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Interview with Ben Gilbert.

4 Apr


Today we were given the chance to grab a short Q&A with music journalist Ben Gilbert, questioning his views about fashion within the music industry and his own personal style. Although Ben is clearly fond of designer labels, he admits he isn’t a fan of following the latest trends, sporting his favourite Grandad jumper and desert boots. Ben also talks further about fashion influences within the music industry, mentioning fashion icons such as Lady Gaga that ventures further from music, gracing covers such as Vogue and Cosmopolitan.

“I do a fair bit of shopping online. My girlfriend gets as much fulfilment when shopping for me as she does herself, we were looking at Paul Smith, YMC and Flannels.”

Listen to the rest of the interview here….


By Emma-Louise and Alex Gage



30 Mar

A slither of inspiration for all aspiring.

Johanna O’Hagan is an example of what can be achieved if you want it badly enough. Sheffield-born, the designer left school at fourteen with no qualifications, perhaps destined to become another statistic of broken Britain. But fast-forward fifteen years- via The London College of Fashion, the mere roots of the designs that are now seen on celebrities, aka Lady Gaga.

However, anyone is yet to be spied, adorned in a pair of ceramic knickers and matching bra set. Not the most commercial enterprise to revel in. But it proves a point; her work is not throwaway fashion, it is statement yelling, beauty reeking, and evocative.

The notions behind her designs are unique, with a fixation with transformation, progression and realization, her collections spells out a personal experience.

The ceramic pieces are key to this idea, with fragility, they emphasise the need for care.

Johanna O'Hagan Bra

Naomi Campbell in Alaia shoes, alongside a Topshop Lace skirt, peplum by Matthew Harding and a custom-crafted cermaic brassiere from Johanna O’Hagan.

The 4 Standing Rules…

25 Mar

Precision stands for the Roman vision, ingenuity and determination. Giorgio Armani is precision personified in modern-day fashion, stretching to embody exuberance, sensuality and excess. His empire, like that of his ancient forebears, bestrides the globe like a colossus.

With five clothing lines and a couture collection, children’s wear, fragrances and homeware, his name connotes precise and impeccable handling of fabric and the chic minimal look he has pioneered since day one.

The overhaul of the modern wardrobe was instigated in 1974, resulting in his renowned distaste in materials less than luxe. Womenswear was established a year later, inspired by a masculine code of clothing and tailoring skills. He reworked the traditional blazer for women, re-cutting without linings or shoulder pads and simplifying not only silhouettes but also the received sartorial mores. The stripping away of overly complex designs and intensely structured pieces uncovered purism, a movement that has become a signature of the era.

We should give thanks to Armani for the softened but sharp suits for women, it is a take on menswear that we can call our own. His label has come to symbolise the liberation of a generation, and the creation of the alpha female, us ‘working girls’.

Wear tailoring with restraint and a hell load of whimsy; it should never be identified with the conventional or the boring.

“The term tailored for me signifies the meticulous cut and perfect execution of a design, which could be wildly extravagant and eccentric.”

Layered jackets and mini skirts, worn over tight trousers achieve unexpected geometry. If done right it results in an extremely sleek silhouette.


Glamour, The word conjures up visions of tanned millionaires, stalking up and down the decks of yachts, clad in white trousers, open necked shirts, enormous sunnies and horsebit loafers. Therefore it brings to mind a host of indelible personalities. However we have found a new take on the over-used lexicon, if you didn’t manage to get your hands on the highly coveted Lanvin for H&M collection when it was in store a couple of months ago, consider this as something of a second chance: The Swedish mega store is putting Alber Elbaz’s fabric scraps to a new use with a collection called H&M Waste.

Several different fabrics have been used in the same garment to create new graphic patterns keeping eco-friendliness in mind!


Humour- Fashion is a bundle of contradictions. It creates trends only to rebel against them; it seeks wearability only to distort it as exemplified by the Italian label Moschino.

Moschino was founded to mock the the bon chic, bon genre commodification of fashion by injecting classic pieces with an offbeat sense of the unexpected. Chic quilted jackets became embellished with bottle tops, while silk blouses bore scorch marks. On the runways, models dripped with jewelry, but also sarcasm, bearing necklaces of pearls, contrasted with croissants and fake Rolexes. Surrealism met cynicism and blossomed though wit.

It is delicious wearable irony that urges us to not take ourselves too seriously, as if good taste does not exist!

