Style File – Plain doesn’t have to be boring!

Style File – Plain doesn’t have to be boring!

Instead of the usual wanting/wearing/working post of a week I decided to do something slightly different this week and aim solely down the fashion route. Inspired by my last outfit of the day post where I spoke about how in that I was using one bold key item, being a scarf,  and pairing it with more simpler low key items. As you may be able to tell from looking at some of my previous outfit of the day posts I am very into making 1 main focus point of the outfit like a colourful scarf or some statement shoes or a key on trend piece and keeping the rest quite paired down and plain. This is what I have decided to focus on in this post, how I have chosen these key items and how I would style them.  

Now you may think that that seems rather boring with the majority of an outfit remaining plain but in my mind plain doesn’t always have to mean boring. If you find the right pieces and combine them together you can go from boring to brilliant (think that should be my new catchphrase) 

THE BIG SCARF  

With being a lover of scarfs *cough* has over 40 *cough* (ekk) there is one type of scarf in particular which tickles my fancy the most. The oversized scarf is defiantly my favourite. I defiantly think they can completely change an outfit adding new layers, texture and colours to a look. I also think there great at trying to make an outfit seem put together and styled (or at least covered up whatever outfit you threw together underneath in a very stylish way.)If I could, I would defiantly wear them all year round (now living in Scotland that may well be possible) Now I’m shocked at myself for managing to never have purchased a scarf from Asos in my whole scarf holding lifetime but when it comes down to oversized scarfs, I think they defiantly have it down to a fine art. 

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The one I chose in particular is this woven white blue and yellow one. Now the majority of it may be monochromatic but with the bold yellow and slim blue stripes running through it gives it those bursts of colour to give the scarf interest and make it the focal point of the outfit. I also love the woven look of this scarf, with the black and the cream blending together in there section and making it not just a solid block of black and the cream pattern within the yellow sections giving it that ethnic vibe. Yellow and blue are two colours which go compliment each other very well and are good and easy to style with other colours.

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The styling I have chosen for this look is much like the look on the model to begin with but I have just made some slight changes to add more of an edge to it. To keep it a very casual look I have gone for a pair of light wash ripped denim jeans with a very relaxed boyfriend fit picking out the blue colour from the scarf. I have teamed this with a plain grey baggy T shirt and over the top a thick black and white roll neck jumper. I started off by looking for a plain jumper to go with this scarf but on finding this one I thought the stripped black and white lines within this jumper go well with the black and white within the scarf and gives the outfit a similar but slightly different texture. To finish it off and with the majority of the outfit being quite baggy and boxy, I decided to give it a feminine touch with these tan leather dolly shoes with peep toe detail. With the rest of the outfit being rather wintery I know these aren’t particularly practicle but in those transitional autumn months I don’t see why on a dry day they can’t work.   

Scarf – ASOS http://www.asos.com/Pieces/Pieces-Rosenna-Oversized-Blanket-Scarf/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5425603&CTARef=Recently%20Viewed&CTARef=Recently%20Viewed&WT.ac=rec_viewed&CTAref=Recently+Viewed

Jeans – Hollister http://www.asos.com/Hollister/Hollister-Destroyed-Boyfriend-Jeans/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5474387&cid=3630&sh=0&pge=3&pgesize=36&sort=-1&clr=Medium+blue&totalstyles=772&gridsize=3

Jumper – ASOS http://www.asos.com/ASOS/ASOS-Jumper-In-Textured-Stripe-With-Funnel-Neck/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5079140&cid=2637&Rf900=1631&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=36&sort=-1&clr=Navy&totalstyles=393&gridsize=3

Top – Topshop http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?Ntt=grey%2btop&storeId=12556&productId=20560660&urlRequestType=Base&categoryId=&langId=-1&productIdentifier=product&catalogId=33057

Shoes – Office – http://www.office.co.uk/view/product/office_catalog/2,30/1961245008?referer=carousel 

THE STATEMENT SHOES 

Now when I talk of statement shoes you may be thinking I mean some humungous high heals or brightly coloured, glittery and fluffy pair of trainers (I do not endorse fluffy trainers) but when I say statement i’m talking more about shoes which help to give an outfit a certain style or look. 

