Monday, 31 January 2011

Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration

I'm back!And as expected, half-dead. After an intense week of filming, I finally succumbed to a nasty cold, but not before I had the chance to attend some top-notch events on Friday afternoon.
First up was the launch of Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration at 123 Bethnal Green road. I've been writing for Amelia since *checks* er...2008 *feels old*. Not only has this allowed me to go to some wonderful events including London Fashion Week, but its also meant I've been able to form relationships with a number of incredibly talented illustrators. Amelia's Magazine has become a hub of creative activity, perfect for anyone looking to collaborate with other like-minded artists and creatives- something I've witnessed happen through the illustration competition for Gabby Young's poster campaign, and Beautiful Soul's wonderful illustrated video presentation of her collection by Zarina Liew. (Amelia was even wearing Beautiful Soul for the launch- such is the tiny world of fashion!)I did, in fact, write about Zarina's work in the first ever post I wrote for Amelia's back in 2008, so it was a pleasure to meet her again at the book launch, having only ever briefly met face-to-face at her market stall a few years ago. The absolute highlight of my evening was having Zarina draw me!Look!She's made me all thin and everything!I LOVE her!Sod photos, I want to be drawn ALWAYS.

Here is Zarina and Artist Andrea proudly holding the Compendium.

The Blogosphere was out in force- here's Carrie from WishWishWish

And the amazing spread by Lili Vanilli- the brownies were to die for.

Amelia Gregory in Beautiful Soul

Cate Sevilla of BitchBuzz fame and Courtney Blackman, the genius behind Forward PR in a lovely Jasper Garvida number.

A mountain of goody-bags, containing Pukka tea, Dr Hauschka products, Tatty Devine jewellery, moleskin notebook and more. But honestly, the highlight of the goody-bags for me had to be a back-issue of the original hard-copy Amelia's magazine, which I still miss. Packed with beautiful illustrations, I now have another print edition to add to my collection-one day these will be collectors' items! Just leafing through this 2008 edition gives you a clue as to Amelia's success. She's always had an amazing knack for spotting new talent, for knowing who is going to make an impact. The 2008 copy I got in my goody-bag includes interviews with the likes of Alessi's Ark, La Roux, The Cocknbullkid, People Tree, Little Shilpa, Fred Butler, Fifi Bijoux... I could go on. And now, here she is, spotting two massive trends and writing a book about them before the mainstream has a chance to catch up. In an age where everyone is a photographer, illustration is becoming a glamorous, artistic alternative to the standard snapshot. And ethical fashion design is a no-brainer- all the names in this book are set to be huge.And Amelia Gregory will definitely have played a bit part in that.
You can buy back issues of Amelia's magazine here. And the compendium here.

Monday, 24 January 2011

Lee Klabin

After showing you some of the lush costumes we've got from Prangsta for Gabby Young's music video, I'd like to give you a sneak preview of Lee Klabin's amazing corsetry. This is the short film 'Doll House' showing her S/S 11 couture collection. Lee has lent us 5 stunning corsets which we are very excited about using. I'm going to be on set pretty much non-stop for the next couple of days, so be good while I'm gone- to keep you busy you can read some bits I've been writing for Bitchbuzz (and here too), Mien magazine and Cherry Sorbet. x

Doll House from Lee Klabin on Vimeo.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

How Pinteresting...

My latest digital addiction is Pinterest, which basically gives you the chance to create a digital scrapbook, share it with everyone and have a peek at theirs too. If you're short on time, you should probably stop reading now.I'm going to try and post some of my new pins each week. Sometimes all it takes is one beautiful image to cheer you up and inspire you.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Prangsta Costumiers

I spent most of today at Prangstas- the most amazing costume hire shop; if you haven't visited then you must!They make all their own pieces; everything from wigs to shoes. And you can learn how to make your wardrobe just as magical- book a course of 10 dressmaking sessions with the team for £200.Its on my birthday wishlist...

Friday, 21 January 2011

Lena Hoschek Spring/Summer 2011

Lena Hoschek is one of my all time favourite designers; sadly her designs are still unavailable online or in the UK.Can someone do something about this please?She works with just the perfect mix of vintage feel and exquisite tailoring combined with lashings of sex appeal.See the full SS11 shoot here, including some mild bondage.Phwoar!I love the models she uses too; some really curvy girls, some tattooed; all stunning. Her website is also genius.

