Monday, 23 April 2012

Menswear Monday: Joseph Turvey

Originally from Shropshire, Joseph Turvey has recently graduated from the London College of Fashion with an MA in Fashion Design Technology. His design aesthetic takes inspiration from traditional menswear tailoring and surface design, fusing these together to create a unique look and style. His experimental outlook, especially in the fields of print and texture have brought him under the radar of industry insiders allowing him to showcase his work at Graduate Fashion Week, Vauxhall Fashion Scout and work with the eccentric designer Louise Gray.

His prints challenge the traditional concepts of menswear and revolutionise the way we see certain garments such as a white shirt. Inspired by British Heritage, with characters such as Miss Marple being cited as his muse, Joseph Turvey delivers a collection bursting with life and colour. Styles, themes and decades clash together in a concoction of fuchsia lace and yellow gingham as Joseph Turvey injects a shot of zest into your spring/summer wardrobe.

Which looks will you be wearing this season?

See Joseph's Website here


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Thursday, 19 April 2012

Moda de la Mode Magazine Launch Party

Moda de la Mode Magazine issue two is due to be released on the 11th May and I want to share this momentous occasion with you by hosting a gathering at London's Piccadilly Institute. There will be a great bar where you can buy the most delicious drinks, music and the chance to see and buy issue 2 before anyone else.

There is a strict guest list for the event so if you want to attend then please email me: grace@modadelamode.co.uk so that I can add your name to the list. I hope you can all make it so dust off your dancing shoes and dig out your favourite party dress...it is time to celebrate!!

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Friday, 13 April 2012

Moda de la Mode Interviews:Heather Falconer


Heather Falconer, Editor in Chief of Spindle Magazine is synonymous for her quirky and fun sense of style. Her love for fashion was sparked early on, during her childhood when she spent countless hours dressing up, making things and putting on mini fashion shows with her friends. It was this creativity mixed with the spark for journalism, which she inherited from her parents, that enabled her to become a real life magazine editor.

Spindle Magazine was born out of a final major project, completed by Heather whilst she was studying at university. After graduation, many creatives took interest in the publication, wanting to use it as a platform for getting noticed within the wider world. It was at this moment that Heather thought Spindle Magazine could provide a much needed platform for emerging talent in the South East of England (outside of London). "I found that for such a creative city, there was no outlet to show the creative talent. Now Spindle has expanded outside of Brighton" exclaims Heather, going on to mention that a core member of her team is based in Canada, working and providing content for the magazine from there. Spindle has already gone global!

Spindle Magazine has always been more than a magazine, it is a way of life, a guide to the next big names to know and with issue 5 successfully launched with a big party at The Rose in London it is the perfect time to talk with Editor in Chief, Heather Falconer about how Spindle began...



Do you think your time spent in London and Brighton has shaped your personal style? 

Oh gosh, I guess so. I’ve got quite an 80s/grungy style, I’m drawn to bright colours, interesting prints. I wear a lot of American Apparel and mostly vintage, I’ve just come back from LA – the thrift stores there were amazing!

Where is your favourite place in London to go to?
I'm just making the move to London, at the moment whenever I'm there it’s for back to back meetings or running around for a shoot! There’s a great Turkish restaurant on Stoke Newington Road called Tava. My friends introduced me to their Lambachum (Turkish pizza) and I've been addicted ever since!

What has been the biggest challenge and also the biggest highlight of your career so far?
I think the biggest highlight(s) and also challenges have to be the Spindle launch parties,they offer a chance to get the readers, contributors and Spindle team all together. Another highlight dates back to when the first Spindle magazine was printed-seeing the issue for the first time is a very special feeling.  

What are your plans for the future?
I'm moving from Brighton to London this week. I’m looking at into different publishing projects, and I’ll continue styling. I plan to continue building brand awareness of Spindle, issue 6 will be launched in June, and we’ve also been made media partner for this years Free Range arts festival, which is very exciting. 

What advice would you give to an aspiring magazine editor?
Stay focused and spend time building up a contact database of people you can work with – PRs, photographers, stylists, illustrators and writers. Keep on top of trends and what’s happening in the news, as this will influence your content. I’d suggest doing various internships at both independent and larger magazines.