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One style of shoe which has never really gone away but in recent years has come into the forefront of Dr Martens. Now I’ve got to admit, when I first started seeing people (specifically girls) wearing them I just thought they were ugly and just for the goths and mods, however as my style has changed over the years and my eyes opened to more than just jeans and polo shirts I have moved over to the dark side and become one with the docs. Now as an art student, it almost feels almost uniform to have a pair of these in your arsenal but with the range of colours and styles that they now come in you can be a bit more original and not just one of the crowd. 

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Talking of the range of colours and styles I have decided to keep it safe and go with the ones I own myself being the Dr. Martens Pascal 8-eyelet boots in black (to give them their full title). Now I know your thinking these aren’t exactly a statement but I am still keeping them as the focus point of the outfit with pairing down the rest.  I decided to go for the black ones to keep them as versatile as possible and make them easy to style with any outfit. I think these shoes are great at giving a bit of edge to any outfit and help you to make a statement with your clothing. Keeping it simple I paired these with a pair of black skinny jeans from Topshop – my go-to place to any jean item. I chose a pair with ripped knees to continue on the grunge theme and also a simple grey motif vest top to keep it simple but add a small amount of interest. I originally thought of pairing a plain white T with the jeans however I thought it might look a bit too stark and prefer the slightly muted tone of this grey. Now some people may seem it fit to match their shoes to their hand bag however here I have chosen to match the shoes with the jacket by accompanying them with this Topshop leather jacket. To top it all off true to my style I have chosen this reversible black and white scarf (the other side having a hounds tooth print). Ive always loved these reversible scarfs with having the ability to have not one but two scarfs in one and wear both patterns at the same time. They look especially good when knotted around the neck so that both prints are layered and showing.  

Boots: Urban Outfitters http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/uk/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=5319428574567&category=WOMENS-BOOTS-EU

Jeans: Topshop http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?Ntt=black%2bripped%2bjamie%2bjeans&storeId=12556&productId=20764471&urlRequestType=Base&categoryId=&langId=-1&productIdentifier=product&catalogId=33057

T shirt: Urban Outfitters http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/uk/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=5111200845115&category=WOMENS-GRAPHIC-TSHIRTS-EU

Jacket: Topshop http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?Ntt=leather%2bjacket&storeId=12556&productId=20502550&urlRequestType=Base&categoryId=&langId=-1&productIdentifier=product&catalogId=33057

Scarf: Urban Outfitters (are you getting a theme yet ;) )  http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/uk/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=5752436349116&category=WOMENS-SCARVES-EU

THE PRINTED TROUSER  

As you may have seen from one of my previous posts, I do have a little fancying for a patterned trouser. Patterned trousers have been around for the past few years but with the 70’s trend coming into full force we’ve seen many a printed legging and even brightly patterned flared trousers in our hughstreet. Now personally I think the brightly coloured flares are maybe a step too far but there are some brilliant coloured trousers out there to be had.  

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With yellow being one of my favourite colours this pair from Zara defiantly took my fancy with their white orchid pattern. I really like the white upon the yellow in these trousers with the white jumping out from it enough but not overpowering it. Also also love the drawn/painted images of the orchid flower. Prints such like this tend to be using more often in homeware goods however I think it works really well in these trousers and docent look too much like you are wearing a pair of curtains (they would be very cool curtains at that!)  

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With wearing a bright yellow print like this I think it is important to keep the rest of the colours on the same theme or minimal. Thats why I’ve paired this with a large oversized black jumper. I like to keep all my looks quite easy and daytime as I’m not a particularly dressy person so this black jumper takes out some of the formality of the trousers. This is also helped with it being elongated in length (which also covers up the blue ribbon bit on the waistband which I’m not that keen on) However if you did want to dress these trousers up a bit more it would be easily done with these trousers by exchanging the jumper for nice top and a pair of heels.  

Sticking with the theme of comfort for footwear I choose the ever popular plain white ox plimsoles from converse. With being plain white these are so easy to pair with anything but still have interest to them with the red and blue bands around them, not remaining completely white. Now I may have chosen to go a bit overkill with the yellow in this outfit however I think with being the right shade of yellow this scarf from (yes you guessed it again) Asos is a good finishing touch to the outfit. I know, yes it is rather large but I think this scarf is meant to bridge the gap between scarf and shawl with it being able to be worn draped over the shoulders or wrapped around the neck. The brown line detail around the bottom of the scarf match perfectly with the darker detail of the trousers and I think pulls the whole look together. Sometimes a look like this I may think looks to match matchy and almost as if you have tried to hard to make sure that the trousers and the scarf match, but with the rest of the outfit being very neutral and played down I think you can get away with it with a grin of ‘’ I’m so fashionable I just have perfectly matching items lying around everywhere and I just so happened to throw them on together while ;)’’ 

