Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Project Ocean

Selfridges have unveiled Project Ocean, a collaboration with the Zoological Society of London to  ensure that there's always plenty more fish in the sea.

Jonathan Baillie co-creator of Project Ocean and Director of ZSL said, “Project Ocean signals the biggest-ever retail activism campaign designed to ‘sell’ and engage public mind-sets on overfishing, an issue that needs mass support.  We hope that this innovative partnership with Selfridges makes the public understand the issues around overfishing, and measurably leads to more fish in the sea.

Project Ocean has taken over Selfridges London with film screening, talks and window displays on offer until the 12th of June.

You can experience Project Ocean online here, but it's always better in person! I'm going to go and have a proper look myself when I'm London for Graduate Fashion Week next week, who else will be around there? I'm up for four awards so I'm quite excited!

Also, speaking of Selfridges, everyone based in the North West should get down to the Xen-Tan pop up shop in the Trafford Centre and get your tan on! Click here for more details. I'm going to get my body bronzed for GFW and Hong Kong times!

Sunday, 22 May 2011

My little Magazine

Apologies for the lack of posting recently, I finish uni forever in a week so I've been really busy with work. I can't wait to get back to blogging properly and the rest of my life come to think of it...

Anyways, here's a little bit of my FMP work, it's a crappy magazine to go with my project, but you can see it all online here!

ALSO please, please, please vote for our advert here for the PolyU Global Challenge!  I will love you forever if you do.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Interview with Marianne Rashid, buyer at MyLabel.com

Marianne Rashid
Assistant Buyer at MYLABEL.co.uk

Can you explain a little bit about MYLABEL?
MYLABEL.co.uk is a trend-led website which offers a complete collection of branded clothing, footwear, accessories and lifestyle products for men and women. Expect to find on-trend collections with urban styling, statement party looks and heritage sportswear from both leading high street and boutique brands such as By Jam, Chunk, Franklin and Marshall, French Connection, UCLA and many more.

What is your role?
My role is Assistant Clothing Buyer so I assist our Senior Buyer Rachael in just about everything from supplier visits where we pick out the new season stock to making sure everything runs smoothly right through to when the stock arrives in our warehouse. My day-to-day my job can be pretty varied; a big part of my job is to merchandise the website and maintain its appearance by updating the products and offers, but other days I can be out on location for a photoshoot or in my scruffs in the warehouse labeling stock!

What's your favourite item on the site?
It's so hard to choose as there are so many items that I love on site at the moment but if I had to pick out one thing that I’ve got my eye on it would be the Motel Women's Blake Print Dress. I've already bought the Motel shorts in the same print and everyone loves them, so think I need the dress now too!

If you had an unlimited budget, what would you buy from the site?
Well apart from the Motel dress (and the version we do in pink) I would definitely raid the byJAM collection – their designs are inspired by all things vintage, girly and gorgeous, swoon! The striped t-shirt and navy shorts would be ideal for my holiday. To go with them I would get any of the Nica bags and probably a Fiorelli one too to wear in the evening. I’d complete my outfit with the new Moda in Pelle Philippe wedge shoes, these are the perfect alternative to heels for summer without the pain!

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Haha, well it used to change very frequently… but the jobs that I remember wanting to do for more than a week were Ballet Dancer, Artist, Fashion Designer, Actress and Princess (ok, so that might not be a career option at school but I definitely wanted to be one). Eventually I chose the right career though, working as a buyer for MYLABEL.co.uk brings something new and exciting to my job every day…and the odd freebie doesn’t go a miss either!

For more info, visit MYLABEL.co.uk

p.s. Congrats to Claire from Rumour PR who won the Shopbop competition!

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Blanche DuMois

Just because I can fit one cup of my super sturdy bra on my head doesn't mean I don't want dainty, pretty lingerie, just if I did wear it I would probably be arrested and/or have someone's eye out.

