Sunday, 27 October 2013

Susie MacMurray - Widow 2009

On visiting The Galley of Costume in Manchester I came across a stunning dress made by Manchester based artist Susie MacMurray. It is constructed from black nappa leather embellished with over 100,000 long silver adamantine pins. The dress is not only strikingly beautiful but it has sombre undertones as well because the dress is entitled 'Widow,' it was created to be a visual representation of her grief on being widowed. The use of leather and pins serves as a way to stimulate the pain associated with grief and loss. The dress is the fourth in a series of figurative pieces and I think that the combination of using unforgiving materials such as pins and leather works beautifully in representing her loss in a unique way.

All photos taken by myself

Monday, 21 October 2013

Rianna Phillips AW13 press launch

Last week I attended a press launch event in Northern Quarter, Manchester for Rianna Phillips, who is a handbag digital print designer and her A/W 2013 collection. From what I saw the collection had an ethereal sophisticated tone with print inspired by mountain ranges and nature.

My favourite print was a clutch bag where she had photographed many different angles of raw cut crystals then fused together to create a layered textured finished effect to the bag.

To find out more about her work visit

All photos taken by myself

Sunday, 6 October 2013

London Fashion Week S/S 2014 trend report

Have a read of my top trend tips for Spring Summer 2014.

Preppy 50s


House of Holland

Ryan Lo - Fashion East

Fifties style was an inspiration seen across the catwalks with Varsity style bomber jackets seen at Richard Nicoll to prom cocktail dresses at PPQ, I especially think we will be seeing more off the shoulder dresses next Spring Summer. House of Holland showcased pretty floral open collared shirt dresses that have hints of fifties house wife style by accessorising with a large belt around the waist promoting an hour glass silhouette. Emerging designer Ryan Lo shown in collaboration with Fashion East created a retro kitsch fifties feel by combing cute dog print cardigan with demure matching skirt and vest, I think it's going to kick a trend for kitsch printed cardigans as we're already seeing slightly with slogan tees at the moment. 


Holly Fulton

Richard Nicoll


Co-ords look here to stay apart from with an advancement from the current trend of matching crop tops and bandeau skirts to a more polished elegant take by shirt trouser combos, which vary from a relaxed loose fitting as seen at Emma Farow for Unique with a slouchy shirt and wide legged hipster linen trousers. To a more Eastern inspired bold print like Holly Fulton whose silk pyjama combination of shirt, overcoat and tapered trousers I think will ignite a trend for silk suits next Spring Summer. Richard Nicoll shows how it can be redefined for an evening with a white blazer and shorts combo taking a more glossier take on the trend. 

Candy pastels colours

Burberry Prorsum

Christopher Kane

Jasper Conran

Peter Pilotto

The colour trend seen by various designers across London Fashion Week is an explosion of candy pastel colours  such as bubble gum pink, mint green, lavender, lemon and a soft blue hue it will make for a fun, flirty Summer. 

Peekaboo and Sheer

Richard Nicoll

J W Anderson

Christopher Kane

Christopher Kane



Temperley London

This trend has two distinctive looks either subtle and minimal or daring and fearless. Richard Nicoll chose the subtler option by having a sheer layer over a white skirt it creates extra movement in the skirt causing a ripple light effect that adds a lovely element to the skirt. Erdem used sheer layering over a crop collared top doubling up on the trend with a sheer floating train at the back of skirt. I think this subtler trait on the trend will transform your work wardrobe by adding a playful twist to a professional setting. 

To the more daring twist on the trend look to Christopher Kane who used petal shaped peekaboo cut outs throughout a mint green dress I loved this dress. I think it will inspire a trend for random shaped cut outs becoming a feature as it is playful yet elegant by the clever positioning of the shapes. J W Anderson used sheer in a provocative yet alluring way by creating an asymmetrical sheer top matched with a high waisted mini skirt, overlaid with a sheer longer skirt, it is simple but charming. I think we will see sheer used in this way next Spring Summer especially mini skirts overlaid with a sheer slightly longer layer giving a structured yet defined shape to a skirt.  

Sports Luxe/ Slogan Tees

Sister by Sibling

Sister by Sibling

Tom Ford

Christopher Kane


Vivienne Westwood Red Label

The trend of the moment that we're seeing all over the high street seems set to stay with sports luxe and slogan tees being a feature for next Spring Summer. Tom Ford offers a luxurious take on the trend by using tan leather in a oversized baseball jacket, whereas PPQ offer a younger twist on the trend by oversized knitted jumpers and combining a demure skirt with a varsity style jacket, I think they're perfect for cool work wear. Slogan tees have been seen at Vivienne Westwood Red Label, PPQ and Christopher Kane I think the trend will move away from text such as 'Geek' that we have at the moment to a more grown up style of images like Christopher Kane flower motifs jumpers becoming a feature.