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..

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

Little Black Dress

April 6, 2012

‘One is never over, or underdressed with a little black dress.’ – Karl Lagerfeld

Rene Gruau…

April 3, 2012

Probably the most well-known fashion illustrator, Rene Gruau worked for many companies including Dior, Givenchy and Vogue.
He uses strong lines and block colours creating bold, dramatic pieces.
I love how his illustrations reflect the time and the era in which he created them..

Aneta Kowalczyk…

April 2, 2012


Black and White Portrait

I recently happened to stumble upon the work of Aneta Kowalczyk.
Her black and white portraits capture beauty and seem to capture stories behind them.
However I also love her fashion shoots.
They are very dramatic and she seems to work really well with the models, capturing their facial expressions beautifully.
I have included 3 different shoots below in this post and each of them shows a completely new style of photography.
I¬†particularly¬†like the idea behind the ‘Still Moving’ shoot, I think it really works well with the clothes and fashion used within it..


‘Fairly Dream’


‘Arsenic’


‘Still Moving’

Fashion Underwater…

April 2, 2012


Mermaid – 1939

Photographer Toni Frissell liked to experiment with new method and techniques in her work.
She worked for both Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar in her time, as well as photographing parts of the second world war.
Even though she has taken a whole array of different, stunning images, she is probably most well-known for her underwater images.
They are a very modern style and look very ahead of their time.
I think there is something incredibly moving about them..


Weeki Wachee Spring – 1947


World War II – March 1949


Vogue 1950


Vogue May 1942


Vogue 1940

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