Archive for September 2010

Biscuiteers... delicious underwear

Whilst this underwear may not be wearable it certainly is yummy.

My mum sent me a biscuit card for my birthday and i thought it was such a good idea.
They do lots of different themed biscuits so there's something for everyone: shoes for the shoe lovers - my twin sister got one of those. There's some for children's birthday and any special occasion.


Above is the biscuit card i got for my birthday.

As its just been London Fashion week i thought i would share the clutch bag fashion week inspired biscuit with you too.

Check out the website here

"Biscuit cards are a completely new idea. If you’re looking for a memorable way to say 'Thank you', 'Get well', 'Congratulations' or even 'I love you', why not send a biscuit card instead?"

"Beautifully packaged in a smart white box with pink paper lining, you can send your own personal message and a wonderful treat at the same time"

Biondi Couture placement

As a lot of you know i am still a student at De Montfort University studying Contour Fashion - just about to start my final year! Part of the course was to get a work placement over the summer. I manages to get a months placement at Biondi couture on old church street, Chelsea (a few doors away from the Manolo Blahnik shop).

I was a bit nervous about the placement and wasn't sure what to expect of what kind of jobs i would have to do but i really enjoyed my time there. Although the commuting sucked and there were times when there wasnt a lot for me to do i got a lot out of my placement and left feeling really inspired.

Not ony does biondi stock some lovely swimwear brands, they also offer a bespoke service to create your a perfectly fitting costume or bikini to your taste and requirements. During my placement i got to help out on the shop floor as well as help out with the sewing, make alterations to swimsuits, and work on line sheets for Biondi's mens swimwear range. I also got to sit in on a buyer meeting with la perla and made my own reservable bikini.

I get to design and make both lingerie and swimwear on my course but have always found swimwear more difficult and always struggle to find stuff that i like, working at biondi opened my eyes to a lot of brands that i had never heard of such as Karla Colletto. 

The following images are from the Karla Colletto website which i would seriously recommend checking out, they soing some of the nicest swimwear i have seen in a very long time and im sure you will be equally impressed, the swimwear is quite pricey but when it makes you look that good i would say its soooo worth it!

I adore these swimsuits, they are modern enough for younger women to wear too and give great support and coverage whilst still looking very fashionable and on trend.


Kent Charity Catwalk for Macmillan Cancer Support

So after months of organizing the catwalk the day finally arrived!
There were a few glitches - a designer dropped out the day before and a few of the models dropped out to illness and an accident on the motor-way which prevented them to get there in time. 
Thankfully we managed to find a couple last minute stand ins - Paris Kelly and Julie Anderson who did a fantastic job and luckily nobody in the audience could tell.
We were so lucky to have such an amazing group on board to help out, there were 3 make up artists: Lily-Mae Smith, Hannah Tipping and Amelia Hudson and some very talented hair stylists: Tina Cozens and her team from Blond-E hair and beauty salon in the Meads.
Uk paper Leisure Club very kindly let us use their hall and were extremely helpful, setting out the chairs and even letting us use their red carpet for the model to walk down.
The host Rosie Harris was great warming the audience up and introducing the designers.

The first designer of the evening to showcase her work was Leeanne Ripley- winner of the Radical designer award 2010. Leeanne graduated after studying Fashion Design at the University for the Creative Arts in Rochester, Kent. Previously to this she studied at North West Kent college for two years gaining a BTEC National Diploma in Fashion Design.

Next up was the beautiful creation of Stuart Mcmillan. This collection was based on the deconstruction of traditionally tailored clothes; Exposing the beautiful work of the ‘Tailor’. Using tailoring materials such as Melton, Horsehair canvas and Camel hair canvas the form is molded to the body and encased in a transparent layer of chiffon. Draped Georgette softens the exacting tailored shoulders as jacket detailing takes influences from traditional men’s dress. Stuart McMillan works as a womenswear designer in Italy and also as a fashion Lecturer in London. The host Rosie Harris also wore one of Stuarts dresses on the night.

I was the third designer to show. I have been working on a new collection based on the british county side. The pieces are made using a floral printed cotton, red satin and green velvet. These pics are of some of the nightwear pieces from the new collection, i will have some better pics coming soon to show you.

Susannah Henleys designs were next on the runway. Susannah graduated in 2008 with a BA(Hons) Fashion Design from UCA Rochester, Susannah has spent a year researching, business planning and a few months internship at Emilio De La Morena. How garments fit and how they make you feel are extremely important to Susannah, therefore comfortable elegance is key. Also encorporating soft tailoring in outerwear and trousers complements the look. Susannah designs her own digitally printed fabric which adds to the uniqueness of her collections. 

To close the catwalk was Megann'e Murrins creations. Her collection is called Alien Armour and im sure you can see why this name might have been chosen. Neoprene and Leather have been used for most of the collection and feathers have been added for that dromatic feel and to create show pieces as well as wearable pieces.

After the catwalk was over Rosie announced the winners of the silent auction.
One woman bid over £100 for a pair of irregular choice shoes donated by Marina and the Diamonds, and the item which raised the most amount of money was a pair of Ophelia Fancy Knickers which reached an incredible £200!

In total we managed to raise and amazing £1332.20 for Macmillan Cancer Support and the evening was a success, i will definitely be making this an annual event and will aim on making it a bigger and better event each year.

Massive thank you to everyone who helped out- Kelly May- who helped organize the event,  the beautiful models, hair stylists and makeup artists, uk paper, the djs - p&m roadshow, photographers & everyone who donated prizes for the raffle and silent auction as-well as everyone who attended.

The designers & host at the end of the show

Megann'e, Leeanne, Host Rosie Harris wearing a dress by Stuart Mcmillan, Susannah, Myself & Stuart


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