Thursday, 30 April 2009

Competition time

If you are are trying to break into the world of design, now's the time to get your work seen. Maybe it has something to do with the recession, but rather than hiring well-known designers,there's a plethora of brands and organisations offering young unknowns the chance to work for free! Um, I mean, win a competition!Yay!Seriously though, this is a great way to get your work noticed which is the first major hurdle in such a competitive industry.Here are the links to some briefs- break out those sketch books:

  • Climate Camp logo and poster design competition- a cause thats both very worthy and very hip right now-sure to feature widely in the press. Amelia lays out the brief for you here.
  • Amelia's magazine is also participating in the Shelter open brief along with artists like Stella Vine and Basso and Brooke. You've probably seen the Shelter house of cards adverts- each artist's entry is based on a playing card. Amelia's has been allocated the 2 of hearts, so all readers are asked to send in their designs based on this theme, to eventually be compiled into a big patchwork quilt.See the brief here.
  • Austique design a dress competition- like it says on the box, design a dress and win one made exclusively for you, as well as seeing your dress put into production.
  • Steam Cream- stocked exclusively by Liberty in the UK, this wonder cream that evaporates on contact with your skin, comes in a nifty little tin. For their 1st anniversary, they are holding a design competition for a limited edition line.
  • The Ethical Fashion Forum launches its Innovation competition this week to reward talented new designers working in the ethical fashion arena.Judges include Anna Orsini from the British Fashion Council and Liberty's Yasmin Sewell, and winners will be mentored towards showing a collection at London Fashion Week.

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

BIBA's Babs at Topshop and Port Eliot

Jumping on the 'vintage is the new black' bandwagon, Topshop has recruited Barbara Hulanicki to design a collection which launches today. Hot on the heels of Kate Moss's Liberty print collection, Barbara's range is full of alternative animal prints and quirky little doodles of ladybirds; very 1960s. Barbara founded BIBA in 1964, creating the forerunner of high street shops like Topshop, and one of the first brands to focus on the shopping experience itself, with stores becoming a hangout for stars like Mick Jagger and David Bowie. If you're a fan of Barbara's, then you should definitely book your ticket to The Port Eliot Literature festival, held in the grounds of a gorgeous Cornwall castle. Within the walled garden, Babs will be helping festival goers revive their vintage wardrobes.

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Time for Tea

As most of you probably know, I've started working for Vintage Secret, an online vintage boutique run by Naomi Thompson(pictured below). As well as selling gorgeous frocks to customers online, Naomi also gives one on one style consultations and often opens up her home/showroom for folk to have a good old browse.Yesterday we had two brides visit us; one looking for a wedding dress, the other for three bridesmaids' dresses. You can see some of our vintage bridal gowns pictured here, as well as an array of tea dresses from the 30s, 40s and 50s, showcasing a range of amazing floral prints which are soooo this season! The great thing about buying one of these dresses is that you can guarantee you'll be the only one wearing it;something you definitely can't count on if you opt for Kate Moss's latest Topshop Liberty prints range. Fuelled by tea and cake, it was pretty sweet to spend the day living vicariously through other people playing dress up.
Time for Tea are also big fans of all things vintage, and this week they are opening a pop-up vintage tea shop at 47 Lamb's Conduit street from tomorrow until the 25th, 12-7pm.They promise vintage jazz, refined chatter and FREE tea and cake- what more could a girl want? Apart from a vintage wedding dress maybe...

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Burlesque Brunch

It is truly fitting that a celebration as decadent and self-indulgent as Easter should be celebrated with a bit of burlesque. London's famous Burlesque Brunch has been AWOL for a while now, but is back with a bang on Easter Sunday at the glamorous art deco location of The Last Days of Decadence in Shoreditch. Brunch is served at 12 noon by the Brunch Belles; including the lovely Fleur De Guerre; a vintage model, pin up girl and first class blogger. Burlesque acts are broken up by afternoon tea, and later theres fun to be had with the utterly nonsensical 'It's not cricket' quiz, and the Orange Battle-not a sport for the faint-hearted. Find out more here

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Scarlett gets lost in translation.

I LOVE Scarlett, I really do, and I tried to ignore her selling out to L'oreal, I really did, but I'm afraid this time she's gone too far. Its not that I'm averse to selling out in general; I really like her new Dolce and Gabbana ads where she vamps it up in a 1950s siren kinda way, but I've just laid eyes on the atrocity that is the new Moet and Chandon ad campaign with Johansson as their 'muse'. She just looks like. everyone.else.Oh Scarlett.
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