Manchester.

I assume that you will be aware of what happened in Manchester recently. I just wanted to post a few words from Russel Brand’s Instagram that resonate with me well and also a clip from The 1975’s concert featuring Matty Healy speaking about the atrocity In a way of which I can relate to.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/eleanorbate/the-1975-manchester-attacks-speech?bffbuk&utm_term=4ldqphz#4ldqphz

 

 

 

 

ASPIRATIONAL INTERIORS

So today I thought I would post about interior design as being a fashion student, I naturally have an interest in it, as personally I see it as fashion for your home! 

If I had to describe my own style when it comes to what kind of homeware I like, I would say that it is very outdoors based, with lots of different textures and materials and with a predominately neutral colour palette with the addition of green plants, to basically make the indoors feel like it’s outside!

I think even if a room is predominantly one colour, you can add variety to it by including different textures, like marble and wood which are two of my favourites! 

If you want to make a space feel bigger than it actually is, then paint the walls, ceiling and floor white and it will instantly brighten and widen the room. 

I honestly think that less is actually more, so I try to avoid as much clutter as possible and ornaments or paintings that are unnecessary as this can makes rooms look messy and overdone. 

I have attached some inspirational images found on Pinterest showing some of my favourite ideas. 

Bathrooms are one of my favourite rooms, and I think going for a minimal but classy look is easily doable, by sticking to a colour like white, you could have a white floor and furnishings and then add interest by having an accent wall made of marble. You can also get some incredibly interesting and fancy looking taps, baths and sinks nowadays so just changing say the taps for example can really improve and change the look of your bathroom without having to do much work or spend a fortune at all! 

Another thing I like to do is add plants to each room as they remind me of being on holiday in a more tropical country and I find them very soothing and relaxing so I would definitely recommend trying this if this appeals to you.

If you don’t have babies running around which it may be hazardous to, the use of glass can really open up a space a lot and let more light in, which can instantly improve mood and is great in the summer to light a room up.

If you are just looking for odd bits of bobs to give your rooms a new zest of life, then I would say that Urban Outfitters is quite a good place to look at for more quirky and unique items.

And if you like great quality bedding and want a complete overhaul, then Kelly Hoppen do some beautiful neutral and sophisticated bedding with extremely high thread counts! 

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful! Thank you for reading! 

ANYA HINDMARSH

In a recent seminar at University, we were allocated a brand, mine which was Anya Hindmarsh, along with an item, mine being a handbag, and then we had to research into them and create a series of moodboards on Pinterest showing different images which represented corresponding themes to do with the target consumer, so what would the girl wearing an Anya Hindmarsh bag  look like? Where would she go on holiday and what type of makeup does she wear, etc.

So I thought would put some of my images on here and explain my choices.

Here is a summary of the brand I found on their website:

“Anya founded her business in London in 1987 and has since grown into a global brand that has over 50 stores – including flagships in New York, London, Tokyo and LA – and is stocked in many of the world’s best retail stores, from Barney’s in New York to BoonTheShop in Korea.

The first accessories designer to hold an on-schedule London Fashion Week show, Anya Hindmarch shows have become renowned for their production and creativity. Recent highlights include models floating weightlessly over the catwalk, a 120-strong male choir, models walking within an artful, moving Rubik’s cube and emerging from within a giant space-age Amphitheatre.

In addition, the collections are showcased in seasonal pop-ups that have included a ‘Mini Mart’ on London’s Mount Street, global sticker-shops and an Anya Hindmarch ‘Service Station’, the first retail installation to be housed in the Selfridges London car park, which then travelled to Korea, Tokyo and LA.

There are also six Anya Hindmarch Bespoke stores, where customers can have drawings or messages in their own handwriting embossed by in-store craftsmen. Part of an on-going commitment to reconnect the craftsman and the customer, each bespoke piece is – as Anya says – about ‘having your name on something, rather than mine’.

A passionate advocate of British design and arts, Anya is also a UK Trade Ambassador, a Non-Executive Director of the British Fashion Council and a trustee of both the Royal Academy of Arts and the Design Museum. In 2016 Anya Hindmarch was awarded a CBE in recognition for her contribution to the British fashion industry and has recently received three prestigious Accessory Designer of the Year awards; a British Fashion Award, an Elle Style Award and a Glamour Women of the Year award.”

Vogue Australia December 2014 Special Edition Cover (Vogue Australia)Lindsey Wixson ~ Chanel Magnificent in Mint ●

MODEL: I think that the perfect model, who would fit in well with the brand’s image would be Lindsay Wixson, as she has an ethereal almost alien like look to her with her bee stung lips and big round eyes. She is very natural looking and has a traditional English rose look but with a futuristic more edgy side. Moreover, her look is unique, but would not take away emphasis on the handbags and other clothes.  I also think her colouring goes well with the Anya Hindmarsh, pale and pastel colour palette.

HAIR & MAKEUP:

Lindsay Wixson Love her alien looking face and bee stung lips! I'll be big enough soon to shoot her:-)

Boy Brow - Glossier#clarinsmission #missionperfection Bridal makeup

 

The hair would be very minimalistic and light blonde/ light brown in colour. She would have it in a sophisticated style, to show off her face and clothes, For example, it could be in a slick pony tail or with just the fringe part slicked back in order to show off the face. She would be wearing a no-makeup makeup look focused on flawless glowy, dewy skin, with a strong iridescent highlight and thick, healthy brow.