Trousers: Zara http://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/trousers/view-all/watercolor-print-trousers-c733898p2972020.html

Jumper: Asos http://www.asos.com/selected/selected-cotton-knit-oversize-jumper/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5072069&clr=Black&SearchQuery=black+jumper&pgesize=36&pge=1&totalstyles=214&gridsize=3&gridrow=6&gridcolumn=2

Converses: converse http://www.asos.com/converse/converse-all-star-ox-plimsolls/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=3929785&clr=White&SearchQuery=white+converses&pgesize=36&pge=0&totalstyles=36&gridsize=3&gridrow=7&gridcolumn=2

Scarf: Asos http://www.asos.com/ASOS/ASOS-Oversized-Scarf-In-Reversible-Stripe/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5269356&WT.ac=rec_viewed&CTAref=Recently+Viewed

Thanks for reading the very first Style File post, I hope you found it interesting and should be following it up shortly with another one!

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SPOTLIGHT ON: OOTD – A Day in the City

SPOTLIGHT ON: OOTD – A Day in the City

Continuing on after my portabello market special I couldn’t help stretch the theme out over the whole week and continue it on to an outfit of the day post featuring some of my new favorite purchases from the capital. With staying in the Hyde Park area we started off the day with a walk around Kensington Gardens and into Hyde park where a lot of walking was to be had. Then we ventured towards The Royal Albert Hall then got on the tube to go to Oxford Circus for dinner. It was a lovely day around London and a perfect opportunity to do an outfit of the day for you. 

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I decided to make the scarf (which you will have seen in my last W/W/W post) the main focus of the outfit with keeping that as the burst of colour and keep the rest of the outfit to dark colours. This scarf I brought from a vintage stall at portobello market which I have a explained more in my last post which will be linked here: 

https://fabricforward.wordpress.com/2015/10/31/wantingwearingworking-week-5-portobello-market-special/

As I said I wanted to keep the outfit in the remit of dark colours however I didn’t want to make the whole outfit black and wanted to try and pair it with another opposing pattern.  

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Despite appearing grey on screen the top I am wearing is actually a very small black and white cheque. This top is almost the transition between a jumper and a top so is good for the autumn weather and this transitional period in the UK. Despite it obviously not being a colour it is a bit different for the plain T shits and jumper that I usually wear with its check pattern and also goes well with the bright red pattern of the scarf. Also its a good length with it being slightly cropped but not too cropped so it won’t show too much of your stomach with jeans. You can’t really see here but underneath this jumper I have paired it with a little plain white lacy cami top just to have that bit of lace poking through at the bottom. Now I love layering and its sometimes nice to have a bit of something else poking through at the bottom or a top to add interest and different textures to an outfit (and also warmth being in cold and rainy England)  

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On the bottom half I decided to wear my new Topshop black ripped skinny jeans. I will admit that when they first came into fashion I was not a fan and still in some cases I’m not, if the rips are too clean cut, too high up or plainly too many of them(would like to look as if a tiger has not attacked my trousers). If the rips is directly on or slightly below the knee and is distressed and sort of fraying enough I think the look can work creating grungey and distressed image. I think they work best when paired with quite simple items like a plain cropped T shirt or an oversized shirt or jumper. If put with something bright patterned and colourful it I think it would over power the outfit with trying to put too many trends together with the ripped jeans being quite a strong trend on their own. 

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Finally one item it feels of this hall isn’t brand new and never been worn before are my Topshop black leather ankle boots.Now the struggle is real when it comes to finding the perfect pair of black ankle boots. To me they always seem to be a bit to loose around the ankle, have too many zips, too much of a high heal or simply with my budget too much of a price tag. However with this pair, I may have seems to have struck gold (or at least silver with being a perfectionist!)  I had my eyes on this pair in Topshop right from when they first came out but, true to form with them being real leather the price was a bit out of my range so I left and secretly hoped that if i lost a tooth that the tooth fairy may have started giving out brand new leather boots instead! But unfortunately this didn’t happen but when I finally stumbled across them in the sale for half the price, there were coming home in my bag. When i’m looking for new shoes I like to be able to find a pair which I will be wearing until I simply  can’t wear them anymore due to them no longer looking like shoes and more like scraps of leather.  

