A stroll through SoHo..

November 29, 2012

Last weekend I was wandering round SoHo, doing some shopping when I stumbled upon a small Marilyn Monroe exhibit. It had been put on by Erno Lazlo as a gift to New York and if that wasn’t enough, it was also free!

The exhibit featured clothes that Monroe had worn as well as some of her personal items. In many cases, it showed the item and then a photo of Marilyn wearing it. It was only small, but I really enjoyed it, and finding it out of the blue made it even better..

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Anna Sui

November 10, 2012

So, I know it’s been too long since I last posted. I’ve been really busy and have recently moved to New York. I’m currently doing an internship at Anna Sui. It’s a bit of a big step for me, moving to another country and seeing how the fashion industry really works, but I’ve learnt a lot of really interesting things.


The Anna Sui Offices

Before I began working at Anna Sui, I had never really known much about Anna’s fashion. I had heard of her of course, but all I knew was that she used a lot of print and made somewhat cutesy dresses. However the more I look at her clothes, the more I admire her designs.

Anna Sui’s first collection was released in 1991. She has won a range of awards and has shops all over the world. Her shows often feature top models and she has various collaborations with companies such as Anthropologie, Target and Coach.


Look from Spring 2013

Anna Sui’s designs are often inspired by a mix of romanticism and punk, as well as a lot of vintage, history and art. It seems like a random combination, yet the way Anna does it seems to work. While I don’t think you can see strong influences in every design, when you watch a collection on the catwalk, you can definitely see both of these influences running throughout meshed together with floral prints. I was actually lucky enough to get to watch the Spring 2013 fashion show live and work with the collection before and after the show. I was amazed at how the garments looked dynamic on the catwalk, yet were very wearable for day-to-day life. I think it is this combination which has kept Anna Sui’s such strong fan base..


Famous Owl Hat from Fall 2012

Forties Inspired Prints

‘I love history. I love art. I like to mix it all together, but in the end it somehow has to all make sense.’ – Anna Sui

Anna Sui

Illustrator Julie Verhoeven has worked for many magazines like Dazed and Confused and has created a series of Christmas cards for Topshop.
She is sought after by many designers and has collaborated with Versace, Mulberry and Louis Vuitton among others, creating prints for garments.
I like the mix of lines and ink in her work and the busy collages she creates..

Julie Verhoeven


Collaboration With Mulberry


Topshop Christmas Card


Collaboration With Versace


Capturing Beauty…

March 3, 2012

Probably the most iconic fashion photographer working at the moment, Mario Testino has worked for a huge range of magazines and publications from Vogue to Vanity Fair.
He is perhaps most famous for his portrait, which he has taken of countless celebrities, always capturing them at their best.
I love how his pictures always exude femininity and beauty..

‘My pictures are my eyes, I photograph what I seeā€”and what I want to see.’ – Mario Testino


Emma Watson


Kate Moss in a fashion shoot


Keira Knightley

Richard Avedon

February 14, 2012


August 1955

Fashion Photographer Richard Avedon photographed fashion from the late-forties up until the early naughties.
He photographed portraits of countless celebrities and his work has developed and changed with the times and the decades.
I particularly like the work he did through the fifties and sixties.
If you look through his portfolio, you can really see how he grows and changes as an artist and photographer.
Avedon also played a huge part in the making of the Audrey Hepburn film ‘Funny Face’, in which the character of Dick Avery (played by Fred Astaire) was based around him. Audrey Hepburn was a huge inspiration to Avedon and became his muse.
His photography always seems to mean something and makes a statement about what was happening at the time..

Richard Avedon


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Audrey Hepburn – January 1967


January 1967

A Quote From Marc Jacobs…

February 10, 2012

‘I like the sort of ‘nothingness’ of the jeans and t-shirt. I feel that’s about as close as I can get to the future because it seems like something so old that will always be, so I feel it’s a safe bet for the future.’ – Marc Jacobs

Photography and zest…

February 4, 2012


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A rather lovely tweeter told me to look at the National Media Museum website, which has tons of vintage images and photography.
I particularly fell in love with some of Zoltan Glass’ work.
Zoltan Glass was a car enthusiast, so started his career taking photos of cars and automobiles. However when he moved to London, he started fashion photography as well.
I love how he just captures people’s spirit and zest for life and I think it is this which makes his photos so enchanting..

‘Zest is the secret of all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without zest.’ – Christian Dior


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