Friday, 29 July 2011

the sartorialist

I love this outfit (...and her perfect summer skin, damn her!). This was uploaded last week on The Sartorialist, it was taken in New York - apparently the sun has been shining somewhere in the world.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

mountain chic

I love the pops of saturated colour this season amongst the more natural tones. Fur is definitely making a come back this season (yay!). Liking the diversity of this Emilio Pucci Fall 2011 collection, there is a huge range of tones, fabrics, textures and styles that somehow remain cohesive and still scream out Pucci to whoever will listen! Peter Dundas took inspiration from Austria and more specifically the mountains; "...mountains are part of the house DNA but I took it to the mountains my style." He particularly homed in on the portrait neckline making it a central feature to the whole collection.

I think that applying thought to the entire aesthetic surrounding a collection is also important, for example the shoes, the styling, the venue - and here I think the balance is just right. The shoes are each different in style and colour yet still compliment each outfit whilst blending with one another. I like how the hair styling says "winter windswept" and how the venue says "winter palace", really captures Dundas' personal response to the mountain theme.

Monday, 25 July 2011

sugarhill boutique

Had a photo shoot for Sugarhill Boutique recently at Garage Studios in Brighton, for the Autumn/Winter '11 stuff, was a lot of fun. The clothes have just gone up and these are a few of my favourites! The Kiss Kiss Jumpsuit (£60), the Kitty Kaftan (£45), and the Lola Blouse (£36) with Rosebud Shorts (£36).

Saturday, 23 July 2011

get rhythm

Probably my favourite couple of all time! If you're lucky enough to catch me singing around and about the house, there is a strong chance it'll be one of their tunes. What a love story! (Walk The Line is also one of my favourite films). Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash 1968 - 2003! ♥

Friday, 22 July 2011

morning beauty

Photographer: Mario Testino
Model: Sasha Pivovarova

Thursday, 21 July 2011

winter jewels

On the hunt for examples of the jewel tones that made such a punch in the Fall 2011 lines, I was saved a lot of work when I stumbled upon them all in one collection, Gucci. Just to name a few we have emerald, citrine, garnet alongside rubies and sapphires. 

Whilst jewel tones are dotted throughout the entire collection, day and night time looks alike, the three below are head to toe colour in bold shades of emerald, citrine and garnet. These three dresses stood alone are far too much (in my opinion, anyway) but are diluted somewhat amongst charcoals, silvers and of course, blacks.

I've lately become a Gucci fan. I like the bold colour and clean lines, but also how they are complimented by neutral looks in creams for the spring and greys for the winter. I should really be researching for my project but how can one avoid such distractions as these...?!

Saturday, 16 July 2011

"the czar of noir"

...the title novelist James Elroy once gave San Franciscan writer Eddie Muller. He writes books about films, more specifically film noir (hence the name). I was thinking that reading up on some of his works might be an interesting starting place for my project. 

"If a private eye is hired by an old geezer to prove his wife's cheating on him and the shamus discovers long-buried family secrets and solves a couple of murders before returning to his lonely office - that's detective fiction. If the same private eye gets seduced by the geezer's wife, kills the old coot for her, gets double-crossed by his lover and ends up shot to death by his old partner from the police force - I can say with complete assurance: you are wallowing in NOIR."

Came across this quote of his whilst hunting for secondary research in the form of a black and white film - one that I can bare to watch! My mother informs me that I have always hated them and that I frequently insisted that she didn't make me watch "one of those grey films" as a child. I figure if I can read a film noir it saves me the distress and the torture of an hour and a half of colourless adventures. God bless you Eddie Muller. 

But on a more serious note, I think that this way I would be looking more closely at the qualities of the leading lady and designing for that customer, rather than creating a period costume directly referenced from something I've seen in a film. But we'll see!

Thursday, 14 July 2011

the future is print

I'm in love with these prints, Givenchy Resort 2012. The third one of these looks caught my eye on the Style homepage and I decided to investigate. To view them in more detail (and this applies to all the images on my Guinea Squash) you just have to click on them. These designs reminded me of an article I read in last months Vogue on up and coming designer Mary Katrantzou and her elaborate prints.

She's just began showing her collections at London Fashion Week so I had a little spy on her *Fall 2011 collection, and the above examples are my favourites (these were also the designs showcased in the magazine on the models that were hanging out in her studio).

*I know I am British and should therefore use "Autumn/Winter 2011" but I prefer "Fall"... it sounds nicer and is quicker to write - I know this makes me sound lazy, but that's absolutely fine, because I am.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

my test shoot

Photographer: Olgac Bozalp
Make-Up & Hair: Pembe Selcuk
Assistant: Hazal Mustafa
Styling: Catherine Smith
I'm Hettie Glen, I'm 22 and a half and currently studying for a degree in Fashion Design.

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