I generally just love most things about them, the leather there made of, the hight of them around the ankle, the hight of the heal, the gold hardware detailing on the side and the strap detailing around the front. Now if i’m being picky I would wish that the side wasn’t open around the bucket area due to the odd occasion of pesky stones getting inside them (and also maybe the blisters they gave me on this day, that will teach me to not not wear socks int them) but on the whole a pat on the back there to Topshop!  

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The few accessories I was wearing were my brown T K Maxx sunglasses, a small vintage black handbag, and wide sterling silver ring, both found at Portobello Market (if you can’t already tell I really liked Portobello Market, I mean, i’ve only left a couple of hints right?) 

Photos taken by Tom Flathers

http://www.tomflathersphoto.com

Outfit details again: 

Jumper: Urban Outfitters (very similar) 

http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/uk/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=5114466647771&category=WOMENS-JERSEY-TOPS-EU

Jeans: Topshop 

http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?Ntt=black%2bripped%2bskinny%2bjeans&storeId=12556&productId=16147715&urlRequestType=Base&categoryId=&langId=-1&productIdentifier=product&catalogId=33057

Boots: Topshop

http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?Ntt=black%2bboot&storeId=12556&productId=18395056&urlRequestType=Base&categoryId=&langId=-1&productIdentifier=product&catalogId=33057

Coat (hung on bag): H and M (similar at asos)

http://www.asos.com/story-of-lola/story-of-lola-70s’-faux-suede-trench-coat/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5694628&clr=Black&SearchQuery=black+trench+coat&pgesize=13&pge=0&totalstyles=13&gridsize=3&gridrow=2&gridcolumn=2

Sunglasses: T K Maxx (proper Rayban version)

http://www.asos.com/ray-ban/ray-ban-wayfarer-sunglasses-0rb4165-710/8g55/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5272423&clr=Brown&SearchQuery=brown+raybans&pgesize=36&pge=0&totalstyles=44&gridsize=3&gridrow=4&gridcolumn=3 

Scarf: Vintage 

Bag: Vintage

And thank you again to the very lovely tom fathers for the great photos. 

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Designer Focus on Archie Mac Ldn

SPOTLIGHT ON: Designer Focus on Archie Mac Ldn

Now if it is bright and colourful, like a magpie to a milk bottle top, I will be flocking towards it at high speed. Hence the reason that I have chosen Archie Mac London for my first Designer Focus post. 

With bold, abstract and kaleidoscope effect designs the brand really is one that you won’t be able to walk past on a shelf in a hurry. 

Archie Mac London (AML) was set up by self taught designer Robyn Parker. After going back to college to try and find her creative path and inspired by her granddads old drawings she’d found (those of Archie McMillan – where the brand name was also derived) , AML was born!  

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This was another designer that I found while surfing the realms of Instagram

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All of her work is digitally created pattern designs starting out life as photographs and then repeated and rotated to create these beautiful designs.  

The way I design is largely a process of repetition and rotation. I think this comes from a real curiosity with seeing how patterns are formed within our universe. I’m fascinated by sacred geometry and fractals, and the patterns that appear in nature. The process of sort of kaleidoscoping an image leads to my designs all having something hidden in them.’’ 

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The kaleidoscope effect is one of my favourite elements within her work, as she mentioned, almost emulating the patterns found within semi precious stone and fossils. With being a lover of semi precious jewllery it makes a lot of sense that this is a reason I love it.  However I was most intrigued to find out that is wasn’t paintings or drawings or nature photographs she used to create these designs. With her current collection all based around children toys and childhood objects it is only when you look at the designs up close that you notice it is objects such as barbie dolls and toy robots that have been repeated and rotated to create these intricate kaleidoscopes.   

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I love her use of photography within her pattern designs being able to show so much more in print than you can achieve with traditional printing and dyeing methods. 

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Despite being rather partial to a kaleidoscope within my own work my favourite design of her’s must be the linear ones reminding me of aztec and bohemian designs with the bright linea zig zags layered onto of each other. Not going to lie, I’m rather jealous that these aren’t part of one of my own collections. 

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Archie Mac Ldn’s tag line pretty much sums up the brand in one fail swoop, ‘The Crusade agains beige!’ there is defiantly no beige insight with this line of work.   