Like this?You'll probably also like Wheels and Doll Baby, Orla Kiely, Pistol Panties and Modcloth.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Friday, 14 January 2011


Last week my friend Gabby Young emailed me a link to one of the Hit Records' videos featuring Joseph Gordon Levitt.Turns out, she knows me SO well. I ruddy love it. Its a small world, cos I actually had heard of HitRecords through an old school friend's animation work.His name is Wirrow and his work is amazing; see below. You can buy the book he made with Hitrecords here. If you want to watch a real swoony video- and this is a sentence I never thought I'd utter- watch the terms and conditions video for the site.Seriously. Lets just say, Joseph Gordon Levitt has really grown up.yums. I have a huge amount of respect for the whole project and its ethos; you basically upload your creative content onto the site and if Hitrecords find a way to make money from it, you'll get 50% of the profits.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

2010 round-up

Happy new Year everyone! I was a bit wary of writing a blog post about everything I've achieved in 2010 as that sort of thing can seem a tad self-indulgent, but then I remembered that I DID originally start my blog in order to keep track of what I've been up to, so it makes sense to have a look back at the last year. There are also a lot of people I've had the pleasure of working with this year whom I should mention. So bear with me whilst I reflect on 2010- a million thanks to you all for all your lovely comments, please join me for 2011, I hope its marvellous for us all!

Firstly, Gabby Young and I have had the pleasure of working with many amazingly talented and generous designers this year. Here are just a few of the highlights:

Wearing Kumiko Tani in Japan

Wearing Elizabeth Lau at her pop-up shop on Ganton street

This was also the year that Gabberdashery was born- culminating in the wonderful wall we did with Supermarket Sarah. We launched with a small collective of artists and designers at The Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair and later in the summer we had our own little shop at Standon Calling. 

Rosa Bloom, me and Gabby at the art car boot fair.

Gabby and I are pictured wearing our name badges made by Love from Hetty and Dave.Other amazing contributors who've supported us include Merrimaking Hoods, Hatastic, Creme Nouveau, Rosa Bloom, Tinsel Edwards, Twinkle Troughton, Dot your teas, Alice Gabb and Her Curious Nature. A mention in the Financial Times finished a fabulous year for us. In-store gigs for Gabby at the first Sketchbook Magazine pop-up shop, the Illamasqua flagship store and Elizabeth Lau's pop up shop, as well as sponsorship from Tabio tights have made being a stylist super easy!

I've also had fun doing some creative dressmaking of my own, upcycling this vintage wedding dress.Much more of that this year, I hope!

I had the pleasure of meeting Debra and Adriana of Young British Designers- who got me front row seats for the fabulous Jena Theo show at London Fashion Week. 

This last London Fashion Week was the first I have really enjoyed, largely because it felt like a big reunion bumping into some of the lovely bloggers I've met this year, pictured here are I want you to know, Fashion Dreamer, Natasha Bailie and Alex Loves. I've hung out with these and other lovely lovely people at some most fashionable venues; My Sugarland, Wolf and Badger, on the Hendrick's carriage, at Vintage at Goodwood and Bake-a-Boo, to name just a few. I also got to wear some lovely outfits lent to me by Rebecca of Juno Says Hello- news on her next sale coming soon.

I styled Natasha Bailie, Lena Weber, Laura Kate Bradley and Naomi Thompson for a shoot for The Sunday Times Style earlier in the year, shot by the fabulous Julia Boggio. You can see more pics here on my website- one of the things I really wanted to achieve this year and which I have, thanks to my wonderful boyfriend and the hugely talented Tinsel Edwards and Twinkle Troughton.

I styled and shot another mini shoot on holiday in a chateau in the south of France which was great fun.

Earlier this year I co-curated and did the PR for the genius pop up Parlour from Mien Magazine- hopefully more from us next year!

Having learned to screenprint earlier this year with the Run Riot team, last month I had the pleasure of introducing Gisele Scanlon to The Print Club London where she created this stunning Goddess Guide screenprint, still available to buy here.

There are so many people I've worked with this year that I should mention; Cellardoor Magazine, WilliamVintage, Amelia's magazine, Bitchbuzz, Corina Corina, Beautiful Soul, The Hendricks Gin team, Amnesty International, Cherry SorbetPerri Lewis and everyone who contributed to my Christmas Gift Guides. Thankyou all so much- its been an absolute pleasure. Hope to see lots more of you this year! Follow me on Twitter, Flickr and Pinterest to see what I'm up to. xxx
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