If you want to see Heather's work please visit her website and the Spindle Magazine website to find out more

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Thursday, 12 April 2012

Viva La Vida by Purse 'n Boots

I managed to stumble across this amazing shoot whilst browsing through my blog roll on bloglovin this morning and I cannot help but share it with you. It is absolutely fantastic...

As many of you know, I am obsessed with Frida Kahlo and really love the colourful lifestyle she lived. Her style was so unique and she wasn't scared to be different. This shoot, styled by Ashley from the blog Purse 'n Boots completely embodies this free spirited energy and brings the life of Frida Kahlo into the modern day.

If you haven't yet, you must visit her blog where you can see many more posts and of course, this shoot in full. In the meantime, here are my favourite shots from the shoot.




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Thursday, 5 April 2012

It Is All About The Hair

McQ

During fashion week, behind all the glamour of the designer clothes, the flashing if the cameras and the beauty of the models, the one thing that stood out the most was the avant-garde approach to hairdressing. 

London saw the first ever McQ show take place at Somerset House. McQueen has been a constant source of inspiration for hairdressers worldwide and the McQ show did not disappoint. Compared with the fashion shows Guido worked on during NYFW where effortlessly chic glamour was on the agenda, the McQ show presented a strong, structural look that was styled with precision. The main look of the show and no doubt the most talked about look of the show (pictured above) was inspired by a 1940's hair roll with Guido exaggerating this technique to create an Avant Garde, high fashion appearance. The model's own hair is swept upwards and then rolled around a giant hair doughnut to create the rounded, disc appearance. It is a long and slightly painful process (for the model anyway) but it is one that is used time and time again in the world of hairdressing.

Louise Gray

Another show to catch my eye for its varied display of hairstyle was the Louise Gray show. Being dubbed the 'Queen of the more is more castle' by Vogue, Louise Gray certainly met our expectations this year with her fan like hair creations. Clipped, coloured, brushed and stuck...these stellar hair pieces really stole the show despite forming an uncanny resemblance to Jedward! 

Through my years of working in a hair salon, I have met some incredibly talented people. Andrew Thomas Corbett is one of them and he is someone who has chosen their desired field and truly excelled in perfecting the skill required for reaching the top. With his aesthetic of hairdressing based on conceptual dark fantasy ’Dark Mannerism’ and working outside of a fashion context, Andrew-Thomas Corbett is an award winning and leading London avant garde hairstylist. A first for hairdressing, Andrew-Thomas Corbett has worked tirelessly to present his avant garde educational collection ’Sardonyx’. Showcasing six innovative and adaptable techniques utilising synthetic hair, Sardonyx is inspired by the gemstone of the same name and pushes avant garde hair into the conceptual. With Sardonyx Coil, Step, Spherical Curl, Plait, Weave and Wave Plait, the techniques are broken down and shown in depth using a clear step by step guide. 

Now thanks to Andrew, hairdressers around the world can learn the skills of the trade that will allow them to, one day, create the magnificent hair creations we see parading down the catwalk. Which show was your favourite for hairstyles? 

To buy Andrew's DVD click here 

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Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Coachella Festival Fashion


The world famous music festival, Coachella is once again returning to the desert this month for a weekend of fun, music and most importantly fashion!

The 'Coachella' look has become synonymous with it-girls across the globe and stores such as Urban Outfitters, Topshop and H&M are all providing the perfect wardrobe for the festival. Celebrities are also joining in the party with Alexa Chung, Nicole Richie and Camilla Belle teaming cut off jeans with boots and crop tops to create the 'Coachella' look. Whether you are going to be front and centre at the main stage, beating the heat in the tents or sitting pretty poolside at one of the weekend's posh pool parties, one thing is certain-you will need to have the perfect Coachella outfit. That is why after many hours studying last years Coachella fashion photos, we have compiled a must have selection that will have your bag bursting to the brim with this season's coveted items. Pair Dolce & Gabbana with some Jada bracelets or a Topshop backpack with a pair of Cutler and Gross sunglasses to achieve the 'Coachella' look.

What are your festival fashion favourites?



Tuesday, 3 April 2012

A Day Trip to Paris


Paris has long been considered the home of fashion, hosting one of the biggest fashion weeks in the world and providing a backdrop for exquisitely styled women who dress themselves in the most elegant designs imaginable. It was once the stomping ground of Gabrielle Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, Paul Poiret and later Christian Dior, all of whom played considerable roles in changing the face of modern fashion and now it is a fashion Mecca once again, with the world flocking to the city for two major fashion exhibitions.