Cozy dreamy apartment in Stockholm | Daily Dream Decor | Bloglovin’Today I'm lovingsicilyRoses and Rolltops : Travel - Villa Iriti, Corfu. Greek Island Heaven

LOCATION: These images represent the type of place the consumer would go on holiday. They would stay in a private villa ( not a hotel as they like to keep themselves to themselves and have peace and quiet as well as take Instagram photos!) Visiting places like Sicily and Mykonos, they are fond of a warm sunny climate, where they can wear brown Jesus sandals and espadrilles, but make sure to take care of their skin and wear a high sun protection factor, large sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat.

Best Catwalk Bags of LFW S/S 2015 | Anya Hindmarchlips tee and wigh waist pants! Fashion and lifestyle blogger. www.myshowroomblog.esBackstage at Anya Hindmarch Spring Summer 2017STYLE: Here are some images from their SS’17 collections, showing off the bags specifically and then also a street style image I found on Pinterest. For the outfit itself, the consumer would keep it rather simple, with no outlandish patterns or prints, just soft, co-ordinated items and then have most of the attention be towards the bag, in a bright colour and adorned with shapes and key rings.

LINGERIE- UNDERWEAR AS OUTERWEAR TREND

I feel like often, underwear is overlooked by fashion blogs, so I thought It would be nice for me to do a post on it! I have a noticed a new trend gradually creeping its way onto my various social media accounts which is wearing underwear as outerwear, most often in the form of a lace bodysuit or corset worn as a top, with shorts or trousers over the top. It has been seen on the likes of Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner and  I really like this look as it is a bit different and I tend to have the attitude anyway of “why not?” so I will be trying it out myself for sure!

White Sexy Lace Hollow Out See-through Bodysuit with No FalsiesI think this white lace bodysuit would look great paired with light blue ripped denim jeans or shorts and lots of fine , intricate gold jewellery to set it off.

SPARKLEWREN BRIDE End of Summer Special Offer par sparklewrenThis design encompasses more a corset style look to it, which is also another big trend at the moment. I feel like you could wear this one with black skinny jeans and high heels and a black leather jacket to contrast with the delicate, lacy detail and give it more of a grunge rock edge.

Here are some pictures of another trend which I think is just taking off which is wearing a short corset over the top of clothes, as seen on Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian and Carli Bybel.

Go over the knee in green with Gianvito Rossi boots #DailyMail  Click 'Visit' to buy nowKim Kardashian Wears a Cream Corset Over Her T-Shirt Dress from InStyle.comstreet chic outfits| oversized white tee+denim wide corset belt

Thank you!

Key Elements of Communication & Story

Lecture Blog Post- Theory

Things to consider with fashion advertising to communicate a story:

Colour/ Tone

Image/ Filter

Narrative/ Story

Location/ Background

Composition/ Crop

Prop/ Motif

Casting/ Celebrity

Words associated with Sensuality & Indulgence: forbidden, seductive, exoticImage result for roberto cavalli snake advert

Words associated with Trust & Honesty: purist, spiritual, authentic, natural

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Words associated with Traditional & Heritage: romance, nostalgia, vintage, class

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ALL ABOUT MOODBOARDS

So this week at University we were shown a presentation on the subject of moodboards and what to include in them, what exactly they are and just general tips and advice on where to get started when creating one.

Personally, I looooove moodboards, as although there are lots of things that you can include in them, there are no set rules which I think is fabulous as they really allow you to get your creative juices flowing and if you are something who finds it hard to explain things, either through speak or writing, instead you can use pictures to get across your ideas and thoughts, and when you pair a moodboard with a written piece, it can really help further explain your concept and help your ideas come to life.

Some tips I would give people when making a moodboard is that the possibilities are endless, so furthermore, you don’t have to necessarily print out imagery and then cut it up and stick it on a big piece of card which I think is the more conventional way and what people first think of when someone refers to a moodboard. You can of course do this, but you could layer pictures instead of having them cut out exactly to fit in, or you could add texture by sticking on pieces of materials and fabrics which go with your theme. Also, to add dimension , you could incorporate a mixed media aspect into your work by using your own paintings, drawings or photos you have taken, anything really that you deem as relevant and will increase your moodboard’s visual appeal.

Experimenting with layout is a nice tip, as this really makes you work stand out and thus add to its individuality. Using Photoshop or InDesign can be handy when doing this, as it allows you to layer imagery over each other and edit photos by changing the lighting and filters. This could be done if say your theme is vintage, you could add a fade effect or lessen the saturation of the colours, to give it an older feel. The composition of the images could be freeform, or structured using a grid or have a geometric feel to it with images cut out into shapes like triangles.

When it comes to content, some of the things you could include are trends relating to seasons or occasions, a customer profile or a moodboard tailored to a specific client or consumer (including age, gender, lifestyle etc.), materials, costings and product development, colour palettes and key words relating to the concept.

Here are some examples of moodboards I like which demonstrate different visual techniques and ideas to inspire you when composing your own version.

The first moodboard shows how less is sometimes more, as they have kept things simple with just a few images, but I like this as it leaves it open to wider interpretation and adds a bit of mystery to it. I also like how the images are black and white because you don’t usually see this in moodboards that often.

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The second moodboard I have featured is more of a print based board on marble type designs. They have also included a colour palette at the bottom. Everything is very neat and tidy in this board; they have clearly sized the images to fit perfectly together, which gives it an organised and professional look.

 

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The final moodboard I have chosen is more conceptual based instead of using pictures of fashion products or clothing. I think it evokes more a certain vibe and feel when you look at these pictures. I like how they have added text as well on top of the one of the images and haven’t just used square or rectangular shapes; they have branched out and used circles too, which are less common.

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Hope you have enjoyed reading this and good luck making your own moodboards!

(All images have been sourced from Pinterest).