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 Now the bright garish colours, funky shape and pom pom trim may not be to everyones taste but, if this the crusade against beige you are fighting, then Archie Mac London’s bright and explosive patterns are on it’s way to winning the war. 

Archie Mac London is available to buy online at:

http://www.archiemaclondon.co.uk/things-for-your-home/ 

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Wanting/Wearing/Working Week 4 – Beach holiday edition!

Wanting/Wearing/Working Week 4 – Beach holiday edition!

This week, inspired by my little 3 day holiday to Norfolk, (yes 3 days to me does count as a holiday) I have done a specialised seaside edition of this weeks Wanting/Wearing/Working post.   

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Wanting – Interior designer and Illustrator Jessica Hogarth 

Now instead of fabric print design, with surface pattern design stretching beyond the bounds of fabric, this week I have chosen to focus on the work of Illustrator Jessica Hogarth. As someone who has spent many a family holiday walking along windy beaches in the pouring rain her beautiful illustrative prints of seaside towns put a bright and colourful portrait of our beloved seaside towns and let you believe that sometimes the sun does come out.    

I first discovered her work many months ago when scrawling through Instagram looking for inspiration for my own work and with the beautiful weather and the glorious scenery in Norfolk, it reminded instantly of her work. Now her style is rather different to mine with it being solely illustrative and using whole landscapes and scenes for her drawings but it being different to my work is a reason I think why I love is so much due to knowing I would be hopeless if I wanted to create something similar. One of the things I love about it the most is the simplicity of it, the simple squares and lines put together to create beautiful boats and houses and beach huts which seems so effortlessly drawn but knowing that a lot of time and effort has gone in to making each one perfect. The bright block primary colours which she has used to fill in the designs also add to the simplicity of it with no complicated shading or photographic images, just bold and exciting colours to draw your eyes in. But to contradict that, I it is the colour which adds a lot of the detail to the prints with the stripy beach huts and coloured house roof tops. Looking at it, it seems so simple and replicable, but I’m sure with all the time and effort put into each design, she makes it look easier than it is. 

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With the sea side known for being full of colourful houses and boats her style of working is perfectly portrays this. She has definitely honed and created her own individual style of working and made her stamp upon the interior design world with her stylish wall paper and cute tea towels and coasters.  

Over the years I have seem many different seaside illustrations and paintings but I think her work is defiantly my favourite I have come across. Her work doesn’t just continue on a seaside theme but consists of many different prints and illustrations all as lovely as on another.   

Weather you live by the sea or in inner city London, I think her work would defiantly help make your house into a home or her greetings cards I’m sure would cheer up a loved ones day.  

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Jessica’s work is available to purchase online at her website: http://jessicahogarth.com/ 

Wearing (well viewing at least) –  

This week due to the beautiful scenery I was surrounded by in Norfolk,surprisingly with the rest of the country seeming to be getting a lashing from the rain, instead of the usual outfit post I’ve decided to do what all Grandad’s do best and that is show some of the old holiday snaps. (yes still persisting that it was a holiday) 

Despite the weather being nearly 30 degrees, I lived up to true form and didn’t venture too far away from my black comfort zone but, somehow did manage to ditch the scarf! (desperate times call for desperate measures). Now as as beautiful as the sunset behind me was, in terms of seeing what I was wearing its rather impractical, but you can slightly see. After a long day roaming around Cromer and relaxing on the beach I decided to crack out the comfortable mom jeans (which you will know I love if you have read my last post all about them, hint hint ;) ) this time in black and paired them with a loose fitting cropped black blouse with floral pattern. Now its probably useless me talking about it due to the fact you can barely see it but I love the cute little red and yellow flower pattern with spots which is printed on this blouse. With it being quite small and discreet it makes it easy to wear along side any other items however adds a nice bit of interest to an otherwise plain black blouse.Pairing it with the mom jeans make this outfit fell nicely thrown on and vintage which is a style which I am currently loving. This was perfect in the evening with the weather cooling off and was very easy to layer with plain black jumper and brown scarf as the night drawed in.