Alisha Trimble, the designer behind Blanche DuMois got in touch with me to show off her new website and the girly designs instantly made me want to shrink 4 cup sizes so I could enjoy a little, vintage style, monochrome bra complete with bow. But alas, it is not meant to be...

I spoke to Alisha about her career, the collection and lingerie...

Have you always wanted to be a lingerie designer?
Well, I've been curious since I was a child about the intricate way that lingerie is put together, especially vintage bras.  I did not know that that curiosity would lead me to becoming a designer.

You also have a ready to wear line, which one do you prefer designing?
I like them both for different reasons, the lingerie has a more broad appeal and I enjoy being able to share that with more people, whereas the ready to wear is more an expression of my personal point of view and it's more extravagant.

Tell us a little bit about how you got into this industry...
During art school I worked as a merchandiser for Cosabella Lingerie, and later on for La Perla.  We went through training to measure and fit people for bra sizes and the accuracy in sizing led me to make more fitted dresses when I started designing.

Once I felt I had established my own point of view in Ready to Wear, I introduced the lingerie line.  I was fixating on Tennessee Willams film "BOOM" at the time, Elizabeth Taylor wears white throught the entire film.

What is your favourite piece in the new collection?
I love the white pointelle group, because it's really comfortable & easy to wear.  White clothes are all the rage right now.

What can we expect to see from Blanch DuMois in the future?
Next season, I am going to introduce more color into the collection, and maybe some lace.  Also watch for an actress wearing Blanche DuMois in a steamy bedroom scene in a very happening feature film coming out soon...

For more info and images, visit the website.

Don't forget to enter my competition to win $100 to spend on designer clothes at Shopbop.

Surreal Adventures

I really like a little bit of oddness every now and then, especially when it comes in the form of an elk in a cape. These paintings are by Russian artist Sergey Ryzhov.

These predominantly dark paintings have a colourful splash of the surreal which appeals to me massively. I especially like the multicoloured whale and the purple rabbit. I can't wait until I move into my own little place and I can fill it with weird stuff. It'll be awesome.

For more info and image, visit Sergey's DeviantArt profile.

Apologies for the lack of posting recently, I finish my degree in 3 weeks, ARGH. But after that, I'll be running around to Graduate Fashion Week and for the finals of a competition in Hong Kong so there should be some interesting things to post about!

Don't forget to enter my competition to win $100 to spend on designer clothes at Shopbop.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Competition Time! Win $100 to spend at Shopbop

This competition is now closed! 

So the lovely Shopbop have given me a cheeky $100 (though the competition is available to anyone wherever you are and whatever moneys you use) voucher for one of you lucky people to spend in their rather awesome shop, seriously they stock designers from Acne to Zac Posen.

I've been 'researching' the site for quite some time, because it would be rude not to really... Here's my wishlist of things I'd be spending the money on if I got to keep it! Firstly, I'd invest in some Camilla Skovgaard Saw Tooth Wedge Sandals and since we're on the subject of shoes, I also fell a little bit in love with Coclico, who I'd never heard of before but they are yummy and I want them on my feet.

While I'm at it, let's have a little Marc Jacobs romper suit with some high heel pumps to top it off... Sorry for my insane ramblings, I've been trapped in the house doing uni work (it's all finished in 3 weeks, argh!) so I may have gone a little window shopping happy...

ANYWAY. Here's what you have to do...

1. Follow Tweet on Bloglovin'
2. Follow Tweet on Twitter
3. Follow Tweet on Google Reader
4. Leave a comment on this post
5. Visit Shopbop and leave a comment saying what you'd spend the prize on

Each one gets you one entry so you can have a maximum of 5 entries to the competition, but make sure you leave separate comments below telling me you're following as otherwise I won't know about it...

Make sure to leave a contact email too in case you win! This competition is international and anyone can enter.

The closing date is Midnight GMT on Saturday the 14th of May.

Make sure to check out Shopbop and start picking what you'd get with the prize!


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