Friday, 16 December 2011

Vogue's Great Escapes

I have always been obsessed with travelling and experiencing new cultures and lifestyles and find the huge contrasts within this world so fascinating. I am planning on writing my dissertation next year (planning ahead a bit, I know, keeno!) on the tourist and the imagery of exotic countries, and the reality of what these countries are really like. Anyway, more on that another time, but I am constantly finding sources and articles about this topic at the moment, and to my joy this months (January) Vogue has a beautiful spread looking back in the archives of their photography from all over the world. There are some beautiful images and breath-taking pictures of so many different landscapes from as far back as the 1920’s!  If you haven’t seen the feature already, here it is:

This just makes me want to go to all of these places and see them for myself! 

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Tim Walker

I know that everyone obsessed with fashion and photography probably already loves Tim Walker's work but I have fallen in love with his work all over again after writing an essay about him. Every photograph of his is so surreal and by choosing to shun lavish locations and sets he contrasts the everyday with the absurd to create captivating, original photographs. There is also the undercurrent of a fairy-tale throughout every picture story he produces which makes his work seem even more magical .

It's so hard to choose a few, but here are a selection of some of my favourite pieces of his work: 

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Man Fashion

I have always loved men's fashion, and to some extent kind of prefer it to womens. I often find myself scouting the mens sections in stores. Now don't get me wrong, I don't wear mens clothes (apart from the odd t-shirt cut into a dress), I am just really interested in male fashion and nothing excites me more than seeing a wonderfully dressed man looking dapper and confident. I think its mainly due to the fact that a lot of girls nowadays look the same, with woman all sporting the same trend, it is very rare to see an impeccably dressed man as most men don't bother with fashion. I also really enjoy the visual merchandising of mens clothing shops with the current trend being all about heritage and tradition with lots of vintage inspired pieces and heavy knits. I think mens fashion is finally being regarded with as much appreciation as womens, with huge trends taking over.

Anthem, Shoreditch

Liberty Mens Department 

Fred Perry, Spitalfields

Ben Sherman, Carnaby Street

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Recent Purchases

I have been pretty frugal with my 'clothes money' since coming back to Uni and realising that my loan doesnt stretch as far as it did last year, now that I have a house and have to pay bills and spend my money on serious things rather than fun things! However, I have managed to find some bargains and treated myself to a few items:

Crop Top- Forever 21- About £15
I bought this top in London this week and although the photo doesn't really do it justice, it is a beautiful top and all lacy on the back

Sparkly Blazer- River Island- £15
I snapped this blazer up in the sale a while ago. It looks kind of trashy in the photo but it is so nice and goes with so much more than expected

Cardigan- Forever 21- £20
This is another one I bought in London. I love the Aztec print at the moment and this cardi is so soft and flattering

Hat- Primark- £6
I deliberated over buying this for so long because I always buy hats but never wear them. I am so glad I did buy it though because it dresses up any outfit and looks so glamorous 

T-shirt- Primark- £3
This top is from the mens section. I just cut the sleeves off and made it in to a baggy t-shirt-dress
Hope you are all having a lovely weekend! xx

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Dazed and Confused Exhibition and a Little Bit of London

Whilst in London I headed to the Dazed and Confused exhibition at Somerset House. Although it was only small, the photography used in the magazine over the years is spectacular. Here are a few photos I sneakily managed to take:

Here are a few more photos from my London trip
Postmodernism exhibition at the V&A
The view from the penthouse apartment we stayed at for the night
Classic phone box photo
Grazia shopping event- Carnaby Street
M&M Store
Kingly Court
Christmas Tree in Covent Garden 
China Town 

Friday, 18 November 2011

London Windows

This week I spent a couple of days in London on a trip wholly for 'research' purposes. I had a fabulous time with my two friends galavanting around all the hot spots and it almost felt like a little holiday! As my current project is on men's grooming, we spent a lot of time wandering round the male beauty departments, as well as going to a couple of exhibitions, namely the V & A 'Postmodernism' Exhibition and The Dazed and Confused Exhibition at Somerset House, which I loved. Another of my main aims out of the 2 days was to explore the window displays (some of you may have read my previous post about surreal windows) as I need to write an illustrated essay on the topic. I found some gorgeous displays and also discovered the key trends for visual merchandising this winter. They are as follows:

1) Outside Inside- There were loads of windows rocking this trend. Key components included twigs, trees, leaves and woodland creatures inside the windows, and in a lot of visual merchandising in store. 

2) Birds- birds of all different shapes and sizes were everywhere, however I particularly noticed a lot of peacocks, and peacock feathers and prints. Others included owls, swans and doves. 

3) Lampshades and chandeliers used as 'heads' - The previous trend for Spring with heads of flowers has been changed for the colder months into lampshades. However, stupidly enough I didn't get any photos of this!! 

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Surreal Windows

I am currently writing an illustrated essay on a topic of my choice. I have decided to base it on surrealism and fairy-tale and how these themes are used in fashion, and in particularly window displays and fashion photography. I have just been doing some research and I wanted to share with you some images I have found. This is why I LOVE fashion and how ordinary things can be turned into these amazing spectacles and works of art.