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Working – 

In some the of the down time I had in the evenings in Norfolk, I couldn’t resist cracking out the laptop to continue with some of the work I started last week. Again taking inspiration from henna tattoo designs I started working solely with one motif I had created and started to add colour to it. With the print last week being mostly blue with areas of red, this one I wanted to make the opposite with red being the main colour with the blue accenting it. To create this I rotated the motif round in blocks of 4 to make one bigger motif and then closely repeated them together. I did two different versions of this pattern, one where the motifs are separated apart with a light coloured background and one where the motifs are layered closely onto of each other with no background separating them. Im not sure which one of these I particularly prefer, I think you can see the detail of the motif’s more in the one with the background however I like the compactness of the one without with the blue being the colour which pops out to you as if that is the motif and the red around it is just a detailed pattered background. These patterns particularly reminded me of middle eastern tile designs with the colours, the style of motif and how the motif is arranged and repeated.

Due to the fact I really love this motif on its own without lots of colour in it I decided to use it again to make a more simple, complementing design with the motif differently laid out and simply in white with a bright blue background. These two designs work really well together and are a good starting place along with the design from last week to start building a collection.

Both posts next week are going to be very London themed following on from my recent trip down to London ( I really am getting around!). In W/W/W you will be seeing some of my new purchases (of course including fabric) and some work inspired from all the lovely sights and smells (…well maybe not smells, but you get the idea). Come back on Wednesdays Spotlight On: for a designer focus all about Archie Mac London 

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Styling Mom Jeans

SPOTLIGHT ON: Styling Mom Jeans

The ‘mom’ jeans first came into fashion a few summer’s ago with revival of the 80’s trend and vintage fashion coming into the for front of modern culture. Now it may have taken me a few years to cotton on to the trend at first dismissing after feeling a bit frumpy and making me fell rather large, but after seeing too many people looking far too brilliant in them I made it my mission to find myself the perfect pair of mom jeans. 

With me being so down with the hipsters (well..hmm..) the one stop shop for mom jeans tends to be levi’s with them being the height of fashion of the era so populating the vintage shops around the globe, but with such a range of styles and limited sizes, vintage and second hand shopping doesn’t always work out. But brilliantly many high street shops have adopted the trend and produced there own versions bringing them into the 21st century. Also, with the style staying around for the past few years and others coming in and out around it, mom jeans have defiantly evolved, now being available with rips, holes, sequins, even pom poms to adorn them.

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As much as a love accessorising  decided to stay to the more simple approach choosing just a simple light blue wash denim pair. Now these ones are more of a slim fit, fitting quite tightly around the bum and the tops of the tights but getting looser around the knee and ankle to give them the mom jean style along with the high waist.

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When styling them I unintentionally decided to go full 80’s with this look pairing them with a short electric blue 3/4 length sleeve jumper. With light wash jeans already being unusual for me I continued to stray out of my comfort zone with the electric blue jumper. When Harry met Sally eat your heart out! 

Now, when I find something I like and which works, the idea of getting them in more than one colour is just too appealing. These light blue wash denim ones I found from H and M surprisingly with it being a shop which I generally struggle with their jeans with there irregular sizing. Not long after in a store of luck I found a black pair very similar in Urban Outfitters in the sale no less. Ive looked at Urban Outfitters previously for jeans like this 

They were a size too big but it was nothing a few stitches in the back couldn’t fix and if anything when cinched in with a belt, it adds to the whole style of it.  

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to tossing my black skinny’s to the waste side just yet, but my thighs defiantly heaved a sigh of relife after pealing off the skinny jeans for a while to be replaced with the airy and roomy mom jean!  So may rummaging around our mums old cupboard hoping that the jeans have not yet been a victim to the charity shop continue to go strong. 

 Photos by Tom Flathers 

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Buy the look: 

H&M Jeans: http://www.hm.com/gb/product/45469?article=45469-A&cm_vc=SEARCH

Simular blue jumper: http://www.asos.com/glamorous/glamorous-crop-jumper/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=4884187&clr=Electricblue&SearchQuery=blue+crop+jumper&pgesize=4&pge=0&totalstyles=4&gridsize=3&gridrow=1&gridcolumn=2 

Matching scarf: http://www.asos.com/pepe-jeans/pepe-jeans-geometric-print-scarf/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=4877533&clr=Ultrablue&SearchQuery=blue+scarf&pgesize=21&pge=0&totalstyles=21&gridsize=3&gridrow=7&gridcolumn=3 

Topshop nude ballet pumps: http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?Ntt=nude%2bballet%2bpumps&storeId=12556&productId=18395820&urlRequestType=Base&categoryId=&langId=-1&productIdentifier=product&catalogId=33057 

Simular brown glasses: http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/bags-accessories-1702216/sunglasses-468/lexi-round-sunglasses-4096925?bi=57&ps=20 

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Chloe Natalie Knott – Textile Design (yes thats me!)

