Wednesday, 21 September 2011



I was lucky enough to of been given the opportunity to work with Nabil El-Nayal, one of the designers competing in Fashion Fringe. Now, everyone knows models are skinny (sometimes scarily) and they are stupendoulsy tall; but until you are stood directly next to one it cannot be put into perspective of how lean and beautiful they are- as if sculptured. So, when I was asked to help dress the models I was not only overwhelmed with excitement but also incredibly intimidated; there I was short and petitie, with all-day makeup which appeared to be disintergrating and hair which had come out of place straggled around my face, next to these exquisite creatures whose skin was pampered to perfection (it seemed to achieve that impossible sheen AND matte look!), whose makeup was so dramatic, defined and striking that their faces became pieces of art- I was transfixed. Then the hair which was crafted so brilliantly you were left with the question how? (along with a jaw which dropped onto your chest). And... I had to dress one of these mythical fashion beings! Before I had time to think about how I was even going to reach up and pull the clothing over her head without moving a hair out of place or smudging an ounce of makeup, I was already unbuttoning the victorian style silk masterpiece created by Nabil. I had to move so quickly yet this seemed impossible when my hands were shaking nervously... I had to be gentle so I didn't damage the garment, yet swift so I didn't keep the model waiting too long whilst standing bare skinned and evidentally cold.
The blouse was on. Now to fasten it quickly whilst pretending I had done this before- Of course I know what I'm doing! (I kept telling myself). The pencil skirt was tricky; having to tuck the shirt in around her bare behind was well, a new experience, but these were professionals- like this bothered her! The skirt was zipped the shoes. I'm not a feet fan so the last thing I wanted was to have my hands all over this models feet whilst trying to fit them into the tight (and extremely expensive) Nicholas Kirkwood heels. Nevertheless, the look was complete. With a simple 'thanks' from the model she swanned across the room to speak to her 'model pals', whilst I was left to absorb what had actually happened and the fast moving world of fashion surrounding me. One word... Surreal.

London Buys

Blazer: H&M
Black turtleneck: H&M
Orange skirt: H&M
Dalmation print slippers: TOPSHOP
Beige nail polish: BARRY M

My selection of knitwear is definitely building up for the Winter season fast approaching- already the bitter breeze is knipping at my ankles. The fabric on this H&M jumper is incredibly soft, it feels cosy without being overly frumpy. Knitwear- for some- can scare, even the thought can make them want to cuddle up on the sofa with chocolate and a good old fashioned rom-com; but, who said knitwear can't be sexy, stylish yet still wearable? Its just about complimenting the soft unstructured design with the right accessories and items: a capped sleeve mohair knit tucked into a sophisticately structured pencil skirt gives you an effortlessly chic and expensive look with a beautiful silhouette, a classic black turtleneck with this seasons checked trousers and leather brogues to finish off creates the A/W adrogynous look, a heavy oversized cable knit with a feminine soft maxi skirt- definition of off-duty chic.
Orange is a key colour for this season so this sixties style chelsea girl skirt was a must buy. Extremely wearable with blouses, knitwear, blazers, long coats, fur, tweed, boots (of all length), heels, flats... anything!
I love this checked, tuxedo blazer. It instantly makes an outfit more stylish and sophisticated whilst adding a touch of adrogyny.
A fedora... oh so 40s, oh so chic. Add this accessory to any outfit for an instant injection of 40s glamour and mystery- wear with fur and a pencil skirt for a beautifully inspired 40s look. A hat is one of the best accessories to a look: it can give it some edge, add some individuality and draws attention immediately. Whether its a bowler, trilby, pork pie or fedora make sure you're sporting a piece of stylish head wear this season.
Dalmation print is everywhere in Topshop unique's AW collection. Animal print has always been a favourite of mine, along with monochrome so this look is perfect. I love slipper shoes: so wearable, comfortable yet stylish with a smart/casual feel to suit any occasion. As soon as I saw this pair on the internet I fell head over heels and knew they must be mine... and here they are!
Save scarlett fingers for Winter, this Autumn beige nails are the must-have. Subtle and sophisticated... team with bronzed eyes and dark burgandy lips for the ultimate 'seductress' look.

Sunday, 11 September 2011


This was a Thursday outfit- quite simple yet exciting with texture and pattern. I love checks and tartan- both are big trends this season. By teaming it with this chunky Topshop knit this tartan mini is made suitable for the autumn breeze. The ochre tights add a pop of colour without being garish as they still suit the brown tones within the skirt. Slipper style shoes are big this winter and these spiked pair from Topshop are definitely one of my favourite of the season. Overall an eye-catching look with the in season print and yellow tones, whilst still being stylish and cosy with a winter warming knit.

knit- Topshop
tartan mini- River Island
ochre tights- Topshop
studded slippers- Topshop


Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Jenny Saville

For my personal study for my art a-level I have chosen to concentrate on the work and life of Jenny Saville. She creates physical and raw images by intimately exploring the human body: its tissue, blood and gore. Her expressive and honest paintings of obese women, disfigured faces, the female form including childbirth and transsexuals have created controversy in a world where airbrushing is considered 'normal' or 'perfection'. Saville's strong feminist opinons and high interest in the physical form flow through the lines she paints; each splash of colour, each curve of a brush stroke conveys a message, a message of brutal honesty. Not only is it Saville's purpose which I find fascinating but her method of painting is spectacular; each stroke is so strong. Her work is not completely realistic- eventhough it expresses incredibly real situations- however I feel this technique compliments the disfigured and often grotesque images. It is no secret that Saville is a brave and independant artist with an obvious powerful view on life...

"I am fortunate that I was born into a time and place where women can be the creators of culture too. Women hundred of years ago fought that battle for me... it's important to carry that on."

"I remember that my father took me to a merry-go-round when I was five, and a child fell off and cut her leg open. He was trying to shield my eyes, but I remember all I wnated to do was see the blood."

Saville was influenced by fellow artist Cindy Sherman and quoted that she was a huge icon for her at college as she worked with the same myths of feminity that Saville was interested in. Recently this iconic artist has began to focus her work around the relationship between a mother and her child before, during and after childbirth. She stated "When I'm painting a baby or a pregnant woman, I think that I have the extra power, that extra edge." It is clear that Saville is prous to be a 'real' woman and is eager to openly express this through her work and I for one am facinating with her ongoing protest of the real woman through her talent.



Here are some pieces I have created myself based upon her work...

These are some other pieces I have created as part of my coursework based around portraiture...

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