It is not often that one city gets two blockbuster exhibitions opening at the same time, but when it happens, it is something magical. Helmut Newton's first retrospective exhibition goes head to head with the much anticipated Louis Vuitton-Marc Jacobs exhibition, both of which are a must see for anyone with a keen interest in fashion.
Helmut Newton

The Helmut Newton exhibition is the first retrospective exhibition to be held in France since his death in 2004. Over 200 photographs are exhibited at the Grand Palais, showcasing a provocative display of models all of which graced the pages of high class fashion publications across the globe. His most memorable photographs were the ones published in French Vogue portraying models in classical, romantic settings, nude and embodying postures typically taken on by men. The focus of the exhibition is not just on women, it also explores the secret fields of his work that can sometimes verge on the dark and unexpected. Curated by his wife, June Newton, the exhibition reveals a lifetime through photographs punctuated with quotations from Helmut Newton himself.
Louis Vuitton Exhibition

Venture East and you will find yourself immersed in a completely different world of fashion. Gone is the controversial portrayal of women and the shocking, glamorous imagery and in it's place grandeur and luxury, reign over the fashion world, from the Les Arts Décoratifs where the exhibition takes place. Louis Vuitton who founded the luggage label in 1854 and Marc Jacobs who took over in 1997, superficially have very little in common but the exhibition, curated by Pamela Golbin, marks them both as innovators and  the most influential industry leaders of their time. The exhibition delves into the lives of both men, separately as well as together, allowing visitors to see Jacob's most famous designs for Louis Vuitton in addition to a selection of Vuitton's iconic trunks.

If these two exhibitions don't prove to be enough of a draw, then why not spend the day seeing the sights of Paris?! Have breakfast at Les Deux Magots before climbing to the top of the Eiffel Tower and then end the day shopping along the world famous Champs Elysees before catching the last Eurostar headed to London.

Ah yes, back to Paris would be so lovely #paris #travel

To see more about the Helmut Newton Exhibition, click here
To see more about the Marc Jacobs-Louis Vuitton Exhibition, click here

Monday, 2 April 2012

Menswear Monday...Heretics Launches its Début Collection

A white t-shirt is a staple in any man's wardrobe and now that summer is on the horizon, I want to introduce you to a new British menswear brand called Heretics.

The name 'Heretics' refers to anyone who doesn't conform to an established attitude, doctrine or principle. Throughout the course of history, Heretics helped shape and form the culture that we admire and love today. The Heretics never diluted their artistry even if the prospect of death was right before their eyes. Despite this, Heretics were rarely appreciated for their artistic genius during their lifetime but their legacy is now being celebrated with the launch of 'Heretics' a menswear brand aimed at fashion conscious men. 'Heretics' the brand was started to evangelize the courageous endeavours of Heretics and most of all their genius. The range of t-shirts created by Heretics, embodies the same beliefs as the Heretics that have gone before them with images of women being made a controversial feature in certain designs. Instead of being loud and garish with their controversial designs however, Heretics aims to make their designs sophisticated and chic, channelling elegant and haughty in equal measure.

Their début collection features a range of striking and distinctive printed t-shirts incorporating intricate illustrations, risqué images and flashes of colour into the designs. The intricate drawings that dominate the surface of a variety of Heretics' t-shirts are the artwork of 'Biro Man', an artist who spent a month creating these designs with nothing more than a Biro pen. The precise detailing and the meticulous nature of his artwork can be seen in all its glory in the form of the Mexican skull design along with the spaceman.

The fun, playful style of these designs makes them accessible to everyone and they offer a stylish alternative to the mass produced designs on offer in stores such as Topman and River Island. Personally, I think that certain designs, such as the Mexican skull, could also make very attractive t-shirts for women wanting to add an androgynous edge to their outfits.

All Heretics t-shirts are made in London with the aim to keep the brand local to the UK market. That is not to say that you can only wear them if you are based in the UK... Priced between £25-£30, these t-shirts come in sizes S,M & L and are available to purchase through the Heretics website with delivery available across the globe.
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