As I've now been paid from my wonderful new job, I spent the day shopping. Not much to report, however I did pick up the new issues of POP and LOVE magazines. I have always been a lover of POP, and I wanted to see if after Katie Grands departure, it retained the quality and innovation I remember. LOVE is obviously Katie Grands new venture, so I had to see what all the hype was about. I have to say though - I am not impressed LOVE. As Queen Michelle pointed out a few weeks ago, the issue is dedicated to under 21s. I have absolutely no problem with this, however the entire magazine is riddled with stereotypical, rebellious teens. Apart from a small feature on Tavi (who also happens to be on the cover of POP), there is no emphasis on the intelligent, mould-breaking youth of today that who are surfacing all over the Internet, and beyond. Not to mention Pixie Geldof splattered all over the magazine - I'm not sure if it's the same outside of London, but she is constantly in the London papers and to be honest...I've had enough.
As a 25 year old fashion designer I love my magazines, but I have to say this is the first time that I cannot relate, at all, to a glossy fashion mag. After all the hype that has surrounded LOVE magazine, and Grand's previous work with POP, I am extremely disappointed.
POP on the other hand is impeccable. I haven't yet read it cover to cover, but what I have seen has beaten all my expectations. Over recent months, one of the main reasons I stopped buying the glossies was because they started to blend into one. Maybe I've just had magazine overload, but it felt like they all had the same adverts with very similar editorials, opinions and nothing really to shout about. POP on the other hand has exploded back onto the scene with plenty shout about, which can be noticed as soon as you pick it up.
It is a very brave move putting fashion blogger extraordinaire Tavi Gevinson on the cover. To us bloggers she is (most likely) a daily read, however we can be guilty of living in our own little microcosm, and the rest of the world won't necessarily understand how a 13 year old American has managed to get on the front page of the launch issue of POP. The magazine is at the very fore-front of fashion, acknowledging and understanding the experimental DIY culture of the blogosphere and accepting the explosion of opinions now flooding the web, as Dasha Zhukova explains,
As I said, I haven't properly sat down and read POP yet - I want to save that for my hungover Sunday morning in bed, with a nice cuppa - but it immediately strikes me that taking time out was the prefect descision. Their comeback issue excels even their previous editions, with new editorials which are brilliantly styled, various page sizes and weights with mini-mags inside the main one and a plethora of interviews, opinions and artistic genius.
The AW09/10 New Look lookbook (trying saying that really really fast, four times in a row!) landed in my inbox last night, and I have to say I'm rather impressed. New Look isn't a store that I would usually pay much attention to, for no reason other than the horrorific outfits school friends wore back in the 90s. Things really have changed, as you'll see below. The Primark lookbook featured huge shoulders and massively on-trend pieces which were actually rather covetable, however I very much doubt they would ever reach production. New Look however, have worked the trends and moulded them for their target consumer. There are some quite obvious catwalk rip-offs (off the top of my head - Wang, Balmain, Versace and Gucci), but what retailer isn't doing that these days? With dresses averaging at around £30 and nothing over£100, we could all do with a little NL in our wardrobes!
Soooo busy busy at work, and with the burglary and all I sadly haven't had that much time (or even a computer - this is my bf's old one!) to research new trends and designers etc for the blog. I did however receive my daily fashion fix from Vogue yesterday, which pointed me in the direction of the freshly launched, online vintage heaven, Merchant Archive. The owner, Sophie Merchant already runs a boutique of the same name, and scours the globe for vintage treasures so that you don't have to. Taking away the hassle of trawling through rails of clothes in your standard vintage store to find the one gem, Merchant has made life a lot easier for collectors of all things old and beautiful. The selection of goodies on offer, ranges from haberdashery to artwork, with everything in between, and even has contemporary sections with pieces from designers like Olivia Rubin, Fleet Ilya and Zambesi. Sadly though, like most online boutiques, there is no menswear section. So for now I will only be visiting the online haven for 'research' purposes, but don't let that stop you. Below is a selection of my favourites...
Well, I've started my new job and it's absolutely perfect for me. I now have creative control over the design work I am doing, and get involved in every stage of the process from trend research to sampling in China. It makes such a change to work for a stable, secure company who respect me and have trust in me. Naturally I was a little nervous when I presented my first collection of designs to the bosses, but they loved them...it couldn't have gone better. They are even taking me to a fabric trade show in Paris, called Premiere Vision, and a trip to China towards the end of the year. AMAZING.
Then the shit hit the fan.
I was only saying to my parents the other day how everything was going eerily too well in my life. I'm a bit of a pessimist, and there is always something going on to even the balance of good and evil! So yesterday I come home from work and find that we ave been burgled. And I don't mean just a little poke around the house, the house was ransacked...with my room being the worst hit. I've lost so much stuff, it's untrue but at least me and my housemates are all OK. The material possessions I can deal with (SLR camera, Mac desktop, flat screen TV etc), but its the sentimental things that hit me the most. The photos they now have on my camera of this summer, and even just the thought of some little shit tearing my room apart and going through every minute detail of my personal space. The forensic team managed to get some really good prints, and actually arrested someone in connection with an arson next door, in the same bloody day, so fingers crossed this could have a happy ending. I could ramble on about this forever, but I shall stop. I just wanted to appologise for not being around the blogosphere much recently....but do not fret...I'll be back!
"AdaZanditon: Since graduating from the London College of Fashion in 2007, has gone on to work with top designers including Gareth Pugh. In 2008, she established her own label; Ada Zanditon, which is based on the principles of sustainable design, leading her to work on pioneering ethical design projects, including a range for the Oxfam boutiques" Ada
"Hermione de Paula is a fashion graduate from Central Saint Martins where she studied fashion & print design. Hermione then went on to work with Alexander McQueen and John Galliano before setting up her self-named label last year. Hermione’s debut collection, I Heart Elizabeth Berkley, was inspired by the 1995 film ‘Showgirls’, in which fishnet suspenders with diamond motifs, accordion-style leather jackets and delicate whimsical prints adorned the catwalk."
"Dean Quinn is a fashion graduate from Central Saint Martins BA course and winner of its Womenswear Designer of the Year Award 2009. Dean’s collection streamlined futuristic tailoring fused with underlying dark nuances of a Femme Fatale. He cites sci-fi films such as Blade Runner as well as his Northern Irish roots as a source of inspiration."
"Marko Mitanovski graduated from the
Collegeof Designin . He was awarded ‘Best Young Designer’, at Belgrade Fashion Week in October 2008, following the presentation of his ‘Lady Macbeth’ collection. Marko gained inspiration for his designs from the forms and elements of Renaissance and Elizabethan costume. This love of costume and theatre has influenced his signature style, which combines detailed construction with intricate design." Belgrade, Serbia