For S/S there is an apparent cross over with the all American female. There’s utilitarian sportswear, denim, stripes, polka dots, checks and eye-watering prints in a whole spectrum of shades. And all are transformed by the sartorial nudge and wink. Measuring tape is used as trim, scissors as fastenings and thimbles as studs. Moschino is not known for toeing the line, its raffish combination of fun-poking and apparent antipathy to the fashion world have proven not only satirical, but highly successful.

Their creations make their mark by making strength out of irony. It’s the perfect classic with a twist.


Decadence: The modern decadence look is bold and full on. Adorned with lace, animal prints, brocade and full skirts combined with faux fur and shearling. This look is all about texture, layers and femininity.

Emilio Pucci’s name is synonymous with the good life, at the point when most people’s ideas of sports wear was a pair of drab slacks, Pucci introduced the world to figure-hugging fabrics, eye-popping colours and leisurely extravagance. Pucci has always made clothes for the young and the beautiful wishing to promote his dream.

This vision is of a girl who lives in the city, she has a day life and she goes out at night. She has parties but just wants a T-shirt too. This girl could be you!




23 Mar

In case you are yet to notice, cyclists are taking over the world. In London the streets are frequently paired with the rolled up jean, vans or the new slim-soled converse, wheeling fixies to the nearest bike café.  The sport is becoming urban and sports clothes are now city uniforms.

Agyness Deyn’s fondness of two wheels, documented by countless paparazzi pictures of her cruising through London streets, declares it “a fashionable pursuit”. Cycling’s not only sustainable, cheap and healthy – it’s officially chic. Ludicrous? Certainly, but also a sign of how fashion is starting to take cycling seriously. (Just ask Vivienne Westwood, a long-time devotee of pedal power.)

However, the hatred of clichéd cyclewear unites bike-style bloggers. They share a belief that the stereotype of an aggressive cyclist in Spandex shorts and wraparound shades does a great deal to harm the concept of cycling as simply a normal, everyday means of getting from one place to the next. There appears to be two major misconceptions. One is that cycling is a geeky pursuit for which you have to be dressed from head to toe in Lycra. The other is that it’s dangerous.

Fashionable cycling is about being able to wear your everyday clothes to do it. It’s not for the purpose of cycling, but for the purpose of dressing according to your personality and the occasion, be it work, school, a party, whatever. Just anything but Lycra!

So dress as you would every day, in Louboutin heels if you like, enjoying your leisurely bike ride.


A Guide To Cycling In Skirts and Dresses.

So… I asked a few of London’s cycling women with their style on fire and their bicycle basket filled with shopping bags how they straddle the saddle with grace.

“How do I cycle in a skirt? I just cycle… in a skirt! If it’s a long, loose dress, it’s obviously easy. If it’s a tight skirt, I just pull it up a bit and cycle with my knees a bit closer together – one is, after all, feminine. I’ll get to where I’m going either way.”

“I live dangerously – so I put on a dress. Mount my bicycle. Start pedalling. And let the wind decide if my knickers will be introduced to the world.”

“How to ride a bike in a skirt? First things first – you need to be wearing a skirt. So step away from the spandex. Put on a skirt and preferably a pair of heels and hop on your bike heading for work.

There are, however, some pitfalls to be avoided. If like me, you’re not into excessive thigh flashing, keep in mind that short and tight skirts tend to ride a bit up while pedalling along. And a usually decent wrap-around skirt can, with one little puff of wind, burst the thigh-flash-o-meter.

That being said you can take all the precautions and still be revealed by a single gust. In that case do a little damage control and hold on to the skirt Marilyn Monroe style.”

(The Monroe style- The fine art of casually placing a hand in your lap while riding. It makes you appear frightfully cool and it serves a anti-wind gust function.)

“Cycling in short skirts is sort of like walking in high heels. To those who are not used to it, it’s scary, a little strange and considered unnecessary. To those who do it every day, it’s nothing.”

Without objections, Bicycle chic is riding its way into mainstream fashion at high speeds, pedaled by a younger generation of designers, and enjoyed especially by us students!


A Shaded View.

22 Mar

With regards to pre-season eye-wear we advise this season for no one to go any bigger.  As it is, we are in danger of eclipsing the face entirely, as straight-up glamour and maximalism has been pushed to just about its acceptable limit.

Conversely, please refrain from going any smaller than the John  Lennon-esque round shades, perfect for that 70’s inspired spring/summer of love.

We found these, gunmetal winged small round sunglasses by Unique. Topshop £22.

