Monday, 26 March 2012

Nail art testers on my friends.

simple white dots.

gold stripe.
Inspired by Illustrated Nail.
Nail art will always remind me of pre-teen sleepovers and miniature stick on gems, but over the past two years it has taken a mature turn onto the catwalk and into the celebrities’ eye. Featuring on Meadham Kirkhoffs S/S12 catwalk, the nail art trend has become a pre-catwalk beauty necessity. The boutique Wah nails has particularly taken off. Having previously only owned the one salon in up and coming Dalston, it now features a miniature boutique within the flagship store of
Topshop Oxford street. Wah nails have also collaborated with the beauty range Models own – launching their own nail art pens for a DIY at home approach. Topshop themselves have now released their own nail art pen - with a more felt – tip style nib than the Models Own, more suited for on the go paint jobs (brilliant in the back of a bumpy cab.) Sophy Robson of Illustrated Nail hosted a party in Shoreditch during the Christmas period. After attending the “NailPorn” party, I’m so impressed with the designs created, that I feebly try to replicate them on a regular basis. My dodgy attempts should be improving soon enough, as Wah nails are releasing a book this April. "The WAH Nails book of Nail Art" hopes to provide a step-by-step on how to paint fiddly details, and impressive patterns with ease. I am really keen to trying some new challenging prints, but until April, I will be sticking with a simple stripe. Pre-order the book  HERE

Monday, 19 March 2012

Jil Sander A/W12 - REVIEW.



Discovering Jil Sander during my Art Foundation, I Studied the designers work in a mechanical approach – desperately attempting to scribble and sketch. This year, as a wanabe fashion journalist, my interest in Jil Sanders work has not wavered, and her catwalks are a repeated favourite of mine throughout the fashion weeks. This Autumn/Winter 2012 catwalk presented the last show to come from creative director Raf Simons. Critics favourite, Raf Simons moved to work for Jil Sander in the summer of 2005. Throughout his seven years he repeatedly offered an impressive choice of colour, cut and shape. Revealed in Milan fashion week, Raf Simons final show was an impressive way to go. The parade of muted tones in milky coffee, baby pink and dusk grey was a mature progression from the brighter pastels of S/S12. The amiable cashmere coats and dresses were a subtle nod to the nightwear fad that has engulfed A/W12 and a stark contrast to the contoured PVC dresses that featured towards the end of the catwalk.  My favourite was the long, mink petal coat – pretty and practical, it would brilliantly clash with my Dr.Martens.  With a winning soundtrack – including Smashing Pumpkins and Sonic Youth, Jil Sander A/W 12 is my favourite catwalk for winter this year.  As to where Raf Simons will move too, there are multiple rumours. Some say YSL, some say Dior and some say he may be starting his own line. Wherever he decides to go, he will be sorely missed at Jil Sander as he received a standing ovation and encore at the conclusion of his show.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Styling project.

These are the final shots from my Styling and Imaging project. Done in the style of Wonderland magazine with a Hawaiian theme for S/S12, they feature my good friend Emily Carter. Her ginger hair makes these photos so much more successful - she definitely works the redhead. My partner - Hannah and I managed to style, photograph and edit in a matter of three days - so I'm pretty chuffed.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

London Aquarium.

Just a few of my favourites from The London Aquarium. 
Lion fish.
Shark tank.

Yellow Tang.

Red-eared slider turtle.