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Monday, 23 November 2009

Animal Jumpers

Animal Jumpers

After taking inspiration from Bret (from 'Flight of the Concordes') I have decided to do a post on animal jumpers which seem to have recently hit the fashion scene with a vengeance.

Urban Outfitters


And theres always ebay....

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Fashion illustrators

Fashion Illustrators

Part of my next project is to create fashion illustrations for my Autumn/Winter 10/11 design collection. My designs are in the style of Junya Watanabe and I hope to illustrate my collection with his signature style also. I am going to begin by researching some different illustrators and investigate their various techniques and methods.
Veronica Ballart

I have started with the young and contemporary illustrator,Veronica Ballart. Her soft lines and harmonising use of colour have inspired me to investigate watercolours and gouache as a illustration technique.Her illustrations are delicate and evoke a definate sense of femininity.

Mats Gustafson

Gustafson is an established illustrator that has worked with designers such as Comme des garcons, Chanel and Yohji Yamamoto. His abstract and conceptual style fits well with the designer I am currently researching(Junya Watanabe). I particularly like the Comme des Garcons illustration featured on the left.

Monday, 16 November 2009

Harley Dandy Trend

Trend: Autumn Winter 10/11 Harley Dandy


Sunday, 15 November 2009

Designer Inspiration-Junya Watanabe

Junya Watanabe

High street clothing is generally inspired by catwalk collections that top designers have previously created for shows in Paris, Milan, London etc. I have recently been researching the conceptual designer Junya Watanabe the protege of Comme des Garcon's founder, (Rei Kawakubo).I have researched many different areas of his work focusing mainly on his ready to wear collections.

Browns London
Watanabe is exclusively stocked in only two locations in the UK ;Browns and Dover Street Market.I recently visited Browns on South Molton street London and managed to take a couple of discreet photos of Watanabes ready to wear Autumn/Winter 09 collection! The clothing featured below is from the discount store (Browns for Less) and from one of Watanbe's past collections.

Autumn Winter 2009 collection

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Autumn/Winter Celebrity Fashion

Celebrity Fashion- Key Items for Autumn/Winter 09/10

Jennifer Aniston is shown above, working the sequinned look this season- Topshop have many sequinned garments in store preparing for the fast approachin party season. The blazer shown next to her is by Rare at Topshop and is a key and versatile item for this season. The sequinned blazer can be worn for daywear and to keep warm at special occasions.

The bog standard coat is a key item for every Autumn/Winter. Alexa Chung is shown here wearing a simple blue coat similar to the Topshop duffle coat pictured beside it.

Sarah Harding is shown above wearing a big snuggly cardigan perfect for keeping warm in the cold Winter months. A big, well designed cardigan is an essential item for warmth and style this season. All Saints have a similar style of cardigan shown above which makes the perfect balance between practicality and fashion.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Knitwear Autumn/Winter 09/10

Wrap up warm this winter with these key knitwear shapes: Look out for cocooning cardigans with wide kimono sleeves and cable and moss stitching, aran wool crew neck jumpers with peruvian pompom detailing and spider mixed yarn knit for a looser and thinner knit.

There are some fantastic knitwear pieces in All Saints this season.Examples shown below.

Saturday, 7 November 2009


Alex Box

Alex Box is a new, exciting and revolutionary makeup artist. An exhibition is being held in the Annroy building in London on Sunday 8th November from 8am-5pm to show her intricate and beautiful makeup designs.


Mac has got a lustrous glam look for Autumn/Winter 09/10.The photoshoots are festive combining pinks and purples with glittery tones.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Autumn/Winter 09/10 Trends


Always a relentless follower of trends Topshop has gone shoulder pads and sparkly sequins galore for their Autumn/Winter 09/10 collections. There is a strong space theme within many of the capsule collections.

H & M

H & M have also taken influence from the space age theme. The T-shirt shown below has represented it in more of a graphic manner.

Celebrity Fashion

David Koma a recently graduated fashion designer has caused a spark in the world of Fashion and Celebrity. After his haute couture was worn by the 'Nation's sweetheart' Cheryl Cole on one of her weekly appearances on the Xfactor,the forward thinking garment was subject to plenty of speculation. Although it was not received well by some, it caused plenty of publicity for the young designer's new and exciting Autumn/Winter 09/10 futuristic collection.Even further publicity for the designer came around when Beyonce Knowles wore a different but similar dress from the same collection to the MTV awards.

High street collaberations

The success of designer collaberations with brands such as H and M are not just for H and M's regular customers. Collaberations are one of the few solutions for retail during the economic downturn. Both the designer and high street store widen their customer market and pleased cutomers can own a 'designer' garment or accessory and dont have to fork out the usual extortionate cost. During the current financial climate more high street and designer collaberations are being done than ever.

After the success of the previous Kate Moss collections Topshop have introduced a new range with Christopher Kane (see jumper above). More example of the Christopher Kane collection below.

Another readily awaited collection is the Jimmy Choo collaboration with H and M appearing in selected stores on on November 14th. Although get there quickly, as an ex-member of staff I can verify that after witnessing the launch of past collaberations, there will be scrabbling to get in the store at 9am and plenty of hair pulling! Pictures of the campaign shown below.

"We are privileged to be among the fashion greatswho have been affilliated with Hand M.." Tamara Mellon Founder and President of Jimmy Choo