However, there are lots of inbetweeners, in particular the statement glasses, which appear to take the current fixation, running wild with fancy flourishes and upslanted lenses. Prepare yourselves for some road-trip-ready leopard prints, gentle pinks or the straight browns that are never just understated.  The choice is yours, just don’t say you weren’t warned!


The sun may not be shining as brightly now, but the Contego Eyewear SS 2011 collection will inspire you until the time comes. The collection adds a literary academic twist: Each of the sunglasses is actually named after a famous author. With names such as the Morrison (Toni Morrison) and the Eliot (T.S. Eliot), you know you’ll be rocking these classics in style.


With the sun starting to poke it’s head out from behind the clouds with a little more regularity, it’s about time to step your sunglasses game up. If you aren’t afraid to stand out, then pay attention. The Ksubi Spring eyewear line offers up some unique shapes and styles of frames.

They are not for those who reside on the conservative side of the style line. From half moon shades to skeletal separated frames this is the type of eyewear that will have all eyes on you. If you are ready for the stares, then you should consider something from this collection.

Eccentric Eyewear Lookbooks 2
Eccentric Eyewear Lookbooks 4
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Sofia Hedman and Karolina Kling has taken it upon themselves to show that sunglasses are an object of beauty…

Shades Down in Tokyo Town is an exhibition curated by Sofia Hedman and Karolina Kling with the aim of illustrating how sunglasses can be transformed into an artifact.

Shades Down in Tokyo Town is essentially the silhouette of a town. Karolina’s graphics visually translate the curatorial narrative; abstract outlines and shapes – inspired by historically important frames as the historical is contrasted with the modern by stark bold outlines.

I personally feel there is always something unnerving about shutting someone out, living behind the glasses, that you can see the person but the person cannot see you, it’s a feeling of mystic and power.

Even miniscule blogger Tavi, style rookie is on the frame frenzy…

The question is, how will you shade your spring?

Luxury made Affordable by Lucy in Disguise.

21 Mar

Evoke your inner bohemian and spend Sunday lounging in the park or take yourself out on Saturday night and shake your tassel feather dress till dawn with Lucy in Disguise.





We can skip between decade-to-decade, city and scene, the clothes; party dresses, coats, killer skirts and flirtatious tops. Hell, we wear vintage like it is new.  But, as vintage is now almost priced out of the market, that classic Chanel suit is enough to cause a seizure. And that’s if you can even find one unless one enjoys spending hours on their knees flicking through grubby jumble sale racks. However, Lucy in Disguise is opening their wardrobe to all, and putting their favorite pieces on shameless display, all under one very chic roof. If the blow dry bar and vintage make-up salon does not tempt you enough, they have more drop-dead gowns than you could shake a feather boa at. Think of this new gem as a shared dressing up box, so turn around, give me a twirl and follow us inside Lucy in Disguise and prepare to be dazzled.

The sisters Lily Allen and Sarah Owen lead Lucy in Disguise. A shared passion for fashion and love of hoarding vintage, led to a desire to share this with the world with an aim of making the classic vintage style attainable. Luxury labels and designers are at price that makes looking a million dollars for the special night out an affordable treat.

This is the spot where the vintage loving girl can buy or simply hire desirable pieces from whichever decade preferred. Perhaps beaded dresses from the 20s, evening gowns from the 30s, or rub shoulders with the 40s tea dress as well as the prom dress from the 50s. There is Ossie Clark and BIba from the 60s and 70s as well as sequins and sparkle until the 80s. No more rummaging on jumble sale rails, or six AM alarm calls to get to Portobello market.


If this wasn’t enough, you can add finishing touches to your look by visiting the blow dry bar and vintage salon where your tresses will be teased and make-up applied to create the perfect vision of vintage style.

But warning: you will soon be addicted to the Lucy in disguise experience but it is ready with a private dressing room, your own personal stylist and a cocktail at hand to debate the merits of hemlines.

Therefore, Lucy in Disguise is the modern girl’s way to do vintage.


Feel free to dance around Lucy in beauty parlour to check out their treatment list!

Our Lucy in Disguise favorites…

Pink 80′s jacket £50.00

Tan 80′s short suede skirt £45.00

70′s brown leather DIOR belt £120.00

Brown felt hat £45.00



70′s animal print jumpsuit £110.00, Hire £33.00

Givenchy necklace with green pendant £540.00

Egyptian bracelet blue £182.00

Embellished body con tassel dress £65.00