SPOTLIGHT ON: Chloe Natalie Knott – Textile Design (yes thats me!)

Now this week it may look like I have skimmed on giving you some normal content and just resulted in doing some shameless self promotion. I can assure you in this case that the above is most defiantly not..not true.   

As another mission to keep myself busy during long break off I thought I thought what better than as start a business (as you do). After putting together some hand drawn designs which I didn’t really have many intentions for, I got the chance to get back into the workshops and get some lovely screen prints done.

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After creating a lot of samples at first which I didn’t really have any intention to do anything with, it crossed my mind that I could make something out of these.  It was at this point that the makeup bag brain wave happened. 

I thought makeup bags were a great place to start in that there quite simple and easy to make, cheap to create and with the right fabrics put together can look really beautiful and be really functional. 

Now most of my work which you may know If you have had a look at my portfolio (link here https://www.flickr.com/photos/129012653@N05/albums) that I have a preference to work with blues and red however with this collection to mix it up a bit I wanted to introduce some other colours to my prints resulting in a collection with pink, orange and yellow in aswell.  

The first collection which I have avalible to buy consists of a beautiful collection of one off prints that are designed, hand screen printed and sewn together by myself.

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The second collection is created out of a selection of a lovely collection of fabrics I have collected and combined together in a range of sizes and designs. I wanted to celebrate some the beautiful fabrics which are available on the market already and which have given me inspiration for some of my designs so have created this collection to showcase these.  

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All of these bags are available to purchase on Etsy and are very reasonably priced between £8 and £14. There all one off so when they are gone there gone! would love it if you could take a look. Also take a look at our Facebook page for all the lasted updates and info.

Some of my favourites from the collection: 

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Vogue Catwalk Edition

SPOTLIGHT ON: Vogue Catwalk Edition

Whenever I look in a magazine the fashion pages are always the ones which I flick to first, so when I found Vogue: Catwalk Edition entirely based what was on the runways at this autumn/winter 2015 season. 

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Also having all the best items condensed down to categories in one magazine it defiantly made my evenings of research a lot easier instead of scouring vogue.com for hours! 

If I was to describe to you the whole magazine in detail you would probably be spending at least the next 5 hours reading this blog, which despite I would be delighted that you were putting in that much commitment, I don’t think it would be the best use of your time, so for the need of brevity, I have selected 3 of my favourite sections to share with you. 

21st Century Opulance

21st century opulence 

Now as someone who doesn’t particularly like shiny or glitzy garment, usually this may be an odd style for me to be drawn to however with pattern and colour being the 2 main visual qualities which I love to within fashion, the glittering jacquard prints and shimmering embroidery within the 21st century opulence trend really has caught my eye.  

Now I think all magpies can vouch for me on this that anything with gold and silver undertones in it will attract your attention especially incorporated with lots of colour.  When trying to incorporate lots of pattern, colour and shine designs can sometimes look overdone and that you have tried to incorporate too much within one design, but when all those elements are balanced correctly the style can really work. One of the main ways I think to make these prints and fabrics work is to keep the garment shape simple. Stick to simple cuts and good tailoring in order to let the fabric do the talking and not over power that with extra bells and whistles. This is shown well within in louis Vuitton’s collection (3rd from the right) with his slight twist on a shift dress with adding puff sleeves and a zip down the front but letting the silver in and pink embroidery be the main focus of the dress and also within Erin Fetherston’s sleek and simple dress coat with slight Chinese connotations  of the high rounded collar, buttons down the front and brightly golden fabric. 

If you had read my last post you will know that ethnic/bohemian style designs and prints are a big inspiration to me. The styles of pattens and designs lend themselves well to this style of garments as shown within Burberry Prorsum’s collection (4th from left). Burberry are a very well known British brand most well known for there simple yet highly stylish trench coats. However with this season and their Prorsum collection they have turned them on there head and added lots of pattern, embellishment and embroidery which I love.      

