Monthly Archives: May 2012

If you go down to the woods today…

Cream vintage dress

Another day, another glorious dollop of sunshine! I’m currently getting ready for my trip to London/France, but before I go, I wanted to do an outfit post to show of my latest find, and my new ‘do!

I only get my hair cut about twice a year, so I always like to experiment a bit, and this time I decided to embrace my inner redhead, what d’ya think? I don’t know about you, but on the morning of the day I’m due to go to the hairdressers, I always think my hair is great and that I shouldn’t change it. That must just be pre-haircut jitters though, as I’m always pleased with the end result!

The cream dress is one I bought at the Bristol Vintage Fair at Portland Square last year. Today seemed like the ideal day to wear it, and I’ve paired it with this fantastic wicker picnic basket I found at Bristol Flea Market a couple of weeks ago. I managed to get it for a fiver, but as half of one of the leather straps is missing, and the buckles are extremely rusty, I might have to use this as a storage solution rather than it’s intended use!

*Edit* There were a few more photos to come, but since WordPress/The Internet and this particular blog post don’t seem to be playing nicely today, this is your lot. Definitely going to take a leaf out of @Hayles‘ book and make the effort to start writing my posts in Notepad first in future!

Cream dress

Vintage cream dress and wicker picnic basket

My new hair

My new hair!

Anyone for a picnic?

Anyone for a picnic?

Turquoise toes

Turquoise toes

Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

Sunshine and blue skies

  • THE WEATHER. Quite obviously, as a weather-obsessed Brit (I think it’s in our blood to discuss the weather at every opportunity) it would be foolish of me not to mention the glorious sunshine in this week’s RTW post. I hope you’re reading this in your garden/sat in the park/while eating an ice cream and have had a wonderful week soaking up the sun.
  • Fashion Says Stitched. I finally got around to editing my photos from UWE’s graduate fashion show this week. If any of you missed it, you can read the post here.
  • Packing. Just to be clear, the actual logistics of packing doesn’t rock my week, but I am excited because I’m going on holiday to France soon. Before I go I’m stopping off in London for a few days, so if anyone has any recommendations for exhibitions/events/activities that are a must-see in the capital right now, let me know : )

Oxfam Fashion blog

  • Finally… I have some exciting news to share. A while ago I entered a competition run by Oxfam Fashion to find a new Oxfam Fashion blogger, and I found out on Thursday that I won! I’m chuffed to bits as it’s a fantastic charity and I’ve found so many fab bloggers through the site, including Roz and Kat. I’m looking forward to writing about vintage clothes, charity shop finds and lots more over the next few months.

What’s been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below and don’t forget to give me your London recommendations…

Fashion Says Stitched

Anna Jauncey

The Trinity Centre sets the scene for Anna Jauncey’s collection

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to Fashion Says Stitched, the fashion show and exhibition hosted by UWE’s graduating fashion students. The night, held at the stunning Trinity Centre, represented the culmination of three years of hard work for the students, whose disciplines include knitwear, styling, illustration and print. As an ex student myself, I’m familiar with the blood, sweat and tears that will have gone into creating each collection.

The ground floor of the building was dedicated to the fashion students who focused their final year studies on illustration, photography, styling, print and textiles. Sheets of chipboard displayed fabric samples, ink illustrations and photographs. Influences such as Martin Parr, Meadham Kirchhoff and Martin Margiela were clear, as were print in every form: digital, screen prints, geometric and tribal gave every corner of the exhibition a jolt of colour. I was particularly taken with the work of Karolina Stitilyte, who used a muted colour pallete and dolls made out of wooden pegs to create some beautiful prints and laser cut fabrics.

Karolina Stitilyte

Karolina Stitilyte’s prints and styling felt very fresh and exciting

Laser cut swatches by Karolina Stitilyte

Laser cut swatches by Karolina Stitilyte

A student projects their illustrations onto a chipboard backdrop

A student projects their illustrations onto a chipboard backdrop

Charlotte James

Styling by Charlotte James

Fashion Says Stitched exhibition

Prints are displayed using white wooden chairs and doors

After grabbing a drink I headed upstairs to take a seat in the huge room housing the catwalk. The Trinity Centre was once a church, and its stunning arched windows and stained glass remain in tact, even though it’s now used for everything from plays and gigs to indoor picnics.

Over 40 students showed their collections and the catwalk, and the result was a diverse mix of prints, fabric manipulation, tailoring and colour palettes. Unfortunately my camera was playing up (yeah, yeah, a bad workman always blames her tools and all that) so I couldn’t capture the collections in all their glory, but the best shots of the bunch are below.

Standout collections for me included Niccole Thompson‘s mesnwear line featuring a deliciously autumnal palette and simple but excellently executed garments, Molly Petts‘ 50s-inspired silhouettes and candy colours. Sophie Borton used a mix of clashing 70s style prints, Stella McCartney-esque black sheer polka dot fabric and florals to create a modern, youthful collection (see more of her work here with fellow designer, Emma Fudge, photographed by Matthew Lord) and Alexia Longman used LED lights in her men’s monochrome jacket.

It was exciting to witness the future of British fashion and I was blown away by the finishing of the garments – almost all the collections were polished, with great attention to detail. I look forward to seeing where each designer, stylist, photographer and illustrator ends up working, and what they do next after graduation and GFW.

Hannah Rowe

Layers and draping from Hannah Rowe

Grace Yaker Ekall

Geometric prints by Grace Yaker Ekall

Ellen Watson

Shades of cream, plum and gold from Ellen Watson

Niccole Thompson

Ethically conscious menswear by Niccole Thompson

Molly Petts

Molly Petts used pastel colours in her collection

Sophie Borton

Clashing prints by Sophie Borton

Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

Family

  • Family. This week I spent some time down South with my parents. It was lovely to catch up with my family, not to mention be cooked for and not have to worry about grown up things like fixing the damp patch in the living room! I took our dogs (a Golden Retriever and a Westie)  for walks by the river, visited my nan (the source of many Ship-Shape outfits) and helped my mum shop for wedding outfits in M&S.
  • A weekend in the country. I’ve just come back from a weekend in Gloucestershire celebrating a friend’s birthday via a pub, a giant cupcake and a zillion pizzas. I had a go at making a slab of rocky road for the occasion which went down really well, despite me almost burning the melted chocolate.

What’s been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below…

Bristol Flea Market at Ashton Gate

Our stall at Bristol Flea Market

Here are a few more photos from the Bristol Flea Market at Ashton Gate. As I mentioned in last week’s RTW post, S and I were there as stallholders, not buyers, though a gorgeous picnic basket did manage to make it’s way home with me…

Bristol Flea Market isn’t the first time I’ve sold my wares, as it were, but it is the first time this year, and I hope it will become a more regular fixture. I’m thinking about adding an online shop to this blog and I’d love to know what you think – I’m always eager to see what bloggers like Steffy’s Pro’s and Con’s are selling, but I’ve never bought vintage online before. Do you buy the majority of your clothes online? And have you ever bought clothes from fellow bloggers? I’d love to know your thoughts, so let me know by commenting below…

Bristol Flea Market at Ashton Gate

Our stall at Bristol Flea Market

Bristol Flea Market
So many stalls, so little time!

Vintage jumpers
Some of our vintage knitwear, including Aran jumpers

Gorgeous labels from S’s label/blog Beautiful Plumage