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Seen as though it’s London Fashion Week, I thought I should give you a very little preview of my AW14 designs and the inspiration behind it.I seek inspiration from far off, unusual places. Watch out for these  – Everyday objects have been turned into humorous prints with a tongue and cheek attitude.

This collection aims to to draw on your senses – visually and texturally. I am playing on the sports lux trend and placing it against elongating shapes. Heavily embroidered jackets and trims and an eclectic mix of print will take the form of the AW14 collection.

(Please note, the uploaded Illustrator imagery is of my designs in their early stages incase of copyright issues and theft of work)
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P i n k P i n k P i n k

After much travelling and working hard, I finally have a chance to update my blog.  The weather has been miserable, dark and WETWETWET so thought my post should be the complete opposite…happy, colourful and fun!

This image was taken in Jaipur down near the Jal Mahal on the Man Sagar lake right after visiting the Amber Fort – to which I may add was done on an elephant ride as it is so high up. It was the Diwali festival whilst we were there and flower garlands were everywhere (they form a traditional role in any Indian festival especially decorated on Gods). These freshly picked flowers in vibrant colours instantly cheer you up.

I took this photo in one of the rooms at the City Palace, again in Jaipur (well, it’s called the Pink City for a reason!)
I was drawn to anything with written or drawn text on it. I think this was a little security station as it had guards nearby. Any security or police force in India gives a certain scary sense and ruthlessness about them. I therefore think the girly pink decor, including the frilly ‘doily’ look of the roof is quite ironic.
I recently found this 1960’s PINK rotary phone in the Lovely And British shop on my favourite London street – Bermondsey Street. How adorable is it! I would have bought it but who even has a home phone line these days?

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“MR MR” It’s Mr Porter!

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Diego Vanassibara

As you may or may not know, my interest and inspiration is formed through menswear shapes and silhouettes – other inspiration is taken from mens shoes, which is why I had to visit this week’s Men’s Collection’s in London.

A truly remarkable collection by footwear designer Diego Vanassibara where the highest quality has been achieved through craftsmanship and thorough attention to detail. The androgynistic  approach and size 5 availability means these shoes appeal to both men and women. Retailing between £500-£900 they are are an investment destined to impress.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

My favourite’s below are the nude with hand-carved bleached mahogany accents.

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The same shoes in blue work well with my own collection! ( Blue jacket featured is part of my AW13/14 Collection )

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Newcastle Fashion Week 15th May 2013

Newcastle Fashion Week 15th May 2013

Last night I was part of NE1s Fashion Front Row at ‘As You Like It’ in Jesmond. (Hence why I havnt updated my blog much recently!)

Alongside me, other designers from the North East played a vivid role in showcasing our creative talents to everyone in Newcastle.

The whole day of model fittings, run-throughs, outfit changes, and, hair and make-up was well mapped out. The brilliantly organised day continued into the evening event which ran just as smoothly. A massive bravo to the organisers Sandra and Jayne.

The models looked great…if I do say so myself….and again, I personally apologise to them for squeezing their feet into shoes which did not fit! 🙂

A big thank you also to my little helpers Amy and Molly from my old school Sacred Heart in Fenham. The 6th Formers, studying Textiles, were imperative to the day’s runnings. The two were both professional and helped me out exceptionally.

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I’m so happy the new outfits for the ‘sami Nights’ collection turned out to be just as eye-catching as the other pieces, and I have already been commissioned to do the frilled leggings and wrap-over coat! Yey.

Images courtesy of Idene

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Shoe Update

I could go on and on about ‘& Other Stories’, however I’ll just show you these..for now.

Loving the toe-pincher courts in duck-egg. I die.
IMG_5126Found these retro ‘Red Or Dead’ multi coloured stilettos with silver heel in the wardrobe back home in Newcastle. I’d forgotten just how amazing they actually were.
IMG_5166 Although these little ones from Tk Maxx aren’t my style, I really like the contrasting cream mesh inserts against the black suede, and for a girlie-girl they are perfect.IMG_5224 Had to purchase these Steve Madden nude sandals. Thinking they’re a must-have shoe for Summer….once my hibernating winter feet are back out and I get my toenails buffed and painted and my cracked heels scrubbed that is.IMG_5225 Might have put this in before, but this shot is of mine and Donna’s boots when we were at the airport. Blue Acne vs. Black Dune…IMG_5036

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Francesca Air – AW Collection Preview

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