From all of these designers clashing colours and patterns are featured within many of these design combinations. For instance Marques Almedia (2nd from left)  with the 3 different contrasting floral prints, mixing together the blue blue, green, pink and orange which may not usually be paired together like this but here it works.  Also within the way how he has left the hem on these garments raw and ripped adds rougher element to the garment which help to give it a more thrown together feel which is already emulated within the clashing of prints and layering of fabrics.  One of my top designers Erdem (6th from right) I was pleased to see have also adopted this trend with adding metallic embroidery to his normal prints. 

Great Lengths

Great Lengths 

As someone who doesn’t tend to make a particularly bold statement with the way she dresses and prefers to slip into the background, full length skirts has been something that I have defiantly shied myself away from, with the feeling that they can feel a bit too dressy and making too much a statement. For along time maxi dresses and skirts weren’t at the forefront of fashion with them being reserved only for black tie situations or the elderly. 

At this time the focus being more on the mini, with seeing how short your skirt can be before it turns into a belt. But with the boho trend reoccurring over the past few years and specifically the 70’s trend this summer, long flowing maxi skirts are back with avengeance. With this long line skirts have become very popular over the past few years especially with the introduction of the midi/below the knee skirt making the transition between mini to maxi more appealing. 

If your someone like me and feel as if you have just stepped out of Downton Abbey if you wear a full length skirt a good way to start out is will a plain, block coloured one. As I am a lover of anything monochrome black and grey is a good place to start.  As you can see her many designers such as Lavin, Marc Jacobs and J Crew have opted for this style mostly co-ordinating them with a dark coloured top and cinching it in at the waist with a large belt making the whole outfit have a lovely feminine shape which I love.  

But if you would prefer to go the whole hog then there is no reason why not to go a for a very colourful patterned one. Tom Ford (4th from right, top row) has done exactly this by creating a big, bold and colourful pattern for the skirt. I like how he has kept it rather fitting and slim line to overdo the item with meters and meters of flowing fabric. Paired with a black peplum top allows the skirt to be the centre of attention.   

Ripping Yarns

Ripping Yarns 

Knitwear if going to be a trend that comes around very autumn/winter season however be it winter or summer, knitwear in all its different shapes and sizes will make an appearance in my wardrobe. Some of us will only use knitwear as a functionality piece, just to keep the cold at bay however more and more often over the recent years, the trend of using knitwear as a statement clothing item has been coming back (You know when your obsession of knitwear has gone to far when you start wearing it in the heat of the summer just because you really want to wear it, resulting in sweaty consequences). 

The 80’s were the era of the big oversized brightly coloured jumpers making a name for themselves in the fashion world and with many 80’s trends coming back into the spotlight, this is one of them to do so. This is defiantly a trend which I have used and abused with them being incredibly practice with being a very easy item to throw on to get out of the house quickly, comfortable and also brilliant at hiding a multitude of sins!  Max Mara (6th from the left)  is one designers who has been using the oversized trend, keeping the jumper its self quite simple in muted tones with simple knitted detail but making it baggy and elongated to make it oversized. 

Knitwear hasn’t always been the go to item of clothing if wanting to dress smartly, however teamed with the right skirt or trousers it can work and is starting to be paired more and more with smarter items on our runways. One way in which our woollens have been been brought into the boardroom are by adding pattern to the jumper.  Creating a co-ord set as seen done by Peter Pilato (9th from left) with the pattern in the skirt spreading it’s self up into the jumper makes the outfit look very cohesive and put together and like you mean business!  

Jonathan Saunders (7th from the left) has chosen a slightly different approach to this trend by by starting with a solid block colour pair of trousers and paired them with a highly square  jumper and clashing the coloured in it with the trousers. Now I don’t particularity like the pairing of clashing the pink and the red together but is defiantly an example of bringing a jumper and suit trousers together. 

   

When you think of adding embellishments to a jumper some goggly eyes and a carrot nose, maybe even some fairy lights if your lucky on a garish christmas jumper to me is what firstly springs to mind.  Santa clause’s friends aside embellishments are now being used more and more within out everyday knitwear. Delpozo (5th from right) has taken adding a frill onto a jumper to the extreme of adding onto of what would have been quite a plain, think, grey roll neck jumper 2 large sections of grey and red frills. Now this may not be to everybody’s taste with it slightly looking like you are being attacked by a large sea anemone however it defiantly livened up a perviously dull jumper.  

All images provided by Vogue.com  

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