Thursday, 14 June 2012

Christopher Kane

So I'm trying to try out more things with my blog to make it an all rounder fashion blog, not just a cliched 'what I'm wearing today' blog, instead incorporating profiles of current, past and future iconic designers of the industry, current fashion affairs, fashion and beauty tips and of course weekly high street picks... no blog would be complete without a list of their favourite obsessions!

So to kick things off, I couldn't resist a write up on Scottish designer Christopher Kane. After reading about him in this months Elle issue, I was intrigued by his relationship with older sister Tammy and how together they managed to transform an incredible, raw talent for detail into such a successful business, when the dream could have perished away after the death of their father. It's this strong relationship that is applaudable to the brands success.

After graduating from Central Saint Martins, where he spent his spare time interning with Giles Deacon and Russell Sage, Christopher set up his own label. His love of detail, more specifically different forms of embellishment, soon became his signature style. This passion for detail is something which can be seen through any of his collections; it's something which makes every season different; something to look forward to. He says 'It's always good to move out of your comfort zone each season, to learn new things and to challenge your senses'. Often designers get sucked in to designing the same style of clothing season in, season out, exquisitely made of course, just a little obvious.

However Christopher's style is exciting; appliquéd flowers, bronze brocade and glitter fringed appliqué all graced the S/S12 catwalks. I especially adored his optical illusional dresses made from bright plastic fridge magnet embellishments nude dresses overlaid in shimmering organza. With this form of innovation and creativity, it's no wonder why he received this years Scottish designer of the year award.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Facials and pretty manicures

Just recently my love of fashion has developed into the giant world of beauty and well being, which has basically come from my new found addiction to the gym (yes the GYM!) and the discovery of organic skincare brand Origins. Basically I've turned into one of these apple eating, Women's health reading, gym junkies... and I love it. Although the odd Galaxy crumble does occasionally find its way into my shopping basket, on a day when quite frankly nothing else will do.

A few weeks ago, a good friend who just happens to be the manager of the Origins concession in Milton Keynes, gave me a rather relaxing facial one afternoon and I was absolutely amazed by how delicate and soft the products felt on my skin, not to mention the glow.

To begin with she used A Perfect World Antioxidant cleanser with white tea to cleanse and help detoxify my skin from any impurities and my eye makeup was removed with Well Off eye makeup remover. Next she began to exfoliate my skin with Modern Friction Nature's gentle dermabrasion, which left my skin smooth and glowing without the usual irritation from many other exfoliators I've used in the past. Now that my skin was clean and smooth, A Perfect World Age defence treatment lotion with white tea was used as a toner which hydrated and prepared my skin for the treatments still to come. A Perfect World White tea skin guardian serum was applied before Drink Up, a mask to quench skin's thirst, was smothered over my face and left for 10 minutes before being gently removed by wet cotton wool pads. Finally GinZing was used to refresh and depuff my eyes and A perfect World antioxidant moisturiser was used to lock in the the skin's moisture and hydrate it throughout the day.

Overall I was really impressed with the facial and already have a list of essentials that I will be purchasing from her. I particularly love the fact that all Origins products are made from 100% natural ingredients and essential oils, without the use of any parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, paraffin or any other intoxicating substances which are ironically designed to 'cleanse' your face of any intoxicants. Unfortunately they do come with a pretty hefty price tag for a student and so I've selected my favourite two products that I will use on a regular basis to purchase; the Serum and the Drink Up 10 minute mask.

I then went on to treat myself to a DIY manicure after the purchase of the new MaxFactor Max effect nail varnish in Cool Jade, Juicy Plum, Mellow Yellow and Pretty in Pink. 

So what are your recent beauty discoveries?

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Lilac blazer and Louis Vuitton

For a long time I've been looking for a jacket I can wear during the much cooler summer days we're currently facing (and lets face it, the many more windy days to come..). So recently when I went on a shopping trip to Bluewater, where I overindulged myself in florals, pastels and caramel lattes, I came across this perfectly preen boyfriend blazer in an on trend lilac shade. 

It's not something I'd usually go for, but recently my style has turned ultra girly, with great thanks to the sparkling carousel of crisp pastels, doily collars and full 50's skirts, that was the Louis Vuitton's S/S12 show, designed by the ever-so-talented Marc Jacobs. I absolutely adored the use of the laser cut on the garments as it added a gorgeous transparancy which eludes the elegance and class of a 50's housewife, whilst also creating this illusion of purity.

I particularly loved the ice white shirt with oversized floral appliqué detailing. It would look perfect tucked into a peplum skirt for evening chic, or even paired with a colour pop blazer and skinnies for daytime glamour. Regrettably a students bank balance doesn't really allow me to buy Louis Vuitton, but if I could, I'd have the whole collection... So me.

Fortunately the high street offers some amazing alternatives and I've found some great pieces to transform my wardrobe LV style.

Blazer Topshop, Blouse Primark, Skirt River Island, Loafers Topshop, Necklace Miss Selfridge

Louis Vuitton S/S12

1. Blazer from River Island
2. Blouse from Topshop
3. Skirt from Miss Selfridge
4. Bag from Topshop
5. Shoes from Topshop

In other news, I've recently started using ASOS marketplace to sell clothes, so keep checking 

What's your favourite summer trend?