi-striped men’s knit comes in blue, black and grey. 






Castiglioni revealed that she is very proud of the resulting collection, adding that the collections purpose is to “speak to a wider audience and younger generation.” H&M creative advisor Magareta van den Bosch says that the look will be playful but chic, concluding that “It’s fantastic to see how Consuelo Castiglioni coordinates her design, matching new combinations of print and colour.” The range is set to hit about 260 stores worldwide on March 8, 2012. Cant wait!


Too excited for words? Take a sneek peek at what's coming up:




Love.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Collaborations/ Rihanna x Armani


The lovely Rihanna has collaborated with Armani to create two capsule collections : an Armani Jeans and Emporio Armani Underwear line. 


The fashion savvy singer's collection for Armani Jeans mirrors her own offstage look, featuring denim, tops, a canvas leopard print bag and relaxed leather biker jackets. The black leather jackets are multi-zipped and multi-pocketed but washed down for a vintage, beat effect, with a similar aethetic to the denim in RiRi’s recent video shoot for current hit We Found Love. The denim comes in two fits – skinny and boyfriend – both are washed down to give a casual feel to the look, coming in blue and black with a fabric tie bandana style belt featuring on one of the pairs. Rihanna considers the jeans to be her favourite pieces from the collection, because they have “a slightly rocky feel, fabulously sexy with a strong, masculine edge”. The racer back vest tops hang loose and low. One features a stylised yet recognisable print of Rihanna’s face imposed over a tinted leopard design, while the other sees the singer’s R logo combined with the Armani eagle logo. 



That same logo features on the cute drawstring bags in which her Emporio Armani Underwear sets are sold in. Take a peek inside to see lacy bra and knicker sets in either bold cobalt blue or pearly gray. On the straps of the bras is the motto "Rihanna for Emporio Armani" and a cameo of the singer’s face appears alongside the logo on the back fastening. Rihanna is currently the face and body of Emporio Armani Underwear, and has starred in steamy campaigns for the Armani brand. 

Both collections are set to hit stores this month and if they are a success, which I don't doubt for a second, we will see this collaboration lasting for the foreseeable future. 


Love.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Playlist/ Musical Genius


Ah music: my sanity, my love and above all, my good friend. I know that many of you enjoyed my Songs for Summer Playlist so I decided that it would be nice to share with you the music that has kept me going through 3 GCSE Science Exams, 1 Spanish Speaking Exam, 1 French Speaking Exam, 1 French Writing Exam, and a string of other mind-boggling events, as I'm sure that many of you have had equally stressful events occurring in your lives and may need music to pull you through as much as I did.

Here are the songs that inspire, console and are just perfection to my ears, enjoy!

Coldplay - Paradise 





I actually consider this song to be the anthem to my life: I don't know why but the bass, lyrics and the energy put into performing by the band is just so inspiring - how you can see that Chris Martin puts his heart and soul into every song he sings. That is why this song inspires me, it helps me put my heart and soul into everything I do too. 

I am excited to say that I get the honour to see Coldplay live next June! 


Ben Howard - Keep Your Head Up






This is possibly on of the most inspiring music video's since the beginning of time, if only I had a field and a couple of hay bales! The accompanying song persuades me to keep on truckin' through everything life throws at me, hopefully it will also teach you to "keep your head up, keep your heart strong." 


Two Door Cinema Club - Something Good Can Work








This is just a happy, happy song! I'm always in a good mood once I've listened to this song, I hope it has that effect of you. 


Lady Gaga - Born This Way





This one's a no brainer really. Lady Gaga is an absolute icon and teaches as to be proud of whoever we are, no matter what.  It's such an up-beat uplifting song so put your paws up!

Kings of Leon - Radioactive




Kings of Leon are by far one of my favourite bands and I consider this to be one of their best songs yet. Such a cute music video and very inspirational. 


I hope you like these songs as much as me! 

Rachel

Friday, 2 December 2011

Brands/ Cheap Monday


Thank you Cheap Monday for blessing up with soft cotton tee-shirts, for making skulls look cool, and allowing nature to do its bit for fashion.


Affordable Swedish brand Cheap Monday began life in 2004 as an alternative for people who wanted fashionable jeans but not at such high prices. Now from such humble beginnings, Cheap Monday has exploded and can now be found in over 35 countries and 1800 stores worldwide, just look for the iconic Skull logo. The thing I love most about the brand is how it seems to capture the Swedish culture, as shown by the parties they hold to celebrate releases.



Now Cheap Monday has two dedicated stores, one in our very own London branch of Selfridges! They celebrated with a rather interesting looking shindig. The Swedes must be getting on well with us Brits as Cheap Monday are soon to be opening another store on the legendary Carnaby street!



In June of this year Cheap Monday introduced their line of jeans "Customised by Nature." The team left Cheap Monday jeans in three different locations in Sweden to be worn by the weather: on the roof of their roof, in the woods near Stockholm and in the dirt on the west coast. Thus creating unique pairs of jeans. These jeans go on tour, currently in Paris in a treehouse, as a concept store for the World to see. 

Today Cheap Monday carry many collections for men and women as well as three in-season drops/season. The collections also include baby, accessories, glasses and from AW-11 also shoes and underwear. Here are some of my favourite pieces in their current collections. 



The general colour scheme's and styles of Cheap Monday products can, in my opinion, suit anyone. 

What do you think?

Love.




Thursday, 1 December 2011

Inspiration/ Fashion Illustration


I really adore fashion illustration. After studying it in GCSE Textiles recently, I discovered that there are so many different ways that fashion illustrators put across ideas. These are just a few of the ones I've found that are just gorgeous. Fashion illustration is an art form in its own right, some designers are actually better known for their inspirational sketches. 

Enjoy!
Because it makes me chuckle!





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